Gov. Chris Christie: 'I'm Proud of Everything I've Said'

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is sticking by Donald Trump's side — but would not explicitly say he was proud of the campaign the Republican nominee is running.

When asked about being a surrogate for Trump by NBC News' Kelly O'Donnell on Monday, Christie said: "Listen ... the person who needs most to be concerned about the kind of campaign they're running is the candidate because it's the candidate's campaign. It's not my campaign, it's not Jeff Sessions' campaign, it's not Rudy Giuliani's campaign. We're surrogates. And I'm proud of everything I've said and that's all I can control. The rest of it I can't control."

Christie, who is leading Trump's transition team, has maintained his support for the Republican nominee despite a leaked 2005 tape of the candidate making lewd comments about women.

The governor also said that he believed Trump was telling the truth concerning recent allegations made by women accusing the real estate mogul of unwanted sexual advances in the past.

Trump has "assured me privately exactly what he's said publicly, which is that these are lies and fabrications. And I think a number of the allegations have been discredited," Christie added. "We'll see what happens with the others. I can only take him at his word and I am."

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Leigh Ann Caldwell

New Six-Figure Digital Ad Says Trump Will Break Up Families

A Democratic super PAC, For Our Future, has is releasing a new digital ad in five critical states that uses an emotional plea to knock Donald Trump's immigration plan.

The six-figure digital ad buy is meant to complement a large grassroots voter mobilization targeting the Obama coalition of young voters, minorities and women. It will run in Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida and Wisconsin. Those states also have competitive Senate races.

In the ad, "Isabel," a mother and teenage daughter are Skyping when the daughter says she has to help her friend.

"You have to go so soon," the mom says, saddened. "Yeah, sorry mom, but I'm already late," the daughter responds to a heartbroken mom.

On the screen flashes the words: "Under Donald Trump's deportation plan, millions of immigrant families could be torn apart."

Leigh Ann Caldwell

Senate GOP PAC Massive, Last-Minute Spree to Save Senate

The Sen. Mitch McConnell linked Senate Leadership PAC is throwing an additional $25 million into Senate races.

This Hail Mary move comes in the final two weeks of the election, and on the day that the Cook Political Report determined that Dems could pick up five to seven Senate seats, effectively switching control of the Senate from Republican to Democrat.

The $25 million is going to run television advertisements in six states: Nevada, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Missouri and Indiana. All seats except Nevada are held by a Republican and at risk of a Democrat winning. The news was first reported by Politico.

Ian Prior, spokesperson for the super PAC, told NBC News, "Holding the Senate in this environment is going to be tough, but if Hillary Clinton and Chuck Schumer want the majority they're going to have a hell of a fight on their hands for the next two weeks."

They would not detail who their last-minute donors are, and it's notable that the super PAC got a huge infusion of cash last month when Sheldon Adelson gave the super PAC $20 million.

Andrea Mitchell

Colin Powell Says He Will Vote for Clinton

Colin Powell said Tuesday that he is endorsing and voting for Hillary Clinton, NBC News has confirmed.

Powell, who served under both Republican and Democratic presidents, most recently as President George W. Bush's Secretary of State, endorsed President Obama in both 2008 and 2012.

He has been highly critical of Trump, calling him a "national disgrace" but has also been critical of Clinton. But unlike many Republicans who say they can't vote for Trump but have also said they can neither back Clinton, Powell has come out for Clinton.

He has been a tangential figure this election cycle as hacked emails show that Powell told Clinton when she was beginning her tenure as secretary of State that he used his personal email while at State.

Texas Politician's Wife Urges Voters To Help Get Her Husband Out of the House

Texas' Travis County Commissioner Gerald Daugherty "really doesn't have any hobbies," according to his wife, Charlyn.

That's why he spends nearly all of his time talking about the issues facing his constituents, much to his wife's frustration and annoyance.

In a tongue-in-cheek political ad, the badgered commissioner's wife begs voters to re-elect her Republican husband, just to get him out of the house. Daugherty rolls her eyes and sighs throughout the ad as her husband talks business nonstop.

The ad has been viewed nearly 2 million times on Facebook, and shared by more than 11,000 viewers who, judging from the comments, appear frustrated by the negativity that has characterized the 2016 campaign season

Mark Murray

A Republican is Winning in Bernie's Vermont

Poll after poll over the last several weeks has contained good news for Democrats. But not this one - in deep-blue Vermont.

A poll from local news station WCAX shows Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Scott leading Democrat Sue Minter in Vermont's gubernatorial race by seven points among likely voters, 47%-40%.

Incumbent Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) is retiring.

Is there a Bernie Sanders Effect going on? The pollster who conducted the survey think so, saying Hillary Clinton "may have burned some Vermont voters in her race against Bernie Sanders, dampening Clinton's support, with a trickle down effect for Minter," per WCAX.

Notably, Sanders didn't endorse Minter until this month.

New Dem anti-Trump Ad Features Mushroom Cloud

A new super PAC started by former senator Bill Bradley is behind an intense new anti-Donald Trump ad that mysteriously started appearing on Ohio local television this week, the group announced Tuesday.

Taking a page from President Lyndon Johnson's 1964 campaign against Republican Barry Goldwater, the ad features images of a mushroom cloud and nuclear test footage, intermixed with Trump telling MSNBC host Chris Matthews that he doesn't understand why the U.S. builds nuclear weapons if it's not willing to use them.

"One nuclear bomb can kill a million people," says the narrator of the new ad, which is running in the Columbus, Toledo, and Cincinnati media markets, supported by a $750,000 buy. "That's more than all the men, women, and children living in Columbus, Ohio."

Bradley, a former NBA player and New Jersey senator who ran unsuccessfully for president in 2000, called his new group the 52nd Street Fund. The name is a reference to a WH Auden poem Johnson referenced in his famous "Daisy" ad, which also featured a mushroom cloud.

"During these final days of the campaign, it's important to focus on the real stakes for America. Donald Trump's finger on the nuclear button is a horrifying prospect. His temperament and absence of experience makes him a danger to all Americans," Bradley said in a statement.

Rudy Giuliani Says Voters Should Expect 'a Couple of Surprises'

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani told "Fox & Friends" Tuesday that voters should be ready for "a couple of surprises" heading their way from the Donald Trump campaign.

Without offering specifics, Giuliani said the surprises "would turn Trump's campaign in a little bit of a different way" and "get their message out there."

"I think it will be enormously effective, and I do think that all of these revelations against Hillary Clinton finally are beginning to have an impact," he said.

Mark Murray

Cook Political Report: Democrats Poised to Win Senate

The nonpartisan Cook Political Report, one of the country's most respected political forecasters, believes Democrats are poised to gain between five and seven Senate seats, more than enough to win control of the chamber in November.

"Since the release of the Access Hollywood tape, Senate Republicans have seen their fortunes dip, particularly in states like Florida, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada and Pennsylvania where Clinton has established a lead. In fact, of the Senate seats in the Toss Up column, Trump only leads in Indiana and Missouri where both Republicans are running a few points behind him," the Cook Political Report says.

It adds, "Early voting is underway in 27 states, so Republicans don't really have much time to turn things around, and Trump won't be any help, especially his campaign doesn't really have a ground game to speak of."

To win control of the Senate, Democrats must gain a net of four seats if Clinton wins the presidency (because the vice president would break a 50-50 tie). If Trump wins, Democrats would need to pick up five seats to win back the chamber.

Trump in 2008: Clinton 'Is a Great Woman"

Donald Trump has maintained throughout the campaign that his past support for Democrats was due to his business interests and has argued that as a former player in the politics game, he's in the best position to change the rules. Recently though, NY1 re-upped an interview from 2008 in which the now-GOP nominee has glowing praise for his Democratic opponent.

"I think she's going to go down, at a minimum, as a great senator," Trump said. He called Bill Clinton a "great president," adding, "Hillary Clinton is a great woman." You can find the full interview below:

Tim Kaine Slams Marco Rubio in Miami

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."