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September 12, 2016

Did Secret Service Brake Protocol on Mrs. Clinton’s Security?


 On this picture you can see Secret Service on the right opening the door of the van for Mrs.Clinton. He left her side to open door then had to rush back when Clinton on center seemed to be collapsing. You can see Mrs. Clinton uncovered or lightly covered on the right… Those few seconds or even a split second is all it takes as we learned from the shooting of Pres. Reagan

The US Secret Service appears to have broken its own protocol with Hillary Clinton’s early departure from Sunday’s commemoration of the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks at ground zero.

In a widely circulated video of the Democratic presidential nominee’s departure from the ceremony, Clinton can be seen leaning against a security bollard and then buckling and stumbling as her security detail helps her into a black van.

 According to a former Secret Service agent who reviewed the video, the detail was clearly rushing and did not expect for Clinton to leave at that time. The former agent noted that it is against Secret Service protocol for the protected individual to wait for a car to arrive. In the video, Clinton is leaning against the bollard as a black van pulls up.

It is also very unusual for a detail leader to leave the protected individual’s side, as a Secret Service agent, Todd Madison, is seen doing in the video, to open the van’s doors. Opening the van is the site agent’s job, according to the former agent; the detail leader’s proper position is next to Clinton. The agent may have had little choice given the rushed nature of the departure. 

Hillary Clinton abruptly left a 9/11 ceremony after feeling ‘’overheated,’’ and video later showed her stumbling and appearing to fall off a curb.

The incident also raised questions about Clinton’s traveling pool of reporters, which she left behind at ground zero when she departed unexpectedly, leaving the press with no knowledge of her whereabouts or condition for about 90 minutes.

Clinton travels with a small group of reporters and photographers representing broadcast and print outlets. The arrangement, called a ‘‘pool,’’ approximates the rotating group of press outlets that travel with the president.

Trump has no such pool, a break with past candidates. He had no reporters with him Sunday, when he appeared unannounced at the same Sept. 11 memorial ceremony Clinton attended.

Clinton resisted very close contact with her pool over the summer, consenting only to travel on her own small jet in tandem with the pool and not allowing the same kind of full-time coverage customary at the White House.

Starting on Labor Day, Clinton began traveling on the same large campaign plane with her Secret Service detail and reporters, and the pool has had greater access to some of her events including a find-raising party in New York on Friday night that featured Barbra Streisand. It was at that event when Clinton stirred controversy by referring to some Donald Trump supporters as ‘‘deplorables.’’

In the White House model, a so-called protective pool is on constant standby each day, until given an all-clear that the president will not have any further public events or outings. That model has been followed more closely by presidential candidates in the past.

Clinton is not allowing door-to-door pool coverage, in which the pool group would assemble at her home and travel with her from there. Instead, pool reporters have met up with Clinton at her plane or elsewhere. On Sunday, the pool was left behind both when Clinton departed the memorial and when she departed her daughter Chelsea’s apartment. The pool was later driven separately to Westchester County, where Clinton lives.

Robert Gibbs, President Barack Obama’s first White House press secretary, suggested in a tweet Sunday that it’s time for Clinton to adopt a more formal protective pool.

‘’Protective pool isn’t always easy for either candidate or press but there comes a point for each nominee when it must be part of daily life,’’ he said.

September 15, 2012

Romney Thinks Middle Income “$200-&250,000

Gage Skidmore (CC BY-SA 2.0)

After admitting to “Good Morning America” host George Stephanopoulos that he hasn’t read a Harvard professor’s report that he cites as justifying his economic plan, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney defined “middle income” as earning between $200,000 and $250,000 a year.
If that figure were true, Romney would have to admit that a majority of Americans live in poverty or near-poverty and that his so-called tax breaks would not benefit most people. As Salon’s Jillian Rayfield reports, new numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau put the current median household income at just over $50,000 a year.
—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.
George Stephanopoulos at ABC News:
"When I pressed Romney on that point, he conceded that he actually hadn’t read the Feldstein report that he and Paul Ryan cite on the campaign trail.
“I haven’t seen his precise study,” he said.
“I said that there are five different studies that point out that we can get to a balanced budget without raising taxes on middle income people.  Let me tell you, George, the fundamentals of my tax policy are these.  Number one, reduce tax burdens on middle-income people.  So no one can say my plan is going to raise taxes on middle-income people, because principle number one is keep the burden down on middle-income taxpayers,” he said."



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