The Latest: Kaine prepares for debate with Pence

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

10:45 a.m.

Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine is hunkered down in Raleigh, North Carolina, for three days of debate preparations.

Kaine will face Republican rival Mike Pence on Tuesday for the only vice presidential debate.

Kaine’s advisers have provided few specifics about where and how he’ll be preparing. Washington lawyer Bob Barnett is playing Pence in the preparation sessions.

Kaine says he’s been studying Monday’s debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump for pointers. He told reporters last week that Tuesday’s debate is different than any others he’s done because he’ll be focusing more on Clinton’s record than his own.


5:00 a.m.

Hillary Clinton is kicking off early voting in Iowa on Thursday with a major effort to boost support in the battleground state.

The Democratic presidential candidate will deliver a speech in Des Moines focusing on the childcare challenges faced by middle class families, according to a campaign aide.

Clinton backers also plan to host events in 10 Iowa cities on Thursday.

Organizing early voting was a key piece of President Barack Obama’s strategy four years ago. More than 4 in ten Iowa voters cast ballots before Election Day in 2012.

4:45 a.m.

Third Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson has had another “Aleppo moment”

It happened Wednesday evening as the Libertarian Party standard-bearer appeared with his running mate, William Weld, for a nationally broadcast town hall on MSNBC.

Program moderator Chris Matthews asked Johnson to name any foreign leader he had admired.

“Any one of the continents, any country,” Matthews said. “Name one foreign leader that you respect and look up to. Anybody?

Johnson sighed, saying after a strained pause, “I guess I’m having an Aleppo moment.” He was alluding to his failure on a recent “Morning Joe” show to answer when asked “What is Aleppo,” a Syrian city caught in the maelstrom of the protracted civil war.

With Weld’s intervention, Johnson finally cited Vicente Fox, who was president of Mexico from 2000-2006, saying “he was terrific.”