United States House of Representatives(WASHINGTON) — Senior level Trump campaign sources confirmed to ABC News Wednesday that House Speaker Paul Ryan will be endorsing presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.
It's unclear when the endorsement will take place, but Ryan has a briefing on the House GOP agenda scheduled later Wednesday in Washington.
Its been widely reported that Trump and Ryan haven't seen eye to eye on several issues.
The Wisconsin Republican has frequently condemned Trump's campaign, including his proposed ban of Muslim immigration, and Trump's initial resistance in denouncing the Ku Klux Klan after he was endorsed by former grand wizard David Duke.
In a May 5 interview with CNN, Ryan said he wasn't ready to endorse Trump yet -- despite the billionaire mogul's decisive win in the Indiana primary that knocked out his final two contenders and catapulted him to the status of the GOP's presumptive presidential nominee heading into July's convention.
Trump shot back during an interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos that he didn't think the Republican Party needed to be unified behind his candidacy.
After much back and forth, Ryan and Trump finally decided to meet in Washington with Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus also in attendance.
The following week Trump arrived to Washington -- under the swarm of media -- to make a stop to Capitol Hill at the headquarters of the Republican National Committee.
After the meeting took place, Ryan and Trump issued a joint statement calling for Republicans to "unite around our shared principles, advance a conservative agenda and do all we can to win this fall."
However, Ryan still wasn't ready to get behind Trump yet.
ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- The Sanders campaign has officially requested a recanvass of the vote from the May 17 Kentucky Democratic primary. The goal seems to be earning the one remaining delegate in the neck-and-neck contest.
In a letter to Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes -- a Hillary Clinton supporter -- sent Tuesday and signed by Bernie Sanders himself, Sanders requests a "full and complete check and recanvass of every one of the voting machines and absentee ballots from all precincts in all 120 counties involving the Democratic presidential race from the 2016 primary election."
A press release from Grimes' office confirms she received the request from the Sanders campaign.
“My office is notifying all county boards of elections that Sen. Sanders has requested a recanvass, and we are reminding them of the laws and procedures to be followed,” said Grimes. “As always, we will assist the county boards of elections in any way we can.”
The race has not been officially called, but Clinton leads Sanders by only 1,924. They both earned 27 delegates and Clinton has the support of two additional superdelegates. There is one remaining delegate, and this recanvass seems to be an effort by the Sanders campaign to earn that one delegate, which covers the sixth congressional district. The district in question includes the state's second largest city, Lexington, and the state capital, Frankfort.
A recanvass is not a recount, according to the secretary of state's office. The county boards of elections will convene Thursday morning to "recheck and recanvass the voting machines, per Kentucky law." A recanvass could possibly find human error, but it is unlikely to change anything dramatically in the vote count.
The Clinton campaign says they are aware Sanders wants a recanvass and they're not going to contest him.
"They've been all over the map," an aide said about the Sanders camp and the contesting of the vote. "I'm not sure what the net impact will be going forward."
The campaign also noted that Sanders could use this as a fundraising tactic. "He has a cash flow problem," an aide said, referring to Sanders' recent decrease in donations.
On primary night, Grimes said Clinton was the "apparent winner" and Clinton declared herself the victor, but no official call has been made in the race.
According to the secretary of state's office, the “results of the primaries and election results are not official until the state board of results certifies the results on May .”
ABC/ Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) -- Hillary Clinton appears to be taking a three-pronged approach when it comes to Donald Trump.
While campaigning in Los Angeles Tuesday, the Democratic presidential front-runner delivered roughly 40-minutes of remarks in which she hit the Republican presidential candidate on everything from his business record, to his taxes, to foreign policy, to his ego and personality.
The attacks got to the corps of what is likely to be Clinton's general election Trump strategy: Cast Trump as a bad businessman, go after him for being dangerous on foreign policy, and paint him as not being an easy person to work with. (Meanwhile, ignore his attacks against her husband, Bill Clinton.)
Here’s a breakdown of the three approaches Clinton is taking -- and what she said Tuesday to make her case.
Strategy No. 1: Cast Trump as a Bad Businessman
Here’s what she said: Clinton started by accusing the real estate mogul of rooting for the housing market crash during the Great Recession (so “he could take advantage of it to make some money for himself,” she said), and for having failed business ventures. “He has experience in bankruptcy right?” she asked the crowd. "So you know I don’t know if that’s one of the qualifications for running for president, but I kind of doubt it.”
Clinton also called on Trump to release his tax returns and suggested he may have never paid any federal income taxes ever. However, according to New Jersey officials who saw his tax returns, Trump has paid taxes: He paid $18,714 in 1975, $10,832 in 1976 and $42,386 in 1977.
Strategy No. 2: Peg Trump as Dangerous When It Comes to Foreign Policy
Here's what she said: As she often does, Clinton went after Trump for his foreign policy proposals such as banning Muslims from entering the United States and for wanting to build a wall across the U.S.-Mexico border. (Trump has since said that his controversial plan to ban most Muslims from entering the U.S. is "just a suggestion.") She warned that these policies will only backfire. “Loose talk, like a loose cannon, can misfire,” she said.
The former secretary of state continued by saying Trump praised North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un. "He has praised the dictator in North Korea,” she exclaimed. “Although I was kind of struck today when spokesman from North Korea said they are not interested in talking to Donald Trump. I suppose that is a blessing -- I guess, right?” (Trump has only said that he would have "no problem" speaking to the North Korean leader.)
Meanwhile, Clinton talked up her own foreign experience -- going into a detailed account of her role in the raid against Osama bin Laden.
Strategy No. 3: Paint Trump as Being Difficult to Work With
Here’s what she said: Lastly, Clinton accused Trump of having a personality unfit for the president’s office.
“In a democracy you cannot order other elected officials to do something. You have to build a relationship you have to work with them. You can’t say to the senator from some state, 'You’re fired,’” she joked, referring to Trump's famous line on his reality TV show, "The Apprentice." "That’s not the way the government works.”
Earlier, she accused him of speaking without thinking. “You know here’s a person running for president, who calls in to shows and basically says whatever the thought of the day might be,” she said, to laughter. "You know, I mean, call me old fashioned, I think it matters ... what you’re saying when you’re running for president and it really matters when you are president.”
Clinton’s Trump-focused speech came just one day after her potential future opponent brought up Bill Clinton's old sex scandals in an Instagram video. Clinton did not address that video Tuesday.
Charles Ommanney/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Donald Trump has brought up old dirt for his latest campaign moves, mentioning Bill Clinton's sex scandals in an Instagram video posted Monday.
That Trump's campaign started zeroing in on Clinton's history with women may not come as a shock; Trump has been hinting at the former president's past on the campaign trail, and one of his best-known confidants has been doing so for years.
Roger Stone, a close friend and sometime adviser of Trump's, co-authored a book called The Clintons' War on Women, which was published in October.
Trump called Clinton "the worst abuser of women" in an interview with CNN earlier this month and used a similar line during a campaign speech in Spokane, Washington.
He continued, "Hillary Clinton's husband abused women more than any man that we know of in the history of politics, right? She's married to a man who was the worst abuser in the history of politics. She's married to a man who hurt many women."
"Hillary was an enabler, and she treated these women horribly. Just remember this, and some of those women were destroyed not by him but by the way that Hillary Clinton treated them after everything went down," Trump said in the Spokane speech.
Hillary Clinton argued at the time that the women's claims were part of a "vast right-wing conspiracy." She maintained that claim for months during the Monica Lewinsky scandal, but in her 2003 autobiography she conceded, "I might have phrased my point more artfully, but I stand by the characterization of [Kenneth] Starr's investigation."
For her part, Hillary Clinton is avoiding engaging in the back-and-forth. During an interview with CNN in Illinois last week, she was asked if she felt compelled to defend her husband's honor or their relationship. "Not at all," she said. "I know that that's exactly what he is fishing for, and you know, I'm not going to be responding."
Trump's Latest Attack
In the new campaign video released Monday on Instagram, audio of three women's voices can be heard while a picture of the former president is shown over the White House.
Trump did not name the women in the video, but all the recordings used had been publicly released.
The first recording is of Lewinsky, the White House intern who was at the center of the scandal that resulted in Bill Clinton's impeachment and eventual acquittal.
The second is of Kathleen Willey, a former White House volunteer who made accusations against Bill Clinton, and the third is of Juanita Broaddrick, an Arkansas resident who claimed Bill Clinton assaulted her when he was the state's attorney general.
Trump has said he thinks it's necessary to go negative with his campaign.
"I don't like doing that," he said of the Instagram video, "but I have no choice when she hits me on things. I just have no choice, so you have to do it. It's unfair."
Trump, speaking to Fox News' Bill O'Reilly on Monday, said of the Clintons, "You know, they're dirty players, they've been dirty players historically, and I have to fight back the way I have to fight back."
Vince Foster Suicide
Trump also raised questions about the suicide of a Clinton family confidant, deputy White House counsel Vince Foster, who was found dead in what was ruled a suicide in 1993.
Trump was asked about Foster's death in an interview with The Washington Post that took place last week but was not publicly shared until Monday. He brought up decades-old conspiracy theories among some on the far right and far left, calling Foster's death "very fishy."
"He had intimate knowledge of what was going on. He knew everything that was going on, and then all of a sudden he committed suicide," Trump said, adding, "I don't bring [Foster's death] up because I don't know enough to really discuss it."
Foster's death was ruled a suicide by multiple investigations, including ones conducted by the FBI, the Department of Justice and the United States Park Police. Whitewater independent counsel Kenneth Starr issued a 114-page report in 1997 confirming the outcome of the earlier investigations.
Hillary Clinton's team has not directly responded to the specific claims and has refused to engage Trump on the allegations.
"I think it's bad strategy," Hillary Clinton's campaign spokesman Brian Fallon told Bloomberg on Monday, adding that "it was two decades ago."
Claims by Juanita Broaddrick
Trump has made other efforts to smear his likely general-election opponent. Trump brought up Broaddrick during an interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity, classifying her claims as "rape."
Broaddrick is heard in the Instagram video saying, "He starts to bite on my top lip as I tried to pull away from him."
That recording is from a 1999 interview she did with "Dateline NBC" in which she detailed what she said happened between her and Bill Clinton in a hotel room in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1978. Broaddrick denied those allegations in a 1998 lawsuit but recanted her denial in 1999.
No criminal charges were ever filed in the case, and Bill Clinton's personal lawyer said her claims were "absolutely false" in 1999 when they were made public.
Kathleen Willey's Claims
Willey was a volunteer at the White House in November 1993 when, she alleged, Bill Clinton assaulted her in the Oval Office. She said he kissed and fondled her. She first publicly disclosed her claims on "60 Minutes" in 1998 during the Lewinsky scandal. In 2007, when Hillary Clinton was first running for president, Willey released a book titled "Target: Caught in the Crosshairs of Bill and Hillary Clinton," and she went on Fox News to promote the book.
"No woman should be subjected to it. It was an assault," she said during that interview, the audio of which was repurposed by Trump in his Instagram video.
During the impeachment proceedings, which started in late 1998, Bill Clinton denied ever assaulting Willey. "When she came to see me, she was clearly upset. I did to her what I have done to scores and scores of men and women who have worked for me or been my friends over the years. I embraced her, I put my arms around her, I may have even kissed her on the forehead. There was nothing sexual about it," he said in his testimony.
The U.S. Office of the Independent Counsel had concerns about the veracity of Willey's statements because she had lied to the FBI, and in the office's final report, it said that there was insufficient evidence to think his testimony was false.
The Paula Jones Lawsuit
In 1994, Paula Jones filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Bill Clinton, claiming that in 1991, when he was Arkansas' governor and she was working at a hotel in Little Rock, he propositioned her at a room in the hotel. The case went on for four years and was settled when he agreed to pay her $850,000 to drop the case.
When the agreement was announced, Bill Clinton's attorney Bob Bennett said in a statement, "The president remains certain that the plaintiff's claims are baseless" and "has decided he is not prepared to spend one more hour on this matter." The deal did not include an apology.
"Nothing in this agreement shall be construed to be an admission of liability or wrongdoing by any party," read the agreement.
MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who has long called for President Obama to step up efforts to address sexual assault in the military, renewed her call Tuesday for the president to take executive action to help address what she calls a still-pervasive problem in the armed services.
“I'm very frustrated with the White House,” she said during a press conference.
Gillibrand is trying to get cases of sexual assault moved from outside the military justice chain of command to trained, independent military prosecutors.
She said that Obama could call for this change himself, but until then, she would seek to get legislation on his desk that would have the same effect.
“I've spoken to the president directly about this issue and what I'm frustrated about is he is the Commander in Chief. So he could change this rule all by himself,” she said in a press conference about her bill, the Military Justice Improvement Act, which will be voted on as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act bill later this week.
The bill, which has bipartisan support, fell 10 votes short of a 60-vote threshold last year as an amendment to the NDAA, but Gillibrand said she was hopeful that it would pass this time as new information about the military’s treatment of sexual assault had come to light.
She accused the Department of Defense of overstating the work it’s done to crack down on sexual assault and prosecute cases in the past year, citing a review her office conducted of 329 sexual assault cases files from 2014 that found just 22 percent of the cases went to trial and 10 percent of all cases resulted in sexual assault convictions.
“It’s clear from the data and case files the Defense Department has given us that little has changed, despite their persistent claims that things are getting better,” she said.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In the Department of Defense’s report to Congress earlier this month on sexual assault, Acting Undersecretary for Personnel and Readiness Peter Levine wrote that while there has been progress within the military to prevent and prosecute sexual assault, “more must be done to eliminate this crime.”
ABC/ Ida Mae Astute(LOS ANGELES) -- Although Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders' California campaign will still center around large-scale campaign rallies over the next two weeks, the campaign has decided to go on the airwaves with a $1.5 million dollar buy.
The ad will start airing in Los Angeles Wednesday, as well as in Fresno and Sacramento.
The 30-second ad shows California farmworkers, scenes of Venice beach and college students contrasted with images of Wall Street.
In the ad, Sanders explains how California has "the power to choose a new direction for the Democratic party.”
ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders argued Tuesday that he's "absolutely not" harming the Democratic Party by staying in the 2016 primary race, but rather "invigorating" the party.
"I don't think I'm harming the Democratic Party," Sanders said in an interview on ABC's The View. "I think I'm invigorating American democracy and invigorating the Democratic Party. The establishment obviously doesn't like it. They would like us to go away and do things in the same old, same old."
The Vermont senator, who continues to battle Democratic rival Hillary Clinton despite her delegate lead, also asserted that he's brought in more voters and suggested that his candidacy has helped the Democratic Party achieve an "unprecedented increase in voter registration among young people, among Latinos."
Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- He was the precocious 10-year-old boy in a tuxedo who whispered a question in journalist Diane Sawyer's ear on Inauguration Night 2009. Then, at age 11, he became the youngest journalist to ever interview President Obama.
Now, 18-year-old Damon Weaver adds another title to his already impressive resume: high school graduate.
Weaver graduated from Florida’s Royal Palm Beach High School Monday night. He plans to attend Albany State University in Georgia in the fall on a full-tuition scholarship, which he received as a fifth-grader.
He intends to major in mass communications with a focus on electronic media.
Weaver captured national attention when he reported on the effects of gun violence in his hometown of Pahokee, Florida, on ABC News’ 20/20 in 2009. The question he whispered to Sawyer of ABC News: “What could Obama do to help out Pahokee?”
Weaver asked Obama that question and many others, both light-hearted -- "Do you have the power to make school lunches better?" -- and serious -- "What are you going to do to keep kids like me safe?" in a sit-down interview at the White House in 2009.
Weaver told ABC West Palm Beach, Florida affiliate WPBF-TV that he and the president met several times after the interview.
Weaver said at age 10 that he wanted “to be a journalist, and a football player, and a pilot, and a person who trains whales, and president, and a senator, and a commissioner.” He has narrowed those career ambitions down a bit to the one where he has already found much success: journalist.
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Donald Trump has called climate change “a hoax” created by special interests, which negatively affects businesses.
But when it comes to his golf course in Ireland, the presumptive GOP nominee's organization is treating global warming as a real and pressing threat — seeking to protect the course from rising sea levels and increased storm activity caused by climate change.
Trump International Golf Links Ireland, also known as Doonbeg Golf Resort, is seeking permission from Clare County Council in Ireland, to build a limestone sea wall "to protect the golf course and dunes from excessive erosion," according to documents filed by their design and landscape architects and obtained by ABC News.
The application, filed on May 10, 2016, cites climate change as a central justification to undertake the project saying, “The rising sea levels and increased storm frequency and wave energy associated with global warming can increase the rate of erosion, wave damage, coastal flooding, etc.”
The document adds that the area where the golf course along the Atlantic coast is “identified as one area where a coastal erosion is identified as a risk issue.”
An environmental impact statement accompanying the application further details the concern about how global warming could affect the property.
“It has been shown that there has been a steady retreat of the dune line over the past 100 years, with significant losses occurring after major storms,” the statement reads, adding later that, “The evidence for increased storm activity associated with climate change suggests that the erosion will accelerate."
The Trump Organization did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.
iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — No more hot-car deaths involving pets.
That's the message three California lawmakers are bringing to the state Assembly Tuesday with the introduction of Bill 797, or "The Right to Rescue Act."
The proposed bill would allow passersby to smash car windows to rescue pets trapped in hot cars.
To drive home the point, Assemblymembers Ling Ling Chang, Kristin Olsen and Marc Steinorth, who drafted the bill, filmed themselves locked inside a car for 21 minutes while the temperature outside was at a sweltering 89 degrees.
"Last week, I sat in a hot car with Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen and Assemblyman Marc Steinorth for over 20 minutes," Chang posted on Facebook Monday. "The inside temperature of the car rose to 108 degrees. I'm proud to co-sponsor legislation to protect pets left in hot cars."
This is no laughing matter in a state that already has a law allowing bystanders to smash car windows to save children. Experts warn that the heat inside a car can rise significantly higher than the temperature outside.
A 2005 study by the American Academy of Pediatrics found that "vehicles heat up rapidly, with the majority of the temperature rise occurring within the first 15 to 30 minutes. Leaving the windows opened slightly does not significantly slow the heating process or decrease the maximum temperature attained, according to the study.
"Previous studies found that on days when ambient temperatures exceeded 86°F, the internal temperatures of the vehicle quickly reached 134 to 154°F," according to the study.
Assembly Bill 797 has received both praise and skepticism from California residents.
"I'd rather have the ability to do it rather than not do it. It's more important to help the dog than it is to worry about people's feelings," Randall Whittinghill told ABC Los Angeles station KABC-TV
But April Rocha told KABC, "I think some people might take it a little far, like they see a dog in there and go a little nuts. I think it depends on the condition, but I think people may take advantage and go extreme."
Several states, including Florida and Tennessee, already have laws in place that render legal protections to passersby who break car windows to free animals inside hot cars.
The California bill is expected to be introduced during a Humane Society rally in Sacramento, the capital.
ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Donald Trump's stance on guns in schools has come under fire after a string of accidental shootings in recent weeks.
The presumptive Republican presidential nominee, who was recently endorsed by the National Rifle Association, has been arguing against gun-free zones in schools and military bases since last October.
On average, 567 people are accidentally killed by guns each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Since Trump first took a stand against gun-free zones on Oct. 28, when he called them “a catastrophe” and a “feeding frenzy for sick people” during the third GOP presidential debate, there have been at least 32 school shootings. Six were unintentional, and four of them occurred this month alone, according to data collected by the Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund, a New York-based nonprofit that advocates for gun control.
The most recent took place at a graduation ceremony at Augusta High School in Kansas on May 15. Police said a man who had a concealed carry permit accidentally shot his foot when he went to adjust a small gun tucked in his sock. The bullet also ricocheted off the ground before striking another person, who was rushed to the hospital in serious condition. The man was treated at a local hospital and released, according to ABC News affiliate KAKE in Wichita, Kansas.
In a separate incident two days earlier, a 16-year-old student at Southside High School in Greenville County, South Carolina, accidentally shot himself with a gun he brought to school. The teen was taken to a local hospital for non-threatening injuries. Police said a 17-year-old student at the school was also in possession of a pistol but did not discharge it. Both students are facing charges, ABC News affiliate WLOS in Asheville, North Carolina, reported.
"It's really scary to just think that your relative or child or anybody you know is inside the school and is in danger," Angela Little, whose niece witnessed the shooting, told WLOS.
Trump attempted to clarify his stance on guns Sunday during a call-in interview with Fox News’ Fox & Friends, though he only managed to offer more mixed statements.
“I don’t want to have guns in classrooms,” the billionaire businessman said. “Although, in some cases, teachers should have guns in classrooms. Things that are going on in our schools are unbelievable. You look at some of our schools, unbelievable what’s going on. But I’m not advocating guns in classrooms.”
“But remember, in some cases -- and a lot of people have made this case -- teachers should be able to have guns,” Trump continued. “Trained teachers should be able to have guns in classrooms.”
Speaking at the NRA's annual convention in Kentucky last Friday, Trump vowed to eliminate gun-free zones in the country, including some schools and military bases where guns cannot be lawfully carried by most individuals. He also slammed Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton for taking a soft stance on guns.
“We’re getting rid of gun-free zones, I can tell you,” he said. “Crooked Hillary Clinton is the most anti-gun, anti-Second Amendment candidate ever to run for office. And, as I said before, she wants to abolish the Second Amendment. She wants to take your guns away. She wants to abolish it.”
Clinton was quick to fire back, accusing Trump of pandering to the gun lobby and calling for “dangerous” gun policies. Trump immediately took to Twitter to respond to the former U.S. secretary of state’s remarks.
But the real estate mogul was singing a different tune in January. Trump said gun-free zones were simply “bait” for shooters.
"I will get rid of gun-free zones in schools and -- you have to -- on military bases,” Trump said at a campaign event in Burlington, Vermont. "My first day, it gets signed, okay? My first day. There's no more gun-free zones.”
ABC News(SANTA MONICA, Calif.) — Bernie Sanders blasted Hillary Clinton for her refusal to debate him two weeks before the California Democratic primary.
"Our campaign and her campaign had reached an agreement on a number of debates, including one here in California in May," Sanders said during a rally in Santa Monica, California, Monday evening.
"I gotta tell you this. I think it is a little bit insulting to the people of California, our largest state, that she is not prepared to have a discussion with me about how she will help the Californians address the major crises we face."
Clinton issued a statement Monday declining an invitation to participate in the Democratic debate with the Vermont senator before the state's June 7 primary, instead looking ahead to the general election, the campaign said.
"We have declined Fox News' invitation to participate in a debate in California,” campaign communications director Jennifer Palmieri said in a statement. “As we have said previously, we plan to compete hard in the remaining primary states, particularly California, while turning our attention to the threat a Donald Trump presidency poses.
"We believe that Hillary Clinton's time is best spent campaigning and meeting directly with voters across California and preparing for a general election campaign that will ensure the White House remains in Democratic hands," she added.
Sanders also tweeted his "disappointment" in the former secretary of state's refusal to participate in the debate.
"I am disappointed but not surprised by Secretary Clinton’s unwillingness to debate before the largest and most important primary in the presidential nominating process," Sanders said. "The state of California and the United States face some enormous crises. Democracy, and respect for the voters of California, I would suggest that there should be a vigorous debate in which the voters may determine whose ideas they support.
“I hope Secretary Clinton reconsiders her unfortunate decision to back away from her commitment to debate.
The self-proclaimed democratic socialist didn't let up. He added it's too soon for Clinton to claim victory, despite her daunting delegate lead.
"I also would suggest that Secretary Clinton may want to be not quite so presumptuous about thinking that she is a certain winner. In the last several weeks, the people of Indiana, West Virginia and Oregon have suggested otherwise,” he tweeted.
The Clinton and Sanders campaigns agreed earlier this year to extend the Democratic debate schedule by four more debates. Three have been held so far with the final debate supposed to take place in California in May — before the state's June 7 primary — according to the agreement. It's unclear now whether a fourth and final debate will be held at all.
Sanders last week accepted an invitation from Fox News to take part in a debate moderated by Bret Baier, Megyn Kelly and Chris Wallace. Fox sent letters to both campaigns formally inviting them to a debate.
ABC News(NEW YORK) — With the Democratic presidential primary likely drawing to a close two weeks from Tuesday, some prominent Democrats are still withholding formal endorsements.
While some party leaders have been careful to stay neutral in the race between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, others have not-so-subtly hinted at their preference. Clinton is widely expected to capture the nomination once the primaries are over on June 7.
Here’s a look at the party leaders who haven’t endorsed Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders: President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden
For much of the primary season, the White House has been the political equivalent of Switzerland. However over time, the president and vice president appear to have come around to Hillary Clinton — though not officially. The New York Times reported in March that at a fundraiser in Texas, President Obama privately advocated for DNC donors to come together and back Clinton.
Still though, he stressed to the donors in the room, that he was not endorsing either candidate.
And in the Politico podcast “Off Message,” the president called his former secretary of state “wicked smart,” “extraordinary experienced” and argued that on day one, Clinton would be able to govern.
Biden told ABC News’ Robin Roberts he was “confident” that Clinton would be his Party’s nominee, although it was also not an endorsement. Rep. Nancy Pelosi
The House Democratic leader is the only member of the Democratic leadership in Congress who hasn’t backed the party front-runner.
Ahead of Super Tuesday, Pelosi told reporters she was withholding an endorsement out of respect for the “voice” of American people.
Earlier this month, the California lawmaker said she expects Clinton to win the general election in November.
"We're very proud of Hillary Clinton and what she will bring to the Oval Office when she's president of the United States," Pelosi said despite praising Sanders for his “positive force” in the Democratic party. Sen. Elizabeth Warren
Sen. Elizabeth Warren has remained tight-lipped about who she plans on supporting, although the Massachusetts senator did sign a letter back in 2013, along with other fellow female senators, urging Clinton to run for the White House. Sen. Jon Tester
Montana Sen. Jon Tester has joined the list of Democratic leaders who will not be endorsing a presidential candidate.
The Great Falls Tribune reported that a spokesperson for Tester, said he “does not intend” to back anyone.
“Sen. Tester wants the people of Montana to decide who their nominees are,” Banks said.
Montana will hold its Republican and Democratic primaries on June 7. Sen. Angus King
The U.S. Senator and former governor of Maine, Angus King, has not expressed support for either Sanders or Clinton.
However, the independent senator acknowledged in the past it would be a “difficult” run for the former Secretary of State.
“I think that this is going to be a difficulty for someone like Hillary Clinton, who has tremendous experience and background,” King told MSNBC in 2014. “She’s going to have a hard time saying, ‘Oh, I’m a new person.’” Al Gore
Although he was Bill Clinton’s Vice President, Al Gore has been sitting out this primary.
In an interview with NBC that aired Monday on NBC’s Today Show, Gore was asked whether he’s been approached by either candidate asking for his endorsement.
“I've gotten signals that you can easily interpret that way,” the former 2000 Democratic presidential nominee said, remaining coy.
Gore, however, praised both candidates for their focus on climate change and said he would back the Democratic nominee, according to NBC. Gubernatorial Hold-Outs
California Gov. Jerry Brown has kept mum on who he’s throwing his support behind, but hasn’t been shy about throwing a few jabs at Sanders.
The Los Angeles Times reported Brown, who is also a superdelegate, said it’s important to “work together” to “beat” GOP presumptive nominee, Donald Trump.
“I don’t think anybody should be seeking the Democratic nomination with a scorched-earth policy. At the end of the day we’ve all got to work together,” Brown told reporters.
Brown’s endorsement is highly coveted considering California voters head to the polls on June 7.
Hawaii Gov. David Ige may be holding back his endorsement, however, a top Democrat involved with the Clinton campaign is confident the state's new governor will back the former secretary of state.
“He’ll vote for Hillary and I think when he goes up to Philadelphia I would be shocked if he didn’t cast his vote [for her] as a super delegate,” top Democrat told Politico back in March.
The Honolulu Star Advertiser reported that Ige would be holding his endorsement until after the Hawaiian primary on March 26.
Gov. Steve Bullock, who’s state also votes on June 7 and is up for reelection, isn’t throwing his support behind either candidate yet.
ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- If Americans don’t change their current views, the match-up between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton could be a race between the two most disliked nominees in at least three decades.
The latest ABC News/Washington Post poll has Trump with a 60 percent unfavorable rating and Clinton at 53 percent unfavorable.
Should the two front-runners become the two nominees, and their current ratings remain roughly the same through November, this presidential election could be a combination of two candidates with the highest unfavorable ratings since 1984.
Since 1984, according ABC News/Washington Post polls, the presidential nominee with the highest unfavorable rating was George H.W. Bush in his 1992 re-election bid, when he lost to Bill Clinton. He had a 53 percent unfavorable rating -- very close to Hillary Clinton’s current 52 percent.
The only other time that a major candidate garnered a more than 50 percent unfavorable rating was former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in 2012, at 52 percent.
No Democratic candidate or nominee has had more than a 50 percent unfavorable rating until Hillary Clinton in this election.
And no presidential candidate from either party, who has secured the nomination, has reached Trump-level unfavorable ratings.
The highest unfavorable rating in the past three decades belongs to David Duke, the former KKK grand wizard who announced his support of Trump earlier in this campaign, during his 1992 presidential run. He was viewed unfavorably by 69 percent of Americans, according to the ABC News/Washington Post poll in February of that year. But, he did not win his party's nomination.
Other Republicans candidates who did not become nominees and had high unfavorable ratings include Pat Buchanan in 2000 with 60 percent, Ross Perot in 1996 with 58 percent, Jeb Bush this year with 58 percent and Newt Gingrich in 2012 with 56 percent.
Unless either or both presumptive nominees in this year’s election see a shift in their unfavorable ratings before November, this year’s election could go down as an election race between the most unfavorable candidates.
ABC/ Ida Mae Astute(LOS ANGELES) -- After a hiatus from the stump, presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump hits the trail again this week, making several stops across the West Coast.
He begins his trip in New Mexico, traveling next to California, North Dakota, Montana and ends in San Diego. Though he has no remaining opponents, Trump has not yet clinched the number of delegates needed to secure the nomination.
“He’s not going to take one vote for granted,” one campaign official told ABC News.
His last visit to California was an acrimonious one; he was met by so many protesters outside of San Francisco that he was forced to avert them by walking around fencing up a grassy hill.
"That was not the easiest entrance I've ever made... it felt like I was crossing the border actually," Trump joked at the beginning of his remarks.
While his campaign is prepared for the protests, officials stress that his supporters will see the same Trump they’ve always supported, noting that the themes that have accounted for his ascent to the top of the ticket will remain, including building a wall separating the U.S. from Mexico.
Trump’s public schedule in past weeks has been noticeably light. Last week, he held a fundraiser in New Jersey to pay off Gov. Chris Christie’s campaign debt. Trump then traveled to Kenutcky where he spoke to the NRA's annual convention, receiving the endorsement from the gun rights group. But before that, he hadn’t held a public event in over a week.
Officials say that he was “building party unity” in the time off; indeed, in the past month, he’s met with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, the Chair of the Republican National Committee Reince Preibus, the Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell and, on Monday, met with Sen. Bob Corker, R-TN, on foreign affairs. Corker is widely considered a possible selection for Trump’s VP, though he told reporters on Monday, "I have no reason to believe I'm being considered."
And aside from his rallies, Trump will also begin to fundraise more, abandoning finally his pledge to “self-fund” his campaign.
He’ll attend a fundraiser in Los Angeles Wednesday night that benefits both his campaign and the RNC. And officials say that his fundraising efforts will greatly increase after voting ends on June 7.
But for now, albeit technically, he’s still a candidate; officials say that Trump’s public schedule will remain vigorous until then.