COLUMBUS, OHIO – Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders participated in a town hall event in Columbus, Ohio, Sunday night. The event was televised on CNN. The town hall followed a joint appearance at a dinner hosted by the Ohio Democrats. Each candidate also campaigned individually in Ohio, which holds its primary election on Tuesday.
Clinton said she’s received private messages from foreign leaders asking to endorse her candidacy in hopes of defeating Republican front-runner Donald Trump, who Clinton said is encouraging violence and chaos to win over voters.
Clinton refused to name the dignitaries, though she says she told them that the election must be decided by Americans. But, she says, her experience as secretary of state will offer a powerful contrast with Trump, should they face off in the general election.
“At our best, Americans have rejected demagogues and fear-mongers,” she said.
“…I believe that I will have an opportunity to really focus in on how dangerous a Donald Trump presidency would be for our standing, for our safety and for the peace of the world,” she added
She also said she supports a “very limited use” of the death penalty in cases where there are “horrific mass killings.” Clinton said the states have “proven themselves incapable of carrying out fair trials that give any defendant all the rights that defendant should have.” She added that she would “breathe a sigh of relief if either the Supreme Court or the states themselves began to eliminate the death penalty.” But Clinton added that she thinks the death penalty should still be kept “in reserve” for limited cases in the federal judicial system, citing the Oklahoma City bombing and the 9/11 attacks as examples.
“But what happened to you was a travesty,” Clinton said. “I know that all of us are so regretful that you or any person has to go through what you did.”
Sanders called on Donald Trump to “tell his supporters that violence in the political process in America is not acceptable.”
The Vermont senator was asked about the Republican front-runner’s statements that the Sanders campaign sent protesters to disrupted Trump’s rally in Chicago. Sanders called Trump a “pathological liar” and said his campaign has never encouraged “anybody to disrupt anything.” He added he hopes “Mr. Trump tones it down big-time and tells his supporters violence is not acceptable in the political process.”
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Sen. Bernie Sanders notched a potentially significant win on Friday evening when an Ohio judge issued an order, allowing 17-year-old voters to participate in the state’s presidential primary on Tuesday. Franklin County Common Pleas Court Judge Richard Frye ruled that 17-year-old voters who turn 18 by the day of the November election can vote in the primary, though not on ballot issues or for any contests that would actually elect someone to office.
The ruling trumps a recent move by Secretary of State Jon Husted, a Republican, to block 17-year-old voters in the state from participating on election day, on the grounds that the teens would be voting for delegates, not nominating candidates directly. In December, Husted revised the state’s election manual, which previously allowed the practice. Frye’s ruling came in response to a suit by nine 17-year-old registered Ohio voters, who disputed Husted’s interpretation of the law.
The ruling is a victory for Sanders’ campaign, which separately filed a federal lawsuit on Tuesday against Husted’s order. The Sanders campaign accused Husted in the suit — which was put on hold Friday by a federal judge — of trying to stop younger voters from exercising their democratic rights.
“It is an outrage that the secretary of state in Ohio is going out of his way to keep young people — significantly African-American young people, Latino young people — from participating,” Bernie Sanders said.
Sanders campaign attorney Brad Deutsch said the ruling was a major victory.
“This is a huge victory for 17-year-olds across Ohio. Their votes for presidential nominees will now count when they vote on either Tuesday or over the weekend in early voting,” Deutch said in a statement.
Husted blasted the ruling and said he would appeal.
“This last-minute legislating from the bench on election law has to stop,” he said, according to The Associated Press. “Our system cannot give one county court the power to change 30 years of election law for the entire state of Ohio, 23 days into early voting and only four days before an election.”
Younger voters have rallied to Sanders’ idealistic message, helping deliver victories over his rival Hillary Clinton in a number of close primaries.
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Perhaps no moment at tonight’s Capitol Music Group Grammy party encapsulated the raison d’être behind the wall-to-wall industry festivities this week more than Tori Kelly‘s exquisite 3-song solo set. Here, holding court in the middle of Capitol’s legendary Studio A and basking in the 23-year old Grammy nominated singer’s acoustic strums and warm croon, stood the power triumvirate of Capitol Music Group chairman Steve Barnett, Universal Music Group Chief Financial Officer and svp Boyd Muir, and Kelly’s high-profile manager Scooter Braun of SB Projects, a power center reveling in a moment.
This Grammy kick-off event, like many to follow this week, is nothing if not an opportunity for the music business to celebrate their accomplishments, showcase their artists, thank their hardworking staffs, see, be seen. And hear incredible music. Sandwiched between Kelly’s impressive set on this night were two Grammy-winning Capitol stunners: Blue Note’s jazz-soul phenom Gregory Porter, who Blue Note president Don Was called his “favorite artist in the world,” and Corinne Bailey Rae, who debuted fantastic new material, her first in six years.
Capitol’s Studio A, as expected, was chockablock with executives, including recently promoted Harvest Records co-GMs Piero Giramonti and Jacqueline Saturn; CMG COO Michelle Jubelirer and publicity director Ambrosia Healy (who introduced Bailey Rae, with whom she’s worked for over a decade); Capitol executive vice presidents Greg Thompson and Scott Greer; Kate Denton and Vince Quintero, still kvelling over the success of Empire of the Sun‘s Super Bowl synch (which saw “The Dreamer” used in a Honda ad); and publicist Erin Cooney, who spoke enthusiastically about Alabama Shakes’ four Grammy noms.
But the evening was not only for Capitol employees. Also in attendance were KCRW’sMorning Becomes Eclectic DJ Jason Bentley and his producer Rachel Reynolds; former MTV and Viacom president Van Toffler; CAA’s Carole Kinzel; Ellen booker Jonathan Norman; Fender marketing exec B.J. Caretta, who spoke enthusiastically of the guitar company’s new LA offices slated to open in June; and Jason Owen, manager of Kacey Musgraves and Little Big Town.
The event arrived on the heels of Capitol’s Periscope live-stream, a peek at Studio A earlier in the day, and five days before the Feb 15 Grammy Awards, being broadcast live on CBS from L.A.’s Staples Center.