JUDY WOODRUFF: The presidential race is down to its last dozen days, and the candidates are gearing up for one final push.
This day found them hard at it in two crucial states.
Lisa Desjardins begins our coverage.
LISA DESJARDINS: Donald Trump’s race to 270 electoral votes, at least today, meant hopscotching across battleground Ohio, first stop, Springfield, the nominee greeted by supporters, brimming with confidence:
DONALD TRUMP (R), Presidential Nominee: If we win on November 8, when — OK, OK — when we win on November 8.
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LISA DESJARDINS: Trump hit on familiar themes, protecting borders, improving the economy, and then he touched on the latest Clinton news: e-mails about corporations that donated to the Clinton Foundation and paid Bill Clinton to speak as well.
DONALD TRUMP: If the Clinton’s were willing to play this fast and loose with their enterprise when they weren’t in the White House, just imagine what they will do, given the chance to once again control the Oval Office.
LISA DESJARDINS: Separately, in an ABC interview, Trump faced a question about after the election, and how he’d handle his sharp divide with Hillary Clinton.
GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS, ABC News: If she wins, are you prepared to work with her?
DONALD TRUMP: I just want to make that decision at a later date. I’m not saying I’m not or I am. Hopefully, I won’t have to make that decision. I really believe we’re going to win.
LISA DESJARDINS: Similarly, on her campaign plane last night, Clinton was asked if she would meet with Trump after it’s over. She also demurred.
HILLARY CLINTON (D), Presidential Nominee: I certainly intend to reach out to Republicans and independents and the elected leadership of the Congress.
LISA DESJARDINS: Clinton’s day today wasn’t about hopscotching. There was just one big event, in critical North Carolina with one of her biggest surrogates on stage with her. Clinton pushed her new plan to fight bullies.
HILLARY CLINTON: The young woman I met in Iowa who told me she was bullied because of her asthma. This has got to stop. And I can’t think of anything more important than making sure every single one of our children knows they are loved just as they are.
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LISA DESJARDINS: And then the candidate introduced the first lady.
MICHELLE OBAMA, First Lady: So, when you hear folks talking about a global conspiracy, and saying that this election is rigged, understand that they are trying to get you to stay home. Make no mistake about it. Casting our vote is the ultimate way we go high when they go low. Voting is our high.
LISA DESJARDINS: It’s not the final week, but, in stump speeches and in campaign ads, the final arguments are beginning.
For the “PBS NewsHour,” I’m Lisa Desjardins.
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