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Wednesday, 5 October 2016

US Presidential Election Update: Clinton camp cheers Trump promise to live-tweet VP debate

 Donald Trump won’t be on stage for Tuesday night’s vice presidential debate, but he plans to make himself heard.

Several hours before the debate was scheduled to start, Trump announced that he would be “live tweeting” as his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, faced off against the Democratic vice presidential nominee, Sen. Tim Kaine.


Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

Other Clinton aides also joined in cheering Trump’s vow.
Robby Mook, Clinton’s campaign manager, laughed when Yahoo News informed him of Trump’s plan. “That would be great if he did,” Mook said.

The Clinton campaign’s communications director had a similarly positive reaction when reporters told her that Trump would be live-tweeting.

“Good!” Palmieri said.

Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta also weighed in on Twitter:

Meanwhile, Republican National Committee chief strategist, Sean Spicer, who has been advising the Trump campaign, said Trump’s tweets would add an intriguing element to the vice presidential debate.

“It’s definitely going to be a new twist in this already interesting cycle,” Spicer said.

Trump’s tweets have previously gotten him into hot water on the campaign trail. At the end of last week, Trump posted a flurry of messages criticizing media coverage of his campaign. His tweeting continued into the wee hours of Friday morning, as he attacked former Miss Universe Alicia Machado, who has accused him of body-shaming her when the mogul owned the beauty pageant 20 years ago.

The Clinton campaign mocked the late night tweets as a “meltdown,” calling Trump “unhinged,” and the episode made waves of negative headlines. Just before Trump’s Twitter feud, he had closed his gap with Clinton in the polls, adopting what his campaign described as a “more disciplined” approach.

Yahoo News asked Clinton’s traveling press secretary, Nick Merrill, if Clinton was planning to live-tweet the debate.

“I don’t think so,” he said.

- yahoo news