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Trump Lawsuit Threat Overshadows Agenda10/23 10:34

   GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Donald Trump is laying out an ambitious agenda for 
his first 100 days as president but pointedly noting that he will find time 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 that was 
meant to be policy-driven. He added: "I look so forward to doing that."

   Asked about Trump's remarks, Hillary Clinton told reporters between rallies 
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.

   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," Clinton campaign manager 
Robby Mook said Sunday. He said the "battleground states" where both candidates 
are campaigning hardest "are called that for a reason."

   Trump's campaign, too, took a cautious approach while acknowledging the 
Republican has been trailing Clinton in the polls. Trump 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're not giving up. We know we can win this," Conway said.

   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 

   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.

   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 re-enter the U.S. 
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.

   Still, any headway that Trump may have made was likely to be diluted by his 
legal threats against his accusers, just the latest example of Trump stepping 
on his intended message at inopportune moments. Days earlier, during the final 
debate, his otherwise well-received performance was marred by an alarming 
statement near the end that he might not accept the outcome of the election if 
he loses.

   With the debates over, Trump and Clinton have few apparent opportunities to 
alter the course the race substantially --- a reality that benefits Clinton 
more than Trump. The Republican is trailing his opponent in polls in most of 
the battleground states while Clinton eyes potential upset victories in 
traditionally safe GOP territory, with Arizona at the top of the list.

   Mook spoke Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" and Conway on "Fox News 


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