Clinton brings out the political heavyweights to fight Trump

Donald Trump isn’t facing just one opponent on the campaign trail – he’s facing four. Hillary Clinton brought out the political heavyweights Thursday. President Obama, Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden were spread across the country campaigning for Clinton. They all had jabs for Trump, but it was the first lady whose comments hit the hardest.

“You claim the mantle of the party of family values. And this is the guy you nominate?” Mr. Obama said Thursday at the Ohio Democratic dinner.

The president said the choice has never been so stark, reports CBS News correspondent Nancy Cordes. It’s a case his wife made earlier in the day in deeply personal terms

“It has shaken me to my core in a way that I couldn’t have predicted,” Michelle Obama said in Manchester, New Hampshire.

The first lady devoted an entire speech to the mounting sexual assault accusations against Trump.

“The shameful comments about our bodies, the disrespect of our ambitions and intellect, the belief that you can do anything you want to a women? It is cruel. It’s frightening,” Mrs. Obama said. 

Word of the speech spread quickly online and on the trail.

“I hope you will see Michelle Obama’s speech today,” Clinton told volunteers at the San Francisco field office.

By the time Vice President Biden spoke in Las Vegas a couple hours later, supporters were chanting the first lady’s favorite catchphrase.

“They go low! We go high! They go low! We go high!” they said.

In San Francisco, Clinton urged supporters not to get discouraged by how crude this campaign has become.

“If we do our jobs… In 26 days, Donald Trump will stop being on the news every single day,” Clinton said.
 
Also in the news everyday: WikiLeaks, with another 1,800 hacked emails released Thursday.   
 
In one exchange from about two years ago, campaign manager Robby Mook outlined a bid to influence the GOP primary, writing, “move the [Illinois] primary out of mid March where they are currently a lifeline to a moderate Republican.”

Mook writes that time is tight and they will need the help of Democrats in both chambers of the state legislature, but that “the Clintons won’t forget what their friends have done for them.”

The plan would have involved a lot of help from Democrats in the state legislature and was ultimately unsuccessful. In the end though, Mook didn’t need to worry about that moderate candidate because the two top finishers, by a landslide, were Donald Trump and Ted Cruz.