President Obama Primarily Used the Address to Take on his Critics
President Barack Obama gave his 8th and final State of the Union address, and attacked the Republicans running for president numerous times, saying anyone who said America’s economy was in decline was “peddling fiction”. He went on to say, “The United States of America is the most powerful nation on Earth. Period. It’s not even close.”
Overall, the speech took 58 minutes 44 seconds, the second shortest of his speeches. Among the guests present were presidential candidates Bernie Sanders, Marco Rubio, and Rand Paul, a community college student and the CEO of Microsoft. It was also Paul Ryan’s first State of the Union address as Speaker of the House.
Bernie Sanders Was Asked if He Was Sorry For Benefiting from the Security Breach
When asked at the Democratic Debate if he was sorry for several of his staffers taking advantage of a security breach to access private voter information owned by the Clinton campaign, Bernie Sanders said he was. “Yes. I apologize. Not only do I apologize to Secretary Clinton, I want to apologize to my supporters. This is not the type of campaign that we run, and if I find anyone else involved in this, they will be fired.”
When Hillary Clinton was asked if she accepted Sanders’ apology, she merely said, “I very much appreciate that comment Bernie.” Sanders appeared to help Clinton even more by comparing “Datagate” to the scandal over he emails, reminding voters of how he publicly dismissed the scandal at the first Democratic debate.
Bernie Sanders’ campaign has filed a lawsuit against the Democratic National Committee (DNC) over a ban on voting information. Campaign manager Jeff Weaver admitted that four Sanders staffers illegally accessed information Hillary Clinton’s campaign had acquired. One of the staffers behind the illegal access of Clinton’s data has been fired and the others are under review.
However, Weaver argued that the DNC overreacted when it banned the Sanders campaign from accessing critical voter information, including info it collected itself. He blasted the DNC for “trying to help the Clinton campaign” as the ban will put Sanders at a serious disadvantage. The DNC has long been accused of unfairly supporting Clinton, especially by Sanders’ supporters.
After one of the worst debate performances in recent history, Lincoln Chafe followed Jim Webb in dropping out of the 2016 Democratic Primary, leaving only Martin O’Malley, Bernie Sanders, and Hillary Clinton.
The Media Have Relentlessly Question Whether Biden Will Run Or Not For Months Now
Vice President Joe Biden ended months of intense speculation by announcing he won’t run for president. The announcement was made in a short address in the Rose Garden with his wife Jill and President Obama by his side. The Vice President said, “Unfortunately, I believe we’re out of time, the time necessary to mount a winning campaign for the nomination.”
He also added that “there is no timetable for grieving”, referring to his son Beau’s tragic death due to brain cancer over the summer. The announcement means Hillary Clinton has likely already won the Democratic nomination, unless Bernie Sanders can pull off a shock.
Hillary Clinton Shows Her Appreciation for Bernie Sanders’ Supportive Comments
The highlight of the first Democratic debate, hosted by CNN, was when Senator Bernie Sanders was asked about Hillary Clinton’s e-mail scandal and he replied with “Americans are sick and tried of hearing about your damned emails!” His comment drew the biggest applause of the night.
Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chaffee, who did little to better his cause, took an early jab at Clinton, saying, “I have had no scandals. I am honest, I have high ethical standards.” The Democrats also clashed on the issue of gun rights but their debate was overall less fiery than the Republicans, as predicted.
The Vice-President Was Encouraged to Run By the Rowdy Crowd
Vice President Joe Biden appeared to move closer to joining Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders as the only viable Democratic candidates after a passionate Labor Day speech. Vice-President Biden spoke to an enthusiastic crowd of steelworkers in Pittsburgh, with the crowd yelling “run Joe run!”
Biden’s poll numbers are about on par with Republican front-runner Donald Trump, with a recent CNN poll showing that voters who are abandoning Clinton after her email scandal are supporting Biden. His speech denounced the rising gap between the wealthy and the poor, saying “the tax code’s not fair. It’s simply not fair.”