For the Record: Happy Hillary Day, everyone!
Break out your best pantsuit and clean out
your inbox -- it's Hillary Day! Clinton takes the stage in prime time tonight at the DNC; here's what she needs to accomplish in her speech. Will she be able to win over voters and claim a bounce in the polls she desperately needs? We know we'll be watching, and our second screen will be devoted to @realDonaldTrump's running commentary.
Obama: 'Chant with me: Likable enough! Likable enough!'
On the third night of the Democratic National Convention, President Obama gave his full support to Hillary Clinton, Tim Kaine accepted his VP nomination and speakers had more to say about Donald Trump.
Less than 24 hours after Hillary Clinton symbolically smashed his face into tiny pieces, President Obama took the stage at the Democratic National Convention to praise Clinton's credentials. "There has never been a man or a woman more qualified than Hillary Clinton to serve as president of the United States of America. No one. Not me, not Bill, not nobody," he said.
Obama's speech was intended to be a surgical strike against the major criticisms of Clinton, including her decision-making as secretary of State and her difficulty connecting with white male blue-collar workers. "There are pockets of America that never recovered from factory closures; men who took pride in hard work and providing for their families who now feel forgotten." Meanwhile, Joe Biden was standing backstage thinking, "Chill out, everyone, I got this" and secretly hoping he'll have the opportunity to stage-dive into a crowd of Pennsylvania steelworkers.
Kaine vs. Pence = warm milk and an overstuffed chair
Tim Kaine accepted his vice presidential nomination with a speech that included an impression of Donald Trump that got the whole convention laughing.
Anyone else looking forward to the Kaine-Pence vice presidential debates? It's gonna be as exciting as a TED Talk about oatmeal preparation. The Democratic National Convention officially added Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine to the 2016 ticket yesterday and made him the opening act for Obama. Kaine went after Hillary's trustworthiness issues in his speech, attempting to turn focus to Trump's own trustworthiness: “With Hillary, it’s not just words, it’s accomplishments," Kaine said. “You know who I don’t trust? Donald Trump. The guy promises a lot ... His creditors, his contractors, his laid-off employees, his ripped-off students did just that, and they all got hurt. Folks, you cannot believe one word that comes out of Donald Trump’s mouth.”
We're going to give him an A-minus for effort on the Trump imitation, and we'll give him the chance to do make-up work on the actual execution. Wait, never mind ... don't try that again.
Peace in our time! Just terrific peace. People are gonna be amazed at how peaceful it is
Donald Trump lashed out at Hillary Clinton on two email controversies that have hindered her campaign, while also denying any financial ties to Russia following reports of possible Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential race. (July 27) AP
All the Trump-haters out there saying Donald would be the next Hitler: stop being so melodramatic! Clearly, he's more of a Neville Chamberlain. At a press conference yesterday in Miami, Trump said he'd look at the possibility of allowing Russia to keep the Crimean Peninsula and lifting sanctions imposed as a result of Russia's military intervention in Ukraine. The current custodian of Ronald Reagan's party also mockingly asked for a rival nation's assistance with his general election campaign: "Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing," Trump said. We really hope the sarcasm translates correctly; otherwise, things are about to get espionage-y over here.
“I was appalled. I mean we’ve heard a lot of things from Donald Trump over the last year and a half," DNC interim chair Donna Brazile told USA TODAY's Susan Paige, "but to suggest that a foreign power hack into the email system of a national political party -- one of two major political parties -- that was so far over the line that I believe that the statement should be condemned."
"This has to be the first time that a major presidential candidate has actively encouraged a foreign power to conduct espionage against his political opponent," said Clinton adviser Jake Sullivan. (Ted Kennedy did come pretty close in 1983, but with infomercials instead of espionage.)
More from the campaign trail
- Two of Bernie Sanders' Vermont delegates head home early. Surprisingly, neither of them is Bernie Sanders (Burlington Free Press)
- Aside from disagreements on NATO, the wall and the likability of POWs, McCain and Trump are on the same page (Arizona Republic)
- Trump slams Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine for being unpopular in New Jersey; may have had him confused with former New Jersey Gov. Tom Kean instead (Asbury Park Press)
- Biden could be secret weapon for Hillary. Like, if there's another Hillary scandal, Biden could say something controversial to distract everyone for a few days (USA TODAY)
- Nevada congressman: Trump is either a 'smoking black hole' or 'the next messiah' (Reno Gazette-Journal)
American politics is officially out of ideas
Bernie Sanders supporters are holding a "fart-in" today to protest Hillary Clinton's nomination. The need to cover this type of event is why we have media interns.
Tomorrow: Supporters of Bernie Sanders plan to hold a 'fart-in' at the Democratic National Convention to protest the party's primary process— AP Planner (@AP_Planner) July 27, 2016