It rankles Gary Johnson he won't be onstage Wednesday night with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump for the final presidential debate.
"Really, really it just sucks -- no other way to put it," the Libertarian presidential nominee said prior to an event inside a chic Los Angeles nightclub were he was set to rally supporters. "I'm the only third-party candidate on the ballot in all 50 states."
Johnson, a former New Mexico governor, has been absent from the stage in all three presidential debates because he's unable to meet the national polling threshold of 15% in five major national polls. Johnson said if he were allowed to participate, he could, perhaps, force Clinton and Trump to focus solely on issues.
Trailing in polls and abandoned by many in his party, Donald Trump faced his last, best chance to stop his slide and keep the White House in reach as he prepared to confront Hillary Clinton on Wednesday night in their third and final presidential debate.
The designated topics were conventional enough; they included immigration, foreign policy and the economy.
But Trump has shown a penchant — on the debate stage and, especially, at his boisterous rallies — for straying far afield from policy and typical campaign discourse. He has accused Clinton, for instance, of being on drugs during their last debate and suggested fellowRepublicans were rigging the election against him.
"Michael Moore in TrumpLand” is not only the title of the new film by the cinematic provocateur but it is also an accurate description of what it provides.
Not an investigative documentary on the order of the writer-director's previous films like “Fahrenheit 9/11,” “Bowling for Columbine” or “Sicko,” “TrumpLand” is rather a rambling, mildly entertaining performance film recording a stand-up appearance Moore recently made in the heart of Trump country.
Assistant managing editor for politics Christina Bellantoni, Sacramento bureau chief John Myers and politics reporter Seema Mehta will be on stage after the debate to talk about it. This is how you can still go.
Usually, the special guests whom presidential nominees invite to their debates are meant to underscore some central theme of the candidate’s agenda or uplifting moment in their biography.
This year, the guests in the spotlight underscore how much the candidates dislike one another. Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will be bringing people whose purpose for coming appears to be antagonizing their opponent.
Here’s who will be in the guest seats in Las Vegas on Wednesday night:
Nevada is not only playing host to the final presidential debate Wednesday; the day marks the first when voters in the Silver State can cast ballots by mail.
Though election day is still 20 days away, voters have mailed in ballots in nearly half of the 50 states — more than 2.3 million in total, according to data from the Associated Press and the United States Elections Project.
That includes more than three-quarters of a million votes in Florida, where state Democrats are touting the fact that they have nearly erased a traditional GOP advantage in votes by mail. About 10,000 more Republicans than Democrats have voted by mail, according to the Florida secretary of state, a shrinking lead compared with past elections.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a swing state more swinging than Nevada. Over the past century, the candidate who won the state has been elected president in all but one election: 1976, when Gerald Ford won its three electoral votes but lost the election to Jimmy Carter.
Six electoral votes are at stake there now. For much of the year, neither Donald Trump nor Hillary Clinton seemed to have a clear advantage, making it a fitting venue for the final presidential debate.
The most recent polling, though, has shown Hillary Clinton opening up something of a lead. The latest survey, from Monmouth University, gave her a seven-point advantage.
When Donald Trump apologized for saying in 2005 that he could grope women because of his celebrity, he immediately pointed to Bill Clinton as having done worse. Trump appeared before a debate alongside Clinton’s accusers and again mentioned the former president’s past while onstage with Hillary Clinton. But Trump’s argument was undercut when more women publicly came forward with allegations that he had groped or kissed them without consent.
Take a look at the pasts of both Trump and Bill Clinton and accusations against them.
Most of the comments have come from partisans, either Trump supporters praising the poll for telling them what they'd like to believe or Clinton supporters attacking it for the opposite reason.
Ernie Tedeschi, an economist and former Treasury Department official who is adept at data analysis, looked at the issue differently. He wondered what was driving the difference between the Daybreak poll and other surveys.