Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence says voters have the chance to go down ''The road less traveled'' and choose a leader who has given a voice ''To the aspirations and frustrations of the American people.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence said, "The road to the White House goes straight through Virginia" during a campaign stop in Richmond, Virginia on Saturday (August 27). "I don't think there's anyone in my lifetime who has given more voice to the aspirations and frustrations of the American people since Ronald Reagan, than our nominee Donald Trump," said Pence. He encouraged people in the audience to choose "change" over the "status quo" in the 2016 election. "It's my wife's favorite poem, she knows it- I don't. But it's 'Two roads diverge in the woods and I took the road less traveled,'" quoted Pence, who used it in reference to the differences between parties. Pence said the Democratic leadership has lead to "a weakened American place in the world." But Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton leads Trump by 5 percentage points among likely voters, down from a peak this month of 12 points, according to the Reuters/Ipsos daily tracking poll released on Friday. The Aug. 22-25 opinion poll found that 41 percent of likely voters supported Clinton ahead of the Nov. 8 presidential election, while 36 percent supported Trump. Some 23 percent would not pick either candidate and answered "refused," "other" or "wouldn't vote." Clinton, a former secretary of state, has led real estate developer Trump in the poll since Democrats and Republicans ended their national conventions and formally nominated their presidential candidates in July. Her level of support has varied between 41 and 45 percent during that period, and her lead over Trump in the tracking poll peaked this month at 12 percentage points on Tuesday. During the past week, Clinton has been dogged by accusations by Trump, which she has denied, that donations to her family's charitable foundation influenced her actions while she was secretary of state from 2009 to 2013. Questions have also surfaced again about her use of a private email server and address rather than a government one during her period at the State Department. Meanwhile, Trump and Clinton also sparred over who would be a better advocate for African Americans and other minorities, and Trump hinted he could soften his hard-line stance on immigration.