The Latest: Trump to meet with black leaders in Philadelphia

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. presidential race (all times EDT):

12:25 p.m.

The day before he goes to Detroit for his first general election appearance in front of a majority black audience, Donald Trump is heading to Philadelphia.

Trump will be holding a roundtable with business, civic and religious leaders from the city’s African-American community.

Trump has scaled up his outreach to minority voters in recent weeks, revamping his stump speech to make the case that inner cities have suffered from Democratic policies.

He often asks what African-American and Hispanic voters have to lose by giving him a chance.

But he appeared to take a step backward with an immigration speech Wednesday evening that turned off many conservative Hispanic leaders.


10:30 a.m.

A Senate supporter of Donald Trump from deeply conservative Louisiana says that the Republican message this campaign season “is pretty good,” but acknowledges that “it may turn out that Mr. Trump is not the messenger” that the party needs.

Bill Cassidy is a staunch critic of President Barack Obama and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. But when asked whether Republicans would be able to work with Clinton if she wins, Cassidy said, “there will be common ground.”

Cassidy said it’s the president who sets the tone. He said: “If Secretary Clinton is elected president, I hope we find common ground as to how to progress as a nation.”

Cassidy made his comments during a taping of C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers” program that will air on Sunday.


9:35 a.m.

NBC News chief anchor Lester Holt will moderate the first scheduled presidential debate on Sept. 26. ABC’s Martha Raddatz and CNN’s Anderson Cooper are doing the second and Fox News Channel’s Chris Wallace the third.

The Commission on Presidential Debates on Friday also announced that CBS News correspondent Elaine Quijano will moderate the vice presidential debate between Republican Mike Pence and Democrat Tim Kaine.

The first debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is planned for Hofstra University on Long Island, New York.