Trump attacks Republicans as Clinton campaigns with Gore

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Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump arrives on stage at a campaign rally in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, October 10, 2016. Picture taken October 10, 2016.  REUTERS/Mike Segar - RTSRU1P

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HARI SREENIVASAN:  It was another contentious day on the campaign trail on the ground and online, as the candidates turn their focus to a handful of key states.

Lisa Desjardins reports.

DONALD TRUMP (R), Presidential Nominee:  Oh, what these politicians have done to us.

LISA DESJARDINS:  The Republican Party’s civil war raged again this morning on Donald Trump’s favorite platform, Twitter.  The GOP nominee sent a flurry of tweets criticizing his party, calling House Speaker Paul Ryan an ineffective leader one day after Ryan told GOP members of Congress he will not defend Trump.

Trump followed by calling his opponents within the party disloyal Republicans who don’t know how to win.  And, in person, Trump was on the attack, too, after saying the shackles are off.  Speaking to thousands last night in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, he doubled down on jailing opponent Hillary Clinton if elected.

DONALD TRUMP:  Lock her up is right.  When I said we are going to get a special prosecutor to figure this deal out…

(CHEERING AND APPLAUSE)

DONALD TRUMP:  I have never been so ashamed of this country as what’s gone on with Hillary Clinton.

LISA DESJARDINS:  Clinton, for her part, was in Miami this afternoon, joined on stage by a man who represents the importance of each Florida vote, former Vice President Al Gore.

HILLARY CLINTON (D), Presidential Nominee:  I’m running against a guy who denies science, denies climate change, says it’s a hoax created by the Chinese.

(CHEERING AND APPLAUSE)

HILLARY CLINTON:  I can’t wait to have Al Gore advising me when I am president of the United States.

(CHEERING AND APPLAUSE)

LISA DESJARDINS:  The event’s focus on climate change is part of a push for younger voters.  Also today, Clinton proposed doubling the child tax credit to $2,000 per child.

She not alone in the Sunshine State today.  Donald Trump plans a rally on the Florida Panhandle tonight.  And that tells us something.  Florida is one of 10 states where campaigns are focused, where either Clinton or Trump has been in the last two weeks.  Five of those, Florida, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Michigan and Ohio, have seen the most visits.

Clinton’s rally in Columbus, Ohio, just last night drew one of her biggest crowds of the cycle, some 18,000 people.  Both candidates now have just 28 days to reach what polls say is a shrinking number of undecided voters.

For the “PBS NewsHour,” I’m Lisa Desjardins.

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