It is finally Friday. We were joined today by two special guests, but before speaking with them, we discussed the Trump event in Charlotte and my response, broadcasted on Time Warner Cable News last night. There was a great deal of buzz about Trump’s use of teleprompters last night, although he won the nomination without them, keeping him focused and on scripted may prove to be a good thing. Still amazed that the questions that use “Trump’s” name never uses “Hillary’s” name in the same way.
Yesterday, Senator Jeff Tarte blamed Trump for his potential loss this fall. Some republican legislators are looking to blame Trump for their campaign short comings, rather than accepting responsibility for their close races.
Early on in the show we were joined by “Capital Tonight” host Tim Boyum with TWC who was in Charlotte last night for the rally. We drilled in on Tim’s perspective on the rally and how the crowd responded to a more scripted Trump. We also discussed Trump’s apology and if that will affect his public support. Tim and I discussed Rep. Tarte’s statement on Trump’s campaign hurting other republicans down the ballot. Trump is not hurting republican candidates, but is overshadowing them from a media standpoint. Even the McCrory v Cooper races is largely overlooked as Trump dominates news coverage.
Next we were joined by former Majority Leader Mike Hager, who recently resigned. Hager gave us insight as to why he decided to leave the house, mainly to spend more time with his family. Hager said he did NOT play a role in picking his successor, but will support republican candidates throughout the state. Hager also commented on Tarte’s statements. He also pointed out that he has concerns about the leadership in the House. He predicted if losses do occur that this next session would likely be Tim Moore’s last as Speaker.
Fun facts to bring you into the weekend. Burger King just released a Whopperito, a hybrid between a burrito and hamburger. The common cold originated from camels, and certain Ecuadorian dwarfs do not develop cancer or diabetes due to their ability to utilize growth hormones. Yep, dwarves and camels. . . you just never know!