The 2016 Race Is Shaping Up To Be About…Chipotle

By Allen McDuffee
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So far, it’s not health care or foreign policy or gay marriage that’s directing the early stages of the 2016 cycle. It’s Chipotle. After Hillary Clinton visited a Maumee, Ohio Chipotle last week, the media went wild with her “incognito” chicken burrito bowl order, and then again later when the manager said she didn’t tip.

Not to be outdone, Sen. Marco Rubio went to a Washington, D.C. Chipotle and then said that he “always” tips. Except when he doesn’t. A staffer later told the Daily Mail (which is apparently the leading source of Chipotle tipping records and data), “Normally he would have left a tip, but he didn’t have any cash and they were rushing to catch a train, so apparently he didn’t.”

But it was when Rubio committed the linguistic sin we all thought was cleared up long ago that all hell broke loose.

The Rundown

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3. Bernie Sanders Endorses Joe Biden

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4. Paul Manafort Is Seeking Prison Release Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

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5. Joe Biden Could Get a Critical Boost From a Black VP Pick

New polling suggests Biden could garner more enthusiasm among black voters in battleground states by picking a black woman.

6. Sanofi and GSK Partner on COVID-19 Vaccine

The Sanofi-GlaxoSmithKline vaccine will enter clinical trials later in 2020, but still won’t be available until late 2021.