WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. presidential race (all times EDT):
Hillary Clinton is taking tough questions on power ties, pant suits and the Scott Baio vote on the online comedy program “Between Two Ferns.”
The five-minute interview with comedian Zack Galifianakis appeared on the Funny or Die website Thursday. Among Galifianakis’ questions was whether she ever watched Donald Trump and thought “I should be more racist.” Clinton just shook her head, smiling.
At one point Clinton said jokingly “I really regret doing this.”
The two riffed about what Trump should wear to the first debate. Clinton said: “I assume he’ll wear that red power tie.” Galifianakis replied: “Or maybe a white power tie.”
President Barack Obama appeared on “Between Two Ferns” in 2014 as he was trying to encourage young people to sign up for the Affordable Care Act.
Donald Trump says debate moderator Lester Holt shouldn’t try to fact-check the candidates at next week’s presidential debate.
Trump says it’s up to the candidates themselves to call out their rivals when they are wrong. Trump spoke Thursday in a telephone interview on “Fox and Friends.” He says the candidates should “argue it out.”
NBC’s Matt Lauer has received criticism for not pointing out factual errors by Trump at a recent forum on national security.
Trump says there’s pressure on NBC’s Holt ahead of Monday’s debate at Hofstra University. He likens it to the pressure former Indiana University basketball coach and Trump supporter Bobby Knight used to put on referees.
Trump says: “A lot of people are watching to see whether or not he succumbs to that pressure.”
Donald Trump says there’s a “lack of spirit” between blacks and whites after two high-profile police shootings of black men and violent protests in Charlotte, North Carolina.
In a phone interview Thursday on “Fox & Friends,” Trump said “there has to be a unity message somehow that has to get out and it starts with leadership.”
The Republican presidential candidate’s comments comes as he increasingly reaches out to African-American voters, at the same time as maintaining the tough law-and-order stance that appeals to core supporters.
He repeated his support for “stop-and-frisk,”a tactic which allows police to stop and search anyone they deem suspicious. A federal judge has ruled it discriminatory.
Trump said “it’s quite unbelievable” that it’s not being used in Chicago.
He said: “Chicago is out of control.”