Trump campaigns in Florida, fighting to keep GOP support

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Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump holds up signs at the end of a campaign rally in Lakeland, Florida, U.S., October 12, 2016.   REUTERS/Mike Segar     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTSRZSQ

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JUDY WOODRUFF:  Now that there are less than four weeks left in the presidential campaign, the candidates are zeroing in on a handful of key states.

Donald Trump kept his focus on Florida today.

DONALD TRUMP (R), Presidential Candidate:  I love this state.  As you know, I’m here all the time.  In 27 days, we’re going to win Florida and we’re going to win back the White House.

(CHEERING AND APPLAUSE)

JUDY WOODRUFF:  He appeared in Ocala and later in Lakeland, his third stop in two days in a state he badly needs in order to become president.  A federal judge there this morning extended the voter registration deadline by six days, due to damage from Hurricane Matthew.

Trump’s comments about women in that 2005 video have sparked the deepest divide yet in the Republican Party this election.  A USA Today survey found that 87 out of 331, or 26 percent of GOP elected governors and members of Congress, do not support him.

His running mate, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, urged conservative Christians at Virginia’s Liberty University to stand by the ticket.

GOV. MIKE PENCE (R-IN), Vice Presidential Candidate:  For the sake of the sanctity of life, for the sake of the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, for the sake of all of our God-given liberties, we must decide here and now, in the great Commonwealth of Virginia, that the next president to make appointments to the Supreme Court of the United States will be President Donald Trump.

(CHEERING AND APPLAUSE)

JUDY WOODRUFF:  Last night in North Carolina, President Obama questioned Republicans and Christians who accept Trump, despite his comments in the “Access Hollywood” video about groping women.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA:  The fact that now you have got people saying, well, we strongly disapprove, we really disagree, we find those comments disgusting, but we’re still endorsing him…

(LAUGHTER)

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: … we still think he should be president, that doesn’t make sense to me.

JUDY WOODRUFF:  Hillary Clinton was in Pueblo, Colorado, today, another battleground state, trying to build on her lead in most national polls.

HILLARY CLINTON (D), Presidential Candidate:  I know that, if people turn out, I know, if people show up, we’re going to win and we’re going to be able to do everything I have talked about.
(CHEERING AND APPLAUSE)

JUDY WOODRUFF:  As Clinton attempts to maintain her lead, Trump is fighting to keep Republicans behind him, as early voting picks up and Election Day draws closer.

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