Powell unloads on Clinton, Trump in emails – Politico

09/14/16 04:23 PM EDT

ZIP, BOOM, POWELL: Colin Powell was tired of being tied to HILLARY CLINTON. He has a low opinion of DONALD TRUMP and scathing views on his former Bush Administration colleague Donald Rumsfeld.

A newly leaked trove of emails from Powell, covering a roughly two year period of time, offer a rare view of the former Secretary of State’s candid assessments of the 2016 race and other Washington figures. Powell voices frustration with Clinton, particularly efforts to link him to her email practices, but he has a particularly dim view of Trump’s preparedness for office. “If Donald were to somehow win,” Powell wrote in a June 23 email to former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, “by the end of the first week in office he’d be saying ‘What the hell did I get myself into?’”

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As POLITICO’s Eric Geller reports, Powell also “offered an acerbic — even crass — description of what he saw as Clinton’s liabilities as a presidential candidate.” Read more at: http://politi.co/2crS6wB

How’s that song go? Wednesday, Wednesday you’re all I hoped you would be? Ah, nevermind, your 2016 Blast has arrived. Henry C. Jackson (@henrycjjackson) is here to guide you through today’s campaign news, so please send your tips, complaints and favorite songs: hjackson@politico.com.

2) IN THE LAND OF OZ: DONALD TRUMP’s much hyped appearance on the “Dr. Oz” show resulted in a startling revelation — that he’s a bit overweight. As POLITICO’s Ben Schreckinger reports, “The interview [with Dr. Mehmet Oz] was light on details but heavy on drama. After Trump’s aides poured cold water on reports that Trump would use the taping to share the results of a recent physical exam, Trump went ahead and pulled a letter from his colorful gastroenterologist Harold Bornstein out of his jacket mid-interview and handed it to Oz to read aloud, according to attendees … Trump’s recent physical exam painted a picture of general good health, but did not offer the level of detail contained in a full release of medical records.” http://politi.co/2cf1Uu9

3) LEWAN-DOWN, BUT NOT OUT: Deposed DONALD TRUMP campaign manager and paid CNN contributor Corey Lewandowski appears to be making a comeback in Trump’s orbit, POLITICO’s Ben Schreckinger and Kenneth P. Vogel report. Lewandowski has always stayed cordial with Trump, “but now, with the departure of Manafort and the installation of a regime much friendlier to him, Lewandowski’s engagement with the Trump campaign appears to once again be on the rise, not just in the swing state of New Hampshire but also nationally … in recent weeks, with the absence of a leadership team actively committed to boxing him out, [Lewandowski] has reengaged with the operation more broadly, listening in on morning conference calls and conferring regularly with campaign CEO Stephen Bannon and deputy campaign manager David Bossie.” http://politi.co/2cVPF8y

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4) SWING SWINGS: DONALD TRUMP appears to be picking up steam in key states. A fresh poll of Ohio today “shows Donald Trump leading Hillary Clinton in Ohio by 5 points — a result that diverges from other public polling but could also indicate that recent controversies have taken a toll on Clinton’s campaign. The Bloomberg Politics poll, conducted by Iowa-based Selzer & Co., shows Trump leading Clinton among likely voters in Ohio, 48 percent to 43 percent. Six percent of likely voters said they would support another candidate, and 3 percent are undecided.” Notably the poll was conducted as Clinton dealt with fall out from her description of some Trump supporters as “deplorables” and as coverage of her health scare on Sunday unfolded. http://politi.co/2cb7XRZ

In another key state, Nevada, Trump now has a narrow, 2-point advantage, according to a Monmouth University poll. Trump leads Clinton 44 percent to 42 percent in the survey, with Libertarian Gary Johnson at 8 percent. http://politi.co/2cYulex

BLAST NOTE: But, choose your news, a new Quinnipiac University national poll shows HILLARY CLINTON ahead by 5 percentage points.

5) INFLUENCE GAME: Principles may be involved, but Republicans who have abandoned DONALD TRUMP are getting something else they crave: access. POLITICO’s Darren Samuelsohn reports: “From messaging help delivered by Clinton’s communications team to direct and regular access to senior staffers and in-person meetings to discuss policy and strategy, Republicans who have abandoned Trump say the Democrat has given every indication that the GOP view will be reflected in her administration. After she is sworn in, these Republicans say, they expect positions in a Clinton administration that go beyond the one or two seats that are typically reserved for opposition party experts in any White House that aims to win bipartisan support and cast itself as a solutions-oriented bridge-building operation.” http://politi.co/2cf2zLP

BLAST NOTE: Wonder how this sits with, say, BERNIE SANDERS supporters?

TRAIL MIX: In today’s campaign news, HILLARY CLINTON plans some meetings. She and DONALD TRUMP go into different levels of detail. Bill Clinton makes a flu gaffe, the press is not trusted and Clinton could use a boost among minority voters. Oh, and TIM KAINE may have voicemail.

BILAT, MORE LIKE BI-SMACK: HILLARY CLINTON is planning a series of bilateral meetings in conjunction with the U.N. General Assembly and dares DONALD TRUMP to arrange the same.

NURSING IT: Politifact dispels a bogus rumor that HILLARY CLINTON travels with an undercover nurse.

BOOK IT: The Los Angeles Times evaluates the policy proposals of HILLARY CLINTON and DONALD TRUMP finds Clinton is extremely detailed and Trump is … less so.

FLU OVER HIS HEAD: Bill Clinton mistakenly referred to HILLARY CLINTON’s recent health scare as the flu. And he caught some flak for it.

BEAT THE PRESS: A new poll finds public confidence in the media is at an all time low.

MINORITY REPORT: The New York Times crunches numbers and finds HILLARY CLINTON is getting less-than-anticipated support from African-American voters and Hispanics.

RING RING: NBC reports the latest DNC leak includes TIM KAINE’s cell phone number.

THEY SAID IT: “I would rather not have to vote for her, although she is a friend I respect. A 70-year person with a long track record, unbridled ambition, greedy, not transformational, with a husband still d—ing bimbos at home (according to the NYP).” — That’s Colin Powell on HILLARY CLINTON.

MAGIC NUMBER: 20. That’s how many pounds Dr. Mehmet Oz thinks DONALD TRUMP needs to lose.

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There you go — now you’re caught up on the 2016 race. TBNR. We’ll see you tomorrow.

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