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Trump Downplays Clinton Cash           10/28 08:21

   WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Trump campaign on Friday downplayed federal filings 
showing Hillary Clinton with an $85 million cash advantage in the final stretch 
of the campaign.

   New fundraising records show her campaign and joint accounts with Democrats 
had $153 million in the bank as of last week. That's more than double the $68 
million the Republican's campaign and partnership committees had on hand.

   On ABC's "Good Morning America," Republican vice presidential candidate Mike 
Pence said the campaign's message matters more than "dollars and cents" and 
it's up to Trump to decide if he wants to plunge more of his personal fortune 
into the campaign. The latest contribution reports, up to date as of Wednesday, 
show he had given only about $33,000 this month --- far short of the $2 million 
he typically gives.

   Clinton's continued fundraising edge in the latest filings, which cover the 
first 19 days of the month, helps ensure the Democratic nominee can maintain 
her sprawling political operation in the frantic final days of the race. She 
maintains a staff of more than 800 --- several times larger than Trump's --- 
and has spent more on advertising than the Republican has every single week of 
the race.

   Still, Pence said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that he senses "real momentum" in 
the Republican campaign.

   "This week, I saw all the headlines: 'The race is over. It's over and done.' 
That's just not what I see out there," Pence said.

   The Indiana governor was making the rounds on the morning shows Friday after 
his plane slid off the runway during a rainstorm at New York's LaGuardia 
Airport late Thursday, tearing up concrete before coming to rest on a patch of 
grass. No one was injured and Pence plans to campaign in Pennsylvania and North 
Carolina on Friday.

   Trump is holding events in New Hampshire, Iowa and Maine, one of two states 
that split their electoral voters by congressional district. Facing an 
increasingly narrow path to the 270 electoral votes needed to win the White 
House, his campaign is shooting for one of the traditionally Democratic state's 
four electoral votes in the more rural, conservative 2nd district.

   Clinton, meanwhile, plans to campaign in Iowa, where new polling shows her 
in a dead heat with Trump, erasing a lead he's maintained for much of the race. 
Her campaign will also get a boost from President Barack Obama, whose national 
approval rating recently reached a new high. He'll be holding an evening rally 
in Orlando, a key battleground area of the crucial swing state of Florida.

   White House officials say Obama will be traveling to boost Clinton nearly 
every day until Election Day, Nov. 8. The president's appearance comes a day 
after Clinton and first lady Michelle Obama held a joint campaign rally in 
North Carolina.

   At the raucous rally, Mrs. Obama passionately touted Clinton's experience 
and denounced Trump as too divisive and thin-skinned for the White House.

   "We want someone who is a unifying force in this country, someone who sees 
our differences not as a threat but as a blessing," Mrs. Obama said as she 
addressed an enthusiastic, 11,000-person crowd in Winston-Salem, one of 
Clinton's biggest gatherings of her campaign.



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