Welcome to The Lid, your afternoon dose of the 2016 ethos… Joe Biden lent Hillary Clinton a hand in attempting to derail the Trump Train by appearing at a rally with her on Monday. The VP, a noted Amtrak enthusiast, was happy to help after making sure the Trump Train is not an actual locomotive and does not have direct service to Wilmington, Delaware.
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Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden did not expect to have to wait until mid-August before making their first joint campaign appearance together. The pair’s original debut was postponed last month after the tragic police shootings in Dallas. And when the vice president took the stage in Scranton on Monday, it seemed like he was making up for lost time, unleashing a blistering pre-buttal to Trump shortly before the GOP nominee delivered his own national security address. The major news from Trump’s speech -- his proposal for “extreme vetting” of immigrants -- played into Biden’s attacks on Trump’s “unAmerican” ideas. And Trump’s general lack of specifics Monday will do little to silence critics like Biden, who said no major party nominee "has known less or been less prepared" than the real estate mogul. Vice presidents are often associated with the attack dog role, but the attacking is usually carried out by the VP on the ticket. Biden showed Monday that he still has plenty of fight and can be expected to put the type of passion he would have displayed in his own presidential run towards electing Clinton.
POPPING ON NBC POLITICS
- Donald Trump on Monday promised "extreme vetting" of immigrants, including ideological screening that that will allow only those who "share our values and respect our people" into the United States, NBC’s Ali Vitali reports.
- Vice President Joe Biden said no major party presidential nominee “has known less or been less prepared” than Trump, NBC’s Monica Alba reports.
- The Commission on Presidential Debates announced which polls will be used to determine participation in presidential debates.
- Donald Trump's campaign chair Paul Manafort is denying a New York Times story with new information on his ties with the pro-Russian Ukrainian government.
- And from First Read: New NBC battleground map shows Clinton with more than 270 electoral votes.
FOR THE RECORD…
"You know better than I do what a great governor he is of your state, what he's done for your state, how he's improved it and helped it.”
-- Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani talking about Indiana Gov. Mike Pence...while in Ohio. (Giuliana quickly corrected his mistake.)
Hillary Clinton holds a voter registration event in Philadelphia and Tim Kaine is in North Carolina.
Donald Trump visits Wisconsin, while Mike Pence makes two stops in New Mexico.