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Donald Trump’s Hosting of ‘S.N.L.’ Means Equal Airtime for Rivals.

NEW YORK – NBC agreed Monday to give four Republican presidential candidates free time on affiliates in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina after they complained Donald Trump unfairly benefited from appearing as “Saturday Night Live” host earlier this month.Trump’s arrival — for an evening rally in Columbus — was perfectly timed for Kasich, who is seeking to become the tip of the spear of the establishment Republican effort to dislodge the brash real estate tycoon from his position atop the GOP presidential polls.

: POLITICO’s Daniel Strauss reports: JOHN KASICH greeted DONALD TRUMP’s arrival in his home state today the old-fashioned way: With a knuckle sandwich. The attacks on Trump ranged from comparisons to President Barack Obama to knocks on the billionaire’s penchant for outrageous statements to doubts about his national security chops. “The last thing we need, watching the last seven years up close and personal, is somebody else who gives great speeches, who can be pretty provocative, and have an incredible following — almost like a rock-star following — but not being a very good president, quite frankly,” said Ohio Rep. Under current FCC regulations, if a network provides free airtime for a political candidate it must also provide “equal time” for any opposing candidate that requests it (documentaries, news interviews, scheduled newscasts, and spontaneous, on-the-scene news events don’t trigger the rule; comedy-variety shows do).

What it does entail will be the use of commercial and promotional airtime in prime time this weekend, including during “Saturday Night Live,” when a re-run will be broadcast. Although NBC has not announced an agreement with Pataki, the former New York governor said in a letter to campaign supporters that NBC had granted his campaign’s request for equal time. In the case of Trump’s SNL appearance, it’s allowing his Republican challengers the opportunity to grandstand in the broader popular arena to draw some attention to their flagging campaigns, while also providing some decent sketch fodder for SNL — if they choose to address the situation. George Voinovich saying, “Donald Trump’s rhetoric has been egomaniacal, inflammatory, and divisive.” On Monday, New Day for America’s ad blitz began in earnest with the release of a video rounding up some of Trump’s most inflammatory comments, including his attack on Fox News’ Megyn Kelly and his claim that he has a “great” relationship with “the blacks.” The super PAC also sprang for a plane to circle the Greater Columbus Convention Center a few hours before Trump’s rally, carrying a banner message that read: “Ohioans Can’t Trust Trump.” The campaign joined in on Monday, releasing a video online titled “Trump’s Federal Government Religious Database” that slammed Trump for his openness to the idea of a federal database system tracking Muslims. On the GOP side, DONALD TRUMP’s truthfulness is under scrutiny, MARCO RUBIO talks ISIL, BEN CARSON backs up Trump, TED CRUZ and JEB BUSH play a longer game and a super PAC backing JOHN KASICH begins its direct assault on DONALD TRUMP.

MEANWHILE: “HILLARY CLINTON has earned 1.3 % of the vote, trailing the likes of Vladimir Putin and Francois Hollande as well as Nicki Minaj and Amy Schumer.” John McCain.” That event was billed as a media availability for “Ohio military veterans to discuss Donald Trump, National Security prior to Trump’s Columbus speech today.” “You might not care if Donald Trump says Muslims must register with their government because you’re not one. But think about this: If he keeps going and he actually becomes president, he might just get around to you, and you better hope that there’s someone left to help you.” “You have Lindsay Graham attacked me.

I see the last poll, the Monmouth poll, just came out today, where I’m leading by double figures and Rand Paul is down to less than 2 percent, and he attacked me.” Trump boasted of his lead over Kasich at the event Monday night, ticking off recent polling showing him leading the entire field while the Ohio governor lagged behind. Wow, your governor’s only 2 [percent],” Trump said. (Kasich’s latest standing in the RealClearPolitics average of national polls is 2.8 percent.) “What happened?”

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