Wednesday 24 May 2017

Trump not throwing in towel as he eyes a comeback

Kellyann Conway said Mr Trump has pulled off comebacks several times before. Photo: REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Kellyann Conway said Mr Trump has pulled off comebacks several times before. Photo: REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Rachael Alexander Las Vegas

Donald Trump's campaign manager has acknowledged that the Republican presidential nominee needs a "comeback" in the final weeks of the race to the White House.

Kellyann Conway said Mr Trump has pulled off comebacks several times before, but it was a rare acknowledgement by the billionaire's campaign that he could ultimately fall short.

She was speaking to Fox News ahead of the third and final presidential debate and as a string of battleground state polls showed Hillary Clinton ahead.

Ms Conway said she does not understand why Mrs Clinton has not been able to "put him away" given her experience and her campaign's "endless amounts of money".

She said: "What is her problem, already?"

The ugly and acrimonious battle for the White House is barrelling toward the end, with the candidates taking the debate stage last night for one final prime time showdown.

For Mr Trump, the debate was his last opportunity to turn around a race that appears to be slipping away from him.

Mrs Clinton was facing challenges of her own. While the electoral map currently leans in her favour, the Democrat was facing a new round of questions about her authenticity and trustworthiness, concerns that have trailed her throughout the campaign.

Trump has leaned on an increasingly brazen strategy in the campaign's closing weeks, including peddling charges the election will be rigged, despite no evidence of widespread voter fraud in US presidential contests.

He has also claimed that Mrs Clinton attacked and intimidated women involved with her husband's affairs, bringing three women who accused former President Bill Clinton of unwanted sexual contact and even rape to sit in the audience for the second debate. The former president has never been charged with crimes related to the encounters, though he did settle a sexual harassment lawsuit.

Irish Independent

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