Trump back on track, party says

China Daily (USA) - - ACROSS AMERICA -

Af­ter a tu­mul­tuous stretch of gaffes and fall­ing poll num­bers for Don­ald Trump, top GOP cam­paign and party of­fi­cials in­sisted Sun­day that their pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee is get­ting back on track and will catch up with Demo­crat Hil­lary Clin­ton by around La­bor Day.

Clin­ton cam­paign of­fi­cials dis­missed the idea of a changed Trump as non­sense.

“Don­ald Trump has been dis­ci­plined and ma­ture. And I think he’s go­ing to get this thing back on track,” said Reince Priebus, the Repub­li­can Na­tional Com­mit­tee chair­man.

Polls now mostly show Trump lag­ging Clin­ton by 5 per­cent­age points or more na­tion­ally, but Priebus pre­dicted they will tighten up and Trump will be “ahead as we move through Septem­ber.”

Trump’s new cam­paign man­ager, Kellyanne Con­way, echoed Priebus’ op­ti­mism, con­tend­ing that the can­di­date just had the best week of his cam­paign, “mostly be­cause he’s able to be him­self, the au­then­tic Don­ald Trump” and “the pivot that he’s made is on sub­stance.”

Con­way, who sup­ported Trump ri­val Ted Cruz dur­ing the pri­maries, was named to her post this past week in a shake-up in which the cam­paign chair­man, Paul Manafort, re­signed and con­ser­va­tive me­dia fire­brand Stephen Ban­non, who led Bre­it­bart News, took over as cam­paign chief ex­ec­u­tive.

A new style was im­me­di­ately ev­i­dent as Trump, in a first, of­fered re­grets for any re­marks that had caused of­fense, stuck with his teleprompter at a se­ries of events, and paid a visit to flood-rav­aged Lou­i­si­ana, where he briefly helped un­load a truck of sup­plies.

That type of one-on-one in­ter­ac­tion with vot­ers is a sta­ple of most po­lit­i­cal cam­paign­ing, yet some­thing Trump had mostly avoided in fa­vor of large ral­lies.

Trump also an­nounced his first ad buys of the cam­paign — more ev­i­dence of an ac­cep­tance of the tra­di­tional cam­paign el­e­ments most ex­perts be­lieve he will need in or­der to have a shot at win­ning.

He made a direct ap­peal to African-Amer­i­can vot­ers, who strongly sup­port Clin­ton, and in­sisted he wants the GOP to be­come their po­lit­i­cal home as it was in the era of Abra­ham Lin­coln.

Trump also met on Aug 20 with His­panic sup­port­ers, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of a com­mu­nity that has been wary of the bil­lion­aire busi­ness­man’s pro­pos­als to build a gi­ant wall on the US-Mex­ico bor­der.

REUTERS

Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Don­ald Trump ar­rives to speak dur­ing a cam­paign rally in Fred­er­icks­burg, Vir­ginia, on Aug 20.

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