Saturday March 17th, 2018 8:08PM

The Latest: Trump calls Clinton campaign chairman 'nasty'

By The Associated Press
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on 2016 presidential race (all times EDT):

6 p.m.

Donald Trump says Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman, John Podesta, is a "nasty guy."

Trump is criticizing Podesta following the disclosure by WikiLeaks of thousands of Podesta's personal emails that were hacked. Clinton's campaign has accused Russia of stealing the emails.

Trump's comment during the third debate that Clinton was a "nasty woman" went viral on social media. Women's rights groups called it an example of misogyny.


5:55 p.m.

Donald Trump says he believes he's doing better among female voters than with male voters.

Trump is speaking at a rally in Naples, Florida. He says he believes polls showing him struggling among women are "very inaccurate."

Trump says he wants to "set records" with his support from women. He says, "I hate to tell the men this, but if I could swap you out, I'd swap you out so fast."

The Republican nominee has struggled to win over female voters, particularly since audio emerged of him boasting about predatory behavior and a slew of women accused him of sexual assault. Trump has denied the allegations and has promised to sue the women.


4:45 p.m.

AT&T's $85.4 billion proposed purchase of Time Warner is facing skepticism from all sides in the presidential race.

Hillary Clinton's running mate, Tim Kaine, says he shares concerns about higher costs, fewer choices and worse service. He says more competition and less consolidation is generally helpful in the media industry.

Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon says Clinton believes that regulators should scrutinize the deal closely.

Donald Trump says he'd block the deal if elected. His campaign says in a statement Sunday that "new media conglomerate oligopolies" have too much control, intrude on Americans' personal lives and unduly influence politics.


4:05 p.m.

Hillary Clinton has a busy few weeks ahead. But she still wants to find time to watch the World Series.

Spokesman Brian Fallon says the Democratic presidential nominee — who grew up in the Chicago suburbs — has asked staff to make time for her to watch the Chicago Cubs play in the World Series.

Over the years, Clinton, who also served as a senator for New York, has expressed allegiance to the Cubs and the New York Yankees.


3:50 p.m.

Hillary Clinton is visiting an early voting location in North Carolina.

Clinton stopped outside Chavis Community Center in Raleigh Sunday afternoon where she posed for selfies with supporters and chatted briefly with them.

"Get everybody out to vote!" Clinton told people as they clapped and cheered.

Clinton was joined by actress Uzo Aduba, who appears on the television show "Orange is the New Black."

Early voting started in North Carolina on Thursday.


2:35 p.m.

Hillary Clinton is promoting down-ballot Democratic candidates in North Carolina.

Speaking at a rally in Raleigh, Clinton touted Deborah Ross, who is locked in a tight race with the state's incumbent Republican Sen. Richard Burr. She then took a shot at Burr, saying that "unlike her opponent, Deborah has never been afraid to stand up to Donald Trump."

Clinton has said she plans to spend the closing days of the race campaigning for Democrats in down-ballot races.

In Pennsylvania Saturday, she assailed Republican Sen. Pat Toomey, saying he too has refused to "stand up" to Trump.


2:10 p.m.

Hillary Clinton will campaign this week with First Lady Michelle Obama.

Campaign spokesman Brian Fallon says Clinton and Obama will appear together at a rally in Winston Salem, North Carolina, on Thursday.

Obama has become one of Clinton's most powerful surrogates. Fallon called Michelle Obama an "absolute rock star" on the campaign trail.

This will be their first joint appearance at a campaign rally.


1:15 p.m.

President Barack Obama is heading to Nevada to boost Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign and help Democrats in their bid to retake control of the Senate.

Some of the president's recent trips have focused on competitive states with close Senate races. The Senate's top Democrat, Harry Reid, is retiring after serving out a fifth term, and Obama is trying to keep it in party hands.

He'll speak at a rally for Clinton and Senate candidate Catherine Cortez Masto at a Las Vegas-area high school. Her Senate opponent is Joe Heck, a congressman.

Obama has been trying to tie Republican candidates to GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump at every opportunity.

Heck says he can't support Trump; Democrats say that's just a political calculation.


1:05 p.m.

Tim Kaine is shrugging off any possibility that he could be embarrassed by leaked emails.

WikiLeaks has been taunting the Democratic vice presidential nominee on Twitter, saying it has a "surprise" in store for Kaine.

The group, which has been posting stolen emails from Hillary Clinton's campaign manager John Podesta, posted taunting tweets directed at Kaine on Thursday and again on Sunday.

Kaine has questioned the authenticity of WikiLeaks' releases and said the emails were hacked as are part of an effort by the Russian government to influence the presidential campaign.

In a recent interview with The Associated Press, Kaine said there's nothing in his life or emails he'd be "overly embarrassed about" and said he's determined not to be distracted.


1 p.m.

Hillary Clinton says the "love they neighbor" commandment in the Bible can be tough to follow sometimes. Speaking in North Carolina, a battleground state, Clinton noted her policy plans and pledged to "actually start interacting again with people we don't agree with."

Clinton was speaking to several hundred people gathered at Union Baptist Church in Durham. She was joined by a group of mothers who have lost children to gun violence or through contact with the police, including Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin.

Stressing her commitment to combat systemic racism, Clinton pledged to reform the criminal justice system, create jobs and provide better educational opportunities. She said that Donald Trump does not see the "vibrancy" in the black community.

Clinton had more campaign stops planned in North Carolina on Sunday.


11:45 a.m.

Tim Kaine has a new picture to hang up at the Naval Observatory if he and Hillary Clinton win on Election Day.

Pastor Marshall Mitchell of Salem Baptist Church of Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, gave Kaine a picture of Martin Luther King Jr.

In the picture, King is speaking from the same pulpit that Kaine used to address the congregation Sunday. Mitchell said he had taken the picture off his wall and wanted Kaine to hang it up at the Naval Observatory, the vice president's official residence.

Kaine appeared visibly touched by the gift. The Democratic vice presidential nominee, a Catholic, urged the congregation to vote and spoke about Clinton's long-held Christian faith.

The African-American church outside Philadelphia has previously hosted several civil rights leaders.


10:45 a.m.

The head of the Republican Party says all Republicans should support nominee Donald Trump.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus says he expects Trump will win the election. He's pushing back on criticism of Trump for saying he might not accept the election's results. Priebus says Trump is referring to narrow scenarios in which only a few hundred votes separate the candidates.

Priebus also tells CBS' "Face the Nation" that voter fraud is not "some figment of people's imagination." He says Trump merely wants his supporters to "watch out for voter fraud that might occur."

Priebus is also predicting that Trump will do better in African American communities than Republicans did in the previous two presidential elections.


9:45 a.m.

Former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer says Donald Trump is being "waterboarded" by his female accusers.

Brewer is a Trump supporter. She's lamenting the "oppression of Donald Trump from all of these women" accusing him of inappropriate sexual conduct.

Brewer says Trump is authentic and "tells it like it is." She's defending his decision to impugn the women during a policy speech on Saturday in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.


9:40 a.m.

The campaign managers of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are agreeing on something: The 2016 election will be a fight until the bitter end.

Trump aide Kellyanne Conway tells "Fox News Sunday" that she's counting on swing voters to carry key battleground states, adding that "we're not giving up. We know we can win this."

Meanwhile, Robby Mook suggested the Clinton campaign won't stop at just the needed 270 electoral votes. While 270 is still the goal, he said, Clinton is expanding her map because traditionally red states like Arizona are now in play. He said: "We're not running away with this. This race is going to be competitive up until the end."


9:30 a.m.

Hillary Clinton's campaign manager Robby Mook says it's "unacceptable" for anyone in either party to incite violence as part of a political campaign.

Mook is referring to secretly recorded video footage released by conservative activist James O'Keefe. It shows a Democratic activist bragging about deploying troublemakers at rallies held by Donald Trump.

Mook tells CNN's "State of the Union" that the activists in the video "never had a relationship with the Clinton campaign." He says they didn't have a contract with the Democratic National Committee until months after the video was purportedly recorded.

Mook says the video is edited and that the full context is unclear. He's calling it an attempt by Trump to "distract from the real issues of this campaign."

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