Ryan will stump with Trump.
The next presidential debate
TheHill.com presents five things they think Trump must do to win Sunday’s second presidential debate.
- Learn from Pence. Trump’s running mate was a winner in his debate with a calm and collected approach.
- Be prepared. This one seems a no-brainer – and I hope Trump sees the error of winging it in the first debate.
- Keep fight on favorable ground. This quote from University of Michigan debate expert Aaron Kall sums up this point:
“He needs to stick to the offense and on his ground as opposed to taking the bait any time there’s a charge against him.“Stick to the things that got you there – your message on trade, the economy, outsourcing and immigration.”
… and Hillary’s email server and the Clinton foundation, too.
- Connect personally. The town hall format presents Trump an opportunity to improve his unfavorability numbers
- Watch out for interruptions and unforced errors. Be smart, be polite.
ObamaCare’s troubles could impact down-ballot races
Bill Clinton spilled the beans this week regarding the worsening shape of the Affordable Care Act. Townhall.com reports that Obamacare is damaging to both the cost and quality of health care and, potentially, to Democrats in down-ballot races. The article provides a plethora of links to back up its assertions.
The law is actually imploding under the weight of its own failures, vindicating opponents’ predictions in the process. Bill Clinton’s comments this week underscored those failures. Calling the partisan scheme “the craziest thing in the world,” Clinton correctly noted that millions of consumers have seen their premiums soar, as their access to care has shriveled up. The “Affordable Care Act” was sold with promises of more “choice and competition” to drive down costs, but it has turned out to be unaffordable, offering fewer choices. It is unpopular, and has consistently hurt more people than it’s helped. A failure. Though Clinton has attempted to walk back his critique of the law that his wife essentially designed and championed in 2008 — and continues to praise as a success — the damage is done. MSNBC’s Chuck Todd acknowledged as much on his program, calling it a “real problem for Democrats” because Obamacare is being litigated more heavily as a major issue in down-ballot races: