Libertarian VP Candidate: Whatever You Do, Don't Vote For Trump: Accepting that his presidential bid will fail, Libertarian vice presidential candidate Bill Weld on Tuesday obliquely urged voters to vote for Hillary Clinton.
In a Tuesday statement addressed to "those in the electorate who remain torn between two so-called major party candidates," the former Massachusetts governor told Republicans not to vote for the GOP nominee out of “fear for our country.”
“After careful observation and reflection, I have come to believe that Donald Trump, if elected President of the United States, would not be able to stand up to this pressure and this criticism without becoming unhinged and unable to perform competently the duties of his office,” he said at a Boston press conference.
Weld ticks off a long list of what he sees as Trump’s flaws, including his childish response to criticism, divisive rhetoric about immigrants and minorities, instability, and lack of familiarity with policy.
While Weld said he will see his bid with Gary Johnson through to Election Day, he acknowledged that the Libertarian Party ticket, which has languished far behind in the polls, will not break “the two party monopoly” this year. He announced in early October that he would spend the rest of the campaign cycle speaking out against Trump.
Some observers interpreted the last paragraph of his statement as a winking request for voters not to cast ballots for his own running mate.
“Every citizen must be aware of the power and responsibility of each individual vote,” Weld writes. “This is not the time to cast a jocular or feel-good vote for a man whom you may have briefly found entertaining.”
Though Weld goes on to mention Trump by name, his comments could also describe Johnson, who captured headlines with his bumbling responses to foreign policy questions and odd interview antics.
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The cable news cameras stayed away this time, but as Trump is ostensibly still running for president and Election Day is less than two weeks away, a few reporters were obligated to attend this latest example of Trump’s mixed-up priorities. One of them was The Daily Beast’s Olivia Nuzzi, who is at her sly and savage best as she sets the scene for this ribbon-cutting.
There’s a lot to absorb, but I can’t stop thinking about this hotel’s cocktail bar, which seems to violate a number of conventions, perhaps even some of the Geneva ones. Per Nuzzi:
"The bar at the new Trump International Hotel in Washington, Benjamin’s Bar and Lounge, is a sprawling space with high ceilings, few customers and too-sweet cocktails that go for $20 to $100, the most expensive being the bar’s namesake, a concoction of rye, potato and winter wheat vodka, shaken and served with raw oysters and caviar. There is also, inexplicably, a section of the menu called BY THE CRYSTAL SPOON that offers literal spoonfuls of wine for anywhere from $15 to $140."
Mod: The rest of the article about this monument to nitwit gaucherie can be read here.
Hillary Clinton Leads Donald Trump by 14 Points Nationally in New Poll (Time Magazine link): Hillary Clinton has widened her lead over Donald Trump, polling 14 percentage points ahead nationally, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll, which comes 12 days before the presidential election.
Conducted after the final presidential debate, the poll finds the Democratic nominee leads Trump among likely voters 51% to 37%, a significant lead over the Republican candidate.
According to the poll, Clinton has support of 90% of likely Democratic voters, as well as support from 15% of moderate Republicans. Of the Republicans surveyed, 79% said they would vote for Trump.
The poll finds that Clinton has consolidated the support of her party, while even managing to draw Republican voters.
Mod: Somehow the GOP managed to nominate the only candidate they had that the Democrats could defeat this year. Hardly surprising, though. The Republican Party is pretty much braindead at this point.
Measure M proponents, worried tax won’t pass, are planning a final push to win voters (Pasadena Star New link): Los Angeles city, county and state leaders stressed that without a late push, Metro’s Measure M on the November ballot may not pass, dooming funding for 40 projects including completion of the 71 Freeway, the 57/60 interchange and extension of the Gold Line to Claremont.
Polling for the measure, which would add a half-cent to the sales tax in Los Angeles County and raise about $120 billion over 40 years, is showing about 67 percent to 69 percent support across the county, confirmed Yes on M campaign spokesman Yusef Robb.
The last transportation tax, Measure R, won by 68 percent in 2008, but four years ago an extension failed by 15,000 votes. Traditionally, such measures that require 66.67 percent to pass — a two-thirds super majority — tend to be cliffhangers on election night, and this one looks to be no different.
“A two-thirds majority is a difficult majority to achieve,” Robb said.
Members of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) who spoke at a San Gabriel Valley transportation conference Wednesday, said the polling could drop below two-thirds due to the polls’ margin of error. They said there is no Plan B should Measure M come up short.
“It is clear an overwhelming majority of people want this. Whether we get over the two-thirds will all depend on who turns out to vote,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, a member of the Metro board.