Conway whupped him good.
A victory for Donald Trump tomorrow night is answering the questions and showing America that he's ready to be president and commander in chief on day one.
I notice from "The Washington Post" ABC poll, George, just released, the number one and number two issues to Americans are economy and terrorism and Donald Trump is leading Hillary Clinton on who you trust more on both issues.
So we certainly hope this debate tomorrow night will be about substantive issues.
But I just have to push back a little bit on my colleague, Robby, there, Donald Trump is out there every single day talking about issues. He was in five or six swing states just this week and every single time it was a policy speech.
So tomorrow will be nothing new for him. It's Hillary Clinton and her super PACs that have run a quarter of a billion dollars of negative ads and negative outreach about Donald Trump and she refuses to spend a lot of time out on the stump talking about issues.Contrast that to Mook's earlier assessment when asked what Hillary needs to do:
Well, first of all, I think what needs to happen at this debate is the candidates need to present their capacity to serve as president and commander-in-chief. We think Hillary Clinton is going to do that.
What we’re concerned about is that there might be some sort of double standard here. You know, Donald Trump can’t lie on that debate stage and -- and win or even get a passing grade. Donald Trump cannot demonstrate that he doesn’t have a command of the issues and get a passing grade.
So all that we’re asking is that Donald Trump show that he is ready to be president of the United StatesSo they already are working the referees.
And the whining was near tantrum-level:
STEPHANOPOULOS: You guys have been pushing that pretty hard, this idea of a double standard, and saying it’s up to the moderator to point out falsehoods. But the debate commission has been pretty clear that they think it’s the job of the moderator basically to get out of the way and just ask the questions.
MOOK: Well, all that -- again, all that we’re asking is that, if Donald Trump lies, that it’s pointed out. It’s unfair to ask for Hillary both to play traffic cop while with Trump, make sure that his lies are corrected, and also to present her vision for what she wants to do for the American people.
STEPHANOPOULOS: But isn’t that what a debater is supposed to do?
MOOK: Well, I think Donald Trump’s special. We haven’t seen anything like this. We normally go into a debate with two candidates who have a depth of experience, who have rolled out clear, concrete plans, and who don’t lie, frankly, as frequently as Donald Trump does. So we’re saying this is a special circumstance, a special debate, and Hillary should be given some time to actually talk about what she wants to do to make a difference in people’s lives. She shouldn’t have to spend the whole debate correcting the record.Someone needs their blankie and a nap.
Compare that to how Conway handled it when Stephanopoulos asked her a follow-up question:
STEPHANOPOULOS: You heard his concern. He talked about that double standard. He's afraid that Donald Trump will be able to get away with lying. That's what he said. Your response?
CONWAY: I think they are really afraid that Hillary Clinton is just not a very good candidate. A majority of Americans don't much like her and, according to your own poll, don't trust her. Donald Trump is actually leading Hillary Clinton on the attribute of who is more honest and trustworthy in your own ABC poll that came out this morning.
So I think they're worried about many things. Hillary Clinton should have been in the much better position. She's not known for her abundance of self-awareness or being nimble or resilient. They never saw Barack Obama coming in 2008. They never took Bernie Sanders seriously earlier this year. He won 22 seats and millions of voters. And they certainly never anticipated the Trump comeback that we've seen over the last few weeks.To be fair, Conway has an easier job in selling her candidate. She has a superior product.
Conway is his third campaign manager in six months. Lincoln kept firing his generals until he found Grant.
She is a keeper.
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