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Another day, another contrast in how Jeb Bush and Donald Trump approach the same subject. In the morning on NBC's TODAY show, Trump defended the ejection of Univision anchor Jorge Ramos from his press conference Tuesday night, saying Ramos was "totally, absolutely out of line." In the afternoon, Bush told reporters "I think people with the press ought to be treated with a little more respect and dignity."
The big difference: To most Trump supporters, Ramos is, at best, an agenda-driving activist and perhaps even a symbol of the problems some might perceive as linked to Spanish-speaking immigrants. (See: the widely distributed video of a Trump supporter telling Ramos to "get out of my country.") But Jeb Bush can't automatically dismiss that Ramos is an influential anchor with a huge platform in a growing portion of the electorate.
As Jonathan Chait wrote this morning, the very things Trump has done to harden his base of passionate backers have also locked in his ceiling of support. As Chait puts it: "Politics does not work like business. You can get rich being loved by a quarter of the country and hated by the rest, but you can't get elected president that way."
POPPING ON NBC POLITICS
- Hillary Clinton said mass shootings are "stalking our country" and pledged to take on the issue of gun control Wednesday after a reporter and cameraman were fatally shot on live television in Virginia, one of us writes.
- And from NBC’s Monica Alba: Hillary Clinton said Vice President Joe Biden has a "very difficult decision" to make about a 2016 presidential run and pledged to continue her campaign as normal in spite of speculation about another potential Democratic opponent.
- The polling cutoff for CNN’s debate rankings is September 10. But if it was today, here’s what the roster would look like. (Spoiler alert: Fiorina hasn’t cracked the top 10.)
- Donald Trump defended his ejection of Jorge Ramos from a press conference last night, saying that the Univision anchor was “totally out of line.”
- Meanwhile, Jeb Bush kept up his criticism of Trump’s immigration proposals.
- From last night: NBC’s Danny Freeman looked at what Clinton’s endorsement by Tom Vilsack means for her campaign.
- And in today’s First Read; Why Donald Trump’s constantly moving targets matter.
CAMPAIGN QUICK READS
BIDEN: The Boston Globe has a good look at Biden’s (sometimes bumpy) relationship with Elizabeth Warren.
The Washington Post writes that Democratic donors are on pins and needles about a possible Biden run, with some contemplating backing him even if they’ve already given to Hillary Clinton.
CLINTON: The AP outlines her plans to boost investment in rural areas and increase agricultural production.
She tweeted a call to end gun violence in the wake of the killings of two Virginia journalists.
FIORINA: Ahead of the second GOP debate, her campaign says “the political establishment is still rigging the game to keep Carly off the main debate stage next month.”
FOR THE RECORD…
“I'm never eating Oreos again”
- Donald Trump
Hillary Clinton heads to Cleveland, Ohio for a grassroots organizing meeting.
Carly Fiorina holds a town hall in Le Mars, Iowa.
Donald Trump holds a rally in Greenville, South Carolina.