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TOP OF MIND TODAY…
► A new poll of Colorado voters shows that Democrats Hillary Clinton and Michael Bennet have opened up substantial leads over their respective Republican opponents. According to NBC/Marist, Clinton leads Donald Trump by 14 points in Colorado, while Bennet holds a 15-point lead over Republican Senate challenger Darryl Glenn.
► Republicans are starting to seriously panic over the 2016 election cycle. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell conceded on Thursday that he “might not be Majority Leader next year” during an address in Louisville, Kentucky. Even Donald Trump is starting to falter in his belief that he will become the next President of the United States:
“At the end, it’s either going to work, or I’m going to, you know, I’m going to have a very, very nice, long vacation,” Trump told CNBC.
Assuming he’s not on vacation at the end of this month, Trump will stop in Aspen on August 25 for a fundraiser hosted by Denver Republican Larry Mizel.
► Trump is now reversing course on earlier statements — comments that he had already gone out of his way to confirm — that “President Obama founded ISIS”:
Donald Trump on Friday backpedaled on his assertion that President Barack Obama founded the Islamic State, blasting the media for seriously reporting what he suggested was a sarcastic comment.
“Ratings challenged @CNN reports so seriously that I call President Obama (and Clinton) ‘the founder’ of ISIS, & MVP,” Trump tweeted Friday morning. “THEY DON’T GET SARCASM?”
Perhaps Trump’s entire campaign for President is just one big sarcastic joke. Trump’s reversal on his own statements also made an ass out of his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, who appeared on 9News Thursday via satellite to defend the remarks that Trump walked back today.
“The one thing about Donald Trump is he doesn’t go tip-toeing around the rules, the semantic rules, of political correctness,” Pence said when pressed about the factual inaccuracy of Trump’s words. “Everybody in the country knows exactly what Donald Trump means.” [Pols emphasis]
Um. Not so much, no.
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