Hillary Clinton spoke for more than 20 minutes here, making the case for her own election as president. But it took Al Gore just seconds to deliver the message of the day.
"Your vote really, really, really counts," the former vice president told an audience in Miami-Dade. "You can consider me as Exhibit A."
In the 2000 election, Gore lost the state of Florida by just a few hundred votes, and with it, the presidency to George W. Bush. A manual recount of contested ballots was halted by the U.S. Supreme Court more than a month after election day.
Across the country, Republicans in contested races face a terrible bind: They have to run from Donald Trump to hold onto swing votes, even if that angers some core supporters.
But in secure, heavily conservative GOP districts, Republicans face the opposite pressure: to cleave fast to Trump, who remains popular despite statements that have alienated many voters.
The crisis sparked by the Trump campaign has split the Republican Party in two, and, ironically, the gerrymandering of districts that helped build the GOP congressional majority is now working to make that fracture worse.
Donald Trump says the “shackles” are off, so on Tuesday, he aimed some of his ire at the 2008 Republican presidential nominee: Sen. John McCain.
McCain, who is locked in a tough reelection fight in Arizona, was among dozens of Republican leaders who condemned and abandoned Trump after Friday's leak of a 2005 video that revealed Trump boasting about groping women and making other lewd comments.
Trump assailed McCain as “foul mouthed” and noted he had endorsed McCain in his primary fight.
President Obama found the leaked video of Donald Trump's lascivious remarks “as repugnant as most Americans did,” the White House said Tuesday, suggesting that Obama considers Trump's comments a description of sexual assault.
The video, in which Trump said he likes to grab women by their genitals and kiss them without asking, are drawing condemnation for good reason, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said aboard Air Force One.
"There has been a pretty clear statement by people all along the ideological spectrum that those statements constituted sexual assault,” Earnest said, as the president flew to North Carolina to campaign for Trump’s rival, Democrat Hillary Clinton.
After the immediate shock caused Friday by the video in which Donald Trump boasted of being able to get away with groping women, the presidential race seems to have settled, with Hillary Clinton holding a significant lead.
Seven public polls conducted at least in part since the video became public show Clinton with leads of between 5 and 11 percentage points nationwide. An NBC/Wall Street Journal survey, which showed Clinton ahead by 14 points over the weekend in a head-to-head matchup with Trump, found that advantage slip back to 10 points after additional polling on Monday.
Several polls also showed respondents saying that Clinton won the second debate between the two candidates, although by a smaller margin than after the first debate.
A top Clinton campaign staffer appears to have been communicating last year with Justice Department officials about an open records lawsuit seeking access to the former secretary of State's emails, according an email made public on Tuesday.
Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon, former director of public affairs at the Justice Department, sent an email to Clinton staffers referencing a conversation with Justice personnel about an open-records lawsuit. "DOJ folks inform me there is a status hearing in this case this morning so we could have a window into the judge's thinking about this proposed production schedule," Fallon wrote on May 19, 2015, in an email to campaign officials.
The email was among about 1,000 made public Tuesday by Wikileaks that were apparently stolen by a hacker from Clinton campaign manager John Podesta's email account. Last week, the Obama administration blamed the Russian government for launching high-profile cyberattacks of political groups, including the Democratic National Committee, in an effort to influence U.S. election. Wikileaks has published that hacked information in the past, U.S. officials have said.
The crowd beneath the high rafters at the agricultural center was eager to purge its frustration, chanting “Lock her up!” in reference to Hillary Clinton, more than 20 minutes before Indiana Gov. Mike Pence took the stage.
Many were upset, and worried, that Donald Trump had suffered one of his rockiest stretches, with Republicans fleeing his presidential campaign just as it reaches its most crucial phase.
That left Pence, Trump’s running mate, to expand his role as Trump’s chief validator in the conservative movement, with a particular focus on evangelicals. The reserved Midwesterner, whose profile has been dwarfed by Trump’s reality television persona, is now the most prominent establishment conservative speaking on Trump’s behalf, with all the risk and reward that entails.