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Clinton leads Trump by 9.4% in Michigan. 61% say Trump unqualified.

DETROIT - Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump by 9.4% among likely Michigan voters, according to a Local 4/Detroit News poll conducted after the Republican and Democratic national conventions.

The Glengariff Group, Inc. conducted a 600-sample, live operator telephone survey of likely November 2016 Michigan general election voters. The survey was conducted from July 30-August 1, 2016 and has margin of error of +/-4.0% with a 95% level of confidence. 65% of respondents were interviewed by landline telephone. 35% of respondents were interviewed by cell phone telephone.

Clinton led Trump 41% to 31.6% with 14.2% of those surveyed undecided in the survey. Libertarian Gary Johnson got 7.5% support from respondents, while Green candidate Jill Stein received 3.4% of the vote. Six respondents, or 1% of the vote, volunteered they would vote for Bernie Sanders. Sanders was not an option in the survey.

Michigan voters felt Clinton was more qualified to be president than Donald Trump and favored her on major issues. The survey found 57% of Michigan voters felt Clinton was qualified to be president, while 61.2% said Trump was not qualified to be president.


Trump: Florida gov. probably has Zika 'under control'

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump commended Florida Gov. Rick Scott for how he is dealing with cases of the Zika virus in Florida.

"You have a great governor who's doing a fantastic job, Rick Scott, on the Zika and it's a problem, it's a big problem," Trump said in an interview with CBS12 in West Palm Beach.

"But I watch and I see and I see what they're doing ... and I think he's doing a fantastic job and he's letting everyone know exactly what the problem is and how to get rid of it," the GOP nominee continued.

"He's going to have it under control. He probably already does."


Pence just endorsed Paul Ryan

I guess he's no longer talking to The Donald.

The demise of the Republican Party does not fill me with joy.

I said it before and I'll say again that the Republican Party's downward spiral does not fill me with joy. I democracy needs more than one sane, healthy party whether I agree with them or not. I hope someone manages to salvage it or, if necessary, start a new one under someone like Gary Johnson.

Harrisburg rejects Trump's 'war zone' line

Pennsylvania’s capital city said Donald Trump made “an unfortunate mistake” when he said it “looked like a war zone” from the window of his plane.

“Mr. Trump has made an unfortunate mistake in disparaging Pennsylvania’s capital city after a mere glance from the window of his airplane. Harrisburg is renowned as the heart of our commonwealth and a capital of unique beauty and charm,” Joyce Davis, the city’s director of communications, said in a statement released Tuesday. “Mr. Trump should know that Harrisburg and its residents are an integral part of the United States, which he is vying to lead.”

Trump’s comment Tuesday about Harrisburg came just one day after he campaigned in the region. He spoke to a packed house in nearby Mechanicsburg on Monday night, lamenting the region’s loss of manufacturing jobs and pledging to bring them back.

But at a rally Tuesday in Northern Virginia, Trump said Harrisburg “looked like a war zone” as he flew above it on his way out of town, a characterization that the city objected to strongly enough to release a statement about it.

Trump’s war zone comment came amid a string of unusual statements at his Tuesday morning rally, where he also ejected a baby from the audience and accepted a Purple Heart from a veteran, commenting, “I always wanted to get the Purple Heart. This was much easier.”


Duckworth slams Trump: 'Nothing easy' about getting Purple Heart

esponding to Donald Trump's claim that he "always wanted to get the Purple Heart," Rep. Tammy Duckworth on Tuesday tweeted a picture of her injured self in a hospital with her own medal, adding: "Nothing easy about it."

"This is how one usually looks when you are awarded the Purple Heart. Nothing easy about it," the Illinois congresswoman tweeted directly at the Republican presidential nominee, accompanied by a picture of her battle scars from Iraq. Duckworth is currently involved in one of the nation's most high-profile Senate races, against Republican incumbent Mark Kirk.


Documents Show Trump Officials Agreed to Limit Rally Size, Contradicting the Candidate

When Donald Trump puts his foot into something, he just can’t seem to get it out.

On Monday the GOP nominee continued his battle with America’s firefighters at a rally at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Ohio, where he accused the local fire marshal and city officials of being part of a political conspiracy to prevent his supporters from attending the event. Trump had made similar accusations at an overcrowded rally in Colorado Springs on Friday.

“I just want to tell you we’ve had thousands of people outside, thousands. They were turned away—for political reasons—purely for political reasons,” Trump told reporters Monday just prior to the event. They said in this massive building you are not allowed to have any more than 1,000 people. And that is nonsense—we could have had 4, 5, 6,000 people. They have all been turned away. It is a disgrace,”

The problem with Trump’s charges? His own senior campaign staff officials were fully aware and had agreed in writing that the Trump event in Columbus was to be restricted to a maximum of 1,000 people, according to documents signed on Friday, July 29, between the Trump campaign and Columbus Convention Center for the Monday event, and obtained by Politico.
The documents, provided by Columbus Convention Center officials and the city fire department, show that senior Trump officials agreed to the terms four days prior to Monday’s event.

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Trump spokesperson called the President a half-breed in January.

Katrina Pierson Verified account

Perfect Obama's dad born in Africa, Mitt Romney's dad born in Mexico. Any pure breeds left? #CNNDebate


Trump Beefs With Crying Babe At Rally: 'Get The Baby Out Of Here!'

"Don't worry about that baby," Trump said after a crying infant could be heard on a broadcast of the speech. "I love babies, I hear that baby crying, I like it! What a baby! What a beautiful baby."

"Don't worry, the mom's running around, don't worry about it! It's young and beautiful and healthy, that's what we want," he continued.

The New York businessman went on talking about China's "devaluation" of its currency.

"Actually, I was only kidding. You can get the baby out of here," he then said to laughs from the crowd. "I think she really believed me that I love having a baby crying while I'm speaking."


Trump: 'I always wanted to get the Purple Heart. This was much easier

Without setting foot on a battlefield, Donald Trump said he received a Purple Heart medal on Tuesday at his rally in Ashburn, Virginia, from a retired lieutenant colonel and supporter.

“I said to him, 'Is that like the real one, or is that a copy?” the Republican nominee said moments after taking the stage at a local high school.

Trump recounted the exchange, remarking that the man, who he identified as retired Lt. Col. Louis Dorfman said, "That's my real Purple Heart. I have such confidence in you."

"And I said, 'Man, that’s like big stuff. I always wanted to get the Purple Heart," Trump said. "This was much easier.”

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