Clinton rips into Trump for declining to say President Obama was born in U.S.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s 38th Annual Awards Gala at the Washington Convention Center, on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s 38th Annual Awards Gala at the Washington Convention Center, on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest on the U.S. presidential race (all times EDT) on Thursday, Sept. 15:

11 p.m.

Donald Trump’s campaign says the Republican presidential candidate now believes President Barack Obama was born in the United States.

The campaign statement Thursday night follows an interview published by The Washington Post in which Trump declined to say whether he believes Obama was born in Hawaii.

Trump helped fuel the rise of the “birther” movement, which claimed Obama was born outside the U.S. and thus ineligible to be president.

The statement from Trump spokesman Jason Miller accuses Clinton of launching the birther movement during her unsuccessful primary run against Obama in 2008.

Miller says Trump ended the “ugly incident” by compelling Obama to release his birth certificate.

9:15 p.m.

Hillary Clinton ripped into rival Donald Trump for declining to say President Barack Obama was born in the United States.

Trump said in an interview published Thursday by The Washington Post that he would “answer that question at the right time. I just don’t want to answer it yet.”

Clinton told the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute that Trump “still wouldn’t say Hawaii. He still wouldn’t say America.”

She asks: “This man wants to be our next president? When will he stop this ugliness, this bigotry?”

8:35 p.m.

Donald Trump says his children can handle the negative attention generated by series of controversial comments they’ve made in recent interviews.

Trump told a crowd in Laconia, New Hampshire, Thursday that, “the press likes to hit them,” adding, “And they’re such good kids.”

Trump’s son, Donald Jr., made what some took as a Holocaust-themed joke in an interview with a Philadelphia radio station on Wednesday, referring to “warming up the gas chamber.”

He also told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that it would be unwise for his father to release his tax returns because it would “distract” from his father’s “main message.”

His daughter, Ivanka, usually an asset, also drew attention after a contentious interview with Cosmpolitan magazine.

Trump says his kids “can take it.”

4:40 p.m.

Hillary Clinton says that lots of people “power through” when they get sick, and that’s what she thought she would do, too.

The Democratic nominee says she made the decision to keep campaigning even after receiving a diagnosis of pneumonia in part because she wanted to attend Sunday’s 9/11 memorial ceremony in New York.

Clinton was a senator from New York when terrorists struck the World Trade Center towers in lower Manhattan in 2001. She tells reporters at a press conference in North Carolina that she considers the annual memorial service at ground zero “a sacred moment.”

Clinton fell ill at the ceremony, and needed the help of staff to stand up as she waited to depart the event. Her campaign later said she had pneumonia, and Clinton took the start of this week off to rest.

Her first day back on the campaign trail was Thursday, where she hosted in rally in Greensboro.



4:42 p.m.

Back on the campaign trail in North Carolina, Hillary Clinton tells reporters that she’s always said that her bid for the White House was “going to be a tight race.”

The Democratic nominee says, “Those are the kinds of presidential elections we have in America.”

Clinton took questions from reporters after her Thursday afternoon campaign rally. It was her first public event since taking a few days off to recover from a bout of pneumonia.

Clinton says her election against Republican nominee Donald Trump will be decided by who registers to vote, and which campaign is able to motivate those who do to cast a ballot.

Clinton’s campaign has spent months building an extensive get-out-the-vote operation, and she says her team is working hard “every day to turn out every voter we possibly can.”

12:50 p.m.

Donald Trump is spelling out for the first time how much his plans for America’s economy would cost if he’s elected to the White House.

Trump says that his tax cut would cost $4.4 trillion over 10 years, including the childcare plan he announced this week.

But he says the cost would be compensated by economic growth, as well as an infusion of new money from trade, energy and regulatory reforms.

Trump also said he can save almost $1 trillion over the next decade by saving one penny from every dollar of federal spending on programs, excluding defense and entitlement programs.

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