Washington Week with Gwen Ifill
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KQED 9: Fri, Oct 14, 2016 -- 7:30 PM
Donald Trump's campaign is pushing back at fellow Republicans, Hillary Clinton, the media and sexual assault accusers after a week of new controversies for the Republican nominee and less than four weeks until Election Day.
During the second presidential debate, Trump forcefully denied having ever kissed women or grabbed them without their permission which is what the reality TV star seemed to boast about in a 2005 Access Hollywood tape. In the days since, several women have come forward to accuse Trump of groping them over the past 30 years. Trump called the allegations a "coordinated, vicious attack" and his campaign is questioning the timing and motivations of his accusers. His campaign turned the attacks onto the Clintons and Bill Clinton's history of infidelity in an effort to depress turnout of young women at the polls. "We're going to turn him into Bill Cosby," Trump's campaign CEO Stephen Bannon said of their new plan to highlight women accusing Bill Clinton of sexual assault during campaign events in the next month. Hillary Clinton calls Trump's plan "desperate."
Since the accusations of inappropriate behavior surfaced, polls show Hillary Clinton growing her lead over Donald Trump. Some GOP lawmakers have distanced themselves from the Trump campaign and Speaker Paul Ryan said he will no longer defend the party's presidential nominee and will instead focus on maintaining control of the House. Many Congressional Republicans who have expressed dismay at Trump's rhetoric continue to support his campaign. The nominee unleashed a tweetstorm calling out Ryan's "disloyalty" and he continues to warn of an election "rigged" against him.
Clinton has been unable to fully capitalize on Trump's struggles as the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks released thousands of new hacked emails from the Clinton campaign and promised tens of thousands more in the coming weeks. While the emails have not revealed any smoking guns, the slow-drip release stirs up new embarrassing headlines every day and reinforces the concerns voters have about the former secretary of state and her secretive inner circle. Emails from campaign chairman John Podesta dismissed Bernie Sanders' supporters as "self-righteous ideologues" and called Hispanic party leaders "needy Latinos." The Clinton campaign is charging that the website a "propaganda arm of the Russian government" seeking to help elect the Republican nominee, Donald Trump.
We'll get analysis on the how the candidates are responding to the latest campaign controversies with just 25 days left from: Amy Walter of The Cook Political Report, Dan Balz of The Washington Post, Molly Ball of The Atlantic, Alexis Simendinger of Real Clear Politics, and Joshua Green of Bloomberg Politics.
- KQED World: Sun, Oct 16, 2016 -- 10:30 AM
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KQED 9: Fri, Oct 7, 2016 -- 7:30 PM
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are preparing to directly answer questions from undecided voters in a town hall debate in St. Louis on Sunday. Before they meet for their second head-to-head matchup, both campaigns are tweaking their messaging after the one and only vice presidential debate this week. Post-debate polls showed voters were not impressed by the amped-up Tim Kaine, but Clinton's campaign is hoping to capitalize on repeated denials by Mike Pence about offensive comments made by his running mate.
Heading into Sunday's showdown, Clinton is continuing a successful attack from the first debate, keeping alive Trump's comments about a former Miss Universe winner. The former secretary of state will likely face questions about her husband's sharp critique of President Obama's health care law. Her opponent will likely defend his business record after a New York Times report showed Trump reported a $916 billion loss in 1995 that could have allowed him to avoid income taxes for nearly two decades.
The trickle-down effect of the White House race is being felt in Congressional races across the country. Democrats are hoping to pick up five seats to take back control of the Senate while Republicans are walking a tightrope with Trump at the top of GOP ticket. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, who is locked in a tough reelection fight in New Hampshire, walked back a comment made during a debate calling Trump a good role model. she would not openly endorse his campaign. The Republican senator has not endorsed her party's nominee.
With less than five weeks until Election Day, Gwen Ifill will get an update on the state of the presidential race from: Jeanne Cummings of The Wall Street Journal, Jennifer Jacobs of Bloomberg Politics, Michael Scherer of Time Magazine, and Reid Wilson of The Hill.
- KQED World: Sun, Oct 9, 2016 -- 10:30 AM
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KQED 9: Sat, Oct 1, 2016 -- 1:30 AM
Days after Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump's first head-to-head debate, one candidate is trying to build on her momentum while the other is trying to regroup.
* Clinton hit the campaign trail with her former primary rival Bernie Sanders to try to win over young voters who overwhelmingly backed Sanders in the Democratic primary. The former secretary of state will need their support to beat Trump, but polls show many of the nearly 75 million millennial voters are considering voting for third-party candidates in November. As the race tightens, will Clinton's debate performance help convince undecided voters to back her campaign?
* Trump's debate performance left some Republican leaders hoping their nominee will take a more traditional approach to debate prep before the next showdown October 9. The New York businessman has hinted he may use Bill Clinton's marital infidelity to disqualify Hillary Clinton during the next faceoff which will be a town hall-style debate where the candidates will answer questions from undecided voters. Trump is also facing questions about his business dealings with Fidel Castro's Cuba in the 1990s, a violation of the decades-long embargo with the island nation.
* Residents of ten states have already started voting early. Will the most-watched debate in history sway their decisions? Gwen Ifill gets answers and analysis from Karen Tumulty of The Washington Post, Lisa Lerer of AP, and Ashley Parker of The New York Times.
- KQED World: Sun, Oct 2, 2016 -- 10:30 AM
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