Bernie Sanders is getting a major chunk of his record fundraising from an unlikely source: people without jobs. He raised more than $16 million in 2015 from more than 235,000 people who identified themselves as either unemployed or retired. Almost all of it came through ActBlue, an online platform for making political donations to Democrats. Sanders has raised more money than any candidate except Hillary Clinton.
Hillary Clinton has enlisted actor Morgan Freeman to narrate in his deep, languid voice several ads that will air in South Carolina before the state’s Feb. 27 Democratic primary. The first ad opens with a scene of a church, empty pews filling the screen. Images of Clinton working with children appear as Freeman says, “Her church taught her to do all the good you can for all the people you can, for as long as you can.”
Donald Trump took aim at Apple over its refusal to comply with a court order to unlock a phone used by one of the San Bernardino, Calif., terrorists. “What I think you ought to do is boycott Apple until such time as they give that security number,” the Republican candidate said at a rally. Later, he tweeted that until Apple yields, “I’ll only be using Samsung.”
John Kasich hugged Brett Smith at a town hall in South Carolina on Thursday, and since then the video of their emotional encounter has gone viral and the University of Georgia student, 21, has been inundated by media requests and messages from family, friends and strangers. The Republican governor embraced Smith after the young man described a friend’s suicide and his parents’ divorce.
Marco Rubio took some heat Friday when technical problems on his charter plane forced him to cancel a campaign stop in Pawleys Island, S.C. It was the second event he had canceled in 24 hours. About 500 people had gathered to see the Republican Florida senator when the cancellation was announced.
Ted Cruz’ super PAC aired a radio ad and robocall criticizing Donald Trump for supporting the removal of the Confederate flag from a memorial near the South Carolina Capitol. The GOP Texas senator’s ad and robocall start with audio of Trump stating, “Put it in a museum, let it go.” The announcer says, “People like Donald Trump are always butting their noses into other people’s businesses. Trump talks about our flag like it’s a social disease.”