Paul Ryan says Trump's campaign is 'distressing' but stands by endorsement

Carla Harmon
August 8, 2016

Sixty-one percent of voters think Hillary Clinton is dishonest, yet she's opened up a big lead over Donald Trump in the latest Fox News Poll. A CNN/ORC poll this week showed Clinton with a 9-point edge in a head-to-head matchup with Trump.

However, the poll also showed that most voters have reservations about both of the nominees: 61% of the poll participants claimed that Clinton is dishonest, while 62% said the same thing about Trump.

For all of the media talk about 2016 being an unconventional outsider election, Hillary Clinton is leading by being competent and qualified in the face of the endless barrage of questionable statements and behavior coming from Donald Trump. Who's next? I doubt Carly Fiorina would switch to Clinton after spending most of her primary campaign swinging a hatchet at her, but if there's anyone Fiorina might like less than Hillary, it's Trump. But keep in mind that Trump's proposed Muslim ban - which many predicted would sink Trump's candidacy - didn't knock him off his first-place standing in the Republican primary contest.

Republicans are still divided over their party's nominee: 50 percent are happy with Trump, while 49 percent would rather have someone else.

Buffett, who endorsed Clinton past year, was the latest in a series of business leaders attacking Trump as Clinton seeks to woo moderate and independent voters.

Stone, who formerly served as Trump's political adviser, added that "the government will be shut down if they attempt to steal this and swear Hillary in". But Trump this week has refused to endorse House Speaker Paul Ryan or Sen. For most candidates, repudiating Trump is a zero-sum game.

It also prompted a firestorm of speculation that somehow Mr Trump would be forced to abandon the race for president and the job of finding a replacement would be taken up by the Republican National Committee chairman, Reince Priebus. He said, "I'm suggesting we have a discussion about it, that's for sure".

In the same interview, Trump called China "the number one abuser" but asserted that "virtually every country" the United States does business with makes it "impossible" for domestic companies to compete. But Rubio eventually backed Trump and appeared at last month's Republican National Convention via video.

Joe Bryant, a retired Army reservist and Trump supporter in Martinsville, Virginia, says that while Trump has not lost his vote, he wishes the candidate could pivot better off of the attacks on him. If a President Trump acted on his proposals and was challenged in court - as he certainly would be - there would always be the possibility that the justices might make up some new reading of the Constitution to invalidate the president's actions.

Trump has, however, maintained the support of GOP leadership on Capitol Hill - though it has been strained.

Donald "Whitey" Taylor, who is caravanning around the country selling Trump T-shirts and hats, says absolutely not - and that sales haven't slowed a bit.

Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine says "a profound distance" has grown between law enforcement and communities in many parts of America, and that distance is risky. Trump's campaign said the GOP nominee had not seen a tape as part of any security briefing. "That would be awful", he said during a campaign stop in battleground Florida. They embody a calculating timidity as they worry about Trump's impact on their party while also fearing for the electoral chances of the rest of their candidates if they push away Trump's constituency.

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