Trump Working on 1st 100 Days List 10/22 10:39
GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Donald Trump is pushing ahead with a to-do list for
the first 100 days of a Trump administration even as his path to the White
Beset by weeks of controversy, the Republican presidential nominee is trying
to shift attention back to his core priorities with the address Saturday in
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Aides said it would offer a first glimpse at the
closing argument Trump will make in the next two weeks before the Nov. 8 vote.
Trump's team has heavily hyped the speech as his campaign struggles to
regain ground lost to Democrat Hillary Clinton.
Stephen Miller, Trump's national policy director, said the speech would "set
the tone" for the campaign's final days and that Trump would try to make the
case as "the change-agent our country needs."
The GOP nominee also was expected to emphasize his differences with Clinton
and accuse her of being rudderless and under the control of corporate
interests. It's an argument Republicans have tried to reinforce by pointing to
stolen emails from her campaign chairman that cast light on the Clinton
Foundation's reliance on wealthy foreign governments.
In addition to hitting on his policy plans, Trump planned to talk in
personal terms about why he's running and the emotional connections he's made
with voters during his unusual campaign.
Amid Trump's struggles, Clinton has been displaying growing confidence and
making direct appeals to voters "who may be reconsidering their support" for
Trump following a string of sexual assault allegations and other troubles for
the GOP nominee.
"I know you may still have questions for me," Clinton said Friday in
Cleveland. "I respect that. I want to answer them. I want to earn your vote."
Her campaign headquarters in New York was back up and running after an
envelope containing a white powdery substance arrived on Friday, triggering an
evacuation of the 11th floor. Police said initial tests showed the substance
wasn't harmful, and Clinton spokesman Glen Caplin said four people who received
a full medical examination reported no health issues and were released.
Clinton was also getting a campaign boost on Saturday from singer Katy
Perry, who planned to push early voting during an event in Las Vegas. The pop
icon has been a vocal Clinton backer and was the featured entertainment at the
Democratic National Convention.
With the debates now behind them, Trump and Clinton have few natural
opportunities to significantly alter the course the race, especially with early
voting already underway in 34 states. Yet neither candidate wants to overlook
any opportunity to secure a few more votes. Though he acknowledged the
possibility he may lose, Trump said Friday he would keep up an aggressive
schedule in the final days so that he could end the race with no regrets.
"I will be happy with myself," Trump said.
More than 4.4 million votes have already been cast. Data compiled by The
Associated Press showed that Clinton appeared to be displaying strength in
crucial North Carolina and Florida, and may be building an early vote advantage
in Arizona and Colorado.
Trump appeared to be holding ground in Ohio, Iowa and Georgia, although
those states would not be sufficient for him to win the presidency if he trails
Clinton in Florida or North Carolina.
The symbolism of delivering his message in Gettysburg was not lost on
Trump's aides, who said they chose the location because of its historical
significance as the site of the battle that is seen as the turning point in the
Civil War. It was also meant as a nod to President Abraham Lincoln's abolition
of slavery and his efforts to expand the Republican Party tent.
Trump has often pointed to Lincoln as he's tried, with little luck, to
expand his appeal with African-American voters and other minority groups. To
Trump's dismay, many of those groups have written off his efforts as
condescending and cynical, and he trails Clinton by wide margins among minority
Pennsylvania has been a hotbed of campaigning by both candidates in the
final days of the race. Trump was spending his second consecutive day in the
state, while Clinton had two events of her own in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.
The AP analysis of the most competitive states rates Pennsylvania as leaning
Democratic in the presidential race.