Race, violence key issues on campaign trail

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Monday, July 11, 2016
Dallas police ambush becomes key point on campaign trail
The ambush of police officers in Dallas is fast becoming a key point on the campaign trail.

Just one week before the Republican National Convention, the issue of race is now center stage on the campaign trail, and Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are striking very different themes.

"I am the law and order candidate!" Trump said, campaigning with a new twist on a familiar slogan. "Make America safe again for everyone!"

Trump brought up Chicago's rampant shootings.

"Our inner cities are rife with crime. According to the Chicago Tribune, there have already been 2,000 shooting victims in Chicago alone this year," Trump said.

While acknowledging the heartbreak over the police shootings of two black men, Trump said: "The tragic deaths in LA and MN make clear that the work must be done to ensure and a lot of work that Americans feel that their safety is protected, have to do."

But potential Trump vice presidential pick, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, seemed to place blame on the current leadership.

"We're divided in large measure because our leaders are not providing the type of clarity about what are the important priorities that the people want our country to be pursuing," Christie said.

Trump supporter Rudy Giuliani suggested the bigger problem is black-on-black crime.

"If I were a black father, I'd also say, be very careful of those kids in the neighborhood and don't get involved with them because, son, there's a 99 percent chance they're going to kill you, not the police," Giuliani said.

The disunity following the police shootings in Dallas and further complicating the race for the presidency. Hillary Clinton said white Americans need to step up.

"I'm going to be talking to white people -- I think we're the ones who have to have to start listening to the legitimate cries that are coming from our African-American fellow citizens," Clinton said.

In this volatile election year, Clinton's statement was shared by one of her former political adversaries and a potential Trump vice presidential candidate, Newt Gingrich.