Clinton is the top candidate for 53 percent of likely Democratic caucusgoers. That’s roughly five times bigger than Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, who follows with 10 percent support as a first pick. Vice President Joe Biden is the top choice for 9 percent of likely caucusgoers, while 2004 Democratic nominee John Kerry draws 7 percent. [Bloomberg Politics]
THERE’S A reason people are concerned about Wall Street coziness with candidates. Look what has happened in just the last 14 years. Fat cats have gotten off with barely a slap, while Americans have been stiffed bailing them out for professional malfeasance that would land any of us in jail for years.
The truth, as I’ve written before, is that any viable presidential candidate in our global capitalistic system will have to engage Wall Street and the Chamber of Commerce, which President Obama found out himself. The Supreme Court solidified that reality in a way that is lost on no one.
A plurality of caucusgoers, 44 percent, view Clinton’s ties to Wall Street as a matter of concern, while 36 percent said they are an advantage. Clinton’s closeness to Wall Street, which is home to big donors to her family’s foundation and other projects, may be hurting her at a time when she and fellow Democrats are arguing that Republican policies promote “income inequality.”
When asked which candidate “better represents your political beliefs,” 52 percent chose Clinton while 26 percent picked Warren, who is using a populist appeal to build a base of support within the party.
In the era of ISIL, as well as Russia’s intervention in Ukraine, as the world becomes a daily front page horror, Iowans split on foreign policy, according to Bloomberg Politics/DMR current polling.
Although Iowa Democrats who plan to attend the caucuses are sharply divided over the role of the U.S. military, Clinton doesn’t appear to suffer much — if at all — for her advocacy of force as a tool of foreign policy. Forty-six percent say the U.S. should not rule out putting American boots on the ground to fight Islamic State, while 45 percent say President Barack Obama’s policy of keeping American troops out of the war is the right one. Overall, 49 percent say the U.S. is overextended abroad, compared with 40 percent who say the nation must lead in world affairs even if it acts alone.
It’s unfair to single Senator Elizabeth Warren out, regardless of progressive support, because she’s not running and has made that very clear. Warren will remain so important to Democrats for many good reasons, especially on her signature issue of watching Wall Street, which makes her role in the Senate critical.
Hillary Clinton remains the rock star, with what comes with that position very high expectations.
What goes up can always come down, however, which is something that anyone running a political campaign for president always keeps in the back of her or her mind.
No matter what the polling says, once this really begins Clinton will have to deliver or the media will eat her alive.
As to whom HRC could face on the Republican side, when it comes to Iowa, both Jeb Bush and Chris Christie have not made the sale.