Donald Trump's campaign is saying the Republican nominee was touting the "amazing spirit" of Second Amendment supporters when he suggested they "could do" something to prevent Hillary Clinton as president from overturning the right to bear arms.
In North Carolina on Tuesday, Trump said that if Clinton were elected she would "essentially abolish" the Second Amendment.
He continued: "By the way, if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don't know."
Clinton's campaign manager immediately denounced Trump's remarks, saying that the Republican nominee was trying to incite violence.
Robby Mook says: "This is simple_what Trump is saying is dangerous. A person seeking to be the President of the United States should not suggest violence in any way."
But Trump's communications director Jason Miller says the celebrity businessman was referring to the "power of unification."
He said: "Second Amendment people have amazing spirit and are tremendously unified, which gives them great political power. And this year, they will be voting in record numbers, and it won't be for Hillary Clinton, it will be for Donald Trump."
— Associated Press
by Sara Porter, MPR Newsvia MPR News8/9/2016 8:34:27 PM
Donald Trump is suggesting that if Hillary Clinton gets to pick federal judges as president, there is nothing that can be done to protect the right to bear arms.
But then he adds without elaboration that maybe supporters of the Second Amendment could figure out a way.
He says Tuesday at a rally in North Carolina, "By the way if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don't know."
It wasn't immediately clear what Trump meant. His spokeswoman didn't immediately reply to a request for a clarification of his remarks.
The Republican presidential nominee made the comment Tuesday at a rally in Wilmington, North Carolina.
The Second Amendment provides a constitutional right to citizens to own guns.
During the event, he said falsely that Clinton "essentially wants to abolish the Second Amendment." Clinton supports some new restrictions on gun ownership, but has not advocated overturning the amendment.
— Associated Press
by Sara Porter, MPR Newsvia MPR News8/9/2016 8:12:46 PM
The parents of two Americans killed in attacks in Benghazi, Libya, say in a lawsuit that Hillary Clinton is responsible for the deaths of their children.
The wrongful death lawsuit against Clinton was filed Monday in federal court in Washington, DC. Clinton was secretary of state at the time of the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks.
The plaintiffs are Pat Smith of San Diego and Charles Woods of Portland, Oregon. State Department employee Sean Smith and security contractor Tyrone Woods were among four Americans killed in the attacks.
The suit says Clinton's "negligent and reckless" use of a private e-mail server compromised the Americans' security. House Republicans blamed the Obama administration for loose security, but not Clinton personally.
Attorney Larry Klayman is representing the parents. Klayman is a longtime Clinton critic.
— Associated Press
by Sara Porter, MPR Newsvia MPR News8/9/2016 1:10:47 PM
Hillary Clinton is replying to Donald Trump's economic address on Monday by saying it would benefit rich corporations and the wealthiest Americans at the expense of the working class. She's promising to raise taxes on the wealthy because, she says, "that's where the money is."
During a campaign swing through St. Petersburg, Florida, Clinton wryly advised her supporters: "Don't let a friend vote Trump."
Clinton says his scripted speech amounts to Trump scrambling to do "damage control" with a steadier performance designed to reassure Republicans who had grown nervous after a disastrous week.
She says, "Don't be fooled," adding, "There is no other Donald Trump."
Clinton is expected to deliver an economic address in Detroit on Thursday. Aides are billing the speech as a response to Trump's remarks.
— Associated Press
by Sara Porter, MPR Newsvia MPR News8/8/2016 8:42:33 PM
Paul Ryan asked about Packers, not primary, in Wisconsin
House Speaker Paul Ryan was asked about Donald Trump, the Green Bay Packers and gun rights — but not his longshot Republican primary opponent — while touring two businesses on Monday during his final push through his southeastern Wisconsin district before the election.
Ryan faces a challenge from upstart GOP opponent Paul Nehlen in Tuesday's primary. While heavily favored, Ryan is working to avoid becoming the first House speaker in modern political history to lose a primary, and taking no chances a week after Trump handed his opponent a boost.
Ryan has also tried to downplay the challenge. The two stops he made Monday were organized by his official office, not his re-election campaign, and he had no traditional campaign rallies planned.
The election didn't appear to be on the minds of the workers he met with Monday, either. Most of the questions he fielded were focused on policy, not politics. No one asked about Nehlen at either stop, but Ryan was asked if he could replace Trump as the Republican Party's nominee, which he answered without saying Trump's name.
"He won the votes fair and square," Ryan told the worker at Ocenco in Pleasant Prairie. "He won more votes than anybody else, enough votes to win the nomination."
Ryan referred to Trump by name only once, when defending the need for free trade agreements. That's been an area of disagreement between Ryan and Trump.
The first question he got was about Wisconsin's beloved Packers, and Ryan didn't miss a chance to pander to the home state audience at A&E Tools in Racine.
"You were at Packers training camp," a worker said. "What do you think the Packers chances are?"
"I'm really excited about this," Ryan said to cheers from the workers. "This is one of the coolest things I've ever done in my life. How many are Packers fans? Those are the people I'm going to answer questions from."
Ryan didn't take questions from reporters at either stop.
Ryan's approval rating among Republicans in his district was in the mid-80s in polls this summer by the Marquette University Law School, and he has a 17-to-1 financial advantage over Nehlen that has allowed him to blast the airwaves with television ads.
Nehlen, who like Trump favors building a wall along the United States' southern border, argues that Ryan is weak on border security and is putting national security at risk by not doing more to stop illegal immigration. In an online video he touted Monday called "One Vote to Save America," Nehlen tried to tap into voters' fears about border security, illegal immigration and crime.
Nehlen also tried to win over blue collar voters, arguing against free trade deals like the Trans Pacific Partnership that he says is moving American jobs overseas.
"He doesn't represent the people of Wisconsin," Nehlen said of Ryan in his video. "He represents Wall Street donors. He is not merely a symptom of the corrupt and broken system, he is the corrupt and broken system."
He also encouraged Democrats to cross over and vote for him, which is possible in Wisconsin's open primary. However, voters who do so can't vote in any other Democratic races.
An Ohio native, Nehlen moved to Wisconsin for work in 2008. He lives in Delavan and works as senior vice president of operations at Neptune Benson, an international manufacturer of water-filtration products, and owns a consulting firm.
— Associated Press
by Sara Porter, MPR Newsvia MPR News8/8/2016 8:31:45 PM
Trump to outline economic plan as he seeks to reverse slide
Donald Trump is focusing his economic message on boosting jobs and making America more competitive globally by cutting business taxes, reducing regulations and increasing domestic energy production.
With a speech Monday to the prestigious Detroit Economic Club, the Republican presidential nominee seeks to reset his campaign and delve into a subject — the economy — that is seen as one of his strengths. It also is aimed at showing that Trump is a serious candidate despite a disastrous stretch that has prompted criticism from Republicans and Democrats alike.
Trump has been immersed in controversy over his repeated criticism of a Muslim-American family whose son, an Army captain, was killed in Iraq, and his refusal for days to endorse House Speaker Paul Ryan in Tuesday's Wisconsin primary. He announced his backing of Ryan on Friday.
While polls have shown that voters have deep concerns about Trump's temperament and fitness for office, he fares better on the economy. On that topic, recent polling puts him ahead of or on par with Hillary Clinton.
The Democratic nominee is also focusing on the economy this week as she lays out plans for what her campaign describes as "the biggest investment in good-paying jobs since World War II." Clinton has argued that Trump is focused only on the wealthiest Americans. She has questioned his commitment to creating U.S. jobs, given the history of outsourcing at his companies.
On Monday, Clinton will visit the battleground state of Florida, where she will tour a small brewery and hold two rallies. On Thursday, she is set to deliver her own economic speech in Detroit, a city that has symbolized the nation's manufacturing plight.
When he speaks in Detroit, Trump is expected to reiterate his plan for reducing income taxes, as well as lowering the corporate tax rate to 15 percent from the current 35 percent in an effort to draw new investment. He is also calling for eliminating the estate tax and a temporary moratorium on new regulations.
Among his specific proposals will be allowing parents to fully deduct the cost of childcare from their taxable income. He also is expected to call again for boosting domestic energy production — a plan his campaign estimates can add $6 trillion in local, state and federal revenue over four decades.
An economic adviser to the campaign, Stephen Moore, who helped work on the speech, said Trump's policies were aimed at boosting economic growth to bolster middle-class workers, whose wages have stagnated for decades. The annual growth rate of the economy was just 1.2 percent from April to June, far below what economists had expected.
"We need much, much faster growth if we're going to have wages rising and salaries rising and middle-class incomes rising," he said. "How do we get back to a healthy rate of economic growth which we haven't had in a decade?"
Trump will also revisit his opposition to current trade deals, including his plan to renegotiate the NAFTA trade agreement with Canada and Mexico, and vow to improve intellectual property protections.
Trump is also expected to spend much of the speech contrasting his approach with that of Clinton, whom his campaign accuses of pushing the same "stale, big government policy prescriptions that have choked economic growth in America and led to over 40 years of wage stagnation."
Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort said Sunday on Fox News Channel that with the speech, "we're comfortable that we can get the agenda and the narrative of the campaign back on where it belongs, which is comparing the tepid economy under Obama and Clinton, versus the kind of growth economy that Mr. Trump wants to build."
Clinton has proposed raising taxes on the highest-income earners, including a surcharge on multimillionaires, but analysts have found lower-income earners would see little change beyond measures such as additional tax credits for expenses like out-of-pocket health care costs.
This won't be the first time Trump lays out his economic vision. He first unveiled his tax plan last fall, framing it as a boon to the middle class. "It's going to cost me a fortune," the billionaire businessman told reporters as he vowed to lower taxes across the board without exploding the deficit.
But a host of independent groups crunching the numbers soon concluded otherwise. The plan, they said, dramatically favored the wealthy over the middle class and would increase the debt by as much as $10 trillion over the next decade.
Trump had promised at the time that he would make up for lost revenue by closing a slew of loopholes. But like so many of his plans, he declined to provide specifics. And a companion plan on reducing government spending, which he had promised would follow, never came.
Moore said that, while Trump still favors the plan he unveiled in September, his team has added new details and made changes "that will significantly reduce the cost of the plan."
— Associated Press
by Sara Porter, MPR Newsvia MPR News8/8/2016 2:22:33 PM
Jason Lewis, the Republican-endorsed candidate for Congress in Minnesota’s 2nd District, released his first TV ad of the campaign, just days before the primary election.
Lewis has three GOP primary challengers in Tuesday’s primary. They are Matthew Erickson, John Howe and Darlene Miller. They’re trying to fill the open seat following the retirement of incumbent Republican Congressman John Kline. Kline is backing Miller.
— Tim Pugmire, MPR News
by Sara Porter, MPR Newsvia MPR News8/5/2016 6:45:31 PM
Donald Trump has announced his team of economic advisers and it includes many of the people who have been already helping his campaign.
Among those on the team are John Paulson, a hedge fund billionaire, and Dan Kowalski, a former staffer on the Senate Budget Committee.
Trump's campaign also said he'll unveil a detailed jobs plan on Monday at the Detroit Economic Club. It said he will focus on "empowering Americans by freeing up the necessary tools for everyone to gain economically."
— Associated Press
by Sara Porter, MPR Newsvia MPR News8/5/2016 2:00:45 PM
Hillary Clinton is attacking rival Donald Trump for outsourcing at his companies, saying he's sending overseas the very jobs he's promised to create back at home.
Clinton said after touring an electric manufacturing company : "Everything he's made he's made somewhere else. He's not put Americans to work."
She said: "I've met people who were destroyed by Donald Trump, so take a look at what he's done, not what he says."
Clinton is campaigning in Las Vegas where she's been talking about her economic plans. She's been hitting Trump for manufacturing his branded products, including ties and clothing, at overseas factories.
Clinton aides see the attacks as a way to undercut Trump's business credentials, which have formed the core of his campaign message.
— Associated Press
by Sara Porter, MPR Newsvia MPR News8/4/2016 8:30:44 PM