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Trump campaign smears Joe Biden as Osama Bin Laden’s preferred candidate

President Trump’s reelection campaign has begun attacking his Democratic rival Joseph R. Biden by claiming the former vice president is the preferred candidate of dead terrorist Osama Bin Laden. “Joe Biden Endorsed by Osama Bin Laden,” reads the text that appears on screen for several seconds in a new advertisement released by Mr. Trump’s reelection…

Trump campaign smears Joe Biden as Osama Bin Laden’s preferred candidate

President Trump’s reelection campaign has begun attacking his Democratic rival Joseph R. Biden by claiming the former vice president is the preferred candidate of dead terrorist Osama Bin Laden.

“Joe Biden Endorsed by Osama Bin Laden,” reads the text that appears on screen for several seconds in a new advertisement released by Mr. Trump’s reelection team late Thursday.

The ad premiered during “Triggered,” an online show hosted by the president’s oldest son and later added to Mr. Trump’s channel on YouTube with the title “Bin Laden for Biden!”

Bin Laden has been dead for nine years. The ad relies on a document recovered from the raid of his compound in 2011.

The document, which was first reported in 2012, indicated Bin Laden wanted to kill then-President Barack Obama to see him succeeded by Mr. Biden, Mr. Obama’s vice president.

“Biden is totally unprepared for that post, which will lead the U.S. into a crisis,” wrote Bin Laden, the late Al Qaeda leader who masterminded the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Donald Trump Jr., the president’s oldest son, referenced the unclassified document while interviewing his father on “Triggered.”

“What does it say to you that, basically, the Democratic nominee for president of the United States got the posthumous Osama Bin Laden endorsement?” the younger Trump asked.

The president replied by saying it would make a “great commercial,” which was followed by his son introducing the new campaign ad and calling it a “Father’s Day” gift to his dad.

“Under President Trump, America has become safer and stronger, with endorsements from countless veterans and first responders,” an unidentified narrator says during the ad.

“Joe Biden received endorsement [sic] by Osama bin Laden,” the narrator purports.

The ad was paid for by the president’s campaign and approved by him personally, according to the fine print at the bottom.

Spokespeople for the Biden campaign did not immediately return a message inquiring about the attack ad.

Mr. Trump, meanwhile, accused Democrats on Twitter early Friday of running “fake and fraudulent” and “totally false” ads.

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Trump campaign releases new ads on ‘defining issue’ of the economy, says Biden would kill recovery

The Trump campaign released two new TV ads on Thursday in 10 battleground states, an eight-figure buy highlighting the president’s economic record and contrasting it with Democrat Joseph R. Biden’s “job-killing” proposals. Campaign officials said the economy will be the “defining issue” of the race over the final six weeks. One advertisement features Americans discussing…

Trump campaign releases new ads on ‘defining issue’ of the economy, says Biden would kill recovery

The Trump campaign released two new TV ads on Thursday in 10 battleground states, an eight-figure buy highlighting the president’s economic record and contrasting it with Democrat Joseph R. Biden’s “job-killing” proposals.

Campaign officials said the economy will be the “defining issue” of the race over the final six weeks.

One advertisement features Americans discussing their belief that Mr. Trump’s policies are right for the country and their distrust of Mr. Biden. The second features a business owner who credits the president for his firm’s success and talks about the former vice president’s record of “coddling” China to benefit his own family.

“President Trump built the world’s best economy once and is already doing it a second time,” the Trump campaign said. “As vice president, Joe Biden oversaw the worst economic recovery since the Great Depression and today proposes to raise taxes by $4 trillion, killing the economic comeback underway.”

The Trump campaign increased its television advertising buy by 50 percent this week in swing states with early voting and expanded its national cable buy. The ads are running on national cable, and local broadcast and cable in North Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Arizona, Pennsylvania, the 2nd Congressional District of Nebraska and the 2nd Congressional District of Maine.

The Trump campaign also said it’s expanding existing urban radio ad buys to include Pennsylvania markets.

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Biden campaign ads run on 9/11 despite pledge to suspend them

The Biden campaign and a Democratic super PAC were still airing TV ads on Friday, despite the campaign’s pledge to halt political ads in observance of the 9/11 anniversary. At least 10 pro-Biden and anti-Trump ads aired in Minnesota and Wisconsin Friday morning on NBC, ABC and CBS affiliates, the Trump campaign said. One Biden…

Biden campaign ads run on 9/11 despite pledge to suspend them

The Biden campaign and a Democratic super PAC were still airing TV ads on Friday, despite the campaign’s pledge to halt political ads in observance of the 9/11 anniversary.

At least 10 pro-Biden and anti-Trump ads aired in Minnesota and Wisconsin Friday morning on NBC, ABC and CBS affiliates, the Trump campaign said. One Biden ad attacked President Trump on Social Security; an ad from the American Bridge PAC features an Army veteran blaming Mr. Trump for urban rioting.

As Mr. Biden traveled to New York Friday morning to attend a 9/11 ceremony, he claimed that his campaign had suspended advertising.

“We took all our advertising down. It’s a solemn day. That’s how we’re going to keep it,” Mr. Biden told reporters.

A Biden campaign official said some ads aired accidentally.

“Our clear intentions are to suspend advertising today,” the official said on condition of anonymity. “This was an inadvertent airing and we are reaching out to the affiliate stations for an explanation and to remedy.”

The Trump campaign has not suspended its advertising; a campaign official said a Trump ad running on Friday is “patriotic” about the “Great American comeback.” The official also noted that people are voting around the country already.

The official also said that the campaigns of former President Barack Obama and candidates Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney also kept their ads on the air on 9/11.

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Trump campaign, RNC raise $210 million in August

President Trump’s campaign and the Republican National Committee teamed up to raise $210 million in August, pulling in a little more than half of the $365 million haul for Joseph R. Biden and the Democrats. The RNC said on Wednesday that they raised $76 million over the course of the four-day GOP convention last month.…

Trump campaign, RNC raise $210 million in August

President Trump’s campaign and the Republican National Committee teamed up to raise $210 million in August, pulling in a little more than half of the $365 million haul for Joseph R. Biden and the Democrats.

The RNC said on Wednesday that they raised $76 million over the course of the four-day GOP convention last month.

Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien said Republicans are focused on putting money into a “muscular field operation and ground game,” while Mr. Biden’s team is focused mainly on TV.

“We like our strategy better,” Mr. Stepien said. “The Trump campaign will have all the resources we need to spread the message of President Trump’s incredible record of achievement, on the ground and on the air, and define Joe Biden as a tool of the radical left.”

The RNC said Democrats relied in part on “Hollywood celebrities” and gimmicks to juice their fundraising numbers.

The Biden campaign outpaced Mr. Trump’s team on the television airwaves last month, though the Trump campaign is pushing ahead with a new TV effort in a handful of battleground states this week.

Mr. Trump said this week he’s prepared to spend his own money if he needs to do so.

Those comments came after the New York Times published a story suggesting that the president’s campaign managed to blow a sizable cash edge he had enjoyed over Mr. Biden earlier this year with a number of questionable spending decisions.

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