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Aug 4, 2016

NYT First Draft - August 4, 2016: Mike Pence Splits With Donald Trump on Paul Ryan Endorsement, by Ashley Parker, Maggie Haberman and Jonathan Martin

Thursday, August 4, 2016

The New York Times


The New York Times

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Gov. Mike Pence with Donald J. Trump at a campaign event in Charlotte, N.C., last week.
Gov. Mike Pence with Donald J. Trump at a campaign event in Charlotte, N.C., last week. Todd Heisler/The New York Times
Mike Pence Splits With Donald Trump on Paul Ryan Endorsement
By ASHLEY PARKER, MAGGIE HABERMAN AND JONATHAN MARTIN

Gov. Mike Pence, aligning himself with the Republican establishment rather than his running mate, broke with Donald J. Trump on Wednesday by endorsingSpeaker Paul D. Ryan’s re-election bid, a day after Mr. Trump roiled the party by declaring that he was not yet ready to support the speaker.
“I strongly endorse his re-election,” Mr. Pence, of Indiana, said in an interview with Fox News. “He’s a longtime friend, he’s a strong conservative leader.”
The split between the two members of the Republican ticket over whether to endorse the speaker of the House in his own primary illustrated the party’s glaring divisions. Republican officials are nearing a state of panic as Mr. Trump’s near-daily provocations divert attention from the perceived vulnerabilities of Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee.
“If he makes himself the issue, we’re going to lose,” said Henry Barbour, a Republican National Committee member from Mississippi and a top lieutenant toReince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee.
But Mr. Trump is plainly angry that Mr. Ryan continues to criticize him for his inflammatory remarks. On Tuesday, Mr. Trump said “I’m just not quite there yet” when asked in an interview with The Washington Post if he was supporting Mr. Ryan’s re-election.
In a phone conversation between Mr. Pence and Mr. Trump on Wednesday morning, according to someone with knowledge of the call, Mr. Trump brought up his Washington Post interview. Mr. Pence, who served in the House with Mr. Ryan, said that while he understood where Mr. Trump was coming from, he personally was inclined to support Mr. Ryan. Mr. Trump agreed that he should.
The speaker is facing a primary challenge in Wisconsin on Tuesday from a businessman, Paul Nehlen, who is running on a populist platform similar to Mr. Trump’s.
Mr. Trump’s missteps in the weeks since the Republican convention have spurred a degree of open criticism among otherwise supportive party officials rarely seen since he secured enough delegates for the nomination in May. 
 
On the Trail
Mrs. Clinton will speak in Las Vegas on the economy, while Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia addresses the National Urban League conference in Baltimore.
Mr. Trump holds a rally in Maine, a state that The Times’s Electoral Map projects as leaning toward Mrs. Clinton, while Mr. Pence will hold town-hall-style events in Raleigh, N.C., and Virginia Beach, both cities in swing states, with a rally in Norfolk, Va.
President Obama will lead a National Security Council meeting at the Pentagon about the campaign against the Islamic State and will hold a news conference afterward.
 
Supporters reciting the Pledge of Allegiance at a Donald J. Trump rally in Ashburn, Va., on Tuesday.
Chet Strange for The New York Times
By NICHOLAS CONFESSORE
The Republican nominee’s new fund-raising numbers suggest he has tapped into the passion of his core supporters and may now have the resources to compete with Hillary Clinton.
 
By ASHLEY PARKER, NICK CORASANITI AND ERICA BERENSTEIN
Mr. Trump’s supporters often chant vitriolic, even violent slogans at his campaign events. New York Times reporters documented examples over several weeks.
Donald J. Trump at a campaign event in Ashburn, Va., on Tuesday.
Chet Strange for The New York Times
By JENNIFER STEINHAUER
Party leaders risk alienating core voters if they disavow Mr. Trump as the president has suggested, but they are likely to lose moderate voters if they do not.
Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary, talking to the media during a daily briefing at the White House on Wednesday.
Manuel Balce Ceneta/Associated Press
By MICHAEL D. SHEAR
Donald J. Trump and other Republicans argued with the White House about what the payment was about: a cash ransom, failed foreign policy or opposition to a nuclear deal.
Hillary Clinton at the Knotty Tie Company, where many refugees work, on Wednesday in Denver.
Democrats, Looking Past Mere Victory, Hope to End the Trump Movement
By AMY CHOZICK
The party is cautiously discussing how a wide margin of victory, driven by a record turnout among minority voters, could help stop Donald J. Trump entirely.
Hillary Clinton in Ohio on Sunday. She has campaigned there and in Pennsylvania and Nebraska in an effort to seize on her postconvention edge.
Clinton to Discuss Jobs in Las Vegas, a Town With Trump’s Name All Over It
By TRIP GABRIEL
She will be in the city, where the G.O.P. nominee’s name is bolted 64 stories up on his hotel, to address the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.
Hillary Clinton at the Knotty Tie Company, where many refugees work, on Wednesday in Denver.
Hillary Clinton Holds Big Lead Over Donald Trump in New Hampshire, Poll Shows
By KATHARINE Q. SEELYE
Voters in the state who either prefer or lean toward Mrs. Clinton outnumber those who prefer or lean toward Mr. Trump by 47 percent to 32 percent, according to the survey.
In Colorado, Hillary Clinton Leads Donald Trump in Polls and Presence
By TRIP GABRIEL AND NOAH REMNICK
Both Mrs. Clinton and Mike Pence campaigned in the state on Wednesday, but polls show the state slipping out of Mr. Trump’s grasp.

Representative Tim Huelskamp at a protest last year. He lost on Tuesday in the Kansas primary.
Doug Mills/The New York Times
ON WASHINGTON
By CARL HULSE
The lawmaker who has spent most of his six years in Washington feuding with his own Republican leaders was seen as contributing to political paralysis, not action.
Dinah Sykes, a moderate Republican from the Kansas City suburbs, defeated the conservative state senator in her district on Tuesday.
Christopher Smith for The New York Times
By MITCH SMITH
Moderates win in 11 state legislative races amid angst over shortages of revenues and cuts to government services.
Donald Trump, left, and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan
The Rocky Relationship of Donald Trump and Paul Ryan, a History
By EMMARIE HUETTEMAN
Mr. Ryan treads a fine line between disavowing some of Mr. Trump’s remarks and disavowing Mr. Trump himself. We mapped out Mr. Ryan’s rhetorical footwork.
Corey Lewandowski, the former campaign manager for Donald J. Trump, at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland last month.
Corey Lewandowski, Former Trump Campaign Manager, Dives Back Into ‘Birtherism’
By NICK CORASANITI
In a debate on CNN, Mr. Lewandowski questioned President Obama’s citizenship, a debunked argument that helped propel his former boss, Donald J. Trump, into politics.
THE 2016 RACE
Trump Strategy: Win 3 Key States, and Warn About ‘Rigged’ Election
By NATE COHN AND TONI MONKOVIC
A weekly politics chat includes a look at some of the unlikely places Hillary Clinton could make inroads, like Arizona, Nebraska and Utah.
 
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