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Trump says he will replace 'failed and corrupt establishment'

He promises tax reductions, child care, repeal of Affordable Care Act

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    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, left, and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence appear at a rally Wednesday at the Stranahan Theater.

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    GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump takes the stage at Stranahan Theater in Toledo after a series of introductions that included former basketball coach Bobby Knight.

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    The plane carrying Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump arrives Wednesday at Toledo Express Airport.

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    People head inside before GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump appears at the Stranahan Theater.

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    Tom Younker, Gibsonburg, protests before GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump's appearance at the Stranahan Theater.

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    Buttons supporting GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump are for sale at the Stranahan Theater.

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, during his stump speech today at the Stranahan Theater in South Toledo, boasted he would replace the "failed and corrupt establishment" of the nation and that he would terminate all "job-killing" orders from the Obama Administration.

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"Trade will be fair and reciprocal and products will be sold all around the world like we used to do when we were, you know, smart," Mr. Trump said.

He promised tax reductions, child care, and the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

Mr. Trump said health care premiums have increased too much in Ohio and across the nation.

"Do we love Ohio? Do we love Ohio?" Mr. Trump said to open his remarks.

Mr. Trump said "firm immigration controls" and "extreme vetting" of immigrants would keep America safe from terrorism at home.

"That's why on my first day in office I will immediately suspend the admission of Syrian refugees," he said to cheers from the crowd.

Mr. Trump noted he leads Hillary Clinton by 5 percentage points in a Bloomberg Politics poll of Ohio.

"As I travel the country, the crowds get bigger and the enthusiasm grows," he said.

The South Toledo event was to begin at 1 p.m., but Mr. Trump was delayed until about 2:30.

The billionaire businessman's plane landed at Toledo Express Airport at abut 1:40 p.m. to a number of cheering supporters.

3:19 p.m.

Trump has left the theater.

3:13 p.m.

Now "You Can't Always Get what you Want" is playing, as Trump continues speaking with rally attendees.

3:10 p.m.

Trump meets with those in attendance. A mob of people are gathering to get Trump to sign signs.

3:09 p.m.

Trump builds to his final line, "We will make America great again." "I'm Proud to be an American" plays as Trump leaves the stage.

Trump thanks the crowd a few times away from the podium. He's lingering on stage, and walks off toward the crowd.

3:08 p.m.

Trump calls on farmers in the crowd at the Stranahan to stand and be recognized, promising to "protect the farmers" without whom we don't eat.

"American farmers. Do we love the farmers! It's true, the farmers have been so underappreciated. They are truly great. Amazing."

3:07 p.m.

Trump asks if there are any miners in the crowd, but he doesn't get any response. Shifts to farmers, and gets cheers. He invites them to stand and give themselves a hand. "We're going to protect the farmer...We won't eat without the farmer."

3:06 p.m.

Trump gets a very loud cheer for saying he will save the second amendment, louder than claiming to put the American worker first and eliminating Common Core.

3:04 p.m.

Trump is repeating election day, repeatedly inviting those in attendance to get out to vote and volunteer for the campaign.

Trump said he loves Ohio, which gets some cheers.

"You have 47 days to change the world, at least the world as we know it," Trump said. He asks if there are any dreamers in the room, guessing that is not referring to the immigration status.

Trump said Clinton is the last defender of the status quo.

3:02 p.m.

Trump makes his case to black voters, saying he will "fix the inner cities," improve schools, create jobs and address crime in bad neighborhoods. He repeated his catch phrase, "What do you have to lose?"

"Nothing will change if you vote for [Clinton]," Trump said. Voting for him will make you happy, he said.

3:01 p.m.

Trump directly asks the African-American community for its vote. "What do you have to lose?"

"We're going to fix those inner cities, and we're going to make them terrific," Trump said. He said his plan for this includes school choice.

Trump called upstate New York a disaster area after electing Clinton to the Senate.

2:59 p.m.

Trump starts citing African-American poverty statistics.

"There's no better anti-poverty program in the world than really good jobs," Trump said.

2:58 p.m.

Trump talks about the resilience of flooded towns in Louisiana, and residents of Flint, MI. "When any part of our country hurts, we all hurt," he said.

2:57 p.m.

"I'm not a politician, thankfully," Trump said, to a cheering crowd.

2:56 p.m.

Trump wants to unlock potential for underfunded schools, neglected neighborhoods, he said.

Trump says politicians go to inner cities looking for votes, he wants solutions. He said polls show African-American numbers surging, but does not cite an actual poll.

2:54 p.m.

Trump blasts trade liberalization, saying Ohio has lost 221000 jobs since China joined the World Trade Organization.

"It will be a new dawn for the American worker," Trump said, if he is elected President.

Trump recaps, talking about an immigration system that makes sense and the tax cuts he wants to implement.

2:52 p.m.

"It's a one way road out," Trump said of manufacturing jobs to Mexico. "Not anymore," which gets a good response from the crowd.

Boos for Ford taking small car manufacturing to Mexico.

2:51 p.m.

Trump turns to manufacturing jobs, threatens to leave NAFTA unless he can get a "fair deal."

2:51 p.m.

Trump blasts Clinton and her supporters as a group of elites who benefit from globalization that hurts working-class Americans.

"I am not running to be president of the world, I am running to be president of the United States," Trump said. "We're going to take care of our people."

2:50 p.m.

"I am not running to be president of the world, I'm running to be President of the United States," Trump said, getting a large cheer from the crowd. "I am for America, but specifically I am for America First...hasn't happened in a long time."

2:49 p.m.

Boos from the crowd when Trump references Clinton's "basket of deplorables" comment.

Trump said Clinton is out-advertising him 50-1, but claims he is still winning.

2:47 p.m.

Trump brings Pence back out, said picking him, "a winner" was one of his best decisions. Pence then leaves the stage without saying anything more.

2:46 p.m.

Trump promises to reject all Syrian refugees, saying they're related to terrorist attacks on U.S. soil.

"These attacks like so many others were made possible because of our extremely open immigration policies."

2:45 p.m.

"My first day in office, I will immediately suspend the admission of Syrian refugees," Trump said. Big cheers on this, boos when he mentions Hillary Clinton's plans to continue accepting refugees.

USA chant starts, and Trump walks away from the podium briefly to clap along.

2:44 p.m.

He shifted now to security, huge cheers when he mentioned defeating "radical Islamic terrorism."

"Lock her up" chant has started, and Trump stops to let the crowd go.

2:42 p.m.

Trump said he will request a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, which gets loud cheers from the crowd.

Trump wants to replace Obamacare with healthcare savings accounts, going across state lines to shop for insurance, and block grant Medicaid to the states. This "best serves you," he said.

2:41 p.m.

Trump said many foreign trade partners are cheating. "Products will be made in America, and sold all around the world, like we used to do it, when we were smart."

Trump is pitching his 15 percent tax rate for all businesses, which he said will make America a magnet for business.

"Ivanka Trump wants child care taken care of, and we're going to do that," Trump said.

2:39 p.m.

Trump is going through recent polls that have him up now. "On Nov. 8, we're going to win this state, we're going to win the White House," Trump said.

"There's so much love in the rooms," Trump said of his rallies, and that the "Washington insiders" are scared.

He said his economic agenda can be summed up in three words: "Jobs, jobs, jobs." He said he will order every executive order and regulation reviewed on his first day in office.

2:37 p.m.

Mr. Donald J. Trump was just introduced to the stage. Either crowd noise was muted on the live stream, or cheers were somewhat subdued.

“God Bless the U.S.A.” by Lee Greenwood, was played as Trump walked on stage.

2:35 p.m.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence introduces former Indiana men’s basketball coach Bobby Knight, who introduced Trump to the stage.

"I don't dress as well as politicians," Knight said. He's wearing a red, white and blue short-sleeved button-down shirt, which he encourages everyone to buy.

Knight gets a loud cheer when he says Trump is the best in the world in fixing mistakes, and whoever the next president is will inherit "a hell of a lot of problems."

Trump will inherit largest-ever national debt and immigration problems, Knight said. "If we vote for Donald Trump we will get started off in the next presidency far and away better off."

2:31 p.m.

"For the sake of our security, for the sake of our prosperity, for the sake of our supreme court and our constitution...we ask you to decide to not relent until we make Donald Trump the 45th president," Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said.

2:29 p.m.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said Trump has a plan for rebuilding the military, repealing Obamacare, and defeating those who threaten America.

"Donald Trump will end illegal immigration once and for all," Pence said, earning a big cheer from the crowd.

2:27 p.m.

"We come here not to tell you what to do, but to show you what we can do working together," promoter Don King said, after bringing up the gender pay gap and mass incarceration as issues that need to be addressed.

King said he is filling the role of John the Baptist, speaking for the man who is coming after him. He starts to introduce Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, who a few people cheer for. Then he leads a "Trump Time" chant, before Pence takes the stage.

2:23 p.m.

"When you're dealing in an atmosphere of hypocrisy, the truth is a revolution," promoter Don King said as he starts his introduction of Donald Trump.

King said Trump has the "intestinal fortitude" to tell it like it is. He called Trump, 70, a young man.

Before the rally

Amy Boggs, 53, of Toledo is among the Trump supporters and early arrivals today. She supported Ohio Gov. John Kasich in the GOP primary but now backs Mr. Trump.

"I'm definitely never Hillary," she said of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. "Because she's not trustworthy. There's been too many scandals, too many rumors."

Many in the crowd wore patriotic clothing — including Nancy Love, 66, of Rossford. She topped off her ensemble with a small red, white, and blue top hat.

She likes Mr. Trump's outspokenness and that he's not a political insider. She also cited her strong anti-abortion stance as a chief reason to vote Republican.

Nearby, twin brothers Richard and Robert McNutt, 70, of Maumee expressed frustration with what they see as a dwindling respect for the country and a lack of patriotism.

Richard voted for President Obama during his first election because of his union leanings, but he changed course in 2012 because of concerns about the country's debt and other issues.

He wants a stronger military, a more fiscally conservative government, and tighter immigration rules. Those are among the top reasons he's backing Mr. Trump.

"I hope he gets in there. I can't believe this younger generation — all of them are for Hillary," he said.

By 1 p.m., the original scheduled start of the rally, the protest crowd outside the Stranahan had grown to about 50 people who flanked sidewalks on both sides of Heatherdowns Boulevard. They chanted into megaphones,

held banners and signs, and --for a few brief moments-- some got into a verbal scuffle with a Chicago vendor hawking Trump merchandise. That incident prompted Toledo motorcycle police officers to remind protesters to remain on the public sidewalk.

Protesters held signs that read "No Mas Trump," "Toledo loves Muslims," and "Black Lives Matter."

The sidewalk sign holders included Sara Kothe, 18, of Lambertville, who doesn't think she'll vote for either of the mainstream party presidential candidates when she casts her first vote in a

presidential election. Instead, she's leaning toward Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson.

"Right now, I just feel lost in this," she said, adding that many young people in her generation also feel like they don't have a representative among the two major nominees.

But she can't support Mr. Trump because of his behavior and his proposed immigration policies.


Buttons supporting GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump are for sale at the Stranahan Theater.

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Another protester, Tom Younker, 70, of Gibsonburg held a sign that said "Trump mocks and insults handicapped Americans" near the parking lot.

His 6-year-old granddaughter was born with a genetic problem, he said, and Mr. Trump "is not deserving of being president."

"It's about him and his giant ego," Mr. Younker said.

Some cars passing him gave honks of approval, but he said he also got several middle fingers.

Other protesters trickled in, led by Julian Mack, who helped organize the outside rally.

"He's unfit. He's unpresidential," he said.

The next president needs to empower women, not disrespect them, and needs to engage the black community, he said. Mr. Mack, 32, of Toledo, is part of the local Black Lives Matter movement, and said Mr. Trump talks at the black community but not to the black community.

"We're definitely anti-Trump," he said, adding that while he does plan to vote for Mrs. Clinton, today's protest was about not allowing Mr. Trump to be president.

"If he doesn't win Ohio, he doesn't win," he said.

Vendors selling Trump buttons, shirts, hats, and stickers are set up outside the venue.

Mr. Trump last campaigned in Toledo on July 27 at the Huntington Center, where thousands showed up to hear him speak.

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