• Gennifer Flowers not formally invited to presidential debate, Trump campaign says

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    UPDATE: Gennifer Flowers, who had a relationship with former President Bill Clinton, may not be invited to the presidential debate after all.

    Donald Trump's campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, weighed in on the controversy Sunday.

    "We have not invited her formally, and we do not expect her to be there as a guest of the Trump campaign," Conway said on CNN's "State of the Union."

    Meanwhile, on Fox News, Trump's running mate said Trump's tweet was just a joke.

    "Gennifer Flowers will not be there," Republican vice presidential nominee and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said. "The tweet was actually mocking effort by Hillary Clinton and her campaign to distract voters."

    ORIGINAL STORY: Hillary Clinton's campaign is firing back after rival Donald Trump threatened to bring a woman who had a relationship with former President Bill Clinton to Monday's presidential debate.

    According to Politico, the Republican presidential nominee tweeted Saturday, "If dopey Mark Cuban of failed Benefactor fame wants to sit in the front row, perhaps I will put Jennifer [sic] Flowers right alongside of him!"

    That tweet was later deleted and reposted with the correct spelling of Gennifer Flowers' name.

    >> See the tweet here

    Trump was responding to an earlier tweet from Cuban, a billionaire and Clinton supporter, who said he will be sitting in the front row at the debate.

    >> See Cuban's tweet here

     

    Flowers seemed game, writing, "Hi Donald. You know I'm in your corner and will definitely be at the debate!"

    >> See her post here

     

    Clinton spokeswoman Jennifer Palmieri slammed Trump in a statement. 

    "Hillary Clinton plans on using the debate to discuss the issues that make a difference in people's lives," Palmieri said, according to Politico. "It's not surprising that Donald Trump has chosen a different path."

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    The Associated Press reported that it was "unclear whether Flowers would actually attend."

    Read more here.

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