MIAMI — Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Tim Kaine knocked Florida Senator Marco Rubio on his home turf Monday for continuing to support Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
"Let me just quote Marco Rubio," Kaine said to the crowd at Florida International University, right in Rubio's hometown. "He called Donald Trump 'dangerous' and he called Donald Trump a 'con artist' but he's supporting Donald Trump... I don't get it, how you could call somebody a dangerous con artist and support them? Because we've seen Republicans around the country who have been willing to stand up and say, 'I don't tolerate what Donald Trump is doing.'"
Kaine repeated his criticism hours later at an event in the shadow of Trump Plaza in West Palm Beach.
Monday's comments mark an extremely rare instance in which Kaine has specifically said anything negative about Republican candidates for U.S. Senate at one of his rallies. The Virginia senator has been praised for being respected by politicians on both sides of the aisle, and if Kaine and Clinton are elected, he will serve as president of the Senate in his role as vice president.
With the end of the race in sight, Kaine's remarks are part of a larger Clinton campaign strategy, a campaign aide said, to add an extra focus to down-ballot races, to help shore up votes for a Congress more likely to support their agenda and to call out Republicans who have not ruled out voting for Trump.
"It's not enough just to have a president," he said. "You have to have a Congress who's willing to work with the president and the better that Hillary Clinton does here in Florida, and elsewhere, the more likely she's gonna have a Congress to work with her to get things done. You can't take anything for granted."
Sen. Elizabeth Warren continued her strong campaign push for Hillary Clinton on Monday, leveling a stern warning to Republican nominee Donald Trump that his offensive remarks about women will come back to bite him.
At a joint rally with Clinton in Manchester, New Hampshire, the Massachusetts senator hit Trump for calling his Democratic rival a "nasty woman" during the third and final presidential debate last week.
"I've got news for you, Donald Trump, women have had it with guys like you. And nasty women have really had it with guys like you," said Warren.
"Get this, Donald," she added: "Nasty women are tough, nasty women are smart, and nasty women vote. And on November 8, we nasty women are gonna march our nasty feet to cast our nasty votes to get you out of our lives forever!"
Warren also urged voters to reject Republican-backed economic policies that only help "the rich and powerful." Once again, she used Trump's own words against him.
"Donald talks a big game about how the game is rigged," said Warren. "Donald Trump is right: The game is rigged. It's rigged for guys like Donald Trump. And I say it's time to fight back."
President Obama is out on the trail in full force, not just pushing support for the Democratic front-runner for President, he's endorsing candidates on the down-ballot races, a unique step for the outgoing commander in chief.
A Democratic source confirms to NBC News that this cycle, President Obama will weigh in on about 150 state legislative races, an effort to use his rising popularity throughout the country to help flip Republican-controlled state legislatures in swing districts across the country.
Obama has already recorded television advertisements for five Senate Democratic candidates: Patrick Murphy of Florida, Kamala Harris of California, Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, Deborah Ross of North Carolina and Katie McGinty of Pennsylvania. He is also featured in ads for Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and House contenders Bryan Caforio in California, Charlie Crist in Florida, Brad Schneider in Illinois, Terri Bonoff in Minnesota and Colleen Deacon in New York.
He's done radio ads as well, so far, for four Senate candidates: Ross, McGinty, Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire and Catherine Cortez Masto in Nevada. And also gubernatorial candidates: Sue Minter of Vermont and Roy Cooper of North Carolina. House Democratic contenders Tom O'Halleran of Arizona, Rep. Cheri Bustos of Illinois, Jacky Rosen of Nevada, Rep. John Yarmuth of Kentucky and Ruben Kihuen of Nevada also got radio ads.
Voters can also expect to receive mailers and hear other statements from the president in the final push of this election cycle.
Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said Sunday that she wished her candidate had more opportunities to debate and would "be willing to do another one if somehow they can squeeze it in."
"We had some positive movements in some of the swing states and I think some of the polls will tighten ... because the debates are a very unique opportunity for all of America to see these candidates side by side, and I wish there were more debates frankly," Conway said on a New York City radio show.
Conway argued that debate forums were conducive to democracy.
"I think Donald Trump would challenge Hillary Clinton to another debate for a very simple reason," she said. "Unless you are a money donor, you are not going to have much access to Hillary Clinton out on the stump now. So, to give people a free opportunity to see them side by side and have them really mix it up on the issues to me is the purest form of democracy."
Donald Trump bashed Hillary Clinton on Monday over her policy on refugees.
The GOP presidential nominee tweeted that "Crooked Hillary wants to take in as many Syrians as possible," referencing a tape from the WikiLeaks hack. He added: "We cannot let this happen - ISIS!"
Trump and his running-mate, Mike Pence, have previously criticized Clinton for wanting a 550 percent increase in Syrian refugees admitted to the United States. While the percentage that Trump and Pence cited is correct, according to Politifact, they overstated how many refugees the 550 percent increase would reflect. Politifact estimated that Clinton's plan would admit 65,000 screened refugees, fewer than Trump's past claim of "hundreds of thousands."
The United Nations Refugee Agency has estimated that 478,000 Syrians are considered to be in need of resettlement.
ISIS is "dreaming that Hillary Clinton becomes President. ISIS, their number one dream, Hillary Clinton, let her become President. She's the one that allowed it to form, she's the one that watched it go, now they say it's in 32 countries, worse than ever."
A dozen interviews with ISIS extremists and a review of their social media networks by Foreign Affairs magazine found that the terrorist group has a strong preference in the 2016 election: they'd like to see Donald Trump elected, not Clinton.
Fact checkers have also reviewed Trump's repeated claim that ISIS' rise is directly Clinton's fault and declared it to be false.
When the newest presidential poll came out on Oct. 23, 1996, Republicans panicked that they might lose control of Congress. The New York Times/CBS News Poll showed Democratic incumbent Bill Clinton had an eight point advantage over Republican challenger Bob Dole, 47 to 39 percent.
According to that day's New York Times, Republican operatives began urging candidates to "cut loose" from Dole and focus on down ballot races. This, they said, would help them maintain a majority and avoid giving Clinton control of the House and "a blank check."
Dole was a lost cause.
Come Nov. 8, Republicans kept their majority in Congress. But Dole lost the presidency to Clinton by 229 electoral votes and more than 8.5 percent of the popular vote.
Donald Trump, the current Republican presidential nominee, faces the same discord with many down ballot Republican candidates and operatives. According to the most recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, Trump is losing to Hillary Clinton by 10 points in a two-way race — 51 to 41 percent.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was seen watching the Chicago Cubs earn their ticket to the team's first World Series since 1945.
Clinton was born in Chicago and raised in the suburb of Park Ridge. Her press secretary tweeted a photo of the former secretary of state reacting to the win on a mobile phone while on a plane after a day of campaigning in Pennsylvania. The Cubs beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-0 Saturday in Game Six of the NLCS.
While President Barack Obama also has ties to Chicago, he is a White Sox fan.
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA — Chants of "lock her up" and the nickname "Crooked Hillary" have become commonplace at Trump rallies. But Saturday afternoon's event here saw a plastic Hillary Clinton mask mounted on a stick, raised above the crowd and bobbing with the crowd's cheers.
Another sign elsewhere in the few thousand person crowd featured a bullseye over a photo of Clinton. The image, which looked like a target, was pasted on to a Trump/Pence sign.
The images appear to show an escalation in anti-Clinton sentiment at these rallies. While Trump has never endorsed violence against Clinton, his words have incited some angry reactions from supporters already inclined to despise the former secretary of state.
Donald Trump's greatest hits from the last debate have inspired new bathroom designations at a community center in Pensacola, Florida, where President Bill Clinton held a rally Saturday.
The typical "MEN" and "WOMEN" signs were replaced with placards that read "BAD HOMBRES" and "NASTY WOMEN."
Trump called rival Hillary Clinton a "nasty woman" during the third and final presidential debate this week while she discussed entitlements. Earlier in the night, as he answered moderator Chris Wallace's question about immigration, he said, "We have some bad hombres here, and we're going to get them out."
The internet and social media have since adopted the phrases, creating a number of memes and merchandise that display the two slogans.