Trump rallies in Charlotte following campaign fundraisers

Donald Trump in Charlotte talking to supporters
Published: Aug. 18, 2016 at 9:58 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 19, 2016 at 2:48 AM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Donald Trump was back in North Carolina's largest city for a rally. He also raised some campaign funds beforehand in the Charlotte area.

The Republican presidential nominee addressed supporters Thursday evening, around 7:30 p.m., at the Charlotte Convention Center. It marks his second public visit to Charlotte since late July, when he addressed the Veterans of Foreign Wars annual convention.

For the first time, the Republican said he regrets some of his most heated campaign statements.

The GOP nominee said during the rally that, "sometimes in the heat of debate and speaking on a multitude of issues, you don't choose the right words or you say the wrong thing. I have done that. And believe it or not, I regret it," he says, "particularly where it may have caused personal pain."

Trump said that, "Too much is at stake for us to be consumed with these issues."

Trump is reading from prepared remarks, using a teleprompter instead of his usually off-the-cuff rally style after re-shaping his campaign team.

He traveled to Wilmington and Fayetteville last week.

The rally followed a 6 p.m. fundraising dinner at the Westin Hotel. Trump headlined an earlier fundraiser Thursday at Trump National Golf Club near Mooresville.

Nearly 400 people were expected at the Westin dinner. That included GOP Chairman Reince Priebus. Gov. Pat McCrory and U.S. Sens. Richard Burr and Thom Tillis are listed as honorary co-chairs.

Thursday, while addressing local law enforcement officers in North Carolina, Donald Trump said he'll "take a very serious look" at Congressional term limits if he's elected to the White House.

Trump was asked about the benefits, pensions and term limits of members of Congress. The questioner said he wanted to "get these bums out."

Trump responded by saying the man was not the first person to voice those complaints. He said, "We're going to take a very serious look" at term limits. Changing term limits would require a Constitutional amendment.

Trump also boasted about his popularity with police. He says their vote for him in November "could be unanimous. That could be, no matter where you go in the country, we may get no negative vote."

He told the officers, "I'm on your side, 1,000 percent."

Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, also met with law enforcement leaders in New York City, joining with chiefs of police days after Trump accused her of being "against the police."

At the start of the meeting, Clinton said deadly shootings in Dallas, Baton Rouge and Milwaukee show the need for respect between police officers and residents.

She said the country can't ignore the challenges and "certainly we must not inflame them."

She told the group that the nation needs to work together "to bridge our divides, not stoke more divisiveness."

Back in Charlotte, Trump repeated many of his campaign themes about immigration, crime, job losses, and terrorism.

"She {Hillary Clinton} and Barack Obama unleashed ISIS whether you like it or don't like it, whether you want to hear it or don't  - that's what happened."

Trump also made a play for the African American vote. He said Hillary Clinton and the Democratic party have taken African Americans for granted.

"If African American voters give Donald trump a chance by giving me their vote the result for them will be amazing" he said.

"Look how bad things are going under decades of democratic leadership. Look at the schools, look at the poverty.."

Trump added, "it is time for a change. What do you have to lose by trying something new? I will fix it."

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