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By now, a few GOP presidential candidates have started to respond to Hillary Clinton’s bolder-than-expected stance on immigration reform Tuesday night. Scott Walker weighed in on Twitter, calling her push for a path to citizenship “amnesty” and “unfair to hardworking Americans and immigrants who followed the law to achieve these rights.” Mike Huckabee also invoked the “A” word, and Carly Fiorina accused her of “pandering.”
We’d argue that we’ve learned the most today, though, from the candidates who HAVEN’T addressed Clinton’s immigration rhetoric. As of this writing, we’ve heard no weigh-in from Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, or any of the remaining 2016 GOP hopefuls. That’s important, because Clinton is clearly trying to create a contrast between herself and potential GOP opponents who know they would need to slice into Clinton’s margins with Latinos in a head-to-head matchup. And they’ve got catchup to play; in our latest poll, Clinton bests Bush with Hispanics 66 percent to 28 percent, and she beats Rubio 63 percent to 32 percent. Walker, unsurprisingly, is even further behind at 69 percent to 24 percent.
POPPING ON NBC POLITICS
It’s Hillary Clinton and Ted Cruz leading the pack -- when it comes to Facebook, that is.
Here’s NBC’s Leigh Ann Caldwell on Scott Walker’s retort to Hillary Clinton on immigration.
Hillary Clinton may be the Democratic frontrunner, but labor unions are - so far - withholding their support.
And First Read looked at Jeb Bush’s problem with conservatives.
CAMPAIGN QUICK READS
CLINTON: In an interview with CNN, Bill Clinton said that his policies on crime during his presidency “ cast too wide a net and we had too many people in prison.”
FIORINA: She took on Jeb Bush’s stances on immigration and Common Core during a CNBC interview.
SANDERS: He’s hiring veterans of Obama’s digital operation with an eye to reaching small donors online.
CARSON: The Des Moines Register rode on the bus with him during his first day campaigning in Iowa as a presidential candidate.
HUCKABEE: He is doubling down on his call for presidential candidates currently holding office to resign their posts.
FOR THE RECORD…
“I would like to think the U.S. government would stand up for U.S. workers rather than let them take it in the backside. ”
-- Mike Huckabee on his opposition to fast tracking the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal
Hillary Clinton attends three fundraisers in Hollywood.
Mike Huckabee has meet and greets in Sioux City and Cedar Rapids, IA.
Carly Fiorina is in Cedar Rapids and West Des Moines, IA.
Chris Christie has a roundtable in Manchester and attends the Cheshire County Lincoln Day Dinner in Keene, NH.
Rick Perry has a pair of events in New Hampshire.