Darren Hauck/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Scott Walker likes to wear inexpensive clothes.

It’s a fact the Republican presidential candidate quite literally wears with pride, pointing out on one occasion that he was wearing a sweater that was purchased for just $1 at Kohl’s department store. Another time, he took to Twitter to brag about the slashed price on a tie — also purchased at Kohl’s — that he wore for a nationally televised interview.

Walker brings up the topic of Kohl’s with such frequency that it’s almost as if he’s become a living, breathing advertisement for the Wisconsin-based bargain retailer. And if you’ve listened to him give his standard campaign stump speech, chances are you’ve heard his Kohl’s story — perhaps more than once.

“Some of you know that Tonette and I like to shop at Kohl’s,” Walker says, easing into the story of how he became a Kohl’s-convert through his wife, who frequents the retailer with her family several times a month.

Early on in their marriage, Tonette reprimanded her husband for purchasing something Kohl’s at full price, Walker has said. It was an error he made only once. He has since gone on to become a Kohl’s cash-carrying, scratch-off coupon evangelist in his own right.

Walker’s telling of the Kohl’s shopping experience climaxes with him and Tonette at the cash register, prepared to buy an already marked down shirt with an extra discount, thanks to a scratch-off coupon. But the savings don’t stop there.

“As the clerk is ringing it up, Tonette swoops into her purse and pulls out some of that Kohl’s cash,” Walker says, scanning the audience for reaction.

When the story goes over well, at least one audience member will visibly react, providing Walker with an opening to connect with a fellow Kohl’s enthusiast. “You know what I’m talking about,” Walker replies, pointing to the audience member.

“Next thing you know, they’re paying me to buy the shirt,” Walker says in a surprised tone. ”Well, not really, but it seems like it, right?”

Walker uses the story to pivot into a discussion on fiscal policy, weaving the Kohl’s business model into the fabric of his own politics.

“That’s what I think about your money, the taxpayers’ money,” Walker says. “The government can charge you a higher rate and some of us could afford it. If you lower the rate, broaden the base, we expand the volume of people who can participate in the economy.”

It all rides on a Reagan-era tax strategy that Walker has taken the liberty of renaming to fit into his Kohl’s brand.

“Back then we used to call it the Laffer curve. Today, I call it the Kohl’s curve,” Walker tells audiences.

“I believe you can spend your money far better than the federal government, when we do, the economy will get a whole lot better,” he continues.

It’s a volume-based, frugal-minded approach to taxing and spending that Walker hopes will find appeal among middle- and working-class voters with an eye toward their pocketbooks.

After all, it’s the same strategy that his wife Tonette has been applying for years — pre-dating her politically aspiring husband — to balance her pocketbook.

“Tonette shopped there long before we were married,” Walker told ABC News.

“People now come up to us at events and show us their Kohl’s cash or their 30 percent off coupons,” Walker said. “It is very funny.”

While Walker’s passion for Kohl’s is unrivaled among the field of Republican presidential candidates, it remains to be seen if he can convert the Kohl’s cash-carrying bargain shoppers he connects with on the trail into voters at the ballot box.

Walker has recently slipped in the polls in the all-important first-in-the-nation caucus state of Iowa, a state in which he had maintained a solid lead for the better of 2015. Iowa is seen as a must-win state for Walker, who is the governor of a neighboring state.

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Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Town & Country(WASHINGTON) — Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden says the profile that uses his email address on the hacked “cheating” website Ashley Madison does not belong to him.

“I am certain that the account in question is not mine,” Hunter Biden said in a statement provided to ABC News. “This account was clearly set up by someone else without my knowledge.”

News of the account registered to an email address belonging to Hunter Biden was first reported Monday by Breitbart News and comes as the vice president is weighing a 2016 White House bid.

The website connects married or committed people looking to have an affair.

Hunter Biden, 45, says he first learned about the account registered to his name “from the media” and that he no longer uses the email address that was linked to the profile after he became aware that the address may have been compromised.

“This is, unfortunately, not the first time that someone has used my name and identity to try to discredit me,” he said in the statement.

“From my understanding through press accounts, it is very easy to set up an account without someone’s knowledge as there is no requirement that an email address be verified and I am certain that is what happened in this case,” the vice president’s son continued.

A screenshot of the account profile taken by Breitbart shows that whoever created the profile under Hunter Biden’s name got a key detail wrong: his birthday.

The birth date listed on the account is off by 10 years. The profile lists Biden’s birth date as Feb. 4, 1980, but his actual birth date is Feb. 4, 1970.

The screenshot also indicates that the account was last used in June 2014 and shows a credit card charge to a “Robert Biden.” Biden’s full name is Robert Hunter Biden, though he typically goes by Hunter.

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ABC News(MCALLEN, Texas) — Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush has ignited a firestorm once again — saying his use of the controversial term “anchor babies” is “more related to Asian people.”

Bush, who traveled to the U.S.-Mexico border on Monday, has refused to back down from using the term, a derogatory phrase used to refer to the children of undocumented immigrants born on American soil. Both he and Donald Trump have drawn fire for the usage.

At a campaign event in McAllen, Texas Monday, Bush was asked repeatedly by both the English and Spanish-language press about his usage of the term “anchor babies” in a radio interview last week.

He has defended the term and tried to clarify, saying that it is “ludicrous” that anyone says his usage of “anchor babies” is derogatory. He also added that he was actually referring to the “birth tourism” industry.

“What I was talking about was the specific case of fraud being committed where there’s organized efforts — and frankly it’s more related to Asian people — coming into our country, and having children, in that organized effort, taking advantage of a noble concept, which is birthright citizenship,” said Bush, adding, “I support the 14th amendment.”

Bush, whose immigration policy advocates legal status for undocumented immigrants, says that he is “immersed” in the immigrant experience, adding in Spanish, “I am proudly married to a Mexican-American woman, my children are Hispanic. I have been involved in Hispanic life.”

Bush’s statement has already been seized on by staff for his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, and the Democratic National Committee.

“This latest comment from Bush shows just how out of touch he is,” said K.J. Bagchi, the DNC’s Director of Asian American and Pacific Islander Engagement. “The only thing worse than Jeb Bush’s words about immigrant families may be his policies towards them.”

Campaign spokeswoman Kristy Campbell told ABC News in a statement:

“Governor Bush was highlighting that “birth tourism” is a well-reported serious and growing problem, one that the Department of Homeland Security has been grappling with addressing,” she said in a statement.

“The next President must have a plan to secure our borders and enforce our immigration laws. Governor Bush is the only candidate in the entire presidential field who has presented a serious, conservative, comprehensive reform agenda to fix our broken immigration system.”

This event was supposed to be safe territory for Bush, long a proponent for broad immigration reform. This comes after a week of coming under fire for his repeated usage of the phrase and, after trading barbs with Trump, who also made a trip to the border last month.

Earlier Monday, Trump told Fox and Friends, “I think it’s great he’s going to the border, I think he’ll … find out it’s not an act of love.”

Bush responded to Trump on Monday saying that Trump’s plan to build a wall and end birthright citizenship just isn’t realistic.

“Mr. Trump’s plans are not grounded on conservative principles, they would cost hundreds of billions of dollars,” he said, adding “it will cost hundreds of billions of dollars, it will violate people’s civil liberties.”

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David McNew/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Vice President Joe Biden returned to work at the White House Monday as the political intrigue about whether he will pursue a 2016 bid mounts. While the V.P. makes up his mind, one group is paving the way for a potential Biden presidential campaign.

The super PAC Draft Biden, which started as an idea in March in the Chicago living room of 27-year-old William Pierce, now the group’s executive director, is ramping up its efforts in case the vice president decides to make a third run for the White House.

The group received a major boost at the beginning of August when Josh Alcorn, a top strategist for former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, joined the campaign as a senior adviser.

“I think Joe Biden can win this presidential race,” Alcorn told ABC News White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl. “There’s a real enthusiasm for a kind of candidate like him, somebody who can look somebody in the eye, connect with them on a very real level, tell them what he thinks the issues facing the country are and then back his words up with actions.”

The group is now focusing on three areas -– reminding voters of Biden’s record and resume, building a grassroots organization and raising the money needed to execute those plans.

Here’s a look at what Draft Biden is doing in the weeks leading up to a potential Biden presidential bid.


Draft Biden is building up its grassroots network and plans on implementing an aggressive operation in the early caucus and primary states of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada.

James Rigdon, the group’s outreach director, is lining up activists and elected officials in each of the early states, many of whom supported Biden in his previous presidential bids, to help with the organization’s efforts on the ground.

Draft Biden is also broadening its campaign beyond the early states. They have so far signed up volunteers in 46 states and the District of Columbia and are looking for volunteers in Idaho, Oregon, South Dakota and Wyoming by the end of the month.

The super PAC is also focusing on a cultivating a grassroots e-mail list, which could be tapped for fundraising. More than 200,000 people have signed their petition to “draft” Biden, up from 150,000 earlier this month.


To execute this campaign, they will need a lot of cash. Draft Biden has set a fundraising goal of $2.5-3 million in the next four to six weeks -– a big jump from the less than $79,000 the group raised in the third fundraising quarter.

The group says they are well on their way to reaching that goal, but declined to reveal the exact amount they have raised to date. More than 1,000 unique donors have contributed to Draft Biden, and some have donated multiple times, the team says. They saw their biggest online fundraising day on Sunday –- one day after the vice president’s meeting with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts.

Draft Biden doesn’t plan on stockpiling that money. It will be poured directly into executing the program they have developed to build an infrastructure to remind people of Biden’s record, create a grassroots network, and establish a presence in early caucus and primary states.


The Democratic National Committee is hosting its annual summer meeting in Minneapolis this week. Though he always has an open invitation to attend, the vice president won’t be joining the meeting, a DNC official says. But Draft Biden will be on the ground to make up for it.

On Thursday and Friday, the group will host four informational meetings for Democratic activists and superdelegates to learn more about their efforts and ask them to keep an open mind about a potential Biden bid.

“Our ask for you today is not financial: We are asking you to keep an open mind and consider a Biden candidacy,” Alcorn wrote in a memo to Democrats ahead of the meeting. “Our country, the Democratic Party, and yes, the Vice President deserves nothing less. The more you consider it, the more sense it makes.”

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Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest addressed the stock market volatility Monday, casting the day’s drop as a side effect of an interconnected global economy — principally blaming China — and emphasizing the strength of the U.S. economy.

“There’s no doubt that global economy is more interconnected than ever been but what I would encourage people to evaluate is resilience of US economy,” Earnest said in Monday’s briefing, listing off an unemployment rate at 5.3 percent and other indications of a stable economy.

He also told ABC News’ Jonathan Karl that there is “no doubt” that the economy is “far stronger” today than it was when President Obama took office and highlighted the Wall Street reforms put in place under the current administration.

For what weaknesses do exist in today’s market, Earnest tried to isolate it as a problem caused by China.

“We’ve seen a lot of volatility in China over last several weeks, and the Treasury Department has been closely monitoring… ” Earnest said.

He also used the economy’s volatility as an opportunity to issue a threat to members of Congress who could threaten another government shutdown at the end of September, saying that this would be a bad time for such a “self-inflicted wound.”

Earnest would not speculate or take a position on whether the Federal Reserve should move forward with a planned interest rate hike.

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SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — It’s been assumed that President Obama would stay neutral should Joe Biden challenge Hillary Clinton in the Democratic presidential primary.

But that’s not necessarily so, the White House told ABC News’ Jonathan Karl Monday.

“I wouldn’t rule out the possibility of an endorsement in the Democratic primary,” Press Secretary Josh Earnest told Karl in Monday’s briefing.

But how exactly the president would handle a hypothetical Clinton-Biden contest remains an open question.

“There’s not an insignificant ‘if’ in that question and that’s what everybody is pretty interested to find out,” Earnest said. “The president has indicated his view that the decision that he made seven years ago now to add Joe Biden to the ticket as his running mate was smartest decision he ever made in politics.”

Asked if Biden is the legitimate heir of the Obama legacy, Earnest would not answer directly, but did say that a large part of what has been accomplished during the Obama presidency “would not have been possible” without Biden.

While Earnest was not shy in praising Biden from the briefing room podium, he also volunteered some warm words for Hillary Clinton.

“The president has spoke[n] at quite some length about the appreciation respect and admiration he has for the service of Sec. Clinton, particularly during her four years as secretary of state,” Earnest said, before once again pivoting to praise the vice president.

“I’ll just say that vice president is someone who has already run for president twice, he’s been on a national ticket through two election cycles now,” he said, “so I think you could make the case that there is no one in American politics today who has a better understanding of what is required to mount a successful national presidential campaign.”

Monday’s briefing came at the same time that President Obama and Vice President Biden sat down for a private lunch. The White House had no readout to offer of the lunch, which was ongoing.

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Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is no stranger to speaking his mind. Monday as the Dow fell more than 1,000 after the opening bell, the business man-turned-politician took to his social media accounts with attacks on China regarding the falling U.S. stocks.

“As I have long stated, we are so tied in with China and Asia that their markets are now taking the U.S. market down. Get smart U.S.A.” Trump tweeted as the markets opened Monday.

Now in a new video on Instagram, Trump said he’s been warning everyone, “China is taking our jobs, they’re taking our money.”

The video ends with Trump’s criticism on current U.S. leadership and a new warning to Americans.

“Be careful…we have nobody that has a clue,” he said.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — A new communications director comes to the office of the vice president Monday.

Vice President Biden announced in a statement Monday that Kate Bedingfield will service as the new communications director.

Bedingfield comes to the White House from the Motion Picture Association of America, where she was Vice President of Corporate Communications.

“Kate is a talented individual who brings a range of communications experience to the team,’ Vice President Biden said. ‘She will be a key advisor to me, a terrific asset to our office, and an important member of the entire White House organization.”

Bedingfield will fill role left open by Shailagh Murray, who was appointed Senior Advisor to President Obama.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — A new communications director comes to the office of the vice president Monday.

Vice President Biden announced in a statement Monday that Kate Bedingfield will service as the new communications director.

Bedingfield comes to the White House from the Motion Picture Association of America, where she was Vice President of Corporate Communications.

“Kate is a talented individual who brings a range of communications experience to the team,’ Vice President Biden said. ‘She will be a key advisor to me, a terrific asset to our office, and an important member of the entire White House organization.”

Bedingfield will fill role left open by Shailagh Murray, who was appointed Senior Advisor to President Obama.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — Where will the 2016 presidential candidate be on Monday? Read below to find out their campaign schedules:

Hillary Clinton is on vacation Monday in the Hamptons, but we will see her leave her tony Amangansett rental later in the week for events, including stops in Iowa.

Donald Trump is also off the trail. He will return to Iowa Tuesday.

Jeb Bush is in McAllen, Texas Monday where he will be discussing border security, according to his campaign. His ongoing war of words with Trump included Bush’s use of the controversial term “anchor babies” in heated exchanges with the press. His son, George P. Bush, said his father will tone down that highly charged rhetoric on immigration, according to an interview he gave the Spanish-language magazine La Opinion.

The other candidates on the trail Monday are mostly in the early states: Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina.

In South Carolina Monday on the GOP side, several candidates will attend Rep. Jeff Duncan’s 5th Annual Faith & Freedom BBQ in Anderson. Ben Carson, Scott Walker, and Ted Cruz will all attend.

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