Jan 24, 2016 4:42 PM
The Latest: Sanders: Energy, enthusiasm are with his run
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) Here are the latest developments from the 2016 race for president, one week out from the Iowa caucuses. All times local.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders just doesn't accept the idea he's less electable than rival Hillary Clinton. Sanders points to recent polls that stack him favorably against Republican Donald Trump and to his campaign's momentum.
Sanders tells nearly 2,300 people at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, that energy and enthusiasm are "with our campaign."
The self-described democratic socialist highlighted on Sunday several issues where he and Clinton differ, including their Senate votes on the Iraq war.
Sanders noted the close race in Iowa and asked for the crowd's support at next week's caucuses.
The senator said: "If we have the kind of turnout that I hope we can, then we're going to win here in Iowa. And if we win here in Iowa, I think we're going to do very, very well in New Hampshire."
Hillary Clinton is getting a ringing endorsement from New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, who says she's "the most qualified person since George Washington" to run for president.
Booker is one of several elected officials campaigning for Clinton in Iowa in the final days before the state's Feb. 1 caucuses. Booker and Clinton also attended services together Sunday morning at a predominantly black church.
Clinton has broken from her standard campaign speech to address concerns about the safety of drinking water in Flint, Michigan. Clinton calls the lead contamination of the city's water "a civil rights issue" and says the response would have been more rapid if the situation had been in "a rich white suburb."
Clinton is locked in a tight race in Iowa with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Two protesters, one wearing a red turban, have been ejected from a Donald Trump rally in Muscatine, Iowa, where the billionaire businessman continued to criticize rival Ted Cruz.
The protesters were seated on Sunday in the balcony of a high school auditorium and had unfurled a banner that read "STOP HATE" at the rally.
Trump had been talking about the dangers of radical Islamic terrorism when the disruption occurred.
The Republican presidential candidate then asked the audience, "He wasn't wearing one of those hats, was he? Was he wearing one of those things?"
It was unclear whether Trump was referring to the protester wearing a turban. The candidate's signature "Make America Great Again" hats are a similar shade of red.
A silent protester wearing a Muslim headscarf was escorted out of a Trump rally in South Carolina earlier this month.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is campaigning again after a stop in his home state for updates on damage inflicted by the massive snow storm that hit the East Coast over the weekend.
He's holding three events in New Hampshire on Sunday, including at an AFC Championship watch party with New England Patriots fans. The New Hampshire primary is Feb. 9.
The Republican's 2012 presidential nominee, Mitt Romney is encouraging this year's field to release their tax returns before the first state contests.
Romney tweeted that four years ago today, "I released my taxes; became issue."
When asked on NBC's "Meet the Press" about the former Massachusetts governor's comments, Trump says his accountants are hard at work, but he couldn't say when his return be released. He says "this is not like a normal tax return."
Trump also says he tries to pay as little tax as possible, because he hates the way "our politicians spend our money." And when pressed on whether he would release past tax returns, Trump says "at the appropriate time, you'll be very satisfied."
New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio says Donald Trump is not ready to be president.
De Blasio said Trump's comment that he could "shoot somebody" on the city's famous 5th Avenue and not lose support was inappropriate at a time when lawmakers are trying to "deal with the scourge of gun violence." De Blasio says the comments are arrogant and show the billionaire is "not ready for prime time."
De Blasio also says he respects his predecessor, Michael Bloomberg, but Americans aren't interested in a race between billionaires Bloomberg and Trump. He says the 2016 presidential race is really about addressing income inequality. He says, "I don't think most Americans think that billionaires are the ones who are going to give us a more fair economy."
De Blasio spoke Sunday morning on ABC's "This Week."
Donald Trump says he's as conservative as Ronald Reagan was and vowed to get along with people better than Republican rival Ted Cruz.
The billionaire real estate developer says that he has evolved in some of his positions, just as Reagan did. He says conservatism in government, for example, means not favoring financial risk with the public's money.
He also says he would support rival Cruz for president if there were no questions about the Texas senator's eligibility. Trump repeated that Cruz's birth in Canada raises questions about that. Legal scholars generally agree that Cruz is eligible because his mother was American.
Trump also says he'd love to see former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg enter the race.
Trump made his comments Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press" and on CBS' "Face the Nation."
Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton says former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg won't need to run for president because she'll win the Democratic nomination.
The former secretary of state said on NBC's "Meet the Press" that as she understands Bloomberg's statement, he'll consider running if Clinton does not win the nomination. She said Sunday that she'll "relieve" him of that decision by winning the nomination.
Clinton is locked in a competitive contest against Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders with a week to go until the Feb. 1 Iowa caucuses.
People familiar with his plans say Bloomberg is taking preliminary steps toward an independent run and has set a March deadline for the decision. The sources told The Associated Press that if Clinton wins the Democratic nomination, the former mayor is not likely to challenge her in a general election.
Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders says he'll win the race for president if former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg becomes an independent candidate for the White House.
The Vermont senator tells CBS' "Face the Nation" that a battle between Bloomberg and Donald Trump, two New York billionaires, would favor Sanders' upstart Democratic campaign in a general election.
First, Sanders would have to win the Democratic presidential nomination against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Trump would have to triumph over his Republican rivals. And Bloomberg would have to actually launch an independent bid for president, something he threatened to do on Saturday. The voting in the major-party nominating contests begins in a week, with the Feb. 1 Iowa Caucuses.