Trump team says ‘we are be­hind’

Plans to sue all women who have ac­cused him of grop­ing

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Don­ald Trump’s campaign bluntly ac­knowl­edged yes­ter­day that the real es­tate mogul is trail­ing Hil­lary Clin­ton as the pres­i­den­tial race hur­dles to­ward a close, but in­sisted he still has a vi­able path to win the White House.

With barely two weeks left and early vot­ing un­der­way in most of the US, Trump’s team said “the race is not over” and pledged to keep cam­paign­ing hard - even in states like Vir­ginia and Penn­syl­va­nia that polls show is now safely in Clin­ton’s con­trol. Campaign man­ager Kellyanne Con­way laid out a path to the req­ui­site 270 elec­toral votes that goes through make-or-break states Florida, Iowa, North Carolina and Ohio.

“We are be­hind. She has some ad­van­tages,” Con­way said yes­ter­day. Yet she ar­gued that Clin­ton’s ad­van­tages - like a slew of bold-name Democrats cam­paign­ing for her - be­lied her lack of true sup­port. “The cur­rent pres­i­dent and first lady, vice pres­i­dent, all are much more pop­u­lar than she can hope to be.” She added: “We’re not giving up. We know we can win this.” Yet even as Clin­ton ap­peared to be strength­en­ing her lead, her campaign was care­ful not to de­clare pre­ma­ture vic­tory. “We don’t want to get ahead of our skis here,” said Clin­ton campaign man­ager Robby Mook. He said the “bat­tle­ground states” where both can­di­dates are cam­paign­ing hard­est “are called that for a rea­son.”

‘Liars will be sued’

As part of his clos­ing mes­sage, Trump was lay­ing out an am­bi­tious agenda for his first 100 days as pres­i­dent. Yet he un­der­mined his own at­tempt to strike a high­minded tone on pol­icy is­sues when he an­nounced in the same speech that he planned to sue the nu­mer­ous women who have ac­cused him of grop­ing and other un­wanted sex­ual be­hav­ior.

“All of th­ese liars will be sued once the elec­tion is over,” Trump said Satur­day dur­ing an event near the Civil War bat­tle­field of Get­tys­burg. He added: “I look so for­ward to do­ing that.” Asked about Trump’s re­marks, Clin­ton told re­porters be­tween ral­lies Satur­day in Pitts­burgh and Philadel­phia that she was done re­spond­ing to what her Repub­li­can op­po­nent is say­ing as Elec­tion Day nears and would in­stead fo­cus on help­ing elect other Democrats.

A day ear­lier, Clin­ton attacked Penn­syl­va­nia’s Repub­li­can se­na­tor, Pat Toomey, say­ing in Pitts­burgh that he has re­fused to “stand up” to Trump as she praised his Demo­cratic chal­lenger, Katie McGinty. Not­ing Trump’s com­ments about Mex­i­can im­mi­grants and his at­tacks on a Mus­lim-Amer­i­can mil­i­tary fam­ily, she said of Toomey: “If he doesn’t have the courage to stand up to Don­ald Trump after all of this, then can you be sure that he will stand up for you when it counts?” Toomey spokesman Ted Kwong said Clin­ton’s com­ments high­light McGinty’s lack of in­de­pen­dence.

“To­day is just fur­ther proof that hy­per-par­ti­san, eth­i­cally chal­lenged Katie McGinty will be a rub­ber stamp for ev­ery­thing Hil­lary Clin­ton wants to do in Wash­ing­ton,” he said. “Pat Toomey has been, and will con­tinue to be, an in­de­pen­dent leader in the Se­nate on is­sues rang­ing from gun safety to end­ing Wall Street bailouts.”

Clin­ton re­jected Trump’s al­le­ga­tion, of­fered with­out ev­i­dence, that the dozen or so women who have come for­ward are be­ing prompted by her campaign or the Demo­cratic Na­tional Com­mit­tee. The ac­cusers emerged after the for­mer re­al­ity TV star boasted of kiss­ing women and grop­ing their gen­i­tals with­out their con­sent. On Satur­day, an adult film ac­tress said the bil­lion­aire kissed her and two other women on the lips “with­out ask­ing for per­mis­sion” when they met him after a golf tour­na­ment in 2006.

Pol­icy ideas

Trump has de­nied that all the other al­le­ga­tions, while in­sist­ing some of the women weren’t at­trac­tive enough for him to want to pur­sue. His broad­side against the women Satur­day came at the start of an oth­er­wise sub­stan­tive speech that sought to weave the many pol­icy ideas he has put for­ward into a sin­gle, co­he­sive agenda. The Repub­li­can nom­i­nee vowed to lift re­stric­tions on do­mes­tic en­ergy production, la­bel China as a cur­rency ma­nip­u­la­tor and rene­go­ti­ate the North Amer­i­can Free Trade Agree­ment, fa­mil­iar themes to sup­port­ers who have flocked to his ral­lies this year.

“This is my pledge to you, and if we fol­low th­ese steps, we will once again have a gov­ern­ment of, by and for the peo­ple,” Trump said, in­vok­ing a phrase from Pres­i­dent Abra­ham Lin­coln’s Get­tys­burg Ad­dress. Though mostly a re­cap of poli­cies he’s pro­posed be­fore, Trump’s speech in­cluded a few new el­e­ments, such as a freeze on hir­ing new fed­eral work­ers and a two-year manda­tory min­i­mum sen­tence for im­mi­grants who reen­ter the US il­le­gally after be­ing de­ported a first time. In a pledge sure to raise eye­brows on Wall Street, he said he’d block a po­ten­tial merger be­tween AT&T and me­dia con­glom­er­ate Time Warner.

Through­out the GOP pri­mary, Trump was crit­i­cized for shy­ing away from de­tailed pol­icy pro­pos­als. But his speech, which aides said would form the core of his clos­ing ar­gu­ment to vot­ers, un­der­scored how the bil­lion­aire has grad­u­ally com­piled a broad - if some­times vague pol­icy port­fo­lio that strad­dles con­ser­va­tive, iso­la­tion­ist and pop­ulist or­tho­dox­ies. — AP

VIR­GINIA BEACH: Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Don­ald Trump ar­rives to speak at a campaign rally at Re­gent Univer­sity. —AP

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