Caitlin MacNeal

Caitlin MacNeal is a News Writer based in Washington, D.C. Before joining TPM, Caitlin interned and wrote for the Huffington Post, the Sunlight Foundation and Slate. She is a graduate of Georgetown University.

Articles by Caitlin

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Tuesday night said Donald Trump's comment about "Second Amendment people" and Hillary Clinton sounded like "a joke gone bad," though the Speaker admitted he did not hear Trump's full remarks.

"I’ve been a little busy today. I heard about this Second Amendment quote. It sounds like just a joke gone bad. I hope he clears it up very quickly. You should never joke about something like that," Ryan said at a press conference after winning his Republican primary. "I didn’t actually hear the comments, I only heard about those comments."

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Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump in head-to-head matchups in the key battleground states of Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania, according to a Quinnipiac University poll of likely voters released Tuesday afternoon.

In Florida, Clinton leads Trump by just one point, 46-45. But when third-party candidates are added to the question, Clinton and Trump are tied 43-43, with Libertarian Gary Johnson at 7 points and Green Party candidate Jill Stein at 3.

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Hillary Clinton campaign chair John Podesta on Monday said that Clinton will participate in all three presidential debates, challenging Donald Trump to agree to the schedule.

"Secretary Clinton looks forward to participating in all three presidential debates scheduled by the independent debate commission," Podesta said in a statement. "With so much at stake in the fall elections, she believes these debates will provide the American people with an important opportunity to hear from the candidates on issues critical to the country's future."

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Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) said on Monday night that she will not vote for Donald Trump, calling him "reckless" and blasting his "constant stream of cruel comments."

In an op-ed for the Washington Post, Collins wrote that while Trump has connected with many Republican voters, "rejecting the conventions of political correctness is different from showing complete disregard for common decency."

"Mr. Trump did not stop with shedding the stilted campaign dialogue that often frustrates voters. Instead, he opted for a constant stream of denigrating comments, including demeaning Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) heroic military service and repeatedly insulting Fox News host Megyn Kelly," she wrote.

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Former Michigan Gov. William Milliken (R) has announced that he will vote for Hillary Clinton for president, saying that Donald Trump does not embody Republican ideals.

"This nation has long prided itself on its abiding commitments to tolerance, civility and equality. We face a critically important choice in this year's presidential election that will define whether we maintain our commitment to those ideals or embark on a path that has doomed other governments and nations throughout history," he said in a statement to the Detroit Free Press published Monday. "I am saddened and dismayed that the Republican Party this year has nominated a candidate who has repeatedly demonstrated that he does not embrace those ideals."

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Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), one of Donald Trump's most outspoken critics in the Senate, met with vice presidential candidate Mike Pence last week, but still won't throw his support behind the Republican nominee.

"Mike and I go way back. We came in the House together," he said on CBS' "Face the Nation." "I certainly respect him. I still told him I'm not ready to support Donald Trump."

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Former presidential candidate Ohio Gov. John Kasich said on Sunday that Donald Trump will struggle to win the state of Ohio because he's divisive.

"He's going to win parts of Ohio where people are really hurting and where people of both parties have failed to fix our education system," Kasich said on CNN's "State of the Union." "But I still think it's difficult if you are dividing to be able to win in Ohio. I think it's really, really difficult."

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Rep. Scott Rigell (R-VA) said on Friday that he will vote for Libertarian Gary Johnson for president because he does not wish to support either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton.

“I’ve always said I will not vote for Donald Trump and I will not vote for Hillary Clinton,” he told the New York Times. “I’m going to vote for the Libertarian candidate.”

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