Welcome to The Lid, your afternoon dose of the 2016 ethos… Donald Trump tweeted that he intends to be “very nice & highly respectful” of the other candidates on the debate stage next week. We assume he’ll also be classy, luxurious, and the greatest debater of all time. Huuuge!
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Yes, broad pronouncements based on a single poll can be overly dramatic at best, but today’s Quinnipiac poll gave us a glimpse into two things that might be happening in the GOP field. First, a five percent showing for John Kasich shows that it’s possible that his gambit to enter the race shortly before the first GOP debate may be paying off. His support in the Quinnipiac poll was just enough to vault him into the top 10 list that NBC News has been tracking. The loser? Rick Perry, who’s now in eleventh place. We’d been wondering whether or not Perry’s ongoing feud with Donald Trump would earn him any love from GOP voters not enamored of The Donald, but at least this national poll seems to indicate that the answer’s a big no. So here’s our question: If Lindsey Graham and Rick Perry haven’t boosted their numbers by denouncing Trump, will any other GOP candidates risk taking him on? Or will everyone’s takeaway be that there’s no glory to be gained by going to war with Trump?
POPPING ON NBC POLITICS
- Hillary Clinton courted labor on Thursday, but declined to put a number on how much she wants to raise the minimum wage.
- Bernie Sanders told the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce that some immigration may actually be hurting Latino youth, NBC’s Suzanne Gamboa reports.
- Donald Trump is confident he would “get along very well” with Russian President Vladimir Putin and said he is “not necessarily in favor” of shooting endangered species.
- Here’s a video of him battling with reporters during his press conference in Scotland today.
- Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore became the 17th Republican to enter the 2016 race when he formally announced he is running on Thursday.
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CAMPAIGN QUICK READS
CRUZ: He shot back at Mitt Romney after the former GOP nominee criticized his rhetoric about the Iran deal.
JINDAL: On CNN Thursday, he would not say what he would do with the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently in the country.
TRUMP: The Washington Post notes that Trump said in his CNN interview yesterday that he would “move out” the entire undocumented population and then allow the “good people” back into the U.S.
FOR THE RECORD…
“The other day, Mr. Trump, who says he is publicly shy, allowed a reporter to accompany him on what he described as a typical work day.”
- A 1976 New York Times profile of Trump.
Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Hillary Clinton, Martin O’Malley and Bernie Sanders all address the National Urban League Conference in Fort Lauderdale.
Chris Christie, Rand Paul, Rick Santorum, Lindsey Graham and Scott Walker campaign in Iowa.
John Kasich holds a town hall in Keene, NH.