With just 32 days to go until Americans choose a new president, we’re bringing you all the latest campaign news, including an unseemly spat between two Fox anchors, a timely ad buy from the Clinton campaign, and who Brits are rooting for in this US election.
Fox‘s fight night
Two of the conservative news channel’s biggest stars have turned their sharp tongues on one another after Sean Hannity accused Megyn Kelly of being in league with Hillary Clinton.
The clash began when Kelly said on her Wednesday night programme that both Mrs Clinton and Donald Trump avoid tough media interviews. She said the Republican nominee “will go on Hannity and pretty much only Hannity”.
Hannity – a vocal supporter of Trump – fired back on Twitter, writing: “u should be mad at @HillaryClinton Clearly you support her. And @realDonaldTrump did talk to u.”
Another Twitter user chided Hannity, urging him to stand by his colleagues, but the host replied: “Sure. When they stand by me.”
Pundits lined up on Wednesday to declare Mike Pence the winner of a debate many other pundits said doesn’t matter anyway. But where Tim Kaine failed to land a punch, Latino scholars had more success. Some roundly criticised the Indiana governor for referring during the debate to “that Mexican thing” (Donald Trump’s infamous attack on immigrants from that country). Meanwhile, Trump, with tongue firmly in cheek, suggested the terminally ill should cast their vote for him.
What just happened
The BBC take – Anthony Zurcher, Washington
Wednesday was a day the Trump team could enjoy, as it was the first in more than a week where they weren’t being consumed by fires of their own making. Instead they could bask in the afterglow of a strong debate performance by Pence, which has given them a brief respite ahead of Sunday’s big showdown.
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What’s about to happen?
Bernie Sanders will appear at four rallies on Thursday in the key state of Michigan, to bang the drum for his former rival, Hillary Clinton. Her daughter Chelsea is campaigning in Minnesota. Mike Pence is stumping in Pennsylvania and Tim Kaine in Nevada. But both Clinton herself, and Donald Trump, have no appearances booked yet, so they could be swotting up for the debate.
As Hurricane Matthew bears down on Florida, the Clinton campaign is buying up airtime in the swing state on The Weather Channel for the next five days.
Her camp has just spent $63,000 to reach the popular channel’s viewers there for five days beginning on Thursday, Politico reports.
Who do Brits back?
The BBC asked Conservatives at their annual party conference in Birmingham (that’s in the West Midlands, not Alabama) whom they would back.
Some clues from these random quotes:
“As someone who shares the same hairdresser as Donald…”
“It’s like the Iran-Iraq War, you want them both to lose…”
“It’s a kick in the face or a kick in the crotch…”
“Just so I can see the president of North Korean’s face…”
Watch and find out:
Picture of the day
Random stat – 37 million
The number of viewers who watched Mike Pence and Tim Kaine slug it out on Tuesday night. That’s less than half the number who tuned in to see the top-of-the-ticket clash a week ago. And it’s well down on the 50m who watched Paul Ryan and Joe Biden in 2012.
Quote of the day
‘No jobs here any more’
This week Bill Clinton has been in the state of Ohio trying to drum up support for his wife’s campaign.
But in Cleveland, where factory closures have brought economic despair, Chris Brown tells the BBC that for for black Americans, this election is all about voting for the worst candidate.
“I don’t see relief in sight, I just see it getting worse and worse,” he says.
The state of the race
Who is ahead in the polls?