After a tumultuous stretch since accepting the GOP presidential nomination last month, Donald Trump tried this week to broaden his appeal to a wider swath of the electorate, aiming to sow the seeds for a competitive fall race with Hillary Clinton.
Trump shook up his campaign leadership, launched television ads, gave one of the best speeches of his candidacy and visited flood-ravaged Louisiana. But by making such moves fewer than 100 days before election day, an open question remains about whether he has enough time to capitalize on them.
"As a Republican, you have virtually no margin of error, and Trump’s campaign is nothing but errors," said GOP strategist Reed Galen, who worked for former President George W. Bush. “They sort of tumble from one thing to the next really without much thought to where, when and how it’s going to happen.”
In four years, Donald Trump predicts, he’ll get more than 95% of the African American vote.
The support will come if he is elected president and seeks a second term in 2020, he said Friday, explaining that African Americans will be moved to back him because of the great strides he will have made for inner-city communities.
“You’re living in poverty, your schools are no good, you have no jobs, 58% of your youth is unemployed. What the hell do you have to lose” by voting for Trump? the candidate asked. “At the end of four years, I guarantee I will get over 95% of the African American vote.”
Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence released his financial disclosure forms, showing modest income and means, especially compared to billionaire ticket-mate Donald Trump.
Pence and his wife, Karen, receive nearly all their income from Pence’s $173,860 salary as governor of Indiana, according to the Federal Elections Commission document that was filed Thursday. Karen Pence earns less than $1,001 in each of her jobs, as a self-employed artist and with her company that makes charms allowing people to identify their beach towels.
The forms allow filers to report broad ranges in their assets and liabilities.
Terry Phinney was not always a fan of Donald Trump, but when the Republican presidential candidate arrived at his Baptist church to meet flood victims Friday, Phinney was impressed.
“It was a good little boost for folks who are tired,” said Phinney, 42, a church maintenance supervisor whose father’s home flooded.
More than 70,000 people have registered for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and thousands of flood victims remained at about three dozen shelters across the region on Friday. Thirteen people died in the disaster.
Hillary Clinton must answer questions in writing but need not appear for a deposition in a lawsuit that challenges her use of a private email server while she was secretary of State, a federal judge ruled Friday.
The decision, in a civil case filed by the conservative advocacy group Judicial Watch, lets the Democratic nominee avoid interrupting her presidential campaign to give a sworn deposition but it hardly puts the controversy to rest.
Judicial Watch wanted Clinton to answer questions in person about whether she used the server to avoid Freedom of Information Act requests. But U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan ruled her written responses would be sufficient.
Donald Trump has sought to cast himself as the candidate who, if elected president, will restore what he calls "law and order" to the United States.
And Trump's first television ad of the general election drives home this message, assailing Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee, for her support of taking in Syrian refugees and her positions on immigration.
But some of the claims in Trump's ad do not necessarily offer the full picture.
Hillary Clinton's campaign scrambled to assert that the resignation of a top Donald Trump campaign operative would not end Trump's relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Paul Manafort quit Friday as Trump's campaign chairman, two days after he was effectively demoted when Trump brought aboard a campaign CEO, Stephen K. Bannon, the former head of the right-wing Breitbart News site.
Manafort had come under fire in recent weeks for revelations about his work in Ukraine for a pro-Russia political party.
As Donald Trump and Mike Pence prepared Friday for an expected visit to this flood-ravaged region, some victims expressed gratitude for the high-profile attention and questioned why President Obama has not yet toured the damage.
Thousands have been displaced by the floods and are living in nearly three dozen shelters statewide.
“Trump is a businessman who knows for sure revitalization efforts. Why not?” said Sharon Bell, who lost her home in Denham Springs. Bell, 56, who drives a taxi, said the controversy surrounding Trump’s often-combative nature did not prevent her from welcoming the GOP candidate. “His loose lips can’t sink a ship that is already sunk.”