First Lady Michelle Obama urges voters not to let allegations that the election is ''rigged'' in favor of any candidate keep them for going to the polls. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama told supporters in Phoenix, Arizona on Thursday that accusations the November election is "rigged" are aimed at discouraging voters from going to the polls. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has alleged that the polls are "rigged" in favor of his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. At their third and final debate Wednesday night, Trump refused to say whether he would recognize the results of the election, telling moderator Chris Wallace that he would keep the country in "suspense." Michelle Obama denounced those comments, calling them an insult to the country's voters. On Thursday, Trump told a crowd in Ohio that he would recognize the results if he wins. Trump's comments come as national polls show he increasing lagging behind Clinton. He has not offered evidence of how he believes the polls are rigged and numerous studies have shown that the U.S. election system, which is decentralized and run by the states, is sound.