He has the ability to read from the headlines everyday, in a distorted way at times, sometimes not.
But if there is a bit of more of a national surge, and if it turns out that his ceiling is higher than the Clinton folks think, if it turns out that she doesn't have the hold on the coalition of the ascendant that Barack Obama had, I think it's possible he could find his way to 270. He'd need to surge more than he has, and the Clinton folks are quite adamant. It's a small but stable lead, which is exactly what Barack Obama had over Mitt Romney.
MARK HALPERIN: Well it's not a question of optimism, it's a question looking at the data and looking at what's going on in the battleground states. She's got the recent electoral college history that heavily favors the Democratic Party.
Regardless, the opposition party says it will not vote to raise the debt limit unless Democrats agree - without any taxes increases - to trillion in cuts to government spending over 10 years.Halperin’s embarrassing shilling for Trump included his insistence that Trump’s racist attacks on the American judge of Mexican descent weren’t actually racist because “Mexico isn’t a race,” criticizing The New York Times for responding to Trump’s threat to take legal action against them, and brushing off Trump’s reluctance to accept the election results as a concern of “elites.” Halperin even praised the “impressive resume” of Trump adviser and white nationalist ally Stephen Bannon.Heilemann and Halperin also conducted an interview with Trump on a Zamboni where they asked him how much bacon he eats and whether or not he knows how to skate and during a campaign trip to Iowa, Halperin received helicopter ride from Trump: More recently, Halperin failed to live up to the standards he had set for other journalists by giving Trump a shameless softball interview in which he failed to ask him about his hidden tax returns – an issue that Halperin had previously said journalists were “obligated” to ask Trump about every chance they got.It would be inappropriate to say that about any president of either party.And on behalf of the White House, I expressed that sentiment to executives at the network.'Halperin immediately apologised for the comment, made after the show's host Joe Scarborough jokingly told him he could say what he thought of the president because the programme was being recorded on a delay.