Preparations underway for Wednesday’s Hillsborough Trump rally

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HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is set to make two stops in the Tampa Bay area Wednesday. Trump is scheduled to speak at the Florida State Fairgrounds at 1 p.m. He is also holding a private meeting, which may be at the fairgrounds.

“He’s touched and had more than 50,000 people attend his events, so I think what we are going to be hearing tomorrow is a more policy focused speech talking about the importance of Florida clearly being a key state in the race,” Trump surrogate Healy Baumgardner said.

“As we know, whenever Mr. Trump takes the microphone he has a commanding voice. He resonates with the America audience. He’s having conversations with them and addressing the concerns that they are talking about behind closed doors,” Baumgardner added.

Trump is expected to talk more about his demand for a special prosecutor to investigate Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s time as secretary of state. Trump has claimed the Clinton Foundation took donations in exchange for access during her the Hillary Clinton’s time as secretary of state.

“The Justice Department is required to appoint an independent special prosecutor” Trump said this week.

Clinton’s campaign said Trump is playing “pure politics.”

Trump is also taking more heat for his appeal to black voters. In a rally over the weekend, Trump asked black voters: “What do you have to lose?”

On Monday he said, “You’ll be able to walk down the street without getting shot. Right now, you walk down the street, you get shot.”

“I don’t think that there is one specific message more than another in terms of if it’s an issue. I just think it’s important that we continue to encourage people to get out to vote,” Baumgardner said.

Doors open at 10 a.m. for the Trump event at the Florida State Fairgrounds.

On Tuesday Bill Clinton was in the Tampa Bay area to stump for his wife at a Brandon fundraiser. “He made a compelling argument about for why we have to elect Hillary Clinton as our next president,” former Florida CFO Alex Sink said.

Sink responded to Trump’s call for a special prosecutor. “I think it’s just totally unnecessary, in a total distraction,” she said.

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