As Trump struggles, Clinton goes on offence to win over GOP

A NBC/WSJ/Marist poll released Friday shows Donald Trump trailing his rival Hillary Clinton by double digits in key battleground states of Virginia and Colorado.

Mrs Clinton vowed to strengthen enforcement and oppose trade deals that did not meet her "high standards".

"At the end, it's either going to work, or I'm going to, you know, I'm going to have a very, very nice, long vacation", Trump told CNBC. Polls show Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters largely unified behind her - certainly more so than Republicans around Trump - but it's unclear how motivated they are.

Here's what she is referring to: Under his tax reform proposal Trump would slash the income tax rate on all business income to 15%.

"He may talk a big game on trade, but his approach is based on fear, not strength", she said, adding a reference moments later to Olympic athletes: "If Team USA was as fearful as Trump, Michael Phelps and Simone Biles would be cowering in the locker room".

Time is running out for Trump to do this, and the time for him to act is now, analysts said.

Clinton is also planning to release her 2015 tax returns in the coming days, as she seeks to keep the pressure on Trump, who has not provided his.

Workers' anxiety over trade deals has become a central theme in the 2016 election, and Clinton rejected the portrait Trump has painted that she only pretends not to favour the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a deal she praised when she was secretary of state from 2009-2013 but has more recently opposed. Tim Kaine, D-Va., and his wife, Anne Holton, released 10 years of his returns on Friday.

There was no new policy in Clinton's 40-minute speech.

Hillary Clinton delivered a highly touted speech Thursday in MI outlining her economic plan.

It called for an "immediate shift" of party funding to Senate and House races, to aid down-ballot Republicans whose own election prospects have been harmed by Mr Trump's unpopularity.

Manafort repeated Trump's explanation that he is under audit by the Internal Revenue Service.

"I just wish the media and everyone else would get off of these controversies about who says what and how they say it, and get back to the issues that we have got to get the details from all the presidential candidates on", such as Syrian refugees, the governor said.

Trump is losing to Clinton among women by a wide margin there.

Earlier this week he caused a major stir with comments about the Second Amendment that were perceived as advocating violence against Clinton, then faced questions yet again after declaring Wednesday that President Barack Obama was the "founder" of the Islamic State group - a patently false claim.

"It would allow him to pay less than half the current tax rate on income from many of his companies".

Both candidates chose tightly contested MI - specifically, the Detroit area - to make their updated economic pitches. The former manufacturing powerhouse has been hard hit by the decline of the automobile industry and the real estate market.

This new uncertainty comes as Republicans and Democrats round on Trump over a series of controversial comments.

Some recent polls suggest Clinton could also benefit from Republican-leaning voters deciding to stay home rather than come out to support Trump. As the successor of a president who learned to deal with obstruction, Clinton will be prepared for that fight.



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