Trump Goes From Debate Stage To South Florida

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Fresh off the debate stage, Donald Trump is now in South Florida.

He arrived at Miami International Airport shortly before noon.

His first stop was a $25,000-a-head fundraiser in Doral followed by an invitation-only town hall-style meeting at Miami Dade College’s Koubek Center in Little Havana. About 150 people were invited to attend. The focus was on South Florida’s Latino population.

The Republican nominee listened to people’s immigration stories and their fears of a Clinton White House.

“You don’t want this country to turn out to be another Cuba, another Venezuela, where people are less than people,” said supporter Max Alverez.

Trump told supporters he understands their concerns.

“If it happens were I am fortunate enough to win on November 8th, I hope you’re going to have everybody get out there,” Trump told the crowd. “You’re going to win. We’ll make the right deal.  Believe me, for you and the people of Cuba.”

It’s the third time he’s tried to hold this town hall meeting. His first meeting with Miami Hispanics was canceled in July due to the Dallas police shootings and a second was rescheduled because most guests wouldn’t be able to make it.

Then Trump headed to the place where all candidates must stop, Versailles. For Trump, it was a quick stop – a sip of Cuban coffee then out the door.

It’s Trump’s first public event after his first debate against Hillary Clinton.

Not everyone is happy about Trump’s visit and protesters voiced their opinions, upset that this is an “invitation only” event.

“No Trump, no KKK, no racist U.S.A., no Trump,” protesters chanted.

Protester Santcha Etiene said, “We don’t’ want Trump. He’s a racist person, he cannot lead our country. He needs to go away. We do not want him here.  Go away Trump.”

Trump is scheduled to have a 7:00 p.m. rally in Melbourne at Melbourne International Airport.

Trump probably doesn’t have to worry much about winning Melbourne and surrounding Brevard County, solidly Republican territory where GOP voters outnumber registered Democrats by about 40,000.

As for his opponent, Hillary Clinton, she did not wait for the debate to rally the troops in the Sunshine State. Her vice-presidential candidate Tim Kaine has been in Florida trying to lock down votes. He appeared Sunday in Miami and has been campaigning in Orlando since Monday.

On Friday, Clinton will head to Florida and campaign in Broward County – the place where Democrat candidates always go to try to amass votes. Broward was also a friendly territory for Clinton during her fierce presidential primary against Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, with Clinton scooping up about 72 percent of the vote in the county.

Related: Clinton Puts Trump On The Defensive In Combative Debate

On the same day, Clinton is scheduled to travel to St. Lucie County where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans. The county went heavily for Clinton in the presidential primary.

Meantime, her husband former President Bill Clinton, will be campaigning across the top of the state. While not confirmed, he is expected to make stops in Panama City, Tallahassee, and Jacksonville.

Tallahassee, home to a large number of government workers and two state universities, is a Democratic stronghold. Also, while Jacksonville typically goes for Republicans in statewide races, it has a large number of African-American voters – a group that Hillary Clinton is looking to turn out.

Bill Clinton’s plan to campaign in Panama City is a little more unusual, as Republicans dominate Northwest Florida. Bay County, which includes Panama City, has nearly two times as many registered Republicans as Democrats.

Florida’s 29 electoral votes are among the biggest prizes in the presidential election, making up more than 10 percent of the 270 electoral votes needed for victory.

Click here to read more about Campaign 2016.

The News Service of Florida’s Jim Saunders contributed to this report.


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