A thread of things from the Trump town hall.

Guthrie begins pressing Trump on when its last pre-debate test was.

He won't say he was tested day of debate. “I probably did,” he says eventually.
He won't express regret for the indoor event at the ACB where folks were not wearing masks at White House.

"Everyone was tested," he said.
“People with masks are catching it all the time,” Trump says six months into the pandemic.

He continues to cede to the Democrats an overwhelmingly popular political position.
More Trump:

“As the president, I have to be out”

“Let’s see Kamala. She has people. People have it.”
First 8 minutes — all Guthrie. No town hall questions yet.
Trump does not hesitate to denounce white supremacy.

But he won't say a negative word about QANON.
Trump on Qanon: What I do know about it is they are very strongly against pedophilia and I agree with that
Rare that the host delivers the memorable quote. But tonight....

Gurthrie: “You’re the president — you’re not someone’s crazy uncle!”
8:19 p.m. First Q from a voter
Trump on early response to the pandemic: “I knew it was a big threat... At the same time I didn't want to panic the country.”
The rare moments when Trump is on message on the economy is a reminder of how much of an edge he had over Biden on this issue six months ago.
An amazing Trump aside on the Republican Party: "Maybe I’ve changed the party a lot over the last three years”
One of the voters at the NBC town hall asks about the corporate tax rate.
Trump in 30 seconds says of the NYT tax story both "illegal" and that "they have the numbers all wrong."
Trump answers his $750 tax bill saying "It’s a statutory number”
The woman in a red mask nodding as Trump speaks is such a valuable visual for him.
Trump on Supreme Court: “I think depending what happens with Roe V. Wade is perhaps it could sent down to the states and the states would decide.”
The next questioner to Trump: “You’re so handsome when you smile”

She asks if he'll try to cut DACA in 2nd term.
As the hour wraps, Trump has spent almost no time talking about his second term agenda.

Given his closing pitch, he opens it: "Because I've done a great job" Says what he's done. Finishes: "Next year is going to be better than ever before."
"Let me just remind you that was a production of NBC News" Rachel Maddow says, noting it was only "simulcast" on MSNBC

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"Please take the fact that we are not ahead by double digits"

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W/ @katieglueck:
Bob Bauer, the former WH counsel who played the role of Bernie Sanders during the primary for debate prep, has been peppering Biden in some sessions as Trump nytimes.com/2020/09/28/us/…
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The 2020 map Impact w/ @jwpetersNYT:
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The 13 included in Crooked Media's "Get Mitch" list plus McGrath and Kelly. (Could be others but none confirmed)
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Biden + joint DNC operations = $466 million
Trump + joint RNC operations = $325 million

The Trump reelection committee itself filed just moments ago (again, there is also RNC + joint ops, which will not file tonight):

Total August receipts: $61.7 million
Total spend: $61.2 million
Debts: 900k
Cash on hand: $121 million

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Total spend: $130.3 million
Debts: $0
Cash on hand: $180.6 million

(Compare to Trump committee in above tweet.)
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There have been some unusual expenditures like ~$110,000 to Yondr, a company that makes magnetic pouches used to store cellphones during fund-raisers so that donors could not secretly record Trump and leak his remarks. nytimes.com/2020/09/07/us/…
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Joe Biden is going to more than double that.
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