Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* According to the AP, Hillary Clinton is rolling out today “a comprehensive plan to address millions of Americans coping with mental illness, pointing to the need to fully integrate mental health services into the nation’s health care system.”
* Donald Trump’s running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, said yesterday that the Republican ticket’s call for a “deportation force” to target undocumented immigrants is “a mechanism, not a policy.” I’m not sure what that means.
* In the same CNN interview, Pence insisted, despite all of the recent rhetorical confusion, “Nothing has changed about Donald Trump’s position on dealing with illegal immigration.”
* The Clinton campaign released a new ad over the weekend slamming the Trump campaign’s attempts at outreach to minority communities.
* On the heels of Arizona’s Kelli Ward (R) going after Sen. John McCain’s (R) age, the far-right state senator on Friday argued that the incumbent also has “issues about race,” including McCain’s vote against a holiday for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “There are a lot of things that in November are not going to play well with voters,” Ward said. Their Senate primary is tomorrow.
* Virginia Republicans decided over the weekend that they’ll choose their 2017 nominees for statewide offices “in a primary instead of a convention.” The state party agreed to the change – a break from the 2013 process – on a 41-to-40 vote.
* Libertarian presidential hopeful Gary Johnson will need to reach 15% in national polling to qualify for the upcoming debates – a threshold he seems unlikely to reach. Without debate appearances, the former Republican governor said over the weekend, it’s “game over” for his candidacy.
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