With Super Tuesday just days away, a new WBUR poll finds Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders well ahead of Sen. Elizabeth Warren in her home state of Massachusetts. The poll shows Sanders is the choice of 25% of likely Democratic primary voters, while Warren is in second place with 17%. The former mayors, Pete Buttigieg and Michael Bloomberg, are in a virtual tie for third at 14% and 13%, respectively. Former Vice President Joe Biden rounds out the top five at 9%. The new poll is evidence of a big challenge for the Warren campaign, following disappointing results in Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada. It appears that now the senator faces a tough fight at home.
Bernie Sanders faced more pointed attacks last night over his potential vulnerabilities than he ever has at a debate. read more
The divisiveness and negative attacks among Dems are rising. Past presidential primaries certainly had their share of negative campaigning. But much of the intraparty warfare used to be waged behind the scenes " through "oppo dumps" of compromising research against opponents or anonymous criticism in newspaper stories. Today the combination of social media democratization and Mr. Trump's habit of lobbing nasty personal attacks have removed the filters. "Candidates always tried to stay above it and never get down deeply in the mud, Trump has changed that. He's modeled the idea that the presidential candidates are the ones to make the sharpest attacks, and there's no bottom."
The Ad Council, which was behind the Smokey Bear and "Just Say No" campaigns for the U.S. government, is set to launch a national advertising promotion for postsecondary education and training alternatives to the four-year college degree. read more
In the last two weeks, acts of vandalism were reported at Bloomberg offices in Toledo, Ohio; Youngstown, Ohio; Knoxville, Tenn.; Ann Arbor, Mich., and Flint, Mich. In those cases, words like "oligarch" and "corporate pig" were left on posters or in spray paint; the Salt Lake City vandals just broke windows, Sant Marr said. On Friday, after the Knoxville incident, Bloomberg's campaign manager, Kevin Sheekey, issued a statement: "We don't know who is responsible for this vandalism, but we do know it echoes language from the Sanders campaign and its supporters," Sheekey said.