President Obama, Elizabeth Warren Talk Wall Street Reform in Weekly Address

Posted on: July 23rd, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) joined President Obama for his address this week where both discussed the financial crisis and Wall Street.

Warren and the president talked about the recession that caused millions of Americans to lose their jobs and Wall Street reform already signed into law by President Obama.

“Whether you’re a Democrat, a Republican, or an independent, if you’re a hardworking American who plays by the rules, you should expect Wall Street to play by the rules, too,” the president said. “That’s what we’re fighting for.”

“It’s about basic fairness for everyone,” Sen. Warren said.

Read the president’s full address:

Hi, everybody.  I’m here with Senator Elizabeth Warren, one of our strongest advocates for families and consumers like you.  Today, we want to talk about some of the actions we’ve taken to protect everything you’ve worked so hard to build.

Eight years ago, after some big banks made irresponsible and risky bets with your money, we almost slipped into another Great Depression.  While the recklessness started on Wall Street, it didn’t take long before it led to real pain for folks on Main Street.  It would cost millions of our fellow Americans their jobs, homes, and savings. 

WARREN: The financial crisis wasn’t an unstoppable act of nature. The whole thing could have been avoided, but we didn’t have the rules in place to stop Wall Street from taking enormous risks that threatened the economy.  We didn’t have strong protections to keep consumers from being cheated by tricks and traps on financial contracts. 

POTUS: So when I took office in the darkest days of the crisis, I promised you we wouldn’t just recover from crisis – we’d rebuild our economy on a new foundation to make sure a crisis like that never happens again.

WARREN: President Obama delivered.  He signed into law the toughest Wall Street reforms and strongest consumer protections in generations.  Trust me – I’m a pretty tough grader.  These new rules are making our financial system more transparent, getting rid of a lot of fine print, and making sure that if a bank screws up, you have someone to call so you don’t get stuck with the bill.

POTUS: These reforms have already made our financial system safer and more resilient.  And part of passing those strong consumer protections meant establishing the first-ever Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, based on an idea that Senator Warren came up with before the crisis even began. 

WARREN: Every day, the good people at that independent agency crack down on dishonest and deceptive practices like the ones that helped cause the crash.  The proof is in the more than 27 million consumers who in just five years have gotten refunds and other relief from credit card companies, payday lenders, debt collectors, and others that tried to rip them off.

POTUS: Before the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, you didn’t have a strong ally to turn to if your bank took advantage of you, or you were being harassed or charged inappropriate fees.  Now you do. 

WARREN: The Bureau is also there to help you make better-informed decisions.  Before you take out a mortgage, or a loan for college or a new car, check out the agency’s website –  It can help you sift through the confusing but important details.

POTUS: Republicans and big banks who opposed these commonsense rules claimed they’d hurt the economy.  But we’ve seen what happened to the economy when we didn’t have these rules.  And despite their claims, our economy is stronger today than it was before the crisis.  Since we dug out from the worst of it, our businesses have added almost 15 million new jobs.  Corporate profits are up, lending to businesses is up, and the stock market has hit an all-time high.  So the idea this was bad for business just doesn’t hold water.  Now our task should be making sure we build on those gains, and make sure they’re felt by everybody.

WARREN: But every year, like clockwork, big banks and their Republican allies in Congress try to roll back these protections and undermine the consumer watchdog, whose only job is to look out for you.  Their nominee for President promises to dismantle all of it.  They may have forgotten about the crisis, but working families sure haven’t.  We haven’t either.  And that’s why we’re not going to let them give Wall Street the ability to threaten our economy all over again. 

POTUS: Whether you’re a Democrat, a Republican, or an independent, if you’re a hardworking American who plays by the rules, you should expect Wall Street to play by the rules, too.  That’s what we’re fighting for. 

WARREN: It’s about basic fairness for everyone.

POTUS: And it’s about responsibility from everyone.  Thanks to leaders like Senator Warren, our country, our economy, and our families are better off.  Let’s keep it that way.  Thanks for being here, Senator Warren.

WARREN:  Thanks for having me, Mr. President.

POTUS:  Have a great weekend, everybody.

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Hillary Clinton Chooses Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as Running Mate

Posted on: July 22nd, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

Alex Wong/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine has been chosen as Hillary Clinton’s running mate — a man she called a “relentless optimist” who “devoted his life to fighting for others.”

Clinton announced her choice in a text message sent to supporters: “I’m thrilled to tell you this first: I’ve chosen Sen. Tim Kaine as my running mate.”

The presumptive Democratic nominee also tweeted out her running mate decision.

I'm thrilled to announce my running mate, @TimKaine, a man who's devoted his life to fighting for others. -H

— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 23, 2016

She touted Kaine as a “relentless optimist.”

.@TimKaine is a relentless optimist who believes no problem is unsolvable if you put in the work to solve it.

— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 23, 2016

Kaine has long been considered to be at the top of Clinton’s short list. He was previously vetted for the vice presidency by Barack Obama in 2008. Kaine was an early supporter of Clinton’s, appearing at a “Ready for Hillary” breakfast in May 2014 where he urged her to enter the 2016 presidential race.

Before tonight’s announcement, Kaine last appeared on the campaign trail with Clinton at a stop in Annandale, Virginia, on July 14. During that appearance, Kaine appeared to be auditioning to be Clinton’s running mate. He utilized his fluent Spanish to explain why he was “listo” or ready for Hillary.

“We were ready for Hillary because Hillary’s ready for us. Hillary’s ready for Virginia. Hillary’s ready to be president. Hillary’s ready to be our leader. Hillary’s ready to make history. And that’s why we’re ready for Hillary,” Kaine said at the time.

While Kaine has acted as a surrogate for Clinton, the two have not appeared at a campaign stop together. Friday’s announcement marked their first joint campaign appearance.

Kaine told NBC in June that he “encouraged her to run in May of 2014, because I could telescope forward and see some of the challenges that this nation would be facing. And I decided that by reason of character, by reason of background, and experience, but also especially by reason of results, she would be the most qualified person to be president in January of 2017.”

Pundits have described Virginia as a pivotal battleground state in the 2016 race, and Kaine will help in the efforts to deliver the state to the Democrats.

Prior to being elected to the Senate, Kaine served as governor and lieutenant governor of Virginia. In 2009, President Obama picked Kaine to lead the Democratic National Committee.

Kaine, a devout Catholic, is married to Anne Holton and has three children. His father-in-law was the governor of Virginia from 1970 to 1974 and is a political mentor to Kaine.

The Clinton campaign can also utilize Kaine’s fluency in Spanish to appeal to Latino voters. Kaine mastered the language when he took a year off from Harvard Law school to work as a missionary in Honduras. Kaine has described that experience as cementing his commitment to serve others.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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More Hillary Clinton Emails to Be Released, Despite Conclusion of Criminal Probe

Posted on: July 22nd, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

ABC News(NEW YORK) — If you’re like most Americans, you might think we’d seen the last of Hillary Clinton’s email messages when the State Department said in February that it had made them all public.

Turns out there’s many more.

Originally, Clinton said she turned over 55,000 pages of work-related emails to the State Department that she’d accumulated during her time as secretary of state and deleted 30,000 personal ones.

But when FBI Director James Comey announced earlier this month that no criminal charges would be brought against her, he also revealed that his investigators had recovered many of the missing emails, some of which were work-related, not personal.

And because the State Department is the rightful owner of Clinton’s work-related emails, the FBI has started returning them to the State Department.

State Department spokesman Elizabeth Trudeau said the FBI turned over an “initial set” of those documents on Thursday.

“Just as we appropriately processed the material turned over to the department by former Secretary Clinton, we will appropriately, and with due diligence, process any additional material we received from the FBI to identify work-related agency records and make them available to the public consistent with our legal obligation,” Trudeau said at a briefing with reporters today.

“As we have not yet reviewed the material, we’re not going to speculate further about their scope or content, nor do we have any details to offer on how or when any such agency records will be released,” Trudeau added.

The FBI has already reviewed the emails, so Clinton won’t be subject to any more scrutiny for possible criminal charge when these emails are made public. Comey said his investigators determined three of them were classified.

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Fact-Checking Donald Trump’s First Remarks as Republican Nominee

Posted on: July 22nd, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

ABC News(NEW YORK) — On the heels of accepting his party’s nomination, Donald Trump held his first post-convention news conference on Friday.

ABC News decided to fact-check the newly-minted Republican presidential nominee’s opening remarks of the general election race. Here are some of the claims and how they stack up:

Fact Check: War Over Wives

Claim: Donald Trump Didn’t Start the Back-and-Forth With Ted Cruz Over Their Wives. Cruz’s Friends Did

Rating: Questionable. A pro-Cruz super PAC attacked Melania first. But there’s no evidence Cruz knew about it.

Donald Trump said: “I didn’t do anything. Somebody tweeted a picture of Melania and a picture of Heidi, who I think, by the way, is a very nice woman and a very beautiful woman. I have to tell you. I think Heidi Cruz is a great person. … His people run the PAC. He said we had nothing to do, we had — now, probably, you could trace it down with emails, but they’re pretty smart. They don’t even send, probably just phone calls. Look, it was a PAC with many of his friends. It was a Cruz super PAC. I think he said, well, it wasn’t really meant for us. It was a Cruz PAC. It was his people.”

Background: An anti-Donald Trump super PAC, Make America Awesome, ran a Facebook ad featuring Melania Trump posing nude on a fur rug. Full-frontal nudity was not visible.

Trump then re-tweeted an unflattering photo of Heidi Cruz, the senator’s wife, next to one of Melania Trump.

Trump has repeatedly implied that Cruz was responsible for the original attack on Melania — without evidence, according to Politifact.

The super PAC in question was run by GOP strategist Liz Mair, a former Republican National Committee staffer and Republican communications and strategy consultant who has worked on numerous campaigns, but none of them for candidates aligned strongly with Cruz’s wing of the Republican Party. Earlier in the current election cycle, Mair worked for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

The PAC reported running no pro-Ted Cruz ads to the Federal Election Commission. Although its goal in the final months of the GOP primary was to boost Cruz over Trump, all of its reported ad spending was anti-Trump, not pro-Cruz, in content.

Trump’s claim is questionable because, while the Melania ad was posted by a super PAC seeking to deliver Cruz an electoral victory, there’s no evidence that Cruz directed the ad, knew about it, or has historically enjoyed a particularly close relationship with the staffer running the super PAC. It’s not true that Trump “didn’t do anything” — he re-tweeted an unflattering photo of Cruz’s wife — so this claim is false and sounds more like an argument that Trump didn’t start the dispute.

Fact Check: Capturing the Sanders Vote

Claim: Donald Trump Will Get ‘a Lot of’ Bernie Sanders Voters Because They’re Aligned on Trade

Rating: Questionable. Trump trails far behind Hillary Clinton among Sanders’ supporters, and it’s questionable whether the gulf between Sanders’ supporters and Trump can be bridged by a similar view on trade.

Donald Trump said: “We’re going to get a lot of the Bernie voters, by the way. … I think we’ll get a lot of his voters because of the trade issue.”

Background: It’s unclear exactly what Trump means when he says he’ll get “a lot” of Bernie Sanders’ supporters to vote for him. But regardless of where he’s setting the goalpost, ABC News’ most recent polling shows him trailing far behind Clinton in the competition to capture Sanders’ erstwhile voters. Among Democratic-leaning voters who preferred Sanders, 79 percent back Clinton over Trump.

There’s also reason to question whether Trump’s similar view to Sanders’ on trade will cause supporters of the 74-year-old Vermont senator to gravitate to the New York billionaire. First, like Trump and Sanders, Hillary Clinton also now opposes the Trans-Pacific Partnership, albeit after initially supporting the deal. Yet perhaps more significantly, there’s a broader gulf between Trump and Sanders that a shared view on trade is unlikely to bridge, according to an essay in Politico by Bill Scher, a writer for the Campaign for America’s Future, a nonprofit organization that advocates progressive policies:

“The problem for Trump is that the few areas of ideological overlap don’t come close to outweighing the long list of issues where Sanders and Trump are practically opposites. Sanders supports a carbon tax; Trump calls global warming a hoax. Sanders wants a $15 minimum wage; Trump has said ‘our wages are too high.’ Sanders wants to jack the top income tax rate up to 54 percent; Trump wants to slash it to 25 percent,” Scher wrote in his essay.

“Their foreign policies do not dovetail that neatly. Sanders’ anti-imperialist fans would not echo Trump’s call to ‘take the oil’ in Iraq. Nor would they want to ‘authorize something beyond waterboarding’ for suspected terrorists, let alone ‘take out their families,'” Scher added.

This cycle has also seen apparent signs of bad blood between Sanders’ supporters and Trump. For example, followers of the Sanders have been credited with forcing Trump to shut down a rally in Chicago over public safety concerns.

Fact Check: President Trump’s Super PAC

Claim: If He’s Elected President, Donald Trump Can Set Up a Super PAC to Attack Ted Cruz

Rating: Mostly False. This would probably not be feasible under current election law and regulations, but there might be some creative ways around it.

Donald Trump said: “Maybe I’ll set up a super PAC if he decides to run [in 2020]. Are you allowed to set up a super PAC, Mike, if you are the president, to fight somebody?”

Background: Trump made this aside after dismissing the idea that he would even want Ted Cruz’s endorsement. In Trump’s supposition, he is a first-term president, and he is setting up a super PAC to attack Cruz, who is running against him.

This would likely be impossible for a president to do, said Larry Noble of the Campaign Legal Center. Candidates are not allowed to establish their own super PACs under current regulations.

The only way Trump could do it is if he were not running for re-election. It’s possible that Trump would not have begun his re-election campaign yet, but he can become a candidate by engaging in political activity, and establishing a PAC to attack an opponent for office would likely be considered such activity.

But candidates get around super PAC rules quite frequently, as evidenced by the volume of complaints that campaign-finance reformers (like the Campaign Legal Center) file against them every year with the Federal Election Commission.

If Trump were to tell an aide to set up the PAC, that would not be okay, but it’s conceivable he could do so secretly without being found out.

Another potential option would be to form a super PAC that only engaged in issue advocacy — for instance, telling voters that “Ted Cruz is wrong on jobs,” but not to vote against him. Even then, it would be a big stretch.

“He can’t just ignore the basic rules surrounding a candidate,” Noble said.

Fact Check: Ted Cruz: Debate Season’s Biggest Loser?

Claim: Cruz “Lost” Every Single Debate

Rating: Highly questionable. Few credible polls have numbers on debate performance, but those that do exist do not show Cruz in last place.

Background: Trumps said of Cruz, “And he was a good debater but he didn’t do well in the debates against me. According to every poll, I mean, every poll, you know, he lost in every single poll, in every single debate.”

A CNN/ORC poll in September did show that those who watched a Sept. 16 CNN debate believed that Trump performed better than Cruz. Trump was ranked third, behind Carly Fiorina (52 percent) and Marco Rubio (14 percent), with 11 percent of respondents saying that they believed Trump did the best job in the debate. Cruz came in fifth, tied with Ben Carson, at 3 percent. Although he polled lower than Trump, Cruz came out in front of Lindsey Graham, Jeb Bush, John Kasich, Rand Paul and Mike Huckabee. In this sense, it is not true that Cruz “lost” in “every” poll.

It is also important to note that most “polls” on debate performance are unscientific, asking readers or viewers to dial in or vote online.

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Trump Campaign Touts 10 Million Twitter Milestone

Posted on: July 22nd, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(WASHINGTON) — During a lengthy speech intended to serve as a thank you to supporters, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump called on Dan Scavino, his campaign social media director, to report on another campaign milestone Friday in Cleveland.

Scavino went out of his way to thank “President Trump” as he stepped up to the podium and delivered an effusive description of the party’s engagement with supporters during the Republican National Convention.

“Twitter, last night, exploded. Facebook exploded. Instagram exploded,” Scavino told reporters. “We had over 85 million views on in a four to five day period.”

Trump looked on approvingly during the brief remarks with running mate Mike Pence and Pence’s wife, Karen, and daughter, Charlotte, standing nearby.

Trump has used his social media accounts to attack rivals and draw headlines. His use of Twitter is prolific and often controversial. On Thursday, his @realDonaldTrump Twitter account hit 10 million followers, according to Scavino.

Scavino first met Trump in 1990 when he worked as a caddy for the New York businessman. Scavino was 16 at the time.

Scavino also took the opportunity to reveal the campaign’s approach to outreach and communication, and deliver a shot at the media.

“When Mr. Trump wants to get a message out…when things aren’t necessarily working out with CNN or somebody,” said Scavino, “[w]e can put it on his platform and get more views just on one of those social media accounts.”

During the event in Cleveland, Trump also praised members of his campaign team, including former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, press secretary Hope Hicks and current campaign manager Paul Manafort.

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Obama Denies Reported Chaos at RNC

Posted on: July 22nd, 2016 by ABC News 1 Comment

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — President Obama, speaking in Washington with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto by his side, told reporters he didn’t tune into the Republican convention in Cleveland this week. But he noted that reports of chaos during the convention do not “jibe with the facts.”

“The one thing that I think is important to recognize is this idea that America is somehow on the verge of collapse,” Obama said. “This vision of violence and chaos everywhere doesn’t really jive with the experience of most people.”

Obama urged Americans to continue on with business as usual.

The president also disputed that violent crime and illegal immigration in the nation were on the rise, two claims that Republicans have repeatedly said in recent weeks.

“We’re not going to be able to make decisions based on fears that don’t have a basis in fact,” Obama said. “America is much less violent that it was 20 or 30 years ago and immigration is much less a problem than it was not just 20 or 30 years ago but since I became president.”

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David Duke Announces US Senate Run with Praise for Donald Trump

Posted on: July 22nd, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — White supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke announced a run for U.S. Senate in Louisiana in a web video Friday, linking his campaign to Donald Trump’s presidential bid.

“I was the first major candidate in modern times to promote the term and policy of ‘America First,’” Duke said. “We cannot have free trade without fair trade.”

“I’m overjoyed to see Donald Trump and most Americans embrace most of the issues I’ve championed for years,” he said. ”I’ve always opposed these wars that lead our nation to disaster.”

Duke, a former Louisiana state legislator, is entering a crowded field that includes Rep. John Fleming, R-La., a businessman-turned-member of Congress with tea party credentials, Rep. Charles Boustany, R-La., and state treasurer John Kennedy.

Under Louisiana’s “jungle” primary system, if no candidate wins a majority of votes in November, the top two candidates will face off in a December runoff election.

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Donald Trump ‘Will Not Accept’ If Ted Cruz Endorses Him

Posted on: July 22nd, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

ABC News(CLEVELAND) — Thanking his volunteers in Cleveland a day after the Republican National Convention wrapped, GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump Friday slammed Ted Cruz’s Wednesday night speech and said he “will not accept” if the Texas senator ever decides to endorse him.

“He’ll come and endorse over the next little while. It’s because he has no choice,” Trump said. “But I don’t want his endorsement. What difference does it make?”

“Ted, just stay home, relax, enjoy yourself,” Trump.

Trump said he reviewed a version of Cruz’s speech, but allowed him to take the stage anyway Wednesday night.

“Honestly, he may have ruined his political career. I feel so badly,” Trump said.

“Because I like Ted, he’s fine. Again, don’t want his endorsement,” Trump said. “If he gives it, I will not accept it, just so you understand.”

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Trump Is First GOP Nominee to Mention LGBTQ Citizens in Acceptance Speech

Posted on: July 22nd, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

iStock/Thinkstock(CLEVELAND) — For the first time in history, a Republican nominee has mentioned the LGBTQ community in a GOP nomination acceptance speech.

“Only weeks ago, in Orlando, Florida, 49 wonderful Americans were savagely murdered by an Islamic terrorist. This time, the terrorist targeted our LGBTQ community. No good. We are going to stop it,” said Donald Trump, the Republican Party’s presidential nominee.

The massacre in Orlando, by gunman Omar Mateen, occurred at the popular gay club Pulse.

“As your President, I will do everything in my power to protect our LGBTQ citizens from the violence and oppression of a hateful foreign ideology, believe me,” Trump added.

After pausing for applause from the audience, Trump went off his speech script to acknowledge the support of his statement from Republicans gathered in the arena.

.@realDonaldTrump: "So nice" to hear Republicans cheering comments about protecting LGBT community from terrorism.

— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) July 22, 2016

“And I have to say as a Republican, it is so nice to hear you cheering for what I just said,” he said. “Thank you.”

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Best Lines from Donald Trump’s Republican Convention Speech

Posted on: July 22nd, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

ABC News(CLEVELAND) — Trump gave a highly anticipated speech at the Republican National Convention on Thursday, one that was defined by anger toward the status quo of American politics, and marked by some surprises, including references to the LGBTQ community.

Here are a few highlights from the speech:

On the perceived failure of American leadership

“Not only have our citizens endured domestic disaster, but they have lived through one international humiliation after another. We all remember the images of our sailors being forced to their knees by their Iranian captors at gunpoint.”

“I have visited the laid-off factory workers, and the communities crushed by our horrible and unfair trade deals. These are the forgotten men and women of our country. People who work hard but no longer have a voice.”

“This Administration has failed America’s inner cities. It’s failed them on education. It’s failed them on jobs. It’s failed them on crime. It’s failed them at every level.”

On Hillary Clinton

“Hillary Clinton’s legacy does not have to be America’s legacy. The problems we face now -– poverty and violence at home, war and destruction abroad -– will last only as long as we continue relying on the same politicians who created them. A change in leadership is required to change these outcomes.”

“When the FBI Director says that the Secretary of State was “extremely careless” and “negligent,” in handling our classified secrets, I also know that these terms are minor compared to what she actually did. They were just used to save her from facing justice for her terrible crimes.”

“In fact, [Hillary Clinton’s] single greatest accomplishment may be committing such an egregious crime and getting away with it –- especially when others have paid so dearly. When that same Secretary of State rakes in millions of dollars trading access and favors to special interests and foreign powers I know the time for action has come.”

On security

“When I take the oath of office next year, I will restore law and order our country.”

“We must have the best intelligence gathering operation in the world. We must abandon the failed policy of nation building and regime change that Hillary Clinton pushed in Iraq, Libya, Egypt and Syria. Instead, we must work with all of our allies who share our goal of destroying ISIS and stamping out Islamic terror.”

On the LGBTQ Community

“Only weeks ago, in Orlando, Florida, 49 wonderful Americans were savagely murdered by an Islamic terrorist. This time, the terrorist targeted our LGBTQ community. No good. We are going to stop it. As your President, I will do everything in my power to protect our LGBTQ citizens from the violence and oppression of a hateful foreign ideology, believe me.”


“We will build the roads, highways, bridges, tunnels, airports, and the railways of tomorrow. This, in turn, will create millions more jobs. We will rescue kids from failing schools by helping their parents send them to a safe school of their choice.”

“We will repeal and replace disastrous Obamacare. You will be able to choose your own doctor again. And we will fix TSA at the airports! We will completely rebuild our depleted military, and the countries that we protect, at a massive loss, will be asked to pay their fair share.”

“We Will Make America Proud Again. We Will Make America Safe Again. And We Will Make America Great Again.”


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Hillary Clinton Slams Trump’s RNC Nomination Speech: ‘We Can’t Let Him Become President’

Posted on: July 22nd, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Hillary Clinton took to Twitter Thursday night following Donald Trump’s acceptance of the GOP presidential nomination at the RNC, slamming his speech and encouraging her supporters to donate to her campaign.

In particular, Clinton took issue with Trump’s apparent embrace of the LGBTQ community. “As your President, I will do everything in my power to protect our LGBTQ citizens from the violence and oppression of a hateful foreign ideology, believe me,” Trump said.

Clinton tweeted, “Here’s how the Republican ticket would ‘protect’ LGBT Americans #RNCinCLE,” along with a chart that read, “The Trump Pence ticket,” followed by a series of checked-off campaign issues, including opposition to gay marriage, and support of religious discrimination laws and so-called conversion therapy.

Clinton also slammed Trump’s proclamation, “I’m with you,” writing, “Not included: women, African Americans, LGBT people, Muslims, Latinos, immigrants…”

One of her final tweets of the evening was, “This is real—Donald Trump just accepted the @GOP nomination. RT if you agree: We can’t let him become president.”

Meanwhile, Hillary for America chair John Podesta released the following statement on Trump’s acceptance speech:

“Tonight, Donald Trump painted a dark picture of an America in decline. And his answer – more fear, more division, more anger, more hate — was yet another reminder that he is temperamentally unfit and totally unqualified to be President of the United States.”

Podesta continued, “He offered no real solutions to help working families get ahead or to keep our country safe, just more prejudice and paranoia. America is better than this. America is better than Donald Trump. Next week in Philadelphia, Democrats will focus on issues, not anger. We’ll offer a positive vision for the future based on lifting America up, not tearing Americans down.”

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Donald Trump Tells Republican Convention ‘Safety Will Be Restored’ When He’s Sworn In

Posted on: July 21st, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

ABC News(CLEVELAND) — Donald Trump “humbly and gratefully” accepted his party’s presidential nomination on Thursday night, capping off the Republican National Convention and Trump’s year-long campaign to win the GOP contest.

“Who would’ve believed that when we started this journey on June 16th last year, we, and I say ‘we,’ because we are a team, would have received almost 14 million votes, the most in the history of the Republican party and that the Republican party would get 60 percent more votes than it received eight years ago, who would’ve believed this, who would’ve believed this,” Trump said.

Trump stressed that he is the “law and order” candidate, which has been a regular theme throughout his campaign.

“Beginning on January 20th of 2017, safety will be restored. The most basic duty of government is to defend the lives of its own citizens,” he said, citing several recent attacks on police.

Trump used his speech to address domestic threats and international ones facing Americans, which he says he will be able to end.

Trump mentioned the shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando weeks ago that left 49 people dead, vowing to do “everything in my power to protect our LGBTQ citizens from the violence and oppression of a hateful foreign ideology.”

.@realDonaldTrump: "So nice" to hear Republicans cheering comments about protecting LGBT community from terrorism.

— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) July 22, 2016

Following cheers, Trump also thanked the convention, saying “as a Republican it is so nice to hear you cheering for what I just said.”

“Not only have our citizens endured domestic disaster, but they have lived through one international humiliation after another. One after another,” he said.

“This is the legacy of Hillary Clinton: death, destruction, terrorism and weakness.”

Trump’s speech was interrupted at one point by a protester from Code Pink, a women’s activist group aimed at putting an end to U.S. wars, and he waited to continue speaking until police removed her from the arena.

.@realDonaldTrump to chants of "lock her up": "Let's defeat her in November"

— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) July 22, 2016

.@realDonaldTrump after protester interrupts #GOPConvention speech: "How great are our police?"

— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) July 22, 2016

Trump walked onto the stage after receiving a passionate introduction from his daughter Ivanka.

His speech marked the final address at the end of the four day convention in Cleveland.

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Ivanka Trump Introduces Her Father Donald at the RNC: He Is ‘the People’s Champion’

Posted on: July 21st, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) —  Ivanka Trump called her father “a political outsider” and “a fighter” while introducing Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention.

“For more than a year,” she said of his run for the presidency, “Donald Trump has been the people’s champion.”

Ivanka Trump, 34, described her father as the type of leader who transcended politics and said she personally didn’t consider herself “categorically Republican or Democrat.”

“Real change is only going to come from outside of the system,” she said, highlighting the fact that her father is not a career politician.

She praised his fight during the Republican primary, saying that he was a “fighter” who “dug deeper” to prevail over a large field of candidates.

“I have seen him fight for his employees,” she said. “Now, I am seeing him fight for his country.”

She called her father “famous but not well-known,” describing him as warm and caring. She added that the “hard-working men and women of this country identify with my father.”

She also described him as a candidate who will fight for women.

He “will fight for equal pay and equal work” for women, she said, “and I will fight for it right alongside of him.”

Ivanka Trump, a businesswoman and former model, is Donald Trump’s daughter from his first marriage to Ivana Trump. She serves executive vice president of Development & Acquisitions at The Trump Organization and is considered to be an extremely close confidante of her father.

She was the fourth of Trump’s children to speak at the RNC.

Promoting her father’s brand is familiar territory for Ivanka Trump, who has both advocated for and defended her father throughout his campaign.

“He is the messenger of the people. He is the people’s candidate,” Ivanka Trump told Good Morning America co-anchor Lara Spencer in an interview that aired earlier this week.

In the interview, Ivanka Trump acknowledged that her father’s comments have “gotten him into trouble occasionally,” but said that the fact that he engages directly with voters on social media is powerful because it shows autonomy and that he isn’t afraid to speak his mind.

“The only filter is himself,” Ivanka Trump said of her father’s speaking style.

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GOP Chairman Reince Priebus Tears Into Hillary Clinton in Convention Speech

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Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) — After helming a tumultuous convention, Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus brought GOP delegates to their feet Thursday with a blistering attack against Hillary Clinton — ripping into her record at the State Department and accusing her of using politics to enrich herself.

“Hillary Clinton has perfected the art of politics for personal gain,” Priebus said. “She reads ethics rules as carefully as Americans read their junk mail.”

“For Hillary Clinton, the Oval Office is just another cash cow,” he added.

The embattled party leader hit one of the few notes that has resounded with all Republicans this week. At one point, delegates responded to his Clinton attacks by chanting ‘lock her up!’

Turning to his own party’s nominee, Priebus called Donald Trump the “right man to lead that charge” against Clinton.

“With Donald Trump and Mike Pence, America is ready for a comeback after almost a decade of Clinton-Obama failures,” he said.

Speaking roughly 90 minutes after Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio promised Trump would build a wall on the US-Mexico border, Priebus called the GOP “the party of the open door.”

Priebus said a Clinton presidency “means forgetting our friends and enabling our enemies.”

On Wednesday night, Donald Trump questioned the NATO alliance in an interview with the New York Times, prompting criticism from Republicans and Democrats as he prepares to accept the GOP presidential nomination.

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PayPal Co-Founder Peter Thiel Says He’s ‘Proud to Be Gay’ at the RNC

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Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) — Peter Thiel, an early investor in Facebook and a co-founder of PayPal, announced onstage at the Republican National Convention that he is gay.

“Every American has a unique identity. I am proud to be gay. I am proud to be a Republican. But most of all, I am proud to be an American,” Thiel said, to applause.

Thiel, who made news recently for admitting that he was helping fund lawsuits against Gawker, said that Americans have to focus on the larger issues rather than “fake culture wars.”

“When I was a kid, the great debate was about how to defeat the Soviet Union. And we won. Now we are told that the great debate is about who gets to use which bathroom. This is a distraction from our real problems. Who cares?” Thiel said.

Thiel is not the first openly gay man to speak at a Republican convention, but the last such man spoke 16 years ago.

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Sheriff Joe Arpaio Stumps for Trump at the Republican National Convention

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Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) — Joe Arpaio, the 84-year-old Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, and a controversial opponent of undocumented immigration, said that “my most important mission is to elect Donald Trump,” citing his willingness to build a wall and secure American borders.

Arpaio, who walked onto the stage at the convention to resounding applause, has been a lightning rod for scandal since his election in 1993, largely because of his staunch policies, which many view as anti-immigrant.

“We are more concerned with the rights of illegal immigrants than we are the citizens of our own country,” he said.

He also spoke of the importance of respecting police in the wake of the murder of police officers in Dallas, Texas, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana this month.

“Now more than ever we must have respect for the police,” he said. “The highest levels of government must have our back.”

The crowd chanted “build a wall” during his speech, referring to Trump’s promise to build a wall along the Mexican border to slow the path of would-be illegal immigrants.

As a Sheriff, Arpaio established a “tent-city” as an extension to Maricopa County jail in 1993 that houses many illegal immigrants. Arpaio once jokingly referred to the complex as a “concentration camp,” and Amnesty International, as well as other human rights organizations, have condemned the facility as inhumane.

He became a known figure on the national stage after challenging the authenticity of Barack Obama’s birth certificate, a point of view that he shared at that time with Donald Trump. Arpaio has been closely allied with Trump throughout his rise to the top of the Republican ticket, and relished the opportunity to provide security to Trump at his rallies.

Arpaio has also been criticized for failing to investigate several sex crimes, including cases of child rape.

The sheriff has conceded investigative failures in his special-victims unit regarding sex crimes, and said that it was not uncommon for police agencies to struggle with such matters, according to the Arizona Republic. He said that he believed that his agency he was being singled out, the paper said.

Arpaio has been accused of racial profiling, and abuse of power at times in his career, but he has also won fans among hard line conservatives, nationalists and other people concerned about undocumented immigration for his perceived toughness in enforcing border laws.

His attorneys have fiercely denied all allegations of racial profiling, according to the Arizona Republic.

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Trump’s Team Releases Excerpts From His Republican National Convention Speech

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ABC News(CLEVELAND) — Donald Trump’s campaign released excerpts from the speech that he is expected to give at the end of the Republican National Convention this evening.

This speech will cap off the four-day convention in Cleveland, during which he officially became the party’s presidential nominee.

Here is the text released by the campaign:

Friends, delegates and fellow Americans: I humbly and gratefully accept your nomination for the presidency of the United States.

Americans watching this address tonight have seen the recent images of violence in our streets and the chaos in our communities.

Many have witnessed this violence personally, some have even been its victims.

I have a message for all of you: the crime and violence that today afflicts our nation will soon come to an end. Beginning on January 20th 2017, safety will be restored. …

America is far less safe – and the world is far less stable – than when Obama made the decision to put Hillary Clinton in charge of America’s foreign policy.

I am certain it is a decision he truly regrets. Her bad instincts

and her bad judgment – something pointed out by Bernie Sanders – are what caused many of the disasters unfolding today. …

But Hillary Clinton’s legacy does not have to be America’s legacy. The problems

we face now – poverty and violence at home, war and destruction abroad – will last only as long as we continue relying on the same politicians who created them. …

As long as we are led by politicians who will not put America First, then we can be assured that other nations will not treat America with respect. This will all change when I take office. …

My message is that things have to change – and they have to change right now.

Every day I wake up determined to deliver a better life for the people all across this nation that have been neglected, ignored, and abandoned. …

Middle-income Americans and businesses will experience profound relief, and taxes will be greatly simplified for everyone. America is one of the highest-taxed nations in the world.

Reducing taxes will cause new companies and new jobs to come roaring back into our country.

Then we are going to deal with the issue of regulation, one of the greatest job killers of them all.

Excessive regulation is costing our country as much as 2 trillion dollars a year, and we will end it. …

With these new economic policies, trillions of dollars will start flowing into our country.

This new wealth will improve the quality of life for all Americans. We will build the roads, highways, bridges, tunnels, airports, and the railways of tomorrow.

This, in turn, will create millions more jobs.

We will rescue kids from failing schools by helping their parents send them to a safe school of their choice. …

So to every parent who dreams for their child, and every child who dreams for their future, I say these words to you tonight:I’m with you, I will fight for you, and I will win for you.

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Chants of Four More Years For President Obama at White House Eid Celebration

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Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — In remarks celebrating the Islamic holiday Eid al-Fitr, President Obama reaffirmed his support and respect for the Muslim community in the United States.

He acknowledged the patriotic role Muslim Americans have played in not only serving the U.S. military, but also as doctors, architects, community leaders, and police officers.

“We see you, we believe in you, and despite what we sometimes might hear, you’re a part of the American family, and there is nothing you cannot do,” Obama said to the crowd of about 400 people.

The White House hosted the occasion on the Muslim holy day as a time to come together in solidarity with the American Muslim community of nearly three million people, in the wake of recent anti-Islamic rhetoric and threats.

Eid al-Fitr means “festival of breaking the fast” and is a Muslim religious holiday commemorated around the world. It’s a day of observance, but also an occasion for Muslims to show their gratitude to God and give alms to the poor. The holiday marks the end of Islam’s holiest month of Ramadan, the ninth month in the Islamic lunar calendar in which Muslims adhere to a strict fast observed from sunrise to sunset.

Colorful headscarves filled the crowd and speakers talked about the experience of being American Muslims and read from the Quran. 12-year-old Raahima Siddiqi of Virginia led off the remarks with a recitation of the Arabic prayer, Surah Fatiha, which is the first chapter in the Quran, Islam’s holy book.

Aisha Osman, 15, of Beaverton, Oregon was selected to introduce Obama after he read a letter she had written to him several months ago about her experiences as an African-American Muslim.

“As an African-American Muslim, I’ve been called a terrorist and the N-word. What those people don’t know is that I am proud to be an American,” Osman said. “I know I am the future of this country that I love.”

Obama called her letter “heartbreaking.”

“Now that’s a young American full of promise,” he said, “fearful because of her faith.”

Chants of “Four more years!” rang out as Obama spoke about the “challenging times” the country is currently facing.

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Donald Trump Gets Bipartisan Condemnation for NATO Comments

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump drew swift rebukes from both sides of the political spectrum, as well as the top sitting NATO official, for his declaration that, if he were president, the United States would defend fellow NATO countries only if the countries in question were contributing their fair share to NATO’s budget.

“We’re talking about countries that are doing very well. Then yes, I would be absolutely prepared to tell those countries, ‘Congratulations, you will be defending yourself,’” Trump said during an interview with the New York Times, adding he would only defend countries that had “fulfilled their obligations to us” financially.

Two members of his own party, neither of whom is attending the Republican convention, condemned his comments, suggesting Congress would not follow his lead if he were commander-in-chief.

“As Mr. [Vladimir] Putin revives Soviet-style aggression and the threat of violent Islam looms over European and American cities, the United States stands with our NATO allies,” Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Nebraska, one of the most vocal elected members of the never-Trump movement, said in a statement.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, one of Trump’s former Republican primary opponents, accused him of appeasing the Russian president with his assertions.

“I can only imagine how our allies in NATO, particularly the Balkan states, must feel after reading these comments from Mr. Trump. I’m 100 percent certain how Russian President Putin feels — he’s a very happy man,” Graham said.

“If Mr. Trump is serious about wanting to be commander-in-chief he needs to better understand the job which is to provide leadership for the United States and the free world,” Graham continued, also calling for Trump to “correct” his statements during his prime-time address Thursday evening.

Members of the Democratic Party also slammed Trump’s remarks, accusing him of friendliness with the same unsavory leaders with whom Republicans have accused President Obama of being too conciliatory.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest noted that Republicans have long accused President Obama of going on an “global apology tour.”

“I guess that means that there is some irony associated with the case that’s being made by the Republican nominee at this point,” he said.

The Hillary Clinton campaign condemned Trump’s remarks, also accusing him of cozying up to Putin.

“Over the course of this campaign, Trump has displayed a bizarre and occasionally obsequious fascination with Russia’s strongman, Vladimir Putin. And he has policy positions — and advisors — to match,” Clinton senior policy adviser Jake Sullivan said, citing a Washington Post report that Trump staffers persuaded delegates to strip language from the GOP platform that would have called for “providing lethal defensive weapons” to the Ukrainian military.

The White House has declined to provide Ukraine with lethal weapons, but mainstream Republicans have long called for the president to do so.

“Just this week, we learned that the Trump campaign went to great lengths to remove a plank from the GOP platform about aid to Ukraine that would have offended Putin, bucking a strongly held position within his own party…. It is fair to assume that Vladimir Putin is rooting for a Trump presidency.”

Although NATO does not frequently comment on issues related to member nations’ domestic politics, Jens Stoltenberg, NATO’s sitting secretary general, also weighed in on Trump’s comments, defending European allies’ contributions to NATO while avoiding commenting on the election directly.

“European Allies are also stepping up,” he said. “For the first time in many years, defense spending among European Allies and Canada rose last year.”

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Texas Delegates Break into Bitter Fighting over Cruz’s Non-Endorsement

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ABC News(CLEVELAND) — After withholding an endorsement of Donald Trump in his convention address Wednesday night, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz had some explaining to do to his state delegation Thursday morning.

After taking questions from Texas delegates at a breakfast in Cleveland — and explaining that “I am not in the habit of supporting someone who attacks my wife and attacks my father” — the delegation devolved into bitter infighting.

A handful of delegates took their disagreements outside the ballroom after Cruz concluded and broke into full-out shouting matches.

One Cruz supporter grew emotional as she argued with two delegates angry with his decision not to endorse.

“This is like if there’s an engagement and your guy that you’re gonna marry goes out and does these things that are an abomination to your vows that you’re gonna take. Then you have a right to reject that person and not marry him,” one woman who supports the Texas senator said.

One response to her position came from a man who had wanted Cruz to endorse Trump. “People talked about my family and I didn’t cry about it. I grew up,” he said.

“He said he’s a Christian he should forgive,” another man later chimed in.

The woman responded, “He should forgive, but he does not need to endorse.”

One delegate forcefully pointed a finger in another delegate’s face. “If he said that about your wife, if he said that about your dad,” he said.

“Put your finger out of my face, put your finger down,” the other delegate, wearing a Texas shirt, said.

“I hope you’d do the same thing I hope you’d have some character and stand for your family,” the other delegate responded, defending Cruz.

“What?” the other delegate countered, “Divide the party?”

Shawn McAnelly, the delegate who confronted Cruz during the breakfast while carrying a “Clinton-Cruz 2020” sign, told ABC News’ Jonathan Karl, “He signed a pledge and he didn’t follow his word and he will never be president.”

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Trump Camp Has Conflicting Answers About Cruz Non-Endorsement

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ABC News(CLEVELAND) — Donald Trump was unaware that his former GOP rival Ted Cruz was not going to endorse him at the Republican National Convention Wednesday night, Trump’s campaign chairman told ABC News.

“We didn’t know he wasn’t going to endorse Trump, but that wasn’t the point. I said Mr. Trump made no conditions on it,” Paul Manafort said in an interview Thursday with ABC News’ Tom Llamas. “The reason he spoke is because Mr. Trump believes Ted Cruz was one of the candidates that ran for president, he should be allowed the opportunity to help bring the party together again.”

Cruz’s convention speech was met with loud boos inside the Quicken Loans Arena in downtown Cleveland. The Texas senator, whom Trump derided as “Lyin’ Ted” throughout the primary contest, also told voters to “vote your conscience.”

Cruz’s address contrasted that of Chris Christie, Marco Rubio, Scott Walker and others who have urged party unity and thrown their support behind Trump on stage — whether enthusiastically or reluctantly.

“[Trump] assumed that Ted Cruz would bring the party together, giving a speech just like Walker did, Rubio did and Christie did. Cruz took a different path,” Manafort said.

Manafort’s remarks conflicted with comments made by Trump as well as Cruz himself.

In an interview Thursday on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Donald Trump Jr. said his father’s campaign had been notified that Cruz would not be extending an endorsement Wednesday night.

“We knew that wasn’t coming. Again, my father wanted all the guys who wanted to be here, he wanted to give them a platform,” he said. “He knew that was happening. He was a better man about it.”

Donald Trump Jr. said there’s been some “back and forth” between both camps about a potential endorsement from Cruz, who dropped out of the presidential race in early May.

“There’s been a lot of people speaking from the campaign with the Cruz camp,” he said on Morning Joe. “So there have been some conversations back and forth about seeing what we could do. I don’t think anything too serious.”

He added: “We would love to be able to do it.”

The Republican nominee himself said he saw Cruz’s speech two hours before Cruz took the stage but allowed him to speak anyway, calling it “no big deal.”

According to Cruz, Donald Trump never even asked for his endorsement. While addressing the Texas delegation at a breakfast in Cleveland Thursday morning, Cruz said he told the real estate mogul days earlier that he wasn’t going to back him.

“He didn’t ask me to endorse and, indeed, three days ago I talked on the phone with him and told him, ‘I’m not going to endorse you,’” Cruz said, defending his non-endorsement speech.

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Ted Cruz Defends Not Endorsing Donald Trump in RNC Speech

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ABC News(CLEVELAND) — After getting booed during his address to the Republican National Convention Wednesday night, Ted Cruz Thursday morning defended his decision not to endorse Donald Trump after the real estate mogul’s attacks on his family during the primary campaign.

“I am not in the habit of supporting someone who attacks my wife and attacks my father,” Cruz told the Texas delegation at a breakfast in Cleveland.

He added: “That pledge was not a blanket commitment that if you go and slander and attack Heidi, that I’m going to nonetheless come like a puppy dog and say thank you very much for maligning my wife and maligning my father.”

Further defending his RNC speech Wednesday night, in which declined to endorse the party’s nominee, Cruz said Trump knew the contents of his speech prior to its delivery, including the absence of an endorsement.

“He didn’t ask me to endorse and, indeed, three days ago I talked on the phone with him and told him, ‘I’m not going to endorse you,’” Cruz said, defending his non-endorsement speech.

Cruz went on to characterize his speech Wednesday night as an “outline” of how to win the election in November and said Republicans won’t win if the “dominant word” Americans hear between now and then is “Trump.”

Just before taking the stage Thursday morning, ABC News’ Jonathan Karl asked Cruz whether he had “any regrets about last night.”

The Texas senator declined to answer, saying simply, “I came here to address the Texas delegation.”

As Cruz took the podium, he received a hostile reception from some people in the Texas delegation. One delegate stood up and held a sign that read “Cruz-Clinton,” and others broke into chants of “Trump! Trump! Trump!”

In beginning his remarks Thursday, Cruz said, “I recognize there are some folks here and elsewhere at the convention who are not happy with me. That’s OK.”

He called it “troubling” that he was booed by “partisans” when he told the convention to vote for candidates in whom they believe.

“What I wanted to do last night is lay out the principles I believe we stand for as Republicans,” he went on to say. “In that speech last night I did not say a single negative word against Donald Trump.”

Cruz vowed not to say anything negative against Trump going forward.

The boos began Wednesday night during Cruz’s speech after it became clear he would not be endorsing Trump as the party’s nominee, urging people to vote their conscience.

Cruz would not say for certain at the breakfast Thursday whether he would vote for Trump but did say he will not vote for Hillary Clinton.

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Republican Women Looking Forward to Ivanka Trump’s RNC Speech

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ABC News(CLEVELAND) — Donald Trump is undeniably the star of Thursday night’s final segment of the Republican National Convention but there’s another Trump who is generating interest as well.

Trump’s eldest daughter Ivanka is slated to introduce her father, which comes as little surprise because she has been a fairly regular presence on the campaign trail.

She also has struck a chord with female voters, which has been particularly important given her father’s polling troubles with women at different points in the campaign.

“Ivanka amazes me,” said Kim Bowers, an alternate New York delegate. “I think she is a strong woman who has a phenomenal work ethic and it shows a lot about Donald Trump the father.

“These kids grew up in a privileged atmosphere but they have a strong work ethic and they don’t take the life they have for granted,” Bowers told ABC News after seeing Trump’s family — including Ivanka — greet him as he arrived by helicopter to Cleveland on Wednesday afternoon.

Even people who are not extremely aware of Ivanka’s business background, like Virginia delegate Jeanine Lawson, are able to interpret the emphasis that is being placed on her role in her father’s campaign.

“It does say a lot that of all the children, she’s the one” to introduce her father, Lawson told ABC News.

“The feedback on the campaign over the past few months must’ve been pretty receptive to her,” she said, noting that she has a “pretty big responsibility on her shoulders.”

Trump has said on the trail that both Ivanka and his wife Melania have urged him to be “more presidential.” Ivanka is known for her polished, articulate and more restrained approach to public appearances yet is understood to be an adviser that her father regularly relies upon for crucial campaign decisions.

“I think she brings that balance with [Donald] Trump and her style is a different style,” said Karen Mottas, an alternate Hawaiian delegate who credits Trump for her interest in the presidential campaign this year.

She went so far as to say that she believes the more staid, refined character that Ivanka emits is actually closer to her father’s true self than his public persona leads the masses to believe.

“I think it’s really his true character. I think he’s purposefully communicating in a way that will reach outside the normal arena,” Mottas said.

Whatever the case may be behind closed doors, it is clear to female Republicans that there is a significance in the selection to have his eldest daughter introduce him on the night when he formally addresses the convention. Bowers first saw the level of trust placed Trump places with his daughter in his reality show The Apprentice.

“She was always there on the sidelines and he always asked her questions and referred to her…. Granted I don’t know if it was scripted or not,” Bowers said. “She always held her own and she doesn’t come along like a snobby little rich girl at all.”

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Five Things to Watch On the Final Day of the Republican National Convention

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iStock/Thinkstock(CLEVELAND) — Wednesday night was definitely the most raucous evening of the Republican National Convention, but Thursday night may prove to be even more dramatic.

Why? Donald Trump is set to take the stage for a speech the entire convention has been building towards.

Here are five story lines to watch:

Trump: The Main Event

Although he’s already taken to the stage at the RNC, Thursday night’s speech is the show-stopper.

This will be the first time that Trump addresses the Republican party since officially becoming its presidential nominee on Tuesday during the roll call.

Forecast Includes A Thunderstorm of Digs at Ted Cruz

One of the biggest moments during last night’s convention came when former Trump rival Sen. Ted Cruz was booed off the stage after he clearly refused to endorse Trump.

There was speculation about whether or not Trump’s closest competitor — who Trump regularly called ‘Lyin’ Ted’ — would help unify the party by extending an olive branch, and then very clearly choosing his words in order to avoid specifically telling supporters to vote for Trump.

Instead, he told them to “vote their conscience” and “vote for candidates up and down the ticket who you trust to defend our freedom and to be faithful to the Constitution.”

Ivanka Expected to Wow the Crowds

The two eldest Trump sons, Donald Jr. and Eric, had their time to praise their dad on Tuesday and Wednesday nights respectively, but it’s Ivanka’s turn on Thursday.

The 34-year-old has been at her father’s side for much of the campaign, and is a popular figure. She’s her father’s most visible business partner, working in his real estate empire, and was a regular on her dad’s reality show, The Apprentice.

Final Day for Protests

Though there have been hundreds of people protesting in the streets of Cleveland throughout the course of the convention, the vast majority of the demonstrations have been peaceful.

As of Wednesday night, there had been 22 arrests in Cleveland since Sunday, which is rather low given the sheer number of protests.

That said, the momentum has been growing as the days have progressed, and Trump’s speech may draw out the most passionate response.

Shows of Unity

One of the biggest purposes of political conventions is to unite the party after the wounds of primary season, so it will be important to gauge the overall mood of the audience at the end of their four days in Cleveland.

Gov. Mike Pence surely won some skeptical Trump supporters over with his polished speech last night, and now it’s up to Trump to show his fans that the ticket has what it takes to succeed in the general election.
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Donald Trump to Address Trade, Borders and Law and Order at RNC Thursday night

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ABC News(CLEVELAND) — Donald Trump said he will discuss some of his policies during his big speech at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland Thursday night.

“Well, I’m talking about trade, I’m talking about law and order, I’m going to be talking about borders. I’m going to be talking about many different things,” Trump told ABC’s Good Morning America Thursday.

“Our country has a lot of problems. I’m basically going to be using the same message and giving the same message … that I’ve been talking about for a long time.”

When asked specifically about whether he’ll be addressing some of his more controversial proposals, such as the plan to temporarily ban all Muslims or to build a wall between the United States and Mexico to keep out illegal immigrants, Trump replied: “Yeah, you’ll be hearing a lot of things tomorrow. I mean, I haven’t spoken yet.”

The GOP presidential candidate, who officially secured the party’s nomination Tuesday night, said he looks forward to taking the stage on the final night of the convention after watching his wife and children speak.

“The arena was just unbelievable; the excitement,” he said.

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Donald Trump’s GOP Rivals Wrestle with Supporting His Nomination

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ABC News (CLEVELAND) — It’s been a rocky road to Cleveland for Donald Trump’s former GOP rivals.

One by one, the sixteen politicians who made up the most promising Republican presidential field in a generation, bowed out of the race for the White House, bruised and bullied by a brash New York real estate developer with no political experience.

While some endorsed Trump as they exited the race, many actively opposed his insurgent White House bid and campaigned against him until the decisive May primary in Indiana.

But faced with the looming prospect of a Hillary Clinton presidency, most of the former GOP presidential candidates have attempted to reconcile their disagreements with Trump with supporting the Republican nominee for president.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who suspended his presidential run after 70 days to help unite Republicans against Trump, announced the Wisconsin delegation’s votes on the floor of the RNC convention Tuesday.

In his convention speech Wednesday, he proclaimed that “Donald Trump is standing with the American people,” and offered his endorsement.

“A vote for anyone other than Donald Trump in November is a vote for Hillary Clinton,” he said — an offering of support Trump wasn’t counting on earlier in the race.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, exchanged personal insults with Trump before suspending his campaign, and skipped the convention to remain in Florida, where he’s running for reelection.

Rubio who stands by his primary comments that Trump can’t be trusted with the country’s nuclear codes, recorded a call for party unity that was played in the Quicken Loans Arena.

“After a long and spirited primary, the time for fighting each other is over,” he said, adding that Trump is committed to conservative governance and Supreme Court.

But Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, the only candidate to challenge Trump on the primary map, wasn’t prepared to line up behind the nominee.

On Wednesday, he boldly refused to endorse Trump after congratulating him for winning the nomination.

“If you love your country and you love your children as much as I know that you do, stand and speak, and vote your conscience,” Cruz declared, drawing boos from Trump supporters. “Vote for candidates up and down the ticket who you trust to defend our freedom.”

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who shocked the political world by endorsing Trump soon after ending his own White House bid, could be seen shaking his head with disapproval.

While Cruz embraced Trump early in the GOP primary, their relationship soured after Trump mocked his wife’s appearance in a tweet, questioned his eligibility for the presidency, and alleged that Cruz’s father was involved in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. For much of the primary, Trump also referred to Cruz as “Lyin’ Ted.”

Cruz mentioned Trump’s name just once during his address, while Rubio referenced him twice and Walker did so five times.

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Trump Blasts Ted Cruz for ‘Not Honoring the Pledge’ After Convention Speech

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ABC News(CLEVELAND) — Donald Trump tore into his former Republican rival Ted Cruz after the Texas senator’s convention speech Wednesday night — blasting him for “not honoring the pledge” to endorse the party’s nominee.

Trump took to Twitter to attack his fellow Republican, whom he lambasted as “Lyin’ Ted” throughout the primary contest.

Wow, Ted Cruz got booed off the stage, didn't honor the pledge! I saw his speech two hours early but let him speak anyway. No big deal!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 21, 2016

Cruz was booed roundly during his speech, during which he congratulated, but failed to endorse Trump, who appeared briefly at the convention Wednesday. Cruz also told voters pointedly to “vote your conscience.”

The speech provoked a raft of reactions both on and off the convention floor, with Cruz being excoriated by Trump supporters and lauded directly and indirectly by Democrats and Green Party candidate.

Gov. Chris Christie spoke to MSNBC about Cruz’ performance, and said that “it was an awful, selfish speech by someone who tonight… showed everybody why he has richly earned the reputation that he has on Capitol Hill.”

Gov. Mike Huckabee published a screed about Cruz on Facebook, saying that he betrayed Trump’s trust.

“Donald Trump did something no previous nominee has done—he allowed Ted Cruz to speak without his promising to support the nominee. I’ve spoken at every convention since 1992, and I can attest to the fact that no one got near that stage without supporting the nominee. Trump trusted Ted and was rewarded with a betrayal, but the delegates in that arena booed Cruz off the stage and out of Cleveland,” Huckabee wrote.

Speaking immediately after Cruz, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich re-framed Cruz’s comments, saying as “Ted Cruz said, you can vote your conscience for anyone who will uphold the constitution. In this election there is only one candidate who will uphold the constitution,” referring to Trump.

Cruz’s words in the speech could be interpreted in a number of different ways, but some saw it as slight against the party’s nominee.

“To those listening, please, don’t stay home in November. If you love our country, and love your children as much as I know you do, stand, and speak, and vote your conscience, vote for candidates up and down the ticket who you trust to defend our freedom and to be faithful to the Constitution,” Cruz said during the speech.

Cruz was booed by delegates.

Donald Trump Jr. celebrated the booing of Cruz while speaking to FOX News after the convention adjourned for the night,

“You see this room when people like to make the story and create the dialogue about disunity,” Trump Jr. said. “The best unity I saw was everyone booing him off the stage.”

But Hillary Clinton attempted to seize the moment by referring to the Cruz speech on Twitter.

Her campaign tweeted “vote your conscience,” and included a link to her website.

Vote your conscience.

— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 21, 2016

And Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein said:

I rarely agree with Ted Cruz. But he's right that you shouldn't vote for a candidate just because a party tells you to. Vote your values.

— Dr. Jill Stein (@DrJillStein) July 21, 2016

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Eric Trump Highlights His Father’s Passion for Helping Others in RNC Address

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Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) — Eric Trump said that his father “shattered the expectations of every political pundit” in his rise to win the Republican nomination in a speech endorsing him for the presidency on Wednesday — and coming in the wake of a raucous address by Ted Cruz where he failed to endorse the New York billionaire.

“It’s an honor to be here for a man I love so, so, so much,” Eric Trump started in what would be an impassioned endorsement of his father.

He went on to talk about the “unwavering support” he and his siblings pledged to the Trump campaign, and portrayed his father as a businessman who is fighting with urgency to repair the American dream.

At several points during the speech, Donald Trump could be seen in the crowd, applauding his son’s words.

He talked about the “courageous decision” his father made to put aside his businesses to run for president, and said that Donald Trump was running for the people in America who were struggling, listing examples of single mothers, and men and women who were struggling to pay their rent as examples of people he wanted to help.

It’s time for a president “who understands the art of a deal, and the value of a dollar,” Eric Trump said at one point.

He spoke of his father’s ability to step in and fix “government incompetence,” and finish construction projects ahead of schedule.

“It’s what he does,” he said. “It’s who he is.”

He called his father a man “who truly loves his country, and wants his country to be great again.”

He also attacked Hillary Clinton’s perceived lack of trustworthiness among voters, saying “vote for the candidate who can’t be bought.”

Eric Trump followed in his father’s footsteps, and works in real estate as the Vice President of acquisition at Trump Organization. He also created the Eric Trump Foundation, an organization that gives money to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, something he highlighted in the speech.

Earlier Wednesday, he boasted of having employed “zero” speechwriters for his big speech.

“I think sometimes when you write from the heart, and I’ll certainly deliver it from the heart, the product will be what it will be,” Trump, 32, told Good Morning America Wednesday morning about preparing to give his own speech. “But it will be certainly sincere and full of love and full of emotion and that’s how it’s supposed to be.”

Melania Trump found herself embroiled in a plagiarism scandal earlier this week for similarities between her speech and a speech given by Michele Obama in 2008.

The incident forced her speechwriter to offer a mea culpa about the affair.

Eric Trump did not address Melania’s speech in the lead up to his own, but heaped praise onto his older brother, Donald Trump Jr., and younger sister, Tiffany Trump, who both spoke Tuesday.

“The bar is high,” Trump said, adding his brother did “an amazing job” and his sister “nailed it.”

The siblings, who also include Ivanka Trump, have been close advisers on their father’s presidential campaign. But Trump said he does not imagine the siblings’ moving to Washington, D.C., if their father wins.

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Ted Cruz Booed at RNC for Failing to Endorse Donald Trump

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Credit: US Senate(CLEVELAND) — Donald Trump’s former rival Sen. Ted Cruz was roundly booed after failing to endorse Trump during an address to the Republican National Convention — a jab from the Texas lawmaker at the real estate mogul, who tormented him as “Lyin’ Ted” during the primary.

Cruz told delegates and voters to “vote your conscience” in November and never specifically said that people should cast their ballots for the Republican nominee. During the course of his speech, Cruz only mentioned Trump once, to congratulate him on getting the nomination.

“To those listening, please, don’t stay home in November. If you love our country, and love your children as much as I know you do, stand, and speak, and vote your conscience, vote for candidates up and down the ticket who you trust to defend our freedom and to be faithful to the Constitution,” Cruz said.

As he continued speaking, and the crowd began to realize that an endorsement seemed less likely, the cheers that marked the early part of the speech became boos.

“I appreciate the enthusiasm of the New York delegation,” Cruz said to the vocal Trump home-state supporters who were placed right in front of the stage. They were yelling “We want Trump! We want Trump!”

Cruz’s wife, Heidi, was seen leaving the arena when the booing started getting very loud. Former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli told ABC News that he escorted Heidi Cruz out of the convention hall because “it was volatile and the Trump folks were physically approaching and confrontationally yelling,” he said via text.

The fact that Cruz spoke at all came as a surprise to some considering how bitter the primary campaign became towards the end.

At one point, Trump insinuated that Cruz’s wife Heidi was less attractive than his own wife Melania, and later he made suggestions that Cruz’s Cuban father was somehow connected to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

He also questioned whether Cruz was eligible to run for the presidency because he was born in Canada.

Shortly after Cruz exited the stage to a growing round of boos, Trump entered the arena on the opposite side to sit with his family and watch his son Eric address the crowd.

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Scott Walker Throws Support Behind Donald Trump in Convention Speech

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ABC News(CLEVELAND) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker threw his support behind Donald Trump in his convention speech Wednesday night.

“Let me be clear, a vote for anyone other than Donald Trump in November is a vote for Hillary Clinton,” the former 2016 candidate said, recalling the promise he made during a Republican debate in Cleveland last August to support the eventual nominee, regardless of who it was.

“Make no mistake, we can’t wait four years to get them next time,” he continued. “The consequences are too great.”

The theme of Walker’s speech — “America deserves better” — was chanted by convention delegates along with Walker throughout the speech.

At one point, he suggested that the presumptive Democratic nominee belongs in prison.

“The simple truth is liberal Washington insiders created our problems and Hillary Clinton is the ultimate liberal Washington insider,” Walker said. “If she were anymore on the inside, she would be in prison.”

He added: “After hearing the FBI director’s report a few weeks ago, heck I listened to that and said, I would not even give Hillary Clinton the password to my iPhone, let alone access to highly classified information.”

Though Walker suggested he would support Trump as the presumptive nominee after Texas Sen. Ted Cruz suspended his campaign, he slightly walked back his support earlier this summer.

After Trump accused the California judge overseeing a class action lawsuit against Trump University of bias because of his Hispanic heritage, Walker qualified that Trump was “not yet the nominee.”

“Officially that won’t happen until the middle of July and so for me that’s kind of the time frame that, in particular, I want to make sure he renounces what he says — at least in regards to this judge,” Walker told ABC affiliate WKOW in early June.

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