By Ben Geier
June 11, 2016

Saturday Morning Post: The Weekly View from Washington

The general election season is upon us. While the nominating conventions won’t take place until the end of July, the fight between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump has begun in earnest. Meanwhile, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has some campaign soul-searching to do. Here’s what we can expect from the three most important names in U.S. politics in the coming week.

Which Trump Will Show Up?

In a speech delivered after the final Republican primary contests, Trump was much calmer and more composed than usual. He even used a teleprompter, and mostly stuck to his script. Trump did hint that he’d give a speech soon, perhaps on Monday, where he would start really attacking Clinton. Which Trump should we expect? The measured politician who will go after Clinton on policy and substance, or the loose cannon who will bring up old scandals like Vince Foster and Bill Clinton’s infidelity? If the Twitter smack-talking between Trump and Clinton this past week is any indication, the election nastiness is here to stay..

Sanders Heading To Greener Pastures?

On Thursday, after meeting with President Obama, Bernie Sanders gave a speech at a rally in Washington where he was noncommittal about the future of his campaign. He reiterated that he would be competing in the DC primary, but he also said that he would do everything in his power to help defeat Donald Trump in November. Sanders also said that he would meet with Hillary Clinton, who has all but wrapped up the Democratic nomination, to figure out how to achieve that goal.

Sanders could choose another path, though. There have been rumblings that the Green Party could try to woo him to their party; presumptive Green Party nominee Jill Stein has said on Twitter she wants to work with him to continue the “revolution” he started, fueling speculation that she may accept a vice presidential role and allow Sanders to take the top of the ticket. A Sanders Green Party run could potentially sway a substantial portion of voters to a third party, putting a dent in Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party’s ambitions.

Clinton Turns Left…and Right

With her historic nomination just about solidified, Clinton faces a hard choice: does she capitalize on the distaste many Republicans have for Donald Trump and try to win over more moderate voters? Or does she woo Bernie Sanders supporters by moving further to the left? For now, it seems like she’s trying to do both at the same time. On Friday, Clinton met with Senator Elizabeth Warren, a leader of the Democratic Party’s progressive wing. And my Fortune colleague Tory Newmyer reported this week that the Clinton campaign is getting ready to launch a formal campaign to seek endorsements from prominent Trump-averse Republicans.

Ben Geier


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