Good morning and happy Wednesday. The vice presidential debate is history, and Bernie Sanders came to Minnesota on Tuesday to campaign for Hillary Clinton. Let’s take a look at the Digest.
1. Sen. Bernie Sanders held rallies in Minneapolis and Duluth Tuesday to try to convince college students to back Hillary Clinton in November. While polls show Clinton with a lead among young voters, many are also looking at third party candidates or thinking about not voting at all. And from what some students had to say, Sanders had his work cut out for him. (MPR News)
2. Republican state House candidate Brad Gerten of Burnsville was charged Tuesday with felony domestic assault by strangulation. Court documents allege that Gerten injured his wife by pushing her to the floor during a fight at their home over the weekend. He then choked her 18-year-old son who tried to intervene. Gerten was also charged with a misdemeanor count of domestic assault. Top Republican leaders say they will not support Gerten’s candidacy. (MPR News)
3. A mural created by Minnesota College Republicans at the University of Minnesota that featured one of Donald Trump’s campaign slogans — “Build the Wall” — was defaced by someone who painted “Stop White Supremacy” over it in large gold letters. Some students called the pro-Trump panels hate speech against minorities and immigrants. The incident led U of M President Eric Kaler to say this, “The University of Minnesota supports a campus climate that welcomes all members of our community and our values of equity and diversity, but that also ensures the free flow of ideas, even those that are offensive to some.” (Star Tribune)
4. The vice presidential debate turned into a feisty match-up with a lot of interruptions and cross-talk, especially from Tim Kaine. A CNN quick poll after the debate showed 48 percent thought Mike Pence won the night compared to 42 percent who thought Kaine did a better job. Both of the candidates defended their running mates, with Kaine repeatedly bringing up statements from Trump and demanding Pence stand by them. Often Pence denied that Trump ever said them and sometimes didn’t rise to the attack at all. One of the most substantive exchanges came near the end on abortion, but by then many viewers may have tuned out. (AP)
5. A lot of charges and counter-charges got thrown out during the debate. Here’s a rundown of everything that was said with a careful look at some of the assertions made by both candidates. (NPR)