Presidential campaign snapshots for Monday, March 28
Conservative talk radio host grills Trump
New York — Donald Trump endured a harsh grilling from a conservative Wisconsin talk radio host as he prepared to campaign in the state ahead of its primary.
Charlie Sykes pressed Trump on a range of issues, including whether he should apologize to Ted Cruz’s wife, Heidi, whom he mocked on Twitter last week.
Trump indicated that he was simply retweeting a message from a supporter who had posted an unflattering photo of Heidi Cruz next to a glamorous shot of Trump’s model wife, Melania.
“Is your standard that if a supporter does something despicable, that it’s OK for you, a candidate for president of the United States, to behave that same way?” Sykes asked. “I mean, I expect that from a 12 year-old bully on the playground, not somebody who wants the office held by Abraham Lincoln.”
“I didn’t start, he started it,” Trump said. “If he didn’t start it, it never would have happened.”
Clinton: Trump could roll back rights
Madison, Wis. — Hillary Clinton wants voters to consider what Republican front-runner Donald Trump might do to shape the Supreme Court.
Clinton planned to use in a speech in Madison, Wisconsin, on Monday to argue that Trump could roll back the rights of individuals, further empower corporations and undo some of the nation’s progress.
Clinton was campaigning in Wisconsin ahead of the state’s April 5 primary and speaking Monday at the University of Wisconsin about President Barack Obama’s nomination of Judge Merrick Garland.
Sanders raises $4M since Saturday victories
Madison, Wis. — Bernie Sanders has raised more than $4 million since his victories in Saturday’s contests in Washington state, Hawaii and Alaska.
Sanders’ campaign spokesman Michael Briggs said Monday that the fundraising shows that the “people backing Bernie are charged up.” It’s one of Sanders’ largest post-election fundraising hauls during his primary fight against Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.
The money will help the Vermont senator as he prepares for advertising in upcoming states such as Wisconsin, New York and Pennsylvania.