The Latest: Jill Stein makes case for being part of debates

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. presidential race (all times EDT):

12:15 p.m.

Green Party candidate Jill Stein says she could win the presidential election if she could just get more public exposure.

But she’s not holding her breath.

At a Washington news conference Tuesday, Stein made her case for being included in the presidential debates, saying voters deserve to hear from all the candidates.

The Commission on Presidential Debates says candidates must have the support of at least 15 percent of voters to be included in the three debates.

So far, Stein has been polling in the low single digits. Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson has been doing a little better, but not good enough.

Stein said, “We could potentially win this race. I’m not holding my breath, but I’m not ruling it out. It’s a crazy election.”


11:35 a.m.

Donald Trump plans to use a pair of events in Texas on Tuesday to stress the need for tougher border security.

Jason Miller, the campaign’s communications director, released a statement saying that Trump will tape a town hall in Austin for the Fox News Network focusing on the need to fortify the southern border. He will later expand on the theme at a rally in the Texas capital.

Trump has highlighted crimes committed by immigrants living in the U.S. illegally. Government figures, though, do not indicate that these immigrants commit violent crimes more frequently than legal residents do.

Trump had been expected to unveil his full immigration policy this week, but that was postponed, likely until next week.

Trump will also campaign in Florida, Mississippi, Nevada and Iowa this week.


10:25 a.m.

Vice President Joe Biden is telling Baltic leaders to disregard Donald Trump’s threats not to defend NATO allies.

Biden is meeting with the leaders of Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia during a visit to Latvia designed to show support to countries near Russia. He says the U.S. honors its Article 5 commitment to defend NATO allies.

Biden isn’t using Trump’s name. But he tells the leaders they “occasionally may hear something from a presidential candidate.” He says that “it’s nothing that should be taken seriously.”

Trump alarmed NATO countries when he said if he’s president, the U.S. might not defend NATO allies under attack if they haven’t paid their fair share of defense costs.

Referring to Trump, Biden says, “I don’t think he understands what Article 5 is.”


10:10 a.m.

Donald Trump’s campaign is paying more than ever to rent space inside his Trump Tower in New York.

Federal Election Commission reports show that the Republican presidential nominee’s campaign paid $35,457 per month for rent and utilities to Trump Tower Commercial LLC between August 2015 and this April. The payment began increasing in May and hit $169,758 last month.

The campaign says in a statement the rent hike came as the Trump team expanded from only the fifth floor to also include two additional floors.

It says the rent was calculated based on the average price per square foot in the area. It notes Trump made a $2 million personal donation last month, which more than covers the rent.

The Huffington Post first noted the bigger payments.


3:35 a.m.

Donald Trump and his Republican allies say Hillary Clinton is weak, lacks stamina and doesn’t look presidential.

Trump and his backers are increasingly relying on rhetoric that academics and even some Republican strategists say has an undeniable edge focused on gender.

He has repeatedly called attention to Clinton’s voice, saying listening to her gives him a headache. Last December, he mocked her wardrobe.

The billionaire mogul has also used stereotypes about women to demean Clinton, who stands to become the country’s first female president if she wins in November.

Trump often says Clinton doesn’t look like a typical president.

A recent survey by the Pew Research Center found Clinton with a 19-percentage-point lead over Trump among women.