Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump says he'll ''never, ever forgive'' voters in several battleground states if he doesn't carry those states in the general election. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). Story: Republican Donald Trump on Saturday (August 13) told supporters at a rally in Connecticut that he would "never, ever forgive" them, along with voters in Ohio and Florida, if he fails to carry those states in the general election in November. During a rally in Fairfield, Connecticut, Trump once again blamed U.S. President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton for the spread of the militant group, Islamic State, which he called ISIS. On Friday (August 12), Trump backed away from comments calling Obama and Clinton the founders of the militant group Islamic State, saying that the comments had been sarcastic. Saturday's rally was again interrupted by protesters. On one occasion, Trump mocked the protester, saying the she looked like Clinton, and called out, "Is that you, Hillary?" A new poll showed Trump, whose unfiltered speaking style has repeatedly landed him in hot water, losing ground in three crucial states ahead of the Nov. 8 general election against Clinton. A Wall Street Journal/NBC News/Marist poll released on Friday suggested support for Trump is eroding among voters in three battleground states. Such states are hotly contested because their populations can swing either to Republicans or Democrats and thus play a decisive role in presidential elections, which are ultimately decided by the state-by-state tally of the Electoral College. The poll found Clinton widening her lead in Colorado, Virginia and North Carolina, while holding her advantage in Florida. Clinton released her tax returns on Friday, painting the move as a sign of transparency that her campaign says Trump lacks. Trump has cited an audit by the Internal Revenue Service in refusing to release his returns. Trump also has said his taxes are no one's business and that they reveal little.