Hillary Clinton’s refusal to release transcripts of her paid speeches to major banks dogged her candidacy during the primary, when her opponent Bernie Sanders used the issue to paint her as too close to Wall Street.
Now excerpts from some of those speeches have emerged in a hacked email released by WikiLeaks on Friday. The January email, which was sent by the Clinton campaign's research director to campaign chairman John Podesta and other campaign officials, was first noticed by Buzzfeed.
The excerpts were referred to as “flags” compiled by the Henry Walker Agency, the speaker’s bureau that represented Clinton, suggesting staff was keeping tabs on remarks that may be controversial down the line.
Oct. 7, 2016, 4:37 p.m.
No woman should ever be described in these terms or talked about in this manner. Ever.
Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus responding to audio recordings of Donald Trump making lewd comments about women
Donald Trump boasted crudely about his sexual conquests in a 2005 audio recording made a few months after his marriage to Melania Trump, saying he sometimes got his way with women because he was “a star.”
The recording, obtained by the Washington Post and released Friday, features the Republican presidential nominee making extraordinarily vulgar comments about women.
He is heard talking with Billy Bush of “Access Hollywood” as they were riding a private bus to the set of “Days of Our Lives” for a Trump cameo.
Donald Trump boasted in vulgar terms in 2005 about making sexual advances on a woman, the latest hurdle for a candidate who has struggled to make inroads with women voters.
In a 2005 audio, obtained by the Washington Post and released Friday, Trump is heard talking with Billy Bush of “Access Hollywood" as he bragged about making advances on an unidentified woman. The two were headed to the set of "Days of Our Lives," where Trump was making an appearance on the soap opera.
"I moved on her and I failed. I’ll admit it," Trump is heard saying. "I did try and f— her. She was married."
In the next presidential debate, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan wants Donald Trump to follow the lead of his running mate, Mike Pence.
The pressure for Trump to perform well against Hillary Clinton is on as ballots are already being cast in several states.
"I think these debates have a huge impact, probably more than in past times. And so I’m hoping for a really good debate on Sunday, and then he’s got one more after that. I think Mike Pence knocked it out of the park. I think he did a great job,” Ryan said Friday on "The Laura Ingraham Show."
A lot of readers have noticed that our USC/Los Angeles Times Daybreak tracking poll is different from other polls. Since we started publishing the poll in July, it has had Donald Trump in the lead more often than not. That’s in contrast to overall polling averages.
Here are some of questions we’ve been asked so far:
How is the Daybreak poll different from other surveys?
Los Angeles Times television critic Robert Lloyd writes that the presidential campaign appears as a long-running saga in the era when the networks and cable have moved to shorter series:
"The current presidential election, whose next major installment comes Sunday night with the second presidential debate, is a show that seems to have dragged on forever, especially if you regard it on one hand as the continuation of a story that began back in the Clinton administration and on the other as including 11 years of 'The Apprentice,' as hosted by Donald Trump. (And it is a show, even if it is a show with real-world consequences for the whole real world.)
"The campaign has come to us not in a single digestible package, but from many angles, on multiple platforms, from screens and second screens and however many screens you can keep open. It is everywhere you look, taking up space, choking the air.