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Dan Rather: Romney campaign has more twists than a pretzel factory

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Appearing Monday night on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, Dan Rather said that Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign was having an incredibly hard time focusing on the economy and job growth.

“Here’s his basic problem,” he explained. “We talked about it before. Does this man know what it is he believes? Is he willing to stick to it and fight for it? Whatever the truth of it is, the perception has been there from the beginning. This guy may not know really what he wants to do. These last few days have fuelled that. If he wins, he has to win on jobs and the economy. He can’t seem to keep the focus there and you can’t run a campaign with more twists than a pretzel factory.”

Earlier in the segment, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow noted that the Romney campaign had corrected statements made by the Republican presidential candidate and his running mate Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) multiple times over the past few days, giving the appearance that the campaign was either trying to appeal to particular niches of voters — or was in complete disarray.

“I think future historians and politicians and people who cover politics will be looking at this campaign and studying it for a long time to come because the center of gravity has changed with Facebook, Twitter and the immense amount of coverage there is of a campaign,” Rather said. “There’s a time not long ago, you can say one thing to one group of people and another thing to another group of people and it wouldn’t catch up. Those days are gone.”

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Ex-Bush aide says Trump falls back on racism because he’s losing his mind: ‘Take him to Walter Reed for a full medical’

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MSNBC contributor Elise Jordan said President Donald Trump was stuck peddling racism because he's losing his mental faculties.

The former speechwriter and National Security Council staffer in George W. Bush's administration said Trump's attack on four Democratic congresswomen betrayed his inherent racism, and showed that he's mentally diminished.

"I think you're being a little bit too charitable regarding Donald Trump having an actual strategy in the first place," Jordan told "Morning Joe" host Joe Scarborough. "I think that this is who he is -- he's racist."

"You have seen it, you know, his entire career," she continued, "whether it's calling for five young black men who are innocent to be executed. you see it in his comments consistently throughout the course of his campaign wanting to ban an entire religion from entering the country, and just this week the horrible remarks that, you know, an elected official -- elected by her fellow countrymen and women should be grateful to be in the country and should leave otherwise."

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MSNBC’s Morning Joe drops the hammer on Trump’s ‘mob’: A ‘new level of racism’

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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough said President Donald Trump believes the four Democratic congresswomen he's been attacking aren't capable of being fully American because they're not white.

The "Morning Joe" host said Trump's recent attacks on those first-year lawmakers had followed a familiar pattern, but Scarborough warned the president had taken those racist provocations to a new level by suggesting that people of color aren't capable of loving their country.

"They're not white," Scarborough said. "Clearly, (he) is suggesting (because) they're not white, they're foreign, even though they're not, and also, very interesting in that press conference -- that presser when the president said, 'They're just lucky to be where they are.' That's Donald Trump saying, you know what? Given that they're women and they're from Somalia or from wherever, Detroit, from Cincinnati, regardless, they're just lucky to be where they are."

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Arizona ‘museum fire’ balloons to over 300 acres — and they’re evacuating the area

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A massive fire has grown much faster than anticipated, just north of Flagstaff, Arizona. Brady Smith, Coconino County National Forest, told ABC15 that they have at least 200 staff on the ground and planes dropping fire retardant.

AZCentral reported that the fire located in the Dry Lake Hills.

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