Tim Kaine worries about “different standard” for Clinton vs. Trump in first debate

Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine previewed his running mate Hillary Clinton’s strategy heading into Monday night’s presidential debate, saying he and other Democrats are concerned about Clinton and GOP nominee Donald Trump being held to a “different standard.” “I’m hoping there isn’t a different standard in the debate,” Kaine said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “I think there’s been some worry that maybe up to now there’s been different standards applied. But that’s the great thing about the debate.” But it should be “fair game” for either candidate—Clinton or Trump—to be challenged if they say something that’s not true Monday night, Kaine said. Trump, in particular, has been called out for repeatedly making statements on the campaign trail that turned out to be false. “Look. It’s fair game for, for both candidates to be challenged either on things that they’ve said or things that they say tomorrow night,” he said. “And, again, I think the great virtue of these debates is you get 90 minutes to look at people and really see whether there’s depth, whether there’s substance, and whether there’s candor and truthfulness in what they say.” Kaine named three areas where Trump could have trouble during the debate, beginning with policy specifics: a 90-minute debate is very different than short sound bites on an issue, he said. “Hillary has been very specific about policy plans. We have a book out describing them,” Kaine said. “Donald Trump less so. But tomorrow is an opportunity to see whether Donald will be specific about what he proposes to do.” He also previewed Clinton’s offense against Trump for Monday night, saying the many “unanswered questions” about Trump will be front and center. “Donald Trump hasn’t released his tax Continue Reading

Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump is a tale of two campaigns and strategies

A whirlwind two weeks of intense partisan political theater presented two starkly different visions of the future of America — and left two very different candidates locked in a heated battle for the White House. At Donald Trump’s Republican convention, America was cast as a nation quickly headed for chaos and economic ruin. Immigrants were cast as criminals, terrorists were said to be hiding in every dark corner, the government nearly past the point of repair. “I alone can fix it,” Trump said as he accepted the GOP nomination in Cleveland. The Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia was a four-day critique of Trump’s vision. “America needs every one of us to lend our energy, our talents, our ambition to making our nation better and stronger,” Hillary Clinton said as she became the first woman nominated for President by a major political party. The two candidates, and their unprecedented unfavorability among voters, embody the deep intellectual division among many in the country. Almost as soon as the last balloons fell, the speeches ended, and the protesters went home, the clash over the battleground states began. The remaining 100 days before Election Day are poised to be an ideological war focused on the economy and national security, according to political strategists and experts. A Reuters poll released Friday shows Clinton with a lead of 6 percentage points. A national online survey by RABA Research, a bipartisan polling firm, shows Clinton beating Trump by 15 points. But experts say voters in a handful of swing states could determine who will be sitting in the Oval Office come January. Polling is close in Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania. The next few weeks will be framed “by both candidates fleshing out their themes and messages and making strategic decisions on which states they will concentrate on for the campaign,” according to David Continue Reading

Trump triumphs as his supporters ride out long night of results

BARNEGAT - In an extraordinary upset, Donald Trump beat Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in the race to the White House, defying predictions and forever changing the Republican party.“Nobody expected this,” said Coreen Speranza, 66, of Barnegat, her eyes glued to Fox News at a watch party at Serpico’s Ristorante as Trump began gaining momentum Tuesday night. “It’s looking good.” MORE: Why this election was so stressingThe stunning win came as Trump continued his sweep of key states, including Wisconsin and Pennsylvania early Wednesday morning. During his victory speech at the Hilton Hotel in Midtown Manhattan, Trump thanked Clinton for a "very hard-fought campaign" and, in a rare move, urged unity."Now it’s time for America to bind the wounds of division; have to get together. To all Republicans and Democrats and independents across this nation, I say it is time for us to come together as one united people," he said.Clinton's campaign confirmed she called Trump to concede the race shortly after 2 a.m. At 2:34 a.m. the Associated Press called the race for Trump."Such a beautiful and important evening! The forgotten man and woman will never be forgotten again. We will all come together as never before," Trump tweeted this morning.Trump thanked members of his family, campaign staff and supporters, including Gov. Chris Christie, who joined him on stage."Working together, we will begin the urgent task of rebuilding our nation and renewing the American dream," Trump told the crowd. "I’ve spent my entire life and business looking at the untapped potential in projects and in people all over the world. That is now what I want to do for our country."As results began tilting toward Trump late into the evening Tuesday, his supporters gathered in Barnegat and Jackson kept their hopes high.“I believe there’s a path, he can do it,” said Nelson Alvarez, a Trump supporter in Barnegat before the Continue Reading

Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump: 6 weeks, 3 tasks to be the next president

The race for the White House is finally set: Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump.Clinton has joined Trump in clinching a majority of delegates at the national conventions in July — making American history as the first woman to win the presidential nomination of a major party. By some measures, the controversial former secretary of State and the blustery billionaire businessman have electoral flaws that might prove fatal in a typical political year.Clinton and Trump have negative ratings worse than any previous nominees. Both face legal controversies that are all but certain to dog them through the fall campaign. The election of either would require breaking ground, as the first female president or the first president to lack governmental or military experience.Yet the prospects for each are bolstered by the vulnerabilities of the other. Besides, this has hardly been a typical political year. The six weeks from the effective end of the primary campaign Tuesday to the start of the summer conventions is when more voters begin to pay attention and impressions of the candidates are set.Here are three big tasks Clinton and Trump each need to accomplish as they prepare to face off in the fall. 1. Tone it down."Stop the crazy," advises former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele.Trump's propensity for provocative statements — build a wall at the Mexican border, temporarily ban Muslim immigrants, countenance the spread of nuclear weapons — helped him create a core of supporters who see him as a straight talker and strong leader not constrained by political correctness. But in recent weeks, his declarations have alarmed even some natural allies, especially his attack on an Indiana-born federal judge he says can't be trusted to preside over a lawsuit against Trump University because of his Mexican heritage. Tuesday afternoon, Trump issued a statement saying his Continue Reading

Poll: Clinton up 5 points over Trump in Arizona

Hillary Clinton is hanging on to a small but widening lead over Donald Trump in what remains an up-for-grabs race for Arizona's 11 electoral votes, according to a new Arizona Republic/Morrison/Cronkite News poll released Wednesday.Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee and a former U.S. secretary of State, was supported by 39 percent of the likely Arizona voters surveyed, while Trump, the Republican nominee and real-estate developer, is backed by 33.9 percent.Another 20.7 percent hadn't decided yet who to vote for in the Nov. 8 general election.The statewide telephone poll was conducted Oct. 10 to Oct. 15, following a turbulent week in the presidential race. The candidates met in a notoriously rancorous second debate on Oct. 9, days after many Republicans across the nation — and, in Arizona, U.S. Sen. John McCain — withdrew their support for Trump over his vulgar remarks about women, captured in a 2005 recording. MORE: About the Arizona Republic/Morrison/Cronkite News pollAnd it arrives as the Clinton campaign has this week dispatched a trio of high-profile surrogates to Arizona: U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont was in Flagstaff and Tucson on Tuesday; daughter Chelsea Clinton to Tempe on Wednesday and first lady Michelle Obama in Phoenix on Thursday. There is speculation Hillary Clinton herself could make an appearance.The Clinton campaign announced Monday that it is putting more than $2 million into its advertising efforts in Arizona.Gary Johnson, the Libertarian nominee, is supported by 5.9 percent in the poll, while Jill Stein, the Green Party nominee, has less than 1 percent support.The poll's margin of error is plus or minus 4.3 percentage points.Clinton was leading Trump by less than 2 percentage points, 35.1 percent to 33.5 percent, among likely voters in an Aug. 17 to Aug. 31 Republic/Morrison/Cronkite News poll. That outcome fell within the poll’s margin Continue Reading

Springsteen and Bon Jovi rock at Clinton rally

PHILADELPHIA -  It was Jersey rock, tempered with purpose and conviction, that set the stage for Hillary Clinton's campaign closing rally Monday in Philadelphia.Both Bruce Springsteen of Freehold and Jon Bon Jovi performed short acoustic sets as the warm up for Clinton and her family and the Obamas in the shadow of Independence Hall."The choice couldn't be clearer," Springsteen said of the election. "That's why I'm standing with you here tonight -- for the dream of a better America."The Boss kept up his attacks of Donald Trump."He's a man whose vision is limited to little beyond himself," Springsteen said.Springsteen began his set with an acoustic "Thunder Road" and also performed "Long Walk Home" and "Dancing in the Dark," which sparked a clap along in the crowd of tens of thousands on the mall in front of Independence Hall."Get out there and vote tomorrow," Springsteen said.Jon Bon Jovi, a long-time supporter of the Clinton campaign, preceded Springsteen with a short acoustic set that included "Who Says You Can't Go Home," "Livin' on a Prayer," "Someday I'll Be Saturday Night," and the Beatles' "Here Comes the Sun."He also read a statement from a voter who identified himself as a Republican, gun owning Catholic who's voting for Clinton. MONMOUTH POLL: Clinton leading nationally by 6 pointsOverall,  the Jersey duo were a hit with this crowd."Awesome!" said Sam Klossner, 26 of Philadelphia. "I'm a young man and I haven't seen either of them so to see Bruce Springsteen here is great."Anticipation was high to see the rockers before the rally."You can't go wrong with either one," said Jennifer Kraft while on line for the rally. "They're both great."The rally drew throngs of people. The line to get in stretched from the Hall to the South Street area."If Bruce plays 'Born in the USA' the place is going to go crazy," said Kraft's friend, Joanna Lind of Gainesville, Florida. RELATED: Together again: The history of Springsteen and Bon JoviIs the celebrity Continue Reading

NJ primary voters say it’s Hillary vs. Trump

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have negative ratings worse than any previous nominees, but that’s the November presidential election matchup New Jersey gave a reluctant endorsement to in Tuesday’s primary voting.“I saw a bumper sticker the other day that said: ‘Giant Meteor 2016,’ “ political analyst Matthew Hale said. “I think there are probably a lot of feelings from people that they’re sad and resigned to what their choices are now.’’Clinton picked up a resounding insurance victory by 25-plus points in New Jersey over Bernie Sanders, firming up her status as the presumptive Democratic nominee. Trump won the Republican contest handily, although rivals who had dropped out of the contest collected 18 percent of the vote in early results.With 95 percent of districts reported, Clinton had 63.3 percent of the vote to 36.7 percent for Sanders. More: Chris Christie says Donald Trump is not a racist Tuesday was the last round of state nomination contests. California, where polls closed 3 hours after New Jersey, and four other states also had votes. More: Sanders says "the struggle continues'' even with Clinton's big California victoryTrump in a victory speech from one of his golf courses near New York City not long after voting concluded in New Jersey went on the attack against Clinton, claiming she had "turned the State Department into her own private hedge fund."He also assured Republicans he understood "the responsibility of carrying the mantle and I will never ever let you down."Trump said he would be giving a major speech about the Clintons "probably Monday."Clinton was much more upbeat during her own speech in Brooklyn, telling cheering supporters the arena had a “glass ceiling.’’“Don’t worry, we’re not smashing this one,’’ she said. “Thanks to you, we’ve reached a milestone, the first time in our nation’s Continue Reading

Clinton vs. Trump leaves young voters disillusioned

Tune into APP.com on Election night to watch all of our live coverage for free starting at 7:30 p.m., and make sure to join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #APPElections! http://on.app.com/2eArXKKMIDDLETOWN - Not a single hand shot up when a class of honors politics students at Brookdale College were asked if they were excited to cast their vote — most for the first time — come Tuesday.The students — about 20 were in the class on a recent morning — looked at one another and laughed. And then one student slowly raised her hand."Yeah, I'm excited," said Lana Leonard, 20, of Ocean Township, who said she would vote for Hillary Clinton."I was speculative of what and where and who I should be looking at and then I started to see how dangerous it was getting between these two candidates," Leonard said. "I feel like I'm voting for humanity's sake, whether I agree with (Clinton) fully or not."But Leonard's lone hand of enthusiasm is indicative of young voters across the country, who say the matchup between Clinton and Donald Trump has left them confused, frustrated and alienated days ahead of Tuesday's vote.Some say neither Clinton nor Trump was their first choice. They regard the candidates as polarizing, sowing division among their family members, friends and neighbors."A lot of my friends are very turned off by this election because they think it's a liar versus a bigot, so it's like, who do you vote for in that matchup?" said Regina Appolon, 23, who served as a delegate for Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Clinton's former rival for the Democratic nomination. "I feel like a lot of young people were for Bernie Sanders, and after he lost, the election is just a joke right now to them."Polls show Clinton — Appolon is backing her — with a significant lead among young voters, fueled by soaring unfavorable ratings for Trump. A  USA TODAY/Rock Continue Reading

Clinton vs. Trump: Your guide to the final presidential debate

Once upon a time, Donald Trump owned a bunch of casinos, so Las Vegas should be kind of home turf for him when he takes the stage at 9 p.m. ET Wednesday for the third and final presidential debate against Hillary Clinton. The debate is being hosted by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where student attendance is being limited to undergraduates with a C average or better and graduate students with a grade average above a B.Here are some things we are watching for:It is clear that Trump's closing argument in this campaign is that if he loses, it is because the system is rigged against him. During the first debate, he noted there was a problem with his microphone; during the second debate, he said the moderators were aligned against him. "It’s nice — it’s one on three." Since the debate moderator this time is Chris Wallace of Fox News, it is less likely Trump will claim the moderator is biased against him. But he will no doubt bring back his charge that Clinton, the media, and even Republican leaders like Speaker Paul Ryan are ganging up to try deny him the White House.(Just like to point out here that in August, I said in this Facebook Live video that we would be hearing "more and more and more about the 'rigged system' ... that is becoming the theme of the 2016 election cycle." Every now and then, I get one right.)The steady stream of emails hacked from the account of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta and released by WikiLeaks over the past few days have offered a host of embarrassments for Democrats. There were emails suggesting Clinton got a heads-up on questions being asked by CNN; emails showing staff disparaging Catholic voters; and emails suggesting that the government of Qatar — which Clinton had accused of supporting terrorists — was donating $1 million to the Clinton Foundation in honor of Bill Clinton's birthday.Trump has claimed that the media has ignored these stories, and he does have a Continue Reading

Clinton vs. Trump: Everything you need to know about the first debate

The first fall presidential debate of 2016 is being anticipated with all the hype (and class) of a heavyweight boxing match. Perhaps we should call it "Smackdown at the Mack," since it is being held at the Hofstra University's David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex on New York's Long Island.So how should you watch this D-Day of Debates? We have some tips for you:Monday's debate — and all other debates of this presidential cycle — starts at 9 p.m. ET and lasts for 90 minutes. It will be moderated by NBC's Lester Holt, and the announced topics are "America's Direction, Achieving Prosperity, (and) Securing America," which pretty much leaves room for anything Holt wants to ask.Just Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Neither Libertarian Gary Johnson nor Green Party candidate Jill Stein met the threshold set by the Commission on Presidential Debates for getting into the debate, both failing to have "demonstrated a level of support of at least 15 percent of the national electorate" based on polls. Four years ago, Stein protested her exclusion from the debates by getting arrested at this same site for civil disobedience, and she told our Susan Page in August that she plans to do it again this year.This debate will be broadcast everywhere. All the major networks will have it live, the cable networks will have it live, it will be livestreamed on websites, social media platforms and even broadcast on live radio. Facebook and Twitter will both livestream the debate. And no doubt, someone will be covering the debate with Snapchat's new Spectacles, for those who don't have the attention span for Twitter.About the only place you won't find the debate is ESPN, which is airing the Monday Night Football game between the New Orleans Saints and the Atlanta Falcons. Trump had raised concerns when the debate was first scheduled that it would be competing for attention with an NFL game, but those of us from the Continue Reading