Politics August 7, 2016: Trump criticizes Clinton’s mental state says she short circuited

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Trump criticizes Clinton’s mental state says she short circuited

By Bonnie K. Goodman

After a disastrous and controversial week, Republican nominee Donald Trump decided to play it safe and criticize his opponent Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton at a rally he held in Windham, New Hampshire Saturday evening, Aug. 6, 2016, and on Twitter. Trump questioned Clinton’s mental state and claims she is unfit for the presidency, saying she “short-circuited” on her email server and she is “brainwashed.”

Trump first criticized Clinton for being “short circuited” in a series of posts on Twitter on Saturday morning. Trump went after Clinton’s responses in an interview with Fox News’ Chris Wallace about the private email server shed used during her tenure as Secretary of State. The Democratic nominee tried to spin why she stated in a recent that FBI Director James Comey said she was “truthful” and “consistent” about her server when he did not and criticized her for the server. Trump responded on Twitter in his first comment of the day, “Hillary Clinton is being badly criticized for her poor performance in answering questions. Let us all see what happens!”

Trump used Clinton’s own words against her, writing, “Crooked Hillary said loudly, and for the world to see, that she “SHORT CIRCUITED” when answering a question about her e-mails. Very dangerous!” Then Trump continued writing, “Anybody whose mind “SHORT CIRCUITS” is not fit to be our president! Look up the word “BRAINWASHED.”

Later at a rally in a New Hampshire high school gym Trump continued his attacks about Clinton being unfit for the presidency. Earlier in the week, President Barack Obama said the same Clinton also had made the same accusation about Trump. Trump told supporters, “She short-circuited, she used the term ‘short-circuited.’ She took a little short circuit in the brain.”

Continuing Trump said, “She’s got problems, I mean, if we had real people, this would be a real problem for her, but I think that the people of this country don’t want somebody that’s going to short circuit up here.” Trump also questioned Clinton’s mental state, “Honestly I don’t think she’s all there,” and using a page from Jeb Bush playbook; Trump called Clinton “totally unhinged.”

After a week of missteps, Trump has turned his focus and his comments at attacking his opponent particularly her mental state. On Friday, August 5, Trump called Clinton a “monster” and “unstable” at a rally in Des Moines, Iowa. Trump said, “Unstable Hillary Clinton, lacks the judgment, temperament and moral character to lead this country – and I believe that so strongly.” Continuing his attacks on her state of mind to run the country, the GOP nominee accused, “She’s really pretty close to unhinged, and you’ve seen, you’ve seen it a couple times. The people in the background know it, the people who know her know it and she’s like an unbalanced person.”

Trump is not only depicting Clinton as mentally unstable but also weak, pointing to her disastrous legacy as Secretary of State. At the Des Moines rally, Trump indicated, “The legacy of Hillary Clinton: death, destruction, chaos, and weakness. She’s weak. She’s a weak person. I know her. She’s a weak person.” Later on Friday, Trump further expressed that Clinton is unfit for the presidency at a rally in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Trump told his supporters, “In one way, she’s a monster. In another way, she’s a weak person. She’s actually not strong enough to be president.”

Politics August 6, 2016: Trump finally endorses Paul Ryan, John McCain, and Kelly Ayotte

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Trump finally endorses Paul Ryan, John McCain, and Kelly Ayotte

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After a couple of days of drama, Republican nominee Donald Trump endorsed Speaker of the House and Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan, Arizona Senator John McCain and New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte in their re-election bids for their Congressional and Senate seats. Trump made the endorsements official on Friday evening, Aug. 5, 2016, at a rally in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Trump expressed that he wanted to be a “big tent” Republican like Ronald Reagan in a speech that was rather unusual for Trump in that he read it off prepared remarks.

Trump in announcing his endorsements stated, “This campaign is not about me or any one candidate, it’s about America. I understand and embrace the wisdom of Ronald Reagan’s big tent within the party. So I embrace the wisdom that my 80 percent friend is not my 20 percent enemy.” Trump emphasized that he would need the support of the House and Senate as president.

Then after 10 minutes into his speech, Trump endorsed Speaker Ryan. Trump remarked, “We will have disagreements, but we will disagree as friends and never stop working together toward victory. And very importantly toward real change. So in our shared mission to make America great again, I support and endorse our speaker of the house Paul Ryan.” Trump’s endorsement comes only days before Ryan’s primary on Tuesday, Aug. 9, where he leads his opponent Paul Nehlen by 66 percent.

Continuing Trump endorsed McCain, both have been highly critical of the other. The GOP nominee said, “And while I’m at it, I hold in the highest esteem Senator John McCain for his service to our country in uniform and public office, and I fully support and endorse his reelection Very important. We’ll work together.”

After the rally, Trump’s campaign sent a fundraising email to supporters touting party unity and the endorsements. The email read, “It’s time to unite our Party and deny the third term of Obama. I have officially endorsed Paul Ryan — and together, we will fight for YOU, and together we will Make America Great Again!”

The controversy over the Ryan endorsement commenced on Tuesday, Aug. 2 when Trump spoke to the Washington for an interview. Trump echoed Ryan earlier comments about endorsing him back in May. The GOP nominee said, “I like Paul, but these are horrible times for our country. We need very strong leadership. We need very, very strong leadership. And I’m just not quite there yet. I’m not quite there yet.”

Trump running mate Indiana Governor Mike Pence broke with Trump over the endorsements choosing to endorse Ryan on Wednesday, Aug. 3. Pence endorsed Ryan in a phone interview with Fox News, stating, “I strongly support Paul Ryan, strongly endorse his re-election. He is a longtime friend. He’s a strong conservative leader. I believe we need Paul Ryan in leadership in the Congress of the United States.”
Pence later tweeted that he told his running mate in advance of his decision, “I talked to @realDonaldTrump this morning about my support for Paul Ryan and our longtime friend ship….” According to a Trump campaign insider, the GOP nominee is giving Pence “latitude” to speak his mind and convictions, and Pence’s endorsement was hardly a falling out.

Trump’s withholding the endorsement, however, was causing friction with fellow Republicans, who were quickly abandoning the GOP nominee. Even Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, a friend of Ryan’s and also from Wisconsin, was upset at Trump veering off the script.

Trump’s decision to endorse Ryan came only hours after Ryan suggested he could be easily unendorsed Trump if he sees fit. On Friday morning, Ryan told local Wisconsin radio WTAQ’s Jerry Bader, “None of these things are ever blank checks, that goes with any situation in any kind of race.” Continuing Ryan explained why he endorsed Trump in the first place, “he won the delegates, he won the thing fair and square it’s just that simple.”

 

Politics August 2, 2016: Timeline of the Trump-Khan Controversy and backlash

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Timeline of the Trump-Khan Controversy and backlash

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On the last day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Thursday, July 29, 2016, Khizr Khan, the father of slain Capt. Humayun Khan who died in 2004 during the Iraq War from a car bomb, spoke about his son at the convention and criticized Trump’s proposed Muslim ban. Khan asked Trump from the stage, “Have you ever been to Arlington Cemetery? Go look at the graves of the brave patriots who died defending America – you will see all faiths, genders, and ethnicities. You have sacrificed nothing and no one.”

Trump never one to let anything insult or slight go went on the attack. At first, Trump dismissed Khan‘s convention comments, saying, Khan “was, you know, very emotional and probably looked like a nice guy to me.” Trump repeatedly implied the soldier’s mother, Ghazala Khan who stood beside her husband at the convention but did not speak was not allowed because of her Muslim faith. Trump questioned, “If you look at his wife, she was standing there. She had nothing to say. She probably, maybe she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say. You tell me.”

Mr. Khan first explained it was because of his wife’s blood pressure that she did not speak, then Ghazala Khan explained her silence on MSNBC’s “Last Word With Lawrence O’Donnell” on Friday, July 29.  Mrs. Khan said, “I cannot even come in the room where his pictures are. That’s why when I saw the picture at my back [on stage in Philadelphia] I couldn’t take it, and I controlled myself at that time.”

Trump also claimed the Khans were pawns of the Clinton campaign and that Khan read from a campaign script, saying, “Who wrote that? Did Hillary’s script writers write it?” Trump chose to make himself the victim in an interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos, taped on Saturday, July 30 and aired on Sunday, July 31, claiming, “I think I’ve made a lot of sacrifices. I work very, very hard… Created thousands and thousands of jobs” and “built great structures.” Trump also defended his response on Twitter, writing, “I was viciously attacked by Mr. Khan at the Democratic Convention. Am I not allowed to respond? Hillary voted for the Iraq war, not me!”

Forgotten from Trump remarks was that he told ABC News affiliate WSYX-TV in Columbus, Ohio that he had “great honor” for the fallen Captain Khan who the GOP nominee also called a “hero.” Later Trump’s running mate Indiana Governor Mike Pence issued a statement, “Donald Trump and I believe that Captain Humayun Khan is an American hero and his family, like all Gold Star families, should be cherished by every American…. Donald Trump will support our military and their families and we will defeat the enemies of our freedom.” Pence also blamed Obama and Clinton for terrorist organization ISIS, which is at the heart of Trump’s proposed Muslim ban.

The remarks insulted not only the Khans but also military and gold star families. Khan, however, chose to fight back at Trump each time baiting him on a Sunday, July 31 on CNN’s “New Day” where he expressed, “The world is receiving us like we’ve never seen. They have seen the blackness of his character, of his soul.” On NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Khan said Trump “lacks” a “moral compass” and has “no empathy.”

The Khans did not stop playing the moment to the maximum making a media firestorm. While Khizr Khan attacked Trump, his wife explained her silence in heroic fashion. Ghazala Khan even wrote an op-ed for The Washington Post published on Sunday, July 31, “Without saying a thing, all the world, all America, felt my pain. I am a Gold Star mother. Whoever saw me felt me in their heart.”

Clinton also used the moment to her advantage saying in a speech at Cleveland Church on Sunday, July 31, “Mr. Khan paid the ultimate sacrifice in his family, didn’t he? And what has he heard from Donald Trump? Nothing but insults and degrading comments about Muslims – a total misunderstanding of what made our country great, religious freedom, religious liberty. It’s enshrined in our Constitution, as Mr. Khan knows because he’s actually read it.” Concluding, “I think this is a time” for Republicans “to pick country over party.”

On Monday, Aug. 1, Mr. Khan appeared on NBC’s Today show continuing his barrage on the GOP nominee, “This candidate amazes me. His ignorance – he can get up and malign the entire nation, the religions, the communities, the minorities, the judges and yet a private citizen in this political process.… I cannot say what I feel?”

Trump again responded on Twitter on Monday, Aug. 1, writing, “Mr. Khan, who does not know me, viciously attacked me from the stage of the DNC and is now all over T.V. doing the same – Nice!” Another tweet said, “This story is not about Mr. Khan, who is all over the place doing interviews, but rather RADICAL ISLAMIC TERRORISM and the U.S. Get smart!” Later in the evening, Trump appeared on Fox News‘ “Hannity,” saying, “If I were president, his son wouldn’t have died because we wouldn’t be in a war. I wouldn’t have been in the war.”

Although Trump was right to point out, Clinton was more to blame for Khan’s death because she voted for the Iraq War as a New York Senator, Trump faced a backlash from his party and the American public. Arizona Senator and veteran John McCain and Jeb Bush both condemned Trump’s remarks on the Khans. McCain released a statement on Aug. 1, claiming, “I cannot emphasize enough how deeply I disagree with Mr. Trump’s statement.”

Trump also faced criticism from Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on his Muslim travel ban. McConnell expressed on July 31, “I agree with the Khans and families across the country that a travel ban on all members of a religion is simply contrary to American values.” Ryan also praised the Khans and criticized the travel ban; however, neither revoked their endorsement for the GOP nominee.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on “The Situation Room,” I believe these Gold Star families are off limits, and they’re to be loved and cherished and honored.” New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) who was on the short list for Trump’s VP running also criticized the nominee, calling his remarks “inappropriate.”

President Barack Obama also stepped into the controversy defending the Khans on Aug. 1, saying, “no one has given more for our freedom and our security than our Gold Star families.” The next day, on Tuesday, Aug. 2 Obama called Trump “unfit” for the presidency during a press conference. Obama also called for Republican leaders to withdraw their endorsements, “If you are repeatedly having to say in very strong terms that what he has said is unacceptable, why are you still endorsing him? There has to come a point at which you say, ‘enough.'”

The public also disapproved of Trump’s reaction, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, 56 percent of voters strongly disapproved of Trump’s remarks about the Khans, with 6 out of 10 Republican also disapproving. No matter the response and backlash; Trump had no regrets. The GOP nominee told ABC7 in an interview on Aug. 2, “I said nice things about the son, and I feel that very strongly but of course I was hit very hard from the stage and you know it’s just one of those things, but no I don’t regret anything.”

Campaign Headlines November 4, 2014: Midterm Elections 2014: Live Updates & Blog

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Campaign Headlines June 10, 2014: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor Defeated by David Brat, Tea Party Challenger, in GOP VA Primary Upset

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Eric Cantor Defeated by David Brat, Tea Party Challenger, in Primary Upset

Representative Eric Cantor of Virginia delivered his concession speech on Tuesday.
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Representative Eric Cantor of Virginia delivered his concession speech on Tuesday.

In one of the most stunning primary election upsets in congressional history, Mr. Cantor, the House majority leader, was soundly defeated by David Brat, a Tea Party-backed candidate….READ MORE

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Campaign Headlines June 12, 2013: President Barack Obama Campaigns for Ed Markey in Massachusetts Senate Run

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Obama Stumps for Ed Markey in Massachusetts Senate Run

Source: ABC News Radio, 6-12-13

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Seven months after winning re-election, President Obama is back on the campaign trail. This time, he’s lending his political prowess to stump for Senate hopeful Rep. Ed Markey….READ MORE

Campaign Headlines June 8, 2013: Newark Mayor Cory Booker Formally Announces Senate Bid

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Newark Mayor Cory Booker Formally Announces Senate Bid

Source: ABC News Radio, 6-8-13

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Newark Mayor Cory Booker announced on Saturday that he will seek the Senate seat made vacant when Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., died earlier this week.

“I’m here today to officially announce my candidacy to be New Jersey’s next United States senator,” Booker said in a news conference. “Democracy is not a spectator sport, but now as much as in any time, we must bring people together. We must actually get into the complicated difficult messy arena and take on the difficult challenges, work in uncommon ways with conviction and courage.”…READ MORE

Political Headlines April 17, 2013: Rand Paul Hints at Presidential Run in 2016

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Rand Paul Hints at Presidential Run in 2016

Source: ABC News Radio, 4-17-13

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Sen. Rand Paul is considering a run for the presidency in 2016, but will not decide until next year, the Kentucky Republican said Wednesday at the Christian Science Monitor Breakfast in Washington, D.C.

A Tea Party favorite, libertarian like his father-congressman and perennial presidential candidate, Paul told reporters he plans on multiple visits to primary states in the next few months to gauge his viability as a candidate….READ MORE

Political Headlines April 9, 2013: Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell’s campaign alleges it was bugged, seeks FBI investigation

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McConnell campaign alleges it was bugged, seeks FBI investigation

Source: NBCNews.com, 4-9-13

Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell’s re-election campaign has asked federal authorities to help it identify the source of a recording of private strategy sessions earlier this year….READ MORE

Political Headlines March 27, 2013: Sarah Palin Video Spotlights Sen. Ted Cruz, Prepares for 2014 Midterm Elections

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Palin Video Spotlights Sen. Ted Cruz, Prepares for Midterm Elections

Source: ABC News Radio, 3-27-13

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In a video released Wednesday by Sarah Palin’s political action committee, SarahPAC, she revved up conservatives and Tea Party Republicans for 2014 with snippets of her Conservative Political Action Conference speech from earlier this month as well as media coverage praising the speech and her string of successful past endorsements.

[See the full video from Sarah Palin’s YouTube Channel here.]

Titled “Loaded for Bear,” the video begins with the praise from the mainstream media she is always quick to criticize as the “lamestream media.”…READ MORE

Political Headlines March 27, 2013: Ashley Judd Passes on Senate Bid in Kentucky

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Ashley Judd Passes on Senate Bid in Kentucky

Source: NYT, 3-27-13

After a high-profile flirtation with a Senate race, the actress Ashley Judd said she would not seek the 2014 Democratic nomination to run against Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader….READ MORE

Political Headlines January 29, 2013: Election to Replace Sen. John Kerry’s Massachusetts Senate Seat Likely June 25

Election to Replace Sen. John Kerry Likely June 25

Source: ABC News Radio, 1-29-13

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With Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry’s confirmation for Secretary of State proceeding at a smooth and quick pace, the question now becomes who will replace him and when?

Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin gave an answer to that second question this week, saying that the special election would likely be set for June 25….READ MORE

Political Headlines January 1, 2013: Eric Cantor, House GOP Wary of Senate Deal That Could Add Trillions to Deficit

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House GOP Wary of Senate Deal That Could Add Trillions to Deficit

Source: ABC News Radio, 1-1-13 

Top House Republicans Tuesday opposed a bipartisan compromise that passed the Senate in the wee hours of New Year’s Day to avert the “fiscal cliff,” as new studies conclude that the compromise on taxes and spending would add trillions to the U.S. deficit.

If House Republicans tweak the legislation, as they seem likely to do, there’s no clear path for its return to the Senate before a new Congress is sworn in Thursday.

GOP leaders emerged from a morning conference meeting disenchanted by the legislative package devised by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Vice President Biden early Tuesday morning, with several insisting they cannot vote on it as it now stands….READ MORE

Campaign Headlines November 15, 2012: Another George Bush Considers a Run in Texas

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Another George Bush Considers a Run in Texas

Source: ABC News Radio, 11-15-12

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Political observers, take note of this name: George Prescott Bush.  The son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and nephew of former President George W. Bush filed paperwork with the Texas Ethics Commission to run for office, and is apparently considering a run for land commissioner in the Lone Star State.

Bush’s filings did not specify the office that interests him, but his father on Wednesday sent an email to his own supporters asking for donations to George P.’s exploratory account.  In the email, Jeb specified that his son was eyeing the job of land commissioner in 2014….READ MORE

Election 2012 November 6, 2012: Barack Obama Congratulates Mitt Romney on ‘Spirited Campaign’

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Obama Congratulates Romney on ‘Spirited Campaign’

Source: ABC News Radio, 11-6-12

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President Obama on Tuesday congratulated GOP nominee Mitt Romney on a hard-fought race and expressed confidence he would have the votes to win a second term as he kicked off Election Day with a visit to his local campaign office.

“I also want to say to Gov. Romney, Congratulations on a spirited campaign,” the president told reporters after thanking volunteers at his local Hyde Park, Ill., field office.  “I know that his supporters are just as engaged and just as enthusiastic and working just as hard today.”

With polls open across the country, the president expressed confidence that “we have the votes to win.”…READ MORE

Election 2012 November 6, 2012: Election Day: Mitt Romney Still Campaigning, Barack Obama to Play Basketball

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Election Day: Romney Still Campaigning, Obama to Play Basketball

Source: ABC News Radio, 11-6-12

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The costliest election in United States history is also one of the closest, as polls open Tuesday and the country finally picks its president after a long and divisive campaign.

After spending nearly $1 billion apiece, President Obama and Mitt Romney are today in much the same place they were months ago at the campaign’s outset — the president leads his Republican challenger by so small a margin it is statistically insignificant in most places.

The tightness of the race was expressed at midnight, when the first town to open and close its polls — the tiny hamlet of Dixville Notch, N.H. — evenly split its vote five to five.

On Tuesday, Romney will campaign up to the last minute, holding rallies in Cleveland and Pittsburgh, and doing interviews with radio stations in Ohio and Virginia.

Obama, meanwhile, will remain in his home state of Illinois on Tuesday, doing some satellite television interviews and playing a game of basketball — an Election Day ritual….READ MORE

Campaign Headlines November 6, 2012: Tearful Barack Obama Ends Campaign in Iowa

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Tearful Obama Ends Campaign in Iowa

Source: ABC News Radio, 11-6-12

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At one point even feeling the need to wipe a tear from his eye, President Obama ended his presidential campaign Monday night with an emotional appeal to voters in the state that started it all, asking Iowans to help him finish what he started four years ago.

“We have made real progress over these last four years,” the president told an estimated crowd of 20,000 standing outside in the bitter cold.  “But Iowa we are here tonight because we have more work to do.  We are not done yet on this journey.  We have more road to travel.”

Just steps away from the campaign office set up for his victory in the 2008 Iowa Caucuses, a nostalgic Obama told Iowans they taught him “to bet on hope.”

“To all of you who have lived and breathed the hard work of change, I want to thank you.  You took this campaign and you made it your own,” he said as he wiped away a tear streaming from his left eye….READ MORE

Campaign Headlines November 6, 2012: Mitt Romney Closes Out Campaign with Final Rally in New Hampshire

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Romney Closes Out Campaign with Final Rally in New Hampshire

Source: ABC News Radio, 11-6-12

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Mitt Romney held his final rally of his campaign Monday just before midnight struck, telling a thunderous crowd in Manchester, N.H., that it will be the Granite State that helps him win the White House.

“That is quite a welcome!” Romney told the crowd of more than 12,000 slapping noisemakers and waving signs.  “This is a special moment for Ann and for me because this is where our campaign began.  You got this campaign started a year and a half ago at the Scammon Farm.”

“And then your primary vote put me on the path to win the republican nomination,” he said.  “And tomorrow your votes and your work right here in New Hampshire will help me become the next president of the United States!”…READ MORE

Election 2012 November 6, 2012: POLITICO / George Washington University Battleground Tracking Poll: Dead heat between Barack Obama & Mitt Romney

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Battleground Tracking Poll: Dead heat

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The presidential race is tied going into Election Day.

The final POLITICO/George Washington University Battleground Tracking Poll of 1,000 likely voters — conducted Sunday and Monday — shows Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama each claiming 47 percent nationally.

Our previous poll, conducted Monday through Thursday of last week, found the race tied at 48 percent. Although Romney and Obama have each led at times, the two candidates have stayed within the margin of error since the spring.

Independents break for Romney by 15 points, 47 percent to 32 percent.

Across the 10 states identified by POLITICO as competitive, Obama leads 49 percent to 43 percent.

On the generic congressional ballot, Republicans edge Democrats by 47 percent to 46 percent. It was tied last week….READ MORE

Campaign Headlines November 6, 2012: What Time Are My State’s Election Polls Open?

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What Time Are My State’s Election Polls Open?

Source: ABC News Radio, 11-5-12

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Below is each state’s poll hours and website for information on elections, compiled by ABC News. For more, see our election map HERE.

Alabama

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Central Time.

More info HERE.

Alaska

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Alaska Time zone and the Hawaii-Aleutian Time zone.

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Arizona

Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mountain Time.

More info HERE.

Arkansas

Polls are open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Central Time.

More info HERE.

California

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Pacific Time.

More info HERE.

Colorado

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mountain Time.

More info HERE.

Connecticut

Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Time.

More info HERE.

Delaware

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Time.

More info HERE.

District of Columbia

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Time.

More info HERE.

Florida

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Eastern and Central Time zones.

More info HERE.

Georgia

Polls are open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Eastern Time.

More info HERE.

Hawaii

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Hawaii Time.

More info HERE.

Idaho

Polls are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Mountain and Pacific Time zones.

More info HERE.

Illinois

Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Central Time.

More info HERE.

Indiana

Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern Time.

More info HERE.

Iowa

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Central time.

More info HERE.

Kansas

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Central Time.

More info HERE.

Kentucky

Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern and Central Time.

More info HERE.

Louisiana

Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Central Time.

More info HERE.

Maine

Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Eastern Time in municipalities with a population less than 500. For municipalities with a population of more than 500, polls are open from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m.

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Maryland

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Time.

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Massachusetts

Most polling stations are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Time, with some municipalities opening as early as 5:45 a.m.

More info HERE.

Michigan

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Central and Eastern Time.

More info HERE.

Minnesota

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Central Time, although some smaller municipalities may stay open until 10 p.m.

More info HERE.

Mississippi

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Central Time.

More info HERE.

Missouri

Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Central Time.

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Montana

Polling places vary across the state.

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Nebraska

Polls are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Central Time, and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mountain Time.

More info HERE.

Nevada

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Pacific Time.

More info HERE.

New Hampshire

Polling times vary across the state.

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New Jersey

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Eastern Time.

More info HERE.

New Mexico

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mountain Time.

More info HERE.

New York

Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern Time.

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North Carolina

Polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time.

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North Dakota

Polling times vary.

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Ohio

Polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time.

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Oklahoma

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Central Time.

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Oregon

In person voting will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Pacific Time.

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Pennsylvania

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Time.

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Rhode Island

Most polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Time.

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South Carolina

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Eastern Time.

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South Dakota

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Central and Mountain Time zones.

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Tennessee

Most polls will be open between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Eastern and Central Time zones.

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Texas

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Central Time.

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Utah

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mountain Time.

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Vermont

Polls will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Eastern Time.

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Virginia

Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Eastern Time.

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Washington

Washington is a mail in ballot state.

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West Virginia

Polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Central Time.

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Wisconsin

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Central Time.

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Wyoming

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mountain Time.

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Campaign Headlines November 5, 2012: ABC News / Washington Post Poll: Slim Edge Opens for Barack Obama Over Mitt Romney As the Closest Contest Concludes

CAMPAIGN 2012

CAMPAIGN BUZZ 2012

THE HEADLINES….

POLL: Slim Edge Opens for Obama As the Closest Contest Concludes

Source: ABC News Radio, 11-5-12

John Gurzinski/Getty Images

Barack Obama has inched to a slim advantage in the closing days of the 2012 presidential race, breaking out of a long-running deadlock with Mitt Romney to a 50-47 percent contest in the final-weekend tracking poll by ABC News and The Washington Post.

While still lacking a majority in vote preference, Obama has reached 51 percent job approval, matching his best this year; extended his advantage in better understanding Americans’ economic problems; and moved to within a single point of Romney in trust to handle the economy, reversing a 9-point Romney lead on the central issue of the campaign….READ MORE

See PDF with full results and charts here.

Campaign Headlines November 5, 2012: If Barack Obama loses…the Presidential Election

CAMPAIGN 2012

CAMPAIGN BUZZ 2012

THE HEADLINES….

If Obama loses…

Source: Politico, 11-5-12

Barack Obama is shown here. | AP Photo

A loss for Barack Obama would be a traumatic letdown for the Democrats. | AP Photo

A defeat for Barack Obama on Tuesday would be no ordinary loss for Democrats.

It would be a traumatic experience: the death of the dream of liberal realignment embodied in Obama’s insurgent 2008 campaign. And it would be all the more distressing to Democrats because so many of them fervently believe they will win tomorrow.

Unlike Republicans, many of whom have no particular love for their nominee, Democrats admire and sympathize with the president, understanding he came into office at a difficult time. If Obama were to lose, Democrats would suddenly be leaderless for the first time in half a decade and would be forced to confront agonizing questions about the viability of their party’s agenda — health care reform, most of all….READ MORE

Campaign Headlines November 5, 2012: President Barack Obama: We Have the Votes, But Will They Show Up?

CAMPAIGN 2012

CAMPAIGN BUZZ 2012

THE HEADLINES….

Obama: We Have the Votes, But Will They Show Up?

Source: ABC News Radio, 11-5-12

MANDEL NGAN/AFP/GettyImages

President Obama says he is entirely confident that a sufficient number of Americans back his bid for a second term, but that motivating those voters to show up at polling places Tuesday remains a challenge that could determine the election’s outcome.

“We have enough voters to win, it’s just a matter of whether they show up,” Obama told syndicated radio talk show host Warren Ballentine in a taped interview that ran Monday morning.

“Obviously there are going to be some voters who at this late date may still be undecided, and if they are, I am making a closing argument,” he said. “But the main thing I want everybody to understand is that the number of undecided voters at this point is much smaller than the number of voters who support me but just aren’t voting.

“If all the people who support me vote, then we’ll be fine,” he said….READ MORE

Campaign Headlines November 5, 2012: If Mitt Romney loses…the Presidential Election

CAMPAIGN 2012

CAMPAIGN BUZZ 2012

THE HEADLINES….

If Romney loses…

Source: Politico, 11-5-12

Mitt Romney is shown here. | AP Photo

If Romney loses, the GOP will have to go through a painful process of self-examination | AP Photo

For Republicans, the only thing harder than losing to Barack Obama might be explaining it.

By any reasonable standard, Obama is a seriously vulnerable incumbent: a president overseeing a limping economy, whose party got thumped in the 2010 midterm elections and whose signature accomplishment of health care reform is highly controversial. Whatever his strengths on national security and personal likability, Obama probably began the 2012 campaign as the most beatable sitting president in 20 years.

So if Obama manages to defeat Mitt Romney on Tuesday, the Republican Party will have to go through a painful process of self-examination and internal debate in order to explain what went so badly wrong.

The debate won’t just be fodder for political obsessives: It will also determine how Republicans approach governing next year and how the party campaigns in 2014, 2016 and beyond….READ MORE

Campaign Headlines November 5, 2012: Mitt Romney Urges Every Eligible Voter to Head to Polls in Final Florida Rally

CAMPAIGN 2012

CAMPAIGN BUZZ 2012

THE HEADLINES….

Romney Urges Every Eligible Voter to Head to Polls in Final Florida Rally

Source: ABC News Radio, 11-5-12

JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images

Mitt Romney began his final day of campaigning in the Sunshine State by telling voters in Sanford, Fla., that Tuesday will be a turning point in U.S. history and urging them to head to the polls.
“Tomorrow, we begin a new tomorrow,” Romney said, speaking at his first of five rallies Monday.  “Tomorrow, we begin a better tomorrow.  This nation is going to begin to change for the better tomorrow.  Your work is making a difference.  The people of the world are watching.”

“The people of America are watching.  We can begin a better tomorrow tomorrow, and with the help of the people in Florida, that’s exactly what’s going to happen,” he said….READ MORE

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