Vegas showdown: Latest updates from the final Trump-Clinton debate

Who's ready for the Sin City smackdown? The final debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump! We are. And we’ll have all the highlights right here, as they happen. In the meantime, here’s what’s going on:

Taco trucks on every corner of the Strip!

While one of six topics slated for discussion tonight is immigration (Will they finally debate that wall?), protesters outside Trump’s hotel in Las Vegas constructed something of a “wall of taco trucks” where people are apparently chowing down.

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This, of course, is a reference to Latinos for Trump founder Marco Gutierrez’s warning on MSNBC last month that his culture is “very dominant” and “it's causing problems. If you don't do something about it, you're going to have taco trucks on every corner.”

Trump himself became an instant meme when he tweeted out a picture of himself eating a taco bowl, saying “I love Hispanics!”

 

Meanwhile, inside the debate hall

We expect another unusual set of guests at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

During the last debate, the Trump camp invited Bill Clinton accusers to sit in the front row (after an unprecedented pre-debate news conference). This time, the Trump campaign invited Pat Smith, the mother of a State Department IT consultant who was killed in the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attacks while Clinton was secretary of State, as well as former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, according to a Trump aide. Oh, and President Obama’s half-brother, Malik Obama. Um, OK.

 

 

Clinton is inviting an undocumented immigrant who benefited from Obama’s deferred deportation order, a citizen who fears her undocumented parents will be deported, and a housekeeper at one of Trump’s hotels who crossed the border illegally but is now applying for permanent residency.

Perhaps the buzziest guest, though? Ken Bone, of course! The red-sweatered phenom is actually covering it for Jimmy Kimmel Live!

“I’m going to be taking notes and pretending that I’m a real journalist like you and doing my very best,” Bone told USA TODAY on the phone Wednesday. “I’m sure there will be a comedic element.”

More on that interview with USA TODAY's Eliza Collins here.

 

Ivanka fields questions about that tape

Trump’s daughter earlier today did her first major interview since the release of the Access Hollywood tape featuring Trump talking about pushing himself on women.

“I did find it to be offensive; he acknowledged it as well,” she toldTime magazine editor Nancy Gibbs at Fortune's Most Powerful Women Summit.

Ivanka also noted that the tape was more than a decade old. “I’m sure he didn’t remember this conversation but was very embarrassed by it and he expressed that not only to me but to the American people.”

On Monday, she had said in a statement that her father’s comments were “inappropriate and offensive.”

There will certainly be more to come on this, possibly during the debate …

DWTS debate prep!

 

 

Ad wars

In case you haven’t been subject to enough ads during this campaign season, both sides are debuting new ones today.

Trump’s features Laura Wilkerson, whose son was murdered by someone in the country illegally, and will air in Florida, Iowa, Maine, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

“A vote for Clinton is a vote to have thousands more American moms suffer the same fate as Laura,” Stephen Miller, Trump national policy director, said in a statement.

Clinton’s campaign notes hers is an “uplifting” ad. It’s set to run in Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

“We are going to lift each other up. I want us to heal our country and bring it together,” Clinton says in the ad, titled “a place for everyone.”

 

Outside groups are also getting in on the fun. The National Rifle Association, hoping to capitalize on the possible discussion of the Second Amendment during a debate segment about the Supreme Court, is spending at least $5 million starting tonight on an ad whacking Clinton for shifting stories on her use of private email.

Titled “Classified,” the ad also features footage of her saying the Supreme Court was wrong when it upheld the right to bear arms.

Folks in Ohio, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia can look forward to that one on television. Oh, and everyone else can see it on cable or online.

 


 

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