WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. presidential race (all times EDT):
A House Republican has questioned vice presidential nominee Mike Pence about Donald Trump’s standing among women — and what can be done to improve it.
During the exchange in a closed-door meeting Tuesday morning, Rep. Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska asked the Indiana governor what to say to his own daughter when she expresses concerns about Trump’s views on women.
New York congressman Peter King said Pence responded that he has seen polling that shows Trump ahead with married women. Pence also noted Trump’s speech later Tuesday in Philadelphia, where Trump plans to roll out proposals to make child care more affordable for working families.
Asked after the meeting about Trump’s standing with women, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said: “There’s always room for improvement.”
A Democratic congressman says Democrats have “no concern” about the health of presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
Rep. Joe Crowley of New York said there was “not a single question or reverberation” about Clinton’s health at a meeting Tuesday of House Democrats.
Clinton abruptly left a 9/11 anniversary ceremony Sunday and needed to be helped into a van. Hours later, her campaign revealed she had been diagnosed with pneumonia on Friday.
Crowley, who stood near Clinton at Sunday’s ceremony, says the episode merely proves that “she is a human being” who is susceptible to colds, the flu and pneumonia.
Crowley called questions about whether Clinton should have revealed her diagnosis earlier unfair. He noted that Clinton’s Republican opponent, Donald Trump, has not revealed his medical or tax records.
Donald Trump’s running mate Mike Pence is standing by his refusal to describe white supremacist David Duke as “deplorable.”
Pence was asked at a news conference Tuesday with House Republican leaders whether he wanted to amend his statement from an interview Monday in which he denounced Duke, but declined to call him “deplorable.” Hillary Clinton has used the term “basket of deplorables” to describe half of Trump’s supporters.
Pence said he was “not going to validate the language Hillary Clinton used to describe the American people.” He called the issue a distraction.
Pence repeated his repudiation of Duke and said “I’m not in the name-calling business.”
Clinton tweeted on Monday: “If you won’t say the KKK is deplorable, you have no business running the country.”
Donald Trump is rolling out proposals to make child care more affordable for working families.
At a speech in a Philadelphia suburb Tuesday, the Republican nominee will call for guaranteeing new mothers six weeks of paid maternity leave. He will also lay out plans to create new “Dependent Care Savings Accounts” that would allow families to set aside money to look after their children or elderly parents.
And Trump plans to provide details of his plan to allow parents to deduct child-care spending from their taxes.
Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, is expected to introduce her father. She used her Republican National Convention speech to talk about child care issues, though her father has barely mentioned it on the campaign trail.
When Hillary Clinton was diagnosed with pneumonia late last week, she informed a handful of her closest advisers, but pressed on with a busy campaign schedule and did not inform the public that she was sick.
Clinton said: “I just didn’t think it was going to be that big a deal.”
Her first comments about her health condition came in a CNN interview late Monday, a day after a dizzy spell caught on video forced her to disclose the illness and cancel a West Coast campaign trip.
The incident reinforced Clinton’s reputation as a public figure with a predisposition for privacy. While her top campaign aides conceded they were too slow in providing the public with information about Clinton’s condition, it was unclear how quickly they themselves had been informed.