- Associated Press - Friday, August 12, 2016

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The Latest on a presidential town hall event in Las Vegas (all times local):

6:08 p.m.

A surrogate for Donald Trump is clarifying the Republican presidential nominee’s recent comments about terrorism that have caused an uproar in the Philippines.

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes said he had full permission to clarify the comments during a Friday speech at a Las Vegas forum organized by Asian American Pacific Islander journalism and voter advocacy groups.

Trump said at a rally in Maine last week that the U.S. needs to bar refugees from terrorist nations. He listed off several countries including the Philippines.

Reyes said Trump welcomes law-abiding Filipinos to the U.S., but is concerned about terrorist elements that exist in the country. He said nobody from the Philippines in the audience would dispute that.

The Utah attorney general started his speech by talking about his own Filipino background.


5 p.m.

Bill Clinton says it was a mistake for Hillary Clinton to maintain a personal email server even though her predecessors and her successor at the State Department did it.

But he said she should have known that there would be a different set of rules applied to her if she ran for the presidency.

Clinton defended his wife Friday during a question and answer period at a Las Vegas forum organized by Asian American Pacific Islander journalism and voter advocacy groups.

He said it didn’t occur to diplomats sending the emails at the time that they should be concerned with records classification.

The former president said the email server shouldn’t be a cause for distrust, and people in the national security community wouldn’t have endorsed her if it was.


3:50 p.m.

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein says she can’t support the Democratic Party because they sabotaged Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Stein spoke Friday at a Las Vegas forum organized by Asian American Pacific Islander journalism and voter advocacy groups.

She cited leaked emails from Democratic National Committee staffers that appeared to show favoritism toward Hillary Clinton and an effort to paint Sanders as an atheist among strongly religious electorates.

Her comments come the same day that the Nevada Secretary of State’s Office ruled that no Green Party candidates can appear on the state’s ballot. State officials said the party fell short in its attempt to petition for ballot access.

Stein spent considerable time lamenting climate change, pointing out that it especially affects low-lying islands in the Pacific.


3:28 p.m.

Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson said he thinks he has a chance at the presidency if he gets to participate in debates with the major party candidates.

The former governor of New Mexico spoke Friday at a Las Vegas forum organized of Asian American Pacific Islander journalism and voter advocacy groups. Asked if Americans would be wasting their vote on him, he said a wasted vote is choosing someone you don’t believe in.

Johnson highlighted his permissive stance on marijuana, saying he consumed marijuana edibles three months ago but isn’t using it now because he doesn’t want to come to work impaired.

He stumbled when quizzed about the acronym AAPI, suggesting it referred to islands and saying he wanted to retire there. The acronym stands for Asian American Pacific Islanders.


9:27 a.m.

Former President Bill Clinton will join Libertarian and Green Party candidates at a presidential forum on the Las Vegas Strip.

The Friday afternoon event is organized by the Asian American Journalists Association and the Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote groups. It will take place at The Colosseum auditorium at Caesars Palace.

Clinton will speak on behalf of his wife, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes will speak as a surrogate for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

Green Party candidate Jill Stein and Libertarian former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson will directly address the audience.

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