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ABC News(DES MOINES, Iowa) -- Hillary Clinton is still sounding off about her debate performance.

Campaigning in Des Moines, Iowa on Thursday, the Democratic presidential nominee said her opponent Donald Trump was “unsettled” by the attendance of Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban during the first presidential debate Monday.

"You know, at the debate the other night one of my well-known supporters, Mark Cuban, was there in the front row,” she told a crowd at an outdoor early voting event. “And he really, I think, unsettled my opponent.”

Cuban, a vocal Trump detractor, sat front-and-center during the debate between the two presidential nominees. After it was announced he had been given a ticket by the Clinton campaign, Trump appeared to lash out on Twitter -- floating the idea that he would invite Bill Clinton’s former mistress, Gennifer Flowers.

Cuban’s invite was seen as a way for the Clinton camp to at least try to get under Trump’s skin -- a tactic Clinton also used during the debate against her opponent and even today. (During her rally, Clinton described Cuban as a “real billionaire” -- a subtle yet clear jab at Trump’s own wealth.)

Clinton -- who took days off from the campaign trail to study and practice for the debate -- also took a jab at Trump for seeming unprepared.

"I have no idea what he'll say the next time,” she said, referring to the second debate on Oct. 9. “But, you know, I will spend some time preparing for it.”

The focus of Clinton’s Des Moines event today was getting out the vote. Early voting began Thursday in Iowa, and following the rally, the campaign organized to help bring voters to locations where they could cast their votes.

“The election will be close but we can win Iowa and we’re going to win on Nov. 8,” she said.

Clinton -- whose campaign is worried about voter turnout among Democrats -- also seemed to acknowledge that she may face an enthusiasm issue in her own party.

"I want this election to be about something,” she said, “not just against somebody.”

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Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, said she’s not advising the Republican nominee to bring up former President Bill Clinton’s past infidelities as a way to attack his opponent, Hillary Clinton.

“I’m not advising him to go there,” Conway said in an interview on ABC's The View Thursday, adding, “It’s fair game to think about how Hillary Clinton treated those women after the fact. She called Monica Lewinsky a loony toon.”

Following Monday’s debate, Trump expressed regret about not being able to address the “transgressions of Bill,” noting that he covered everything else he “wanted to say.”

"I didn't wanna say what I was going to say with Chelsea [Clinton] in the room," Trump told ABC News on Monday. "So, maybe they're well off to bring Chelsea all the time."

Conway also addressed the controversy surrounding Trump’s comments regarding former Miss Universe Alicia Machado.

Trump told Fox News on Tuesday morning that Machado had “gained a massive amount of weight, and it was a real problem.” On Wednesday night, he told Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, “I saved her job because they wanted to fire her for putting on so much weight and it is a beauty contest.”

“Because she was in breach of contract and the company wanted her terminated. He gave her a second chance,” Conway said, adding, “This was 20 years ago and she obviously has a troubled past that I won’t get into.”

Asked by co-host Sara Haines how she felt about Trump’s remarks, Conway admitted she would not have done the same.

“Well I don’t discuss people’s weights and their looks,” she said. “I’m sure that on your Twitter feed you have viewers discussing my looks and my intelligence.”

Conway was also asked about a Newsweek report that Trump’s company violated the U.S.-Cuba trade embargo during Fidel Castro’s communist regime.

“People are going to have to read the whole story to find out that then he didn’t invest in it. No, they’re not treasonous,” she said. “It starts out with a screaming headline, as it usually does, that he did business in Cuba. It turns out that he decided not to invest there.”

Trump Hotels paid an American consulting firm in 1998 to help the company in the event the U.S. loosened trade restrictions, and ultimately made it look like a charity payment, according to Newsweek.

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Xinhua/Qin Lang via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Ever since Donald Trump left the stage at Hofstra University after the first presidential debate of the season, he has been talking about all the things he would have done differently.

From the moment he made the unusual move of stopping by the "spin" room after Monday night's debate, Trump started laying the groundwork for his own assessment of punches pulled against Hillary Clinton.

Trump, who is married to his third wife and has himself been accused of cheating, said he had planned to talk about Bill Clinton’s “transgressions” during the debate but made no mention of it at Hofstra, he said, for a simple reason.

"I got everything I wanted to say. I got it out, other than the transgressions of Bill," Trump said after the debate of the former president's alleged infidelities.

"I didn’t want to do it with Chelsea [Clinton], who I think is a very wonderful young lady. I didn’t want to say what I was going to say with Chelsea in the room," he told ABC News of the Clintons' only child.

Trump added: "So, maybe they’re well off to bring Chelsea all the time."

Just as Trump raised the former president's past after leaving it off the debate stage, he doubled-back Wednesday to Hillary Clinton's recent health scare, which he also didn't mention Monday night.

"You see all the days off that Hillary takes? Day off, day off, day off. All those days off and then she can't even make it to her car -- isn't it tough?" he said at a Wednesday night rally in Iowa, referencing the incident at the New York 9/11 memorial service at which Clinton needed assistance before the revelation that she had pneumonia.

But with an eye to the next debate in St. Louis on Oct. 9., Trump isn't only relying on his own instincts and advisers.

The Trump campaign sent out a fundraising email Thursday morning that included a "debate preparation survey" asking recipients to give "your immediate feedback from the first debate in order to win the second one."

Despite such reflection, and what some have called missed debate opportunities, Trump denies the perception among many observers that he lost.

"I had a great time," Trump told Bill O'Reilly on his Fox News show Wednesday night. "I know you say the polls weren't scientific, but every single poll that was taken, I won the debate. And some of them by a lot."

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Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill fired back at Donald Trump’s criticism of former Miss Universe Alicia Machado's weight gain via Twitter Wednesday.

The D women Senators have talked & we're concerned about Donald's weight. Campaign stress? We think a public daily weigh-in is called for.

— Claire McCaskill (@clairecmc) September 28, 2016

The Missouri senator’s tweet came after Trump appeared on Fox News Tuesday to defend his criticism of Machado, who said he called her "Miss Piggy" when she gained weight after winning the Miss Universe Pageant.

"She was the winner, and, you know, she gained a massive amount of weight," Trump said. "It was a real problem."

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MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said Donald Trump will have to “answer some questions” about a Newsweek story reporting that a Trump-owned company allegedly violated the United States' trade embargo with Cuba in the late 1990s.

“This is something they’re gonna have to give a response to. I mean, it was a violation of American law, if that’s how it happened,” Rubio said on the ESPN/ABC Capital Games podcast.

The report claims the Trump-owned company secretly conducted business on the island under Fidel Castro's communist regime.

According to Newsweek, Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts paid a consulting firm to help the company in the event that the U.S. loosened trade restrictions. The consulting firm and Trump company later attempted to cover up the transaction by making it look like legal spending for a charity.

Rubio, a former presidential candidate, insisted he would reserve judgment until he had learned all the facts.

"I hope the Trump campaign is gonna come forward and answer some questions about this because if what the article says is true -- and I'm not saying that it is, we don’t know with a hundred percent certainty -- I'd be deeply concerned about it, I would," he said.

Rubio has long been a strong supporter of the current embargo with Cuba. He endorsed Trump in late May, after a competitive primary that saw Trump win by a landslide in Rubio's home state.

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ABC News(WASHINGOTN) -- As the countdown to Election Day continues, the battle for the presidency is picking up steam and nowhere is that more obvious than the battleground states.

ABC News is breaking down the specific issues and ground games that are at play in five key battleground states: Florida, Iowa, Ohio, Nevada and North Carolina. Based on reporting and analysis, ABC News has determined that these five states do not currently lean towards one party or another, making them theoretically up for grabs for either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump.

Both campaigns are being supplemented with help from the Democratic National Committee and Republican National Committee, respectively.

On the Democratic side, the DNC and Hillary for America are running coordinated campaigns where door-knockers are stumping for both Clinton and state-specific senate and local races, according to a campaign aide. The majority of Democratic offices in battleground states are coordinated campaign offices, but there are a handful of DNC-specific offices as well.

The funding for the coordinated campaign offices has largely come from money raised through the Hillary Victory Fund which is a joint operation run by Hillary For America, the DNC and state parties, a campaign aide told ABC.

The Republican operation started well before Trump was in the picture, as RNC spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said that chairman Reince Priebus invested in permanent ground operations in battleground states back in 2013. When it became clear that Trump was the party’s nominee, his campaign reportedly welcomed the RNC’s set-up, Walters told ABC News.

“The RNC is the infrastructure for the entire GOP ticket, and the Trump campaign has embraced it,” she said, calling it “effective and efficient” to have all of their efforts run through the same team rather than having separate teams for Trump and the RNC.

Ad spending is going to be ramping up in many states, but the influx is even clearer in these five battleground states.

Here are primers on five states which could help break the election in one way or another:

Florida

Since its role in the 2000 presidential election, Florida has been a key part of the battleground conversation. Its residents have chosen the eventual Electoral College winner in the last five elections. Read the breakdown here.

Iowa

A state that Trump lost in the Republican caucuses is key to Trump winning the presidency. Read the breakdown here.

Ohio

There's an old saying -- As Ohio goes, so goes the nation. Read the breakdown here.

Nevada

Luck has always played a pivotal role for fortune seekers in Nevada, and now Clinton and Trump and both trying to test their stuff in the Silver State. Read the breakdown here.

North Carolina

North Carolina wasn’t always a battleground state -- in fact, it’s gone red in five of the last six elections -- but since President Obama’s victory in 2008, Democrats have honed in on the state’s changing demographics and young population. Read the breakdown here.

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PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Donald Trump's campaign team admits there were "some missed opportunities" at Monday's presidential debate after they've had time to "digest" the real estate mogul's performance, sources say. One senior staffer, in a shocking admission, says that Trump’s failures were his own and “more a lack of execution than preparation.”

At the same time, members of Trump’s family are standing behind the leadership of the campaign, contrary to reports of dissension.

"My siblings and I are thrilled with the current team, as we should be, given the success in the polls and in Monday's debate," Donald Trump Jr. told ABC News today in a statement. "There is no truth to this fabricated lie and we are excited to be working with these amazing professionals. The business continues to be tremendously successful as it has for years given our incredible assets and attention to detail in their management.”

The comments come amid intense finger-pointing from all levels of the campaign. Trump has blamed the moderator for not addressing topics he wished to discuss. Meanwhile, that staffer said that Trump “lost his nerve” in not hitting Clinton on certain issues like the attacks in Benghazi.

To blame the candidate is evidence of how shaken advisers were post-debate, seeking to shift blame from themselves and those who were responsible for prepping the candidate, to the candidate himself.

Sources say Trump prepared more than was reported but that he should have done mock debates and should have prepared for questions like those about the birther theory about President Obama he pushed for years (before disavowing it recently), as well as women's issues.

But Trump believed those issues and questions surrounding them, according to one source, were "well within the past." Three sources all said they were shocked Trump did not bring up Benghazi, another adding that it was a topic prepared for during sessions.

Hillary Clinton blasted Trump at the debate for language that he has used to describe women in the past and took him to task for pushing birtherism for years after the president released his birth certificate.

Sources say unfortunately Trump "did not get through the check list," but feel they have time to prepare for the final two debates. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will continue to be a part of sessions going forward and the team is hoping to emulate the town hall style of the next debate.

But sources say no new prep has happened yet for the next debate on Oct. 9 -- the focus right now is on campaigning.


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Alex Wong/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Gary Johnson has once again demonstrated that foreign policy may not be his strong point.

On Wednesday night –- just three weeks after the Libertarian presidential candidate curiously asked an MSNBC host “What’s Aleppo?” when asked what he would do about the war-torn Syrian city –- Johnson stumbled over a question that again has left voters scratching their heads.

During a town hall on MSNBC with Johnson and his running mate, former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld, host Chris Matthews asked the former New Mexico governor, "Who's your favorite foreign leader? Name one foreign leader that you respect and look up to. Anybody."

Gary Johnson had an "Aleppo moment" after @hardballchris asks who his favorite foreign leader is #JohnsonTownhall https://t.co/nRazpPL0q0

— MSNBC (@MSNBC) September 28, 2016

Weld quickly responded, "Mine was Shimon Peres," choosing the former Israeli president who died Wednesday from a stroke at the age of 93.

"I'm talking about living," Matthews said, turning back to Johnson.

"You gotta do this," Matthews said to Johnson. "Anywhere. Any continent. Canada, Mexico, Europe, over there, Asia, South America, Africa. Name a foreign leader that you respect."

With no leader apparently popping into his head, Johnson said, "I guess I'm having an 'Aleppo moment' in the former president of Mexico."

Matthews persisted, saying, "But I'm giving you the whole world. Anybody in the world you like. Anybody. Pick any leader."

Johnson repeated, albeit without specifically naming a leader, "The former president of Mexico."

"Which one?" a perplexed Matthews asked.

"I'm having a brain freeze," Johnson admitted, as Weld began to list the names of recent Mexican leaders.

"Fox! Thank you!" Johnson said when he heard former Mexican president Vicente Fox.

Weld, meanwhile, said his favorite world leader is German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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Vladone/iStock/Thinkstock(FORT LEE, Va.) -- President Obama said Congress made a "mistake" in overriding his veto of a bill that would allow the families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia for its alleged role in the terrorist attacks.

"It was a mistake," the president said during CNN's "Presidential Town Hall" in Fort Lee, Virginia on Wednesday. "If we eliminate this notion of sovereign immunity, then our men and women in uniform around the world could potentially start seeing ourselves subject to reciprocal laws."

"This is a dangerous precedent and it's an example of why sometimes you have to do what's hard. And, frankly, I wish Congress here had done what's hard," the president said.

He went on to describe why he believes the move was a "political vote."

"If you're perceived as voting against 9/11 families right before an election, not surprisingly, that's a hard vote for people to take," Obama said. "But it would have been the right thing to do."

The Senate voted 97-1 to override the president's veto, while the House voted to override by a large margin: 348-77 and one present vote. The votes cemented the first veto override for Obama of his eight years in office.

Some lawmakers have sided with the White House in expressing concerns about the bill, but that has not been enough to overcome the widespread congressional support for the bill.

"I look forward to the opportunity for Congress to override the president’s veto, provide these families with the chance to seek the justice they deserve and send a clear message that we will not tolerate those who finance terrorism in the United States," Senate Republican Whip John Cornyn of Texas said in a statement Friday, after the president had vetoed the bill.

Individuals with connections to the Saudi government are alleged to have helped shape the plot to hijack airplanes and destroy key U.S. landmarks like the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon. Some say the intention was further revealed in what are known as the 28 pages -- previously classified parts of a congressional investigation into the 9/11 attacks, released earlier this year.

Saudi Arabia has strongly denied any involvement in the attacks.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest slammed the veto override after the Senate vote, calling it "the single most embarrassing thing the United States Senate has done, possibly since 1983" in an apparent reference to the last time Congress issued a veto override by such a wide margin.

"You had at least one prominent Republican senator today saying that the members of Senate Judiciary Committee were not quite sure what the bill actually did and to have members of the United States Senate only reasonably informed of the negative impact of this bill on our service members and our diplomats in itself is embarrassing," Earnest said. "For those senators to move forward in overriding the president’s veto that would prevent those negative consequences is an abdication of their basic responsibilities as elected representatives of the American people."

Obama has expressed concerns the bill would possibly damage relations with Saudi Arabia and, also, leave government officials and U.S. citizens vulnerable to lawsuits from other nations.

His top national security officials, including CIA Director John Brennan, have argued that it could also make Saudi Arabia less willing to share crucial intelligence that could disrupt terror plots at home.

"The Saudis provide significant amounts of information that feed into the system that allow us to disrupt these threats," Brennan said Wednesday afternoon. "It would be a absolute shame if this legislation influenced the Saudi willingness to continue to be among our best counter terrorism partners."

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Roel Smart/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Three members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, in a letter sent Wednesday to Attorney General Loretta Lynch, have asked the Justice Department to investigate whether EpiPen manufacturer Mylan incorrectly classified its lifesaving product to save millions of dollars in required payments to states.

Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Sens. Richard Blumenthal, D-Connecticut, and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota, believe Mylan may have violated the False Claims Act by classifying EpiPen as a generic drug under the Medicaid Drug Rebate Program. That classification allowed the company to pay a lower percentage of its revenues back to states as rebates.

Because Mylan's EpiPen doesn't have an FDA-approved competitor, the senators argue, the company should have classified it as an "innovator" drug, which would have required paying a larger rebate to states.

“Just as they’ve overcharged consumers, they are also overcharging the government and, potentially, fraudulently lying to the government, and that’s a crime,” Blumenthal told ABC News today. “If Mylan misstated to the government the nature of its product so as to inflate its own profits, it should be held accountable.”

Congress has scrutinized the embattled pharmaceutical company since August after it dramatically raised the price of its EpiPen, which jumped from $100 for a two-pack in 2009, to more than $600 in 2016, according to medical literature.

Company CEO Heather Bresch appeared before a House committee investigating the company's pricing last week, and was criticized by Republicans and Democrats for nearly four hours for not offering a transparent picture of the company's finances.

Bresch did not apologize for the company's pricing system, calling the $600 price tag "fair." Armed with a number of posters showing the company’s earnings and expenses, she argued that Mylan only makes a profit of $50 on each pen, and has put the product in schools for free.

But, according to a new Wall Street Journal report, Bresch understated the company's profits to Congress while she was under oath. Mylan makes closer to $160 in profit before taxes for a two-pack of EpiPens, the Journal found.

That panel has given Mylan until Friday to provide additional financial documents to clarify the company's profits.

The company said in a statement today that it has "previously stated that the EpiPen Auto-Injector meets the definition of 'non-innovator' drug in the Medicaid rebate law. EpiPen Auto-Injector has been classified as a non-innovator since long before Mylan acquired the product."

"Mylan’s classification of EpiPen Auto-Injector as a non-innovator drug is consistent with longstanding written guidance from the federal government. Just this year, the government adopted a new rule intended to clarify ambiguities in the Medicaid rebate law. The rule establishes a new process for pharmaceutical companies to follow if they have products, like EpiPen®, approved under a [sic] what the FDA calls a 'new drug application' that they believe should continue to be treated as a non-innovator drug.

"The new process calls for the submission of an application for non-innovator status to be submitted to CMS on or before April 1, 2017. It would be premature to comment further on this issue until the CMS process has concluded.”

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Twitter(NEW YORK) -- Pepe the Frog, a ubiquitous internet meme, has been "hijacked by the racist right," according to the Southern Poverty Law Center -- backing up the Anti-Defamation League's decision to add Pepe to its list of hate symbols.

Mark Potok, a spokesman for the SPLC, told ABC News in a phone interview that while the SPLC doesn't formally track hate symbols, the group is aware of Pepe the Frog. He acknowledged that while the cartoon was not designed as a hate symbol, it has been re-purposed as one by white supremacist groups.

By adding Pepe to its list of hate symbols, the ADL has placed the frog in some bad company -- the cartoon now shares space with the swastika and the Confederate flag.

Pepe, as has been widely noted in the press, has evolved considerably in usage as a meme from its inception in the mid 2000s. Matt Furie, the artist who first drew the green frog and introduced him on his MySpace page in 2005, said that “Pepe is beyond my control" in an interview with New York Magazine this year.

These days, it is not entirely uncommon to see the frog wearing Nazi garb, although its usage does not appear limited to promoting hate.

The conservative website Breitbart News has used Pepe in its articles in the past, as it did in an explainer on the alt-right that shows Pepe leading a battle-worn GOP elephant to its grave.

Some supporters of GOP nominee Donald Trump's campaign, as a well as other political movements that have become popular with the alt-right -- a right-wing ideology presented as an alternative to mainstream conservatism that is highlighted by an opposition to multiculturalism, immigration and feminism -- embraced Pepe as an online symbol early on in his campaign.

As a result, the frog has surfaced -- sometimes awkwardly -- in the cycle of mainstream election news.

Trump himself quote-tweeted an image of Pepe the Frog in October 2015. Hillary Clinton, while giving a speech warning about the dangers of the alt-right earlier this year, was greeted by a heckler who yelled "Pepe!" at her from the crowd. The Clinton campaign published an explainer on its website earlier this month in which they declared that Pepe had been "co-opted by white supremacists."

Donald Trump Jr., while taking aim Clinton's description of some Trump supporters as "deplorables," posted an image on Instagram taken from the promotional material from the film "The Expendables" in which each of the characters' heads was replaced with the head of a prominent Trump supporter. Among the group of heads was Pepe, side-by-side with Mike Pence and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones of Infowars, among others.

"I've never even heard of Pepe the Frog," Trump Jr. told ABC News on "This Week" when asked about his usage of the symbol. "I mean, bet you 90 percent of your viewers have never heard of Pepe the Frog. I thought it was a frog in a wig. I thought it was funny. I had no idea there was any connotation there."

Some Trump supporters have expressed anger online about the designation of Pepe as a hate symbol. In the Reddit group The_Donald, someone posted a image today of Pepe's face on a "Don't Tread on Me" flag under a headline that said "NOT HATE." Within the thread, some Trump supporters commiserated about Pepe's new designation. One user threatened to have Clinton's "H" symbol reported as a symbol of hate in an act of retaliation.

Reddit has been a popular hangout for some Trump supporters online, and the candidate answered questions from some of that group in July in an Ask Me Anything forum.

Milo Yiannopoulos, a Breitbart News writer and prominent supporter of Trump who drew criticism for his involvement in the trolling of "Ghostbusters" star Leslie Jones, receiving a permanent ban from Twitter as a result, mocked the designation of Pepe as a hate symbol in a comment to ABC News.

"Great news! We can rest easy now that the [ADL] has identified the real source of racial tension in the United States. It's not bad policing, it's not crappy schools and it's not the war on drugs-- it's frog memes!" he said in an email.

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Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post via Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- The objective of Michelle Obama's first of two stump speeches for Hillary Clinton in battleground Pennsylvania today was clear: hype Clinton and tarnish Donald Trump, while getting young people out to vote.

Within minutes of taking the stage at La Salle University in Philadelphia to an ecstatic, diverse and, largely, young audience of people at or near voting age, Obama moved from laughing with the crowd and cracking jokes to slamming the ongoing "birther" movement.

Refusing to mention the Republican nominee by name throughout her remarks, Obama described Trump's previous support of the conspiracy theory that her husband was not a natural-born citizen  as a deceitful, deliberate lie.
 
Trump has since said the president was born in the United States.

"When they go low, we go high," the first lady said today.

Obama added to applause and cheers: "A president cannot just pop off and [act] irrationally."

With 40 days until America takes to the polls to vote, Democratic presidential nominee Clintonis once again deploying Michelle Obama to stump for her in the crucial state of Pennsylvania.

After a brand-new campaign ad featuring the first lady rolled out Wednesday morning, Obama spoke to students and supporters at La Salle this afternoon. From there she was scheduled to head to Pittsburgh for a second Clinton campaign event.

Michelle Obama first hit the trail to rally for Clinton earlier this month after her stirring remarks at the summer Democratic National Convention. Given her sky-high approval rating among the American people, even when compared to her husband's, the Clinton campaign clearly views the first lady as a valuable surrogate, with Clinton's even quoting her during the debate Monday night against Trump.

The first lady today echoed past concerns and criticisms of Trump's divisiveness and what she has said are her concerns about the poor example she believes he sets for the nation's children.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) --  If the only Farmville you've ever heard of is the Facebook game, you're not alone.

Many members of the political masses and traveling press will be looking up directions to Farmville, Virginia, home of Longwood University, the site for this year's vice presidential debate on Oct. 4.

Longwood University, which was founded in 1839, has never hosted a presidential or vice presidential debate before. The school's president, W. Taylor Reveley IV, said the decision to apply stemmed from a student's suggestion in 2014.

The students "got to talking about how the modern presidential debates have a strong connection to Virginia," said Reveley.

The University of Richmond, located more than 60 miles northeast of Farmville, hosted the first town hall-style presidential debate between Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush in 1992.

 "As happens sometimes in class, organically, people got to talking about whether it was something we would ever do at Longwood," he said.

Reveley said the idea "really stuck" and he worked out the necessary logistics for hosting such a prestigious event.

Moreover, "there's a narrative arch in Farmville and at Longwood that's especially relevant to the 2016 election," Reveley said.

"The Civil War functionally drew to a close along the north end of our campus, and then the civil rights movement really took its first powerful strides at the south end of our campus, with a student-led strike at the then-all black high school," he added.

Longwood is actually about 30 miles from the Appomattox Court House, where one of the final battles of the Civil War was fought before Gen. Lee's Confederate Army surrendered to the Union Army in the spring of 1865.

The court house is not the only historical monument in town. A sit-in in 1951 at Robert Russa Moton High School led to the legal fight over "separate but equal" facilities in the landmark Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court case.

 Peter Eyre, a senior adviser with the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD), said that the history and appreciation for politics present at Longwood likely played a role in its selection, along with other factors.

"It would be typical for each school to have something that they really feature as a compelling reason to do a debate there besides the facilities," Eyre told ABC News.

"For each of the sites, we look at a variety of things: the facilities, the supporting cast of characters, local police, law enforcement, hotels, transportation. But there is certainly an element that we look at that is much less tangible," he said.

 Justin Pope, the chief of staff at Longwood University, said that in addition to the formal application filing, the CPD "kicks the tires, they make a number of visits to campus and see if they think you could handle it logistically."

All told, the process took about two years, "so I do have some empathy with the campaigns," Reveley said.

The university learned about the decision last September. Reveley said he got a call from Mike McCurry, the press secretary for former President Bill Clinton and current co-chairman of the CPD.

"He has a good sense of humor, so when he got me on the phone without any preamble he said, 'Are you busy Oct. 4?' and I said, I sure hope so!'" Reveley said.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Both houses of Congress voted Wednesday to override a veto from President Obama -- for the first time -- of a bill that would allow the families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia for its alleged role in the terrorist attacks.

The Senate today voted 97-1 to override the president's veto, while the House voted to override by a large margin: 348-77 and one present vote.

Some lawmakers have sided with the White House in expressing concerns about the bill, saying it might open Americans up to similar lawsuits from foreign nations. But that has not been enough to overcome the widespread congressional support for the bill.

“I look forward to the opportunity for Congress to override the president’s veto, provide these families with the chance to seek the justice they deserve and send a clear message that we will not tolerate those who finance terrorism in the United States,” Senate Republican Whip John Cornyn of Texas said in a statement Friday after the president vetoed the bill.

Individuals with connections to the Saudi government are alleged to have helped shape the plot to hijack airplanes and destroy key U.S. landmarks like the twin towers and the Pentagon, as illuminated in what are known as the 28 pages, previously classified parts of a congressional investigation into the 9/11 attacks that ware released earlier this year.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest slammed the move after the Senate vote, calling it "the single most embarrassing thing the United States Senate has done possibly since 1983" in an apparent reference to the last time Congress issued a veto override by such a wide margin.

"You had at least one prominent Republican senator today saying that the members of Senate Judiciary Committee were not quite sure what the bill actually did and to have members of the United States Senate only reasonably informed of the negative impact of this bill on our service members and our diplomats in itself is embarrassing," Earnest said. "For those senators to move forward in overriding the president’s veto that would prevent those negative consequences is an abdication of their basic responsibilities as elected representatives of the American people."

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — It's been 20 years since Alicia Machado was crowned Miss Universe. Now, the former beauty queen has become a part of the U.S. presidential campaign after her experience with Donald Trump was brought up in Monday's presidential debate.

Machado was 19 years old when she won the Miss Universe contest in 1996, the same year Trump took over the pageant. She said Trump publicly humiliated her when she started putting on weight. He allegedly called her names like "Miss Piggy," "Miss Housekeeping" and "Miss Eating Machine," and he invited the press to watch her work out, according to Machado.

"As a mother, I am very worried he could be president," Machado told ABC News in an interview that aired on Good Morning America Wednesday. "Maybe he will be saying bad things about me or try and discredit to me. But it's OK, I'm strong."

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton brought up the controversy with Machado during the debate, adding that Trump has called women "pigs, slobs and dogs."

"And one of the worst things he said was about a woman in a beauty contest. He loves beauty contests, supporting them and hanging around them," Clinton said from the debate stage at Hofstra University in Hemptstead, New York. "And he called this woman 'Miss Piggy.' Then he called her 'Miss Housekeeping,' because she was Latina. Donald, she has a name. Her name is Alicia Machado, and she has become a U.S. citizen. And you can bet she’s going to vote this November.”

Machado said she has suffered from eating disorders after the experience.

"I don't like to remember that moment," she explained. "I had a lot of problems."

Machado became an American citizen in May and said she plans to vote for Clinton in November.

Trump has since pushed back against the criticism regarding his treatment of Machado, saying "she gained a massive amount of weight, and it was a real problem."

"She was the winner, and, you know, she gained a massive amount of weight, and it was a real problem," the real estate mogul said of Machado during an interview on Fox News' Fox & Friends Tuesday morning. "We had a real problem. Not only that, her attitude, and we had a real problem with her."

Trump went on to compare Machado with other Miss Universe winners, describing her as "the worst we ever had."

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