The format was a town hall, just like Sunday's debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, but on Thursday night in New Hampshire Trump immediately and repeatedly batted away the notion that the event had any connection to the upcoming clash with his Democratic opponent.
“They were saying this is practice for Sunday. This isn’t practice; this has nothing to do with Sunday,” said the GOP presidential nominee, whose performance in the first debate against Clinton was widely panned. “We’re just here because we just wanted to be here.”
Clinton’s announced preparation for the upcoming debate was actually an excuse for the Democratic nominee to rest, added Trump, who then shook his head as he said incredulously, “Debate prep?”
He never explicitly said "vote for Donald Trump," but Texas Sen. Ted Cruz did sit in front of a wall of Trump campaign posters as he urged voters to come out to "support freedom, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights."
A video, originally shot Wednesday by the Dallas Morning News, shows a glistening Cruz leaving a voicemail while at a Republican phone bank in Texas. It's all of 28 seconds, but long enough to leave its mark.
The footage was ripped and used as meme fodder across the Internet. Someone went so far as to turn it into a "Curb –" or rather, "Cruz your Enthusiasm" parody.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott rejected a request by Hillary Clinton's campaign to consider extending the state's voter-registration deadline because of the potential disruption from Hurricane Matthew.
“I’m not going to extend it,” the Republican governor told reporters in Tallahassee, according to the Miami Herald. “Everybody has had a lot of time to register. On top of that, we have lots of opportunities to vote: early voting, absentee voting, Election Day. So I don’t intend to make any changes.”
Speaking to reporters Thursday, Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook emphasized that the chief concern is the safety of Florida citizens and the campaign's army of paid staff and volunteers working in the key state.
Hillary Clinton’s campaign suspended its advertising on the Weather Channel in Florida on Thursday after Republicans accused her of exploiting fears of deadly Hurricane Matthew.
“Since the storm has clearly become very serious, we have asked the Weather Channel to roll back that buy until the storm is concluded,” Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook told reporters in a conference call.
“We don’t think that the voters in Florida need this election to get mixed up in their efforts to get information on this storm.”
House Speaker Paul D. Ryan plans to campaign with Donald Trump for the first time on Saturday, embracing a GOP presidential nominee whom he once denounced for making “a racist comment” about a federal judge.
Trump and Ryan, the nation’s highest-ranking elected Republican, have had tense relations for months.
In an oddly worded announcement, Ryan’s campaign office said he would attend Wisconsin Fall Fest, a GOP fundraiser in his congressional district, with Sen. Ron Johnson, Gov. Scott Walker and other Republicans.
The two have battled in the press since the Republican primary, and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham has some last-minute advice for Donald Trump: Don't say the election was rigged if you lose.
Whether Trump -- who has sent mixed messages on the topic -- heeds it remains to be seen.
"I don't think it's good for democracy to have a major candidate for president doubt the outcome," Graham, who has indicated he will not vote for Trump or Hillary Clinton, said Thursday on CNN. "But being rigged means it's rigged against you, and I think Mr. Trump's fate is in his own hands."