Friday before The Monday Debate

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As the weekend rolls in everything will focus on Monday’s debate. You will hear endless analysis and “what they should do”. To me the questions are.
– Does Trump have enough knowledge on issues for a 90 minute debate?
– Does Hillary have the ability to do this and not appear shrill or ill?
– Can Trump come across as knowledgeable and Presidential?
– Can he “trump” the media perception of him?
– Can she do anything to convince us she is honest and trustworthy?

I think she goes in as the favorite based upon her experience in such debates and with issue familiarity based upon government experience.

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Updated polls with one exception support our outlook that she has gained since last Friday. The one outlier is the Rasmussen poll.
– Marist Poll:   Clinton up 6 now
– AP Poll:         Clinton up 6
– WSJ:               Clinton by 6
– Rasmussen:  Trump up 6
– LATimes:      Trump up 2 (down from 7)

State polls which usually lag the national ones (due to dates and timing of tracking) now show the same Clinton gains with the exception of Iowa:
– Iowa:             Trump by 7 (A swing state that voted Obama twice)
– Colorado:      Clinton leads in two new polls by 2 and 7.
– Virginia:        Clinton by 7
– Wisconsin:    Clinton by 7
– Florida:          Trump by 1

===== Reading Connections For Those Who Want Deeper Insights =====

Peggy Noonan’s column for this Sunday looks at how the voter feels:
http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-year-of-the-reticent-voter-1474586866

WSJ blog: Election will be a vote for or against Hillary.
http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2016/09/21/general-election-will-be-a-vote-for-or-against-clinton-wsjnbc-news-poll/?mod=djemCapitalJournalDaybreak

Why is okay for athletes to protest but not express other feelings? Funny how “free expression” is so one sided to the left.
http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/mariners-scold-catcher-tweets-charlotte-protesters-article-1.2802585?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily%20Newsletter%202016-09-23&utm_term=DailyNewsletter

When did Trump turn racist? Jesse Jackson once praised his efforts?
http://nypost.com/2016/08/31/jesse-jackson-once-sang-donald-trumps-praises/

Did you know one of Trump’s Ohio campaign leaders resigned for “racial comments”? She was replaced by an African American supporter.
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/trump-campaign-chair-ohio-resigns-racial-remarks-article-1.2801991?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily%20Newsletter%202016-09-23&utm_term=DailyNewsletter

Did you see Hillary wants to raise the estate tax to 65%? Claims it will get the rich, knowing full well they will avoid it. But it sounds good to voters.
http://www.wsj.com/articles/clinton-seeks-big-jump-in-estate-tax-1474588735?mod=e2tw

The “never Trumpers” are starting to come home. I heard Michael Reagan last night relent “can’t have Hillary”, and here’s more. It makes the Bushes look even worse.
http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/09/23/ricketts-nevertrump-family-boards-trump-train/

According to WSJ “Progressives are assembling a list of vetted candidates for top posts in a potential Clinton administration”. The goal is “to pull the party to the left before and after the November election”. Oh goody.
http://www.wsj.com/articles/progressives-want-say-on-filling-administration-posts-if-hillary-clinton-wins-1474502066?mod=djemCapitalJournalDaybreak

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