2016 RACE ROUNDUP: Trump v. The RNC

Cortney O'Brien
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Posted: Apr 13, 2016 3:10 PM
2016 RACE ROUNDUP: Trump v. The RNC

Paul Ryan has spoken: He is most definitely not interested in being president next year. Donald Trump, who does want the job, is currently in a war of words with the Republican National Committee over what he sees as an unfair election process. Another battle is heating up in the Democratic primary, where Hillary Clinton is getting more and more defensive thanks to Bernie Sanders' relentless criticism of her ties to corporate America. She is also proving to be her own worst enemy, having to answer for a host of unfortunate gaffes and racial controversies.

Republican Primary

Donald Trump: A number of Trump’s rumored vice presidential picks raised eyebrows this week, considering the frontrunner has insulted most of them on the campaign trail. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, for instance, LOL'd at the suggestion he could be the business mogul's running mate. Trump and his team are still fuming over the Colorado GOP convention rules that left him with zero delegates. Katrina Pierson called the process a “pyramid scheme.” Trump himself has called the process “unfair” and during a CNN town hall Tuesday night, he accused the RNC of “stacking” the rules against him. RNC Chairman Reince Priebus denied that claim and asked Trump to “give us all a break.” Trump may have found a friend in at least one RNC member though. Randy Evans, who sits on the Rules Committee, suggested that they may lower the threshold and allow the GOP frontrunner to secure the nomination with just 1,100 delegates. 

Ted Cruz: On Glenn Beck’s radio show Wednesday, Cruz also weighed in on Trump’s furious reaction to Colorado. “He doesn’t handle losing well and he throws a fit,” Cruz said. He has hinted at blocking his rival from the second ballot at the July convention. In the meantime, Cruz may have gained an endorsement from former 2016 opponent Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), who told Mark Levin that Cruz is the only remaining candidate who checks all the boxes of conservative criteria.

John Kasich: Kasich delivered a speech Tuesday at the Women’s National Republican Club in Manhattan, where he offered “Two Paths” for the presidency, insisting he will not stoop to his opponents’ tendency to engage in nasty rhetoric.

Democratic Primary

Hillary Clinton: Clinton has some explaining to do after she and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio made racial jokes at a press dinner last weekend. In an interview with Cosmopolitan, Clinton deferred the blame to De Blasio because “it was his skit.” She is also facing backlash for her inaccuracies about Bernie Sanders’ position on gun control. Most recently, she oinned the blame of New York’s problem with gun crime on the senator’s home state of Vermont. The Washington Times quickly debunked that claim.

Bernie Sanders:  Sanders received his first Senate endorsement Wednesday. In an op-ed for The New York Times, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) explained he’s voting for Sanders because he is a champion for the middle class. He is on an eight-contest winning streak, yet lags far behind in super delegates.

Delegate Count

Primary/Debate Schedule

Thursday - Democratic debate on CNN

There are no primaries scheduled this week