FILE - In this Friday, July 1, 2016 file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during the opening session of the Western Conservative Summit, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
RALEIGH, NC (WBTV) -
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump stopped in Raleigh Tuesday night, amid ongoing speculation at who he will tap to be his running mate.
Trump says the FBI's decision not to recommend criminal charges against Hillary Clinton is the greatest example yet that the system is "rigged."
Trump says Clinton put the "entire country in danger" and insists she was likely hacked.
"Her judgment is horrible," Trump says, adding, "She will be such a lousy president, folks."
Trump also had harsh words for President Barack Obama, arguing he should be at the White House working to defeat Islamic State militants and dealing with other issues instead of joining Clinton on the campaign trail.
He says Obama seems to be having too much fun, adding, "it's like a carnival act."
Accusations of bribery
Trump accused Clinton of bribing Attorney General Loretta Lynch following a report that said Clinton would consider keeping Lynch if she's elected president.
"It's a bribe!" Trump declared during the rally Tuesday, hours after the FBI said it wouldn't recommend charges against Clinton over her use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.
Trump was referring to a story in The New York Times that quoted "Democrats close to" Clinton saying she may decide to rehire Lynch.
Trump said Lynch may have believed that, if she let Clinton off the hook, she'd have four more years on the job and called the move "a disgrace!"
Speculation about Vice Presidential pick
Trump's visit to the Tar heel state comes after a series of tweets from the candidate over the weekend that discussed meetings and praised several high-profile Republicans reportedly being considered for the number two spot on the ticket.
Over the holiday weekend, Trump met with Indiana Governor Mike Pence and Iowa Senator Joni Ernst. He also tweeted praise about Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton, CNN reported Tuesday.
He was joined on stage Tuesday night by Sen. Bob Corker. Trump introduced the Tennessee senator and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee as "somebody respected by everybody."
Corker said he'd had a "pretty remarkable day" with Trump, spending time with his grown children and watching how he treats the people who work for him.
He told the enthusiastic crowd packed into Raleigh's Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts that "the reason that you love him so much is because he loves you."
The pair hugged before Corker left the stage.
Clinton, Obama campaign in Charlotte
Trump's event comes several hours after Democratic rival Hillary Clinton held her first joint rally with President Barack Obama in North Carolina.
Trump's visit is his second to the state in the past four weeks. It also comes the same day his presumptive Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, visits Charlotte with President Barack Obama.
Clinton also made her second visit to the state within the past four weeks. In addition to stumping in the state, the Democratic nominee has also invested substantial money in TV advertising and has opened more than a dozen field offices across the state.
The fact that both candidates are visiting North Carolina so frequently indicates the crucial role the state's 15 electoral votes will play in deciding who the next President is, political experts have said.
"North Carolina is, in some ways, the most viable of all the swing states for either party," said Jason Husser, a political science professor and Director of the Elon Poll at Elon University.
Campaigns taking different paths to NC victory
Even as both presidential candidates were in the Tarheel State on Tuesday, the differences in their strategy remained clear.
Donald Trump's organization is being run on a shoestring staff that relies heavily on the 50 field staffers the North Carolina Republican Party says it has working for the 2016 election.
Dallas Woodhouse, the NCGOP Executive Director, said he feels good about Trump's chances of winning the state.
"Oh sure, I mean, the campaigns are different," Woodhouse said Tuesday. "Our party's different than theirs. But we have the resources that we need and continue to work to get those in place to be Mrs. Clinton."
Woodhouse said much of the NCGOP's field operation for 2016 is built upon the organization laid in 2014, a year in which Republican Thom Tillis beat out Democratic incumbent Senator Kay Hagan in a closely divided contest.
Still, Clinton's campaign is taking a much more aggressive, albeit traditional, approach to contesting North Carolina.
He campaign has invested heavily on TV ads across the state and has opened more than a dozen field offices.
Woodhouse said the fact that his party's presumptive nominee is not on TV in the state does not put him at a disadvantage.
"If I were Hillary Clinton and I had the kind of FBI stink on me, I'd buy a lot of advertising, too," Woodhouse said. "The reality about Mrs. Clinton is that no amount of advertising can paper over her many serious flaws that have been laid bare today."
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The Latin American community is inviting people to a vigil to continue to bring attention to the immigration issues. It will happen June 30th at First Ward Park. It is open to the community. (Dedrick Russell/WBTV)
The Latin American community is inviting people to a vigil to continue to bring attention to the immigration issues. It will happen June 30th at First Ward Park. It is open to the community.