Clinton tries to gain support of GOP voters

- The Hillary Clinton campaign is capitalizing on growing unease among Republicans, by launching an initiative aimed at Republicans and Independents who are anti-Trump.

The Together for America campaign has received support from 50 Republican business leaders, national security experts and retired lawmakers.

Two Minnesotans make the list: former Minnesota Governor Arne Carlson and US Senator David Durenberger.

Both are moderates, having voted for Barack Obama and John Kerry in previous presidential elections.

“If folks like that are coming out and indicating their support, there are more,” said Hillary Clinton surrogate and Ramsey County Commissioner Toni Carter.

Carter claims she has talked with republican business leaders in her district who are considering a vote for Clinton.

“The focus on doom and gloom as a reason to support Trump have become “un-reasons” for republicans in Minnesota who share our values,” said Carter.

In a statement from the Donald Trump Minnesota campaign, state director Mike Lukach made reference to Clinton’s economic plan that she laid out this week:

"Minnesota voters we hear from understand that Hillary Clinton represents a third Obama term, while the Trump-Pence campaign of tougher law enforcement, stopping illegal immigration and bringing back jobs is resonating strongly across the state."

Vin Weber, former Minnesota congressman, has openly refused to support Donald Trump, but so far, Clinton officials have been unsuccessful in turning that dislike into support for Clinton.

Richard Painter, a Minnesotan who served as associate White House counsel under President George W. Bush told the Star Tribune he was struggling to support the 2016 Republican nominee.

The Minnesota Republican party and its chair, Keith Downey, have thrown their support behind Trump.

Donald Trump will make his first campaign visit to Minnesota next Friday.

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