This presidential campaign has raised a few crucial questions, ones you are uniquely qualified to answer: What does the Republican Party stand for? And how much damage is it willing to inflict on itself -- and the country -- to put Donald Trump in the White House?
Now I will address what, for you, Mr. Speaker, may be the most important point here: Trump will poison the Republican brand for decades because he embodies the racist, xenophobic, angry faction your party has exploited for the past eight years.
The high point for the modern Republican Party may have been the 1984 GOP convention. Ronald Reagan was riding toward his 49-state romp over former Vice President Walter Mondale, and the mood at the convention was upbeat, with party leaders looking to expand what was being called "Big Tent Republicanism" to make the GOP appealing to all Americans. read more
Hillary Clinton holds an 8 percentage point lead over Donald Trump in Pennsylvania, according to the results of the latest Monmouth University poll of likely voters out Tuesday, which also shows Democratic Senate candidate Katie McGinty eking out a narrow advantage over Republican incumbent Pat Toomey.
Buoyed by strong support from non-whites and voters in the Philadelphia area, Clinton is shown leading the Republican nominee 48 percent to 40 percent in a four-way race including Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson, who received 6 percent, and Green Party nominee Jill Stein, who earned 1 percent. Four 4 percent said they are undecided among those candidates.
Clinton's level of support in the four-way matchup is roughly the same as the 9-point lead she had in an NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll conducted in early August. read more
As the GOP nominee moderates on immigration, he accepts an invitation to talk wall politics south of the border.
Donald Trump will travel to Mexico on Wednesday to meet with President Enrique Peña Nieto, the Republican nominee tweeted late Tuesday night.
The last-minute trip dramatically heightens the stakes of an already-crucial day for Trump, as the presidential campaign enters its final stretch. Following the meeting, Trump delivers a major address on immigration Wednesday night in Phoenix, Arizona, at a time when his campaign's mixed messages on the subject are drawing criticism across the political spectrum.
His outreach to black voters is more about persuading skeptical white voters that he's not a racist, as he has little chance of gaining black support.
Pastor Mark Burns, a prominent surrogate for Donald Trump, on Monday tweeted out a cartoon that accuses Hillary Clinton of pandering and portrays her in blackface. Burns, who spoke at the Republican National Convention and has appeared on TV frequently as Trump intensifies his pitch to African-American voters, shared the meme of the former secretary of state, which shows her behind a lectern marked by her signature H logo and the text "Hillary 2016." The graphic shows Clinton wearing a black T-shirt that reads "No hot sauce no peace!" and wielding a placard that says "----- the police."