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CNN Night Cap- October 6 2015


Welcome to the CNN Politics Nightcap and good Wednesday evening from Washington. Hillary Clinton‘s biggest break from President Barack Obama yet came on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Kevin McCarthy, meanwhile, looks likely to win his first big vote for speaker on Thursday, but House conservatives could complicate things. Your bartender is Eric Bradner. The tip jar:

Hillary Clinton’s Trans-Pacific Partnership opposition: Too late?

In the 1990s, Bill Clinton implemented NAFTA. In 2012, Hillary Clinton called the second-generation megaregional trade deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the new “gold standard.” Now that President Barack Obama and 11 other Asia-Pacific leaders have finalized that pact? She’s against it, she said Wednesday. She told PBS’ Judy Woodruff in Iowa: “As of today, I am not in favor of what I have learned about it.” It’s a position labor unions immediately cheered.
Clinton has become much more aggressive about opposing Obama. Add the Pacific Rim deal to several other issues on which she’s broken with the White House in recent weeks: Deportations; Syrian no-fly zones and refugees; some Obamacare provisions; and the Keystone XL pipeline.

Trouble for McCarthy? Conservatives back Webster for speaker

This could be a problem for House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy‘s bid to ascend to speaker — and it’s an even bigger rebuke to Rep. Jason Chaffetz‘s attempt to become the conservative alternative to John Boehner‘s current leadership team. The conservative House Freedom Caucus endorsed Rep. Daniel Webster, the Florida Republican who just might be redistricted out of his seat in 2016, for speaker on Wednesday.
On Thursday, the Republican conference will vote on whom to nominate as their speaker candidate. But that vote only requires a majority, and the crucial hurdle for McCarthy will be whether he can get 218 votes on the floor when the full House votes October 29. Rep. Matt Salmon promised “over 30 votes” would go to Webster. CNN’s Tal Kopan, Deirdre Walsh and Manu Raju have the details.

CNN’s Nia-Malika Henderson spent 24 hours with South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott. Here’s a Bobby Jindal cameo, but the reluctant kingmaker is hosting several presidential candidates in the early voting state.
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Bernie Sanders’ debate strategy: You’re right, but I was right first

Bernie Sanders courted Latino voters at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s annual conference in Washington on Wednesday and afterward, he offered a preview of his strategy for Tuesday night’s first Democratic presidential debate. He won’t attack opponents such as Hillary Clinton personally but will make the point that even when they all agree, he was there first.
Sanders won over one Clinton supporter Wednesday. Liliana Montiel, a 22-year-old student at Wichita State in Kansas, said: “At first, I was all for Hillary,” she said. “But Bernie’s policies resonate with me more. And, man, he’s got the guts. He’s going after corporate America, which I haven’t seen in my lifetime, in my generation. He’s definitely won me over, 100%.”

Joe Biden jokes about a demotion to Hillary Clinton’s old job

Vice President Joe Biden hasn’t yet announced whether he’s running for president in 2016 — but he joked about his higher rank than Hillary Clinton in President Barack Obama’s administration Wednesday. Joking that he needed to wrap up his speech because Obama was due up at 4 p.m. at the Workers Voice Summit in Washington, Biden said: “We need to move … if I don’t move, I’ll be demoted to secretary of state or something like that.” He quickly added: “That’s a joke! That’s a joke! That’s a joke!”
Here’s Stephen Collinson’s great look at how Biden is navigating the politics of his son Beau’s death.

Donald Trump to crowd: Don’t be violent toward protesters

CNN’s MJ Lee reportsDonald Trump‘s campaign speech in Waterloo, Iowa, was briefly interrupted Wednesday afternoon by a handful of hecklers who appeared to be climate change activists. Trump was mid-speech at a local ballroom discussing the thousands of Syrians fleeing tumult in the country when several audience members holding up large red signs started to yell, “Mobilize now.” The Republican presidential front-runner urged the crowd to remain calm, saying, “We want to be nonviolent towards those people.” After the protesters were escorted out by police, Trump thanked the audience for not hurting them.

Obama apologizes to Doctors Without Borders for deadly strike

President Barack Obama called and apologized to the head of Doctors Without Borders, whose staff and patients were killed and injured during a bombing Saturday in Kunduz, Afghanistan, the White House said Wednesday, CNN’s Kristen Holmes reports.

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