Poll: Wide Margin Of Democratic Voters Favor Harris For Running Mate

L-R Sens. Kamala Harris (D-CA, Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)

A new Monmouth University poll shows Democrats favor Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) as former Vice President Joe Biden’s running mate by a wide margin.

Of the 2,240 Democratic primary voters surveyed:

• 28% favor Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA)

• 13% named Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)

• 12% supported Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) who took herself out of the running last night

• 10% gave the nod to former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams

• 7% favor Florida Congresswoman Val Demings

• 2% support former National Security Adviser Susan Rice

Among Biden’s primary voters, 33% said they prefer Harris. Among Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) voters, Warren was favored by 22% while Harris is at 18%.

Also notable from the poll, 59% say having a woman of color on the ticket improves the chances of winning in November.

News Round-Up: May 12, 2020

Bremen Minelli (via Instagram)

Some news items you might have missed:

InstaHunks: I love fitness guy Bremen Menelli’s (above) caption for this – “You have to know how to do both.”

US News & World Report: A new study shows lesbian, gay, and bisexual members in the U.S. military are at higher risk for sexual harassment, sexual assault, and stalking. Researchers say that sexual victimization can trigger mental health problems such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance use, and suicidal behavior.

The Advocate: An arrest has been made in the case of a gay man killed over 30 years ago. Police in the Australian state of New South Wales have charged a 49-year-old man with the murder of Scott Johnson, an American living in Sydney who was 27 at the time he died on December 8, 1988.

NBC News: An unreleased White House report shows coronavirus infection rates are spiking to new highs in several metropolitan areas and smaller communities across the country. The 10 top areas, recording surges of 72.4 percent or more over a seven-day period, include Nashville, Tennessee; Des Moines, Iowa; Amarillo, Texas; and — with a 650 percent increase — Central City, Kentucky.

Politico: Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) is reportedly emerging as a front-runner to become former Vice President Joe Biden’s running mate in the 2020 presidential election. Major Biden supporters see her as the best fit, although Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is a leading contender, too.

NY Post: More insiders come forward to say Ellen DeGeneres isn’t all that nice.  One former associate producer says one day, when she couldn’t find her eyeglasses and was unable to read a text on her phone, she called Apple CEO Steve Jobs in front of staff to complain iPhones should have “a bigger font.” Because she could.

Talking Points Memo: Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman has been hospitalized due to the coronavirus. Russia has reported more than 232,000 confirmed coronavirus cases as of Tuesday.

InstaHunks II: As I close this post, how about a quick peek down in Brazil? Tourism professional Kiko Riaze is pensive pondering quarantine life. Nice view, right? #YouKnowWhatIMean

News Round-Up: April 22, 2020

Ansel Elgort (image via IMDB)

Some news items you might have missed:

Entertainment Weekly: Actor Ansel Elgort (above) left the internet shook Tuesday night when he shared a revealing photo via social media with the caption, “OnlyFans LINK IN BIO.” Turns out the link actually directed his fans to a crowdfunding campaign “Brooklyn For Life!” to help feed those working on the frontlines at hospitals in Brooklyn, New York.

Radio.com: During an appearance on “I’m Listening: Stay Connected,” Walking Dead star Daniel Newman shared that, thanks to homophobia, sexuality played a deeply negative role in his life growing up as a gay man. He said he was told from childhood “that sex is private, you don’t talk about it, gay people are weird, it’s gonna ruin your career if you say anything. And on top of that, it’s nobody’s business, so just keep your mouth shut. So I felt the weight of that since I was a child.”

The Hill: Nineteen people who either voted in-person or worked at a polling location during Wisconsin’s state elections have tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, the state’s health department told The Hill.

SiriusXM: From Blythe Danner to Demi Lovato, the “Will & Grace” cast shares stories on guest stars during a virtual town hall with Jess Cagle.

The Daily Beast: A company Trump personally championed — even as it’s under investigation by the Defense Department inspector general – has been awarded a $7.6 million contract to build “800 linear feet” bollard barrier—that slatted design Trump favors—for the wall in Yuma, Arizona.

Washington Post: Former vice president Joe Biden said he intends to name a panel of advisers by May 1 to help him select a running mate. He says that he wants the public to be able to see his pick as “capable of being president of the United States tomorrow.”

Texas Tribune: El Paso Mayor Dee Margo on Tuesday said city officials should probably consider suing President Trump’s campaign to recoup more than $500,000 in expenses incurred during a rally last year. The city spent about $470,000 on security and other costs for a Trump rally in South El Paso in February 2019. Thirteen other cities are also waiting on repayment from the Trump campaign.

Out Music: Randy Report favorite Tom Goss drops this fun, light-hearted new music video, “Dancing In My Room,” with Natalie Jane, Sam Renascent, and Max Emerson.

“This infectious, feel-good video features people of all ages and backgrounds across 10 different countries and 5 continents — and reminds those struggling and in need of community that they are not alone,” says Goss. “The single is available in English, Spanish, and French with rap features in different languages from artists on different continents. All proceeds from “Danser dans ma chambre Dancing in My Room” will go to United Way Worldwide.

Out Of The Race, Booker Signals He’d Consider Veep Slot

Sen. Cory Booker signals he’d consider being a vice presidential pick

Sen. Cory Booker may have dropped out of the race for the Democratic nomination but he’s in no rush to endorse another candidate.

Booker told “CBS This Morning” on Tuesday that he would probably endorse someone before the party’s nominating convention this summer.

But for now, Booker is going to “take a breather” from the campaign trail and turn his attentions to getting reelected to his Senate seat in New Jersey this fall.

Booker also shared that he’d had “no conversations” with any of the remaining candidates about being a possible vice presidential candidate.

“I’m not taking anything off the table,” he said, “but my focus really is New Jersey and my state and being, with my senior Sen. Bob Menendez, the best dynamic duo America has in the Senate.”

Waiting For Announcement Of Hillary Clinton’s Running Mate

Hillary Clinton (L) and Sen. Tim Kaine (R)

As the Republican National Convention closed up shop last night, the country now awaits the announcement of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s running mate.

The news could come as soon as tonight, and most believe Tim Kaine, U.S. Senator from Virginia, will be the pick.

Kaine, while not the flashiest choice, would be a serious “steady-eddie” who checks a lot of boxes in terms of filling the role of vice-president both on the campaign trail and in the White House:

• Helps Clinton with the white male demographic, her weakest demo.

• Kaine speaks Spanish fluently – a serious plus at campaign rallies to reach out to the important Hispanic voter.

• He enjoys a 100% rating from Planned Parenthood and NARAL.

• As opposed to picking Sen. Sherrod Brown from Ohio (a good progressive option), who would be replaced by the Republican governor of that state should Hillary win, the governor of Virginia would most certainly choose a Democratic replacement helping Democrats possibly retake control of the U.S. Senate.

And then there’s the fact that he has won state-wide election several times – as governor and U.S. Senator – in the all-important swing state of Virginia.

I’ve always been one to believe it’s the thinking behind the choice of running mate and not the running mate themselves that makes any kind of difference to a campaign.

No one votes for a vice-president, but if folks see logic and good judgement in choosing a running mate, you can tell voters a bit more about who you are and where you stand.

Ann Coulter On Mike Pence Veep Pick: “Pence Is The Combo-Platter Of Disaster”

Ann Coulter has heard the rumors that Indiana Gov. Mike Pence will soon be Donald Trump’s pick for running mate, and she’s going apoplectic over the idea.

From her Facebook page:

Report: Trump about to make first mistake in VP pick, as predicted by Ann Coulter, July 6, 2016

MY VP PREDICTION: TRUMP’S FIRST MISTAKE

I won’t believe it, until I hear it from the Trump’s mouth.

Pence is the combo-platter of disaster. He’s all in for corporate America bringing in as many guest workers as they please to replace American workers, tried to sell the monster amnesty as a “compromise bill.” (How about this compromise: We start with a wall…)

He also somehow managed to tick off both sides in gay marriage debate. After his state passed a law passed protecting Christians from having to participate in gay marriages, all hell broke loose. Pence thought to himself: ‘I have semi heading for me. Should I just stand here? Yes, I think I’ll just stand here!’ First, he allowed himself to be portrayed as a right-wing homophobic nut and then — just days later — he sold out to the left-wing activists, anyway.

Donald Trump On Running Mate: I Want An Attack Dog

Donald Trump told reporters today, in what may be a hint as to his choice of running mate, that he wants an attack dog to join him on the GOP ticket.

Mr. Trump, in a telephone interview Tuesday, said his top picks include Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and a couple politicians who haven’t gotten as much attention, including Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions.

The New York businessman has said he wanted a seasoned government leader as a running mate. But in the interview, on the way to events with Mr. Pence in Indiana, Mr. Trump added a new criterion: He wants an attack dog.

“I’m getting attacked from all sides,” he said.

That plays to the strengths of Messrs. Christie and Gingrich, feisty and combative politicians that Mr. Trump called “two extraordinary warriors.” Saying that personal chemistry is also important, Mr. Trump said, “You either have it or you don’t. I clearly have it with Chris and Newt.”

Having someone to play the classic “attack dog” role would possibly give Trump the chance to perhaps lay back a bit and appear more “presidential” on the campaign trail.

Or, maybe, that’s just creative thinking that Trump would relinquish his role of “attacker in chief” on the campaign trail.

Washington Times: Indiana Gov. Mike Pence 95% Chance Of Being Donald Trump’s VP Pick

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence

The right-leaning Washington Times is reporting today that Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has a “95 percent” chance of being tapped to run as Donald Trump’s running mate for the White House.

A campaign rally in Indianapolis has been hastily added to the Trumpster’s schedule, and several sources close to the Trump campaign are telling the Times they believe Pence is the pick.

You’ll recall the backlash Pence suffered when he tried to legalize anti-LGBT discrimination in his state. It was a withering defeat that left Pence embarrassed. And his retreat on the issue bruised his reputation with anti-gay conservatives.

Anti-Trump Republicans Seek Rule Change In Selecting VP Candidate

While anti-Trump Republicans may be stuck with the Donald, they may not have to accept the Trumpster’s choice of running mate if they are successful in passing a change in rules at this year’s GOP national convention.

From Buzzfeed:

A draft proposal obtained by BuzzFeed News outlines several changes to Rule 40 that would make it easier for delegates to reject whomever Trump picks as his running mate and present their own alternative. BuzzFeed News has learned that it will be presented at the Rules Committee meeting next week in Cleveland ahead of the convention.

Already, delegates are technically not bound to vote for the nominee’s choice for vice president. But in the past, vice presidential picks have largely been automatically ratified by the convention after being chosen by the nominee.

This year is different, as a vocal contingent of anti-Trump delegates to the convention are searching for ways to stop Trump from being nominated — or, failing that, to at least assert control over the party’s vice presidential nominee.

The Hill: Trump’s VP Top 10 Contenders

Political news website The Hill shares this video round-up of what the folks there think will be Donald Trump’s “Top Ten” Choices for running mate on the Republican presidential ticket.

On the list: Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Marco Rubio, John Kasich, Newt Gingrich, Florida Gov. Rick Scott, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, Rep. Marsha Blackburn, and retired USMC Gen. James “Mad Dog” Mattis.

You’ll note at least 4-5 of these folks have pointed declared in the past that they have no interest in the veep spot.

We shall see.