Presidential campaign snapshots
Trump breaks with N.M. gov
In a stunning rebuke aimed at the nation’s only Latina governor at a political rally in her home state of New Mexico, Donald Trump chastised Republican Susana Martinez for not doing her job when it came to unemployment, federal food aid and even containing the Syrian refugee crisis while he stumped at a political rally this week in the nation’s most Hispanic state. Martinez, skipped the event in Albuquerque, citing a busy schedule.
The public spat dampened any lingering speculation that Martinez might be picked as vice president to attract more female and minority voters to the Republican ticket.
Libertarians fill convention
The unpopularity of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton has led to unprecedented excitement at the Libertarian Party’s presidential nominating convention in Orlando. Officials said Friday the four-day event began with 985 delegates and 344 alternates attending from all 50 states — a record.
“There’s a lot more energy,” said former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, who with running mate William Weld, the former Massachusetts governor, are considered front-runners.
‘Never Hillary’ unifies GOP
Having overcome a multimillion-dollar “Never Trump” campaign aimed at blocking him from the Republican nomination,Donald Trump is now benefiting from a wave of GOP donors, party leaders, voters and conservative groups that are uniting under a new banner: “Never Hillary.”
Thanks to Republicans’ deep disdain for the likely Democratic nominee, Trump is piling up those kinds of lukewarm GOP endorsements, such as Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.
From Detroit News wire reports
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