Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* Donald Trump complained on Twitter this morning that Hillary Clinton’s convention speech didn’t emphasize “the many problems of our country” to his satisfaction. I think he was serious.
* After President Obama obliquely referred to Trump as a “demagogue,” Gov. Mike Pence (R), apparently forgetting who his running mate is, complained, “I don’t think name calling has any place in public life.”
* In Pennsylvania, a Suffolk poll released yesterday showed Hillary Clinton leading Trump, 50% to 41%. With third-party candidates in the mix, Clinton’s advantage remains at nine points. (Note, this survey was conducted during the Democratic convention – which was held in Pennsylvania.)
* The same Suffolk poll shows Katie McGinty (D) with a surprising seven-point lead over incumbent Sen. Pat Toomey (R), 43% to 36%. Most other recent polling shows Toomey in a better position.
* In Missouri, a Mason-Dixon poll shows Clinton narrowly ahead of Trump, 41% to 40%, with Libertarian Gary Johnson at 9%. Missouri is generally considered a safe bet for Republicans, making these results – in a poll conducted last week – quite surprising.
* The same poll found incumbent Sen. Roy Blunt (R) with a modest, four-point lead over Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander (D), 47% to 43%.
* At an appearance in Iowa yesterday, Trump told voters that he was so upset over some of the speakers at the Democratic convention, he wanted to “hit a number of those speakers so hard, their heads would spin.” The Republican nominee added, “They’d never recover.” I guess that presidential “pivot” hasn’t quite begun yet.
* Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), responding to Trump’s controversial appeal to Russia this week, said on a radio show yesterday, “Trying to incite a foreign power to take an illegal action against someone who is your political adversary, to me, that clearly disqualifies him to be president of the United States,”
* And after a brief break earlier this month, it looks like former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is back as a paid political analyst at Fox News.