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Ida Astute/ABC(NEW YORK) -- Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said he is "really grateful" for quick action that kept all passengers and crew safe when his campaign plane skidded off the runway at New York's LaGuardia Airport Thursday night.

"Thank God everybody was fine," Pence, Donald Trump's running mate on the Republican presidential ticket, said Friday on ABC's Good Morning America.

"I’m just really grateful, really grateful for some quick action," he said. "Not only by the pilots but also by first responders who were literally, it seemed like they were on the scene at LaGuardia before the plane even came to a halt."

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, there were no injuries among the 37 people on board the Boeing 737, which was arriving from Fort Dodge, Iowa. The charter aircraft's slide off the runway at around 7:40 p.m. prompted a temporary closure of the entire airport.

"We just immediately felt heavy braking on the runway and the plane fishtailed a little bit," Pence said of the accident. "Just for a few seconds you could feel us bouncing off and with mud splattered up on the windows we figured we were off the runway."

According to an ABC News reporter on the aircraft, the GOP vice-presidential candidate came back to check on everyone on the plane. Pence, a father of two, said the accident reminded him of advice from his son, Michael.

"My son is a Marine Corps aviator and Michael always tells us, ‘Every landing you walk away from is a good one,'" Pence said.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Presidential preferences have narrowed in the ABC News/Washington Post tracking poll -- but not expectations of the outcome.

Fifty-nine percent of likely voters polled say they expect Hillary Clinton to win the election, essentially the same it was in early September. That includes nearly all of her own supporters and a fifth of Donald Trump’s.

There are vast divisions, as well, on the question of vote fraud: More than nine in 10 Clinton supporters think votes nationally will be counted accurately; just 50 percent of Trump’s agree. And 70 percent of Trump backers think voter fraud is common. A mere 11 percent of Clinton’s say the same.

Vote preferences, for their part, show the narrowest division in the tracking poll to date, with 48 of likely voters polled for Clinton, 44 percent for Trump. Trump’s gained six points since the start of tracking, while Clinton’s -2 (not a significant change). This reflects slight shifts in intended turnout and recent consolidation for Trump in his party.

See a PDF with the full results of the poll here.

The results show sharp differences from the first four nights of tracking -- immediately after a very difficult two weeks for Trump -- compared with the past three nights, as those controversies have receded to some extent. Given that these are the two least popular presidential candidates in ABC/Post polling history, ambivalence about turning out looks to be a factor.

Two elements specifically are at play in the tracking trends in this poll, produced for ABC by Langer Research Associates. One is a slight rise this week in the share of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents who emerge as likely voters. The other is consolidation in their support for Trump, from 78 percent on the weekend to 84 percent now. That may have been personified Wednesday night by Sen. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, who said on Oct. 7 that he would not endorse Trump (“I’m out”), but now says he’ll vote for him.

Shifts of this size have occurred in ABC News and ABC News/Washington Post tracking polls in two previous elections. In 1996, Bill Clinton went from a 19- to a 10-point lead over Bob Dole in five days. In 1992, a particularly wild ride, Bill Clinton went from 14 to 7 against George Bush in four days; back to 19 in the next four days; back to 11 in four more days; and then dropped further, to 3, toward the end of the race. Final estimates in both polls were accurate.

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US Senate(SPRINGFIELD, Ill.) -- Republican Sen. Mark Kirk appeared to question his Democratic opponent's ties to the United States based on her bi-racial heritage at a debate Thursday night in Springfield, Illinois.

"My family has served this country going back to the Revolution. I am a Daughter of the American Revolution. I've bled for this nation," said U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, Kirk's Democratic challenger in the Illinois Senate race.

In the 30-second time slot given to him for rebuttal, Kirk kept his remarks to just one sentence.

"I'd forgotten your parents came all of the way from Thailand to serve George Washington," the senator said, looking directly at Duckworth.

Duckworth, a former Army National Guard pilot and Iraq War veteran, was born in Bangkok to a Thai mom and American father who served in the U.S. Marine Corps. She is also a decorated war veteran who lost both her legs in 2005 in Iraq when the helicopter she was flying was struck by a rocket-propelled grenade. She became the first Asian-American congresswoman from Illinois after being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012.

Thursday's exchange quickly got national attention, with media outlets from around the country publishing the remarks. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee sent out a statement calling Kirk's comments "offensive, wrong and racist."

The race is seen as critical for Republicans, who are struggling to hold on to enough seats to keep their Senate majority after the November election. Recent polling conducted by Southern Illinois University puts Duckworth ahead by 14 percentage points. Previous polls showed Duckworth with a slight lead.

Kirk sent out a flurry of post-debate tweets, one of which called Duckworth "one of the least effective members of Congress."

Duckworth tweeted a photo of herself with her parents and wrote, "my dad and his family have served this nation in uniform since the Revolution."

My mom is an immigrant and my dad and his family have served this nation in uniform since the Revolution #ILSEN

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ABC News(TOLEDO, Ohio) -- Donald Trump referred to minority neighborhoods as "ghettos" while speaking at a Toledo, Ohio, rally Thursday afternoon.

"We’re gonna work on our ghettos and so the -- " Trump said, breaking off before going on to list the problems affecting the "inner cities."

"You take a look at what’s going on, you have pockets of areas of land where you have the inner cities, you have so many things, so many problems, so many horrible, horrible problems," he continued.

Trump, who frequently references inner cities when making his appeal to African-American voters, has garnered criticism for how he’s reached out to African-Americans, with whom his support remains low, according to all major polls. He often makes his appeals in front of almost all-white crowds, harping on conditions in inner cities, neglecting to appeal to other African-Americans who don’t live in inner cities.

At the same rally Thursday, Trump suggested that the election should be canceled and called for him.

"In just thinking to myself right now, we should just cancel the election and just give it to Trump, right?" he said. "Why are we even having it for? What are we having it for? Her policies are so bad. Boy, do we have a big difference."

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PhotoBylove/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- An aircraft carrying Donald Trump's running mate Mike Pence slid off the runway Thursday night while landing at LaGuardia Airport in the New York City borough of Queens.

"Due to a plane skidding off the runway, #LaGuardia is currently closed until further notice. Check with your airline for additional info," New York City's official emergency notification system tweeted. The airport was later reopened to limited air traffic.

According to the FAA, there were no injuries among the 37 people onboard the Boeing 737. Passengers, including Pence, were evacuated through the back of the plane. The FAA said the plane was resting against the perimeter fence after it skid of the runway.

The FDNY responded to the scene. There were no injuries. 

A senior federal official told ABC News that nothing unusual had been reported to the air traffic control tower regarding the flight or the aircraft prior to tonight’s incident with the plane.

A Trump campaign spokesperson told ABC News, "Mr. Trump did reach out to Gov. Pence and is very glad everyone on board plane is safe."


Tarmac damage after Pence plane skids off runway at LGA

— Ines de La Cuetara (@InesdLC) October 28, 2016

— Ines de La Cuetara (@InesdLC) October 28, 2016


According to an ABC News reporter on the aircraft, the GOP vice presidential candidate came back to check on everyone on the plane and said there was mud on the windows and the plane had skid onto the grass.


So thankful everyone on our plane is safe. Grateful for our first responders & the concern & prayers of so many. Back on the trail tomorrow!

— Mike Pence (@mike_pence) October 28, 2016



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ABC News(SPRINGFIELD, Ohio) -- Donald Trump suggested Thursday that the election should be canceled and called for him.

While speaking in Ohio, the Republican presidential nominee questioned why an election was even being held, saying that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s policies are “so bad."

"In just thinking to myself right now, we should just cancel the election and just give it to Trump right?" Trump said. "Why are we even having it for? What are we having it for? Her policies are so bad. Boy, do we have a big difference."

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Photo by Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump doubled down on his assertion that slain U.S. Army Capt. Humayun Khan, a Muslim soldier who died in Iraq in 2004, “would be alive today” if Trump had been in the White House.

“Had I been president, Captain Khan would be alive today. We wouldn't have been in this horrible, horrible mistake, the war in Iraq,” Trump said in an exclusive interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos.

Khan’s story became a part of the campaign after his father, Khizr Khan, criticized Trump as a man who had “sacrificed nothing and no one” during the Democratic National Convention this summer. Trump responded by questioning whether Ghazala Khan, who appeared with her husband on stage, was “allowed” to speak.

During the second presidential debate earlier this month, Clinton accused Trump of never apologizing to anyone, specifically the Khan family.

“First of all, Captain Khan is an American hero,” Trump responded at the debate earlier this month in St. Louis. “If I were president at that time, he would be alive today, because unlike her, who voted for the war without knowing what she was doing, I would not have had our people in Iraq.”

Asked by Stephanopoulos whether he should apologize for his comments after Khan's speech at the DNC, Trump declined to say, but noted he has “great respect” for the family.

“I have great respect for, I mean, the son is a great hero,” the Republican nominee said.

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton hit Trump for his comments to Stephanopoulos at a joint campaign rally with First Lady Michelle Obama in North Carolina Thursday.

“Military families have come up against a lot in this election. It just made me boil when Donald Trump disrespected a Gold Star family, Mr. And Mrs. Khan. He hasn't apologized to them, he made it worse," she said. "Just yesterday he said again that if America had only made him president years ago their son, Captain Khan, would still be alive. Honestly, I don’t understand how anyone would want to rub salt in the wounds of a grieving family.”

Khizr Khan hit the campaign trail for the first time yesterday in support of Clinton, meeting with community leaders, volunteers, veterans and military families in Norfolk, Virginia.

"This is the most cruel thing you can say to grieving parents, that if I was there this would not have happened,” Khan told ABC News Wednesday in response to Trump's comments. “There's no sincerity in those remarks…This is one character that a leader must have to be the leader of a great country, to be the commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of the United States: empathy. And this person totally lacks that.”

Trump reiterated that he has been against the war in Iraq from the beginning, despite a tape of the real estate mogul’s appearance on Howard Stern’s show in 2002 when the radio host asking Trump whether he was “for invading Iraq.” Trump responded, “Yeah, I guess so.”

Trump explained the apparent contradiction.

“That was the first time I was ever even asked about Iraq,” Trump told Stephanopoulos yesterday. “That was long -- that was way before. If you look at just before the war started, I said, ‘Don't do it. It's a mistake. You're going to destabilize the Middle East.’"

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Chandler West for Hillary For America(WASHINGTON) --  First lady Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton took the stage together for the first time in this election at an early-vote rally in North Carolina Thursday.

The Clinton campaign has described Obama as its "not-so-secret weapon" on the trail as she's crisscrossed the country campaigning for the former secretary of state.

"It doesn't get any better than being here with our most amazing first lady," Clinton said to the crowd at the event at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem.

The Democratic presidential nominee continued that Michelle Obama's voice is needed now more than ever because "this may be one of the most important elections of our lifetime."

"She has spent eight years as our first lady advocating for girls around the world to go to school and have the same opportunities as boys," Clinton said to cheers and applause. She has worked for healthier child hoots for our kids here at home,

Clinton also praised Obama's work on issues concerning child health and nutrition, higher education and veterans.

"We actually are seeing kids who are healthier, something that she was determined to try to achieve," the presidential candidate said. "She's encouraged more young people to go to college and follow your dreams, and she has supported America's military families who serve and sacrifice as well for our country."

Clinton also complimented the first lady on her appearance on The Late Show with James Corden's 'Carpool Karaoke' and her White House vegetable garden.

“Seriously, is there anyone more inspiring than Michelle Obama?" Clinton said.

The first lady, who has tried to stay out of the political fray during her husband's presidency, enjoys one of the highest approval ratings among Democratic figures in the country. A recent Fox News poll found she received a 59 percent positive rating overall and a 95 percent favorable rating among Democrats.

Now, she is one of Clinton's top surrogates.

"She has exceeded our expectations in terms of how many events she has been able to do, willing to do. Her team keeps surprising us with additional availability and we can't, from our vantage point, we can't get her out there enough. She's been an absolute rock star," Clinton campaign Press Secretary Brian Fallon said earlier this week.

Obama wowed Democrats with her speech on the first night of the Democratic National Convention, even prompting Clinton to incorporate one of her lines into her stump speech -- "When they go low, we go high."

The first lady has delivered some of the most effective criticisms of Donald Trump, often without even naming him. In New Hampshire last month, she offered a stinging critique of the Republican presidential nominee after a 2005 video surfaced in which he made lewd comments about women.

“This is not normal. This is not politics as usual,” Obama said. "This is disgraceful, it is intolerable, and it doesn’t matter what party you belong to.

“No woman deserves to be treated this way -- none of us deserves this kind of abuse," she added.

The relationship between Obama and Clinton has evolved since the bruising 2008 presidential primary. During an interview with ABC News at the time, Obama declined to say whether she would vote for Clinton if her husband weren't running for president.

"I'd have to think about that," she said. "I'd have to think about that, her policies, her approach, her tone."

Trump, however, preemptively downplayed her barbs in an interview with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos. "Look, what is she going to say? Is she going to say I'm fantastic?" Trump asked.

"Is she going to say, 'Trump is better at that than any other human being in the world,' OK, which I believe I am," he said.

The target of the first lady’s criticism is obvious, including her remarks about the "hurtful, deceitful" birther theory that Trump popularized and his "locker-room talk" defense for a 2005 recording on which he apparently boasts of groping women without their consent.

"If a candidate is erratic and threatening, if a candidate traffics in prejudice, fear and lies on the campaign trail, if a candidate thinks that not paying taxes makes you smart or that it's good business when people lose their homes, if a candidate regularly and flippantly makes cruel and insulting comments about women -- about how we look, how we act -- well, sadly, that's who that candidate really is," Obama said in one of her earlier campaign speeches in Pennsylvania.

"Look, she's the first lady,” he told ABC News. “She's got to say what she's got to say. I mean, I understand that. That's the game," he told ABC News.

Trump did bring up a comment that Obama made during the 2008 presidential primaries.

"One of the things, the important aspects of this race, is role modeling what good families should look like. And my view is that if you can't run your own house, you certainly can't run the White House," Obama said at an event in August 2007, according to Politifact.

Some viewed that as a veiled swipe at the Clintons, though shortly after Michelle made that comment, Barack Obama told reporters “there was no reference beyond her point that we have had an administration that talks a lot about family values but doesn’t follow through.”

Trump dismissed the idea that Michelle was taking about her own family.

“Oh come on. Look, you know better than that,” Trump said to ABC News on Wednesday.

"That was during the campaign," Trump said of the statement. "She said about Hillary Clinton, 'You can't take care of your own house,' meaning Bill Clinton, 'Then how you can take care of the White House?' It was a vicious statement. It was covered at the time. And it's gone all over the world," Trump said.

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Fred Watkins/ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Donald Trump went on the offensive against a military expert and former dean of the Army War College, Jeff McCausland, who said the Republican nominee’s comments this weekend about the battle to reclaim Mosul in Iraq show he doesn’t have a firm grasp of military strategy.

“You can tell your military expert that I’ll sit down and I’ll teach him a couple of things,” Trump told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos in an exclusive interview.

On Sunday, Trump tweeted that the ongoing offensive against the ISIS stronghold of Mosul is turning out to be a “total disaster.”

“We gave them months of notice. U.S. is looking so dumb. VOTE TRUMP and WIN AGAIN!” he tweeted.

Trump doubled down on his assertion that the element of surprise is an important military strategy.

“I’ve been hearing about Mosul now for three months. ‘We’re going to attack. We’re going to attack.’ Meaning Iraq’s going to attack but with us. OK? We’re going to attack. Why do they have to talk about it?” he asked Stephanopoulos.

“Element of surprise. One of the reasons they wanted Mosul, they wanted to get ISIS leaders who they thought were, you know, in Mosul. Those people have all left. As soon as they heard they’re going to be attacked, they left,” Trump added. “The resistance is much greater now because they knew about the attack. Why can’t they win first and talk later?”

But according to The New York Times, some military experts disagree with Trump’s claims that the element of surprise is crucial to win the fight against ISIS.

“What this shows is Trump doesn’t know a damn thing about military strategy,” McCausland told the Times.

McCausland replied to Trump's comments to Stephanopoulos in a lengthy statement Thursday, saying, “I can’t wait to sit down with Mr. Trump and hear what he has to teach me about military strategy. I’m happy to compare my record of over 45 years working in national security affairs with his any time.

"When it comes to the question of the Mosul offensive, Mr. Trump doesn’t understand that 99.9 percent of the troops involved are Iraqi," McCausland continued. "I reassert my statement to The New York Times: Mr. Trump doesn’t know a damn thing about military strategy.”

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton also hit Trump for his comments to Stephanopoulos Wednesday at a joint campaign event with First Lady Michelle Obama in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, today.

"And yesterday when he heard a retired army colonel and former dean of the Army War College said that Donald doesn't understand military strategy, Trump said 'I'll teach him a couple of things,'" she continued. "Well, actually, Donald, you're the one who's got a lot to learn about the military and everything else that makes America great.”

Defense Secretary Ash Carter is on the ground in Iraq and told ABC’s Martha Raddatz in an interview earlier this week that he’s “encouraged” by the progress in the fight against ISIS because it “is going according to plan ... ISIL will surely be destroyed.”

Trump blamed Clinton and President Barack Obama for the need to reclaim Mosul.

“We had Mosul. We have to take it because Hillary Clinton and Obama left that big vacuum, and ISIS went in, and they took Mosul,” he said.

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Ted Cruz on Thursday spoke about the "precedent" for a Supreme Court to operate with fewer than nine justices, perhaps suggesting that the Senate could continue to refuse to confirm President Obama's nominee, Merrick Garland, beyond the November election.

"You know, I think there will be plenty of time for debate on that issue," the Texas senator said Thursday, according to the Washington Post. "There is certainly long historical precedent for a Supreme Court with fewer justices." Cruz' comments also hint that he could support a blockade on any nominees named by Hillary Clinton, should she win the presidency.

Last week, Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, told reporters that if Clinton were to become president, "we can't just simply stonewall."

On Thursday, a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., declined to entertain a hypothetical scenario. He did say in a statement, however, that "until there is a new president and a new nominee, it's impossible to say how any Senator, Republican or Democrat, would vote on that nominee."

Sen. Patrick Leahy, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee called  it "alarming to anyone who cares about the fair administration of justice, and the integrity of America's judiciary, that some Republicans are already seeking to undermine the outcome of the upcoming election and further prevent our independent judiciary from fulfilling its constitutional role."

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Adam Schultz for Hillary for America(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama is picking up the campaign pace in the final week of the general election.

The president will spend almost every day on the campaign trail in the final week, a White House aide said. Obama will not only campaign for Hillary Clinton, but will also ramp up his efforts to boost Democrats in down-ballot races through additional travel, robocalls, radio spots and endorsements.

Part of the president's target audience: millennials. He will court the millennial vote through late-night shows and online outlets. He’s scheduled to appear Monday on Full Frontal With Samantha Bee.

The aide said the president plans to focus on positive messaging, making his case for Clinton and looking forward to uniting the country after the divisive election.

But he'll also continue to speak out against Donald Trump's claims that the election is rigged.

The president returns to Florida Friday where he has not only tried to bolster Clinton, but also seemed all too eager to take aim at Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, who is being challenged by Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy.

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Adam Schultz for Hillary For America(WASHINGTON) -- A 12-page memo written by a former aide to President Bill Clinton illustrates how he and other advisers raised millions of dollars for the Clinton Foundation and the Clintons after they left the White House, according to a new batch of emails released by WikiLeaks.

The purported memo from Doug Band details how he and his team locked in lucrative speaking deals for Bill Clinton and how he leveraged his work at his global consulting firm, Teneo Strategies, to persuade clients to contribute to the Clinton Foundation. Band described his work as running "Bill Clinton, Inc."

"We also have solicited and obtained, as appropriate, in-kind services for the President and his family – for personal travel, hospitality, vacation and the like,” Band allegedly said in the document.

A Teneo spokesperson told ABC News in a statement: "As the memo demonstrates, Teneo worked to encourage clients, where appropriate, to support the Clinton Foundation because of the good work that it does around the world. It also clearly shows that Teneo never received any financial benefit or benefit of any kind from doing so."

Band, the Clinton Foundation and staff for Bill Clinton did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The memo appeared to be targeted at informing lawyers and top Clinton advisers about fundraising efforts. In previously released emails, dated just days prior to this memo, Band expressed concern over the conflated, tangled and confused web of personnel roles and money in the Clinton world, citing, for example, his opinion that Chelsea Clinton was running a business out of the family foundation office. In this memo, he pushed for more clearly defined roles and documents outlining conflicts of interest.

Around this same time, in late 2011 and early 2012, Chelsea Clinton, according to the emails, was complaining and threatening to launch internal investigations after hearing that Teneo employees were making solicitations and evoking her father’s name without his approval. This offended Band, and in one email exchange, he purportedly called her a “spoiled brat kid.”

"I don't deserve this from her and deserve a tad more respect or at least a direct dialogue for me to explain these things,” Band allegedly wrote in an email to John Podesta, now chairman for Hillary Clinton's campaign.

Band added that Chelsea Clinton “has nothing else to do but create issues to justify what she’s doing because she, as she has said, hasn't found her way and has a lack of focus in her life.”

In the memo, Band said he had convinced Dow Jones and Coca-Cola, two Teneo clients, to give to the Clinton Foundation and pay for in-kind services to Bill Clinton, such as his trips to conferences. It also discussed how Band urged UBS to hire Hillary Clinton to give paid speeches. Moreover, the memo revealed that Laureate International Universities, a for-profit school, was paying Bill Clinton $3.5 million annually to serve as its Honorary Chairman.

The Clinton campaign has not confirmed nor denied the authenticity of the emails or commented on any content in them. ABC News has not determined the authenticity of the emails published by WikiLeaks.

At an event in Springfield, Ohio, Thursday, Trump responded to the latest emails. "Just today, we read about Clinton confidante Doug [Band] bragging that he had funneled tens of millions of dollars to Bill Clinton, Inc., through the foundation donations, paid speeches and consulting contracts," Trump said. "Mr. [Band] called the arrangement 'unorthodox.' The rest of us call it outright corrupt."

"If the Clintons were willing to play it this fast and loose with their enterprise when they weren't in the White House, just imagine what they'll do given the chance to once again control the oval office," Trump added. "I think we've had enough of the Clintons in all fairness."

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Donald Trump said that he expects to win the key battleground states of Ohio, Florida and North Carolina -- victories he says will help push his campaign over the finish line.

"I think I'm gonna win," Trump told ABC News on Wednesday.

Trump and his family gave their take on the final stretch of the presidential race in an exclusive interview with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos in their new hotel in Washington, D.C.

Melania Trump, who has mostly stayed off the campaign trail, remaining at home with the couple's young son Barron, said that she might be a more frequent presence in the last 12 days. Donald Trump said that she may make two or three speeches in the coming days.

"I support him 100 percent and I'm there or him every time he needs me," she said.

Her advice for her husband was to "just keep fighting hard as he did for the last year and a half."

Donald Trump said that he intends to spend heavily in the final days of the campaign. The real-estate mogul said he is prepared to pour in $100 million of his own cash on the campaign by Election Day.

When Stephanopoulos noted that Trump has spent $56 million so far on his campaign, the Republican presidential nominee said, "Well, no, it's $61 million. But I'm spending a lot of money. And that doesn't include everything. I'm spending a lot of money.”

Watch the full interview, including a tour of the presidential suite at the new Trump hotel, in the video below:

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- With his latest controversies abating in intensity, Donald Trump’s supporters are ramping up their intention to vote, edging him closer to Hillary Clinton. And anxiety about a Trump presidency, while high, is off its peak -- now rivaled by discomfort with Clinton.

Sixty-one percent of likely voters polled say they’re anxious about the possibility of Trump as president, with nearly half “very” anxious. But that’s down from 68 percent in June, and anxiety about Clinton has moved the other way, up 5 points to 56 percent in this ABC News/Washington Post tracking poll.

In a four-day average of interviews, 48 percent of likely voters polled say they’d support Clinton if the election were Thursday, while 42 percent pick Trump, compared to 49-40 percent Wednesday and 50-38 percent Tuesday. Gary Johnson has 5 percent support; Jill Stein has 1 percent.

The poll was produced for ABC News by Langer Research Associates. The first five nights of tracking were by ABC only; as of this report, The Washington Post has joined the tracking poll, which is based on a rolling average of nightly interviews.

The Clinton and Trump changes in the latest results are slight, -2 and 4 points, and not statistically significant. That said, the last two nights have been better for Trump -- a result that aligns with events: Interviews last Thursday to Sunday immediately followed peak controversy over his treatment of women, his refusal to say whether he’d accept the outcome if Clinton won and the final debate, in which most say Clinton prevailed. Some of the heat has abated since.

Additionally, and typically at this stage, the results are chiefly about turnout. Voter attitudes haven’t changed; intention to vote has. It ebbed among Republicans in the first days of the tracking poll, perhaps reflecting heightened criticism of Trump. The latest results find more Republicans, and somewhat fewer Democratic-leaning independents, saying they’ll vote. That underscores the critical importance of get-out-the-vote efforts by both campaigns in the final two weeks.

As reported Sunday, the share of Republicans who are likely to vote dropped by seven points from mid-October. In the nights since, Republicans have halfway recovered from this turnout drop as the news cycle has moved beyond the final debate. They accounted for 27 percent of likely voters in the first three nights of tracking, vs. 31 percent in the last two. (The share of Democrats has been steady, 36 percent.)

At the same time, the share of independent likely voters who lean to one of the parties has shifted: Among independents, 38 percent were Democratic leaners in the first three nights of tracking, vs. 28 percent in the last two. Vote preferences among all independents have followed suit, from an eight-point advantage for Clinton during the first three nights of tracking to a five-point deficit in the latest full tracking (four-night) results.

Democratic-leaning independents were a key support group for Bernie Sanders. In mid-October, 72 percent of them were likely to vote, vs. 66 percent now. While this six-point difference doesn’t reach statistical significance given the sample size, it is a group to watch in the next two weeks.

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The Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States/MCT via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- In a rare moment of public candor, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas called Washington, D.C. "broken," and said that partisan bickering in the nation's capital is "destroying our institutions."

Speaking at an event Wednesday at the Heritage Foundation celebrating the 25th anniversary of his swearing-in to the Supreme Court, Thomas warned the audience, "The city is broken," and said "we have decided that rather than confront the disagreements and differences of opinion, we'll just simply annihilate the person who disagrees with us."

He cautioned that negative rhetoric is, "destroying our institutions and undermining our institutions."

Justice Thomas, who rarely speaks from the bench, admitted there are some opinions that he has struggled with, "cases where your heart goes one way but you have got to stick with the law, those are really hard opinions. I think those are the ones you think a lot about," he said. "Those are ones where your hair begins to fall out."

Throughout the evening, Thomas talked about his passion to make his opinions understandable.

"I think we're obligated to make the constitution and what we write about the Constitution accessible to our fellow citizens. That empowers people by giving them a sense of the Constitution," he said.

The audience was entertained when he explained his relationship with his good friend and former colleague on the Supreme Court, Antonin Scalia.

"We did not go to the Kennedy Center to go see operas. I used to kid him about it and said I like opera I just don't want to be around people who like opera," Thomas recollected.

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