Trump Says He’ll Get Rid of Gangs

Sharpening his pitch to what he calls “the silent majority,” Donald Trump presented himself as the “law and order” candidate in the 2016 presidential race, pledging to “get rid” of gangs and give more power to police officers, the Washington Post reports.

Said Trump: “We’re going to get rid of those gang members so fast your head will spin. One of the first things I’m going to do is get rid of those gang members.”

Clinton Gets Key Endorsement in New Hampshire

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), “the popular Democrat from New Hampshire and the first woman to be elected senator and governor in the state, will publicly endorse Hillary Clinton next Saturday,” the New York Times reports.

“Ms. Shaheen is the latest high-profile endorsement in the early nominating states for Mrs. Clinton whose favorability numbers have softened in some recent polls as Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont has gained ground.”

Scott Walker Supporters Want a Campaign Reboot

Washington Post: “Walker’s backers see a campaign discombobulated by Trump’s booming popularity and by his provocative language on immigration, China and other issues. They see in Walker a candidate who — in contrast to the discipline he showed in state races — continues to commit unforced errors, either out of lack of preparation or in an attempt to grab for part of the flamboyant businessman’s following.”

“These supporters say what is needed now is a return to basics, a more disciplined focus on the issues Walker long has championed in Wisconsin. They say there also needs to be a clear acknowledgment inside the campaign that the governor has yet to put to rest questions about his readiness to handle the problems and unexpected challenges that confront every president.”

Kudlow Says He Might Run for Senate

Conservative economist and media figure Larry Kudlow says he’s talked to national Republicans about running for Senate in Connecticut, Roll Call reports.

Said Kudlow: “Maybe I’m speaking out of school but if Sen. Richard Blumenthal votes with Obama on Iran, I’m going to run against him. I’m going to run against him for the Senate. The national Senate campaign committee has come to me and talked to me about it. They polled. I’m not a political guy, I’m an economist. I’m a broadcaster by profession, but I am so angry at this issue, among others.”

Walker Would Consider Building Wall on Canadian Border

Gov. Scott Walker says it’s “legitimate” to discuss building a wall separating the United States from Canada, CNN reports.

Said Walker: “Some people have asked us about that in New Hampshire. They raised some very legitimate concerns, including some law enforcement folks that brought that up to me at one of our town hall meetings about a week and a half ago. So that is a legitimate issue for us to look at.”

Can Donald Trump Actually Win the GOP Nomination?

Wall Street Journal: “First, look at the share of voters who have said they won’t consider voting for Mr. Trump. That number had been high, suggesting that Mr. Trump had little room to grow his support. But now, more GOP voters see him as an option… The number saying they could not see themselves supporting Mr. Trump dropped from 51% in May to 33% in August.”

“The second consideration: Where might additional voters for Mr. Trump come from?… Mr. Trump’s three highest candidate correlations were with Mr. Carson, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum. Voters backing those candidates also seem to be aligned with Mr. Trump. The good news for Mr. Trump: Messrs. Carson and Cruz are doing well in the polls, suggesting that Mr. Trump could draw from a large pool of voters if those other candidates abandoned the race.”

Quote of the Day

“I think we need to move away from hyphenated Americans. We’re not African-Americans or Asian-Americans, Indian-Americans, rich or poor Americans: We’re all Americans. And the reason this is so important: immigration without integration is not immigration; it’s invasion.”

—Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, in an interview on ABC News.

Trump Takes Lead in Iowa

A new Des Moines Register/Bloomberg poll in Iowa finds that Donald Trump leads the GOP presidential pack with 23%, followed by Ben Carson at 18%, Ted Cruz at 8%, Scott Walker at 8%, Jeb Bush at 6%, Marco Rubio at 6%, Carly Fiorina at 5%, Mike Huckabee at 4% and Rand Paul at 4%.

Most interesting: “In the last Iowa Poll, in May, Trump had the highest unfavorable rating of all the Republicans, back when he was tied for ninth place with 4%. Trump has almost completely reversed his rating. Then, 27% had positive feelings about him and 63% negative. Now, it’s 61% positive, 35% negative.”

Said pollster Ann Selzer: “Trump definitely has upside potential. All the talk about a ceiling was a little premature.”

Christie Says FedEx Should Track Immigrants

Gov. Chris Christie said that he would ask FedEx for advice on tracking immigrants, the Daily Beast reports.

Said Christie: “We let people come to this country with visas and the minute they come in, we lose track of them. So here’s what I’m gonna do as president: I’m gonna ask Fred Smith, the founder of FedEx, to come over to the government for three months. Just come for three months to immigration and customs enforcement and show them.”