The Latest: Senator unsure Trump is right messenger for GOP


WASHINGTON (AP) | A Senate supporter of Donald Trump from deeply conservative Louisiana says that the Republican message this campaign season “is pretty good,” but acknowledges that “it may turn out that Mr. Trump is not the messenger” that the party needs.

Bill Cassidy is a staunch critic of President Barack Obama and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. But when asked whether Republicans would be able to work with Clinton if she wins, Cassidy said, “there will be common ground.”

Cassidy said it’s the president who sets the tone. He said: “If Secretary Clinton is elected president, I hope we find common ground as to how to progress as a nation.”

Cassidy made his comments during a taping of C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers” program that will air on Sunday.


NBC News chief anchor Lester Holt will moderate the first scheduled presidential debate on Sept. 26. ABC’s Martha Raddatz and CNN’s Anderson Cooper are doing the second and Fox News Channel’s Chris Wallace the third.

The Commission on Presidential Debates on Friday also announced that CBS News correspondent Elaine Quijano will moderate the vice presidential debate between Republican Mike Pence and Democrat Tim Kaine.

The first debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is planned for Hofstra University on Long Island, New York.