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Clinton using Republican convention to spur voter signup

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    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton high fives a member of the audience as she arrives to speak at the Old State House in Springfield, Ill.

WASHINGTON >> Hillary Clinton’s campaign is launching a major voter mobilization drive during the Republican National Convention, setting a national goal of getting more than 3 million people to register and commit to vote in the 2016 election.

Clinton intends to announce the plan on Monday in a speech to the NAACP convention in Cincinnati, followed by a stop at an Ohio voter registration event with volunteers, campaign officials said Sunday. The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee is kicking off the voter drive as Republicans meet in Cleveland to nominate businessman Donald Trump at their national convention.

The mobilization effort aims to capture the energy of Democrats watching the GOP convention each evening and harness it into a stronger voter base. President Barack Obama often told his campaign audiences, “Don’t boo — vote,” and Clinton’s team wants their faithful not to fume, but to fight back.

“People will be watching Cleveland and Donald Trump the next few days and will be wondering, ‘What can I do? What can I do to stop this?’” said David Pepper, the chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party. “And the best thing they can do is to register voters.”

During the week, Clinton’s campaign and state Democratic coordinated campaigns will hold more than 500 registration or “commit to vote” events across the nation. For example, voter registration events will be held at the Islamic Center of Akron’s Eid celebration in Ohio; a bilingual day camp in Hazelton, Pennsylvania; Detroit’s Eastern Market; and a campaign office opening in Madison, Wisconsin.

To reach the goal of 3 million new voters, the campaign said it had created a one-stop-shopping online voter registration tool in English and Spanish that can be widely shared online.

Clinton’s voter registration and mobilization project will aim to build upon the turnout machine built by Obama’s two winning campaigns. And it also underscores how important it will be for Clinton to activate Obama’s coalition of black, Latino, female and young voters to turn out in large numbers amid a negative election environment against Trump.

Recent polls have shown large numbers of voters, including independents, expressing wariness of both Clinton and Trump, signaling that the election could pivot largely on the ability of each party to turn out its electoral base.

“In Florida, what she is doing on the ground with voter registration could be the difference between winning and losing,” said Steve Schale, a Democratic strategist who advised Obama’s campaigns in Florida.

Schale said in an email that Democrats had an edge of about 660,000 registered voters over Republicans in 2008, a margin which dropped to about 500,000 in 2012 when Obama narrowly defeated Republican Mitt Romney in the state. Democrats currently have about 250,000 more registered voters there than Republicans.

“When you keep in mind we won Florida by less than 100,000 votes (in 2012), you see how important registration is,” he said.

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  • Wouldn’t be any where’s around both conventions especially with all the shootings going on. The GOP conventions is scary because people are allowed to carry guns in Cleveland.

    Once again this morning police were shot in Baton Rouge.

    This whole world is nuts.

  • This is a good strategy for Mrs. Clinton. There are also very large voter registration drives being held now for citizens of Latino heritage, and very large voter registration drives being held in mosques for Muslim citizens.

    One overlooked constituency is Muslim members of the armed forces. Muslim organizations are reaching out to those folks who are not currently registered to vote, in an effort aimed squarely at Mr. Trump. Large voter registration drives are being held in black churches across the south, where Mr. Trump is currently polling at between 0% and 3% of that vote. Great numbers!

    Mr. Trump now has the white supremacist vote locked up, as well as the failed, scared white racist vote. Mrs. Clinton and the DNC are reaching out to just about everyone else.

    • Registering to vote does not mean these people will vote for a specific candidate or party. Her strategy is to pander to certain races, religions and sex. Crooked Hiliary still must pass the litmus test on honesty, judgement, character all of which have been proven to be her greatest weaknesses.

      • hiLIARy has been proven by the FBI she can’t be trusted and a liar. The most corrupt person has FAILED the litmus test before she even started.
        The LAW & ORDER candidate will win decisively. TRUMP & PENCE will Make America Great Again!!!

      • Muslims and Latinos are not going to vote for Mr. Trump. You can deny that fact if you want. It doesn’t matter. Mr. Trump is going to lose in an electoral college landslide.

        • Muslims and Latinos are for truth and honesty. Crooked Mana does not tell the truth and is dishonest.

      • Felons can vote in a lot of states, when they have paid their debt to society. That’s the law.

        You’re making up the fact that “dead people” vote. No one has been able to show any evidence of that. Besides you, of course. You are definitely a sleuth!

        • Don’t know why you are getting so upset. Crooked Mama is going to win in a landslide, double digit poll leads, oops, that was last week.

    • Members of a secretive Turkish Islamic movement that is at the center of a congressional ethics committee investigation have donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and to her family’s charity, a Daily Caller investigation has found.

      The largest donation from a leader of the Gulen movement, which is operated from Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains by a moderate Muslim cleric named Fethullah Gulen, came from Recep Ozkan. (RELATED: Here’s A Map Of Radical Mosques In The U.S. [Interactive])

      A former president of the Gulen-linked Turkish Cultural Center, Ozkan gave between $500,001 and $1,000,000 to the Clinton Foundation in recent months, the charity’s website shows. He also served as a national finance co-chair last year for a pro-Clinton political action committee called Ready PAC.

      Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2015/11/22/followers-of-a-mysterious-turkish-islamic-cleric-have-donated-heavily-to-hillarys-campaign-and-family-charity/#ixzz4EiSplBXq

    • “Is Hillary Clinton really the kind of candidate who will rally progressives and the black community behind her when she refers to urban youth as “super predators” with “no conscience, no empathy”?
      She doesn’t care what she said, says or who she lies to. She’ll kiss your sorry a$$ for your vote if she has to.

  • should be an easy goal for former acorns to come up with three million new voter registrations. lots of names and dates of birth on headstones.

  • Clintons make-believe supporters will bail on her just like they did last time. Nobody likes this woman, or trusts her to do anything other than enrich herself, and defend her sexually abusive spouse. She’s a loser, and everyone knows it. When you make it clear to the public that common laws do not apply to you, you seal your fate.

  • Crooked Mama does not need the white vote. She will depend on the same people who put Obama in the White House. Please contact La Raza, Muslim Brotherhood, NAACP, LGBT, Black Lives Matter, Black Caucus, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Blacks Against Police, ISIS, Al Queda, Muslim Association of Hawaii, Pro Abortion, Syrians for Allah, Illegal Immigrants Coalition, Baton Rouge Cop Killers. Contact your preference directly for more details.

        • Yes, color is important to you. Very important.

          No surprise what you really are. You’ve made that perfectly clear.

        • You are the whatever you are that said the Muslims and Latinos are voting for crooked Mama. Yes, color is important to you. Hey, I thought you was not going to reply to my comments. Why the change of heart?
          How you like the paste job on The Turkish exile? 1 million $s to the Clinton Foundation, donations to the Clinton campaign. Bought and paid for. Trouble now is crooked Mama is a bad investment.

  • Hillary’s “Acts of Desperation”. To the Crowning of her Coronation?hmmmmmmmmm. Please….Somebody in her own party needs to tell her “The Cats out of the Box” . We all know that she’s a Crook and a “World Class Liar”….this is not going to change.This is her true colors!
    So from hence forth (lol). For all you Hillary supporters; How many of you out there supports Hillary ?
    Please raise your hands,don’t be shy! 10,20 100, 1000, 10,000,100,001 ……OK!Got it!
    Now take that same hand and SLAP yourself in the Face! Did this make you come to your senses?? Did it work? Great! I’m elated!

    Please wise-up folks it’s not too late! This lady packs a truck load of Trash. Sign-up today and join the “Any Body (but the) Clintons”. or? The ABC campaign today! Once a Crook ,always a Crook.The people know she IS a Crook!

  • Members of a secretive Turkish Islamic movement that is at the center of a congressional ethics committee investigation have donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and to her family’s charity, a Daily Caller investigation has found.

    The largest donation from a leader of the Gulen movement, which is operated from Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains by a moderate Muslim cleric named Fethullah Gulen, came from Recep Ozkan. (RELATED: Here’s A Map Of Radical Mosques In The U.S. [Interactive])

    A former president of the Gulen-linked Turkish Cultural Center, Ozkan gave between $500,001 and $1,000,000 to the Clinton Foundation in recent months, the charity’s website shows. He also served as a national finance co-chair last year for a pro-Clinton political action committee called Ready PAC.

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2015/11/22/followers-of-a-mysterious-turkish-islamic-cleric-have-donated-heavily-to-hillarys-campaign-and-family-charity/#ixzz4EiSplBXq

    • Do you really think Obama will extradite Gulen? Crooked Mama is not particular who she takes money from. What’s in your wallet?
      Wake up America. H

  • Crooked Omama’s Bill on the Tarmac?

    One powerful friend of Epstein is former President Bill Clinton, who FoxNews.com first reported took 26 trips around the world aboard Epstein’s Boeing 727, dismissing his Secret Service detail for five of the trips.

  • Crooked Omama addressed the NAACP today. She accused the Police of killing black people. One can conclude that her remarks Included the slain Dallas and Baton Rouge Police officers.How insensitive is that? She knows she has to divide America and create a diversion to her abysmal record.

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