RNC Chairman Expresses Optimism Trump Will Be ‘Tied Or Ahead’ Soon

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Alex Pappas Political Reporter
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Donald Trump is trailing Hillary Clinton in swing state polls — but Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus says he’s optimistic the Trump campaign turns things around by Labor Day weekend.

During a Tuesday call with reporters, Priebus said: “It’s going to be important for us and for Donald Trump to continue down this measured path that he’s on. And if does that, I think he’s going to be tied or ahead at or just after Labor Day.”

Asked to assess the progress of Trump’s new campaign leadership team, as polls show Trump’s poll numbers slipping, Priebus said said he’s beginning to see some national and state polls narrowing.

“I think that what you’re seeing on the campaign is basically a continuation of a good couple weeks that Donald Trump has had,” Priebus said. “And I think that if he continues down this path — and he has been making very prepared, mature comments on the campaign trail — that I think people are looking to and saying, ‘I can see him in the White House.’”

Priebus held the call, along with former Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Ray, on Tuesday, to draw attention to criticism of the Clinton Foundation. But nearly all the questions from journalists during the more than 20 minute call were not about Clinton, but about Trump.

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