Breaking Bad Meets Trump? Plus Clinton Falls in the Polls
In a speech yesterday, Trump and Pence spoke out against Obamacare, calling it a “government takeover of health care” and giving voters the repeal of the health care legislation as a reason to choose Trump. In fact, Trump said that he would “immediately repeal and replace Obamacare” and “ask Congress to convene a special session so we can repeal and replace.” Some news sources are questioning Trump’s knowledge of just how Congress works after that statement, as Congress will already be in session after the next president is inaugurated.
“Obamacare is a catastrophe. The president said if you like your plan you can keep your plan, if you like your doctor you can keep your doctor — which may go down as one of the great political lies of the century. Even the skeptical Democrats believed him and approved the legislation…No one ever read…the 2,700-page bill,” said Trump.
However, while both Trump and Pence blamed American economic woes on Obamacare, neither really gave a solution or any indication of what they would do to replace Obamacare.
Meanwhile, Bryan Cranston, star of Breaking Bad, told listeners during a podcast that he would love to portray Trump in film. “He’s such a tragic, Shakespearean character,” Cranston said. “And he’s comedic as well because of the tragedy of this man’s soul. The delusions that he has, the supreme narcissism. But a beautiful character, an amazing character.” Despite the intrigue Trump represents, however, Cranston said he would most definitely move out of the United States if Trump were to win the presidency, and become an expatriate. It’s not the first time Cranston has admitted he’d love to play Trump, and also not the first time he’s let it be known quite clearly who he’s voting for.
Unfortunately for Cranston (and many others), Donald Trump has taken a lead in at least one poll, by a slim one-point difference. According to the latest ABC News/Washington Post tracking poll, Trump leads for the first time since May, with 46 percent of voters preferring Trump and 45 percent preferring Clinton. Perhaps some of those voters Trump’s gained have come over from the Independent side, as Gary Johnson’s poll ratings dipped to 3 percent. ABC News warns readers that this one-point lead is in no way indicative of next week’s election results, and cites Mitt Romney’s one-point lead over Obama in 2012 shortly before that election, as well as Kerry’s one-point lead over Bush in 2004.
Also on Tuesday, the FBI released 129 pages of records dealing with inquiries into the Clinton Foundation. The records were posted online after the FBI received a Freedom of Information Act request. Now, the Clinton campaign is questioning why the FBI chose to release these records so close to Election Day, especially records dealing with a a 15-year-old investigation into Bill Clinton’s pardon of Marc Rich. The investigation was to determine if Marc Rich’s wife made significant donations to the Clinton Foundation in order to ensure her husband’s pardon.
In response, Clinton’s press secretary, Brian Fallon, tweeted out, “Absent a FOIA litigation deadline, this is odd. Will FBI be posting docs on Trump’s housing discrimination in ‘70s?”
In other news, Central Italy was hit with yet another earthquake following Oct. 30’s events. The 4.8-magnitude quake did not cause any reported casualties, but more buildings have collapsed. The quake is the strongest of the 1,100 shocks that have been ongoing since last week.
Locals are reporting that mostly everything left standing after Sunday has since fallen, and the very few buildings leftover are unsafe. Currently, more than 30,000 are homeless. Most are leaving their towns, with only a few remaining to look after livestock. The area’s agricultural producers, numbering more than 3,000, are especially in need of help, as the damaged infrastructure and disturbance has made it difficult to get food. Authorities are promising to have better shelter by Christmas, though now residents are forced to live in tents, while nighttime temperatures are continuously dropping near the freezing point.
Details regarding earthquake damage have emerged as far away as Rome, where 6,000 incidents of damaged buildings were reported, including 150 which experienced “serious” damage. Approximately 1,500 schools in Italy were closed this week, and the Environment Ministry building was evacuated.