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OFF TO THE RACES: Recapping last night’s debate
NBC's Alex Seitz-Wald and Amanda Sakuma wrap last night's Democratic debate: "Facing questions in English and Spanish at the debate, hosted by Univision and The Washington Post, Clinton and Sanders drew a sharp line in the sand on deportation policies, which could haunt them down the road: Both pledged they would not deport children nor undocumented adults without criminal records."
If you missed the debate, you can catch up on our minute-by-minute coverage here.
The New York Times: "Aiming her remarks at viewers watching on Univision, a Spanish-language sponsor of the debate, Mrs. Clinton threw his past support for Fidel Castro and President Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua in Mr. Sanders’s face and repeatedly criticized him for opposing a 2007 bill that would have created a path to citizenship for millions of immigrants in the country illegally."
And the Washington Post notes that Clinton "angrily dismissed a question about whether she would quit the race if she is indicted as the result of an FBI investigation into the personal email system she set up when she was secretary of state and whether she or her senior advisers mishandled classified information as a result. "It’s not going to happen,” she sputtered. “I’m not even going to answer that question.'"
Bloomberg Politics argues that the debate was a swing and a miss for Clinton, who came under aggressive questioning on questions of her trustworthiness.
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FOX News has new GOP polls out in Florida and Ohio, showing leads for Trump in the Sunshine State and Kasich in the state where he serves as governor.
NBC's Jordan Frasier confirms that Jeb Bush will meet with three of his four former rivals still in the race.
The New York Times, on the race in Florida. "Every 15 years or so, Florida manages to send a shock through the presidential race, whether in the form of a romantic escapade on a yacht named Monkey Business, which helped sink Gary Hart, or in the form of hanging chads, the half-punched ballots that sent the 2000 election to the United States Supreme Court. This time, the shock wave is Mr. Trump."
Ari Melber writes on the idea of a contested convention. "If Donald Trump fails to win a majority of delegates in the presidential race, some Republican insiders say the party could use a contested convention to deny him the nomination in July. There's just one problem: The rules for that scenario still favor Trump."
CLINTON: She's notably sharpening her message on manufacturing and trade after her Michigan loss. The New York Times: "Stung by the bad showing, Mrs. Clinton was already recalibrating her message, even altering her standard line before the Michigan race had been called. “I don’t want to be the president for those who are already successful — they don’t need me,” she said at a rally Tuesday night in Cleveland. “I want to be the president for the struggling and the striving."
CRUZ: He won the endorsement of Carly Fiorina, Jane Timm reports.
KASICH: He's now under attack in Florida, with a pro-Rubio superPAC running ads against him.
And he's coming under fire from Trump too, who's branding him an "absentee governor."
RUBIO: Alex Jaffe reports on the big news out of our town hall with Marco Rubio in Miami last night: "Marco Rubio said Wednesday he’s “not entirely proud” of his personal attacks on Donald Trump and wouldn’t have launched them if he could do things over again. 'In terms of things that have to do with personal stuff, yeah, at the end of the day it’s not something I’m entirely proud of. My kids were embarrassed by it, and if I had to do it again I wouldn’t,' he said during an MSNBC town hall."
And he also reiterated that he's bullish on his chances in his home state.
TRUMP: He said Wednesday night that "Islam hates us."
And he says he'll pursue a criminal indictment of Hillary Clinton.