Monday’s Campaign Round-Up, 9.12.16

Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* Donald Trump said on CNBC this morning that he saw his doctor last week for a physical and he intends to release the results sometime this week. In an interesting approach to transparency, the Republican said he expects to report “good statistics…. Otherwise I wouldn’t be telling you I did this.”
* Also this morning, Trump, who apparently knows practically nothing about monetary policy, accused President Obama of keeping interest rates down – something the Republican expects to address if inaugurated in January.
* One more: Trump, true to form, called Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) “Pocahontas” during his CNBC interview.
* Michael Morell, the former deputy director of the CIA, and Mike Vickers, the former undersecretary of defense, argued in a Washington Post op-ed that Trump is unqualified for the presidency. Among other things, they pointed to Trump’s affection for Vladimir Putin.
* Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, the Republican Party’s vice presidential nominee, released a decade’s worth of tax returns late Friday. His running mate still refuses to do the same.
* For anti-Trump Republicans, Libertarian Gary Johnson seems like a possible alternative, though it didn’t help his case when GOP insiders noticed he asked on MSNBC last week, “What is Aleppo?”
* In Iowa, a new poll from Simpson College and RABA Research shows Trump leading Clinton among Hawkeye State voters by one point, both in head-to-head and four-way match-ups. The latest poll from the Quad City Times, however, shows Clinton ahead in Iowa by two points.
* On a related note, that Quad City Times poll found Sen. Chuck Grassley (R) up by six over Patty Judge (D) in Iowa’s U.S. Senate race, 49% to 43%.
* And in Alaska, six years after Joe Miller won the Republican Senate nomination before losing to Lisa Murkowski’s write-in candidacy, Miller is back, this time as the Libertarian nominee.

Monday's Campaign Round-Up, 9.12.16