- The Washington Times - Monday, May 16, 2016

It caps off nine months of speculation. At long last “Megyn Kelly Presents” is arriving on the airwaves Tuesday night, featuring the prime-time host’s long-awaited personal interview with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. The one-hour special showcases the first public encounter between Ms. Kelly and Mr. Trump since they sparred over a strident question or two at the very first GOP debate in August. The pair later clashed on social media, clashed some more, had a meeting, reached an agreement — and voila. The makings of a new talk show was born, with some promising content.

During the interview, Ms. Kelly asks the candidate if he sees himself as a “powerful” man.

“I don’t view myself as that. I mean, I view myself as a person that — like everybody else — is fighting for survival. That’s all I view myself as. And I really view myself now as somewhat of a messenger,” Mr. Trump replies. “You know, this is a massive thing that’s going on. These are millions and millions of people that have been disenfranchised from this country.”

Ms. Kelly’s new special is a hybrid. It will not debut on Fox News, airing instead on Fox Broadcasting. “Megyn Kelly Presents” is being heralded right along with “Empire” and other popular programming as part of “a diverse slate of shows that are unmistakably Fox,” the network notes. Mr. Trump also reveals that Ms. Kelly’s questions during the GOP debate “might have been a favor” — a helpful trial by fire.

“I felt so good about having gotten through. I said, if I can get through this debate with those questions, I can get through anything,” Mr. Trump explains during the interview, which was staged on a very simple set, with an American flag and Manhattan skyscrapers as a backdrop. Ms. Kelly wears a red dress.

The program, which begins at 8 p.m. ET, also features an interview with actors Michael Douglas and Laverne Cox, plus Robert Shapiro, former defense attorney for O.J. Simpson. But it is Mr. Trump who draws the most interest.

“I think you will see him as you haven’t seen him before. I would say overall the tone was cordial, but there will be some moments where people will be feeling a little uncomfortable,” Ms. Kelly told ABC, also noting that she felt Republican women were now “warming” to Mr. Trump.

SEND THEM A BILL

“No.”

Hillary Clinton to CNN political analyst Dan Merica, who asked the Democratic front-runner if her husband Bill Clinton would serve on her Cabinet should she win the White House.

There has been much banter about Mr. Clinton’s potential role. Mrs. Clinton herself already has suggested that the potential first gentleman could be an economy czar of sorts. Some advise caution.

“You can’t imagine Bill over there in the East Wing in the spouse’s quarters licking stamps and mailing envelopes. So what are you going to do with him?” Newt Gingrich, a potential GOP vice presidential candidate himself, told the Fox Business network.

“The president of the United States has an actual job to create jobs, create wealth, create take-home pay. That’s Hillary’s job if she wants to be president. That’s not the first spouse’s job,” Mr. Gingrich added.

‘RUN, BERNIE, RUN’

Interesting advice from one candidate to another:

Bernie Sanders is being treated very badly by the Dems. The system is rigged against him. He should run as an independent! Run Bernie, run,” GOP nominee Donald Trump tweeted late Monday afternoon.

Things would certainly get interesting if the Democratic hopeful heeded the idea, with, say, Libertarian Gary Johnson as his running mate. All that aside, where is Mr. Sanders as primaries in Kentucky and Oregon get rolling Tuesday? Well, Bernie is running, all right. Fresh from campaigning all day Monday in Puerto Rico, Mr. Sanders will be in California to host an election night rally in Carson.

BUT WILL THEY VOTE?

“Millennials, who already have surpassed baby boomers as the United States’ largest living generation, now have caught up to the boomers when it comes to their share of the American electorate,” says Richard Fry, an analyst for the Pew Research Center, who notes that there are now 69.2 million potential voters ages 18 to 35 — and 69.7 million who are ages 52 to 70.

“While the growth in the number of millennials who are eligible to vote underscores the potential electoral clout of today’s young adults, millennials remain far from the largest generational bloc of actual voters. It is one thing to be eligible to vote and another entirely to cast a ballot,” Mr. Fry observes. “It will likely be a much longer time before they are the largest bloc of voters.”

He has a point. A recent Harvard University survey of the young and restless revealed that 91 percent of them say they have not been involved with any political organization or activity, while 71 percent say they personally “are not politically engaged.”

‘LOCKED OUT’

Arriving from the National Urban League on Tuesday: the 40th annual “State of Black America Report,” which this year is titled “Locked Out: Education, Jobs and Justice.” The organization’s president and CEO, Marc H. Morial, presents findings from the National Equality Index that measure “how blacks and Hispanics are faring compared to whites in education, jobs and justice.” Other issues include job creation, living wages, voting rights, criminal justice reform, education, health care and financial literacy.

Curious? See the live broadcast from the Newseum in the nation’s capital at 11 a.m. ET Tuesday at StateofBlackAmerica.org.

POLL DU JOUR

93 percent of the world’s CEOs say their companies are changing how they “define and manage risks”; 92 percent seek to change their company’s marketing image.

90 percent of the companies are increasing their use of technology; 86 percent plan to change how the company “defines success.”

79 percent are concerned about the effects of “overregulation” on business; 76 percent say a “skilled, educated and adaptable workforce” is the most valuable asset to society.

74 percent worry about the effect of “geopolitical uncertainty,” 69 percent in the increasing tax burden.

Source: The PwC Annual Global CEO Survey of 1,409 CEOs of businesses with at least $50 million annual revenue and 500 employees, located in 83 countries. The survey was conducted Sept. 28 to Dec. 8, 2015, and released Monday.

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