<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - Connecticut Political News, NY and CT Politics, and More]]> Copyright 2016 http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/politics http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.com en-us Sat, 06 Feb 2016 23:06:26 -0500 Sat, 06 Feb 2016 23:06:26 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Ben Carson Stands in the Wings as GOP Debate Starts]]> Sat, 06 Feb 2016 22:35:16 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/BenCarsonDebate-AP_47261554959.jpg

The Republican debate in Manchester, New Hampshire, got off to a bit of an awkward start on Saturday.

Ben Carson was introduced as the second candidate, but instead of making his way onto the stage, he stood off to the side for as the moderators continued on down the candidate list. 

Carson appeared to make his way from backstage, but then stopped when the moderators called out Ted Cruz’s name. Donald Trump appeared in the wings after his name was called, but instead of coming to the stage, stood behind with Carson. Marco Rubio barreled past the two other candidate just before former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush gave the two a quizzical look before leaving Carson and Trump behind.

Someone from backstage, who popped his head out from behind the curtain, tried shooing Carson to walk out, but to no avail. 

Social media lit up with reaction to Carson’s late entry onto the stage.

Others were more sympathetic to the GOP candidate and laid the blame elsewhere. 

The moderators, who had their backs to the stage, gave Carson and Trump another call to come to the stage.

“Dr. Ben Carson, please come out on the stage, he’s standing there as well,” moderator David Muir said.

“And Donald Trump,” Martha Raddatz said.

As the moderators took their seats, it appeared there was one candidate missing.

“Where’s Kasich?” someone could be heard saying.

“Yes, yes, we’re going to introduce Ohio Gov. John Kasich.” 



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<![CDATA[Top Moments of Final GOP Debate Before New Hampshire]]> Sat, 06 Feb 2016 23:01:12 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/RubioBush-AP_458059838742.jpg

Donald Trump was back, Carly Fiorina was out, excluded by the rules of the ABC News debate, and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida was drawing attacks after his strong showing in Iowa.

The GOP presidential candidates were on stage Saturday night for the final debate before the New Hampshire primary, where some of the Republicans must do well if they are to continue. Trump, who finished second behind Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas in the Iowa caucuses, returned after skipping the previous debate. 

Here are some of the liveliest moments of the evening. 

GETTING ON STAGE

The debate got off to an awkward start as Dr. Ben Carson hesitated going onto the stage even as he was waved on. Trump lingered with Carson until they both entered, but then Kasich was left behind. A few minutes later Carson made a reference to expecting to be introduced second.

A STUMP SPEECH

Rubio tried to defend his relatively short time in the U.S. Senate by saying if years spent as a senator were the measure of a candidate everyone on the stage should be rallying around Vice President Joe Biden. Biden represented Delaware for 36 years.

But New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie quickly attacked, lambasting him for failing to make a single decision of consequence in the U.S. Senate and mocking him for giving his “30-second” prepared speech. Memorized speeches don’t get the snow plowed or help rebuild a state destroyed by Superstorm Sandy, he said.

Rubio rejoined by telling Christie he had to be shamed into returning to New Jersey from New Hampshire during the recent blizzard. And he brought up New Jersey’s credit rating, downgraded nine times since Christie became governor.

But Rubio also continued to repeat himself several times with his comments criticizing President Barack Obama.

"WASHINGTON ETHICS"

Carson was asked about messages sent by Cruz’s campaign just before the Iowa caucuses, claiming falsely that Carson was leaving the race.

“I’m not going to use this opportunity to savage the reputation of Senator Cruz,” he said.

Carson said he owed it to his volunteers, one of whom died in a traffic accident in Iowa, to stay in the competition. And he added that he was disappointed in the display of what he called “Washington ethics” — doing what is needed to do to win, not what is right.

Cruz apologized again for what his campaign had done, and blamed CNN for reporting that Carson was taking a break from his campaign.

Carson responded that CNN’s initial tweet was quickly followed by a second one saying he was still in the race. Voters can make their own judgement, he said.

At the end of the debate, Trump got a dig in, saying Cruz had gotten Carson's votes.

"TOUGH GUY"

Trump and Bush got into a sharp disagreement over eminent domain, the process by which the government can take private property for public good. Trump, who has benefited from it, defended it as a way to build roads and schools.

Bush countered with a jab at Trump's attempt to take a woman’s house in Atlantic City to use as a parking lot for limousines, next to one of his casinos.

"Jeb wants to be a tough guy,” Trump snapped.

The woman went to state court and ended up keeping her home.

TRUMP VERSUS THE CROWD

Trump at one point said his team was unable to get tickets for the audience because they had gone to “donors, special interests, the people who put up the money.”

As the audience booed, he added, “The reason they’re not loving me is I don’t want their money.”

Trump makes it a point of saying he is funding his campaign himself.

FEELING LEFT OUT

Carson showed his frustration at not getting as much time as the others.

"I’m not here just to add beauty to the stage," Carson said as he jumped into a discussion about the Middle East.

In his closing remarks he said the media had tried to ignore him

"I’m still here and I’m not going any place either," he said.

HEROIN EPIDEMIC

Cruz, asked about the heroin epidemic in New Hampshire, talked about the death of his half-sister, Miriam, from a drug overdose. He and his father, Rafael, tried to rescue her from a crack house, but failed, he said. After his sister’s death, he put her son, Joey, into a military school.

He joins Christie and Fiorina in discussing addictions from the vantage of their families. 

Christie talks about a law school friend who died after injuring his back and becoming addicted to Percocet.

Fiorina's step-daughter, Lori, died at age 35 after a struggle with alcohol and prescription pills.



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<![CDATA[Fiorina Uses Debate Exclusion As Fuel to Fight On]]> Sat, 06 Feb 2016 16:43:28 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/CarlyFiorina-AP_707918705720.jpg

Carly Fiorina told a crowd of supporters on Saturday morning that "the game is rigged," assailing ABC News for not inviting her onto Saturday's GOP debate stage because of her low polling numbers nationally, NBC News reported.

"Sorry, I thought votes counted in elections. Sorry, I thought delegates counted in elections," Fiorina said during a campaign town hall in Goffstown, adding that she "will go all the way to Cleveland," referencing the site of the Republican National Convention this summer.

ABC News announced on Thursday that Fiorina - who is garnering roughly two percent of support, nationally, in polling averages - was not invited to participate in the final debate before Tuesday's primary in New Hampshire. The former Hewlett-Packard CEO called ABC the "Anybody But Carly" network.



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<![CDATA[Illinois Dems Move to Make Obama’s Birthday a State Holiday]]> Sat, 06 Feb 2016 13:23:29 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/obama4.png

Illinois State Rep. Andre Thapedi introduced a new bill this week that could make President Barack Obama’s birthday a state holiday.

 

The proposed legislation, House Bill 4654, would close schools and state offices on Aug. 4, Obama’s birthday. If the date falls on a Sunday, the following Monday will be observed instead.

The bill is co-sponsored by representatives Thaddeus Jones, Rita Mayfield and Arthur Turner.

"As President Obama serves his final year in office, the timing to make his birthday a state holiday is critical to recognizing his accomplishment and the legacy that he will leave behind for future presidents, Illinois officials and young people who aspire to serve their community," Jones said in a statement.

Before becoming a U.S. Senator and subsequently the country’s Commander-In-Chief, Obama served as an Illinois senator from 1997-2004.

The president will address the state’s General Assembly next week in Springfield amid the state’s historic budget impasse and pension crisis.

Obama became the first black president in the nation’s history when he was sworn into office in January of 2009.



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<![CDATA[WATCH: John Kasich's Snow Day in N.H.]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 22:53:17 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/john-kasich-snowball-fight-new-hampshire.jpg

Considering how much time he has spent campaigning in New Hampshire, it's perhaps no surprise that Republican John Kasich took some time Friday to have a snowball fight.

The governor of Ohio, whose disappointing finish in Monday's Iowa caucus leaves him a long shot for his party's nomination, took part in "an impromptu snowball fight with members of the media and volunteers," according to his campaign.

The video showed him ducking snowballs and launching some of his own in front of a snowy red barn.

According to the latest NBC News poll, Kasich has 10 percent of support among likely primary voters in New Hampshire, trailing only Donald Trump, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz.

Kasich has campaigned heavily in the Granite – the snowball fight took part between his 99th and 100th town hall events in the state.



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<![CDATA[Las Vegas Newspaper Endorses Marco Rubio]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 17:38:55 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/MarcoRubio-AP_480187241596.jpg

The Las Vegas Review-Journal endorsed Florida Sen. Marco Rubio Friday, NBC News reported.

"Our reasons for endorsing Sen. Rubio are many. Notably, the Florida senator has deep personal connections to the state," the editorial board wrote, noting that he spent ages eight to 14 in Las Vegas.

The paper said it required the candidate needed to meet with its editorial board. The paper also insisted the owner, Sheldon Adelson — who has yet to personally endorse a candidate — played no part in its decision.

Republicans in Nevada caucus in two-and-a-half weeks on Tuesday, February 23.  



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<![CDATA[Clinton Fights Back After Low N.H. Poll Numbers]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 08:24:36 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_617541352129-debate.jpg Hillary Clinton is way behind in the latest New Hampshire polls, and she came out swinging in last night's Democratic Debate.

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<![CDATA[Megyn Kelly Talks Trump Boycott on 'Tonight Show' ]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 01:45:39 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/KELLY_AP_828085981256.jpg

Megyn Kelly explained on "The Tonight Show” that she was just doing her job as a journalist during the Republican debate she moderated that featured a clash with Donald Trump.

“We never thought anyone would react to the questions that way,” she said to host Jimmy Fallon. “He got a tough question but they all got tough questions.”

Kelly, who hosts the “Kelly File” on Fox News, appeared on the “Tonight Show” on Thursday night where she described the “surreal six months” after Trump accused her of being biased against him because of her line of questions during an Aug. 6 debate last year.

During that debate, she asked Trump about his treatment of women.

“You've called women you don't like ‘fat pigs,’ ‘dogs,’ '’slobs’ and ‘disgusting animals’,” she said to Trump. “Does that sound to you like the temperament of a man we should elect as president? And how will you answer the charge from Hillary Clinton, who is likely to be the Democratic nominee, that you are part of the war on women?"

Kelly explained to Fallon Thursday night that the point of a debate is to ask “tough questions.”

“All those guys got it right it in the kisser. But that’s what they have to do,” she said. “They want George Washington’s job”

She continued, “I’m a member of the press and that’s what I do, press.”

Fallon praised Kelly for not bowing to Trump’s boycott of the Jan. 28 debate and asked her if Trump would be attending the upcoming Republican debate on March 3.

“He hasn’t committed,” she said and then went on to note that Trump has inspired many on the right.

“He’s electrified the Republican debates,” she said. “He’s introduced a lot of issues in this election that Republicans wanted to talk about.”



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<![CDATA[Poll: Trump Holds Lead in N.H., Rubio Gains Ground]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 07:50:49 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Rubio-Trump-Split.jpg

Donald Trump continues to lead Tuesday's New Hampshire primary after his second-place finish in Iowa, but Marco Rubio has gained ground on him, according to a new NBC/WSJ/Marist poll conducted after the Iowa results.

Trump gets support from 30 percent of likely Republican primary followers — followed by Rubio at 17 percent, Ted Cruz at 15 percent, John Kasich at 10 percent, Jeb Bush at 9 percent and Chris Christie at 4 percent.

Last week — before the results in Iowa, where Cruz finished first and Rubio third — Trump was at 31 percent, Cruz 12 percent, Rubio 11 percent, Kasich 11 percent, Bush 8 percent and Christie 7 percent.



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<![CDATA[Clinton '100 Percent Confident' Emails Won't Hurt Campaign]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 08:26:26 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/HillaryClintonDebate-GettyImages-508470704.jpg

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was faced with the nagging issue of her private email server once again during MSNBC’s Democratic debate in Durham, New Hampshire, on Thursday.

Clinton said she is “100 percent confident” the investigation will not be problematic in her bid for the White House.

“I have absolutely no concerns about it whatsoever,” she told debate moderators Chuck Todd and Rachel Maddow.

It was the first time Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders debated in a one-on-one face off since former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley suspended his campaign on Monday. It is also the last time the two candidates will meet before the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday.

Clinton called the server issue a “political ploy” before turning to news that former Secretary of State Colin Powell and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice are now facing a similar problem. The State Department said it found “secret” or “confidential” information on 12 emails from personal servers of Powell and Rice's staff.

“There are going to have to be security reviews of a lot of other people — including Republican office holders,” she said. “We've got to get to the bottom of what's going on here and I hope that will happen.”

The State Department said last week it would not release 22 emails from Clinton’s private email server because it said they contained classified information.

“I never sent or received any classified material,” she said. “They are retroactively classifying it.”

As for Sanders, he said he will not politicize the issue.

“The secretary probably doesn’t know that there’s not a day that goes by when I am not asked to attack her on that issue, and I have refrained from doing that,” he said.  



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<![CDATA[Jeb Bush Campaigns With Mom in New Hampshire]]> Thu, 04 Feb 2016 22:47:39 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/JebBarbaraBush-AP_83444133525.jpg

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has started to rely more on his family as he continues to campaign. 

Bush was joined by former first lady Barbara Bush Thursday, for the first time since he announced his bid for the White House, NBC News reported.

Barbara Bush sat directly behind Jeb as he delivered an emotional campaign speech in which he described his father — the 41st president — as "the greatest man alive" and his daughter's drug addiction and recovery. 

George W. Bush's aides have hinted that the former president will make an appearance on his brother's campaign trail in the coming weeks.  



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<![CDATA[ABC News Pressured to Include Fiorina in Debate]]> Thu, 04 Feb 2016 16:41:07 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/CarlyFiorina-AP_707918705720.jpg

Carly Fiorina is attracting sympathy, as more people are coming to her defense for being excluded from the last Republican debate hosted by ABC News on Saturday, NBC News reported.

New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte and Mitt Romney have supported the former Hewlett Packard executive. Romney urged ABC News not to “exclude (the) only woman.”

Fiorina is the only Republican candidate that is not invited to the debate because she does not meet ABC News’ criteria. ABC News has only invited candidates who ranked in the top three in Iowa, who placed in the top six places in New Hampshire polls and in national polls.

She met with Republican National Committee chair Reince Priebus Thursday, following up on a letter she sent to the RNC to press ABC to let her debate.  

The debate will be the last time the candidates will square off before the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday.



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<![CDATA[Sanders Leads Clinton by 20 Points in NH: Poll]]> Thu, 04 Feb 2016 16:19:47 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Bernie-Sanders-Hillary-Clinton.jpg

Bernie Sanders has a significant double-digit lead over Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire, according to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll, NBC News reported.

Sanders has the support of 58 percent of likely Democratic primary voters, compared to 38 percent for Clinton.

"So far in New Hampshire, it's all Sanders as Clinton faces an uphill fight," says pollster Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion.

The numbers come out before Thursday night’s debate on MSNBC, the first one-on-one encounter between the two candidates. Martin O’Malley dropped out of the race on Monday.  

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<![CDATA[Watch: Bernie Sanders Tries to Help Man Who Falls]]> Thu, 04 Feb 2016 14:13:40 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/sanders-concord.jpg

Stand up moment for Bernie Sanders.

Sanders briefly halted a campaign event in New Hampshire Thursday to try to help a man who collapsed on stage.

"Oh my God," Sanders said when the man fell just after the Democratic presidential candidate was taking a question in Concord about the schedule of debates. The scary thump could be heard on video that captured the moment. 

Sanders waited near the man until he was helped off the stage about a minute later.

The specifics of why the man had collapsed and his condition after walking away were not immediately clear.

The man was a supporter of Sanders who worked for the state chapter of the Sierra Club, according to The Wall Street Journal. 

It wasn't the first time Sanders was caught on video trying to aid someone in distress.

The Vermont senator yelled at camera crews to back up when NBC News' Andrea Mitchell was reportedly nearly crushed by other members of the media following a Democratic debate in October.

Sanders will face off against Hillary Clinton in a debate on MSNBC later Thursday ahead of the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday, Feb. 9.  



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<![CDATA[170 Black Women Leaders Support Clinton]]> Wed, 03 Feb 2016 20:43:14 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/HillaryClinton-AP_206070213195.jpg

The Clinton campaign announced Wednesday that more than 170 prominent African American women leaders have endorsed the former secretary of state, NBC News reported.

The list includes actress Uzo Aduba, North Carolina Congresswoman Alma Adams, and BET CEO Debra Lee.

The women, who will serve as surrogates for Clinton, will rally other African American voters South Carolina and in March primary states.

They will host neighborhood meetings, debate watch parties and will also walk door-to-door to businesses carrying Clinton’s message about closing the gap for women, paid family leave, raising the minimum wage and protecting women’s reproductive rights.  



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<![CDATA[Sanders Staffer Criticizes Fellow Dreamer on Twitter]]> Wed, 03 Feb 2016 20:20:39 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/ErikaAndiola-AP_811293247246.jpg

A Bernie Sanders staffer came under fire Wednesday after publicly criticizing an immigration activist after her endorsement of Hillary Clinton, NBC News reported.

Erika Andiola criticized Astrid Silva’s endorsement of Clinton as a “press hit.”

Both Andiola and Silva are Dreamers, or immigrants who arrived or stayed in the country legally, usually because their parents did.

Twitter reacted, coming to Silva’s defense with supporting tweets. Silva, however, didn’t seem phased, saying “I crossed a river at 4 years old to get to this country. A little water hardly means anything.” 



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<![CDATA[Jeb Bush Asks N.H. Audience to 'Please Clap']]> Wed, 03 Feb 2016 14:53:42 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/508009668-jeb-bush-new-hampshire.jpg

Speaking about how he'd lead the United States military as president, Jeb Bush put his leadership skills to the test, imploring an audience in New Hampshire for a round of applause as he pushes for a big showing in the state's primary election next week.

Bush, whose father and brother have both been president, was saying at a Hanover meeting that he would "have the back of the military" as commander-in-chief, and wouldn't be "blow-hardin', talking a big game without backing it up."

He wound up by saying: "I think the next president needs to be a lot quieter, but sending a signal that we're prepared to act in the national security interests of this country to get back in the business of creating a more peaceful world."

And when the audience didn't react, he added, "Please clap," breaking into a wry smile when the crowd obliged.

Bush will need all the support he can get in the Feb. 9 New Hampshire primary, where the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll puts him in fifth place among Republicans, with just 8 percent of likely Republican voters and 10 percent of the party's potential electorate.

Bush is trailing Donald Trump and Marco Rubio in the polls despite receiving over $31 million in the campaign so far, more than either of those candidates, according to Federal Election Commission filings. He also trails Ted Cruz, whose $47-million campaign was boosted by victory in the Iowa caucuses this week, and John Kasich.



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<![CDATA[Sanders on Contesting Iowa: 'We're Looking at It Right Now']]> Wed, 03 Feb 2016 07:57:29 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/193*120/AP_576595660443-%281%29.jpg

Bernie Sanders said Wednesday his campaign is looking into contesting Hillary Clinton's razor-thin win over him in Tuesday's caucuses in Iowa.

"We're looking at it right now," the Vermont senator said on NBC's "Today" show. "But the important thing is that at the end of the day we came from nowhere to really startle the entire world."

The Iowa race Monday was so close the Democratic Party didn't announce a winner until Tuesday afternoon. Sanders lost to Clinton by just .3 percentage points, 49.6 percent to 49.9 percent, according to the Iowa Democratic Party.

"The Iowa caucus is so complicated it's not 100 percent sure that we didn't win it, Sanders said on NBC's "Today" show Wednesday morning. "But we feel fantastic. We came a long, long way in Iowa and now we're in New Hampshire. We have a lot of momentum." 

Clinton, who called New Hampshire Sanders' "backyard," won the state's Democratic primary in 2008.



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<![CDATA[Trump Takes to Twitter to Complain of Media Coverage]]> Tue, 02 Feb 2016 12:50:46 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/218*120/AP_933692224883.jpg

Billionaire Donald Trump began complaining about the media’s treatment of his campaign Tuesday morning after his loss to U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz in Iowa, tweeting that it was covering his “long-shot great finish” unfairly.

He said he had finished strong despite experts who said he could not do well in the country's first presidential nominating contest.

Trump went uncharacteristically silent ahead of Monday's results with a 7:30 p.m. tweet -- that appears to have since been deleted -- encouraging supporters to caucus for him.

Trump returned to his nearly 6 million followers just about 11 a.m. ET with a fusillade of attacks. Besides going after the media, he tweeted that voters were not giving him credit for self-funding his campaign.

The often bombastic businessman typically starts his day with a battery of tweets: insults about his competitors or exhortations to followers to, in the words of his campaign, “Make America Great Again.”

After weeks of packed rallies and poll numbers that suggested he had passed Cruz, Trump finished second in the country’s first nominating contests in Iowa Monday night, a loss that raised questions about the depth of his support. The Texas senator got the support of 28 percent of caucus-goers to 24 percent for Trump. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida had a strong third-place finish with 23 percent.

After his defeat, Trump told supporters Monday night: “We're leaving tonight and tomorrow afternoon we'll be in New Hampshire and that will be something special. It's going to be a great week.... I think we're going to be proclaiming victory I hope."

In New Hampshire on Tuesday, Trump's rivals were ready with "loser" barbs.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said at his campaign headquarters in Bedford that, "we can stop with the Donald Trump inevitability, because the guy who does nothing but win lost last night."

Trump, who has been leading in New Hampshire polls, is scheduled to speak at a rally in Milford at 7 p.m.



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<![CDATA[Iowa Entrance Polls: Who Backed Clinton, Sanders]]> Tue, 02 Feb 2016 12:14:00 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/sanders-clinton-split.jpg

Hillary Clinton did best in the Iowa caucuses with married women, moderates and Democrats at least 65 years of age, while Bernie Sanders outperformed among Democrats between the ages of 17 and 44, first-time caucus-goers and those who described themselves as very liberal, according to according to Iowa entrance polls.

Clinton dominated Sanders among Democrats who value experience and electability in November, NBC News also reported.

Sanders trounced Clinton among Democrats who placed the most value on a candidate who is honest and trustworthy and those who want a president to advance policies that are more liberal than Obama. 



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<![CDATA[Ben Carson: Other Campaigns Sabotaged Us With 'Dirty Tricks']]> Tue, 02 Feb 2016 09:13:01 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/BenCarson-AP_753332390053.jpg

Ben Carson accused his rivals of spreading rumors that he was dropping out of the presidential race, and singled out Ted Cruz's campaign for trying to thwart his chances in the Iowa caucuses.

Carson's campaign told MSNBC it had "confirmed reports" of Cruz supporters telling caucus goers that Carson had suspended his campaign, leading voters to believe they needed to cast their vote for another candidate.

Carson referred to the rumors as "dirty tricks," noting that this "level of deceit and distrust" is a main reason he entered the race.

Iowa Sen. Steve King, who endorsed Cruz, tweeted that "Carson looks like he is out. Iowans need to know before they vote. Most will go to Cruz, I hope."

According to Carson's campaign, the candidate flew home to Florida for a change of clothing after 18 days on the campaign trail, not because he was throwing in the towel. 



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<![CDATA[Why Clinton and Sanders Are in a Dead Heat]]> Tue, 02 Feb 2016 00:26:16 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/sanders-clinton-split.jpg

The NBC News Entrance Poll shows age, issues and ideological differences strongly influenced which groups of Democrats supported Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in the Democratic caucus in Iowa.

Clinton was the solid choice among 88% of Democrats who valued experience over other candidate qualities, and among 68% of those who want the next president to continue Obama's policies.  

Meanwhile young voters went for Sanders overwhelmingly. 



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<![CDATA[Election 2016: Scenes From the Iowa Caucuses]]> Tue, 02 Feb 2016 13:01:13 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/giphy.gif After months of campaign ads, rallies and bus tours, Democratic and Republican candidates will face voters for the first time on Feb. 1, 2016, when Iowa voters head into the evening caucuses.

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<![CDATA[Carson Speaks at Church Before Iowa Caucus]]> Sun, 31 Jan 2016 20:17:12 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/BenCarson-AP_753332390053.jpg

Republican candidate Ben Carson prayed and took part in a two-hour service at Oskaloosa’s First Assembly of God in Iowa on Sunday.

The service didn’t have the flashy fanfare and cameras that other candidates have had to deal with on the final day before the Iowa caucuses. MSNBC was the only outlet to have a reporter present, the campaign later reported.

Carson, who says his deep faith has guided and grounded him during the race, spoke to the congregation about his path from troubled childhood to pediatric neurosurgeon, according to NBC News.

"My faith is my center," he said. "God's will and being in harmony with his will is the thing that's most important to me. Worldly titles, fame, wealth take a secondary position." 



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<![CDATA[DNC Sanctions MSNBC's Democratic Debate in N.H.]]> Sun, 31 Jan 2016 15:30:07 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_755972581346-Debate.jpg

The Democratic National Committee, under pressure from voters and candidates to add more debates to the primary schedule, has sanctioned Thursday's New Hampshire debate hosted by MSNBC and the Union Leader newspaper, the network announced Sunday.

“Our Democratic candidates have agreed in principle to having the DNC sanction and manage additional debates in our primary schedule, inclusive of New Hampshire this week,” DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said in a statement.

The debate will be held at the University of New Hampshire in Durham on Feb 4., just days before the first primary in the nation, and be moderated by Chuck Todd and Rachel Maddow.

All three Democratic presidential candidates, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley are expected to attend.

New Hampshire was originally given only one DNC-sanctioned debate, which was held Dec. 19 in Manchester. On Tuesday, DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz issued a statement refusing to sanction the New Hampshire debate, but said after the First in the Nation caucuses and primary, it would reconsider.

Wasserman Schultz said the DNC will "reconvene negotiations and finalize the schedule" Tuesday morning, in order to "give our campaigns the space to focus on the important work of engaging caucus goers in Iowa."

The DNC scheduled six debates this election cycle, with just four taking place before the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primaries — three of of which took place on weekends. The most recent debate was held Jan. 17, with another not slated until after New Hampshire voters go to the polls on Feb. 9.

No one was more surprised by the DNC's decision than MSNBC's own Rachel Maddow, who tweeted shortly after the announcement "AH HA! Put it in ink!"



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<![CDATA[Bernie Sanders: 'Hillary Clinton Will Be the Problem']]> Sun, 31 Jan 2016 11:13:27 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Sander+MTP+Iowa.png

With just one day to go before the critical Iowa Caucuses, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders suggested that rival Hillary Clinton would hurt Democrats' chances of retaking the House of Representatives in down-ballot races in an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press."

"I think our campaign is the campaign that is generating excitement and energy that will result in a high voter turnout. Republicans win when voter turnout is low. Democrats win when voter turnout is high," Sander's told NBC News' Chuck Todd.

Sanders, who trails Clinton in Iowa by just three points in the Des Moines Register poll released Saturday night, downplayed the importance of winning the state's caucuses Monday.

"I think in terms of the division of delegates, whether you win by two points or you lose by two points, it's not going to matter a whole lot," he said.


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<![CDATA[Trump, Clinton Lead in Iowa: Poll]]> Sun, 31 Jan 2016 09:12:33 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Trump+Clinton+.jpg

Donald Trump has surged past Ted Cruz in Iowa, while Hillary Clinton is holding a three-point lead over Bernie Sanders, according to the final Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics poll before the Iowa caucuses, NBC News reported.

Trump captures the support of 28 percent of likely caucus-goers, compared to 23 percent for Cruz, 15 percent for Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and 10 percent for former neurosurgeon Ben Carson.

As for the Democratic party, the data shows Clinton up over Sanders 45 to 42 percent, with just three percent for former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley.



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<![CDATA[Liz Cheney to Announce Bid for Wyoming's U.S. House Seat]]> Sat, 30 Jan 2016 13:38:13 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_548722292991.jpg

The elder daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney is running for Congress.

Liz Cheney has filed federal election documents showing she's running for Wyoming's lone seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Cheney ran a brief and ill-fated U.S. Senate campaign in 2013 when she tried to unseat Wyoming's senior U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi, a fellow Republican, but failed to gain traction among Wyoming's political establishment.

Campaign officials say she plans to formally announce Monday in Gillette, Wyoming.Cheney couldn't immediately be reached for comment. 



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<![CDATA[New York Times Endorses Clinton, Kasich]]> Sat, 30 Jan 2016 13:04:36 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Clinton+Kasich.jpg

The New York Times' editorial board announced Saturday it is endorsing Hillary Clinton for the 2016 Democratic nomination and Ohio Gov. John Kasich for the Republican primary.

The endorsements, published online Saturday morning, comes just two days ahead of the highly-anticipated Iowa caucuses.

This is the fourth time the paper has endorsed Clinton in a run for public office, and wrote that it is doing so with "confidence and enthusiasm." 

"Hillary Clinton is the right choice for the Democrats to present a vision for America that is radically different from the one that leading Republican candidates offer — a vision in which middle-class Americans have a real shot at prosperity, women's rights are enhanced, undocumented immigrants are given a chance at legitimacy, international alliances are nurtured and the country is kept safe."

The editorial board commended Clinton’s main opponent, Sen. Bernie Sanders, for bringing issues like income inequality, the plight of the middle class and military restraint to the forefront, but ultimately concludes that he “does not have the breadth of experience or policy ideas that Mrs. Clinton offers.”

It also picked Ohio Gov. John Kasich as the "only plausible choice for Republicans tired of the extremism and inexperience on display in this race." But not before denouncing the candidacies of Donald Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

“From deporting Mexican immigrants and barring Muslims to slapping a 45 percent tariff on Chinese imports, Mr. Trump invents his positions as he goes along,” the editorial says. 

The paper also condemns Trump's inexperience and disinterest in learning about "national security, defense and global warming."

As for the "equally objectionable" Cruz, the Times calls his campaign one of "ambition" and not aimed at "restoring constitutional principle."

"Now, whether he’s threatening to ‘carpet bomb’ Syrian villages or pitching a phony ‘flat tax’ that would batter middle-class consumers, Mr. Cruz will say anything to win,” the editorial board wrote.

Unlike Clinton's endorsement, Kasich's wasn't exactly praiseworthy, noting the GOP underdog "is no moderate," and cited his battles with public-sector unions, support for limiting abortion rights and opposition to same-sex marriage.



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<![CDATA[ Clinton Says She 'Can Actually Produce Results']]> Fri, 29 Jan 2016 21:44:05 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/HillaryClinton-AP_206070213195.jpg

Hillary Clinton said she’s welcoming the rivalry that’s developed with her closest Democratic opponent, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, NBC News reported.

In an interview with NBC News, Clinton accused Sanders of “trying to go negative” with ads accusing Wall Street of trying to buy off politicians. She suggested Sanders’ platform is based on unrealistic goals and said she offered a “more clear agenda that can actually produce results.”

The latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist Poll of likely Democratic primary voters shows Clinton leading Sanders 48 percent to 45 percent, a statistical dead heat.

Clinton said she wasn’t concerned about losing Iowa and New Hampshire, saying she was “in it for the long haul.” 



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<![CDATA[Sanders Increases Jabs on Clinton in Iowa]]> Fri, 29 Jan 2016 18:58:29 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Clinton-Sanders.jpg

Democratic candidate and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is setting his sights on Hillary Clinton before the Iowa caucuses, NBC News reported.

Sanders, who was in Iowa Friday, went after Clinton on her opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership and her initial support for the Defense of Marriage Act

His attacks come a few days before the Iowa caucuses, where polls show a tight race between the two candidates.

Sanders, who claims to have never run a negative campaign ad in his life, is now being accused of turning negative by the Clinton campaign.

"Does it mention Hillary Clinton? Does it have any image of Hillary Clinton?" Sanders said when asked about the criticism. 



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<![CDATA[Cruz Holds Iowa Campaign Event]]> Fri, 29 Jan 2016 12:28:42 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/ted-cruz-debate.jpg

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz holds a campaign event in Ringsted, Iowa. Check here for a live stream. 



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<![CDATA[Sanders Holds Iowa Town Hall Event]]> Fri, 29 Jan 2016 12:15:48 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/SandersIowa-AP_612418691468.jpg

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders holds a town meeting in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. Check here for a live stream. 



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<![CDATA[Trump Dominates Social Media During No-Show Debate]]> Fri, 29 Jan 2016 09:14:38 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_166032631184.jpg

Donald Trump skipped the Republican primary debate Thursday night but he still managed to dominate the social media world, NBC News reported. 

He trounced the other top contenders — Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson and Jeb Bush — in terms of Google search rankings and a net gain in Twitter followers.

As the debate kicked off at 9 p.m. ET, Trump soared on Google's ranking. The real estate mogul also gained more than 10,750 new followers during the seventh Republican showdown.



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