The Latest: Kaine laments gap between communities, police


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. presidential campaign (all times local):

11:45 a.m.

Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine says “a profound distance” has grown between law enforcement and communities in many parts of America, and that distance is dangerous.

Kaine spoke Thursday at National Urban League’s “Save our Cities” conference in Baltimore. He says the nation needs to invest more in training to deescalate heated situations involving police so that they don’t turn violent. He says Hillary Clinton has pledged to make that investment.

Kaine also says Clinton understands the need for criminal justice reform and rebuilding trust between police and communities.

The Democratic and Republican presidential campaigns were invited to speak at the conference. Republican Donald Trump’s campaign declined an invitation to speak.

The National Urban League is among the leading national advocacy organizations for African Americans.

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11:35 a.m.

Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine says cities would have strong partners in Washington if Hillary Clinton wins the White House.

Kaine spoke Thursday at National Urban League’s “Save our Cities” conference in Baltimore. He says Clinton will focus on bringing jobs to urban areas and investing in infrastructure.

Kaine also says Clinton understands the need for criminal justice reform and rebuilding trust between police and communities.

The Democratic and Republican presidential campaigns were invited to speak at the conference. Republican Donald Trump’s campaign declined the invitation.

The National Urban League is a leading advocacy organization for African-Americans. The four-day conference has been focusing on issues such as poverty, housing, education and strategies to combat joblessness.

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11 a.m.

House Speaker Paul Ryan is reaffirming his support for Donald Trump in his first comments since the Republican nominee declined to endorse the speaker in his upcoming GOP primary.

Ryan brushed off Trump’s stance, telling a radio interviewer in Green Bay, Wis., that the only endorsement he cares about is from voters in his congressional district.

But he also says that Trump “has had a pretty strange run since the convention. You would think we should be focusing on Hillary Clinton and all of her deficiencies.”

Ryan says it’s “distressing” that that’s not what the conversation is about.

Ryan made his comments on the “Jerry Bader Show” on WTAQ radio in Wisconsin.

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8:45 a.m.

Another Republican congressman is saying he’s unlikely to support Donald Trump for president.

Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois said the Republican nominee is “beginning to cross a lot of red lines of the unforgivable in politics.”

Kinzinger said on CNN Wednesday that he won’t support Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, but suggested he may write somebody in at the polls or skip voting in the presidential race.

Republican House members Richard Hanna of New York, Pennsylvania’s Charlie Dent and Florida’s Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Carlos Curbelo have said they won’t support Trump. Hanna has said he will vote for Clinton.

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7:55 a.m.

Donald Trump’s campaign chairman is playing down a rift between the Republican nominee and House Speaker Paul Ryan.

Paul Manafort acknowledged “a conflict within the Trump campaign” after vice presidential candidate Mike Pence endorsed Ryan a day after Trump declined to do so. Manafort spoke on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

Manafort said the campaign has “sort of had a rule of not getting involved in primaries.” He said Ryan’s primary rival “is not going to win,” but noted he has supported Trump.

“Of course he’s going to work with Paul Ryan,” Manafort said Trump has “tried to bridge the party together” with Ryan.

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3:20 a.m.

Donald Trump’s running mate Mike Pence has tried to focus on winning over conservatives who are skeptical of the New York billionaire, but his new boss keeps getting in the way.

The Indiana governor has been called on several times to do damage control this past week after the Republican presidential nominee made incendiary remarks.

Trump feuded publicly with the family of deceased Army Capt. Humayun Khan after they criticized Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric. Trump also refused to endorse Arizona Sen. John McCain and Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan.

Pence responded by saying Khan’s family should be cherished. He also had a meeting with McCain and publicly endorsed Ryan.

There’s no indication Trump is unsatisfied with Pence’s approach. Some supporters hope Pence will counterbalance Trump’s more provocative remarks.

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