iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- A safety review has been ordered for the Defense Department’s nine labs and facilities involved in the production, shipment and handling of live and inactivated agents and toxins after anthrax was discovered outside the primary containment area at the Dugway Proving Ground in Utah, military officials said on Thursday.
The contamination was found on Aug. 20 in a secure area of the facility, and according to a Pentagon statement there is no evidence that lab employees were exposed to anthrax or that there was any threat to the general public. The area was later decontaminated and no anthrax was found in later testing, officials said.
Army Secretary John McHugh ordered the ten-day safety review for the nine Defense Department labs since the Army is responsible for the program.
"The safety review ensures labs will follow appropriate protocols for handling materials, including proper training, record-keeping, and standard operating procedures. Each lab will report back on its findings within ten days," McHugh said in a statement.
“The Secretary of the Army is the Executive Agent for DoD Biological Select Agent and Toxin Biosafety program and acted out of an abundance of caution," he added.
The contamination was discovered as part of the ongoing investigation at Dugway into the mistaken shipment of live anthrax to lab facilities to all 50 states and nine countries.
The Army has also expanded the existing suspension of production, handling, testing and shipment of anthrax to also include Critical Reagents Program (CRP) and other agents and toxins, officials said.
The Republican presidential frontrunner said he will commit to supporting the eventual Republican nominee on Thursday, ruling out a third-party bid for the Oval Office that would likely draw general election voters away from the Republican nominee.
“The best way forward for the Republicans to win is if I win the nomination and go against whoever [the Democrats] happen to put up. And for that reason I have signed the pledge,” he said to a crowd. “So I will be totally pledging my allegiance to the Republican Party.”
The real estate mogul announced his plans at the Trump Tower in New York after a meeting with Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus. The RNC has asked all Republican candidates to sign a pledge to commit to supporting the eventual nominee and not launching a third-party bid.
Trump had previously threatened to leave the door open to an independent run if he thought Republican party leaders were treating him unfairly. He raised his hand in the opening minutes of the first GOP debate to signal that he was leaving the option on the table.
As Trump held the pledge up for the crowd, reporters pointed out that he had listed "August 3" as the date instead of "September 3." "We'll change it," Trump said.
Over the last several days, Trump has been part of an escalating feud with fellow Republican Jeb Bush. Trump most recently drew criticism for saying that the former Florida governor should “set the example by speaking English while in the United States.”
Still, a new national Monmouth University poll out Thursday shows Trump garnering 30 percent of Republican voters, his highest support in a national poll yet this cycle. Neurosurgeon Ben Carson had 18 percent support, while Bush and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz tied with 8 percent.
ABC News has confirmed that roughly half the Republican field has already signed or plans to sign the RNC’s pledge.
Spencer Platt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is threatening legal action over Internet ads that feature her image to promote anti-aging products.
In Brewer’s case, the ads make false claims about her romantic life, stating, “divorced for being too old, see her revenge makeover.” Brewer and husband John have been married for decades, she said.
“We’ve been married over 50 years,” Brewer said. “The image there was me, and it was ugly and very inappropriate.”
The Arizona Republic first reported about the advertisements featuring images of Brewer.
Native advertisements such as the ones featuring Brewer, a Repubican, are frequently found along the edges of websites, labeled as “sponsored content” or “popular stories.” They’re actually paid advertisements meant to entice readers into clicking on plugs for everything from wrinkle creams to plastic surgery.
“What it is, is a very nasty, mean, lying advertisement put out there by somebody without my permission, and I’m highly offended,” Brewer, 70, said.
Other celebrities have dealt with similar matters, including Ellen DeGeneres, who on her talk show blasted advertisers for using her image in a skincare ad without permission. Now Brewer is fighting back, considering her legal options.
The companies that distributed the ads online — Revcontent and Content.ad — said they don’t create the material; they simply post it. But they said they are responding to Brewer’s request and taking steps to remove the images.
Brewer, who served as Arizona’s governor from 2009 until January, says the situation has been humiliating for her.
“The damage is done,” Brewer said. “They got what they wanted out of it.”
ABC News(NEW YORK) — It’s a busy day on the campaign trail Thursday.
After his exclusive interview on ABC’s Good Morning America from Manchester, New Hampshire Thursday, Jeb Bush is holding two town halls in the first primary state. Chris Christie and Lindsey Graham are also in the Granite State.
As for Iowa, Bernie Sanders has three events in the state, and Bobby Jindal will be in Dubuque, Iowa Thursday evening.
Donald Trump is in New York City where he is holding an afternoon news conference with RNC chairman Reince Priebus outside of Trump Tower. It will follow a private meeting the two are having where they are expected to discuss the RNC’s loyalty pledge. ABC’s Jonathan Karl reported Thursday morning Trump is expected to sign that pledge.
Hillary Clinton is still on vacation in the Hamptons and off the trail.
Mike Huckabee is making three stops in South Carolina while Ted Cruz is on home turf in Texas holding three rallies.
Marco Rubio is in Tennessee — an SEC primary state — holding an afternoon rally in Chattanooga.
ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Facing a congressional subpoena, a former State Department staffer connected to Hillary Clinton's private email server will invoke his Fifth Amendment right not to answer questions from several congressional committees.
Attorneys for Bryan Pagliano, a former State Department staffer who received a subpoena to testify before and provide documents to the House Select Committee, wrote the committee Sunday notifying Benghazi Chairman. Trey Gowdy, R-South Carolina, that Pagliano would plead the fifth in light of the FBI investigation into the security of Clinton's email server.
Gowdy wants Pagliano to appear before the Benghazi Committee for a closed interview next Thursday, and to provide documents “related to the servers or systems” operated and owned by Clinton, according to the letter from Pagliano’s attorneys to Gowdy.
“While we understand that Mr. Pagliano’s response to this subpoena may be controversial in the current political environment, we hope that members of the Select Committee will respect our client’s right to invoke the protections of the Constitution,” wrote Pagliano’s attorneys. “For these reasons, we respectfully request that the Select Committee excuse Mr. Pagliano from personally appearing on Sept. 10, 2015.”
According to the letter, Pagliano has also received interview requests from the Senate Judiciary and Homeland Security Committees, which have begun their own spin-off investigations into Clinton’s use of private email.
“Mr. Pagliano’s legal counsel told the committee on Tuesday that he would plead the 5th to any and all questions if he were compelled to testify,” a Senate Judiciary Committee spokesperson wrote in a statement.
The news of the subpoena and Pagliano's response, first reported by the Washington Post, came ahead of the Benghazi Committee's closed-door interview of Cheryl Mills, a Clinton aide who served as chief-of-staff at the State Department.
Heading into the closed hearing Thursday morning, Gowdy said he had no response the letter, and did not say whether he would excuse Pagliano from testifying.
“I don't [have any reaction]. You'll have to ask his attorney that question,” he said. “I know that in the past why people have invoked their Fifth Amendment privilege, but you'll have to ask him what he did. And you're free to glean whatever inference you want from the fact that he did.”
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, the ranking Democrat on the committee, defended Pagliano's legal decision in a statement Wednesday night.
"Although multiple legal experts agree there is no evidence of criminal activity, it is certainly understandable that this witness' attorneys advised him to assert his Fifth Amendment rights, especially given the onslaught of wild and unsubstantiated accusations by Republican presidential candidates, members of Congress, and others based on false leaks about the investigation," he said. "Their insatiable desire to derail Secretary Clinton's presidential campaign at all costs has real consequences for any serious congressional effort."
Pagliano's decision was disappointing to the Clinton campaign, which had hoped he would testify about his IT work for the former secretary of state,
Clinton "has made every effort to answer questions and be as helpful as possible, and has encouraged her aides, current and former, to do the same, including Bryan Pagliano," a campaign aide wrote in an email.
According to a LinkedIn profile, Pagliano worked as an IT director for Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign, and served as a special advisor to the State Department's chief technology officer between 2009 and 2013. He now works for Gartner, an IT consulting firm.
His attorney, Mark MacDougall, did not return a request for comment.
Clinton will testify publicly before the Benghazi Committee on Oct. 22.
ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Donald Trump is expected to sign the GOP loyalty pledge Thursday, according to a source familiar with the conservations between Trump and the Republican National Committee.
Trump has not yet directly told GOP leaders what he will do.
“Mr. Trump will make a decision today,” Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks told ABC News Thursday morning. “No word on what that will be as of yet.”
Trump’s scheduled 2 p.m. news conference will come after he meets with RNC Chairman Reince Priebus at Trump Tower. Priebus, however, does not plan to appear at the press conference. Priebus has been in talks with Trump about the pledge for several weeks.
The RNC is now asking presidential candidates to sign a loyalty pledge, which, according to GOP sources, reads, “I affirm that if I do not win the 2016 Republican nomination for president of the United States I will endorse the 2016 Republican presidential nominee regardless of who it is. I further pledge that I will not seek to run as an independent or write-in candidate nor will I seek or accept the nomination for president of any other party.”
The pledge is designed to force Trump to rule out a third-party run and support the Republican nominee.
Assuming Trump signs, the next question would be whether all 16 other GOP candidates will sign a document that commits them to supporting Trump if he wins the GOP nomination.
Jeb Bush would support Trump, the former Florida governor said on Good Morning America Thursday.
But Rick Perry, for example, has called Trump a cancer on the conservative movement. So it remains to be seen whether he -- and the others -- will commit to supporting Trump.
ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush hit fellow Republican Donald Trump Thursday, saying on Good Morning America that he thinks “Trump is trying to insult his way into the presidency.”
“It’s not going to work, people want an uplifting hopeful message, people come to this country to pursue their dreams, sometimes they start without speaking English, but they learn English and they add vitality to our country," Bush told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos in an exclusive interview.
Those comments were in response to a remark Trump made Wednesday in an interview with Breitbart News, saying “I like Jeb; he’s a nice man,” adding, “But he should really set the example by speaking English while in the United States.”
Trump’s words resulted in an avalanche of criticism from both Hispanic groups and other Republicans who accused him of trying to kill the party. Bush called the United States a “diverse country” adding that “we should celebrate that diversity and embrace a set of shared values and Mr. Trump doesn’t believe in those shared values. He wants to tear us apart, he doesn’t believe in tolerance, he doesn’t believe in the things that have created the greatness of this country.”
Trump’s comments are just the latest in a string of controversial language Trump has used about immigrants since he launched his campaign. Trump’s attack was prompted by Bush answering questions Wednesday in both English and Spanish, something the fluent speaker often does.
Bush said when he first heard Trump’s comments he “laughed.”
"I mean this is a joke,” Bush said, adding answering questions in both English and Spanish is the “reality of America.”
“That’s the goodness of America, that is the kind of America we want,” he added. “So part of it is you laugh because it’s so bizarre, but it is hurtful for a lot of people and Mr. Trump knows this, he’s appealing to people’s angst and their fears rather than their higher hopes.”
Stephanopoulos asked Bush if Trump was out to “get him,” and he answered that he believes the real estate mogul is “out to get everybody.”
“He doesn’t have a set of plans,” the former Florida governor said, calling Trump’s immigration plan to build a wall on the United States-Mexico border “not serious,” as well as “unconstitutional,” adding it “violates civil liberties."
Bush said Trump’s views on “taxes” and “health care” are “those that are more closely similar to those of Hillary Clinton.”
The Republican National Committee is now asking presidential candidates to sign a loyalty pledge, promising all candidates to support whoever wins the nomination. This would rule out a third party bid by Trump -- something he has not done so far -- but, it would also mean all 16 other Republicans running for the White House would have to pledge their support to the tycoon if he wins the nomination.
This morning, Bush said “of course” he would support Trump if he was the nominee.
“We need to be unified, we need to win and I think Mr. Trump ought to figure out a way maybe to lessen the divisive language, the hurtful language and talk about the aspirations of the American people rather than trying to prey on their fears,” he said.
According to the Center for Immigration Studies, one in five U.S. residents or more than 61.8 million people speak a foreign language at home. An ABC News-Washington Post poll released Wednesday shows that 82 percent of Hispanics have an unfavorable view of Trump.
Bush is lagging in polls both nationally and in the early voting states. Thursday he said he will turn it around by “recognizing it’s a long road,” adding he has a “well-funded campaign.”
Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call(BOSTON) -- Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren discussed a meeting with Vice President Joe Biden at a Wednesday night "Political Happy Hour" event hosted by TheBoston Globe.
"He called me twice," Warren explained, "and invited me down. We had lunch and we talked about policy." Among the topics Warren mentioned were the middle class, the direction of the country as a whole, and "the capture of this country by those who've got money and power."
The Democratic favorite called the lunch "a good, long, rambly policy conversation."
Biden has been considering a possible campaign for president in 2016, but has not yet announced his intentions.
Asked if she would endorse a Democratic primary candidate, Warren said that she expected to, but that "right now, that's not where we are."
Cultura RM/Angela Cappetta/Getty Images(ROWAN COUNTY, Ky.) -- Another same-sex couple was refused a marriage license Wednesday by the Kentucky county clerk who has come under fire for refusing to follow the Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing gay marriage.
Rowan County clerk Kim Davis defended her decision Wednesday when Robbie Blankenship and Jesse Cruz tried to get a marriage license.
She said she was "not discriminating because I'm not issuing marriage licenses to anybody."
But U.S. Attorney Kerry B. Harvey issued a statement Wednesday, saying, "We have grave concerns about the reported failure to comply with the court's order. Government officials are free to disagree with the law, but not disobey it. The County Clerk has presented her position through the federal court system, all of the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. It is time for the Clerk and the County to follow the law."
Earlier at the clerk's office, protesters on both sides of the issue flooded in behind Blankenship and Cruz and began chanting loudly during the exchange.
Blankenship is seen turning toward the news cameras at one point, saying of Davis, "She's been married four times, three divorces. We've been together 20 years."
There are reports that Davis has been married four times -- twice to the same man -- and divorced three times.
Though Wednesday's video shows that Davis appears to be trying to refuse issuing a license without getting into a debate, she does bring up her religious beliefs at one point.
"Have you received death threats for what you believe?" she says, before adding that "our Constitution was founded on faith," and being cut off by the couple and protesters.
Shortly after, Davis is seen retreating to her office, with the shades drawn. She has been in her office much of today and was escorted to work by a man with a handgun visible at his waistband.
The controversy surrounding her refusal will play out in court Thursday, when she is scheduled to appear before a federal judge after the Supreme Court this week refused to intervene in an appeals court’s affirmation that she issue the licenses.
Her attorney will argue that she should not be held in contempt of court because of her due process rights.
ABC News(DILLINGHAM, Alaska) -- President Obama's been known to bust a move now and then -- and he's not a bad dancer. On Wednesday, he had the opportunity to show off his moves on the last day of his three-day trip to Alaska.
Obama stopped at Dillingham Middle School and was treated to a cultural performance by the school kids, featuring native dances and songs.
After the kids had finished performing a number of dances, President Obama joined in.
"I've been practicing," Obama said.
Along with the children dressed in colorful native clothing, Obama waved his hands to the beat.
Following the dance, Obama made a few remarks to the audience.
"I've got to make sure I bring Michelle and the girls back," Obama said to applause. "In the meantime we are going to enjoy the fish you gave us. I already had some for lunch. It was really good."
The president said he was "so happy to be here.
"The young people here especially, I'm very proud of you. Keep up your traditions even as you go out into the big world, and learn and bring back the knowledge that's going to help to build this community," Obama added. "We're very very proud of all of you."
“Thanks to all the kids for the great dancing,” said Obama, who then took a group picture with the kids, in front of a sign that read “Camai President Obama." Camai is a native Alaskan greeting. After getting a picture, Obama greeted the kid dancers, hugging a few of them and thanking them.
Earlier in the day, Obama met with local fisherman and tried some salmon jerky.
Scott Olson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump said fellow Republican Jeb Bush should speak English in the United States, another comment likely to spark controversy in light of the millions of U.S. citizens who speak dozens of other languages nationwide.
“I like Jeb; he’s a nice man,” the real estate mogul told Breitbart News Wednesday, which has been confirmed by ABC News. “But he should really set the example by speaking English while in the United States.”
Trump has been under fire for controversial comments about immigrants from Mexico throughout the duration of his campaign. The comments also come the same day as a newly released ABC News-Washington Post poll shows that 82 percent of Hispanics have an unfavorable view of Trump.
The attack from Trump, 69, was prompted by Bush's comments at a town hall Tuesday in Miami. Bush had addressed -- in both English and Spanish -- questions from the media about his thoughts on Trump.
"I mean this is not a guy who’s a conservative and using his own words is not a mischaracterization, it came out of his own mouth," Bush, 62, said in Spanish, defending his campaign’s Web ad quoting the real estate mogul expressing Democratic positions in past years.
Trump and the former Florida governor, who speaks Spanish fluently, have been engaged in multiple attacks over the past several days.
Bush's campaign manager and director of communications immediately responded to Trump's interview with Tweets Wednesday condemning Trump's remarks.
Brent Wilkes, national executive director of the League of United Latin American Citizens, referenced the diversity of languages spoken by millions across the country in response.
“Trump would be better served remembering that the U.S. is a country with diverse people who speak many different languages,” he said. “We appreciate Jeb Bush’s ability and willingness to speak directly to a Hispanic audience in Spanish. It demonstrates his respect for that diversity and willingness to connect directly with the Latino community, something Trump refuses to do.”
One in five U.S. residents (more than 61.8 million people) speaks a foreign language at home, according to the Center for Immigration Studies.
National Council of La Raza spokesperson Lisa Navarrete told ABC News, “Every time Donald Trump opens his mouth he widens the gulf between the Republican Party and Latino voters. Today is no exception.”
Pete Marovich-Pool/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Obama's landmark Iran nuclear agreement will survive congressional review.
Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Maryland, has announced her support for the Iran nuclear deal, becoming the 34th Democratic senator to back the president, and giving Obama the numbers in the upper chamber to sustain his promised veto of the resolution of disapproval of the deal.
“No deal is perfect, especially one negotiated with the Iranian regime. I have concluded that this Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is the best option available to block Iran from having a nuclear bomb. For these reasons, I will vote in favor of this deal. However, Congress must also reaffirm our commitment to the safety and security of Israel,” Mikulski said in a statement.
Congressional opponents of the deal would have needed a two-thirds majority in both the House of Representatives and the Senate in order to override Obama’s veto of the Resolution of Disapproval, which would have prevented the administration from lifting some Congressional sanctions on Iran.
But Mikulski’s announcement means opponents will not be able to reach the 67-vote threshold needed to override the veto.
The Maryland senator, who has served longer in Congress than any other woman in history, is retiring after this term, indicating it was less politically toxic for her to be the so-called “decisive” vote in favor of the deal than some of the other Senate Democrats who have not yet announced their position on the agreement.
There are 10 remaining Senate Democrats who have not yet made their opinion public, including some who are facing difficult re-election races and others who have large anti-deal constituencies.
But if the White House can get seven of those 10 holdouts to support the deal, they will not only be able to prevent the resolution of disapproval from going into effect but also be able to sink it upon the first Senate vote, which is expected to happen shortly after Congress returns from its summer recess on Sept. 8.
iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey told ABC News that Congress’ work on the Iran nuclear agreement is far from over, even as the deal’s success was essentially secured Wednesday as it received enough Senate support to move forward.
“The agreement will be moving forward. In some ways that’s when our work just begins,” Casey said in a phone interview.
The senior senator from Pennsylvania became on Tuesday the 32nd Democratic senator to support the deal, writing a lengthy memo that explained his decision-making process but also laid out his concerns, including the belief that the Obama administration should use more direct language in explaining the consequences if Iran violates portions of the deal.
“The language that’s been repeated month after month after month – 'All options are on the table' – is not enough in my judgment,” he said.
Casey added that Congress has a role to play in ensuring that Iran does not use the funds it receives from the lifting of sanctions to support other destabilizing organizations and regimes in the region including Hezbollah, Hamas and the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad.
“We have to do something about the fact that Iran with limited dollars can do a lot with asymmetric warfare – they do that better than any country in that region and we have to make sure that other countries in the region are using the same strategies and methods to counter Iran,” he said.
The Obama administration is likely to join the EU and United Nations in implementing the agreement now that it has the 34 Senate Democratic votes it needed to sustain a veto of a resolution of disapproval on which Congress will vote when it returns from recess on September 8.
Casey is among the members of both houses that have begun talking about what else needs to be done after the deal is in place to keep up the pressure on Iran.
He said Congress should look at increasing support for not just Israel, whose government strongly opposes the nuclear agreement, but also gulf nations that fear that Iran will take advantage of the deal to become a dominant military force in the region.
Casey said that despite multiple conversations with President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry, there was no one “aha” moment in which he decided to support the deal, but rather, it came at the end of a six-week process of consulting officials, experts and constituents.
“Not any one person or group of people could persuade me. I had to persuade myself,” he said.
ABC News(NEW YORK) — Donald Trump is no stranger to the spotlight, but the relatively small group of aides who run his presidential campaign is not nearly as visible.
This may change. Lately, Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, has stepped out of the shadows.
The 40-year-old father of four known for his anti-establishment enthusiasm has had a colorful career. A Massachusetts native and current New Hampshire resident, he ran, and lost, for a state representative position while still a student at UMass, Lowell, according to the Lowell Sun.
He briefly worked for the Republican National Committee, and most notably, spent almost seven years at the Koch brothers-backed Americans for Prosperity. He was also the executive director of the New England Seafood Producers Association and the director of public affairs at a PR firm. Lewandowski is a New Hampshire Police Academy graduate, guest lecturer, licensed real estate agent and notary.
Notably, he also once had an entire debate with a cardboard cutout of former Democratic New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch, according to Politico.
Lewandowski has stayed mostly behind the scenes but recently made an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union,” which drew attention after he asserted that 400,000 “anchor baby” births take place in the U.S. each year. (The non-partisan website, Politifact, posted a story saying the number is roughly 100,000 fewer).
During a June 19 interview on the "John Fredericks Show," a conservative Virginia radio program, Lewandowski said he was, “sold instantly,” after being offered a job by Trump.
And he told the Washington Post that he has “the greatest job in politics.”
“I have the privilege of working for a candidate who is exceptionally well known, has had unparalleled success in everything that he has attempted to accomplish, from the business deals to the television field, to being a best-selling author,” he said in a July 23 interview.
The Trump campaign declined to make Lewandowski available for an interview for this piece.
Long before he worked for Trump, Lewandowski cut his teeth managing the 2002 Senate re-election campaign of New Hampshire Republican Bob Smith.
Smith lost the race, and in an interview with ABC News, said the 2002 effort has a “striking similarity” to Trump’s bid. Both races, he said, featured candidates taking on the GOP establishment.
Thomas Rath, a longtime New Hampshire Republican political operative and the state’s former attorney general, said Lewandowski is known as someone who doesn’t “have an issue making himself visible.”
“He was out front as a spokesperson for Americans for Prosperity,” Rath said in an interview, “and, I think he’s quite comfortable behind the podium, as opposed to behind the curtain.”
Former New Hampshire Republican Party Chairman Fergus Cullen said he thinks Lewandowski is drawn to a “burn the boats, blow up the bridges campaign.”
During Lewandowski’s recent CNN appearance, he was neither boisterous, nor strident, as Trump often is. He did, however, stay on message, echoing his boss’s plan to “build a wall” at the southern border with Mexico and referring to rival GOP presidential candidate, Jeb Bush, as “low energy.”
Trump recently told the Lowell Sun, a local Massachusetts newspaper, that he found Trump “refreshing,” and his style, “liberating.”
His old boss, former Sen. Smith, said he remembers warning Lewandowski about getting involved with an anti-establishment campaign.
“When I hired Corey, I told him, ‘you’re going to get involved in a campaign where the establishment of the Republican Party is opposed to my candidacy. Do you have a problem with that?’ And he said, ‘absolutely not, I wear it as a badge of honor.’”
And while Cullen questioned the wisdom of Lewandowski’s decision to take a job with Trump (“It’s good while it lasts, but if you work for Trump, I hope you have a professional pre-nup”), Rath disagreed.
“Right now, working for Trump is brilliant,” he said. “Obviously he is giving himself -- and he’s earned it -- an elevated profile, and he’ll probably have lots of opportunities -- win or lose -- coming out of this.”
(WASHINGTON) — As with any good political feud, the attacks between Republican candidates Johnny Louis/FilmMagic and Donald Trump are becoming more personal.
The Bush campaign Wednesday put out a quiz asking “Which Candidate Are You?” that's designed to highlight the differences between Bush’s positions and Trump’s.
The quiz is live on the campaign’s Facebook page and takes voters to a page with a series of questions that range from the serious to the strange, all choices lead to either Bush or Trump.
If one were to get Bush, the choice is described as: "Like you, he supports cutting taxes, reducing spending, and limiting the role of the federal government in your life.”
Conversely, if one’s choices lead to Trump, that summary is described as:
“You have clear Democratic tendencies. You’re looking for the candidate who proposed record new tax hikes, supported single-payer health care, and supported an assault weapons ban. You’ve found your man in Donald Trump."
While many of the questions are policy-based, asking about stances of abortion, healthcare, guns, tax reform, etc, one is a more personal…and a little odd.
The last question on the quiz reads: "Would you rather support a candidate who strives to shake every hand everywhere or is a germophobe when it comes to shaking hands?"
It is a not-so-subtle jab at Trump, who is a self-declared “germaphobe” and has said he “hates shaking hands” though he later said he would obviously shake hands if he ever ran for office and has done so since declaring his candidacy.
It is all yet another chapter of the ongoing battle between the two candidates. Yesterday the two engaged in a war of advertisements, Trump hitting Bush for saying illegal immigration was “an act of love”, Bush slamming Trump for his Democratic tendencies. Trump then warned Bush that others who have gone after him have now all slipped in the polls.
A new ABC News/Washington Post poll shows both men trailing when it comes to how the public views them. Trump is viewed at unfavorably by 59 percent of all Americans while Bush is viewed unfavorably by 55 percent of Americans, though Bush is viewed much more favorably when it comes to Hispanic-Americans, a voting group both men are trying to court and that Trump has said he will win over.
Neither have campaign events scheduled for Wednesday but, though the candidates may be off, their feud most certainly is not.