U.S. ELECTION WRAP: Clinton Urges GOP to Join Her Against Trump

The Democratic nominee makes pitch for Republican support in wake of rival's latest controversial comment

Trump: '2nd Amendment People' Could Stop Clinton

Hillary Clinton accused Donald Trump of “inciting” violence with his Second Amendment remark yesterday and appealed to Republicans opposed to the GOP nominee to support her instead.

  • “We may not agree on everything but this is not a normal election,” Clinton said at a rally this afternoon in Des Moines, Iowa
  • Clinton pledged to work hard over the next three months to earn the support of “anyone willing to put our country first” 
    • “Words matter, my friends,” Clinton said in reference to Trump’s “Second Amendment people” remark made yesterday in N.C., which critics including the Clinton camp, took as a call to violence; Trump, many of his allies and at least one of his detractors, GOP Sen. Susan Collins, rejected that interpretation
    • “Yesterday, we witnessed the latest in a long line of casual comments from Donald Trump that cross the line,” Clinton said
    • “His casual cruelty to a Gold Star family, his casual suggestion that more counties should have nuclear weapons and now his casual inciting of violence. Every single one of these incidents show us that Donald Trump simply doesn’t have the temperament to be president and commander in chief of the United States”: Clinton
  • The Democratic nominee told the Iowa crowd she’s “humbled and moved” by Republicans who have said Trump doesn’t represent their values
  • Meanwhile, Trump didn’t directly address the controversy over his remarks when he spoke today at a rally in the Virginia town of Abingdon, near the Tennessee border, Bloomberg’s Greg Sullivan reported
  • Trump said there is “a lot of unity” in the Republican Party, though nobody talks about it
  • The GOP nominee, flanked by men in mining clothes with signs reading “Trump digs coal,” also told the southwest Va. crowd that if Clinton is elected coal mines “will be gone”

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GUNS

  • Against the backdrop of fierce debate over what Trump meant by his “Second Amendment people” comment, the National Rifle Association began running a TV ad against Clinton in swing states that calls the Democratic nominee an “out of touch hypocrite” who would leave ordinary Americans “defenseless”
    • The $3 million media buy is the biggest yet for Trump and brings NRA’s total spending to ~$6 million; no other big political group is spending money on the GOP nominee, according to Politico
  • The U.S. Secret Service has spoken to Trump’s campaign about his Second Amendment comment, CNN reported today
    • The campaign said Trump did not intend to incite violence: CNN
    • Trump said via Twitter  that "no such meeting or conversation ever happened''; he accused "low ratings'' CNN of making up the story 
  • A sample of reactions to Trump’s "Second Amendment people'' remarks:
    • “@RealDonaldTrump is right. If @HillaryClinton gets to pick her anti-#2A #SCOTUS judges, there’s nothing we can do. #NeverHillary”: NRA Tweet
    • The comment is “disqualifying,” editor and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” today. “I think that temperamentally he crossed a Rubicon.”
    • “He was talking about how they have the power to keep her out of office, that’s what he was talking about,” former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani told ABC’s “Good Morning America
    • ‘‘In the general pattern of Trump damaging everything and everyone he touches, he’s now hurting the cause of defense of the 2nd Amendment’’: Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol Tweet
    • ‘‘Trump NRA comment: 1) it wasn’t about assassination; 2) media IS trying to get Trump assassinated by incessantly calling him HITLER’’: Ann Coulter Tweet
    • ‘‘By any objective analysis, this is a new low and unprecedented in the history of American presidential politics. This is no longer about policy, civility, decency or even temperament. This is a direct threat of violence against a political rival’’: journalist Dan Rather Facebook post
    • ‘‘As the daughter of a leader who was assassinated, I find #Trump’s comments distasteful, disturbing, dangerous. His words don’t #LiveUp. #MLK”: Martin Luther King Jr.’s daughter Tweet
    • “It sounds like just a joke gone bad. I hope he clears it up very quickly. You should never joke about something like that”: House Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters last night after winning GOP primary in Wisconsin; he said he hadn’t heard comment directly
    • “I think to suggest he was actually encouraging people to assassinate Hillary Clinton and use violence is wrong, but again, it was the type of comment that a presidential candidate should not make,” GOP Rep. Peter King of N.Y., head of House Homeland Security subcommittee on counter terrorism and intelligence, told MNSBC
    • “Donald Trump has made so many disparaging and reckless comments that it’s not surprising that this one has been misinterpreted. It’s very rare for me to come to his defense,” Republican Sen. Susan Collins, who earlier this week said she won’t vote for Trump, told CNN. “But in this case I truly interpreted his comments as saying ... Second Amendment advocates in every state, that they have a lot of political clout and that they could work together to prevent Hillary Clinton from becoming president”
    • “I really think it’s nothing more complicated than Trump wanting to be entertaining for his crowds”: National Review editor Rich Lowry Tweet
    • “@realDonaldTrump makes death threats because he’s a pathetic coward who can’t handle the fact that he’s losing to a girl”: Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren Tweet
  • See story by Bloomberg’s Sahil Kapur on how Trump’s remark has further stoked worries about his character

POLLS/PREDICTIONS

  • Clinton leads Trump by 6 points in a Bloomberg Politics national poll out Wednesday; see full story by John McCormick here
  • A new batch of swing state surveys are giving Republicans renewed hope for keeping control of the Senate, Washington Post’s Daily 202 said
    • An NBC-WSJ-Marist poll released last night showed Clinton with a 5-point lead over Trump in Ohio; it also found GOP Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, who stayed away from Trump during the GOP convention in Cleveland -- 5 points ahead of Democratic challenger Ted Strickland
    • A Suffolk University poll last week showed Clinton winning Florida by 6 points even as Republican Sen. Marco Rubio led his likely Democratic challenger by 13 points
    • Of 3 dozen surveys taken since late June across 11 swing states, the GOP incumbent on average has outperformed Trump by 8 points, according to the newspaper’s analysis
  • Nineteen percent of registered Republicans want Trump to drop out, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll
    • Of those surveyed, 10% said they “don’t know” whether they would like Trump to stay in, and 70% want him to remain a candidate
  • In Wisconsin, Clinton leads Trump 52%-37%, a new Marquette University Law poll found
    • Last month, Clinton led Trump 43%-37%, with 18% saying they didn’t back either candidate
  • Thirty-six percent of Americans have favorable impression of Trump’s running mate, Mike Pence, while 25% hold an unfavorable view; 33% have favorable opinion of Clinton’s vice-presidential pick, Sen. Tim Kaine, with 30% unfavorable, Gallup survey shows

POLITICS VS ACTUAL SPORTS

  • A strong majority of 57% of likely voters say they’re more focused on the presidential campaign than the Summer Olympics, while 36 percent select the quadrennial sporting extravaganza,’’ according to new Bloomberg Politics poll
    • On what to watch if NFL football is on TV at the same time as a debate between Clinton and Trump, 69% of respondents would choose to tune into the debate vs 26% who said they would watch the game; 56% expect Clinton to outperform her GOP rival in the 1st debate, the survey found
  • Speaking of debates, the first of which is now set for Sept. 26, CBS late-night talk show host Stephen Colbert plans live shows following 2 of the 3 planned presidential debates and after the vice-presidential face off, New York Times reported

ENDORSEMENTS/DEFECTIONS

  • Clinton got a new crop of Republican supporters, including former Kellogg CEO Carlos Gutierrez, former National Intelligence Director John Negroponte and former Rep. Chris Shays of Connecticut; see full story here
  • Republican National Committee is experiencing Trump-related staff departures, Politico reported
  • Sen. Susan Collins, who earlier this week became the most senior GOP senator so far to say she won’t vote for Trump, told CNN she also won’t vote for Clinton and may write in Jeb Bush or Condoleezza Rice

ETC

  • An alliance of 15 progressive groups, including MoveOn.org, is pushing Clinton to reject Wall Street appointments, Bloomberg’s Sahil Kapur reported
  • Newly released e-mails from a top aide to Clinton show evidence of contacts between the State Department and donors to the Clinton family foundation and political campaigns, Bloomberg’s Ben Brody reported
    • A State Dept spokeswoman today told reporters that Clinton’s pledge to limit her dealings with the Clinton Foundation while serving as secretary of state didn’t bar aides from such contact
  • Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus asked the State Department to release additional Clinton e-mails
    • “With growing evidence of pay-to-play relationships” between Clinton’s State Dept and the Clinton Foundation, the federal government “owes it to the American people to release the thousands of work-related emails she failed to turn over before voters head to the polls,” Priebus said in statement

CONGRESSIONAL RACES

 

SENATE

  • IN-SEN: Democrat Evan Bayh’s campaign released TV ad that accuses Republican Rep. Todd Young of having “voted for tax breaks to companies like Carrier that ship Indiana jobs to places like Mexico and China”
    • Bayh’s ad cites Young’s Sept. 2014 vote against Democratic motion to recommit, or send back to committee with changes, a Republican bill with provisions for tax and regulatory relief
    • Ad features 14-year worker who says he’s getting “pink slip” from Carrier Corp., which is eliminating 1,400 jobs at its Indianapolis air conditioner plant and moving production to low-wage Mexico
    • Young’s campaign in statement said Bayh is a “superlobbyist candidate” who “continues to sidestep media questions about his residency and post-Senate employment”
    • NOTE: Trump often invokes Carrier when he denounces trade pacts; Indiana voted 54%-44% for Republican Mitt Romney over Obama in 2012 election
  • MO-SEN: Democrat Jason Kander in first TV ad underscored his service as Army intelligence officer in Afghanistan and as Missouri’s Secretary of State, saying that “we need more leaders willing to sacrifice for their country”
    • NOTE: Kander’s race against Republican Sen. Roy Blunt is rated “lean Republican” by Cook Political Report
  • NV-SEN: Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto’s campaign released TV ad attacking Republican Rep. Joe Heck as “part of the problem in Washington” and “not for Nevada” because he opposes abortion rights and has voted multiple times against federal funding for Planned Parenthood
    • Heck said in 2015 that “it’s critical to me that we take care of women’s health issues” and Planned Parenthood could “give up the abortion services and continue to provide the critical services”
  • NOTE: Winner of this race will succeed retiring Minority Leader Harry Reid
  • OH-SEN: Democratic ex-Gov. Ted Strickland’s first TV ad of general election mixes biographical details with his advocacy for Medicare and Social Security protections, an infrastructure bank to finance road and bridge improvements, a middle-class tax cut, and a moratorium on new trade pacts
    • The 60-second spot, which doesn’t mention Republican Sen. Rob Portman, will begin airing in Cleveland, Columbus, Toledo and Youngstown markets, according to Toledo Blade
    • Portman and Republican groups criticized Strickland for joking at AFL-CIO event Aug. 8 about political ramifications of the February death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia; “I don’t wish anyone ill, but it happened at a good time” because Supreme Court in March deadlocked 4-4 in a ruling that favored labor unions,
    • He apologized today, saying it was “an insensitive remark”
  • PA-SEN: Freedom Partners Action Fund, a Republican super-PAC aligned with businessmen Charles and David Koch, released TV ad that accuses Democrat Katie McGinty of “again and again” acting to “help steer millions of our tax dollars to companies that promised to help us” but instead enriched her
  • NOTE: McGinty, former chief of staff to Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, is running against Republican Sen. Pat Toomey in a race analysts consider too close to call

HOUSE

  • DEMOCRATS: Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee released memo that said it’s “undeniably clear that 2016 is a nationalized election” and that Trump’s unpopularity will hurt House Republican candidates in an era of increased straight-ticket voting
  • NOTE: Republicans control House by 247-186, not including two vacancies in Democratic districts; nonpartisan political analysts currently project Democratic gains in Nov. 8 election, though short of net gain of 30 needed to overturn GOP majority
  • MN-02: Cook Political Report shifted rating of race to “Leans Democratic” from “Toss Up” after talk-radio host Jason Lewis won four-candidate Republican primary yday
    • Lewis’s “long history of provocative statements” make Democratic nominee Angie Craig, a former St. Jude Medical executive, a “slight favorite to flip a key swing seat,” House editor David Wasserman wrote
    • Lewis in GOP primary defeated businesswoman Darlene Miller, the preferred candidate of retiring GOP Rep. John Kline, in suburban Twin Cities district where Obama won by fewer than 300 votes in 2012 election
  • TX-23: Republican Rep. Will Hurd in TV ad said he’s regularly visited all 29 counties during his first term and worked to “get better care for our veterans, stop terrorists at the border, and combat cyberattacks from abroad”
    • Hurd’s Democratic opponent is ex-Rep. Pete Gallego, whom he unseated 50%-48% in 2014 in competitive district that stretches from San Antonio to El Paso
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