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September 7, 2020

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) went to Milwaukee on Monday for her first in-person campaign stop as the Democratic vice presidential nominee.

Harris visited an International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers training facility and hosted a roundtable for Black business owners. Harris said Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden recognizes the importance of investing in entrepreneurs, and they both know small business owners are also "civic leaders. They hire locally. We see you. We understand you. We understand the significance of what you are in terms of the health and well-being of communities. We see the benefit for the entire country to invest in our small businesses and small business leaders."

She also met privately with the family of Jacob Blake, a Black man who last month was shot in the back at least seven times by a white police officer; he is now paralyzed. The shooting occurred in Kenosha, and sparked anti-racism and anti-police brutality protests. The Blakes are "an incredible family, and what they've endured, they do it with such dignity and grace," Harris said. "And you know, they're carrying the weight of a lot of voices on their shoulders."

Wisconsin is a battleground state, and in 2016, President Trump won there by fewer than 30,000 votes. Vice President Mike Pence spent time in the state on Monday, going to an energy facility in La Crosse. Last week, Trump and Biden both visited Kenosha. Catherine Garcia

September 7, 2020

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden spent part of his Labor Day at the A.F.L.-C.I.O headquarters in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where he promised that if elected, he will be "the strongest labor president you have ever had."

Biden vowed to increase the wages of essential workers, hold business executives liable if they interfere with unionization efforts, and pass the PRO Act to give workers more bargaining and organizational rights, The New York Times reports.

"Wall Street did not build this country," Biden said. "You did — the great American middle class. And the middle class was built by unions — unions — and the American people now finally get it after a long time of being convinced that unions were a problem, not the answer." A Gallup poll released at the end of August found that 64 percent of Americans approve of labor unions, up 16 points from a 2009 low point. Catherine Garcia

June 24, 2018

President Trump spoke at a campaign rally for Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) in Las Vegas Saturday evening, urging his audience to vote against Heller's opponent, Rep. Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), whom Trump called "Wacky Jacky." A "vote for her is a vote for increased taxes," Trump claimed. "Weak borders. It is really a vote for crime."

The president also weighed in on key current issues for his administration, positing that trade relations will "work out" somehow. "The trade stuff is coming along, just starting, but it's going to happen because, you know, we're the piggy bank that everybody likes to rob from," he said.

On immigration, Trump argued the U.S. has "to be very strong," adding that his administration is doing "a very good job." Of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un he said, "We have a good chemistry together. We get along great. He's a smart, tough guy. He's a great negotiator."

Trump also took the opportunity to slam Sen. John McCain (R) of nearby Arizona. Though he did not mention McCain by name, Trump critiqued the senator for his crucial "no" vote on the GOP health-care bill last year. The two men have a history of poor relations: Trump has belittled McCain's history as a prisoner of war, saying he prefers "people who weren't captured;" and McCain, who has been diagnosed with an aggressive brain cancer, has said Trump lacks "principles and beliefs."

Watch Trump's full speech below. Bonnie Kristian

December 9, 2017

President Trump visited the Florida panhandle city of Pensacola, close to the Alabama border, Friday night to rally for Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, who has been credibly accused of sexual harassment and assault by multiple women, in a final push before Tuesday's special election. The president cast Moore as a champion of job creation who would "vote for our 'Make America Great Again' agenda." By contrast, he said, Moore's "liberal Democrat" rival, Doug Jones, is "completely controlled" by Democratic leadership and will "never, ever vote for us."

Trump also touted his own administration at length, boasting that he has cut more regulations than "Honest Abe Lincoln." He argued that his accomplishments come in spite of enormous opposition from "powerful forces in Washington," "very, very bad and evil people" who are "trying to sabotage our movement" for personal gain.

In a series of tweets Saturday morning, Trump claimed the rally was "packed to the rafters" with a "big contingent of very enthusiastic Roy Moore fans," though photos suggest the crowd had more fervor than size. Watch an excerpt of the speech in which Trump discusses Moore below, or read the full transcript here. Bonnie Kristian

Update 5:56 p.m: The tweet linked above from The Washington Post's Dave Weigel unintentionally misrepresented the crowd size in the arena. President Trump called attention to more accurate photos, and Weigel has retracted his post and apologized for the error.

September 7, 2016

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will appear at the same event Wednesday, for the first time this election cycle. Both candidates are scheduled to field questions at the Commander-in-Chief Forum, sponsored by the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America group and moderated by Today host Matt Lauer. Clinton and Trump won't share the stage, but will each have half-hour blocks to make their case.

Both Clinton and Trump have been working to court the veterans vote. Trump on Tuesday described his plans for veterans' health care, explaining at a town hall in Virginia that veterans would have the option to seek medical care from outside the Department of Veterans Affairs. "You're going to get taken care of 100 percent," he said. "Government is going to pay the bill." On Wednesday, the Republican nominee gave a speech on national security, where he vowed to talk to generals to devise a plan to defeat the Islamic State within his first 30 days in office.

Clinton, for her part, said last month during a speech in Cincinnati, Ohio, that she would "reform and strengthen [the VA], not privatize it." In regards to the war on terrorism, she has called for a "more effective coalition air campaign" against ISIS, though she has expressed reluctance to deploy ground troops in the region.

Clinton will appear first at the Commander-in-Chief Forum, at 8 p.m. ET, to answer questions posed by the veterans and active service members in the audience, and Trump will follow. You can watch the event here. Kimberly Alters

March 30, 2016

A 15-year-old girl protesting outside of a Donald Trump rally in Janesville, Wisconsin, Tuesday ended up getting pepper-sprayed in the face after a heated yelling match erupted. A video of the incident online shows the scuffle began when the teenager, who was protesting Trump's "white supremacy," accuses an older man of touching her breasts. "Can't help you, I never touched you," the man says, holding up his hands as he denies the accusation.

The girl then pushes back toward the man and seemingly attempts to throw a punch when, suddenly, another person in the crowd pepper-sprays her in the face. The man who the girl was shouting at as well as some bystanders can be heard cheering as the girl exits the crowd, grabbing her face.

Both the 15-year-old girl and another 19-year-old woman who received second-hand spray were treated at local hospitals. The Janesville police department has released a statement saying it's "currently looking for two suspects, one for the sexual assault and one for the pepper spray."

The incident occurred just hours after Trump's campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, was charged with misdemeanor battery for allegedly assaulting a reporter at a Trump rally earlier this month. Becca Stanek

January 21, 2016

John Kasich is looking on the bright side, and said he's certain voters are, too.

During an interview with the Associated Press on Thursday, the Ohio governor and Republican presidential candidate announced that "contrary to what we hear, they're not angry. I don't think they're angry at all. I think they're upset things are not going well for them. Their wages are stuck, a lot of things like that. But they really want to hear answers. And they want to be hopeful." If you come in angry, he said, "You're not going to win. You probably wouldn't win New Hampshire."

Kasich is doing what he can to stand out in the crowded field of candidates. "I'm in my own lane," he said. "You cannot put me in anybody else's lane." He's confident he's a true leader, who won't "lead people down some dark alley. A leader says, 'Hey, look at the road ahead.'" He told AP he has no plans of dropping out of the race, and has "never had a better time in politics. I'm very proud of the campaign we've run. Win or lose, I'm moving on feeling that boy, we really did great. We really made a mark." Catherine Garcia

October 20, 2014

President Obama hasn't been on the campaign trail much this election season, and a story out of Maryland on Sunday suggests that's a good thing for Democratic candidates' prospects. When Obama spoke at a campaign event for gubernatorial candidate Anthony Brown, many rally attendees walked out. Whether the walkout was a reflection of Obama's poor approval rating or simply the length of the event is not clear.

The crowd of 8,000 was mostly African-American, and they represent a district in which 90 percent of voters supported Obama in his 2012 reelection bid. Nevertheless, audience members left "by the dozen" as Obama's speech progressed, a move a Reuters reporter on hand characterized as "noticeable and noisy." The president wasn't left totally alone, though; the majority of the audience stayed, though some apparently stuck around to heckle him. Bonnie Kristian

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