Donald Trump is pushing ahead with a to-do list for the first 100 days of a Trump administration even as his path to the White House narrows.
Beset by weeks of controversy, the Republican presidential nominee is trying to shift attention back to his core priorities with the address Saturday in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
Aides said it will offer a first glimpse at the closing argument Trump will make in the next two weeks before the Nov. 8 vote.
Trump’s team has heavily hyped the speech as his campaign struggles to regain ground lost to Democrat Hillary Clinton.
Stephen Miller, Trump’s national policy director, said the speech would “set the tone” for the campaign’s final days and that Trump would try to make the case as “the change-agent our country needs.”
The GOP nominee also was expected to emphasize his differences with Clinton and accuse her of being rudderless and under the control of corporate interests. It’s an argument Republicans have tried to reinforce by pointing to stolen emails from her campaign chairman that cast light on the Clinton Foundation’s reliance on wealthy foreign governments.
Policy, but also speaking in personal terms
In addition to hitting on his policy plans, Trump planned to talk in personal terms about why he’s running and the emotional connections he’s made with voters during his unusual campaign.
Amid Trump’s struggles, Clinton has been displaying growing confidence and making direct appeals to voters “who may be reconsidering their support” for Trump following a string of sexual assault allegations and other troubles for the GOP nominee.
“I know you may still have questions for me,” Clinton said Friday in Cleveland. “I respect that. I want to answer them. I want to earn your vote.”
Her campaign headquarters in New York was back up and running after an envelope containing a white powdery substance arrived on Friday, triggering an evacuation of the 11th floor. Police said initial tests showed the substance wasn’t harmful, and Clinton spokesman Glen Caplin said four people who received a full medical examination reported no health issues and were released.
Clinton was also getting a campaign boost on Saturday from singer Katy Perry, who planned to push early voting during an event in Las Vegas. The pop icon has been a vocal Clinton backer and was the featured entertainment at the Democratic National Convention.