Puerto Rico’s Health Care Crisis, Fiscal Collapse Becomes Prominent Issue On The Stump
Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton will kick off a push on women's issues, Ben Carson appeals to evangelicals with positions on abortion and health care while a presidential run by Vice President Joe Biden, still grieving his son, will be influenced by his "emotional energy."
The Associated Press:
Puerto Rican Voters Prized By Democrats, Republicans
[Marco] Rubio is coming Friday for a fundraiser in San Juan and a rally in Santurce. [Hillary] Clinton plans an event the same day in San Juan about reversing what her campaign calls the U.S. territory’s economic decline and its health care crisis. ... The parade of presidential hopefuls to the territory speaks to the growing power of Puerto Rican voters on the mainland, especially in Florida, the top destination for those fleeing the island’s 12 percent unemployment rate and nine-year economic slump. (Bustos, 9/4)
Hillary Clinton To Take Women's Issues Out Of Silo
Hillary Clinton plans to launch a new initiative this weekend as she seeks to weave women’s issues into every facet of her campaign instead of using them in a separate silo as she did in her unsuccessful 2008 presidential bid. ... Unlike previous presidential campaigns, officials say, Clinton will take women’s issues out of their own silo. For instance, Clinton will make expanding paid leave for new mothers part of her economic platform by emphasizing its cost to families. (Przybyla, 9/4)
Ben Carson, The Other Republican Outsider On The Rise
Donald Trump isn't the only political outsider who's been having a good summer. Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson is gaining in several polls — especially in the first-in-the-nation caucus state of Iowa, where evangelical voters play a big role. ... On the stump, Carson often talks about his belief in God and his opposition to abortion. He has compared it to slavery and accused Planned Parenthood of targeting African-Americans. (McCammon, 9/3)
Biden Says He'll Run If He Has The 'Emotional Energy'
Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday that the biggest factor in his decision on whether to run for president is whether he and his family “have the emotional energy to run.” “The honest-to-God answer is, I just don’t know,” he said. That deeply conflicted response was the first public articulation of a thought process he’s discussed until now only privately with top Democrats and close advisers. He gave no timetable for a decision. (Korte, 94/)