The Latest: Kasich’s choice to skip convention becomes feud


CLEVELAND (AP) — The Latest on the Republican National Convention in Cleveland (EDT):

10:01 a.m.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s choice to skip the GOP convention in Cleveland is turning into a feud with Donald Trump’s campaign.

State GOP Chairman Matt Borges tweeted Monday that Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, “doesn’t know what he’s talking about” when he said Kasich is hurting his state and a key Senate incumbent in a tough re-election race.

Borges tweeted, “Manafort still has a lot to learn about Ohio politics,” adding, “Hope he can do better.”

Kasich has declined to endorse Trump and is spending convention week meeting with state delegations and other Republican groups.

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9:41 a.m.

Paul Ryan is ignoring Donald Trump and focusing on the House GOP agenda as he opens his visit to the Republican convention in Cleveland.

The House speaker used an appearance at his home-state Wisconsin delegation breakfast Monday to talk about a six-plank “better way” agenda he’s rolled out in Congress.

It deals with poverty, national security, health care and other issues. Ryan says the agenda is about “giving people a choice” in the election.

But the speaker made no mention of Trump as he spoke for more than 10 minutes. Ryan hesitated for weeks before endorsing the businessman.

Ryan will deliver a speech to the convention on Tuesday.

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9:25 a.m.

Republican Donald Trump is suggesting the man who killed two police officers and a sheriff’s deputy in Baton Rouge on Sunday had connections with “radical Islam,” despite early indications he had no known ties to any extremist groups.

In a phone interview with “Fox & Friends” Monday, Trump said former Marine Gavin Eugene Long “seems to be a member of that group also. It seems to be something going on there.”

A host interjected, saying the man belonged instead to the Nation of Islam.

Trump responded: “He is bad people … no question about it.”

It’s unclear whether Long was a member of either group.

Trump also appeared to blame people who knew the gunman for failing to turn him in, saying it was clear he “had a lot of hate.”

The attack comes less than two weeks after Alton Sterling, a black man, was fatally shot by police in the city.

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9:24 a.m.

Donald Trump plans to deliver a more traditional, “prepared speech” on the closing night of the Republican convention.

That’s according to top Trump adviser Paul Manafort who spoke to reporters at a Bloomberg breakfast.

Manafort says Trump and his team have been studying previous convention speeches, including Richard Nixon’s 1968 acceptance speech. He says that speech from nearly 50 years ago is largely in line with many of the issues facing the country today.

The 1968 campaign was marred by violence and protests, drawing some comparisons to the current election climate.

Manafort says Trump is on the “third or fourth draft” of the address he’ll deliver from Cleveland Thursday night.

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9:20 a.m.

Donald Trump’s running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, will be arriving at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland Monday afternoon.

Pence is slated to leave Indianapolis around 1:00 p.m, according to campaign officials.

He is not currently slated to make any public appearances in Ohio on Monday. Pence is scheduled to address the convention on Wednesday.

Trump selected Pence this weekend after several days of unusually public deliberations.

The convention kicks off Monday afternoon. Trump said in an interview on Fox News that he is considering making an appearance to support his wife Melania, who is scheduled to address the convention Monday night.

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9:19 a.m.

Democrats are offering plenty of counter-programming this week while Republican leaders gather in Cleveland to nominate Donald Trump for president during the party’s widely televised convention.

Hillary Clinton’s campaign is spending about $1 million on TV ads in Ohio this week, according to Kantar Media’s campaign advertising tracker. The commercials promote her as an experienced leader and portray Trump as divisive and dangerous.

Her campaign also put out a new digital ad Monday called “Confessions of a Republican.” In that spot, actor and longtime Republican Bill Bogert says of Trump, “This man scares me.” He adds: “I think the party is about to make a terrible mistake in Cleveland.”

Meanwhile, pro-Clinton ads await Cleveland area taxicab passengers. An in-cab ad by Priorities USA features people wearing Trump T-shirts while mouthing some of his quotes about women, including the line, “I view a person who is flat-chested as very hard to be a 10.”

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8: 40 a.m.

Donald Trump’s campaign manager says Ohio Sen. Rob Portman is “upset” with Gov. John Kasich and believes the governor is hurting his re-election campaign.

Paul Manafort says the Trump and Portman campaigns are working “very closely” together. He also says the senator believes Trump is helping his re-election prospects.

Kasich has not endorsed Trump since ending his own presidential campaign and is not attending the GOP convention in Cleveland.

Manafort spoke at a Bloomberg breakfast, repeating an earlier comment in which he said Kasich is, “embarrassing” Ohio.

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8:35 a.m.

A petition is circulating seeking a roll call vote on the rules package at the Republican national convention, signaling perhaps a last call by those wishing to derail Donald Trump from accepting the party’s nomination later this week in Cleveland.

The petition obtained Monday morning by The Associated Press asks delegates to sign if they support holding a roll call vote among delegates to give approval of rules proposals.

Paul Manafort, Trump’s campaign chairman, said on NBC’s “Today” show that he thinks very few delegates in the convention hall are anti-Trump. He added that those who are were elected to support other, failed GOP presidential candidates “and their passion hasn’t left them yet.”

The convention will vote on the rules Monday, an event seen as a last chance from for dissenters to derail Trump or at least disrupt the process of his acceptance of the nomination.

South Carolina delegate Bill Pickle also says some are calling for an emergency vote to pull the leadership from party Chairman Reince Priebus and elect a new chair.

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8:06 a.m.

Donald Trump’s campaign chairman says Ohio Gov. John Kasich is making a “big mistake” by skipping the Republican National Convention that kicks off in Cleveland on Monday.

Paul Manafort says in an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that Kasich is “hurting his state, he’s embarrassing his state, frankly” by skipping the four-day event convened to nominate Trump for president.

Kasich is one of a number of prominent Republicans who won’t be attending. They include former presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, and the party’s two most recent presidential nominees, John McCain and Mitt Romney. An unusually high number of GOP senators and House members are skipping the event, too.

But Manafort insists the number of holdouts has been overstated. He says, “most of the Republicans who aren’t coming are people who have been part of the past.”

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7:44 a.m.

Republican Donald Trump is making an early, surprise visit to Cleveland Monday to catch his wife’s speech at the Republican National Convention.

Trump says in a phone interview with “Fox & Friends” that he’d “love to be there when my wife speaks.”

The GOP nominee-to-be adds that Melania Trump’s evening speech will be about “love of the country” as an immigrant.

Trump also says he’s eager to take an early look at the convention hall’s stage design as the GOP gathering kicks off in Cleveland on Monday.

Trump is scheduled to deliver his own speech Thursday on the convention’s final night.

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7:05 a.m.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he is disappointed but has “no discontent” over presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump’s decision to choose someone else as his running mate.

Christie told reporters Sunday night that he didn’t lobby for the position and was honored to be considered. Trump on Friday chose Indiana Gov. Mike Pence after a vetting process that also included New Jersey’s Republican governor.

Christie gave his first public comments since Trump’s decision after a private speech Sunday at a hotel near where Republicans are gathering for this week’s convention in Cleveland.

He says he has been friends with Trump for 15 years and this is “just another one of those steps along our friendship and a hard decision for him to make, and he made what he thought was the best decision.”

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