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PRESIDENTIAL RACE | Trump withholds support from Ryan, McCain


U.S. Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign rally at the Omaha North High Magnet School in Omaha Nebraska

President Barack Obama on Tuesday escalated his criticism of Donald Trump, calling him “unfit to serve as president”, as the Republican presidential nominee faced censure from members of both parties for disparaging the parents of a fallen army captain.

While Hanna used some strong words in his rebuke of Trump, he’s hardly a fly-off-the-handle kind of guy.

Trump, a former reality TV star, has troubled many in the Republican establishment with his off-the-cuff, often insulting style, and controversial policies including a proposed ban on the entry of Muslims to the United States and his plan to build a wall along the Mexican border to keep out illegal immigrants.

The full effect of the feud between Trump and the parents of a Muslim soldier killed in Iraq who spoke Thursday during the closing night of the Democratic convention has not been felt in the poll, however Trump had ticked down slightly by Tuesday, while Clinton had risen slightly over the same time frame.

Trump urged the public to “watch very closely” when the Nov 8 elections roll around and called on Republicans to be vigilant since he fears the transparency of the voting process could be threatened.

Mirroring the language Ryan used about supporting Trump before his eventual endorsement, Trump told The Washington Post he’s “not quite there yet” on supporting the congressman in Tuesday’s primary in Wisconsin.

Trump praised Ryan’s opponent, Paul Nehlen, for running “a very good campaign”.

He also said, “If I compare the life stories of both candidates I find Trump deeply flawed in endless ways”.

Mr Hanna is retiring from the House and is not seeking re-election, giving him more leeway to risk upsetting colleagues and voters over his break with Mr Trump.

Mr Hanna wrote: “While I disagree with her on many issues, I will vote for Mrs Clinton”.

Obama said Trump’s attacks on the Khans showed he was “woefully unprepared” to be president. Clinton’s bump ranged from three points to nine points, depending on the poll.

Another poll shows Clinton ahead: A CNN/ORC poll released Monday shows Clinton at 52 percent, a nine-point lead over Trump’s 43 percent. Voters were asked if their vote for Clinton or Trump was a vote for their candidate or a vote against the other candidate.

While Trump appears to have benefited more from his convention bounce – going from 39 percent to 48 percent – that is also partly a reflection of his standing as the prohibitive underdog headed into the back-to-back conventions. The Democrat reported raising almost $90 million in July for her campaign and the Democratic Party, with more than half the donations coming from new donors. Reporter Nancy Cordes hyped the fact that Nebraska is “home to the Oracle of Omaha, Warren Buffett, one of several billionaires she’s counting on to blunt Trump’s business bona fides”.

He said that was in 1995 when Mr Trump listed his Trump hotels and casino resorts on the New York Stock Exchange.

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