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Donald Trump has revealed he got his start in business with a “small loan” of $1 million  from his father.

Speaking at a town hall meeting in New Hampshire, voters asked the tycoon to show some humility and common ground with average Americans.

The Republican presidential candidate said he “often drives himself” and recently ate at McDonald’s.

Donald Trump’s father, Fred Trump, was a successful real estate developer who gave him seed money to begin investments.

“It has not been easy for me,” the GOP front-runner said.

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“And I started off in Brooklyn, my father gave me a small loan of $1 million. I came into Manhattan and I had to pay him back, and I had to pay him back with interest.”

The town hall’s host, NBC’s Matt Lauer, said most people would not consider that a small amount.

One woman at the town hall said some would only vote for Donald Trump if he would “eat a piece of humble pie once in a while”, to which he responded that doing so would expose weaknesses to foes like Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Opponent Ben Carson, a former neurosurgeon, has been gaining on Donald Trump in some polls.

In the last few days, he has been on the receiving end of attacks from the billionaire businessman, who says Ben Carson is “low energy”.

Voting in the party primary contests begins in February and the presidential election is in November 2016.

Lincoln Chafee has announced he is dropping out of the Democratic presidential race.

The former Rhode Island Governor told the Democratic National Committee on October 23 he was ending his candidacy for the 2016 election.

The 62-year-old has struggled to raise money and make any impact in the Democratic field, which is led by Hillary Clinton.

Lincoln Chafee has served as a Republican and an Independent but had never before run for office as a Democrat.

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At a women’s forum held by the Democratic National Committee, Lincoln Chafee said: “After much thought I have decided to end my campaign for president today.

“But I would like to take this opportunity one last time to advocate for a chance be given to peace.”

Lincoln Chafee was, as he pointed out in the recent Democratic debate, the only Republican to vote against the Iraq War.

After Lincoln Chafee’s departure there are only three Democrats left – former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley.

Joe Biden will not run for the Democratic nomination in the 2016 White House race.

The 72-year-old vice-president said his family was ready after the death of his son, Beau Biden, earlier this year, but he had now run out of time.

He also said it would be a mistake for Democrats to turn their backs on President Barack Obama’s record.

Democrats seeking an alternative to frontrunner Hillary Clinton had been urging Joe Biden to run.

Though he will not be a candidate, Joe Biden said he “will not be silent”.

“I intend to speak out clearly and forcefully on where we stand as a party and where we need to go as a nation.”

Joe Biden said any candidate would be making a “tragic mistake” to reject the Obama legacy, and urged an end to political bickering.

“I believe we have to end the divisive, partisan politics ripping apart this country,” he said as he stood in the Rose Garden of the White House, flanked by his wife Jill and President Barack Obama.Joe Biden White House 2016

Repeating a dig at Hillary Clinton that he has made several times this week, he said it was wrong to see Republicans as enemies.

When asked at last week’s Democratic debate, Hillary Clinton said she was proud of making an enemy out of Republicans.

In explaining his decision not to join the race, after three months pondering it, Joe Biden said his family had “reached a point” where they felt they could cope with his third presidential run, but time was now against him.

Beau Biden died from brain cancer in May, another family tragedy for the former Delaware senator after the deaths of his baby daughter and first wife in 1972.

Joe Biden then rose through the Senate ranks and ran for president in 1988 and 2008.

After hearing the news, presidential candidates for 2016 tweeted their well wishes.

Bernie Sanders also tweeted that he supported Joe Biden’s plans to make college free, fight economic inequality and close tax loopholes.

Democratic candidate Martin O’ Malley tweeted that he respected Joe Biden’s decision and that he is “one of the most decent, compassionate public servants our nation has produced”.

Jim Webb has announced he will no longer seek the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.

The former Virginia senator has said on October 20 that he is considering how he might “remain as a voice” in the campaign, possibly as an independent candidate.

Jim Webb has struggled to gain traction in the Democratic primary, often polling at or below 1%.

Ex-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is still leading the race, followed by Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

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“I am withdrawing from any consideration of being the Democratic Party’s nominee for the presidency,” Jim Webb said.

“This does not reduce in any way my concerns for the challenges facing the country … or my intentions to remain fully engaged in the debates that are facing us.”

Jim Webb, who was a Navy secretary under Republican President Ronald Reagan, became a Democrat after opposing the Iraq War.

During the first Democratic debate, Jim Webb struggled to explain why he was at odds with his party on key issues like gun control and affirmative action.

He also often complained about his lack of speaking time.

Jim Webb had been promoting criminal justice reform and an overhaul of campaign finance laws while criticizing President Barack Obama’s foreign policy.

Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton is preparing for the first Democratic presidential debate, seeking to mix her mastery of policy with a more personal touch.

Meanwhile, for chief rival Bernie Sanders, the debate is a chance to reach a broader audience after months of appealing to the party’s most liberal voters.

However, unlike recent Republican debates, today’s Democratic outing is expected to be more substance than slugfest.

Analysts expect a heavy focus on economic issues like income inequality.

The three other, mostly unknown, candidates – former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, former Virginia Senator Jim Webb and former Rhode Island Senator Lincoln Chafee – will be seeking a standout moment after months of languishing in the polls.

Vice-President Joe Biden, who is still considering a run for the White House, will loom large despite not actually being on stage.

The debate organizers at CNN have set aside a lectern just on the off-chance Joe Biden decides to enter the fray at the last minute. The debate is set to start at 17:30 local time.

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Hillary Clinton – long seen as the presumptive front-runner – has seen her support wane amid questions about her trustworthiness.

She has been criticized for using a private email account when she served as secretary of state, a move she now calls a mistake.

Some Republicans say Hillary Clinton put classified information at risk by using the private account – a charge she denies.

On October 22, Hillary Clinton will go before a Congressional panel investigating a 2012 attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Four Americans – including the US ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, died in the attack.

Critics say Hillary Clinton could have done more as secretary of state to ensure their security.

Her performance in both Tuesday’s debate and the coming hearing are being closely watched as her campaign enters a key phase.

Analysts say Hillary Clinotn needs to shake off perceptions that she is too stiff and overly political by delivering spontaneity and more personal warmth.

BernieSanders, a Vermont Senator who calls himself a democratic socialist, has drawn record crowds in recent months with his message of increased economic fairness for the working class.

He is leading in early voting states of New Hampshire and Iowa and has defied expectations, raising large amounts of money from thousands of small donors.

However, Hillary Clinton maintains a substantial lead in many Southern states like South Carolina and swing states like Nevada, where today’s debate will be held.

Bernie Sanders has resonated with the party’s affluent white voters but has yet to make inroads with African Americans and Latinos – key Democratic constituencies.

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have mostly avoided direct criticism of each other in contrast to the raucous Republican field.

However, even if the candidates themselves practice restraint, Republican frontrunner Donald Trump promises to provide live commentary on Twitter.

The Democratic debates are between all major candidates running for President in 2016.

The Democratic National Committee has announced six sanctioned debates which will begin on October 13, 2015, in Las Vegas.

The second Democratic debate will take place on November 14 in Des Moines, Iowa.

At a New Hampshire rally, Donald Trump talked about the current refugee crisis saying that he would send home all Syrian refugees the US accepts, if he becomes president.

The Republican presidential frontrunner said: “If I win, they’re going back.”

It marks a reversal in policy – earlier this month Donald Trump told Fox News the US should take in more refugees.

A refugee crisis has gripped parts of Europe and the US has pledged to take 10,000 refugees from Syria in 2016.

Half a million people have crossed the Mediterranean into Europe in 2015, with the largest number from Syria, where 250,000 people have been killed in a civil war.

On September 30, Donald Trump told an audience at Keene High School: “I hear we want to take in 200,000 Syrians. And they could be – listen, they could be ISIS [Islamic State].”

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Describing them as a “200,000-man army”, the billionaire later added: “I’m putting the people on notice that are coming here from Syria as part of this mass migration, that if I win, if I win, they’re going back.”

Donald Trump has made immigration a central plank of his election campaign, pledging to build a wall on the southern border.

He was harshly criticized after saying undocumented Mexican immigrants were “bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists”.

Donald Trump’s latest comments about sending Syrians home are more in line with his hardline immigration policy, although at odds with what he said earlier this month.

Asked whether he thought some of the migrants travelling into Europe should be allowed in the US, the business mogul said: “I hate the concept of it, but on a humanitarian basis, with what’s happening, you have to.”

Donald Trump blamed President Barack Obama for the crisis and added: “It’s living in hell in Syria. They are living in hell.”

The US has allowed 1,500 Syrians to re-settle since the start of the conflict four years ago.

A number of Democrats, including Hillary Clinton, have urged the US to increase the number of Syrians from 10,000 to 65,000.

Secretary of State John Kerry has pledged to take more refugees worldwide, raising the yearly cap from 70,000 to 85,000 in 2016 and to 100,000 in 2017.

Donald Trump has unveiled his tax plan, which would eliminate income tax for millions of Americans.

Wealthy Americans and businesses would also pay less in taxes under the Republican frontrunner’s plan.

Donald Trump’s plan would eliminate income tax for people earning less than $25,000 and married couples jointly earning less than $50,000.

The Republican presidential hopeful is coming under increasing pressure to outline specific policy goals beyond immigration reform.

Donald Trump has previously put out papers, outlining his positions on immigration and gun rights.

“It will provide major tax relief for middle income and for most other Americans. There will be a major tax reduction,” he said on September 28.

“It will simplify the tax code, it’ll grow the American economy at a level it hasn’t seen for decades.”

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About 43% of Americans already do not pay income tax, according to the Tax Policy Center.

About 31 million more Americans would fall under Donald Trump’s no-income-tax bracket, he said.

The economy would grow at least 3% a year under his plan, Donald Trump predicts.

On average the US economy grows 1 to 2% per year. Rival presidential candidate and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush had promised a 4% growth rate under his policy proposals.

Many economists had criticized Jeb Bush’s growth rate, calling it unreasonable.

He said the US would pay for the tax cuts without adding to the national debt through eliminating deductions and loopholes that have allowed some people, mostly wealthy ones, to save money on taxes.

“In other words, it’s going to cost me a fortune,” he said.

Under his plan, the highest individual tax rate would be lowered to 25% of income from the highest rate now, 39.6%.

The plan would also put a 10% tax on overseas profits and put a tax on overseas earnings, which now can be deferred.

It would lower the tax rate on businesses to 15% from 35%.

The so-called “death tax”, in which the US government charges certain wealthy individuals to transfer the high-valued property of a deceased person to someone as outlined in a will, would also be eliminated under Donald Trump’s plan.


Hillary Clinton says she opposes the controversial Keystone XL pipeline which would carry Canadian oil to the US.

The US State Department is still studying whether to go ahead with the Keystone XL project.

The Democratic presidential candidate has previously avoided taking a position on the matter.

Now, at a campaign event in Iowa, Hillary Clinton said the pipeline would be a “distraction from the important work we have to do to combat climate change”.Hillary Clinton opposes Keystone pipeline

“Therefore, I oppose it,” she told supporters.

Until now, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had avoiding giving an opinion on the project, saying she did not want to interfere with the Obama administration’s deliberations.

However, Hillary Clinton’s main rival for the Democratic candidacy, Bernie Sanders, has long opposed the scheme and called on her to make her position clear.

The 1,179-mile pipe was first proposed seven years ago, and would transport oil from the oil sands in Alberta, Canada, to the Gulf of Mexico via Nebraska.

Supporters say the project will create jobs and US increase energy security, while opponents say it will only increase carbon emissions.


Muslim-American groups and others are calling for Ben Carson to quit the 2016 race after the Republican presidential hopeful said a Muslim should not be president.

The groups have said these views make him unqualified to run himself.

Dr. Ben Carson, a Christian, made the comments on September 20, adding that Islam was inconsistent with the Constitution.

Another Republican presidential candidate, Bobby Jindal, said on September 21 a Muslim president should swear on a Bible to uphold the Constitution.

Bobby Jindal said a Muslim Republican who fought to protect religious liberty, respected the Judeo-Christian heritage of the US and was committed to destroying Islamic State and radical Islam, and condemned cultures that treated women as second class citizens would get his vote.

But they must “place their hand on the Bible and swear to uphold the Constitution”, he added.

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The Republican candidates for president are being asked about their views on Islam since Donald Trump failed last week to correct a supporter who said President Barack Obama was a Muslim.

Donald Trump, the Republican frontrunner, has since said he would have no problem appointing a Muslim to his cabinet.

In an interview with NBC’s Meet the Press, Ben Carson said the president’s faith matters if it differs with the values of America.

“I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation,” he said.

Ben Carson elaborated later when he told The Hill: “Muslims feel that their religion is very much a part of your public life and what you do as a public official, and that’s inconsistent with our principles and our Constitution.”

Democrats immediately denounced his remarks and Muslim groups called on Ben Carson, a neurosurgeon who is riding high in the polls among Republican voters, to quit the race.

“To me this really means he is not qualified to be president of the United States,” said Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

Ibrahim Hooper noted that the US Constitution specifically does not require the president to have a certain religion.

Farhana Khera of Muslim Advocates said the “religious bigotry” was heard when JFK was hoping to be the first Catholic president.

Haroon Moghul, a leading commentator on Islam, told CNN: “I think Carson’s comments mean he should get out of the race.”

One of the latest polls, run by CNN/ORC, shows Ben Carson has slipped into third place in the Republican race, trailing former Hewlett-Packard chief Carly Fiorina and Donald Trump, who has consistently remained ahead of the pack.

Senior Republicans had said after the 2012 election that if the party did not become more inclusive, it would continue to push away young voters.


Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump has said it is “not his job” to defend President Barack Obama, after criticism from fellow Republicans for not correcting a supporter who said the POTUS was a Muslim.

Donald Trump tweeted there was “no chance” Barack Obama would defend him if he was similarly attacked.

South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham has said Donald Trump should apologize.

Donald Trump canceled his appearance at a big Republican event on September 18.

The tycoon’s campaign team said he had pulled out of the Heritage Foundation because of a “significant business transaction” that needed his attention.

The criticism has been piling up since a man at Donald Trump’s rally in New Hampshire on September 17 prefaced a question by saying Barack Obama was a Muslim and “not even an American”.

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The supporter went on to say: “We have a problem in this country – it’s called Muslims.”

Donald Trump let it go unchallenged and within a few hours, Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton said his failure to denounce “hateful rhetoric” was “disturbing and wrong”.

On September 18, his Republican competitors for the nomination waded into the row.

“He’s playing into this hateful narrative and he has to set it right,” said Lindsey Graham, who said he would never question the president’s faith or patriotism.

Leaders have an “obligation” to correct such statements, said another Republican presidential hopeful, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

Donald Trump hit back in a series of tweets: “Am I morally obligated to defend the president every time somebody says something bad or controversial about him? I don’t think so!

“If someone made a nasty or controversial statement about me to the president, do you really think he would come to my rescue? No chance!”

Donald Trump added that if he had challenged the man he would have been accused of interfering with his right to free speech.

Barack Obama, who has spoken openly about his Christian faith, was born to an American mother and Kenyan father in Hawaii.

In 2011, Donald Trump challenged Barack Obama to produce his birth certificate to disprove rumors that he was born in Kenya, which the president did.

Donald Trump has come under fire after failing to correct a supporter who said President Barack Obama was a Muslim and “not even an American”.

The Republican presidential hopeful sought to laugh off the comment, which was preceded by the supporter saying: “We have a problem in this country – it’s called Muslims.”

The comments were made at a campaign rally for Donald Trump in New Hampshire.

Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton said Donald Trump’s failure to denounce “hateful rhetoric” was “disturbing and wrong”.

Pointing to his first questioner at the campaign event in Rochester, Donald Trump said: “I like this guy.”

“We have a problem in this country called Muslims,” the man said.

“We know our current president is one. You know he’s not even an American.”Donald Trump New Hampshire rally

“We need this question?” Donald Trump said, laughing.

“But anyway,” the man continued, “we have training camps growing where they want to kill us. That’s my question: When can we get rid of them?”

Donald Trump failed to clarify that Barack Obama is a Christian American, instead replying that “bad things are happening” and saying he would look into them.

Hillary Clinton joined criticism of Donald Trump on social media, tweeting: “Donald Trump not denouncing false statements about POTUS & hateful rhetoric about Muslims is disturbing & just plain wrong. Cut it out.”

In a statement, Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz said Donald Trump’s “racism knows no bounds”.

“This is certainly horrendous but unfortunately unsurprising given what we have seen already. The vile rhetoric coming from the GOP candidates is appalling,” Debbie Wasserman Schultz added, calling on his rivals to denounce him.

Donald Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski sought to play down the incident, telling media that “all he heard was a question about training camps”.

“The media wants to make this issue about Obama. The bigger issue is that Obama is waging a war against Christians in this country,” Corey Lewandowski told the Washington Post.

Barack Obama, who has spoken openly about his Christian faith, was born to an American mother and Kenyan father in Hawaii.

In 2011, Donald Trump was one of the leading skeptics, challenging Barack Obama to produce his birth certificate to disprove rumors that he was born in Kenya, which the president did.

Donald Trump has dominated a second Republican debate between the top GOP presidential candidates in the 2016 election.

The front-runner has come under attack from all sides in a debate with an outsider candidate – former tech executive Carly Fiorina – challenging Donald Trump in a way few rivals have.

Donald Trump, a billionaire businessman with no political experience, refused to apologize over comments about the wife of Jeb Bush.

And he was on the receiving end when Carly Fiorina drew huge applause facing up to his recent jibe over her looks.

Fifteen Republicans are vying to be the party’s White House nominee in 2016.

With more than a year until polling day, the second Republican debate in the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California saw Jeb Bush and Donald Trump trading blows several times.Donald Trump second Republican debate 2015

Their most notable clash in the debate, hosted by CNN, came when former Florida Governor Jeb Bush demanded that the tycoon apologize to his wife for saying he was weak on immigration because she is Mexican. Donald Trump refused.

But the loudest audience response of the night came when Carly Fiorina was asked about an interview in which Donald Trump said she could not be president because: “Look at that face.”

Carly replied, to thunderous applause: “I think women all over this country heard very clearly what Mr. Trump said.”

Moderator Jake Tapper gives Carly Fiorina the chance to respond to Donald Trump’s comments about her in Rolling Stone magazine in which he said: “Look at that face. Would anyone vote for that. Can you imagine that as the face of our next president?”

Donald Trump later said he was talking about her persona, not her appearance.

If Donald Trump predictably took plenty of punches, as the candidate who has held a commanding lead for much of the campaign, he gave as good he got throughout the debate in his trademark style.

Donald Trump returned fire on Kentucky Senator Rand Paul with an oblique personal insult about his appearance, mocked the fiscal record of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and introduced himself with the words: “I say, not in a braggadocios way, I’ve made billions and billions of dollars.”

A second-tier debate for the four other Republican candidates happened on the same stage earlier.

In a combative atmosphere, the four were split over the case of Kim Davis, a Kentucky clerk jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples due to her Christian faith.

The Democratic Party will hold its first debate in Nevada in October, also hosted by CNN.

By next summer, each party will have a presidential nominee who will do battle in the race for the White House.

Votes will finally be cast in November 2016.

Democrat presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton has apologized for her use of a personal email account for official business whilst secretary of state between 2009 and 2013.

In a Facebook post, Hillary Clinton wrote she was “sorry” and had made a “mistake”.

The former secretary of state’ use of private email has generated a barrage of criticism as Hillary Clinton runs for the Democratic presidential nomination for the 2016 election.

Critics say that her set-up was not secure, contrary to government policy, and meant to shield her from oversight.

Hillary Clinton apologized for the first time for using a personal account during an interview on September 8.

“That was a mistake. I’m sorry about that. I take responsibility, and I’m trying to be as transparent as I possibly can,” she told ABC news.

On her Facebook page Hillary Clinton wrote: “Yes, I should have used two email addresses, one for personal matters and one for my work at the State Department. Not doing so was a mistake. I’m sorry about it, and I take full responsibility.”

Hillary Clinton continued to deny that she had broken any government rules or laws. She wrote that “nothing I ever sent or received was marked classified at the time”.Hillary Clinton apologizes for using private email

Political analysts – including fellow Democrats – have said the Clinton campaign has stumbled in its response to the controversy and Hillary Clinton had not seemed contrite – at times even making jokes about the email issue.

It has been a major issue in the presidential race. Polls show an increasing number of voters view her as “untrustworthy” due in part to the questions surrounding her email use.

Under US federal law, officials’ correspondence is considered to be US government property.

Government employees are encouraged to use official email accounts although some top officials have used personal accounts in the past.

The State Department has been investigating Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal email server.

In March, Hilalry Clinton said she and her lawyers made the decision over what would be considered work-related email when the state department asked for records from former secretaries of state.

The emails deemed work-related were about half of the 60,000 emails she sent in total during her time in office. The emails she deemed personal were deleted, Hillary Clinton said.

Since then, the State Department has been releasing the emails to the public in batches about once a month. Some of these emails have been censored by the department as they contain classified information.

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has said she would like to serve as energy secretary in a Donald Trump administration in order to abolish the department.

Sarah Palin told CNN that “energy is my baby”.

“Oil and gas and minerals, those things that God has dumped on this part of the Earth for mankind’s use,” the conservative activist said.

Donald Trump said in July he would be open to the possibility of Sarah Palin serving in his government.

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Sarah Palin said she wanted individual states to “start having more control over the lands that are within their boundaries” with respect to their energy policy.

“If I were in charge of that, it would be a short-term job,” she said.

Sarah Palin also defended Donald Trump over recent criticism of gaps in his knowledge of foreign affairs.

“I think I’d rather have a president who is tough and puts America first than can win a game of Trivial Pursuit,” she said.

“But I don’t think the public gives a flying flip if somebody knows who, today, is a specific leader of a specific region or a religion or anything,” Sarah Palin added.

Donald Trump has recently been leading polls for the Republican presidential nomination.

Sarah Palin was the Republican nominee for vice-president in 2008.

According to a SurveyUSA poll released on September 4, Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump leads Democrat Hillary Clinton head-to-head.

The poll finds that matched up directly, Donald Trump garners 45% to Hillary Clinton’s 40%.

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In other head-to-head matchups, Donald Trump beats out Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) by 44% to 40%; Vice President Joe Biden by 44% to 42%; and former Vice President Al Gore by 44% to 41%.

The SurveyUSA poll also found that 30% of respondents believe Donald Trump will eventually be the Republican nominee, leading the field.

Jeb Bush came in second, with 20% saying they expect him to win the nomination. Following the former Florida governor in order were retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Senator Marco Rubio (R-Florida).

The poll surveyed 1,000 adults across the United States between September 2 and 3, and it had a margin of error of 3.3%.


Hillary Clinton has said she regrets using private email account while serving as secretary of state.

She has also said she wished she had made a “different choice”.

“I’m sorry this has been confusing,” Hillary Clinton told MSNBC.

Her use of private email has generated a barrage of criticism as Hillary Clinton runs for the Democratic presidential nomination for the 2016 election.

Critics say that Hillary Clinton’s set-up was not secure, contrary to government policy, and meant to shield her from oversight.



Political analysts – including fellow Democrats – have said the Clinton campaign has stumbled in its response to the controversy and Hillary Clinton had not seemed contrite – at times even making jokes about the email issue.

A more somber Hillary Clinton took full responsibility in Friday’s interview, saying she didn’t “stop and think” about how use of a private email account would be perceived.

It has been a major issue in the presidential race. Polls show an increasing number of voters view her as “untrustworthy” due in part to the questions surrounding Hillary Clinton’s email use.

Under US federal law, officials’ correspondence is considered to be US government property.

Government employees are encouraged to use official email accounts although some top officials have used personal accounts in the past.

In March, Hillary Clinton said she and her lawyers made the decision over what would be considered work-related email when the state department asked for records from former secretaries of state.

The emails deemed work-related were about half of the 60,000 emails she sent in total during her time in office. The emails she deemed personal were deleted, Hillary Clinton said.

Since then, the state department has been releasing the emails to the public in batches about once a month.

Vice-President Joe Biden says he does not know if he has the “emotional energy” to run for president in 2016.

Joe Biden, 72, said at a foreign policy lecture in Atlanta: “I can’t look you straight in the eye and say now, <<I know I can do it>>.”

The Democrat lost his son, Beau Biden, to cancer earlier this year.Joe Biden on presidential race

The media have watched and waited for weeks for a hint that Joe Biden will challenge the Democrat front-runner Hillary Clinton.

He told those gathered in Atlanta: “The most relevant factor in my decision is whether my family and I have the emotional energy to run. The factor is, can I do it?

“The honest to God answer is I just don’t know.”

Some Democrats have urged Joe Biden to run as Hillary Clinton’s campaign appears to be struggling with questions over her use of emails when she was Secretary of State.

Joe Biden failed in his bids for the White House in 1988 and 2008 before becoming Barack Obama’s running mate.

Donald Trump has signed a GOP loyalty pledge agreeing not to run as an independent candidate if he loses the Republican nomination for the 2016 elections.

The presidential hopeful said on September 3: “I will be totally pledging my allegiance to the Republican Party and the conservative principles for which it stands.”

Donald Trump had earlier refused to rule it out.

The billionaire business mogul, who has been soaring in the polls, has come under pressure in recent weeks from the Republican Party to sign the pledge.

Donald Trump’s announcement will be seen as a victory for the party, who may have seen a split in its support and given the Democrats a boost had Trump pressed ahead as an independent candidate.

He said he had received nothing for signing the loyalty pledge, aside from the assurance that he would be treated fairly in the race.

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Donald Trump was booed by audience members during the Republican presidential debate last month after he refused to rule out a third-party run. He was the only candidate not to commit to back the winner of the party’s primaries.

The Republican Party National Committee has since sought a loyalty pledge from each of its presidential hopefuls, in what is believed to be a first for the party.

“The best way forward… to win, is if I win the nomination and go direct against whoever (the Democrats) happen to put up. So for that reason, I have signed the pledge,” Donald Trump told reporters gathered at his campaign headquarters in New York’s Trump Tower.

“I see no circumstances under which I would tear up that pledge,” he added.

The Republican Party pledge asks presidential candidates to “endorse the 2016 Republican presidential nominee regardless of who it is”.

Donald Trump has come under attack from his rivals in the race who have questioned his conservative credentials and liberal leanings in the past.

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush said on September 3 Donald Trump’s views on illegal immigration were “too pessimistic”, despite vowing to support his rival if he won the party race.

Some of the measures Donald Trump has outlined to combat illegal immigration include raising visa fees to pay for a wall along the Mexican border and ending the automatic right to citizenship for US-born children of families living illegally in America.

The latest poll by Monmouth University puts Donald Trump way ahead with support from 30% of Republicans, and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson running a distant second with 18%.

The rest of the Republican pack is trailing far behind, with Jeb Bush currently tied with Texas senator Ted Cruz at 8%.

In a recent interview, Donald Trump says he wants to end the automatic right to citizenship for all children born in the US.

Under the current law, all children born in the United States – even if their parents are illegal immigrants – get citizenship under the constitution.

Other measures the Republican presidential hopeful outlined would include raising visa fees to pay for a wall along the Mexican border.

Immigration is a central plank of Donald Trump’s campaign to be the Republican contender in next year’s election.Donald Trump Meet the Press

“They have to go,” he told NBC’s Chuck Todd during Meet The Press interview.

A tough deportation policy was needed, Donald Trump said, because “there’s definitely evidence” of crimes linked to immigrants living in the country illegally.

He said he would also deport all undocumented immigrants, and pay for a tripling of the number of immigration officers by eliminating tax credit payments to immigrant families residing illegally in the US.

Donald Trump added families with US-born children could return quickly if deemed worthy by the government.

“We’re going to try and bring them back rapidly, the good ones,” the Republican front-runner candidate said.

He added: “We will expedite it so people can come back in.”

“The good people can come back,” Donald Trump said, without elaborating.

Hilary Clinton has hit back at her Republican rival Jeb Bush over who is responsible for instability in Iraq and the rise of the Islamic State (ISIS).

On August 11, Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush accused the Obama administration of a “premature withdrawal” of US forces from Iraq in 2011, with “grievous” costs.

Hillary Clinton replied by saying it was Jeb Bush’s brother, George W. Bush, who, as president, negotiated a US withdrawal.

The US-led war in 2003 has been followed by years of turmoil.

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Jeb Bush called the withdrawal of US forces in 2011 a “fatal error”, destabilizing the nation and setting the stage for the rise of the Islamic State.

“So eager to be the history-makers, they failed to be the peacemakers,” Jeb Bush said of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, who was Obama’s secretary of state from 2009 to 2013.

“Rushing away from danger can be every bit as unwise as rushing into danger,” he told a rally in California.

On the campaign trail in Iowa on August 15, Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton responded by saying Jeb Bush “should present the entire picture. [That]… includes the agreement George W. Bush made with the Maliki government in Iraq that set the end of 2011 as the date to withdraw American troops”.

“I can only wonder whether he either did not know that or thought that other people would not be reminded of that,” Hillary Clinton went on.

Earlier in the campaign Jeb Bush was ridiculed for struggling to say whether he would have approved the Iraq invasion “knowing what we know now”.

At first, he said he would, then he said he wouldn’t engage in “hypotheticals” and finally he announced he would not have.

Hillary Clinton herself voted in favor of the invasion in Iraq in 2002, and has since both defended the decision and acknowledged she “got it wrong”.

Jeb Bush has blamed President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton for the current unrest in the Middle East and the rise of the Islamic State (ISIS).

In a 40-minute speech on August 11 at the Reagan Presidential Library in California, Jeb Bush outlined an argument made by many of the current Republican candidates.

By executing a “premature withdrawal” of all US forces in Iraq in 2011, the Republican hopeful said, the Obama administration and then-Secretary of State Clinton committed a “fatal error”, destabilizing the nation and setting the stage for the rise of ISIS militants.Jeb Bush criticizes Hillary Clinton

“So eager to be the history-makers, they failed to be the peacemakers,” Jeb Bush said of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

“It was a case of blind haste to get out and to call the tragic consequences somebody else’s problem. Rushing away from danger can be every bit as unwise as rushing into danger, and the costs have been grievous.”

Rushing into a dangerous war is the critique often laid at the feet of Jeb Bush’s brother, President George W. Bush, the man who oversaw the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

However, Jeb Bush never mentioned his brother by name, although he made a few veiled references to his sibling’s often tumultuous foreign policy experience.

“No leader or policymaker involved will claim to have gotten everything right in the region, Iraq especially,” he said.

Jeb Bush went on to argue that the US military should become more involved in the Middle East – although the extent of such involvement was left unclear.

He called for a no-fly and “safe” zones over Syria, the removal of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, increasing support for Iraqi Kurds and greater co-ordination between US and Iraqi troops.

Earlier this week, Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton engaged in a round of accusations and counter attacks over education policy via Twitter.

GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump has defended his relations with women, calling them “tremendous”, but stopped short of apologizing for attacking Fox News moderator Megyn Kelly.

Donald Trump was criticized for seeming to suggest that Megyn Kelly was tough on him in Thursday’s first GOP debate because she was menstruating.

In an interview with ABC’s This Week on August 9, the tycoon said that only a “sick person” would interpret his remarks that way.

Donald Trump is running for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

The billionaire, who spoke to a number of news outlets on August 9, said he had an “amazing” relationship with women in business.

“They are phenomenal. And I have many executives that are women,” he told ABC’s This Week.

“They are doing a phenomenal job. I pay them a tremendous amount of money. Donald Trump scandal with Megyn Kelly

“They make money for me. They make money for themselves. And in many cases, they truly are really talented and they can be killers.”

On August 6, Donald Trump was one of 10 Republican hopefuls taking part in a debate on Fox News, co-hosted by Megyn Kelly.

Megyn Kelly asked Donald Trump why voters should elect a man who has called women “fat pigs, dogs, slobs and disgusting animals”, a question the tycoon later said was “nasty”.

On August 7, Donald Trump told CNN: “You could see there was blood coming out of her [Ms Kelly’s] eyes, blood coming out of her wherever.”

Many of his challengers called on him to apologize, and a major US conservative forum dropped him as a speaker in the wake of the remarks.

In the ABC interview, Donald Trump repeated his assertions that he had been misunderstood, saying he had “nothing against” Megyn Kelly, while declining to apologize.

Donald Trump also attacked rival Jeb Bush, who himself is under fire after having to backtrack on comments that the US government was spending too much on women’s health.

“What he said about women and women’s health issues was ridiculous, and I’m the exact opposite,” said Donald Trump.

Donald Trump is ahead of the 16 other Republican candidates in several recent polls despite a string of controversial remarks since launching his campaign.

Donald Trump has announced on August 8 that he fired his campaign top adviser Roger Stone.

However, Roger Stone insists that he really dumped the GOP presidential font-runner.

Roger Stone said his departure was spurred by Donald Trump’s decision to continue trash-talking Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly after Thursday night’s debate.

The veteran political consultant tweeted on August 8: “Sorry @realDonaldTrump didn’t fire me – I fired Trump.

“Disagree with diversion to food fight with @megynkelly.”

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With Donald Trump insulting Megyn Kelly via Twitter and in a damaging interview, steered attention “away (from) core issue messages”, Roger Stone tweeted.

Donald Trump was told by organizers to stay home Saturday from the RedState Gathering, a high-profile Georgia meeting of influential conservative activists, after one particularly noxious remark.

In an interview with The Washington Post, Donald Trump said that he fired Roger Stone in an effort to rid his campaign of “publicity seekers”.

“I want to surround myself only with the best and most serious people,” the billionaire said.

“We want top of the line pros.”

Donald Trump added that he would not apologize to Megyn Kelly, and was moving on from his campaign’s latest verbal conflagration.

His remarks about Mexicans, Senator John McCain and Rosie O’Donnell have defined his presidential run as much as any policy positions.

Donald Trump is still leading the Republican race for the White House after causing further controversies in the first debate in Cleveland.

His refusal to rule out a third-party run drew boos from the audience on Thursday night.

Donald Trump stood by offensive comments he has made in the past about women.

The ten candidates in Cleveland, selected by Fox News on the basis of recent national polls, provided a frank and bruising exchange of views.

Facing some tough questions from the debate moderators, the candidates tried to stand out in a crowded Republican field.

Donald Trump stumbled on his past support for a national healthcare system but his most uncomfortable moment came when moderator Megyn Kelly challenged him on his views about women.

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“You’ve called women you don’t like fat pigs, dogs, slobs and disgusting animals,” Megyn Kelly said.

The tycoon answered by joking that he only said that about actress Rosie O’Donnell and stating that political correctness was one of the country’s biggest problems.

The crowd became hostile when Donald Trump said he would run as an independent, an admission that enraged Rand Paul.

“He buys and sells politicians of all stripes,” said the senator.

One of the loudest rounds of applause was for Marco Rubio when he mocked Hillary Clinton, who leads the Democratic field.

“First let me say, I think God has blessed us. He’s blessed the Republican Party with some very good candidates. The Democrats can’t even find one.”

On August 6, the Democratic Party announced it would hold its first debate in Nevada in October, hosted by CNN.

By next summer, each party will have a presidential nominee who will do battle in the race for the White House. Votes will finally be cast in November 2016.

The Republican field is one of the largest in recent years. Seven other candidates took part in an earlier debate that featured several attacks on Donald Trump.

Former Texas Governor Rick Perry said Donald Trump was running a campaign based on celebrity, while former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina mocked him over his Clinton ties.

While the debates were going on, Hillary Clinton was in Los Angeles for a campaign fundraising event attended by several celebrities, including reality TV star Kim Kardashian and her husband, Kanye West.

Former Texas Governor Rick Perry is not among the 10 Republicans running for president who will take part in the first primetime TV debate.

Donald Trump, Jeb Bush and Scott Walker will take the stage in Cleveland on August 6 with seven rivals.

Fox News selected the 10 most popular Republicans based on five national polls, excluding Rick Perry and South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham.

Those two and five other candidates will take part in an earlier debate.

Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum reacted angrily to his omission.Rick Perry first GOP debate

“The idea that they have left out the runner-up for the 2012 nomination [Rick Santorum], the former four-term governor of Texas [Rick Perry], the governor of Louisiana [Bobby Jindal], the first female Fortune 50 CEO [Carly Fiorina], and the 3-term Senator from South Carolina [Lindsey Graham] due to polling seven months before a single vote is cast is preposterous,” his spokesman said.

In contrast, Rick Perry tweeted that he was looking forward to being on Fox at 5PM for “a serious exchange of ideas and positive solutions to get America back on track”.

The main debate takes place four hours later at 9PM local time.

All eyes will be on Donald Trump, who leads the polls and has made headlines with outspoken remarks about many of his rivals.

One of the Republican frontrunners, Jeb Bush, became embroiled in a row with leading Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton over women’s health funding on August 4.

The former Florida governor was attacked by Democrat Hillary Clinton after he told a conservative Christian audience he wasn’t sure “we need half a billion dollars for women’s health issues”.

Jeb Bush later said he “misspoke” after criticism of his remarks.

Top 10 Republicans Running for White House 2016:

  • Businessman Donald Trump
  • Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush
  • Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker
  • Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee
  • Surgeon Ben Carson
  • Texas Senator Ted Cruz
  • Florida Senator Marco Rubio
  • Kentucky Senator Rand Paul
  • Ohio Governor John Kasich
  • New Jersey Governor Chris Christie