Joe Biden slams Trump, Bernie hits Liberty, as GOP debate day arrives.

Joe Biden slams Trump, Bernie hits Liberty, as GOP debate day arrives.

LAST NIGHT Donald Trump did a weird fundraiser where he offered brief remarks, marketed as a foreign policy speech, which took place on the decommissioned USS Iowa. During the build up to his speech, “breaking news” of Vice President Joe Biden sending a broadside in Trump’s direction flashed across the screen. There was another political tremor the day before when Bernie Sanders decided to walk into Liberty University, giving one of his best speeches in front of a group of people who weren’t his fans.

The pool report of Vice President Biden‘s remarks were also sent out in Spanish. As Hispanic Heritage Month at the Naval Observatory was celebrated, one of the attendees was Baseball Hall-of-Famer Pedro Martinez.

Biden aimed straight at Trump.

“I don’t want anybody to be down right now about what’s going on in the Republican Party. …I want you to remember, notwithstanding the fact that one guy absolutely denigrated an entire group of people, appealing to the baser side of human nature, working on this notion of xenophobia in a way that hasn’t occurred in a long time. Since the Know Nothing party at the end of the 19th century. Folks the American people are with us. I know it doesn’t feel that way. But I’m telling you. I’m telling you. The American people agree with us. […]

“I walked out of the house just as Trump was talking on the television. Folks, this will not prevail. This will not prevail. And in the meantime, let’s not take our eye off the ball. Let’s not take our eye off the ball. Continue to fight.”

Whatever’s happening with Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders has his own game plan, which included a remarkable gesture across the aisle to speak at Liberty University, where the prospect of turning listeners into votes is very slim. The very act of what Sanders did was surprising, but also gracious, as well as presidential.

HuffPost reported that the pro-Hillary super PAC Correct the Record, founded by David Brock, has started running negative ads against Bernie Sanders who said, “It was the kind of onslaught I expected to see from the Koch Brothers or Sheldon Adelson.” Sanders’ spokesman Michael Briggs said they were “distorting the record.”

“It is disappointing that Secretary Clinton’s super PAC is spreading disinformation about Bernie,” Briggs said of the Correct the Record memo. “This is exactly the kind of politics that Bernie is trying to change. To equate bringing home heating oil to low-income Vermonters with support for the Chavez government is dishonest.”

Hillary Clinton still leads Bernie Sanders nationally by double-digits, but she’s down 11, and he’s up 10.

With Joe Biden included in most of the polling now, how long will he want to see his numbers in the low teens if he’s even remotely interested in running?

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton continues to hold a double-digit lead in the Democratic race for the nomination nationally, but Sen. Bernie Sanders is gaining on her. Clinton now has the backing of 47 percent of Democratic primary voters (down from 58 percent), while Sanders comes in second, with 27 percent (up from 17 percent). Vice President Joe Biden, who has yet to announce whether he is running for president, receives support from 15 percent of Democratic primary voters. [CBS/NYTimes]