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2835d ago / 1:58 AM UTC

S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley Endorses Trump, Kind Of

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley was at the RNC Wednesday night and she gave a ringing endorsement to... Cleveland. 

When asked by NBC News’ Jacob Soboroff if she was going to support GOP nominee Donald Trump, Haley responded: “It’s great to be in Cleveland.” 

Haley was one of several high-profile Republicans during the primary season who came out against Trump, going so far in February as to say that he was “everything a governor doesn't want in a president." 

Asked again Wednesday if her non-response was a non-endorsement, Haley replied: "I wouldn’t be here if I didnt want to make sure that Hillary was not going to be the next president."

 "Are you going to vote for him?"

 "Of course," Haley said, making her first — albeit tepid — endorsement of Trump since the campaign started.

2826d ago / 1:25 PM UTC

Trump: Clinton's Speech an 'Insulting Collection of Clichés'

Donald Trump has officially weighed in on Hillary Clinton's acceptance speech. It appears he didn't like it. The GOP nominee posted the following on Facebook on Friday morning:

Hillary Clinton’s speech was an insulting collection of clichés and recycled rhetoric. She spent the evening talking down to the American people she’s looked down on her whole life.Hillary Clinton talks about unity, about E Pluribus Unum, but her globalist agenda denies American citizens the protections to which they are all entitled – tearing us apart. Her radical amnesty plan will take jobs, resources and benefits from the most vulnerable citizens of the United States and give them to the citizens of other countries. Her refusal to even say the words ‘Radical Islam’, or to mention her disaster in Libya, or her corrupt email scheme, all show how little she cares about the safety of the American people.It’s a speech delivered from a fantasy universe, not the reality we live in today.Hillary Clinton says America is stronger together. But in Hillary Clinton’s America, millions of people are left out in the cold. She only stands together with the donors and special interests who’ve bankrolled her entire life. Excluded from Hillary Clinton’s America are the suffering people living in our inner cities, or the victims of open borders and drug cartels, or the people who’ve lost their jobs because of the Clintons’ trade deals, or any hardworking person who doesn’t have enough money to get a seat at Hillary Clinton’s table.

2826d ago / 12:01 PM UTC

Trump Seems to Distance Himself from the RNC

Donald Trump, who once promised a "monumentally magnificent" and "brilliantly staged" Republican convention, now says he wasn't really involved with producing the event.

"I didn't produce our show," Trump told the New York Times' Jim Rutenberg when asked about how it differed from the Democratic convention. "I just showed up for the final speech on Thursday."

The GOP nominee says he's happy with how things turned out, even if he wasn't the master planner. 

"I thought our stage in Cleveland was much more beautiful," Trump said at a campaign event in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Thursday night. "I also liked my children better than their stars." (Trump's kids — Donald Jr., Ivanka, Eric and Tiffany — all spoke during primetime.) 

Trump told the Washington Post in April that he would inject some "showbiz" into the GOP convention, but his campaign managed to attract only a few celebrities to appear at the event. 

2827d ago / 3:18 AM UTC

2827d ago / 3:03 AM UTC

Clinton: We've Reached a Milestone...

Hillary Clinton drew raucous applause when she acknowledged the historic nature of her presidential run.

“Tonight, we've reached a milestone in our nation's march toward a more perfect union: the first time that a major party has nominated a woman for President,” she said.

Female leadership has been a major theme of the DNC’s convention. Clinton added that her nomination isn’t just a benchmark for females.

She said she was also happy for men “because when any barrier falls in America, for anyone, it clears the way for everyone.  When there are no ceilings, the sky's the limit.” 

2827d ago / 3:00 AM UTC

Clinton: I Will Carry You to the White House

Continuing on with President Barack Obama's plea for his coalition to "carry" Hillary Clinton to victory on Election Day, she said, "With your help I will carry all of your stories and voices with me to the White House." 

Even those that don't vote for her she promises.

She says she'll fight "for all Americans together."

 

2827d ago / 1:12 AM UTC

Kareem Abdul Jabbar Dings Trump on Race

Basketball star Kareem Abdul Jabbar took the stage at the DNC with a curious introduction.

"I'm Michael Jordan and I'm here with Hillary,” he said to laughter. “I said that because I know that Donald Trump couldn't tell the difference.”

2827d ago / 11:48 PM UTC

Hillary Clinton Speech Excerpts

Hillary Clinton's campaign has released some advance excerpts of tonight's speech.  Here are the released portions:

"America is once again at a moment of reckoning. Powerful forces are threatening to pull us apart. Bonds of trust and respect are fraying.  And just as with our founders there are no guarantees. It truly is up to us. We have to decide whether we’re going to work together so we can all rise together.

"We are clear-eyed about what our country is up against. But we are not afraid.  We will rise to the challenge, just as we always have.

"So I want to tell you tonight how we're going to empower all Americans to live better lives. My primary mission as President will be to create more opportunity and more good jobs with rising wages right here in the United States. From my first day in office to my last. Especially in places that for too long have been left out and left behind. From our inner cities to our small towns, Indian Country to Coal Country.  From the industrial Midwest to the Mississippi Delta to the Rio Grande Valley.

"The choice we face is just as stark when it comes to our national security. Anyone reading the news can see the threats and turbulence we face. From Baghdad and Kabul, to Nice and Paris and Brussels, to San Bernardino and Orlando, we're dealing with determined enemies that must be defeated. No wonder people are anxious and looking for reassurance -- looking for steady leadership.

"Every generation of Americans has come together to make our country freer, fairer, and stronger.  None of us can do it alone.  That's why we are stronger together."

2827d ago / 10:30 PM UTC

Source: Clinton Will Speak to 'All' Americans

In her acceptance speech tonight, Hillary Clinton will speak to all Americans -- not just core supporters, as Donald Trump did last week at the Republican convention, an aide to Clinton said.  

She will describe the choice we face in this election and say we have arrived at a moment of reckoning, when the country must decide whether it will succumb to the powerful forces, both economic and social, that are trying to tear us apart, the aide said. 

 

2827d ago / 8:42 PM UTC

Trump's Pre-Buttal To Clinton's Acceptance Speech Tonight

As the fourth and final night of the Democratic convention opens, Donald Trump said, "Democrats have been speaking about a world that doesn’t exist. A world where America has full employment, where there’s no such thing as radical Islamic terrorism, where the border is totally secured, and where thousands of innocent Americans have not suffered from rising crime in cities like Baltimore and Chicago."

"In the Democrats’ fantasy world, there is no problem with Hillary Clinton maintaining an illegal, exposed server full of classified information that could have been hacked by any foreign enemy, and in which Hillary Clinton risked prison time to delete 33,000 emails that were simply about yoga and wedding planning," he added. "I propose a different vision for America, one where we can break up Washington’s rigged system, and empower all Americans to achieve their dreams. In our vision, we will put America First."

2827d ago / 7:41 PM UTC

Trump Is Driving Americans Into Arms of Canadians

Donald Trump may not have gotten a bounce from the Republican convention, but it's been "yuge" for an online dating service that puts Americans terrified of living under a President Trump together with Canadians.

Joe Goldman of Maple Match says business is up 500% and continues to be going strong even as the Democratic convention is wrapping up.

"We've received hundreds of emails from people across North America asking to get matched now," Goldman said. "While anti-Trump sentiments seem to be driving some of the traffic to Maple Match, many Americans and Canadians have noted their excitement about simply dating someone on the other side of the border."

And not all the new subscribers are anti-Trump.

"We've even been getting emails from Bernie supporters talking about leaving the country regardless of who wins," Goldman said in an email.

While Goldman did not release any numbers, in an interview with NBC News when he first launched the site in May, he said 13,000 people — a quarter of them Canadians — were already subscribers.

The Texas-based matchmaker said he was inspired to launch the site, which claims it's "Making dating great again," by repeated threats from pals in Austin to move north of the border if Trump became the GOP nominee and actually wins in November.

2828d ago / 3:32 AM UTC

Obama Addresses Clinton's High Unfavorable Ratings

President Obama acknowledged that Clinton's unfavorables are high, attributing it to her long career in political life.

"Look, Hillary’s got her share of critics.  She’s been caricatured by the right and by some folks on the left; accused of everything you can imagine – and some things you cannot. But she knows that’s what happens when you’re under a microscope for 40 years," he said.  

He added: "She knows she’s made mistakes in her 40 years of political life, just like I have; just like we all do.  That’s what happens when we try.  That’s what happens when you’re the kind of citizen Teddy Roosevelt once described – not the timid souls who criticize from the sidelines, but someone “who is actually in the arena…who strives valiantly; who errs…[but] who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement.”