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
"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
"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,
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
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