Let’s Talk Politics, Siri!

Do you ever feel like this entire election season is going overboard? That it’s all too crazy and you just need a break Or at least someone sane to talk about it?

That’s how I felt the other day – so I started talking politics with Siri.

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At first, Siri was just as confused as me. Especially about her party affiliation.

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Turns out, she doesn’t even care too much about presidential elections.

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But who would you vote for, Siri?

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Really?

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But what if you could?

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So you never voted for anyone in your life?

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So Siri listens to endorsements. And contrary to all the pundits out there, Siri actually doesn’t want to talk you into a certain position.

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Like a said, if you ever need a sane person to talk to.

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Finally: Bernie Endorsed Hillary

So it finally happened. Five weeks after Hillary Clinton became the presumptive nominee, her opponent Bernie Sanders has conceded and officially endorsed her.

In his speech, Sanders thanked his supporters and vowed to make certain Clinton becomes the next president of the United Staes.

“I am proud of the campaign we ran here in New Hampshire and across the country. Our campaign won the primaries and caucuses in 22 states, and when the roll call at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia is announced it will show that we won almost 1,900 delegates. That is a lot of delegates, far more than almost anyone thought we could win. But it is not enough to win the nomination. Secretary Clinton goes into the convention with 389 more pledged delegates than we have and a lot more super delegates.

Secretary Clinton has won the Democratic nominating process, and I congratulate her for that. She will be the Democratic nominee for president and I intend to do everything I can to make certain she will be the next president of the United States.”

The endorsement came after weeklong negotiations between the two camps over the Democratic platform. There is a lot to be said about the possibility that Sanders lost political capital by waiting too long. After Elizabeth Warren followed President Obama in endorsing Hillary, the progressive darling attracted much attention away from Sanders.

And the fact that it took Sanders five full weeks to endorse Clinton is in stark contrast to Clinton herself – who started campaign for Obama only four days after her loss in 2008.

 

 

Watch President Obama’s Call to Register

Democrat or Republican, Clinton or Trump, decisions over decisions – but only if you are able to make them.

So, President Barack Obama teamed up with BuzzFeed to encourage voters to register. With a fun video that might hint at a Hollywood career once Obama leaves office. Check it out.

Warning: The video contains spoilers for Game of Thrones.

[Buzzfeed Turbovote]

Sanders Ready to Suspend?

While there isn’t really much doubt at this point that Hillary Clinton will indeed be the Democratic nominee for president, Bernie Sanders still hasn’t officially suspended his campaign.

There have been countless calls for him to drop out over the last several months, but the Vermont senator seemed set on staying in the race until the July convention.

Now that today’s DC primary marked the last day of primary voting, things could change though. Sanders will meet with Clinton later today and has sent out this message to his supporters earlier on Tuesday.

“When we started this campaign, I told you that I was running not to oppose any man or woman, but to propose new and far-reaching policies to deal with the crises of our time. And for the past fourteen months, through the entire primary process, we’ve sent the establishment a message they can’t ignore: we won’t settle for the status quo.

After today, the voting is done, but our political revolution continues.

I want to talk to you directly on Thursday night about what’s next for our campaign in a live, online video address at 8:30 p.m. EDT / 5:30 p.m. PDT. I hope that you will join.”

Sounds like we can expect a concussion speech on Thursday to me.

But then his campaign told reporters that Sanders is all in until the convention after this email was sent – so I guess we will have to wait and see what the week brings.

 

AP: Hillary Clinton Presumptive Nominee

Late Monday night – on a day when no state voted – the Associated Press called the Democratic race. According to their calculations Hillary Clinton reached the necessary 2,383 delegated and is now the presumptive Democratic nominee.

Monday morning, Clinton was still missing 23 delegates, but the AP spent the day calling super delegates and upped her total delegate count.

Hillary Clinton is the first women to ever win the nomination of a major political party.

While the AP called the race, Clinton’s team was fast to point to the six remaining races today – don’t want voters to stay home only because they think it’s over, after all.

[Associated Press]

Adorable Kids for Hillary

I recently went to Hillary Clinton phone bank in Manhattan to interview some of the many  volunteers there (more on this later). Walking in I was greeted by an array of colorful poster-size drawings.

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Turns out that many of the volunteers bring their children along (especially on the weekend). So while the parents are making phone calls, the kids show their support for Hillary in a more creative way.

And I have to admit, these youngsters have their arguments down – plus or minus the occasional spelling mistake.

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