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Michelle Obama hugging George W Bush…..

“As someone who doesn’t do a lot of politics, the first lady has a particularly powerful voice for undecided voters and she has a particular appeal with young people,” Clinton communications director Jennifer Palmieri said during a gaggle on Hillary’s plane between events. “But it’s not limited to young people. And we saw in the convention, she takes the argument for why Hillary’s the right person for our kids to a high moral ground that is very compelling.”


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American’s seem alright with the way the economy is now….

That’s the view from Five Thirty Eight….

They say that while the Media may be echoing Donald Trump’s negativity about things?

American’s on the whole…..Are NOT….

Bill Fox sells cars, including all-American Chevrolets and Ram trucks, in an upstate New York town whose congressman lost re-election in 2014 by 20 points — the kind of place where, according to the usual media narrative, voters are angry about the loss of blue-collar jobs and worried about the economy. But like other car dealers, Fox is seeing near-record sales: Somehow, he said, consumers don’t seem as worried about the economy as the pundits say they are.

“We’re not seeing [anger] at all,” said Fox, a partner in Auburn-based Fox Dealerships. “The way I account for it is, the public sees economic indicators that are OK, their job’s not threatened, and they may be afraid of the future, but the monthly [car] payment is good.”

That kind of optimism might be surprising in a year when Donald Trump, at least according to one dominant media narrative, rode a wave of economic anxiety to the Republican presidential nomination and when voters routinely cite the economy as a top concern. In a recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, for example, 48 percent of voters said the country is “losing ground” on economic issues, compared with 45 percent who said it is “making progress.”1 In a recent YouGov poll, 40 percent of respondents said the economy was getting worse, versus 21 percent who said it was getting better. A weekly Gallup survey that asked the same question found that 37 percent think the economy is getting better and 58 percent think it is getting worse. (Gallup’s survey, unlike YouGov’s, didn’t offer “about the same” as an option.) Seventy-two percent of voters say the U.S. is on the wrong track, according to a separate poll from Gallup, which hasn’t found a majority satisfied with the “way things are going in the United States” since George W. Bush’s first term.

Yet even as Americans tell political pollsters that they are worried about the economy, they tell a different story in a separate set of surveys that are used by economists and investors to forecast consumer spending behavior…..


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Political Roundup for September 23, 2016…Will Cruz endorse Trump?…RRH Elections


Trump: It is less than 50 days until the election and Donald Trump’s television advertisements have all but vanished. It has been over a week since the Trump campaign has paid to run a TV ad in Florida, North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania. This begs the question of what the heck is Donald Trump spending all the campaign cash he is raising on? We know that Trump’s campaign has spent at least $8.2 million on business owned by Trump and his family (see here). The eventual post-election FEC investigation into Trump’s campaign spending could be a major scandal and a major embarrassment to the GOP.

Hillary: It must be nice to have Russian oligarchs, Saudi princes and Wall Street investment banks shower millions of dollars on you for giving speeches. Bill and Hillary Clinton just shelled out $1.16 million to buy the house next door to their Chappaqua mansion to use as a guest house for staff and visitors (because who doesn’t have a $1.16 million guest house on their estate). I guess when you are running for President against Donald Trump you don’t even need to make a pretense of being an average American.

Cruz: Ted Cruz is apparently taking bids on his conscience. Politico is out with a story claiming Ted Cruz is considering endorsing the man who claimed his father murdered JFK. I have to believe these stories where planted by people trying to troll Cruz because there is no way he could be politically stupid enough to endorse Donald Trump now after the stunt he pulled at the Republican National Convention….


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Senator Ted Cruz Appreciates Trump show of support on internet bill….

The piece in The Hill makes it out that the two could be best buddies?

I wouldn’t count on THAT….

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Trump DID say some VERY unkind things about the Senator’s father…

Two months after snubbing Donald Trump at the Republican convention, Ted Cruz is now praising the GOP presidential nominee for inserting himself in Congress’ eleventh-hour negotiations over a government funding bill.

On Wednesday, Trump urged congressional negotiators to delay a U.S. handoff of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, a private-sector, nonprofit organization that manages Internet domain names. And that was enough to prompt Cruz to laud Trump — whom he pointedly declined to back in July when he urged Republicans to “vote your conscience.”

“Appreciate @realDonaldTrump’s support of our efforts to keep the internet free,” Cruz tweeted on Wednesday afternoon.

“And we appreciate @tedcruz appreciating @realDonaldTrump. Over to you, @jeffroe,” responded Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway, referring to Cruz’s former campaign manager.



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Donald Trump Brags about OPM…. ‘using other people’s money’…..

If he wasn’t Donakld Trump?

He’d probabaly be knee deep in trouble for doing so….

Donald Trump on Tuesday talked about the utility of using “other people’s money,” an ill-timed comment that came just hours after The Washington Post reported that he used more than a quarter-million dollars from his charitable foundation to settle business lawsuits.

Trump brought up “other people’s money” in the context of getting foreign nations to pay for Syrian safe zones so that the United States doesn’t have to accept Syrian refugees. He was not talking about his foundation or lawsuits. It was not the first time he had used the term “other people’s money.”

But the comments could come back to haunt him, particularly if Democrats decide to use them to fashion a television attack ad. The foundation has been funded in recent years almost entirely by other people’s money, records show.

“We’re going to get the Gulf states to pay for safe zones. We’ll lead the project like — it’s called OPM. I do that all the time in business. It’s called other people’s money. There’s nothing like doing things with other people’s money,” said Trump at a rally in Kenansville, N.C.

He repeated himself: “OPM: other people’s money.”


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Bill Clinton bids a Farewell to His Foundation….

With the annual UN General Assembly get together in New York City this week  and the Clinton Foundation Global Initiative  also running…..

Bill Clinton was up on the stage ….

But this year things are different….

With his wife seemingly about get the job he had for four years and all the media attention?

Things are about change …..

Founded in 2005, the annual gathering of government, philanthropic and corporate leaders has produced hundreds of millions of dollars in charitable contributions for a range of causes through leverage applied deftly by the master networker-in-chief Clinton.

“No one had ever had a meeting where you invited political leaders, business leaders, philanthropists, NGO leaders from developing countries and from developed countries and in some case just concerned citizens and said, ‘Come here talk about the problems, but you actually have to commit to do something,’ ” Clinton said.

The model of linking private and government commitments for development work “has helped change the face of philanthropy,” Clinton said.

From now on, however, things won’t be quite the same. Clinton announced earlier this year that CGI would end in its 12th year, months before the presidential election. And if Hillary Clinton becomes president, the overall Clinton Foundation is expected to change significantly.

The foundation will stop accepting foreign and corporate donations. Its largest project, the Clinton Health Access Initiative, will spin off into a separate entity, and Bill and Chelsea Clinton will leave the organization’s board.

The changes have come amid a firestorm over an appearance of conflicts of interest while Hillary Clinton served as secretary of state as major donors to the foundation appeared to have called on staff at the State Department for favors, although there is little evidence that they were granted…..



The shame of this story is the Clinton have worked in a ‘Robin Hood’ fashions to provide assistance to HUNDREDS of Millions of people around the world thru their efforts while Donald Trump and others have labeled the effort suspicious ……

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Feds…Christie KNEW about the Bridge Closure….

Well I guess EVERYONE was right about this , eh?

Nobody believed that he didn’t know about when it happened no matter what he tried to sell us…..

Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey knew that three of his top officials were involved in a plan to shut down lanes leading to the George Washington Bridge as it was happening and that the closings were intended to punish a local mayor for declining to support him, federal prosecutors said on Monday.

The assertion was an unexpected and startling beginning to the trial of two former Christie administration officials charged with closing the lanes in 2013 and then covering it up. And it was a surprising claim because of the side of the courtroom it came from, as lawyers made opening statements.

Defense lawyers have long argued that Mr. Christie, a Republican, and his top advisers were well aware of the lane closings and that they directed the cover-up as they tried to protect the governor’s political aspirations — saying their clients were “thrown under the presidential bus,” as one lawyer argued on Monday.

But this was the first time a prosecutor had pointed a finger at Mr. Christie. And it directly contradicts the governor’s statements in the three years since the lanes were mysteriously closed, paralyzing the borough of Fort Lee, N.J.

Mr. Christie, a former top federal prosecutor in New Jersey, has consistently denied that he knew about the lane closings as they unfolded, and argued that the United States attorney’s office had “exonerated” him when it declined to indict him along with the defendants now standing trial.

The prosecutor, speaking for the United States attorney’s office, said that two of the alleged co-conspirators in the case, David Wildstein and Bill Baroni, had “bragged” to the governor about the lane closings at a memorial service for the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, on the third day of the closings, and that they had been done to “mess” with Mayor Mark Sokolich of Fort Lee, a Democrat, because he had declined entreaties to endorse the governor’s re-election….


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Clinton tells Senate Republicans take Garland or gamble…

Hillary Clinton has let it be known that if she wins?

She might not keep Merrick Garland as her Supreme Court choice…

That essentially means that the Republicans in the Senate will have a choice to make after election day and before January 20, 2017….

If the Democrats pull off a tie or thin majority in the Senate on election day ?…The Republicans would probably have to hold their noses and confirm Garland in fear for a Clinton more left leaning choice…

While Clinton didn’t specifically rule out the possibility of re-nominating Garland, her stance raises the stakes for Republicans in the Supreme Court fight. Senate Republicans have refused to consider the Garland nomination during Obama’s presidency, saying they won’t even take it up during a lame-duck session. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said this week that the seat “will not be filled this year.”

Should they maintain their opposition in the face of a Clinton victory over Donald Trump, Republicans could find themselves with a nominee they consider even more objectionable than Garland.

Clinton repeated past criticism of the Republicans’ strategy, calling it a “disgrace.” The court vacancy, created by Justice Antonin Scalia’s Feb. 13 death, is the longest since 1970….


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Senator Hatch…TPP WILL get done during Congressional lame duck Session…

I have ALWAYS believed that President Obama would GET the Trans Pacific Partnership deal done….

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch said Wednesday that Congress will pass a sweeping Asia-Pacific trade agreement before the end of the year.

The Utah Republican said he is working with the Obama administration to resolve several lingering issues that could ultimately pave the way for a vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in the lame-duck session after the November elections.

“I think we’re going to get it done in lame duck,” Hatch told The Hill.
First though, the White House needs to calm his concerns over the truncated length of patent protections for high-tech medicines called biologics, Hatch said.

Hatch and other pro-trade Republicans want 12 years of data exclusivity, which is the U.S. standard, whereas the TPP provides up to eight years.

“There are ways of doing it, they’ll just have to do it,” Hatch said of the White House’s efforts.

Hatch said he is getting assurances from the White House that a solution is in the works that will address the trade deal’s problems….


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Political Roundup for September 13th, 2016…Trump will have to live with Lester Holt moderating…RRH Elections…


Clinton: We’ll start off with a few good political jokes. The New Yorker’s take on the 9/11 rally, and the Onion’s look at the repercussions for Pneumonia.

Clinton-2: It’s a bad sign when someone like David Axelrod is openly criticizing the Democratic nominee’s campaign strategy, but honestly it’s something Clinton should probably have taken to heart about a year ago. A huge reason why people don’t trust her is that she always seems to be making the maximum effort possible to hide things from the public, an attitude that has cost her dearly in the last year and a half.

Minnesota: Trump will be on the Minnesota ballot. I’d call his campaign the most incompetent one of the year by far . . . if not for something later on in the roundup. Sadly, this robs Gary Johnson of his best chance to be relevant to the Electoral College.

Trump: Trump has called for a moderator-less debate with Hillary Clinton, implying that the moderators will be biased against him and that the whole debate system is rigged. While this has become a theme of Trump’s entire campaign, I actually kinda want to watch a moderator-less debate with Trump and Clinton now, and honestly the inevitable shouting match that would devolve into probably plays nicely into Trump’s strengths. Say what you want about the man, but no one can talk over Trump….


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Hillary Clinton’s comments about Biases where a good start….

While the topical media narrative has been about Hillary Clinton’s being sick for few days….The REAL meat should be in her comments last week in which she called out Donald Trump and at least half of the Right/Republicans for THEIR views on race, religion and sexual freedom….

I have said here several times …She UNDERCOUNTED…..

Her adjustment was to probably not lose ALl Republicans that might have thought about voting for her…..


Donald Trump has brought the spector of fear in addressing race, religion and sexuality to his advantage in the 2016 primary race and win…..

He regularly goes back to these points to keep his numbers up in the general election for President….

Hillary Clinton gets props as far as I’m concerned for these addressing things 

And even MORE PROPS running as America’s first serious Woman candidate for President….

Some conservative critics of the “basket of deplorables” comments have accused Clinton of calling some large swath of Americans “racist.” Ironically, that wasn’t her point at all: Her point was to protect even half of Trump supporters from being called “deplorable.”

The point of Clinton’s comments on Friday was to sort Trump supporters into two baskets: the racist, sexist “basket of deplorables,” and a second basket full of people who “don’t buy everything (Trump) says” but support him because they simply feel “desperate for change” and abandoned by the government. In other words, there was one basket of racists, attracted to Trump because of his racism, and another basket of nonracists attracted to him in spite of it.

When she apologized on Saturday, she tweaked the relative size of each basket but essentially kept the idea that Trump’s racist supporters could and should be separated from the “hard-working Americans who just don’t feel like the economy or our political system are working for them.”

What Clinton was doing, in other words, was drawing a bright line. She was saying that there are certain ideas that it is unacceptable to express in public debate, and that things like questioning the impartiality of a Mexican-American judge because of his heritage, or the open racism and anti-Semitism of the online “alt-right,” need to be shunned along with the people who espouse them….

Hardworking Americans can have deplorable beliefs. Hardworking Americans can prop up systems with deplorable outcomes. Even people who think they are trying not to be racist can do these things.

Do the 65 percent of Trump supporters who told Public Policy Polling in May that they believe Obama is a Muslim go in the irredeemable “basket of deplorables,” or are some of them hard-working Americans too?

What do you do with the downwardly mobile Americans who started out feeling that nobody cared about them, but have since gravitated toward an explanation for their suffering that pins the blame on black beneficiaries of “affirmative action” and refugees? What do you do with the Trump supporters who have taken the term “deplorables” as evidence that Hillary Clinton doesn’t care about them, not as a statement about their racial beliefs?


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How about those Trump supporters that LIKE Bill Clinton?

The Washington Post does a piece on how Bill Clinton appeals to white , working class voters in the Rust Belt …

Those same  mostly old time white guys  will mark their ballots for Donald Trump though….(There ARE some woman who say they don’t want a woman President also)…

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“I really liked Bill Clinton. He triangulated. It worked,” said Trump supporter Jerry Bernard, 61. “He got welfare reform done. It seems like we’ve gone backwards as a country since that time.”

Bernard, a chaplain at a local hospital, grew up here as a Democrat and recalls how much everyone in his Catholic family adored John F. Kennedy when he was a boy. He proudly voted for Bill in 1992 and again in 1996. He now considers himself “an anti-establishment independent,” and he really dislikes Hillary Clinton.

“You just can’t go with her,” Bernard said, using words like “carpetbagger” and “pathological liar” to describe the Democratic nominee. “Benghazi is a big concern of mine. I blame her. We lost men we should never have lost.”

Drinking a Coors Light as he waited for the start of the Pittsburgh Pirates game against the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday night, Bernard said he forgives Trump’s “verbal blunders” because “he’s not a politician like her.”

“Who’s perfect? Let’s give him a shot,” he added. “What the hell do we have to lose? He’s definitely better than a 30-year incumbent who hasn’t done crap.”

I have been struck during recent interviews by how many Trump voters go out of their way to tell me they abhor Hillary but admire Bill. They believe Bill felt their pain; they see Hillary as heartless. They thought of Bill as an Arkansas outsider taking on the established order; they think Hillary embodies that order. (A surprising number of folks talk about the former secretary of state as if she’s a sitting president seeking reelection…)

In a Washington Post/ABC poll last month, 56 percent of Americans had a favorable impression of Bill. For context, our most recent survey finds that 41 percent view Hillary favorably….



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Asians don’t find the spotlght in American Politics…They should…

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They are the fastest growing non-white  block of  American’s…

Laino numbers have leveled off due to less immigration…

But Asian Americans are now rising faster than Latino’s….

Yet few Asaina Amarican are seen in American politics….

Asians in America, a diverse, polyglot bunch, and a growing share of the electorate, remain mostly invisible in the American political debate. Like nearly every other electoral subgroup in U.S. polling, “Asian” is a label that masks the diversity among its peoples—perhaps even more than “Hispanic” belies the significant variances between the cultures designated as such. Asians also combat American laissez faire: They are widely (if falsely) viewed as independent, non-ideological and economically successful. They may be voters, but they aren’t understood to be broadly influencing party platforms, the handful of prominent Asian-American elected leaders notwithstanding.

For a long time, minority voices have been the least voluble in the room, (if they were in the room at all), but this election has seen a sharp focus on traditionally marginalized communities, whether Latino, Black, or LGBTQ. On Saturday, Donald Trump visited Great Faith Ministries in Detroit, a black church, in a bid to ease tensions with the African-American community after a series of questionable remarks, as well as to signal to critical white swing voters that he is not, in fact, a racist….

Amid this targeting of minority voters, why don’t Asian Americans count more, in the landscape of American politics? On its face, the answer is a simple matter of mathematics: Asians make up a much smaller slice of the electorate (An estimated 4 percent in 2016, according to Pew) compared to Blacks (12 percent) or Hispanics (12 percent). But that’s changing: Pew also concludes that the largest growth in the voting public is among Asians, who grew four times faster than any demographic group from 2000 to 2010.

Clinton’s campaign is focused on the Hispanic vote to carry her to victory, but Asians, too, will cast crucial and potentially tie-breaking votes in swing states like North Carolina, where the number of Asian Americans registered to vote statewide increased 130 percent between 2006 and 2014, and in Virginia, where they make up 7 percent of the population and wielded considerable power in the 2014 midterms….




Asian Aamerican HAVE been increasingly voting Democratic….

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Political Roundup For September 12, 2016…“The Deplorables,” Pepe The Frog …RRH Elections…

Well, that was quite a weekend. Unfortunately, the Hillary health scandal took the focus off of the brave Americans and first responders who lost their lives 15 years ago. Our hearts go out to their families, and our determination to never forget their loss continues.

Presidential News:

Clinton: As you know by know, Clinton had what appeared to be a fainting spell yesterday morning after leaving the 9/11 memorial ceremony early. The video looks awful for her. Clinton’s health now becomes a central issue in the campaign. Worse for her, it appears her campaign directly lied to the public about it being merely an “overheating” incident. Instead, Clinton has full-blown pneumonia, but obviously wasn’t going to tell *that* to the public until she absolutely had to. Clinton has since cancelled a West Coast fundraising trip and will be in bed for a few days.

Polling (no link): The polls over the weekend showed a mixed picture, with NBC/WSJ/Marist polls showing a rosy picture for Trump in battleground states, but with national polls showing Trump down 5 to 8 points among likely voters. Throw these polls away. It is impossible to determine right now how Hillary’s fainting spell will affect the voting population. My guesses? Some Johnson voters come home. A sliver of indies move toward Trump. Two to three points of movement in Trump’s direction.

Contagious?: If Hillary really does have pneumonia, here she is possibly infecting a little girl who ran up to her in front of Chelsea’s apartment. As Ben Shapiro put it on Twitter, Hillary’s campaign is frantically looking to explain how her pneumonia might not be contagious.

Trump: Hand it to Trump for staying on message yesterday, posting only about 9/11, and nothing about Hillary. Trump is probably realizing he can go without Tweeting if it means he gets to be President.

Pepe the Frog: Try to follow this if you can. There’s an internet character named Pepe the Frog. He used to be innocuous, and was referenced by Nicki Minaj and Katy Perry. But lately he’s become a white nationalist mascot. And in a separate meme, called “The Deplorables,” Pepe The Frog is included, along with Trump and some of his sons. Donald Trump Jr. retweeted the image, saying he’s proud to be among the deplorables–an obvious reference to Hillary’s comment–but now the “scandal” is that Trump Jr. is retweeting white nationalist memes. Clearly this will move a lot of swing voters. /Snark.

Stein: Jill Stein says Obama broke international law by killing Bin Laden, and that she would have made the decision to apprehend and try him, as opposed to killing him in Pakistan. I wouldn’t mind if Stein carved out more of a niche for herself as a centrist, as Gary Johnson is doing on the other side of the aisle. With this comment, she further narrows her base….


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Donald Trump to Visist ‘Oz’ Next week…

He, he, he….

The Dr. Oz show that is…..

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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka Trump will appear on “The Dr. Oz Show” next week, where he will discuss his “personal health regimen,” the day-time television show announced Friday.

“In this hour-long interview, Dr. Oz will ask the important questions that affect your health and the security of America,” reads the announcement on the show’s website.

“He addresses why the health of the candidates has become such a serious issue in this campaign, plus Mr. Trump reveals his own personal health regimen.”

The Trumps will appear on the show on Thursday….



Can anyone quess what show they’re gonna send Hillary Clinton to sitdown on TV after this?

Oh, and Dr. Oz is gonna get the once over from the Media for some criticism of his medical advice in the pass…He’s been before Congress to take some heat….


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Political Roundup for September 8th, 2016…Hannity and Assange…RRH Elections


Trump: One of the worst aspects of Donald Trump’s rise has been watching the moral and ideological rot of the Republican party. There is perhaps no better example of this than Sean Hannity’s embrace of Julian Assange. It is the latest incident of Republicans replacing right and wrong with what is good for Trump is right. It is the opposite of everything conservatives should stand for and it is disheartening to see someone like Sean Hannity team up with an anti-American criminal like Julian Assange.

Trump: Goldman Sachs senior employees can’t contribute to Donald Trump. One of the insanities of campaign finance and banking regulatory laws causes many banks to prohibit their employees from donating to state or local office holders who have influence over municipal bond underwriting. Since Mike Pence is the Governor of Indiana, Goldman Sachs issued new rules that prevent its partners from contributing to his campaign as a way of avoiding the appearance of pay to play or conflict of interest.

Stein: Make that 3 presidential candidates facing potential legal proceedings! North Dakota authorities plan to pursue charges against Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein for spray-painting construction equipment at a Dakota Access Pipeline protest. Gary Johnson seems to be the only candidate running that no one is currently suing or investigating.

McMullin: Looks like Evan McMullin will be stuck with his placeholder running mate as his official running mate. With 60 days to election day Evan McMullin still has not picked an official Vice Presidential running mate. But to be on the ballot McMullin needs a running mate. So in all nine states where McMullin has officially qualified for the ballot he has listed a “Nathan Johnson” as his vice presidential nominee. Johnson was suppose to be a placeholder but now 8 states have informed him it is too late to withdraw Johnson’s name from the ballot. Exactly who Nathan Johnson is is a bit of a mystery and so far the McMullin campaign will not provide the press with any information about who Johnson is or which of the thousands of Nathan Johnsons is the man listed on the ballot for Vice President of the United States in 9 states.

McMullin: Evan McMullin has received the backing of the South Carolina Independence Party and will be on the ballot in the November ballot there. McMullin failed to make the ballot in Florida and North Dakota….


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