Today's presidential campaign snapshots

The Associated Press


Jeb Bush

Jeb Bush has long kept his family at arm’s length in his effort to become commander-in-chief, but with the South Carolina primary looming, he’s embracing them like never before in the state that has historically stood by the Bush family in its previous White House bids.

It’s a drastic shift from the approach he took at the start of his campaign hinting at how precarious his fortunes have become.

Ben Carson

“The nice thing for me is that my support comes from we the people,” Ben Carson told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “And we the people are continuing to support me very strongly and they’re saying, ‘Don’t you dare even think about getting out of here because we need you because, you know, it’s a nine-inning game.’

“You don’t call it a game after the second or third inning.”

Ted Cruz

The Texas senator told several hundred supporters Friday in Myrtle Beach that in a Cruz administration, there would “be winning so much, we’ll get tired of winning.”

Cruz also took a shot at Trump’s campaign motto, featured on hats, T-shirts and bumper stickers. The senator said “it’s easy to say, ‘Let’s Make America Great Again.’ ” But, he asked, “Do you understand what made America great in the first place?”

John Kasich

John Kasich is promising South Carolina voters he’ll “keep hanging in there” regardless of the results in the state’s Saturday Republican primary.

His comments were in response to a voter at a Columbia town hall Friday who told Kasich not to drop out of the race after Saturday’s contest. The voter pleaded with the candidate to “not quit on us; we need you more than you need us.”

Marco Rubio

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has landed himself in a tight spot in South Carolina when confronted with the politics of sports.

Rubio told a crowd of University of South Carolina sports fans Friday that he would be conflicted on Saturday, when the state’s Gamecocks play the University of Florida Gators.

University of South Carolina men’s basketball coach Frank Martin spoke at a Friday rally in Columbia, talking up his similarities with the presidential hopeful, including his Cuban heritage.

Donald Trump

“We have a movement going on folks,” Trump tells a crowd of more than 5,000 at his first rally of the day in Myrtle Beach. “And we can’t blow the movement. We have to make sure we get a big mandate. We have to go out tomorrow. We have to go out and vote.”


Hillary Clinton

Jed McChesney awoke Friday morning to find that his website had crashed. When he glanced up at MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” he learned why: Bernie Sanders had tweeted it to his 1.5 million followers.

McChesney had made the site,, earlier this month, after hearing Hillary Clinton say those words in a Democratic presidential debate. That was her response when asked whether she would release transcripts of her paid speeches to Goldman Sachs and other big banks. Clinton’s speeches were on McChesney’s mind. A day earlier, she’d seemed dismissive of the six-figure fees the banks had given her when she said in an interview that’s what they’d offered her.

“To me, it was the equivalent of her saying, ‘Let them eat cake,’ ” McChesney said.

Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders raised more than $16 million in 2015 from more than 235,000 people who identified themselves as either unemployed or retired, according to filings with the Federal Election Commission. Almost all of it has come through ActBlue, an online platform for making political donations to Democrats.

Sanders has raised more money than any candidate Republican or Democrat except for Hillary Clinton.

From Detroit News wire services.