The Latest: Trump to visit Flint, Michigan


September 13, 2016 9:30PM (UTC)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. presidential race (all times EDT):

1:20 p.m.

A campaign official says Donald Trump is planning to visit Flint, Michigan, on Wednesday.

The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss the plans before a public announcement.

Advertisement:

The visit comes as the Senate is considering a sweeping water bill which includes money for Flint.

Flint's drinking water became tainted when the city switched from the Detroit water system and began drawing from the Flint River in April 2014. Lead from aging pipes leached into the water supply. Elevated lead levels have been found in at least 325 people, including 221 children.

Trump told the Detroit News this month that the situation never would have happened had he been president at the time.

—By Jonathan Lemire in Des Moines, Iowa

___

12:25 p.m.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz isn't rushing to endorse Republican nominee Donald Trump, even after a meeting with Trump's running mate.

Vice presidential nominee Mike Pence met with Cruz Tuesday. The Indiana governor had endorsed Cruz in his bid for the White House. Since dropping out, Cruz has declined to endorse Trump, citing personal attacks the billionaire businessman has made against him and his family.

Advertisement:

Cruz's spokesman Jeff Roe said Tuesday that Cruz's meeting with Pence was about "two fiscal conservatives hanging out."

He declined to answer questions on whether Cruz would endorse Trump.

___

11:30 a.m.

Hillary Clinton's campaign is rolling out two online ads in an effort to once again cast rival Donald Trump in a negative light.

Advertisement:

The first ad, set to be released Tuesday, depicts Trump bragging about big political contributions he's given with the expectation that he would receive favors down the line from recipients.

That follows revelations that his charitable foundation made a $25,000 donation to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, now a prominent backer. The donation came days after her office reportedly said it was considering joining a proposed multi-state lawsuit against Trump University and the Trump Institute.

A second web video features a man named Danny Williams, who paid to enroll in Trump University. He says in the ad that all he ever got "was lies."

Advertisement:

___

11:25 a.m.

A House Republican has questioned vice presidential nominee Mike Pence about Donald Trump's standing among women — and what can be done to improve it.

During the exchange in a closed-door meeting Tuesday morning, Rep. Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska asked the Indiana governor what to say to his own daughter when she expresses concerns about Trump's views on women.

Advertisement:

New York congressman Peter King said Pence responded that he has seen polling that shows Trump ahead with married women. Pence also noted Trump's speech later Tuesday in Philadelphia, where Trump plans to roll out proposals to make child care more affordable for working families.

Asked after the meeting about Trump's standing with women, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said: "There's always room for improvement."

___

11:20 a.m.

Advertisement:

A Democratic congressman says Democrats have "no concern" about the health of presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Rep. Joe Crowley of New York said there was "not a single question or reverberation" about Clinton's health at a meeting Tuesday of House Democrats.

Clinton abruptly left a 9/11 anniversary ceremony Sunday and needed to be helped into a van. Hours later, her campaign revealed she had been diagnosed with pneumonia on Friday.

Crowley, who stood near Clinton at Sunday's ceremony, says the episode merely proves that "she is a human being" who is susceptible to colds, the flu and pneumonia.

Advertisement:

Crowley called questions about whether Clinton should have revealed her diagnosis earlier unfair. He noted that Clinton's Republican opponent, Donald Trump, has not revealed his medical or tax records.

___

11 a.m.

Donald Trump's running mate Mike Pence is standing by his refusal to describe white supremacist David Duke as "deplorable."

Advertisement:

Pence was asked at a news conference Tuesday with House Republican leaders whether he wanted to amend his statement from an interview Monday in which he denounced Duke, but declined to call him "deplorable." Hillary Clinton has used the term "basket of deplorables" to describe half of Trump's supporters.

Pence said he was "not going to validate the language Hillary Clinton used to describe the American people." He called the issue a distraction.

Pence repeated his repudiation of Duke and said "I'm not in the name-calling business."

Clinton tweeted on Monday: "If you won't say the KKK is deplorable, you have no business running the country."

Advertisement:

___

8:45 a.m.

Donald Trump is rolling out proposals to make child care more affordable for working families.

At a speech in a Philadelphia suburb Tuesday, the Republican nominee will call for guaranteeing new mothers six weeks of paid maternity leave. He will also lay out plans to create new "Dependent Care Savings Accounts" that would allow families to set aside money to look after their children or elderly parents.

And Trump plans to provide details of his plan to allow parents to deduct child-care spending from their taxes.

Trump's daughter, Ivanka, is expected to introduce her father. She used her Republican National Convention speech to talk about child care issues, though her father has barely mentioned it on the campaign trail.

___

3:15 a.m.

When Hillary Clinton was diagnosed with pneumonia late last week, she informed a handful of her closest advisers, but pressed on with a busy campaign schedule and did not inform the public that she was sick.

Clinton said: "I just didn't think it was going to be that big a deal."

Her first comments about her health condition came in a CNN interview late Monday, a day after a dizzy spell caught on video forced her to disclose the illness and cancel a West Coast campaign trip.

The incident reinforced Clinton's reputation as a public figure with a predisposition for privacy. While her top campaign aides conceded they were too slow in providing the public with information about Clinton's condition, it was unclear how quickly they themselves had been informed.





Fearless journalism
in your inbox every day

Sign up for our free newsletter

• • •