Category Archives: Verbatim

Clinton Characterizes Trump’s Election Stance as ‘Horrifying’

It was horrifying what he said on the debate stage tonight. Our country has been around for 240 years and we are a country based on laws and we’ve had not contested elections going back to the very beginning. But one of our hallmarks has always been we accept the outcome of our elections.

— Hillary Clinton, on her plane after last night’s debate.

Analyzing Donald Trump

In Trump’s warped fun-house mirror of a psyche, every rejection is a small death. That is why he harps on humiliation, that America is being humiliated on the world stage … He gets so easily distracted by belittling statements … that he could not focus to make points in areas where Hillary is vulnerable. In order to stop losing, he would have to stop losing it.

Maureen Dowd

Two Daily Newspapers Endorse Trump

We endorse Trump for president in the belief he can bring about fundamental change — not alone, but in partnership with his party and a coalition of others drawn from every walk of life who think we can do better than what government has offered under eight years of President Obama.

— The St. Joseph (Mo.) News-Press, endorsing Donald Trump. The Santa Barbara News-Press of Santa Barbara, Calif., also declared for Trump — his first endorsements from a newspaper.

Kasich Calls Rigged Election Talk ‘Silly’

Look, to say that elections are rigged and all these votes are stolen — that’s like saying we never landed on the moon, frankly. That’s how silly it is.

— Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R), hitting back against Donald Trump’s claim that the election is “rigged,” CBS News reports.

McCain Paints Himself Into a Corner on SCOTUS

I promise you that we will be united against any Supreme Court nominee that Hillary Clinton, if she were president, would put up.

— Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), quoted by CNN, saying Republicans will block any Supreme Court picks she might make.

Vogue Makes First-Ever Political Endorsement — of Hillary Clinton

Vogue has no history of political endorsements. Editors in chief have made their opinions known from time to time, but the magazine has never spoken in an election with a single voice. Given the profound stakes of this one, and the history that stands to be made, we feel that should change. Vogue endorses Hillary Clinton for president of the United States.

Vogue magazine

No Path to Victory for Trump

It would be a mistake to call Trump’s current path to an electoral college victory narrow. It is nonexistent. Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin, once part of the Trump scenario, have never been ‘in play,’ and he is not competitive in 2012 states Obama won only narrowly, such as Virginia and Colorado. Trump is more likely to lose North Carolina than win it, which would put him under 200 electoral votes. … Frankly, the writing has been on the wall for months about this race. You simply needed to look at the candidates, their campaign teams, the map and the voters.

Stuart Rothenberg

Trump Has Retreated to His Echo Chamber

He is preaching to the converted. He is lashing out at anyone who is not completely loyal. He is detaching himself from and delegitimizing the institutions of American political life. And he is proclaiming conspiracies everywhere — in polls (rigged), in debate moderators (biased) and in the election itself (soon to be stolen). … In the presidential campaign’s home stretch, Donald Trump is fully inhabiting his own echo chamber. The Republican nominee has turned inward, increasingly isolated from the country’s mainstream and leaders of his own party, and determined to rouse his most fervent supporters with dire warnings that their populist movement could fall prey to dark and collusive forces.

The Washington Post

Florida Remains an Important Swing State

The swing state map is broader than in 2012. Whereas by the end of that election, only a half-dozen states were really in doubt, there are 10 to 15 states that remain interesting this year. But Florida stands out according to our tipping-point index because winning it would all but clinch the election for Clinton.

Nate Silver

It’s More than a ‘She Said, He Said’ Situation

Just to correct you, it’s a she said, she said, she said, she said, she said, she said, she said, she said, she said situation.

— Jake Tapper, on CNN, when Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) called groping allegations against Donald Trump “a she said, he said situation.”