Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump met with reporters aboard their own airplanes on Monday with the general election only two months away and both candidates vying to add momentum to their campaigns ahead of upcoming presidential debates in late September and early October.
Clinton hasn’t met with reporters for a press conference since December but on Monday she decided to begin allowing reporters covering her campaign to have closer access and fly together on her new, larger 737 jet.
After raising a record $143 million in August during fundraising events sponsored by Hollywood celebrities and wealthy donors, Clinton is sending a different tone in September that she’s ready to shake off recent criticism that she’s aloof and not trustworthy which follows renewed media reports in August that slammed her past handling of her e-mail server and the Clinton Foundation as Secretary of State.
Recent election polls have tightened since Clinton’s post-Democratic convention bounce in early August but the majority of polls still point to a Clinton lead despite Trump’s renewed efforts to reach out to Hispanics and the black community and clarify his muddled response about whether he wants to deport 11 million undocumented immigrants.
Clinton continues to hold a lead over Trump in swing states such as Florida, Virginia, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania.
The two candidates are deadlocked in Ohio but Clinton holds a +5 lead in Michigan.
A CBS News/YouGov poll released on Sunday at Real Clear Politics shows that Clinton has a +8 lead in Pennsylvania and +4 lead in North Carolina.
An Emerson poll released on Friday indicates that Clinton has a +1 lead in Virginia but Donald Trump has a +5 point lead in Iowa.
An IBD/TIPP poll published on Friday shows Clinton and Trump are tied while another poll released on Friday from WMUR/UNH shows Clinton with a +11 lead in New Hampshire.
Here is the upcoming debate schedule:
September 26th Hofstra University hosted by NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt
October 4th CBS News correspondent Elaine Quijano will moderate a Vice President debate at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia.
October 9th ABC’s Martha Raddatz and CNN’s Anderson Cooper will moderate a townhall debate in Saint Louis.
October 19th Fox News anchor Chris Wallace will moderate a debate in Las Vegas.