“”When you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything.” -Donald Trump, from a 2005 video on which he makes crude comments about women, including a married woman he tried to seduce.
“There are houses that will probably not ever be the same again or not even be there.” -St. Augustine Mayor Nancy Shaver, discussing the damage that Hurricane Matthew inflicted upon parts of the Florida coastline.
“I invite everyone to join our strength, our minds and our hearts in this great national endeavor so that we can win the most important prize of all: peace in Colombia.” -Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, upon learning he won the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end his country’s half-century long conflict.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s statement regarding his comments in a 2005 recording released Friday, as transcribed from the video by The Associated Press:
I’ve never said I’m a perfect person nor pretended to be someone that I’m not. I’ve said and done things I regret. And the words released today on this more than a decade-old video are one of them. Anyone who knows me knows these words don’t reflect who I am. I said it, I was wrong and I apologize.
I’ve traveled the country talking about change for America, but my travels have also changed me. I’ve spent time with grieving mothers who’ve lost their children, laid-off workers whose jobs have gone to other countries, and people from all walks of life who just want a better future. I have gotten to know the great people of our country. And I’ve been humbled by the faith they’ve placed in me. I pledge to be a better man tomorrow and will never, ever let you down.
Let’s be honest: We’re living in the real world. This is nothing more than a distraction from the important issues we are facing today. We are losing our jobs, we are less safe than we were eight years ago, and Washington is totally broken. Hillary Clinton and her kind have run our country into the ground.
I’ve said some foolish things, but there’s a big difference between the words and actions of other people. Bill Clinton has actually abused women and Hillary has bullied, attacked, shamed and intimidated his victims. We will discuss this more in the coming days. See you at the debate on Sunday.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Mississippi quarterback Chad Kelly, the nephew of Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, was involved in a brawl at his brother’s high school football game in New York.
It happened during a game between his brother’s team, St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute, and Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School on Friday night. Buffalo police suspended the game. There have been no reports of arrests.
The scuffle began after Chad’s brother, Casey Kelly, reportedly took a late hit. Chad ran onto the field, and video shows him being restrained on the field by several coaches.
Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze told The Associated Press that he talked with Chad by phone since the game, and that the quarterback was back at home with his parents. The Rebels are off this week and don’t play again until Oct. 15 at Arkansas.
“From the version I’ve heard, he didn’t do anything to anybody. They were pulling him back because he gets emotional,” Freeze said. “I probably would too if that were my family.”
Freeze said he’s isn’t planning any discipline for Kelly, but is working to gather more details.
Later Friday night, Freeze issued a statement: “I have spoken to Chad and his family. He understands that he should have handled this difficult situation with his brother differently. He has apologized and we will continue to address this when he returns to campus.”
Chad Kelly has been in trouble before. In 2014, he was arrested after a bar fight, eventually pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct. The Buffalo native is in his second season at Ole Miss after stops at Clemson and junior college at East Mississippi.
Chad Kelly is second in the Southeastern Conference with 1,596 yards passing this season. He’s thrown 13 touchdowns and four interceptions for the 14th-ranked Rebels.
Jim Kelly starred for the Buffalo Bills.
SANDOWN, N.H. (AP) — It had the trappings of a town hall debate.
There was a moderator. The audience members had questions. There was a two-minute countdown clock for answers. And Donald Trump carried a microphone while patrolling a small stage.
But the similarities between what Trump faced Thursday night in New Hampshire in a warm-up town hall and what he’ll see Sunday night in St. Louis versus Hillary Clinton end there.
Trump didn’t actually interact with the audience, instead only conversing with a friendly moderator who read the questions —nearly all softballs submitted from the invitation-only crowd. And he publicly scoffed at his aides’ previous framing of the event as a warm-up for his pivotal second debate against Clinton.
“This isn’t practice. This has nothing to do with Sunday. We’re just here because we just wanted to be here,” Trump told the crowd in Sandown, which was comprised solely of supporters and local Republican leaders.
“I said, ‘Forget debate prep.’ I mean, give me a break,” said Trump, who mocked Clinton for spending days preparing. “She’s resting. She wants to build up her energy for Sunday night. And you know what? That’s fine. But the narrative is so foolish.”
For presidential candidates, a town hall debate is a test of stagecraft as much as substance. Trump and Clinton — she has far more experience in the format — will be fielding questions from undecided voters seated nearby. In an added dose of unpredictability, the format allows the candidates to move around the stage, putting them in unusually close proximity.
“There’s a lot more interaction, physical interaction,” says Judd Gregg, the former New Hampshire senator who helped President George W. Bush prepare for debates. Gregg said a candidate who is too aggressive in a town hall, either with the voters or a rival, “can come across looking really chippy, not looking presidential.”
After his uneven showing in their first debate, Trump’s candidacy may rise or fall on his ability to avoid that trap. The Republican repeatedly interrupted Clinton in their opening contest and grew defensive as she challenged his business record and recited his demeaning comments about women.
Those close to Trump have steadfastly insisted that the candidate did well in the first debate, but the hastily added New Hampshire town hall was a tacit acknowledgement that this particular format poses unique challenges and that Trump needed to fine-tune some of his responses to Clinton’s barbs.
The Republican nominee has reviewed video of the first debate and his aides have stressed the need to stay calm and to not let Clinton’s attacks — such as her invocation of a former beauty queen that sent Trump into a days-long tailspin — get under his skin.
Trump has tried out some new attack lines in recent days, though most of his debate prep continues to be rapid-fire, question-and-answer sessions with advisers on his plane as he kept up a busy campaign schedule that took him to Virginia, Colorado, Arizona and Nevada in the first half of the week. But while the campaign has built in more rehearsal time in the days before the second debate, no other mock debates are planned and the campaign is not using a stand-in for Clinton.
That stands in stark contrast to the meticulous debate preparations undertaken by the previous Republican nominee, Mitt Romney. The former Massachusetts governor prepared for the debates months in advance, studying President Barack Obama’s positions and style, exchanging briefing books with staff, and starting full-fledged practice debates several weeks ahead of their meeting.
The rehearsals were comprehensive. Podiums were built to the exact specifics of those on the debate stage and the mock debates were precisely timed. At a campaign retreat and in hotels across the country, the dimensions of the town hall format were copied to give Romney chances to practice walking around while answering audience questions.
Aides created the stage set up, complete with where the candidates would stand and where the moderator and questioners would sit.
Knowing that town hall events are different animals, they focused on Romney presenting himself: how he should walk, how he should gesture and smile, and how he should take the answer to a potentially specific audience question and broaden it to make a larger point or use it to pivot to an attack on Obama. In total, Romney did 16 mock debates.
The town halls have produced a series of moments that have helped define their elections.
President George H.W. Bush drew criticism in 1992 for conspicuously checking his watch. In 2008, Sen. John McCain seemed to wander about the stage as Obama spoke. Four years ago, Romney strode across the stage to confront Obama face to face.
During the 2000 election, George W. Bush was answering a question on leadership when Vice President Al Gore stood up from his chair and walked unnaturally close to his Republican rival. Bush turned to Gore, and with a slightly puzzled look on his face, gave him a nod and a smile. The audience broke into laughter.
That seemingly natural Bush reaction was actually well-rehearsed.
“His reaction was the exact same with Al Gore as it was with me — to look at me with a bemused smile and move on to his answer,” Gregg said. “We practiced.”
Pace contributed from Washington.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — President George H.W. Bush conspicuously checked his watch. Al Gore got too close for comfort. Mitt Romney strode across stage to confront President Barack Obama face to face.
For presidential candidates, a town hall debate is a test of stagecraft as much as substance. When Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump meet Sunday night in St. Louis, they’ll be fielding questions from undecided voters seated nearby. In an added dose of unpredictability, the format allows the candidates to move around the stage, putting them in unusually close proximity.
“There’s a lot more interaction, physical interaction,” says Judd Gregg, the former New Hampshire senator who helped President George W. Bush prepare for debates. He said a candidate who is too aggressive in a town hall, either with the voters or a rival, “can come across looking really chippy, not looking presidential.”
After an uneven showing in his first debate, Trump’s candidacy may rise or fall on his ability to avoid falling into that trap. The Republican repeatedly interrupted Clinton in their opening contest and grew defensive as she challenged his business record and recited his demeaning comments about women.
The GOP nominee has reviewed video of this year’s first presidential debate, and his aides have stressed a need to stay calm and not let Clinton attacks get under his skin in the second of three contests. The campaign has built in more rehearsal time ahead of Sunday’s showdown in St. Louis.
Trump, who prefers drawing big crowds to rallies, has done only sporadic town halls and has rarely been challenged by voters face to face, except when his rallies are interrupted by protesters. In a nod to the challenge posed by Sunday’s format, he agreed to advisers’ suggestion that he get in some practice at a real town hall Thursday night in New Hampshire — but then publicly pushed back on the idea that he needed to rehearse.
“This isn’t practice, this has nothing to do with Sunday — this isn’t practice, we just wanted to be here,” Trump told a small, invitation-only crowd in Sandown. He was joined by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who excelled at the town hall format during his failed presidential run and is helping coach Trump.
While the event had some of the trappings of what Trump will face Sunday, including a two-minute countdown clock on answers, it was hardly a rigorous rehearsal.
Trump didn’t actually interact with the audience, instead only conversing with a friendly moderator who read the questions — which were nearly all softballs.
Presidential town hall debates, meanwhile, are typically serious affairs and lack the liveliness of campaign trail events.
Clinton is far more practiced in the format and prefers smaller events with more direct voter engagement. Aides said she won’t shy away from raising recent revelations about Trump’s tax history or reminding voters of his pre-dawn Twitter attacks on a Miss Universe winner, but will aim to keep her focus more on the voters sitting on stage.
Seeking to raise the bar for the businessman, Clinton advisers said they do expect Trump to be more measured than in the last debate.
“But even if he does show up a little more disciplined than last time, I don’t think he’ll get a second chance to make a first impression,” Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon said of the town hall format.
The first town hall debate was held during the 1992 election and featured incumbent President George H.W. Bush and challenger Bill Clinton, along with third-party candidate Ross Perot. As a voter stood to ask Bush about the national debt, the president glanced down at his watch — a fleeting moment but one that seemed to reinforce criticism that he didn’t have empathy for Americans.
The wild card in the town hall debate is the physical choreography on stage. Candidates are seated but with no lectern or table to hide behind. They’re given hand-held microphones and are free to roam the stage to answer questions or challenge each other.
Four years ago, Obama and Romney circled each other on stage throughout the night. During one particularly heated exchange, Romney kept moving toward the standing president until they were arguing with just a few feet between them.
During the 2000 election, George W. Bush was answering a question on leadership when Vice President Gore stood up from his chair and walked unnaturally close to his Republican rival. Bush turned to Gore, and with a slightly puzzled look on his face, gave him a nod and smile. The audience broke into laughter.
That seemingly natural Bush reaction? It was well-rehearsed, according to Gregg, who played the role of Gore in Bush’s debate prep. Gregg said he’d expected Gore would try to intimidate the Texas governor, so he practiced walking close to him during their mock debates.
Lemire reported from Sandown, New Hampshire. Follow Julie Pace at http://twitter.com/jpaceDC and Jonathan Lemire at http://twitter.com/JonLemire
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rep. Loretta Sanchez has tried for months to generate buzz in her uphill U.S. Senate campaign against Attorney General Kamala Harris.
She finally did, but not for anything she said.
The Orange County congresswoman capped an hour-long debate with her fellow Democrat Wednesday by mimicking a celebratory gesture popularized by NFL star Cam Newton, known as “the dab.”
Standing behind a lectern, Sanchez suddenly thrust out her left arm, while tucking her head into the crook of right arm, then holding the pose briefly.
Harris initially looked puzzled, then a smile creased her face.
Harris noted with a chuckle, “There’s a clear difference between the candidates in this race.”
Video clips of the pose were circulating on social media Thursday.
Campaign spokesman Luis Vizcaino dubbed the gesture the “debate dab.”