On Super Tuesday eve, most of the presidential candidates made last-ditch efforts to court voters for their votes. USA Today said Monday, Feb. 29 that a dozen states will hold primaries or caucuses on Tuesday, March 1. From the latest ads running virtually non-stop — like acclaimed actor Morgan Freeman for Hillary Clinton, informing the public that Secretary Clinton’s “life’s work has been about breaking barriers, and so would her presidency” — to the candidates or their most prominent representatives stomping in battleground cities across the nation.
Uppermost in the minds of Republicans nationwide is the question “Can any of the Republican candidates stop Donald Trump?” For Democrats, following Hillary Clinton’s emphatic win in South Carolina, they wonder what path Bernie Sanders will now take. The evening news announced results of their latest national polls placing Hillary Clinton in the lead with 55 percent to Bernie Sanders’ 38 percent. That same poll put Trump ahead of all his fellow Republican candidates with 49 percent, Marco Rubio coming in second at 16 percent and Ted Cruz, 15 percent.
As expected, Trump is making controversial headlines with new questions about the Ku Klux Klan and David Duke. Originally, Trump dodged a question about whether he would reject the support of former KKK grand wizard, David Duke, by denying that he even knew Duke, according to an ABC World News Tonight report on Monday, Feb. 29. Later, Trump would blame a bad earpiece.
At a Trump rally in Virginia, Trump demanded a large group of student protesters be removed from the event. The protesters marched out of the rally, passing a photographer from Time magazine who was caught on camera being thrown to the ground by a Secret Service agent. The camera showed the agent’s hands around the photographer’s neck as he wrestled the man to the ground. The photographer kicked out at him, the two men exchanging words, angrily. Trump next singled out another protester, inquiring if she were from Mexico.
ABC News correspondent Tom Llamas told World News Tonight anchor David Muir from the Trump rally in South Carolina, “The Republican Party could be headed for a civil war … There is a growing chorus of Republican members of Congress who say if he is the GOP nominee, they will not vote for him.”
Former President Bill Clinton campaigned for his wife, Hillary, at the Trinity River campus of Tarrant County College in Fort Worth, Texas. Students favorably commented that the experience of seeing and hearing President Bill Clinton speak would change their lives. One student responded, “Absolutely. It’s history.” Another said he was ecstatic when he had been informed by his student advisor that he had been chosen to stand close by the former American president. The former president addressed a crowd of minority and immigrant students on the campus, criticizing Republican rhetoric. He laid out proposals of presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton to trade student debt for public service or even the refinancing of that debt, like with other loans. He told them of Mrs. Clinton’s plans to cut prescription drug costs, to create jobs that would not be exported, and to increase small business loans. Following his speech, students enthusiastically told the ABC reporter covering President Clinton’s visit to TCC that they were now anxious to go out and vote, as well as tell their friends to go to vote. The student who had been chosen to stand near the former president said, “I feel like now it’s more important for me to go out and get my friends to vote.” Another agreed with the reporter that President Clinton had “created a disciple, here.”