Hillary Clinton, the most favored non-incumbent presidential candidate in memory, enters the 2016 Democratic presidential sweepstakes tomorrow in what will be the real beginning of the presidential cycle.
She has become a prohibitive favorite and cleared the Democratic field simply by saying she was seriously considering a race for the nomination she has coveted since 2008, when she was a huge front-runner but ultimately stumbled by treating the run for the nomination more like a coronation than a campaign.
Lincoln Chafee’s announcement that he is seriously considering a campaign for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination brings to mind sports broadcaster Al Michaels’ famous call from the USA hockey team’s upset victory over the USSR in the 1980 winter Olympics: Do you Believe in Miracles?
That’s pretty much what is would take for Chafee to move into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in January 2017.
If Bernie Sanders, Vermont’s left-leaning U.S. senator, decides to run for the Democratic presidential nomination, one Rhode Islander who will be on his team is veteran Democratic political consultant Tad Devine.
Devine, who has held top roles in the presidential campaigns of John Kerry, Mike Dukakis and Al Gore, has had Sanders as a client, going back to the 1990s, when Sanders held Vermont’s lone seat in the U.S. House.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is slated to return to Rhode Island to campaign Tuesday with Republican gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung. First Lady Michelle Obama is expected here later in the week.
Christie stumped for Fung in Johnston earlier this month, and pledged to return. Plans call for Christie to visit some Federal Hill merchants this afternoon and to tour businesses in Cranston. An advisory says reporters will be able to speak with Christie, the chairman of the Republican Governors Association, only at the second event.
In a speech emphasizing efforts to rebuild the middle class, Hillary Clinton on Friday touted Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo as a proven job-creator who has the toughness and flexibility to move Rhode Island forward.