▪ “I certainly don’t think you want Candy Crowley again.” — Donald Trump suggesting that NBC News anchor Lester Holt should be a moderator, and not a fact-checker, at Monday night’s first presidential debate.
Crowley attempted to fact check Republican Mitt Romney at a 2012 presidential debate in a move that Trump said threw the debate off stride. Trump said if a candidate makes a mistake Monday, it’s up to the opponent to set the record straight.
▪ “We believe that the moderators should not be passive in pushing back on statements from either candidate that are just not true.” — political scientist Larry Sabato and crew at the University of Virginia Center for Politics looking at Monday night’s debate.
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Easier said than done, to be sure. But Sabato’s view is shared by many, and that places a big burden on Holt. Wrote Sabato about the need for an aggressive overseer: “Hillary Clinton has made plenty of misstatements and uttered lots of half-truths, but Trump has the record in both categories, according to nonpartisan fact-checkers.” Bottom line: Holt faces an impossible task Monday.
▪ “Hillary has been at so many fund-raisers and off the campaign trail. And a lot of money is coming from special interests, so we’re concerned about what that’s going to mean.” — Democrat B. Rowe Winecoff, a retired social worker from Newton, Iowa, who gave $120 to President Obama’s re-election campaign in 2012, but has yet to give any money to Hillary Clinton in this election.
Clinton may be outraising Donald Trump, but she’s yet to replicate the small-donor network that Obama built so successfully.
▪ “This is Sam Brownback’s race to zero.” — Kansas Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, a Democrat, on the news that the state likely will end the year in the red.
A new memo from legislative researchers suggests that more cuts will have to be made in the weeks ahead — possibly during the fall campaign. The Brownback administration could well wait until after election day to announce any additional trims given the news’ potential impact on voters..