Bernie Sanders is running for the Democratic nomination even though he has never officially described himself as a Democrat before. A self-described Democratic Socialist, the Vermont senator is an independent in politics and chooses to caucus with the Democrats in the Senate. Sanders has had a long career in politics, rising from mayor of Burlington (1981 to 1989) to the U.S. House (1991-2007), then the Senate (2007-present).
When his campaign started, Sanders was viewed as a kind of protest candidate. The unofficial but widely-acknowledged leader of the liberal wing of the Democratic Party, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, decided not to run despite an effort to draft her into the race. So Sanders opted to run instead to represent similar views.
As expected, Sanders has proposed policies, like free tuition at all public colleges and a Medicare-for-all health system, that are to the left of Hillary Clinton and the Democratic establishment.
A big part of Sanders' authenticity is his consistent commitment to economic inequality reform. He bemoans rising income inequality and the growing concentration of wealth. His message has helped close the gap nationally between him and Clinton, but is viewed as unlikely to defeat Clinton.
So far in the primary contest, Sanders has seen victories in New Hampshire, Vermont, Colorado, Oklahoma, and Minnesota.
It's her second and likely final shot at the Democratic nomination. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton launched her 2016 presidential bid on April 12 with a Tweet and a campaign video in which she cast herself as the champion of a middle class still struggling to emerge from recession. "Americans have fought their way back from tough economic times, but the deck is still stacked in favor of those at the top," Clinton said. "Everyday Americans need a champion, and I want to be that champion." Clinton repeated that theme in the formal announcement speech she gave June 13 on Roosevelt Island in New York. "Prosperity can't be just for CEOs and hedge fund managers. Democracy can't be just for billionaires and corporations," she said.
Since her announcement, Clinton has since become even more bold while speaking about economic issues. The unexpected rise of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has pushed Clinton's economic posture to the left, including announcing her support of debt-free college, crack down of large financial institutions and opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.
After losing a fierce campaign against then-Senator Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination in 2008, Clinton served four years as his Secretary of State. Clinton has been a fixture in American politics since her husband, Bill Clinton, was elected president in 1992. The former First Lady began her electoral career by winning a senate seat from New York in 2000, just as the Clintons were preparing to leave the White House.
Clinton has faced a unexpected challenge by independent Sen. Bernie Sanders who has appealed to young voters and middle income Americans. Clinton, however, continues to be the Democratic frontrunner, winning 10 states so far in the primary contest.
Donald Trump has been a fixture of American culture for decades. As a real estate mogul, Trump has made his mark -- literally -- on cities across the country, branding hotels, casinos, resorts and even airlines with the "Trump" name. His 1987 best-selling book, "The Art of the Deal" helped Trump become a celebrity, a status that was cemented with his reality television series, "The Apprentice."
Trump had flirted with running for president many times and in 2000, he briefly ran for the Reform Party nomination. Few took him seriously in 2015 when he began talking about running for the Republican Party nomination until he actually announced and began seriously campaigning.
In a much-criticized announcement speech, Trump made illegal immigration his top cause, calling Mexicans crossing the southern border into the United States criminals and rapists. Trump's rallies attracted large crowds and the businessman began rising in the polls, eventually rising to the top of the GOP field in early primary states and nationally.
While his poll numbers rose, so did his rhetoric. Trump has criticized his fellow Republicans, often in personal ways. He has criticized Washington leaders of both parties for being ineffective in halting illegal immigration and making international trade deals and has made a rallying cry of his campaign slogan, "Make America Great Again."
The results are in, here is how the North Shore voted.
Lynn: Clinton 6,068 (50.88%) Sanders 5,580 (46.79%)
Saugus: Sanders 2129 (48.63%) Clinton 2,112 (48.24%)
Swampscott: Clinton 1,913 (53.81%) Sanders 1,590 (44.72%)
Peabody: Clinton 4,986 (50.32%) Sanders 4,534 (45.76%)
Revere: Clinton 3,690 (52.27%) Sanders 3,060 (43.35%)
Lynnfield: Clinton 991 (52.24%) Sanders 859 (45.28%)
Marblehead: Clinton 2,701 (55.06%) Sanders (43.91%)
Nahant: Clinton 498 (50.50%) Sanders 467 (47.36%)
Lynn: Trump 2,491 (63.05%) Rubio 479 (12.12%) Kasich 395 (10.00%) Cruz 384 (9.72%) Carson 87 (2.20%)
Saugus: Trump 2,512 (68.45%) Rubio 428 (11.66%) Kasich 330 (8.99%) Cruz 259 (7.06%) Carson 58 (1.58%
Swampscott: Trump 824 (45.44%) Kasich 438 (24.15%) Rubio 324 (17.87%) Cruz 129 (7.11%) Carson 30 (1.65%)
Peabody: Trump 4,222 (61.37%) Rubio 921 (13.38%) Kasich 870 (12.64%) Cruz 509 (7.39%) Carson 148 (2.15%)
Revere: Trump 2,280 (72.92%) Rubio 294 (9.40%) Kasich 223 (7.13%) Cruz 205 (6.56%) Carson 45 (1.44%)
Lynnfield: Trump 1,381 (56.06%) Kasich 409 (16.60%) Rubio 391 (15.87%) Cruz 192 (7.79%) Carson 34 (1.38%)
Marblehead: Trump 1,230 (39.74%) Kasich 830 (26.81%) Rubio 696 (22.48%) Cruz 195 (6.30%) Carson 47 (1.51%)
Nahant: Trump 280 (58.33%) Kasich 91 (18.95%) Rubio 57 (11.87%) Cruz (6.25%) Carson 16 (3.33%)
New York (CNN)Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders tangled over her judgment and his grasp of policy in a tense and at times personal debate here Thursday, less than a week before the pivotal New York primary.
1. A question of judgment
2. Clinton further than ever from a general election pivot
3. 'Think big' or get things done?
4. Clinton won't give on transparency
5. One place where Sanders and Clinton agreed: Regrets
6. But no apology from Sanders on guns
- Iowa 2/1 - DEM, REP
- New Hampshire 2/9 - DEM, REP
- Nevada 2/20 - DEM, 2/23 - REP
- South Carolina 2/20 - REP, 2/27 - DEM
- Alabama 3/1 - DEM, REP
- Alaska 3/1 - REP, 3/26 - DEM
- A. Samoa 3/1 - DEM, 3/22 - REP
- Arkansas 3/1 - DEM, REP
- Colorado 3/1 - DEM
- Georgia 3/1 - DEM, REP
- Massachusetts 3/1 - DEM, REP
- Minnesota 3/1 - DEM, REP
- Oklahoma 3/1 - DEM, REP
- Tennessee 3/1 - DEM, REP
- Texas 3/1 - DEM, REP
- Vermont 3/1 - DEM, REP
- Virginia 3/1 - DEM, REP
- Kansas 3/5 - DEM, REP
- Kentucky 3/5 - REP, 5/17 - DEM
- Louisiana 3/5 - DEM, REP
- Maine 3/5 - REP, 3/6 - DEM
- Nebraska 3/5 - DEM, 5/10 - REP
- Puerto Rico 3/6 - REP, 6/5 - DEM
- Hawaii 3/8 - REP, 3/26 - DEM
- Idaho 3/8 - REP, 3/22 - DEM
- Michigan 3/8 - DEM, REP
- Mississippi 3/8 - DEM, REP
- Virgin Islands 3/10 - REP, 6/4 - DEM
- Guam 3/12 - REP, 5/7 - DEM
- N. Mariana Is. 3/12 - DEM, 3/15 - REP
- Washington D.C. 3/12 - REP, 6/14 - DEM
- Wyoming 3/12 - REP, 4/9 - DEM
- Florida 3/15 - DEM, REP
- Illinois 3/15 - DEM, REP
- Missouri 3/15 - DEM, REP
- North Carolina 3/15 - DEM, REP
- Ohio 3/15 - DEM, REP
- Arizona 3/22 - DEM, REP
- Utah 3/22 - DEM, REP
- Washington 3/26 - DEM, 5/24 - REP
- North Dakota 4/1 - REP, 6/7 - DEM
- Wisconsin 4/5 - DEM, REP
- New York 4/19 - DEM, REP
- Connecticut 4/26 - DEM, REP
- Delaware 4/26 - DEM, REP
- Maryland 4/26 - DEM, REP
- Pennsylvania 4/26 - DEM, REP
- Rhode Island 4/26 - DEM, REP
- Indiana 5/3 - DEM, REP
- West Virginia 5/10 - DEM, REP
- Oregon 5/17 - DEM, REP
- California 6/7 - DEM, REP
- Montana 6/7 - DEM, REP
- New Jersey 6/7 - DEM, REP
- New Mexico 6/7 - DEM, REP
- South Dakota 6/7 - DEM, REP
Ryan on Trump effect: Can’t ‘pretend’ GOP is unified, will ‘take some work’
Paul Ryan: GOP must unify around 'common principles'
House Speaker Paul Ryan, ahead of a high-stakes sit-down with presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, said Wednesday he can’t “pretend” the GOP is unified and acknowledged it will “take some work” to bring everyone together after the bruising primary.
At the same time, Ryan – who so far has declined to endorse Trump – signaled an interest in bringing all the wings of the party together.
Speaking after a closed-door meeting with other House leaders and rank-and-file members, Ryan suggested that “to pretend we’re unified as a party” would mean going into the fall election at “half-strength.” Rather, he said he needs the party to be at “full-strength” and so wants to pursue “real unification” of all factions within the GOP.
“We cannot afford to lose this election to Hillary Clinton,” Ryan said.
Rank-and-file members have been at odds over Ryan’s surprise move last week to refrain from endorsing the now-presumptive Republican presidential nominee. Some understand the speaker may not truly be ready, and also wants to check the pulse of his colleagues. Others worry that Ryan’s hesitation is costing the party valuable fundraising time – needed to prepare for an expected battle against Hillary Clinton and the Democrats in the fall.
“It takes time to raise money,” one senior GOP Senate source told Fox News. “[Ryan’s delay] costs us a week.”
Ryan and Trump are set to meet in person on Thursday. But the first step toward a potential reconciliation was Wednesday morning’s weekly conference for House Republicans – their first since Trump all but seized the nomination last week.
Asked after that meeting what he needs to hear to fully get behind Trump, Ryan said he and Trump will have that conversation. “I don’t really know him,” he said. “We just need to get to know each other.”
He reiterated the party must “merge” and “unify.”
Trump, for his part, told Fox News earlier Wednesday that he thinks he’s “doing very fine” with Ryan, while downplaying the stakes for the meeting.
“I have a lot of respect for Paul Ryan. We're going to have a meeting tomorrow. We'll see what happens. If we make a deal, that will be great. And if we don't, we will trudge forward like I've been doing and winning, you know, all the time,” Trump said.
Meanwhile, some GOP lawmakers indicated Wednesday they plan to back Trump but just want more clarification on his platform.
Rep. John Fleming, R-La., said he’ll get behind Trump but wants more information about his positions on abortion, national defense and immigration.
Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, said it is incumbent upon Trump to articulate his vision. He said he’ll support the nominee, but there’s a difference between supporting and “actually campaigning” for a candidate.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., at her own press conference, wasted no time tying Trump to her GOP colleagues on Capitol Hill. She told reporters there’s “not a dime of difference” between him and the Republicans in Congress.