We Can’t Afford The Consequences Of A Clinton Presidency

For the 58th time in our nation’s history, Americans will cast their ballots in November for the President of the United States. A presidential election is not just a decision about who will lead our nation right now, but the country we will be in the future.

On both counts, America cannot afford Hillary Clinton in the White House.

Clinton shares President Obama’s misguided belief the economy is in good shape. President Obama has spent years touting a veneer of recovery, but the American people know what Obamanomics has really led to: a shrinking middle class with declining wages, a 50-year low in homeownership, and a swelling global trade deficit of $750 billion.

Yet Hillary Clinton has said President Obama doesn’t “get the credit he deserves,” and merits an “A” for his performance on the economy. That’s a generous grade for a president who has seen 7 million Americans slide into poverty and 11 million Americans newly on food stamps under his watch. President Obama will leave office as the only president in history to never deliver a year of 3% economic growth or more, and with Hillary Clinton praising his failed policies, it’s clear she’s is out of touch with the struggles of many Americans and unable to grasp the solutions needed to get the economy to peak performance.

Clinton is also eager to expand on President Obama’s disastrous ObamaCare agenda. Costs keep escalating for patients and taxpayers, and ObamaCare exchanges have collapsed in multiple states. As the Wall Street Journal has noted, the average deductible for a family of four on a bronze ObamaCare plan is now $11,000, “the equivalent, in the case of routine illness or injury, of not being insured at all.” In a Clinton presidency, consumers will keep paying more for less as ObamaCare continues to tighten its grip on our healthcare system. Clinton claimed credit for laying the groundwork for ObamaCare years ago, and her own personal investment in this failed legislation means she will never abandon it if she is President.

And the disastrous effects of a Clinton presidency would reverberate far beyond our borders.

Clinton is not equipped to lead the fight against radical Islamic terrorism as commander-in-chief. As Secretary of State, she proved her poor judgment by turning Libya into a hotbed for Jihadist activity. Less than three weeks after the horrific San Bernardino shootings, Clinton said “we now finally are where we need to be” on fighting ISIS. With scores dead and wounded in attacks around the globe, Clinton’s unwillingness to change course from President Obama’s futile strategy inspires no confidence that she will be able to stop the terror group, which is now operating in three times as many places around the globe as it was in 2014.

Clinton’s signature “accomplishment” as Secretary of State was the disastrous Iran nuclear deal, which not only does nothing to stop the world’s number one state sponsor of terror from developing a nuclear weapon, but also hands a radical regime $1.7 billion in payments they can spread around to global terror groups. Enabling our enemies is a staple of the Clinton foreign policy record, and the Iran deal is proof positive of more of Clinton’s “leading from behind” mentality which has made the United States and its allies more vulnerable to national security threats.

Lastly, Clinton’s pay-to-play approach to politics has resulted in gross compromises of our national security and diplomatic efforts, and electing her president means the White House will become a new and fertile ground for a pattern of unethical behavior which stretches back decades. While Secretary of State, Clinton’s Foundation took millions from individuals with intimate connections to the governments of countries like Saudi Arabia and Russia. The levels of cash flowing into the Clinton Foundation highlights her greed and conflicts of interest, and covering up these questionable relationships was at the core of Clinton’s motivations for recklessly setting up a secret email server that left classified information exposed to foreign intelligence agencies and hackers. Americans must ask themselves if they should give a promotion to someone who failed so many tests of leadership.

The American people have had enough of failed status quo policies which have left them less hopeful in our country’s future. They have had enough of serially dishonest, corrupt, and self-interested career politicians. If we do not elect Donald Trump president, these will be the inevitable, unaffordable hallmarks of a Clinton presidency.

Hillary Clinton Will Say Anything

Hillary Clinton will say anything. Today she is bringing her campaign of hypocrisy to Virginia, where she is likely to continue her misguided calls to weaken Americans’ Second Amendment rights in the aftermath of the terror attack in Orlando.

The day after the attack, Clinton said, “We need to keep guns like the ones used last night out of the hands of terrorists or other violent criminals.” This is one area where we can all agree.

But if she is serious, her first step must be to walk back her praise of Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s controversial restoration of rights for more than 200,000 felons, which included convicted rapists, murderers, and other violent offenders who now have a path toward legally purchasing a firearm.

Commonwealth’s attorneys from both parties have spoken out against this action, which, as The Washington Post reported, covered “some high-profile killers whose crimes shocked their small communities.”

Hillary Clinton likes to have it both ways on just about everything, but she cannot claim to want to keep guns from violent criminals while continuing her support for her friend Terry McAuliffe’s reckless blanket restoration order.

And let’s not forget: the entire reason McAuliffe wanted to flood the voter rolls with newly enfranchised felons was to benefit Hillary Clinton’s electoral chances. But in his haste to create more than 200,000 potential new voters for his longtime friend, violent criminals got the same treatment as a serial bad check writer.

So if Hillary Clinton means what she says about keeping guns out the hands of violent criminals, she must put her political ambitions aside and retract her support for Gov. McAuliffe’s reckless restoration order that could put guns in reach of people found guilty of heinous crimes.

2383 Or Bust

“They shouldn’t be included in any count on primary or caucus night.”

That’s what DNC Communications Director Luis Miranda said about superdelegates back in April.

While Hillary Clinton will try to claim she’s the presumptive nominee, it’s worth remembering the DNC has been adamant that superdelegates don’t officially count toward a candidate’s pledged delegate total until they vote at the convention in July. That means according to the DNC’s own rules, if Hillary Clinton doesn’t hit 2383 pledged delegates after Tuesday’s contests, any attempts to anoint Hillary Clinton the presumptive nominee will be premature.

Hillary Clinton’s nomination is not a done deal. A lot can change in 48 days, especially when the candidate who has the support of many of these unelected party bosses is still under investigation by the FBI.

DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz has said superdelegates are “free to decide [who to vote for] anytime up until July.” If Hillary is short the 2383 pledged delegates on Wednesday morning, will the DNC violate its own rules and declare Hillary Clinton the presumptive nominee without her having officially crossed the delegate threshold?  If the media tries to declare Clinton the presumptive nominee, will the DNC vocally stand up for Sanders’ supporters or will they break their own rules and let Clinton push a false narrative?

If the DNC says Clinton is the presumptive nominee, it will indicate the DNC doesn’t want to give superdelegates who might be getting hot under the collar over Hillary’s legal woes an opportunity to change sides, especially with Sanders still nipping at her heels in the overall delegate count.

Declaring Hillary Clinton the presumptive nominee will further expose an already unfair superdelegate system as an anti-democratic and rigged method of choosing a nominee, one that looks utterly hypocritical in light of constant misleading Democrat rhetoric about being the party of enfranchising voters. And it only makes sense superdelegates should have to wait until the convention to cast their vote. Democrats are the so-called champions of voting rights, right?

And what if Bernie wins big on Tuesday?

Sanders is only 268 pledged delegates behind Clinton. With 694 pledged delegates at stake during the final contests, Bernie still has a puncher’s chance to overtake her in the pledged delegate lead before the convention in Philadelphia next month.  Will superdelegates hypothetically pledged to Clinton be willing to swing the nomination from the voters’ choice to the Democrat establishment’s choice in Philadelphia?

And let’s not forget there are many states out there Bernie Sanders won but superdelegates bucked the will of the people (Michigan, Washington, Minnesota, Wisconsin, New Hampshire, Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska, Hawaii, Rhode Island, Indiana, Utah, West Virginia).  Should those party insiders do the right thing and support Sanders just like their constituents, perhaps Clinton’s claimed lead isn’t really what it seems.

The multitude of Sanders supporters who are upset about the rigged superdelegate system have pledged to make their voice heard at the Democrat convention. 74-year old Bernie Sanders is the oldest candidate in the race. But he could be a comeback kid this Tuesday.

Delegate Allocation And Selection Rules

On October 1 of last year, 50 states, 5 territories, and the District of Columbia submitted finalized plans for how delegates would be chosen for the Republican National Convention. These plans were promptly circulated to all of the campaigns and the RNC held a briefing with over 100 members of the media in attendance laying out these plans the next day on October 2.

As a party, we believe in the freedom of the states to make decisions about how they will select delegates to the National Convention. And for decades, this grassroots-driven, democratic process has been transparent and effective.

This cycle is no different.

The rules surrounding the delegate selection have been clearly laid out in every state and territory and while each state is different, each process is easy to understand for those willing to learn it.

It ultimately falls on the campaigns to be up to speed on these delegate rules. Campaigns have to know when absentee ballots are due, how long early voting lasts in certain states, or the deadlines for voter registration; the delegate rules are no different.

Whether delegates are awarded through a primary, caucus, or convention, this process is democracy in action and driven by grassroots voters across the country.

The RNC is transparent about the rules and works with campaigns on a consistent basis to address any questions surrounding the process. As we head into the final contests in April, here is a rundown of those elections and how their delegates will be selected:

WYOMING (29 DELEGATES)

Delegates in Wyoming are elected at the grassroots level at the Wyoming State Party Convention. Campaigns can organize supporters to run as delegates and those candidates can be bound if they declare for a candidate.

NEW YORK (95 DELEGATES)

On April 19, New York Republicans will go to the polls with 95 delegates at stake. Delegates are awarded by congressional district and on an at-large basis. If a candidate receives over 50 percent of the vote in a congressional district they win all three of the at-large delegates in that district. Only those candidates who receive more than 20 percent of the vote are eligible to receive delegates. The delegates bound by the primary vote will then be elected by their peers at grassroots congressional district meetings. The 11 at-large delegates to the National Convention are voted on by the Republican State Committee at their meeting on May 18.

APRIL 26th STATES (172 DELEGATES)

CONNECTICUT (28 DELEGATES)

Delegates are submitted as slates by the candidates and are awarded on an at-large and congressional district basis. At-large delegates are awarded proportionately for all candidates who receive over 20 percent of the vote with all at-large delegates awarded to a candidate if they break 50 percent. The plurality winner of the congressional district vote wins all three delegates from the district. Both the at-large and congressional are elected at the State Committee Meeting on April 26.

DELAWARE (16 DELEGATES)

Delegates are awarded on a winner-take-all basis and are voted on as a slate at the state convention on April 29.

MARYLAND (38 DELEGATES)

Three delegates for each candidate are elected directly on the ballot in each congressional district and at-large delegates are voted on individually at the State Central Committee meeting on May 14. Congressional district delegates are winner-take-all by district vote, at-large delegates are winner-take-all by statewide vote.

PENNSYLVANIA (71 DELEGATES)

Pennsylvania elects three delegates from each congressional district on the primary ballot and the State Committee elects 14 at-large delegates at their meeting on May 21. Congressional district delegates are submitted by campaigns, though are technically unbound. At-large delegates are winner-take-all based on the statewide vote.

RHODE ISLAND (19 DELEGATES)

Delegates are elected directly on the ballot in the primary election. Delegates are awarded proportionately on an at-large and congressional district basis with a 10 percent threshold.

For more information and facts about the convention, conventionfacts.gop addresses frequently asked questions about delegates, the rules, and how the process works.