Tamping down speculation about what he will do if he loses the election, Donald Trump said Tuesday he has no intention of starting a media empire.
“I have no interest in Trump TV,” Trump told an Ohio radio host. “I hear it all over the place, and you know, I have a tremendous fan base. … But I just don’t have any interest in that. I have one interest, and that’s on Nov. 8.”
Rumors have been swirling for weeks that Trump was interested in starting his own television network or taking over an existing one. They intensified last week when the Financial Times reported that Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner had spoken about the matter with Aryeh Bourkoff, chief executive of LionTree, an investment bank that has advised on media deals in the past.
Hillary Clinton touched down on Tuesday afternoon in Florida to kick off a two-day visit intended to drive up early voting turnout among her supporters.
Polls show the Democratic nominee has an edge over Republican Donald Trump, but her team is wary of taking its foot off the gas in what has traditionally been the country's most hotly contested battleground state.
Clinton spokeswoman Jennifer Palmieri said they've been carefully calibrating the candidate's travel around where people are casting ballots early.
Two weeks out from the election, Donald Trump had something rare in politics, the opportunity for an open and clean shot at a core Democratic policy.
But Trump's unorthodox media event Tuesday at his Doral golf resort offered a case study on the candidate's struggle to capitalize on bad news for his opponent.
The topic was supposed to be Obamacare and an Obama administration report showing that premiums for mid-level health plans under the program in most states would rise by an average of 25% next year, before subsidies kick in.
None of it was rehearsed, Donald Trump insisted, as he called on workers assembled at his Doral National Golf Club in South Florida to step forward with their praise.
"Anybody would like to say a few words about working for Trump?" the GOP presidential nominee asked the cooks, housekeepers and others at a Tuesday morning campaign event on the lush grounds. "C’mon up."
"We love you!," shouted one voice from the dozens gathered.
Donald Trump continued to warn about a "rigged" election Monday and suggested that President Obama in 2008 had acknowledged voter fraud.
"Ask Obama," Trump told reporters after an event at his Doral golf course resort in Florida. "Tell him to look at his tape when he was running eight years ago."
Trump was referring to a campaign stop Obama made in Ohio during the 2008 campaign that has been widely circulated in recent days on Breitbart News and other conservative media sites. (Breitbart's Steve Bannon is now a top Trump adviser.)
Donald Trump stood before dozens of his employees at his Doral golf resort Tuesday, lamenting that“what they’re going through with their healthcare is horrible because of Obamacare.”
Trump was using the event to highlight a new government report released Monday showing premiums for midlevel Obamacare health plans in most states would rise by an average of 25% next year, before subsidies kick in.
Khan will make three stops around Norfolk on Wednesday, Clinton's campaign announced.
Khan was scheduled to stop at a mosque to meet with community leaders and veterans, then visit a restaurant to talk with more veterans and elected officials. He is also expected to speak with campaign volunteers at the end of the day.
Critics of Donald Trump are urging shoppers to boycott the clothing line of the Republican candidate’s eldest daughter, Ivanka Trump, and the stores that carry it.
San Francisco marketing specialist Shannon Coulter launched the #GrabYourWallets campaign after a video surfaced on Oct. 7 of Trump talking about groping women. Coulter told the Guardian she has experienced sexual harassment at work before and felt she needed to act.
“If Ivanka Trump had distanced herself from the campaign, I would not be boycotting her,” she said in an interview with the Guardian. “But something changed for me when that tape was released.”
Donald Trump's relationship with House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) has been fraught with tension, particularly after Ryan proclaimed he would no longer defend the GOP nominee and told House members they were not bound to endorse him.
No such problem for Trump exists with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield, who emphatically voiced support for Trump on Fox Tuesday morning. Unlike Ryan, who has suggested that some members of Congress may be wise to keep a distance from the businessman, McCarthy tied the fortunes of a GOP-led Congress and Trump's candidacy together.
"We're going to keep this House," McCarthy said Tuesday. "We need to elect Donald Trump president."
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are both campaigning in Florida on Tuesday and there's a good reason. Not only is it the top battleground prize, but Florida is also a major early voting state.
By election day, more than half of the state's voters will have already cast a ballot, either by mail or at the voting booth. In-person early voting opened this week, and political analysts have already begun parsing the numbers.
Florida journalists reported Tuesday that 1.6 million ballots had been cast. Republicans have a narrow lead in mail-in ballots -- 42% to 40%, according to the Miami Herald. That's most of the early voting so far, about 1.3 million ballots.