Overall, Clinton and her allies are trying to make the election a referendum on Trump.
Clinton, the Democratic presidential candidate, seized on Trump’s assertion in a televised forum Wednesday that Putin’s incursions into neighboring countries, crackdown on Russia’s independent press, and support for America’s enemies were no less troublesome than Obama’s transgressions.
“Even if Lauer had been simply listening to [Trump’s] response and had the the memory of an earthworm”, NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik said Thursday, “he would’ve heard Trump say, ‘look, you could go back to an article in 2004 in Esquire where I was against it.’ That would have been a year after the invasion of Iraq”. Trump’s backers said Lauer gave Clinton a pass while treating their candidate with disrespect. Only 37% of North Carolina voters said they have a favorable opinion of Clinton, while a majority – 55% – said they have an unfavorable opinion.
“I think it is a good strategy – provided she combines those attacks with her alternative, more optimistic vision”, Dan Mahaffee, an analyst with the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress, told Xinhua. Clinton polls strongly among black voters.
However, among all registered voters, 59 percent would not be confident in his ability to serve as commander-in-chief of the military and just 39 percent would feel confident, the poll shows.
Clinton’s campaign raised almost $150 million in August – making last month the best fundraising haul she’s had in the entire campaign cycle.
Jon Favreau, the former speechwriter for President Barack Obama, wrote on Twitter, “I don’t blame Lauer for asking the email question”. It is marked. There is a header, so that there is no dispute at all that what is being communicated to or from someone who has that access is marked classified. She vowed that “we are not putting ground troops into Iraq ever again” and “we’re not putting ground troops into Syria”. And Trump was asked about his claim that he knows more about ISIS than the generals.
The rough reception given Matt Lauer for his back-to-back interviews with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump laid bare a disagreement over whether journalists who moderate presidential debates should call candidates out for telling lies.
Fox News Correspondent Joel Waldman has more from Washington.
“I think it is a fundamental issue about him in this campaign that we’re going to talk about in one way or another for the next 62 days”. They have been reduced to a point where it’s embarrassing for our country.
He says she is untrustworthy; she says he is unhinged.
On the other hand, voter disapproval of Clinton is now almost as high as for Trump, and a larger-than-usual proportion of voters are undecided or supporting Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson and the Green Party’s Jill Stein.
On MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”, he was asked about a much-discussed war-torn Syrian city.
And Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson got plenty of play in the media today – for all the wrong reasons – after this exchange on a cable news network.
MIKE BARNICLE: Aleppo is in Syria.
“Him saying that we just need to expect that sexual assault is going to happen – why should we expect that?” Got it. Got it.
For the “PBS NewsHour”, I’m John Yang.