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    Senate Republicans ask Trump to soften his tone

    Senate Republicans ask Trump to soften his tone



    By Alexander Bolton and Jordain Carney - 05/12/16 05:34 PM EDT

    Senate Republicans told Donald Trump at Thursday’s private meeting that he needs to soften his tone ahead of the general election.

    The presidential hopeful's combative style revs up his supporters but also turns off many voters, especially women, Republicans believe.

    Trump acknowledged their worries and explained that the thousands of people who attend his rallies expect him to be fired up and not to stick to the scripted lines of a conventional politician.

    In raising the concerns, Senate GOP leaders took pains to do so very politely so as not to put their party’s presumptive nominee on the defensive, according to sources familiar with the hour-long meeting that took place Thursday at the National Republican Senatorial Committee headquarters.
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) later praised it as a “very good, constructive meeting.”

    McConnell and his caucus have more than the presidential election at stake with Trump. They think their fragile Senate majority is also in the balance.

    Some Republicans worry that Trump’s pugilistic style, while popular with a segment of the electorate, may turn off some swing voters.
    Senators attending the meeting said they saw a different side of Trump on Thursday.

    “He was personable and listened, which is something I think is very important,” said Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas).
    Aside from the sober talk on the tone of the campaign, one lawmaker described the meeting as “convivial.”

    Trump tweeted that he had a “great meeting with @SenateMajLdr Mitch McConnell and Republican leaders in D.C.” and posted a picture of himself listening to McConnell intently at the NRSC.

    Cornyn also tweeted a picture of himself standing next to Trump, who is flashing a big grin and a thumbs-up sign.

    The second-ranking Senate Republican said the issue of tone was raised during the meeting, and that Trump signaled he wanted to help GOP senators in their own elections.

    “He recognized the impact of the presidential candidate on down-ballot races, and said he looked forward to being helpful where he could,” Cornyn said.
    Cornyn also suggested that Trump was open to the fact that some Republicans might have to run away from him to win their states.

    Republicans are defending 24 seats in 2016, many of them in states won by President Obama in the 2008 and 2012 elections.

    “He also understands that in some places people may choose to run independently of him,” Cornyn said.

    After the meeting, Sen. Roy Blunt (R), who is running against a highly touted Democratic candidate this fall, released a statement that said he had “reminded” Trump of the need to adapt his tone.

    “Sen. Blunt joined the Senate Republican leadership for today’s meeting with Donald Trump and reminded him that tone and language matter in our efforts to defeat Hillary Clinton in November,” Blunt’s office said in a statement.

    “Sen. Blunt urged Donald Trump to unite Americans in this effort in a way that reminds all of us of our common goals,” the statement added.

    Overall, however, the public displays by Trump and GOP senators were about sending the signal that they are all on the same page.

    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), perhaps the toughest GOP critic of Trump in the Senate, even had a phone discussion with the real estate mogul about foreign policy. Graham did not endorse Trump or even move toward saying he would vote for him, but he did say Trump had asked good questions on the call.

    Polls show a large majority of Hispanic voters have an unfavorable view of Trump, and Republicans worry that could cost their nominee in the fall.

    On this topic, Cornyn said he offered to help.

    “I was fortunate enough to win the Hispanic vote in 2014. I said I would be glad to show with you my experience and observations,” he said.

    Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), the chamber’s president pro tempore — the most senior member of the majority party — told reporters after meeting with Trump, “I totally endorse him.”

    The lawmakers also discussed ObamaCare, regulatory reform and religious freedom at the meeting, top topics of Republicans running for reelection.
    Senate Republican Policy Committee Chairman John Barrasso (Wyo.), the only doctor in the GOP leadership, raised the impact of ObamaCare on insurance premiums.

    Insurance companies have begun to submit requests to the Obama administration to hike premiums, a potentially explosive issue in the upcoming election.

    Trump responded without missing a beat that he was closely following the issue and predicted the administration would attempt to postpone those increases until after the election.

    Trump met with 11 Senate Republicans, including every member of the elected leadership: McConnell, Cornyn, Barrasso, Sen. John Thune (S.D.), the Senate Republican Conference chairman, Blunt, the conference vice chairman, and Sen. Roger Wicker (Miss.), the NRSC chairman.

    Other attendees included Hatch, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), the first senator to have endorsed Trump, and Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), who serve as counsels to McConnell.

    http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/2...often-his-tone

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    Oh for God's sake, Donald Trump, don't change a thing for these snakes.

    "Let Trump Be Trump"
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    He will soften his tone. He had to battle off 16 other running mates! Who viciously attacked him since the day he announced he was running. Trump tactics...fight back and fight back hard! He won against the slimy, lying, career, bought and paid for, politicians! He took the filter off...said exactly what we are thinking and saying in the privacy of our own homes. Finally someone with the backbone to tackle these issues! He got us fired up and is going to win by a landslide.

    That is who I want protecting our Country, our Border, our National Security, our Financial Future and our Jobs. Not the wimp in the White House flying all over the World on "Golf Cart One" giving our money away, making apologies, then playing a round of golf...and is an utter fool and traitor to this Nation!

    Now he will focus his strategy on Hillary, Bernie and Obama! Their failed policies...the massive debt, freebies and the sucking sound of our jobs going down the toilet. Not to mention the massive migration, crime, drugs, gangs and financial burden this will bring on the backs of American's.

    Trump will turn the page...on to slay the other dragon's!
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    Trump acknowledged their worries and explained that the thousands of people who attend his rallies expect him to be fired up and not to stick to the scripted lines of a conventional politician
    Good for you Mr. Trump. He has made it this far without their advise. Please be careful about drinking the water in D.C., seems there might be something in it that changes people.
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    Right on Jean. You're absolutely correct.
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    Much of America is reading these reports with great concern that Trump is now negotiating with the very GOP snakes the public wants to see thrown out!

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    That's because of the dishonest media, W. Tell people not to fall for it. Trump is building the wall, Mexico will pay for it, he's deporting illegal aliens, he's pausing legal immigration, he'll implement a ban on Muslim immigration until we figure out what's going on, he'll conduct peace through strength, Common Core it out, Obama Care is out, improved infrastructure is in, and America will be great again.

    The key is to be ALL IN ROCK SOLID for Trump, get out in vote in state primaries coming up, grow the record of voters to vote for a candidate in a Republican primary, and the more votes, the more mandate, the more power our candidate has.

    But, in my opinion, this should be the last week in spends in DC baby-sitting these people. He gave them the week, he gave them the time, he gave them the media exposure, and that's all he needs to give them. He needs to get back out on the trail finishing this race for the HUUUGEST primary victory in the history of the Republican Party .... by a mile.

    Wasting time talking to all tall, no action politician will get Trump or US to the promised land.

    I understand why he gave them the week, but that's it, and like it Sarah Palin ill, it made me ill, that he had to do it.

    It's over now, let the clueless babies in DC play with their toys until they're replaced with better people like Paul Nehlen, and get back out there with the people who matter, Voters in California!!

    We want to win California in November, and Trump can do it, but he' got to spend a lot of time and do a lot of rallies in California.

    Right, Sherry?!!!

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