Hillary Clinton to campaign with Andrew Gillum in South Florida

Hillary Clinton at Palm Beach State College in Lake Worth during the 2016 presidential campaign. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)

After courting liberals in the primary by campaigning with progressive icon Bernie Sanders, Florida Democratic governor nominee Andrew Gillum is reaching out to the party’s establishment wing and bringing in Hillary Clinton for a rally somewhere in deep-blue South Florida on Oct. 23, the Gillum campaign announced today.

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It will be the sixth consecutive Florida governor’s race in which a Clinton has campaigned for the Democratic nominee. Former President Bill Clinton stumped in the Sunshine State for every Democratic gubernatorial nominee from 1998 to 2014, but the #MeToo movement has put a 2018 Bill Clinton visit in question.

Hillary Clinton lost Florida to Donald Trump in 2016 with 47.8 percent of the vote — a 2.2 percent drop-off from former President Barack Obama‘s winning margin in the state four years earlier. But Clinton racked up big margins in heavily Democratic Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties. Turning out Democrats in those counties will be a key for Gillum against Republican Ron DeSantis.

“I’m honored to have Secretary Clinton join me in Florida next month,” said Gillum, who backed Clinton over Sanders in the 2016 Democratic primaries and spoke at the Democratic National Convention that year. “Hillary knows just what’s at stake in this election — affordable healthcare, a brighter future for our children — and that the choice in this election could not be clearer.”

Republicans sought to exploit the split within the Democratic Party between Clinton loyalists and backers of Sanders, whose endorsement of Gillum was a key to his Aug. 28 primary win.

“Clinton’s sudden re-emergence and fundraising tour will do far more to hurt Gillum’s cause than help it,” said RNC spokeswoman Taryn Fenske. “Gillum’s socialist base isn’t going to like him aligning with Clinton who is tainted by decades of controversy and failed policies. Floridians rejected Hillary in 2016 – he better watch out or he’ll alienate his far-left base.”

Gillum is trying to become Florida’s first black governor. He’s also trying to be the first Democrat to win a Florida governor’s race since Lawton Chiles barely won re-election in 1994 over Republican challenger Jeb Bush.

Four years later, Bush began a 20-year winning streak for the GOP by winning election in 1998 and re-election in 2002. Charlie Crist, now a Democratic congressman from St. Petersburg, won the governorship as a Republican in 2006. Republican Rick Scott was elected in 2010 and re-elected — over Crist — in 2014.

The Democrats who lost those races presented themselves more or less as moderates, but Gillum staked out a variety of liberal positions and urged the party’s voters to try something new this year.

“We have nominated five pretty centrist Democrats, white Democrats, for the last 20 years and not one of them have won,” Gillum said in an August interview with the GateHouse Media. Gillum added: “Black voters, brown voters, young voters, poor voters — I trust my chances at being able to reach those constituencies over anybody else running, and if we’re going to win, our nominee must move more of those voters to the polls.”

In a five-candidate Democratic primary, the endorsement from Sanders helped Gillum get a 34.4 plurality to claim the nomination.

Bill Clinton’s frequent Florida appearances could be a #MeToo casualty

Bill Clinton at an October 2016 appearance in Belle Glade for Hillary Clinton. (Damon Higgins/The Palm Beach Post)

Former President Bill Clinton has been a frequent election-year presence in Palm Beach County and elsewhere in Florida — stumping for such Democrats as Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Charlie Crist, Patrick Murphy, Lois Frankel and Kendrick Meek.
But 20 years after he survived the Monica Lewinsky scandal as president, Politico reports that Bill Clinton could be shelved for the 2018 midterms amid heightened awareness of sexual harassment and the desire of Democrats to draw a clear contrast with President Donald Trump on the issue.

Bill Clinton appears with Democratic Senate candidate Kendrick Meek in Delray Beach in 2010. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

Putting Clinton on the stump “just brings up a lot of issues that will be very tough for Democrats. And I think we all have to be clear about what the #MeToo movement was,” says House Progressive Caucus Vice Chair Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., in a Politico article that says the 42nd president has become “too toxic” for Democrats.

Bill Clinton with former U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy in Palm Beach Gardens in 2014. (Damon Higgins/The Palm Beach Post)

Bill Clinton narrowly lost Florida to George H.W. Bush in 1992 (the last person to lose Florida but win the presidency), then carried the state in 1996. He’s become a popular figure in the Sunshine State, and particularly deep-blue Palm Beach County, since leaving office.

Bill Clinton at Palm Beach State College in Lake Worth for a 2012 rally for President Barack Obama’s re-election. (Lannis Waters/The Palm Beach Post)

In 2016, Bill Clinton’s Palm Beach County appearances included a rally for his wife in Belle Glade a month before the election, a high-dollar fundraiser in Palm Beach Gardens in the summer and a key primary-season stop at the Port of Palm Beach as Hillary Clinton sought to ward off the Bernie Sanders insurgency.

He raised money in West Palm Beach for Democratic congressional hopefuls Frankel and Murphy in 2012 and then campaigned for Murphy’s re-election in Palm Beach Gardens in 2014. In 2012, when he was a frequent “explainer-in-chief” surrogate for Obama’s re-election bid, he appeared at the Lake Worth campus of Palm Beach State College for the Obama campaign. He appeared in Delray Beach for Meek in 2010.

Why Bill Clinton is coming to South Florida…

Former President Bill Clinton with U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Delray Beach, in Belle Glade in October. (Damon Higgins/The Palm Beach Post)

Former President Bill Clinton will be in Miami Beach on Saturday to address the U.S. Conference of Mayors annual meeting.

Clinton will speak at the “City Livability Luncheon” at the Fountainebleau Hotel.

More than 250 mayors are expected at the 85th annual conference, which begins Friday and ends Monday. The conference includes mayors from cities with populations of 30,000 or more.

 

 

Will Trump shun Mar-a-Lago for Camp David getaway?

President Jimmy Carter sits on a log bench at Camp David, where he brokered an Egypt-Israel peace deal and honed his “malaise” speech. (Photo courtesy of Jimmy Carter Library)

President Donald Trump, who has made seven weekend visits to his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, shook things up a little last weekend by making his first presidential visit to his place in Bedminster, N.J.

President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach.(Richard Graulich/The Palm Beach Post)

Now it looks like the president might be contemplating a further departure from habit by visiting a non-Trump property on Mother’s Day weekend — the Camp David presidential retreat in the Maryland mountains.

COMPARE President Donald Trump’s travel to getaways by other presidents.

The Palm Beach Post’s Kristina Webb, an indefatigable tracker of Federal Aviation Administration advisories, reports on a new FAA notice anticipating “VIP movement” around Camp David from Friday through Sunday.

Trump has yet to visit Camp David, which is a short helicopter ride from the White House.

The FAA also issued VIP restrictions around Camp David in March, but Trump ended up not going.

Recent presidents have varied in their usage of Camp David. Barack Obama spent all or part of 93 days at Camp David, George W. Bush spent 487 full or partial days there and Bill Clinton logged all or part of 173 days at the mountain getaway.

 

 

 

Donald Trump returns to Palm Beach amid ALL CAPS court rage

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump at Palm Beach International Airport last Friday. They'll return today with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Abe's wife. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)
President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump at Palm Beach International Airport last Friday. They’ll return today with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Abe’s wife. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

PALM BEACH — President Donald Trump returns to his winter White House at Mar-a-Lago later today as his administration ponders how to deal with a judicial roadblock to his executive order halting travel to the U.S. by refugees and people from seven largely Muslim nations.

 

Click here to read about Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s weekend plans — and the added Bill Clinton factor in Palm Beach on Saturday.

 

A three-judge federal appeals panel unanimously refused to reinstate the ban Thursday after a judge — derided as a “so-called judge” by Trump on Twitter — halted the travel ban while the court considers challenges to it by Washington and Minnesota.

 

Trump reacted swiftly on Twitter on Thursday evening:

 

 

“SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!” the president tweeted.

 

As this Palm Beach Post analysis of Trump’s first 100 presidential tweets noted, Trump often capitalizes words for emphasis when he tweets. But Thursday’s Twitter blast was only the third time as president he has tweeted entirely in capital letters.

Bill Clinton expected in Palm Beach Saturday while Trump’s in town

Former President Bill Clinton and President Donald Trump will both be in Palm Beach on Saturday. (Damon Higgins & Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)
Former President Bill Clinton and President Donald Trump will both be in Palm Beach on Saturday. (Damon Higgins & Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

PALM BEACH — Former President Bill Clinton is expected in town Saturday for a social gathering while President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are at Mar-a-Lago.

 

Gregory Cox of The Palm Beach Daily News was first to report the Clinton visit here.

 

Clinton is expected to attend a wedding at The Breakers, about 3 miles north of Mar-a-Lago. There’s been no word on whether Hillary Clinton will be with him or whether the current and former presidents will meet.

Donald Trump, Tiger Woods complete 18 holes of golf in West Palm Beach

From Twitter
From Twitter

President-elect Donald Trump and golf legend Tiger Woods have finished playing 18 holes at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach.

 

Tiger Woods has golfed with George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. But today's outing with Donald Trump is believed to be his first with a dyed goatee.
Tiger Woods has golfed with George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. But today’s outing with Donald Trump is believed to be his first with a dyed goatee.

According to a picture from the event posted on Twitter, Woods was still sporting a dyed goatee that he featured in a shirtless Santa picture he posted on his Twitter account Thursday.

 

Trump and Woods were joined by Trump International golf pro John Nieporte and an associate of Woods and had lunch at the club afterward, said Gary Wiren, the director of instruction at Trump International.

 

“It was just a social kind of event,” Wiren said when asked about scores.

 

Woods has also played with President Barack Obama and former Presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush.

Donald Trump ‘a very good golfer, very serious’ says pol who played with him

President-elect Donald Trump playing golf in 2011 at his Trump International Golf Club. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)
President-elect Donald Trump playing golf in 2011 at his Trump International Golf Club. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

President-elect Donald Trump, who is golfing today with Tiger Woods at the Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, is one of the best politician-golfers in Washington, according to a recent Golf Digest ranking.

 

Tiger Woods, who recently posted this shirtless Santa picture on his Twitter account, is on the links with Trump today.
Tiger Woods, who recently posted this shirtless Santa picture on his Twitter account, is on the links with Trump today.

Trump, Woods and other not-yet-revealed players were on the 10th hole at around 11 a.m., according to a pool report.

 

Trump and his reported 2.8 handicap ranked 12th in the Golf Digest compilation — 101 places ahead of President Barack Obama, who has a 13 handicap. Vice President Joe Biden ranks 68th with a 10 handicap while Vice President-elect Mike Pence ranks 127th with a handicap of 15.

 

Former President Bill Clinton is a 16-handicap golfer who is ranked 129th in the Golf Digest politician list.

 

Former Republican state Rep. and two-time U.S. congressional candidate Carl Domino, a member of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club, said he golfed with Trump, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and a fourth player at Trump International about three years ago.

 

Rand Paul finished well behind Trump on the golf course three years ago and in the GOP presidential race this year.
Rand Paul finished well behind Trump on the golf course three years ago and in the GOP presidential race this year.

They talked about a potential Trump 2014 run for governor of New York, recalled Domino.

 

In a foreshadowing of the 2016 presidential race, Domino said Trump finished well ahead of Paul (who dropped his White House bid after the Iowa caucuses) and the others in the group.

 

“No exaggeration, he shot even par on the round,” said Domino, who said Trump would have finished two or three strokes under par if he hadn’t come up short on a few putts. “He was much better than the rest of us…He’s a very good golfer, very serious about it.”

 

Trump in Palm Beach: Tiger Woods to join president-elect on links, Golf Digest says

President-elect Donald Trump and Tiger Woods are scheduled to play golf today at the Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, according to a report in Golf Digest that cites a source close to Trump.

Woods, who owns a home in Jupiter Island and launched a restaurant in Jupiter’s Harbourside Place, is no stranger to presidential golf in Florida.

He played with President Barack Obama at the Floridian Golf Club in Palm City in 2013 and again in 2015.

Woods has also golfed with former Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. He critiqued their golf games, as well as Obama’s, during an October appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert (beginning around the 4:20 mark on this video clip) after Colbert asked him about golfing with presidents.

When Colbert asked if he had ever golfed with Trump, Woods replied: “You said ‘presidents.'”

Part-time Palm Beach resident Trump and Woods have met on the golf course at least once before.

In 2013, Woods won the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship at the Trump National Doral near Miami and was given the winner’s trophy by Trump.

Neither Woods nor Trump has mentioned any golf outing on Twitter, but Woods posted a shirtless Santa picture on his account Thursday night.

 

 

Bill Clinton kicking off North Florida bus tour in advance of early voting

Former President Bill Clinton is kicking off a North Florida bus tour in advance of early voting
Former President Bill Clinton is kicking off a North Florida bus tour in advance of early voting

Former President Bill Clinton is doing a two-day bus swing across North Florida in advance of next week’s start of early voting in the state.

Clinton is slated to start the tour Friday in Orlando, speaking to the Florida Education Association, the state’s largest teachers union. Then he heads to Jacksonville for an early voting rally.

On Saturday, Clinton plans to attend rallies in Panama City and Pensacola. The Hillary Clinton campaign said the former president will focus his remarks on the economy and also plans “additional stops along the way.”

Early voting begins Monday.

A North Florida bus tour featuring Bill Clinton was cancelled last month when the former president went to Israel for the funeral of former Prime Minister Shimon Peres.