After Wisconsin, Presidential Hopefuls Turn Their Attention to New York
The four major candidates descend on New York to campaign ahead of Empire State primaries.
All eyes are on New York in the wake of blowout victories for Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz in Wisconsin on Tuesday night.
The Empire State's primaries on April 19th have now become crucial for all candidates.
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are hoping for a home-state advantage.
Clinton was home in Chappaqua when she did an interview on Morning Joe on Wednesday morning to discuss the campaign and Democratic rival Bernie Sanders.
She told the program: “We need to be sure that we can elect someone who can walk into that Oval office in January 2017 and start making decisions about people’s lives and livelihood.”
In his victory speech last night, Sanders also made it clear he is now turning his attention to New York.
“I know a little bit about New York because I spent the first 18 years of my life in Brooklyn, New York,” he told supporters.
Sanders hasn't lived in the borough since 1968, so he may need to refresh his memory.
In a recent interview with the Daily News, he was asked how you ride the subway. Sanders replied: "you get a token and you get in." The city has not had tokens since 2003.
However, Brooklyn seems to be ready for Sanders as a massive mural has been erected in the Williamsburg section of the borough.
Many have called the Daily News interview a “disaster” for the Sanders campaign.
The Vermont senator has run on the platform that he promises to break up the big banks, when asked by the newspaper on how he would do it, he replied: “I don’t know.”
Trump and Cruz are both campaigning in New York. Trump is holding a big rally in Bethpage, Long Island on Wednesday night, while Cruz is up in The Bronx.
A new Quinnipiac University poll shows Trump crushing Cruz 56 percent to 20 percent in New York, perhaps a reflection of Cruz’s scorn for "New York values."
Following his defeat in Wisconsin, Trump's campaign issued a statement lashing out at the Republican Party: "Ted Cruz is worse than a puppet - he is a Trojan horse, being used by the party bosses attempting to steal the nomination from Mr. Trump."
Trump ally Roger Stone, who is known for in-your-face campaigning, is promising payback if the GOP frontrunner is denied the party's nomination at the convention in Cleveland.
“We will disclose the hotels and the room numbers of those delegates who are directly involved in the steal,” he said in an interview with Freedomain Radio.
President Obama is weighing in on the campaign, ridiculing Trump's frequent boast that he will make Mexico pay for a border wall.
He called the plan “half-baked” at a news conference on Tuesday afternoon.
"This is just one more example of something that is not thought through and is primarily put forward for political consumption," he added. “The notion that we're going to track every Western Union bit of money that's being sent to Mexico: good luck with that.”
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