Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump tells supporters all the country’s problems can be fixed if they “tune out…the cynics.” Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
Trump: “everything broken can be fixed”
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STORY: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump told supporters in Roanoke, Virginia that he can solve all the country’s problems if he’s elected in November. He urged them to “tune out the doubters, the naysayers and the cynics” who say it can’t be done, and called on them to work hard for his campaign during the next few weeks.
The rally comes on the same day the the New York Times newspaper endorsed his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, saying she was more qualified than Republican presidential rival Donald Trump to handle the challenges facing the United States. The rally also comes just two days before a crucial televised debate between the two nominees.
With just six weeks before the Nov. 8 election, Monday’s debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York will be the first of three between the White House rivals. It presents a major opportunity for them to appeal to voters who have yet to commit to a candidate after a mostly negative race in which Clinton and Trump have sought to brand each other as untrustworthy and dangerous for the country.
The live, televised matchup is expected to draw a Super Bowl-sized television audience of 100 million Americans, according to some commentators.
Among those watching will be people who so far remain on the fence. This could be a sizable group: Some 22 percent of likely voters said in the latest poll that they do not support either major-party candidate. That was more than twice the proportion of uncommitted voters at the same point in the 2012 election between Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney.
Clinton still holds a four-percentage point advantage in support over Trump in the latest polls. The Sept. 16-22 opinion poll showed that 41 percent of likely voters supported Clinton, while 37 percent supported Trump. Clinton has mostly led Trump in the poll during the 2016 campaign, though her advantage has narrowed since the end of the Democratic and Republican national conventions in July.