Tales from the Trail

Commentators to Clinton: A little bit softer now

March 16, 2016
Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton waves as she speaks to supporters at a campaign rally in West Palm Beach, Florida March 15, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton waves as she speaks to supporters at a campaign rally in West Palm Beach, Florida March 15, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

It’s Kasich or bust in November for Ohio supporters  

March 16, 2016

REUTERS For what began as a subdued evening at Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio with John Kasich supporters politely seated as a brass band played smooth jazz, the atmosphere livened at rapid speed when the announcement the room had been waiting for flashed across a big screen TV: Kasich wins Ohio. Though polls had shown Kasich and opponent Donald Trump neck and neck in the crucial primary, despite Kasich’s position as the state’s sitting governor, many supporters who attended his watch party on Tuesday night said they were confident all along that he would win. The question for them now becomes whether this win will be enough. “Anything can happen,” said Bill Kitson of Beachwood. “The governor is still in the race and he has the full support of his state behind him.” “I hope Kasich has sat quietly long enough to now come out in front,” said Lisa White of Olmsted Falls. “Trump has made a lot of mistakes.” Kasich won all 66 of Ohio’s delegates in this election, a victory his supporters hope will help him get more traction across the country. His perceived lack of media attention was a common theme among supporters I spoke to at his victory party. “I hope this victory validates him getting coverage,” Mercedez Hathcock of Olmsted Falls said. “Every time Trump says something stupid, he gets coverage. Why should a clown get coverage?” she added. When asked whether they would go on to support Trump if he beat Kasich and Cruz for the Republican nomination, several supporters had already made up their mind about what to do. “I will not vote for Trump or Cruz,” Hathcock said. “I have a moral compass and they don’t fall in line with it.” White also said she likely wouldn’t vote at all rather than supporting Trump in the general election, but added that she is “struggling” with that prospect. “I’m insecure in my decision. It bothers me, the state of the Republican party. It’s obvious it needs an overhaul,” White said. “If it came down to it, it would most likely be Trump vs. Hillary, and I would not vote,” said Holly Liebhart, a student at Baldwin-Wallace College. “Clinton is known for her lies and all the stuff she covers up. And Donald Trump is just so judgmental to things he doesn’t approve of and he would ruin our foreign relations.” Kasich’s victory in Ohio has energized his campaign and supporters, though it remains to be seen whether his new-found momentum can catch up to Trump’s lead among Republican voters. The Ohio governor made it clear tonight in his victory speech that he plans to go keep plowing ahead at full speed. “We are going to go all the way to Cleveland and secure the Republican nomination,” Kasich said during his victory speech.

Trump thinks twice about paying legal fees of violent supporters

March 15, 2016

A Trump supporter (R) yells at a demonstrator after Donald Trump cancelled his rally at the University of Illinois at Chicago March 11, 2016. REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski

Poll: Voters back Sanders as the next commander in chief

March 15, 2016

Democratic (top) and Republican candidates in the race for the White House. REUTERS/Staff

Trump and ‘The Snake’

March 15, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at Winner Aviation in Youngstown, Ohio March 14, 2016. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

Trump supporter: ‘You know nothing about Hitler’

March 14, 2016

GLEN ELLYN, Illinois — The Chicago Tribune photo of her, with her right arm stretched out in an apparent Nazi salute and the Donald Trump logo emblazoned across her chest, went viral before Birgitt Peterson realized she was even on the internet.

Want VIP treatment at the DNC’s convention? Here’s how much you have to dish out

March 12, 2016

If you want the top-tier donor package for the Democratic National Committee’s convention in Philadelphia this summer, be prepared to write a hefty check: The Rittenhouse Square package requires someone to “raise a minimum of $1,250,000 or give $467,600 to the Democratic National Committee (DNC) by June 1, 2016,” according to a list of convention packages seen by Reuters.

Clinton says sorry over Reagan error

March 12, 2016

Hillary Clinton pays her respects at the casket after attending the funeral services for former first lady, Nancy Reagan, at her late husband’s presidential library in Simi Valley, California March 11, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Blake

How social media responded to Carson backing Trump

March 11, 2016
Former Republican U.S. presidential candidate Ben Carson (L) endorses Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at a Trump campaign event in Palm Beach, Florida March 11, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Former Republican U.S. presidential candidate Ben Carson (L) endorses Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at a Trump campaign event in Palm Beach, Florida March 11, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Sanders steals social spotlight

March 10, 2016
Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders speaks during the Univision News and Washington Post Democratic U.S. presidential candidates debate in Kendall, Florida March 9, 2016.  REUTERS/Carlo Allegri    TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders speaks during the Univision News and Washington Post Democratic U.S. presidential candidates debate in Kendall, Florida March 9, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri