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Scott Olson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) --    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal expressed optimism for his own presidential campaign in the face of Donald Trump's surging popularity, calling it a symptom of the early campaign season.

"I think after we get past the summer of silliness and insults, the voters are going to begin to look at who is prepared to do the job," he told Martha Raddatz on ABC's "This Week." "I believe I am the candidate best able to do this job on the first day."

Like several of his fellow Republican presidential candidates, Jindal said Trump has tapped into "anger" and "frustration" to draw his large crowds.

"What the polls tell me is that nobody really has any real voters right now," he said.

Several polls indicate Jindal will not be on the prime-time Republican debate stage next month. However, he remains confident he still has ample time to catch fire.

"We are seeing great momentum in Iowa. We are seeing standing only crowds, we are gong to every county," said Jindal. "What I see is that votes haven't committed to any candidate yet ... this is a wide open race."

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- If we have our undisputed frontrunners, why does nobody seem to be happy about it?

Maybe it has something to do with the hair. Donald Trump has his, but we’re not sure his rivals will have theirs by the time they read all of Trump’s Tweets. Hillary Clinton says she colors hers, but the focus of the Democratic race is on some men who most certainly don’t.

As Labor Day weekend approaches, we’re talking about Bible verses, chocolate bars, and Asian people.

At least we’re entitled to ask some questions, we assume.

Here’s a look at some of the stories the ABC News political team will be tracking in the week ahead:


Hillary Clinton might be sorry she ever set up her own private server, but that doesn’t mean anyone’s done talking about her emails. Monday will bring thousands of fresh pages released by the State Department, with reams of emails that may or may not touch on classified issues. To round out the week, two former top Clinton aides will be deposed on Thursday in front of the House Benghazi committee. This is all separate from a rolling series of releases involving her aides’ emails that have pulled back the curtain on the always complicated web of Clinton world connections – plus former President Clinton’s lucrative speaking career. The email disclosures and her handling of them have already caused deep concern about Clinton’s candidacy inside the Democratic Party.


What will Joe do? It’s the biggest question in the Democratic race, as we near decision time for the vice president and an anxious party. Joe Biden told Democrats this past week that he’s not sure he has the “emotional fuel” for another run. But Draft Biden officials have the caloric fuel handled, passing out chocolate bars to those same Democrats the following day. Biden will be in Florida Wednesday and Thursday for a speech and a meeting specifically designed to sell the Iran deal. As his team-in-waiting puts pieces in place to support a possible run, Biden still appears weeks away from a decision, though signals (intentional and otherwise) will be emanating from his camp.


We’re not in lame duck territory just yet, and President Obama is out to prove it. The Obama agenda is becoming the 2016 agenda, despite and sometimes because of a certain Republican frontrunner. The president’s trip to Alaska on Monday will put energy and climate issues in the spotlight, and put Obama himself in the middle of some stunning pictures. Republican candidates led by Scott Walker are calling on the president to cancel or dial back a scheduled state visit by the Chinese president. Then there’s Iran, with Donald Trump and Ted Cruz joining forces – and Dick Cheney lending his voice, too – to push Congress to kill the nuclear deal. It’s hard to think of a troika that might unite Democrats more quickly.


The GOP frontrunner is reaching new high-water marks in polls while breaking every rule of politics. Donald Trump is campaigning his way – with nighttime rallies, nonstop interviews, and middle-of-the-night Tweets that taunt and flummox his opponents. Labor Day weekend offers the possibility of a quieter Trump campaign. Will any of his opponents be able to fill the void? Traditional stumping is being supplemented with policy addresses – foreign policy is a good late-summer topic – yet no one has yet solved the Trump equation with satisfactory results.


Who’s in, who’s out, and how many will there be? The deadline for polls that count toward earning a spot at the second Republican debate is Sept. 10. Already some GOP candidates – led by Carly Fiorina – are complaining that they aren’t being ample space to prove they’ve broken through since the first debate. On the Democratic side, complaints are growing about the fact that there will be only six debates. Martin O’Malley is flat-out accusing the Democratic National Committee of colluding with the Clinton campaign to limit the number. The encounters are make-or-break moments for candidates, so the lobbying and pressure is intense.

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ABC News(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump said Saturday that a decision is imminent about whether he will run as a third party candidate.

“We’re going to make a decision very soon and I think a lot of people are going to be very happy," Trump told reporters in Nashville Tennessee, after addressing the National Federation of Republican Assemblies.

Trump was the only Republican at the Fox News GOP debate that took place earlier this month who would not rule out a third party bid were he to fail to win the GOP nomination.

If he does commit to support the party's nominee, however, a new rule adopted by the South Carolina Republican Party would bar him from competing in the state's primary, and other state GOP organizations have said they are considering a similar rule. He must file paperwork for the South Carolina primary by September 30th.

Trump also repeated comments about former Rep. Anthony Weiner, calling him "psychologically disturbed." Weiner, the husband of Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, resigned from Congress embroiled in "sexting" scandal. Trump called him a "sleazebag" at a Massachusetts event Friday night.

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Mark Wilson/Getty Images(DES MOINES, Iowa) -- Bernie Sanders is closing in.

That's the latest from a new poll released in Iowa on Saturday night, showing Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton leading Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders by only 7 percentage points, 37 percent to 30 percent.

The Des Moines Register/Bloomberg News poll also shows Vice President Joe Biden, who is still considering entering the race, at 14 percent.

The poll comes less than three weeks after a Boston Herald/Franklin Pierce poll in New Hampshire on August 11 showed Sanders leading Clinton, 44-37, in that state.

Still, Clinton maintains a broad national lead. She led Sanders by 23 points in a Quinnipiac poll early this week.

The seven-point margin is Clinton's smallest lead in Iowa this election cycle, and her 37 percent support is her lowest showing in the state since the campaign began.

"What this new poll shows is that the more Iowans get to know Bernie the better they like him and what he stands for," Sanders spokesman Michael Briggs said. "We’ve seen the same thing in New Hampshire and across the country."

The numbers show more of a decline in support for Clinton than an increase in support for Sanders. Other polls this summer have shown Sanders hovering around 30 percent in Iowa. But in the past, Clinton has garnered support from roughly half of Iowans.

That leaves a rather high 14 percent of likely Democratic caucus-goers in Iowa unready to choose a candidate at this point.

The poll also finds that among voters under 45 years old, Clinton is losing to Sanders by a broad 23 points.

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Drew Angerer/Getty Images(WILMINGTON, Del.) -- Will he, or won't he?

Home in Wilmington, Delaware, for the weekend, Vice President Joe Biden made an unannounced stop by the Sussex Democratic Jamboree in Lewes, spending time with his most loyal supporters as he contemplates a presidential bid.

The vice president "wanted to thank the community for all their support the last few months," a Biden aide said of the visit to the event, an annual fundraiser for the local Democratic Party.

"It was a very unexpected surprise," said Chad Lingerfelder, the vice chair of the Sussex County Democrats who has known the vice president for 20 years through Biden's friendship with his grandfather. "He's not a politician, he's a friend."

Biden spent 10 minutes standing on a table with a microphone in hand, thanking the loyal crowd for backing him "emotionally and politically through the highs and lows," Lingerfelder said, adding that the vice president did not discuss a 2016 bid in his remarks and or take questions from reporters.

While Delaware Democrats hope to see Biden mount a bid for president above all else, they want him to make the right decision for himself, Lingerfelder said.

"We understand that whatever decision he makes has to be for his family first and our country second," he said.

Biden's visit to the Jamboree was first reported by NBC News.

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Andrew Burton/Getty Images(LACONIA, N.H.) -- On immigration, Chris Christie is taking a page from FedEx's book.

At a New Hampshire town hall in the Laconia VFW on Saturday, the New Jersey governor and Republican presidential hopeful told supporters he thinks the government should track immigrants similar to how FedEx tracks packages.

"We need to have a system that tracks you from the moment you come in and then when your time is up," said Gov. Christie. "Whether it's three months or six months or nine months or how long your visa is, then we go get you and tap you on the shoulder and say, excuse me, thanks for coming, time to go."

The Republican presidential candidate's solution?

"So here's what I'm going to do as president. I'm going to ask Fred Smith, the founder of FedEx, to come work for the government for three months."

Fred Smith's daughter, Samantha Smith, is also the governor's 2016 presidential campaign spokeswoman.

She responded to the remarks saying, "What he is talking about is better leveraging technology not only in this regard issuing visas to track, but also using drones on the border."

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Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) -- Republican presidential candidate Bobby Jindal spoke on Saturday at a memorial service for those lost when Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, talking about the city's rebuilding efforts.

"Our hearts are heavy," Jindal said on the tenth anniversary of Katrina making landfall. "We know there are still families wondering what exactly happened to their loved ones. We know that even as New Orleans has rebuilt and is rebuilding, there are those that are grieving the deaths of their fathers, their mothers, their brothers, their sisters."

Speaking at the Hurricane Katrina Memorial, where nearly 100 unidentified victims of the storm are buried, Jindal said those lost "will never leave our memories. They inspire us today and every day."

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Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- In his weekly address, President Obama discusses climate change and renewable energy sources ahead of his trip to Alaska on Monday.

The president talked about the effects of climate change, specifically in Alaska, where many residents there are already suffering from the results including wildfires and storm surges.

"Alaska’s glaciers are melting faster too, threatening tourism and adding to rising seas," said the president. "And if we do nothing, Alaskan temperatures are projected to rise between six and twelve degrees by the end of the century, changing all sorts of industries forever."

President Obama also talked about the country's reliance on oil.

"Now even as we accelerate this transition, our economy still has to rely on oil and gas," said the president. "As long as that’s the case, I believe we should rely more on domestic production than on foreign imports, and we should demand the highest safety standards in the industry – our own."

Read the full transcript of the President's address:

Hi, everybody.  This Monday, I’m heading to Alaska for a three-day tour of the state.

I’ve been looking forward to this for a long time.  Not only because Alaska is one of the most beautiful places in a country that’s full of beautiful places – but because I’ll have several opportunities to meet with everyday Alaskans about what’s going on in their lives.  I’ll travel throughout the state, meeting with Alaskans who live above the Arctic Circle, with Alaska natives, and with folks who earn their livelihoods through fishing and tourism.  And I expect to learn a lot.

One thing I’ve learned so far is that a lot of these conversations begin with climate change.  And that’s because Alaskans are already living with its effects.  More frequent and extensive wildfires.  Bigger storm surges as sea ice melts faster.  Some of the swiftest shoreline erosion in the world – in some places, more than three feet a year.

Alaska’s glaciers are melting faster too, threatening tourism and adding to rising seas.  And if we do nothing, Alaskan temperatures are projected to rise between six and twelve degrees by the end of the century, changing all sorts of industries forever.

This is all real.  This is happening to our fellow Americans right now.  In fact, Alaska’s governor recently told me that four villages are in “imminent danger” and have to be relocated.  Already, rising sea levels are beginning to swallow one island community.

Think about that.  If another country threatened to wipe out an American town, we’d do everything in our power to protect ourselves.  Climate change poses the same threat, right now.

That’s why one of the things I’ll do while I’m in Alaska is to convene other nations to meet this threat.  Several Arctic nations have already committed to action.  Since the United States and China worked together to set ambitious climate targets last year, leading by example, many of the world’s biggest emitters have come forward with new climate plans of their own.  And that’s a good sign as we approach this December’s global climate negotiations in Paris.

Now, one of the ways America is leading is by transitioning away from dirty energy sources that threaten our health and our environment, and by going all-in on clean, renewable energy sources like wind and solar.  And Alaska has the natural resources to be a global leader in this effort.

Now even as we accelerate this transition, our economy still has to rely on oil and gas.  As long as that’s the case, I believe we should rely more on domestic production than on foreign imports, and we should demand the highest safety standards in the industry – our own.  Still, I know there are Americans who are concerned about oil companies drilling in environmentally sensitive waters.  Some are also concerned with my administration’s decision to approve Shell’s application to drill a well off the Alaskan coast, using leases they purchased before I took office.  I share people’s concerns about offshore drilling.  I remember the BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico all too well.

That’s precisely why my administration has worked to make sure that our oil exploration conducted under these leases is done at the highest standards possible, with requirements specifically tailored to the risks of drilling off Alaska.  We don’t rubber-stamp permits.  We made it clear that Shell has to meet our high standards in how they conduct their operations – and it's a testament to how rigorous we've applied those standards that Shell has delayed and limited its exploration off Alaska while trying to meet them.  The bottom line is, safety has been and will continue to be my administration’s top priority when it comes to oil and gas exploration off America’s precious coasts – even as we push our economy and the world to ultimately transition off of fossil fuels.

So I’m looking forward to talking with Alaskans about how we can work together to make America the global leader on climate change around the globe.  And we’re going to offer unique and engaging ways for you to join me on this trip all week at WhiteHouse.gov/Alaska.  Because what’s happening in Alaska is happening to us.  It’s our wakeup call.  And as long as I’m President, America will lead the world to meet the threat of climate change before it’s too late.

Thanks, and have a great weekend.

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Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.) gave this week's GOP address speaking about the Iran nuclear deal.

According to Royce, if the deal goes through, Iran will get a "cash bonanza," which will lead to a path of nuclear weapons.

"Is there any other reason why Iran – an energy rich country – is advancing its nuclear technology other than to make a nuclear weapon?" asked Royce in the address.

Royce spends most of the address issuing his concern toward the deal, including saying the deal would "push Iran’s neighbors to begin their own [nuclear] programs."

Read the full transcript of the Republican address:

I’m Ed Royce.  I represent California’s 39th district and chair the Foreign Affairs Committee in the House of Representatives.

For many weeks, the House and Senate have been reviewing President Obama’s nuclear agreement with Iran.

In September, we will vote on this consequential initiative.

This is only fitting.  Figuring out how to stop Iran from getting a nuclear weapon is one of the biggest national security challenges we face.

Unfortunately, this agreement comes up short.

Under its terms, the U.S. and other world powers permanently give up the financial pressure we have built against Iran.  But Iran must only temporarily stall its nuclear program.

After just 10 or so years, the restrictions on Iran’s program begin to expire.  Iran is then allowed to expand its nuclear program to an industrial-scale.

And since Iran is allowed to keep - and advance – key bomb-making technology, Tehran will then be just steps from a nuclear weapon – and that is if Iran doesn’t cheat.

This will push Iran’s neighbors to begin their own programs. 

Of course, Iran is the number one state sponsor of terrorism in the world.  Its leaders live by the motto “Death to America.”

Iran doesn’t behave like the peaceful countries that have nuclear programs.  Why does this agreement treat it like one? 

Well, President Obama is betting that Iran will change over a few short years into a country that can be trusted with nuclear bomb-making technology.  He is betting against history.

So many in the Senate and the House - from both parties - have decided that we can’t make this bet.  And I will be opposing President Obama’s nuclear agreement.

While most Americans are just now beginning to think about the consequences of this flawed agreement, we have been focused on Iran for many years.

Indeed, before President Obama launched these negotiations, the House of Representatives passed bipartisan and hard-hitting sanctions I authored by a vote of 400-20.

These sanctions would have given Iran’s Supreme Leader a choice between its nuclear program or economic collapse.

But the Administration was successful in blocking that legislation from becoming law.

So instead of us today considering a verifiable, enforceable and accountable agreement – what the Obama Administration sought out to achieve – the Administration settled for an agreement that gives Iran too much, too fast, and at the expense of the security of the United States and our allies.

While President Obama’s goal was to negotiate the most intrusive inspections in history – the deal falls way short in stopping Iranian cheating.

Instead of allowing international inspectors into suspicious sites within 24 hours, it will take 24 days.

That’s a far cry from “anywhere, anytime” inspections that members of Congress came to expect, and Americans should demand.

Worse, there have been revelations in recent days about an agreement between Iran and the United Nation’s nuclear watchdog.  This agreement sets the conditions in which a key Iranian military site - suspected of nuclear bomb work - will be explored.

While the details have been kept from Congress, it’s reported that instead of international inspectors doing the inspecting, Iranians themselves will take the inspection lead.

Iran has cheated on every agreement they’ve signed.  Why are we trusting them on this?

And when they do cheat, we won’t have any economic pressure left to bear, as the deal guts the sanctions and revives Iran’s economy.

And where does all the new money go?  To the largest terror network on earth, wreaking havoc across the region, arming the likes of Hezbollah and arming Hamas.

And with the Administration too eager for a deal, Iran won late concessions.  Against the advice of the Pentagon, international restrictions on its intercontinental ballistic missile program are lifted.  These missiles - designed to carry nuclear weapons - threaten our homeland.

If this agreement goes through, Iran gets a cash bonanza, it gets a boost to its international standing, and a path toward nuclear weapons.

As Iran grows stronger, we will have fewer ways to respond.

We all wanted this negotiation to succeed.

But as America’s representatives, we must ask: is this agreement in the long-term national security interest of the United States?

Does it make the world and region more safe, more stable, more secure?

Is there any other reason why Iran – an energy rich country – is advancing its nuclear technology other than to make a nuclear weapon?

And why do its leaders chant “Death to America” and “Death to Israel?”

I have come to my conclusions.  This deal is deeply flawed.  It makes the world less safe. 

We can – and must – do better.  

And in a few weeks, I look forward to a debate and vote on this critical national security issue.

Thank you for listening.

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ABC News(NORWOOD, Mass.) -- At a Massachusetts fundraiser Friday night, Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump continued his attacks on Democrat Hillary Clinton saying the former Secretary of State has “some very big problems” with her email server.

However, the real estate mogul took things a step further attacking longtime Clinton aide Huma Abedin and her husband, former Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-NY) calling him a “perv."

“Who is Huma married to?,” Trump asked. “One of the great sleazebags of our time. Anthony Weiner.”

Weiner resigned his Congressional seat in 2011, after it was discovered the Democrat took shirtless photos of himself and shared them with women online.

Clinton rep Nick Merrill released a statement saying in part, “Donald Trump has spent the summer saying offensive things about women, but there is no place for patently false, personal attacks towards a staff member. He should be ashamed of himself…it’s embarrassing to watch frankly.”

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton admitted some of the paid speeches that President Bill Clinton asked the State Department about were “unusual requests” but defended the process used to vet her husband’s speeches.

“The process that was set up in my years as secretary of state was for any requests that my husband received to be sent to the State Department to be vetted, so it didn't matter where it was coming from. It was going to go to the State Department,” Clinton said at news conference at the Democratic National Committee meeting in Minneapolis on Friday.

“There was some unusual requests, but they all went through the process to try to make sure that the State Department conducted its independent review. He did neither of those speeches," she noted, referring to requests involving North Korea and the Congo.

“We tried to really be as careful and thoughtful in that process and this is another example of how it worked,” she added.

ABC News first reported on Friday that Bill Clinton sought approval from White House staff for two speeches involving repressive regimes -- North Korea and Congo. New State Department emails showed the requests came from one of Clinton’s aides at his foundation -- including Cheryl Mills, Hillary Clinton’s chief of staff at the time -- and were sent to State Department officials.

The emails included details for the Congo speech, but the nature of the North Korea event was unclear. The email suggested the invitation for the North Korea event may have come from Hillary Clinton's brother, Tony Rodham.

In her news conference on Friday, the former secretary of state noted her husband traveled to North Korea in 2009 to secure the release of two detained American journalists.

“President Obama sent my husband to North Korea to rescue the two journalists who had been captured. This was after a painstaking negotiation to try to convince the North Korean leader to release these two young women. And every offer we made, every diplomatic overture we made was rebuffed,” Clinton explained. “Finally, the North Koreans said, if Bill Clinton comes, we will give him the two journalists. We thought about it, obviously the president and I and others analyzed it. We wanted those young women home and we said ‘Okay.’ I tell you that, because that was a successful mission that accomplished its purpose.”

“I think it's beyond unlikely that the State Department -- not involving me -- but that the State Department would say, you know, we think it's a good idea for you to go back and see what more you can find out, see what you can pick up. Now, in the end, that was not something my husband wanted to do and not something that the State Department wanted him to do. It never happened,” she added.

Clinton also said that by submitting all speech requests to the State Department, it would allow the agency to weigh whether a speech could be beneficial -- even if the nature of the event raised questions.

“We had a process so that all of these requests would be vetted. It would be highly unlikely that it would be a positive response. Yes, we want you to go but not totally beyond the realm of possibilities. So that's the way we did it,” she said.

Clinton was also asked about new emails sent while Huma Abedin worked as a special government employee, an arrangement that allowed Clinton's top aide to work for four different employers at once. Clinton declined to answer that question.

The newly disclosed emails have prompted Sen. Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, to start an inquiry with the State Department concerning the vetting process for Bill Clinton’s speeches.

In a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, Grassley notes Bill Clinton’s aide did not include the agency’s ethics officials on his emails about the speeches.

“It appears that the pattern of conduct for reviewing matters for approval may have excluded the agency ethics official. If that is the case, the failure to involve the relevant ethics officials directly conflicts with the representations made to Congress and the public that the ethics official would be involved,” Grassley said in a letter to Kerry.

In 2009, Clinton agreed to provide information for paid speech requests to a “designated agency ethics official” to “review for any real or apparent conflict of interest with the duties of Secretary of State.”

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Some might say it was the sweetest takeaway from the summer meeting of the Democratic National Committee: The “I’m Ridin With Biden” free chocolate bar.

DNC delegates arriving at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Minneapolis were greeted by the chocolate bars at the registration desk. The candy is wrapped in a drawing of Vice President Joe Biden sitting in the driver’s seat of a convertible wearing sunglasses. They were created by the Draft Biden 2016 super PAC.

“The most fun is talking to people about a potential Joe Biden candidacy and really engaging with them on what they’re looking for in this presidential race,” said Josh Alcorn, a senior advisor to Draft Biden. “We had these chocolate bars with this ‘Ridin with Biden’ logo that were pretty popular here as well.”

The chocolate bars are just one step in a strategy the super PAC executed over the last few days at the DNC summer meeting to keep delegates' minds open to a potential presidential run by Biden. They also held off the record meetings behind closed doors with 65 to 70 people.

“He’s the original authentic candidate. I think folks are really craving that,” Alcorn said.

By Thursday afternoon, all the chocolate bars were gone, Alcorn said.

“I’m a chocolate freak,” said Gilberto Hinojosa, the chair of the Texas Democratic Party. “That’s the last thing I did before I went to bed, I ate a Hershey bar from the Draft Joe Biden chocolates.”

While Democrats seemed willing to bite into Biden candy, can they sink their teeth into a third presidential run from Biden?

“It’s good for the party to have the quality of candidates that we have today,” Hinojosa said. “And it will be good for the party to have Joe Biden if he jumps in.”

Vince Powers, chair of the Nebraska Democrats, joked that the Biden chocolate wouldn’t change any Democrat’s mind for or against a presidential run by the Vice President.

“People respect him and certainly if he chooses to run that will be well accepted, if he chooses not to run, that will be well accepted,” Powers said. “Somebody of his stature is held in high respect by the delegates and really Democrats across the country.”

Alcorn said that Biden is in the midst of a “deliberative process.”

“He’s weighing whether or not this is the right decision for him and so we’re just asking people to keep an open mind as he makes this decision,” Alcorn said.

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Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Defense Secretary Ash Carter said now that he holds the Pentagon's top job, he is very careful with his email.

"I'm extremely careful about it," Carter said during an interview with Bloomberg Television on Friday.

His comments come as Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton continues to deal with criticism about her use of a private email server for official emails during her time as secretary of state.

In his old job, Carter said he used email all the time.

“Now, in this job, I use a different way of operating,” he said, noting that on the occasions he does send email, he keeps them short.

"In general, my staff uses messages, and of course we send copious messages back and forth around the world," Carter said. "For myself, I am very careful."

The office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the Pentagon nearly experienced a serious breach recently when a staff member opened an email he shouldn't have, Carter said.

"The department as a whole uses email and all kinds of other electronic aids all day and we need to protect that," he said.

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Adam Bettcher/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) — The day after Donald Trump asked an audience member to prove his hair is real, Hillary Clinton brought up the topic in her speech to top Democrats Friday.

“A lot of people have said a lot of things about my hair over the years, so I do kind of know what Donald is going through,” she said to laughs from Democratic leaders at their summer meeting in Minneapolis.

"If anyone wonders if mine is real, here’s the answer. The hair is real. The color isn't," the former secretary of state said to more laughs. "Come to think of it, I wonder if that’s true for Donald too,” she wondered.

Trump called an audience member up on stage Thursday in South Carolina to perform an “inspection” into whether he was wearing a toupee. The woman confirmed the hair was real.

Clinton continued to hit the Republicans throughout her speech in Minneapolis, where all the Democratic candidates but Jim Webb and potential candidate Vice President Joe Biden are speaking. "The party of Lincoln has become the party of Trump,” she said.

She mentioned gun violence promising to enact gun control measures if she becomes president stressing that she won't "sit by while more good people die across America."

She also brought up women's health issues saying she knows her GOP opponents accuse of "playing the gender card."

“Well, if calling for equal pay and paid leave and women’s health is playing the gender card: deal me in," she said.

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(NEW YORK) — Top Democrats are gathering in Minneapolis for their summer meeting Friday, where they will hear from their presidential hopefuls.

Frontrunner Hillary Clinton and Lincoln Chafee will join the attendees in the late morning, while Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley will address the members in the afternoon.

Vice President Joe Biden, who will not be attending the convention Friday, did call DNC members about the Iran deal on Wednesday.

GOP frontrunner Donald Trump is off the trail Friday, while stablishment favorite Jeb Bush will stump with his most recent fan — former Majority Leader Eric Cantor — in the pivotal swing state of Virginia.

Meanwhile, second tier contenders Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and Scott Walker are campaigning in South Carolina Friday.

Carly Fiorina stumps in Iowa, while Rand Paul continues his western tour in Wyoming.

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