As Republican presidential hopefuls gear up for their second debate on Wednesday, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who is struggling at the polls, is trying to distinguish himself amid a crowded field of candidates, namely by attacking President Barack Obama.
Walker criticized Obama on Sunday for failing to speak out against anti-police rhetoric during protests against excessive force. During an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper on State of the Union, he said Obama hasn’t offered enough support for police who are putting their lives on the line.
“I think it’s absence of leadership, of speaking out on this issue” he said in response to a question from Tapper about blaming the president for “murders” of police officers. “When people are going after the men and women in uniform, the people who are overwhelmingly doing the right thing everyday, putting their lives on the line to keep us safe in communities all across America, it is the duty of the president to stand up and say something about that, to speak up. I’m gonna have the backs of the men and women who wear the badge and wear the uniforms in this country.”
Here is the deal — President Obama is not running for re-election because, well, he’s barred by the Constitution from seeking a third-term. But he has spoken out about violence against police. Like here. And here.
Walker is either stuck in a time warp, or avoiding the elephant in the room. After all, it isn’t likely Scott will touch Donald Trump, who is known for striking back at critics.
Perhaps Walker should borrow a page from Trump and soft-spoken retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, who are both leading in the latest polls, and focus on building his brand. Walker will have a chance to reverse his sagging poll ratings at 8 p.m. (ET) Wednesday at the second Republican debate at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California (which will feature the top 11 candidates).
In our opinion, he will not get far if he continues to focus on Obama.
Is Joe Biden Moving Closer To A 3rd Presidential Bid?
Vice President Joe Biden, who is weighing his third run for the Democratic presidential nomination, attended the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation convention in Washington, D.C. over the weekend.
Politico reports that he joined President Barack Obama Saturday evening at the Phoenix Awards dinner at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
If he gets into the 2016 race, Biden will be banking on a strong showing with the African-American community, particularly in South Carolina, where he’d be focusing most of his early state campaign energy. The CBC convention is the biggest gathering of African-American political power of the year.
The news comes as Biden is surging at the polls, even though he has not thrown his hat in the ring, according to the Washington Post:
Among Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents, [Hillary] Clinton is the choice of 42 percent of registered voters. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is second with 24 percent and Vice President Biden, who is deciding whether to run, is third with 21 percent. Sanders’s support has risen by 10 points since July, while Biden has gained nine points.
Biden advisers have said he is likely to make a decision this month. The vice president has said recently that he is still dealing with the death of his son Beau a few months ago and cannot yet say he has the emotional commitment needed to seek the presidency. But his advisers are preparing for a possible campaign as Biden and his family weigh the personal costs of running.
Does it appear that Biden is edging closer to a presidential run, or nah?