Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of NY who had the unenviable task of sitting between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump at Thursday's Al Smith Dinner, said the candidates made a genuine effort off stage to be courteous to one another. Trump has repeatedly denied those claims. How corrupt do you have to be to get kicked off the Watergate Commission? "Because this system is totally rigged". That compared with 44 percent for Clinton and 37 percent for Trump in the October 7-13 poll released last week. Trump once again led Clinton in this category by a 1-percent margin, 48 percent to 47 percent. On Sept. 26, Clinton was polling at 52 percent compared to Trump's 48 percent. Michelle Obama made a speech and everyone loves it, it's fantastic.
Most eyes were on Trump, who famously glowered through President Barack Obama's jokes at his expense during the 2011 White House Correspondents Dinner.
"I'm embarrassed that our country can't come up with better candidates, to be honest with you", said Evelyn Brendemuhl, 83, of Hope, North Dakota.
Michelle Obama has a 64% approval rating, the highest of any major political figure in America, but that's not stopping Donald Trump from attacking her in his last-ditch, scorched earth, take-no-prisoners campaign wrap-up.
FiveThirtyEight's forecast earlier this week had Clinton's chances of defeating Trump at 90 percent. Their answers were generally the same: Whatever Trump did with women in the past is less important to them than what he may do as president. "It's so bad, so bad", Trump said. "But I had a duty to concede, and I did so without reluctance", McCain said in a statement.
Garren also shrugged off Trump's lead bragging about women, caught on the 2005 tape. "I'm curious to hear what a billionaire has to say". Trump, who is lagging in opinion polls, has offered no widely accepted evidence to back up his vote-rigging claims, and numerous studies have shown that the USA election system, which is run by the states, is sound.
Clinton, meanwhile, joked that she had taken a break from her "usual nap schedule" to attend and suggested that the audience should be pleased she's not charging her usual fee for speaking in front of potential donors.
Trump spoke first and set the room on edge with bitter jabs at his rival, with his label of Clinton as "corrupt" drawing boos. Trump later clarified the remarks by saying he would accept the outcome but only if he wins. "To be honest with you, that certainly took the tone in a different direction, and you know, I think ultimately at the end of the day, that made things a lot harder for Hillary when, ultimately, she got the mic - she had some amusing things that she had said, and I don't think they got as many laughs as they could have because the tone in the room had shifted a bit".
"Now, make no mistake, by doing that, he is threatening our democracy". Clinton said she understood why Trump disliked teleprompters because they can be difficult to follow and "I'm sure it's even harder when you're translating from the original Russian". Less than 50 percent of Democrats would blame vote rigging for a Trump presidency. He has laid the groundwork by complaining for weeks that the system is "rigged" against him and in favor of Clinton, a former first lady, former USA senator and former secretary of state.
However, the 70-year-old billionaire, went on to state, "I will accept a clear election result, but I will also reserve my right to contest and file a legal challenge in the case of a questionable result".
"Win, lose or draw - and I'm nearly sure if the people come out, we're going to win - I will be happy with myself", he said. "We have to work, we have to get everybody out there", he told the event in the town of Fletcher.