Advice for Donald Trump tonight from Wisconsin Republicans: stick to the issues.
“If we argue about Bill’s girlfriends, that’s not helpful. If we argue about a tape with blue language on it from 11 years ago with Donald Trump, that’s not helpful,” said U.S. Representative Glenn Grothman. “We don’t want to talk about that sort of thing, we want to talk about the issues. Because if you’re going to focus on the issues, Hillary will lose.”
“I think everybody hopes they stick to the issues,” said state Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, who like Grothman was offered for media interviews by the Trump campaign in Wisconsin. “Most people are hoping that both candidates really stick to the issues that matter to Americans and move away from some of the ancillary issues that continue to swirl around the campaign.”
Trump and Hillary Clinton debate for the final time in Las Vegas tonight. A new poll from Monmouth University shows Clinton leading Trump by seven points in Wisconsin, with 47 percent of respondents saying they would vote for her if the election were today. Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson was at six percent and Green Party nominee Jill Stein at one percent.
Grothman said he’s not overly concerned about a lack of policy specifics from the GOP presidential nominee. “Now Donald Trump is new to this game. I don’t expect a lot of detail in his policy positions, but we can see what he thinks is important and what Hillary thinks is important, and what Hillary thinks is important. I think the conclusion will be that Hillary is not someone that we want to have a president.”
Despite the poll numbers, Fitzgerald thinks Trump can carry Wisconsin – if he can do well in the Milwaukee suburbs. “There is a ton of support for Donald Trump up north, and specifically up and down the river in the western part of the state. So the only place that he hasn’t really been able to elevate the level of support that would probably bring the state home for him is in southeastern Wisconsin.”