Lucky ticket-holders in Washington D.C. will be treated tonight to a concert by Taylor Swift, whose smash hits "Bad Blood," "Shake It Off," and "Blank Space" are all eerily relevant titles for the 2016 presidential nominating process.
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Aside from her framing of economic issues this morning, we learned something a bit less wonky from Hillary Clinton today too: Which Republicans she sees as a general election threat, and how she would attack each one's platform on the economy.
The polls already would have told you that three men - Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio and Scott Walker - are likely the best positioned to win the GOP nod and face her next year. But Clinton made it clear that those are the three possible opponents she's preparing for, launching explicit attacks on the economic policies for each one. For Bush, it was suggesting that "he must not have met very many American workers" (with a reference to his "work longer hours" line.) For Walker, it was accusing him of making a name by "stomping on workers' rights." And for Rubio, it was calling his tax plan a "budget busting giveaway to the super wealthy."
People that she *didn't* mention, by the way, were Democratic opponents Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley, who have been trying to argue that she's doing lip service to their progressive ideas without backing the real reforms that middle class Americans really need. It might be July 2015, but her rhetoric today sounded like some general election message testing to us.
POPPING ON NBC POLITICS
- Hillary Clinton offered her vision Monday of a "growth and fairness economy," saying that her agenda would boost Americans' incomes and push companies to share profits with their employees, one of us wrote.
- Scott Walker is in, becoming the 15th GOP presidential candidate.
- Florida Sen. Marco Rubio raised $12 million for his presidential bid in the second fundraising quarter, NBC’s Mark Murray reports.
- Bernie Sanders called Trump’s immigration remarks “an outrage,” but stopped short of calling him a racist, one of us wrote.
- Perry Bacon Jr. offers his take on Clinton’s more centrist tone in her economic speech today.
CAMPAIGN QUICK READS
BUSH: He responded to Clinton’s criticism of his 4 percent growth plan, arguing that her view about such a rate being unfeasible is “deeply pessimistic.”
CLINTON: POLITICO notes that some financial reformers are giving Clinton mixed reviews on her economic speech today.
SANTORUM: He said Monday that cable TV bookers have too much power over who will be on stage in the upcoming debates.
And he argued that there should be a constitutional amendment that defines marriage as between a man and a woman in all 50 states, putting him to the right of several of his conservative 2016 rivals.
TRUMP: National Journal writes that he’s getting some support from one of the GOP’s most outspoken immigration opponents, Steve King.
FOR THE RECORD…
“I call it the Masters exemption.”
- Rick Santorum’s argument that he should be included in the debates because he won Iowa in 2012.
Hillary Clinton meets with Democrats on Capitol Hill.
Donald Trump celebrates the opening of the Albemarle Estate in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Scott Walker holds his first official presidential campaign event in Las Vegas, Nevada.