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Jul292016

Donald Trump Says He Has One of the 'Best Temperaments' of Any Presidential Candidate

ABCNews.com(COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.) -- Republican nominee Donald Trump told a crowd of supporters on Friday that he has "one of the best temperaments" of any previous presidential candidate.

"I think I have the best temperament, or certainly one of the best temperaments, of anybody that’s ever run for the office of president. Ever," he told a crowd in Colorado Springs, Colo. Friday. "Because I have a winning temperament. I know how to win."

Trump's critic have repeatedly assailed his temperament in light of his controversial remarks -- with his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, saying at the Democratic Convention "a man you can bait with a tweet is not a man you can trust with nuclear weapons."

Trump also suggested that the television ratings for his final speech at the Republican convention were more important than public opinion polls he often touts.

"Oh and by the way, so the Nielsen ratings just came out; these are for television, much more important than polls," he said. Trump had 34.9 million viewers vs. Clinton's 33.3 million viewers.

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Friday
Jul292016

The Post-Convention Bounce: What to Watch for in the Race for the White House

ABC/ Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) -- For decades, political conventions have marked one of the best moments to plead your case to the American electorate and generate momentum headed toward November.

In the past, most political conventions were held several weeks apart, giving each party an opportunity to push their message and candidates -- and giving pollsters enough time to adequately measure the so-called “convention bounce.”

The convention bounce is a small -- or sometimes not-so-mall -- bump in a candidate’s support after the forceful messaging and increased media attention during that party’s convention.

Here’s what to watch for in the coming days.

What We’ve Seen So Far

We haven’t seen any new polls released since the Democratic convention just Thursday, and most quality polls won’t be released for a few days. But two polls were released shortly after the Republican convention last week.

These polls showed mixed results. Donald Trump saw a 10-point bump in a CNN/ORC poll, climbing from 42 percent support to 48 percent, his highest support since last September.

On the other hand, a CBS poll out the same day showed no net bounce for Trump at all.

Still, these polls showed other good news for the Republican nominee. Hillary Clinton hit a new low in her honest and trustworthy score in the CNN poll, with almost seven in 10 Americans saying they believe she is not honest and trustworthy.

What Have We Seen in the Past?

For the last two election cycles, the conventions have given slight tweaks to the race that have propelled the candidates toward Election Day.

In 2012, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney were nearly tied, with 47 percent for Romney and 46 percent for Obama, in ABC News/Washington Post polling. But after the convention stretch ended, Obama had opened up a six-point lead, 50-44 percent.

In 2008, John McCain was able to narrow the gap. Obama lead by six points before the convention, 49 to 43 percent. But a poll after the conventions put McCain within the margin of error, 47-45 percent.

Before that, it was not uncommon for candidates to get double-digit boosts in their support after their convention, which usually stood alone, several weeks apart from the other party’s.

What Could Be Coming

It remains to be seen how much of a bump Hillary Clinton will pick up after the Democratic convention, so we’ll be watching the next round of polling to determine whether she gained ground over Trump or whether Trump has kept the race at the dead heat.

Still, the convention bounce isn’t the only thing that matters. Debates begin between Trump and Clinton in late September, and more interviews and campaign events are sure to shape the race from here.

And political journalists also look for the “October surprise” -- an unexpected event just weeks before the election that can shape the outcome.

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Friday
Jul292016

Controversial North Carolina Voter ID Law Struck Down by Federal Appeals Court

iStock/Thinkstock(RALEIGH, N.C.) -- With just 101 days until Election Day, a federal appeals court struck down key parts of North Carolina’s controversial voter ID law, saying “we can only conclude that the North Carolina General Assembly enacted the challenged provisions of the law with discriminatory intent.”

“We cannot ignore the record evidence that, because of race, the legislature enacted one of the largest restrictions of the franchise in modern North Carolina history,” the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals said in its ruling.

“This is a big win for voting-rights advocates and a serious rebuke to the North Carolina legislature," ABC News’ Supreme Court Contributor Kate Shaw said.

The law in question, which was passed in 2013, required voters who vote in person to show an approved form of photo identification, halted some electoral procedures like same-day voter registration and pre-registration for voters who would turn 18 by Election Day, and restricted early voting.

North Carolina is a so-called “purple state,” because it does not consistently vote for either major political party, making it neither a blue state nor a red state consistently. In 2008, a majority of North Carolinians voted for Barack Obama, but in 2012 the majority voted for Mitt Romney.

“In response to claims that intentional racial discrimination animated its action, the State offered only meager justifications,” the court found.

Proponents of the law, including North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, say it is needed to guard against voter fraud.

Opponents, like the North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP, which was party to the court case, believe the law -- and similar laws like it -- disenfranchise certain voters, namely minorities.

“Although the new provisions target African Americans with almost surgical precision, they constitute inapt remedies for the problems assertedly justifying them and, in fact, impose cures for problems that did not exist,” the court found.

North Carolina is one of several states that have passed voter ID laws in recent years.

Dale Ho, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Voting Rights Project, called the ruling, “a major victory for North Carolina voters and for voting rights.”

The North Carolina governor’s office did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.

However, speaking to the public radio program, Here & Now, shortly after the law passed in 2013, McCrory said: “If we're naïve enough to think that there's no voter fraud in the 10th largest state in the United States of America, then I think we've got our head in the sand.”

Republican leaders in the North Carolina legislature blasted the court's ruling Friday.

"Since today's decision by three partisan Democrats ignores legal precedent, ignores the fact that other federal courts have used North Carolina's law as a model, and ignores the fact that a majority of other states have similar protections in place, we can only wonder if the intent is to reopen the door for voter fraud, potentially allowing fellow Democrat politicians like Hillary Clinton and Roy Cooper to steal the election," North Carolina Senate Leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore said in a joint statement, obtained by ABC affiliate WTVD-TV in Raleigh. "We will obviously be appealing this politically-motivated decision to the Supreme Court."

North Carolina State Board of Elections Executive Director Kim Westbrook Strach told WTVD-TV, "Absent alternative guidance from the courts, voters will not be asked to show photo identification this election. Early voting will run October 20 through November 5, and same-day registration will be available at early voting sites."

"Counsel for the state are reviewing options on appeal. Regardless of the outcome, our agency will continue to educate voters and prepare elections officials ahead of November," Strach added.

A federal appeals court ruled last week that Texas' strict voter ID law violates the Voting Rights Act and ordered changes before the November election.

The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, president of the North Carolina NAACP has, in the past, called the law a “voter suppression law.”

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Friday
Jul292016

Clinton Embarks on Bus Tour Courting Anti-Trump Republicans

Barbara Kinney for Hillary for America(PHILADELPHIA) -- Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, fresh off her historic week in Philadelphia, kicked off the last 100 days of her campaign by embarking on a bus tour that will be part of a concerted effort by the Clinton campaign to court anti-Donald Trump Republican voters.

"As of tomorrow, we have 100 days to take our case to America. So what better brace to kick off this campaign than right here in in Philadelphia where it all started 240 years ago," Clinton said to a crowd of more than 5,000 people, with her running mate, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, by her side.

The three-day tour will traverse through Republican-leaning counties in western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio, areas of the country that former GOP nominee Mitt Romney won in the 2012 election. Clinton's campaign sees an opportunity to tap into the discontent among some Republicans who feel uncomfortable voting for Trump.

In Philadelphia, Clinton and Kaine, who were joined by their spouses, painted Trump as an economic danger to the nation.

"We’re going to be visiting a few places where people are making things. I find it highly amusing that Donald Trump talks about 'Make America Great Again.' He doesn’t make a thing in America except bankruptcies," Clinton said.

Kaine warmed up the crowd for Clinton and attacked Trump at the same time.

"The Republican Convention was like a twisted and negative tour. It wasn't a tour of this country. It was a journey through Donald Trump's mind. And that is a very frightening place. That is a very frightening place," Kaine said.

Clinton will also make a rare appearance on Fox News this Sunday in an effort to reach disgruntled GOP voters.

In her address to the Democratic National Convention Thursday night, Clinton presented herself as a candidate of inclusion, describing herself as someone who "will be a president for Democrats, Republicans and independents."

"Whatever party you belong to, or if you belong to no party at all, if you share these beliefs, this is your campaign," Clinton said.

Clinton's selection of Kaine as her running mate could boost her appeal with moderate Republicans. In his DNC address Wednesday night, Kaine told the story of his Republican father-in-law, a former Virginia governor, who is increasingly voting for Democrats.

"He’s voting for Democrats, because any party that would nominate Donald Trump for president has moved too far away from his party of Lincoln. And I tell ya, if any of you are looking for that party of Lincoln, we’ve got a home for you right here in the Democratic Party," Kaine said.

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Friday
Jul292016

Watching Daughters Watch Hillary: Parents Share Photos of Girls Viewing History

ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- As Chelsea Clinton spoke at the Democratic National Convention to introduce her mother, Hillary Clinton watched her daughter in admiration from backstage before stepping out to make history as the first female nominee of a major party.

She wasn’t the only one sharing an historic moment with her daughter. Supporters across the country shared photographs on Twitter of daughters, granddaughters, mothers and grandmothers watching intently.

“I want to be able to tell my daughter that she was in my arms to watch history,” said Dan Olivo of California, who watched with his 3-month-old daughter, Ava. “It was important to me that my daughter was with me for this moment. We did it together.”

Some bedtimes were postponed for the event as Clinton didn’t take the stage until around 10:30 p.m. ET.

Dr. Sugata Bhattacharjee said he told his daughters, ages 7 and 14, that although they would be up late, they would someday remember watching this "proud moment," with their father.

Alana Mouchard watched her 93-year-old grandmother become emotional as Clinton took the stage. “This is everything to me. I can’t imagine working thanklessly for close to a century for the empowerment of women, only to see this now,” Mouchard tweeted.

Politicians also joined in with photos from home -- Sen. Brian Schatz of Hawaii shared a picture of his daughter, and Rep. Janice Hahn of California posted a photo of her granddaughters.

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Friday
Jul292016

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Targeted by Cyber-Attack

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has been targeted in a cyber-attack, the committee's national press secretary Meredith Kelly said on Friday.

"The DCCC can confirm that we have been the target of a cybersecurity incident," Kelly said in a statement to ABC News.

An investigation into the attack is ongoing but investigators have said "this is similar to other recent incidents, including the DNC breach," Kelly said, referring to the recent hack of the Democratic National Committee.

The DCCC is the main fundraising organization for Democrats running for election in the House of Representatives.

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Friday
Jul292016

Hillary Clinton Makes History Accepting Democratic Nomination

ABC News(PHILADELPHIA) -- Hillary Clinton has accepted the Democratic party's presidential nomination Thursday night in Philadelphia, making history as the first woman to be chosen to run for the highest office in the land by a major party in the United States.

"Today, we've reached a milestone in our nation's march toward a more perfect union: The first time that a major party has nominated a woman for President," Clinton said. "Standing here as my mother's daughter's, and my daughter's mother, I'm so happy this day has come."

"Happy for grandmothers and little girls and everyone in between. Happy for boys and men, too, because when any barrier falls in America, for anyone, it clears the way for everyone," she continued. "When there are no ceilings, the sky's the limit."

Clinton was clearly emotional as she walked on stage, and said: "I'm so happy this day has come."

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The former secretary of state, introduced by her daughter Chelsea, drew on the historic roots of Philadelphia as a way to reiterate one of her campaign slogans.

"Our Founders embraced the enduring truth that we are stronger together," she said. "America is once again at a moment of reckoning."

Early in her speech, she thanked her formal rival Sen. Bernie Sanders, who urged his supporters to support Clinton despite their differences.

“Bernie, your campaign inspired millions of Americans, particularly the young people who threw their hearts and souls into our primary,” Clinton said.

“And to all of your supporters here and around the country: I want you to know, I've heard you. Your cause is our cause. Our country needs your ideas, energy, and passion,” she said.

Throughout the speech, she took aim at her Republican rival, Donald Trump, casting him as capitalizing on feat to divide the country.

"He's taken the Republican Party a long way, from 'Morning in America' to 'Midnight in America.' He wants us to fear the future and fear each other," she said.

Later she took issue with Trump's comments about the military and his supposed superior knowledge about ISIS.

"A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man you can trust with nuclear weapons," she said.

Throughout her remarks, particularly at the beginning, pockets of protesters jeered and booed at Clinton. Her supporters tried to drown them out with chants of, "Hillary, Hillary."

One of her best-received lines came when she talked about her plans to increase gun control.

"I'm not here to repeal the 2nd Amendment. I'm not here to take away your guns. I just don't want you to be shot by someone who shouldn't have a gun in the first place," she said.

Clinton's speech was the final address of the Democratic National Convention. It was the first time she was formally addressing the convention, though it isn't the first time she's been spotted.

On Tuesday night, hours after she was formally nominated by the roll call and by Bernie Sanders' move for a voice vote, she spoke via video message from New York. And then on Wednesday night, she went on stage to thank President Obama after his speech.

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Friday
Jul292016

Trump Campaign: Clinton DNC Speech Delivered from 'Fantasy Universe'

ABC News(NEW YORK) — The Donald Trump campaign said Hillary Clinton's Democratic National Convention speech was "delivered from a fantasy universe," in a scathing rebuke against the newly-minted Democratic presidential nominee.

"Clinton's speech was an insulting collection of clichés and recycled rhetoric," Trump's Senior Policy Advisor, Stephen Miller, said late Thursday night. "She spent the evening talking down to the American people she's looked down on her whole life."

Earlier in the evening, Clinton spoke before thousands at the Wells Fargo Arena in Philadelphia to formally accept her party's nomination.

Shortly after Clinton spoke, Trump fired off a series of Tweets, one of which blasted his election rival for "corruption" and said "devastation" follows her wherever she goes.

 

 

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Friday
Jul292016

Delegates Hold Up ‘Liar’ Signs and Chant ‘No More War’ During DNC

ABC News(PHILADELPHIA) -- Two days after the candidacy of Bernie Sanders officially came to an end, supporters of the Vermont senator made their displeasure known on the final night of the Democratic National Convention -- holding up signs saying “liar” and chanting “no more war” during speeches.

Across the Wells Fargo Center, many Sanders' delegates also wore neon yellow, glow-in-the-dark t-shirts with the words, "Enough is Enough" written on them.

However, Sanders delegates received a text message from the Sanders organization asking them to be respectful throughout the evening.

"On Monday when Bernie gave his speech to the Democratic Convention, Secretary Clinton's campaign asked her supporters to be respectful and they were. As a courtesy to Bernie, our campaign would greatly appreciate it if you would extend the same respect during Secretary Clinton's speech," read the text.

Despite the message, the delegation from California unfurled a large banner that said "Wikileaks" -- in reference to the Democratic National Committee email leak scandal -- during a video introduction of Clinton, and many Sanders supporters were spotted in their seats as the rest of the arena rose to greet the candidate as she emerged on stage.

During Clinton's speech, there was sporadic shouting from the crowd that was quickly drowned out by chants of "Hillary."

A few delegates in the California section yelled, "Jill not Hill," in support of Green Party candidate Jill Stein, while others chose to walk out.

"I am no longer a member of the Democratic Party," said Victoria Bard, of Longmont, Colorado (sporting a tie-dye headband and carrying a Jill Stein sign). She, along with half a dozen members of various delegations, walked out Thursday night citing disturbances with Clinton delegates and party staff.

Several Colorado delegates told ABC News prior to the speech that they had no plans to walk out, protest or heckle Clinton during her address Thursday evening. Instead, they wore the t-shirts as a sign of protest against the DNC and solidarity for Sanders.

Cleo Dioletis, 69, told ABC News that the t-shirt wearers were alerted that their credentials would be pulled from the delegation if they showed any "disrespect."

Another Colorado delegate, Tommy Hamrick called the t-shirts a "visual representation" of their support for Sanders, adding it was a message to the press the party is not united.

"It's to give the media a visual of what's in the room," Hamrick said, adding that the shirts are also a "celebration" of "how close [Sanders] got to the nomination."

In the California delegation, several Sanders backers altered signs distributed by convention staff that say "Hillary," changing them to read, "Liar." A number of Californians also held signs directed at Clinton that said "Walk the walk."

Shawn Orgel-Olson, a delegate from Santa Cruz, said that the delegation met Thursday morning and decided their only interruptions Thursday would be "issues focused" and that they would only heckle if a speaker brings up an issue they disagreed with.

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Friday
Jul292016

Texas Rep. Castro, Mulling Senate Run, Slams Ted Cruz

ABC News(PHILADELPHIA) — Rep. Joaquin Castro of Texas criticized Sen. Ted Cruz in an interview Thursday, possibly testing a couple of modes of attack that he could use against the polarizing senator in a contest for Cruz's seat in 2018.

“Many Texans have been extremely disappointed in Ted, in his leadership,” Castro told ABC News. “Ted doesn’t work for Texas, he works for Ted.”

Texans haven’t sent a Democrat to the Senate in more than 20 years, but Castro said they “want somebody in there who is not spending every day figuring out where in Iowa they’re going to visit.”

“He is somebody who went to Washington and made it worse,” Castro said of Cruz.

The ambitious San Antonio Democrat, whose future has been an object of speculation among the party faithful gathered in Philadelphia, said he’ll decide in the next couple of months whether to run for the Senate.

The congressman acknowledged that his twin brother, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, was disappointed that he wasn’t selected by Hillary Clinton as her running mate.

“Folks have asked him this week, ‘Hey, were you disappointed that you didn’t become VP?’ How could you not be disappointed that you’re not on a ticket like that?”

“Of course, there is some disappointment, but I think it’s eased when you lost out to somebody who is such a good person and who will help her win in November,” he said of Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia.

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