Donald Trump (R-Billions), Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and John Kasich (R-Ohio) are contributing to local economies – unless they’re space donations – in advance of the May 3 primary election. Each has or is planning a local campaign office – Trump in Carmel, Cruz in Lawrence and Kasich in Fishers. Watch for feet on the ground with primarily door-to-door activity. We’re curious as to whether the candidates actually will visit our area. Since Hamilton Co. is such a Republican hotbed, our guess is a candidate or three will traipse through here, but it’s too soon to tell. Campaign appearances are a fluid thing. Wherever a candidate is most needed to rally the troops, that’s where he or she often ends up – and sometimes on short notice.
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We projected in this space, after President Barack Obama began his second term, that Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) would succeed him in 2016. As much as we’d oppose it, we’re not backing off that guess. Benghazi and the e-mail server investigation will prove mere annoyances for the former first lady. The fix is in, we believe. She may choose to write her inauguration speech any time now. Although, come to think of it, we’d really like to see Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) run as an independent after Clinton defeats him for the nomination, and that possibly could thwart her march to the White House.
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Note to Mitch Daniels: Enough of academia, please. Present yourself as an independent (hopefully vs. Sanders in a great contrast) in the race for president and boost us above the mess in which we’re all mired.