Category: News Tracking

The Closer: Michelle Obama

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Ladies First

Alex Wagner, The Atlantic – November 5, 2016

For the first time in America’s history, women politicians are acting the most powerful surrogates for each other. Sisterhood is on the march. Down in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, last month, First Lady Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton stood on stage together at their first-ever joint campaign appearance.

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Trump Surrogate at Rally: The Clintons Don’t Have Sex, So Don’t Vote For Hillary

Opening for Donald Trump at a New Hampshire rally on Friday, former New Hampshire Gov. John H. Sununu implied that Hillary Clinton’s husband does not want to have sex with her. “Do you think Bill was referring to Hillary when he said, ‘I did not have sex with that woman?’ ” Sununu, who served as George H.W. Bush’s chief of staff, asked the audience, according to reports in Talking Points Memo and the Washington Post.

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Trump Rally Speaker Fantasizes About Death of Hillary Clinton

Ben Schreckinger, Politico – October 30, 2016

A speaker warming up the crowd for Donald Trump at a campaign rally Sunday morning fantasized about the deaths of Hillary Clinton and a senior aide. Conservative commentator Wayne Allyn Root, describing his fantasy of a made-for-TV movie about Clinton and aide Huma Abedin, said, “We all get our wish. The ending is like ‘Thelma and Louise.”

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US Election 2016: Michelle Obama Campaigns with Her ‘Girl’ Hillary Clinton

US Election 2016, BBC News – October 28, 2016

US First Lady Michelle Obama has appeared for the first time during this presidential election race with Hillary Clinton, whom she called “my girl”. At a rally in the swing state of North Carolina, the former rivals heaped praise on each other’s commitment to public service, women and children. Mrs Obama said Mrs Clinton was the most prepared candidate for the presidency ever, including both their husbands.

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Giuliani: Trump ‘Better for the United States than a Woman’

Rebecca Morin, Politico – October 2, 2016

Donald Trump surrogate Rudy Giuliani on Sunday suggested that a man such as Donald Trump would be a better president “than a woman.” “Don’t you think a man who has this kind of economic genius is a lot better for the United States than a woman, and the only thing she’s ever produced is a lot of work for the FBI checking out her emails,” the former New York City mayor said on ABC’s “This Week” with George Stephanopoulos.

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Obama Suggests Sexism Could Be Hurting Clinton’s White House Bid

Caroline Kenny, CNN – September 19, 2016

President Barack Obama on Sunday suggested sexism in society could be hurting Hillary Clinton’s White House bid. “There’s a reason why we haven’t had a woman president; that we as a society still grapple with what it means to see powerful women,” Obama said at a DNC fundraiser in New York City. “And it still troubles us in a lot of ways, unfairly, and that expresses itself in all sorts of ways.”

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Bill Clinton is No Longer the Closer

Annie Karni, Politico – September 14, 2016

Bill Clinton’s chief of staff, Tina Flournoy, was home working Sunday evening when Huma Abedin called with an urgent request: Could the former president drop his upcoming meetings in Washington, and take over for his pneumonia-felled wife on the campaign trail.

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Michelle Obama Brings Voters’ Trust to Hillary Clinton’s Campaign

Julie Hirschfeld Davis, New York Times – September 11, 2016

Michelle Obama has bridled for years at the confines of life in the White House and has tried to steer clear of the partisan messiness that has consumed her husband and is fueling this year’s bare-knuckled presidential contest. But this week, Mrs. Obama will wade into the campaign fray on behalf of Hillary Clinton, putting her broad popularity and reputation for authenticity to work for a candidate who has suffered from a lack of both.

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