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Former President Bill Clinton campaigns for his wife, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on May 20, 2016, in Sioux Falls, S.D. (Photo by James Nord/AP)

What Bill Clinton said (and didn't say) about 'Obamacare'

10/05/16 09:20AM

Health care didn't play too big a role in the vice presidential debate last night, but Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) did make a point to say, "Even former President Bill Clinton calls Obamacare a 'crazy' plan." On the campaign trail yesterday, Donald Trump said something similar.

But what exactly did the former president say about the Affordable Care Act?
"The current system works fine if you're eligible for Medicaid, if you're a lower income working person. If you're already on Medicare or if you get enough subsidies on a modest income that you can afford your healthcare," he said in Flint, Michigan, while speaking at a campaign rally on behalf of his wife.

Clinton continued: "But the people that are getting killed in this deal is small business people and individuals who make just a little too much to get any of these subsidies... So you've got this crazy system where all of a sudden 25 million more people have healthcare and then the people are out there busting it sometimes 60 hours a week wind up with their premiums doubled and their coverage cut in half."
The rhetoric wasn't exactly on-message, and the former president tried to clarify matters in Ohio yesterday. The ACA, Clinton said, "did a world of good, and the 50-something efforts to repeal it that the Republicans have staged were a terrible mistake. We, for the first time in our history, at least are providing insurance to more than 90 percent of our people."

Part of the problem here is that the former president was sharing overly simplified thoughts on a complex issue, which is never a good idea during a political campaign.
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Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump and Republican Vice Presidential candidate Mike Pence celebrate, during the final day of the Republican National Convention on July 21, 2016. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post/Getty)

How will Trump react to Pence's VP debate performance?

10/05/16 08:45AM

On the surface, Donald Trump should probably be quite pleased with the reaction to the vice presidential debate. The Republican's campaign has been struggling badly, but last night's event brought a welcome interruption to the litany of bad news facing the GOP ticket.

Sure, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) lied repeatedly throughout the event, but since style and theatrics tend to generate so much attention, there's a fair amount of chatter this morning about the Republican vice presidential nominee having "won" the showdown.

But just below the surface, there's some question as to how Trump actually felt about the developments. CNBC's John Harwood noted last night:
Trump adviser on debate after Pence passed up opportunities to defend him: "Pence won overall, but lost with Trump."
Harwood added soon after that the campaign adviser said Trump "can't stand to be upstaged," and the Republican presidential hopeful wasn't reacting well to the fact that Pence was perceived as having done better than Trump did last week.

CNN's John King also said he'd spoken to a source close to the GOP nominee, who said positive reviews for Pence's debate performance "won't go over well with Trump."

I suppose anyone who's followed Trump's candidacy closely shouldn't be too surprised by this behind-the-scenes scuttlebutt -- the Republican candidate has a reputation for narcissism for a reason -- and it's certainly possible that Trump will have the good sense not to react to the post-debate buzz in an unhealthy way.

But it's also pretty easy to imagine the opposite.
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Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine  and Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence speak during the Vice Presidential Debate at Longwood University on Oct. 4, 2016 in Farmville, Va. (Photo by Andrew Gombert/Pool/Getty)

In VP debate, Mike Pence struggled to defend Trump's record

10/05/16 08:00AM

The first and only vice presidential debate of 2016 may have been difficult to watch, but it did deliver a powerful lesson. As it turns out, the key to serving as Donald Trump's running mate is pretending Donald Trump isn't your running mate.

About midway through the event, CBS News' Elaine Quijano brought up the issue of race and criminal justice, and Sen. Tim Scott's (R-S.C.) recent remarks about the mistreatment he's received, despite being a U.S. senator. Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, the Republican vice presidential nominee, inexplicably responded by touting the merits of "stop-and-frisk" policies.

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) fired back by talking about "the tone that's set from the top."
"Donald Trump during his campaign has called Mexicans rapists and criminals. He's called women slobs, pigs, dogs, disgusting. I don't like saying that in front of my wife and my mother. He attacked an Indiana-born federal judge and said he was unqualified to hear a federal lawsuit because his parents were Mexican. He went after John McCain, a POW, and said he wasn't hero because he'd been captured. He said African-Americans are living in hell. And he perpetrated this outrageous and bigoted lie that President Obama is not a U.S. citizen.

"If you want to have a society where people are respected and respect laws, you can't have somebody at the top who demeans every group that he talks about."
Moments later, Pence lamented "the avalanche of insults coming out of Senator Kaine" and questioned whether or not Trump "had said all of the things that you've said he said in the way you said he said them."

In reality, however, Kaine's list was accurate. Trump really did say all of those things.

It was an exchange that was emblematic of the entire debate. To quote Donald Trump directly is to "insult" him, so Pence simply created an alternate universe in which Trump has maintained a respectful tone and disagrees with many of the key tenets of his own campaign platform.

The Indiana governor appears to have won plaudits for his smooth demeanor and even-keeled performance -- which certainly offered a striking contrast to his running mate's antics in last week's debate -- but if we look past the theatrics and focus on the substance, the debate was a bit of a disaster for Pence. The more Kaine went on the offensive, challenging Trump's record and daring Pence to defend it, the more the GOP vice presidential nominee was forced to simply make stuff up.
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Pence presents new policy on Russia at debate

Pence presents new policy on Russia at debate

10/04/16 11:13PM

Richard Engel, NBC News chief foreign correspondent, talks with Rachel Maddow about Governor Mike Pence's answer in the vice presidential debate suggesting U.S. military action in Syria, and against Russia by proxy, and how that contrasts with Donald Trump's previously stated policy on Russia. watch

The stage is set for tonights vice presidential debate scheduled at Longwood University Oct. 4, 2016 in Farmville, Va. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty)

Vice Presidential Debate Open Thread

10/04/16 08:01PM

In about an hour, Tim Kaine and Mike Pence will face off in this year's only vice presidential debate. If you're not near a television right now, you can still watch MSNBC's live feed of the event online right here.

Rachel will help cover the post-debate analysis and commentary on the air, and we'll have plenty of follow-up in the morning, but I thought I'd create an open thread for readers to weigh in before, during, and after the big showdown.
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Tuesday's Mini-Report, 10.4.16

10/04/16 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:

* Hurricane Matthew: "The U.S. was steeling itself for Hurricane Matthew as the monster storm pounded Haiti on Tuesday and set its sights on the Sunshine State and the Carolinas. State of emergencies are in effect in Florida, South Carolina and North Carolina and millions of coastal residents were warned to get ready to evacuate, some as soon as Wednesday."

* Syria: "Secretary of State John Kerry criticized Russia on Tuesday for pointedly ignoring the Syrian government's use of chlorine gas and barrel bombs against its own citizens, and he left little hope for an early resumption of talks with Russia about a cease-fire."

* We've been keeping an eye on the Ben Barlyn case for years: "A former Hunterdon County assistant prosecutor who claims he was fired for alleging that Gov. Chris Christie's administration dismissed an indictment because it involved supporters of the governor has received a $1.5 million settlement from the state in his whistleblower lawsuit."

* Speaking of New Jersey: "Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York agreed to falsely explain the mysterious lane closings at the George Washington Bridge in 2013 as a traffic study to try to 'put an end' to the growing scandal, the admitted culprit behind the scheme testified in federal court here on Tuesday."

* How long do we have to wait until the next Filipino election? "If it's Tuesday, Rodrigo Duterte, president of the Philippines, must be swearing at President Obama. In a profanity-laced speech in Manila, Duterte lashed out once again at the U.S. for criticizing his self-proclaimed 'drug war,' saying Obama can 'go to hell.' The European Union, he added, 'better choose purgatory, hell is filled up.'"

* President Obama has a new piece in the Huffington Post on the Supreme Court: "Their obstruction underscores a fundamental misunderstanding of the way our government should work. Sure, they're blocking Merrick Garland -- and maybe scoring a political point or two -- but in doing so they are failing the American people. By hobbling the Supreme Court for what could be a year or longer, Republicans are eroding one of the core institutions of American democracy. This cannot be the new normal."
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