In an election involving seriously damaged personal brands, surrogates are claiming high-profile roles as defenders of their candidates.
Donald Trump has waded into a quagmire of sexual groping allegations and faces doubts about his vengeful and mercurial personality.
Hillary Clinton is parrying criticism for deleting public record emails and allegedly favoring Clinton Foundation donors while she was secretary of state.
The latest surrogate to make a forceful case was Michelle Obama, who blasted Trump last week for allegations concerning his treatment of women. Obama won widespread attention for the speech at Southern New Hampshire University in which she cited the personal cost of Trump’s remarks.