Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* Hillary Clinton’s campaign unveiled a new ad this morning, highlighting Donald Trump’s rhetoric criticizing veterans and the military. Note the cameo towards the end from former Sen. Max Cleland (D-Ga.).
* Asked yesterday whether or not he believes President Obama was born in the United States, Trump replied, “I don’t talk about it.” Apparently, that’s supposed to end the discussion.
* Trump told reporters yesterday he “expects” to participate in all three debates and believes he has “an obligation” to be there. The Republican added that only a natural disaster or comparable crisis would change his plans. The first debate is scheduled for Sept. 26 at Hofstra University – 20 days from today.
* In New Hampshire, the latest The WMUR Granite State Poll, conducted by the University of New Hampshire, found Clinton leading Trump, 43% to 32%.
* On a related note, it’ll be a four-way contest in New Hampshire: Gary Johnson and Jill Stein have qualified for the ballot in the Granite State.
* In a curious choice of words, Trump told reporters yesterday that American jobs “have been taken like Grant took Richmond.” Care to wager on whether or not Trump came up with that comparison on his own?
* Pastor Mark Burns, a prominent Trump supporter, was caught by CNN wildly exaggerating his professional and academic background, and Burns acknowledged the wrongdoing in a statement issued late Friday.
* And Arizona Democrats are crying foul after the Arizona Republican Party issued a “wanted” poster – complete with bullet-hole images – targeting Senate hopeful Ann Kirkpatrick (D), who’s taking on Sen. John McCain (R) in November. Gabby Giffords, who was nearly killed in 2011 in an Arizona shooting, condemned the poster and asked the state GOP to apologize.