YOUR VOTE 2016: Campaign controversies


TAMPA, Fla.  (WFLA) – With just eight weeks to go until the Presidential Election day, things are really heating up on the campaign trail.

Both candidates know it’s essentially now or never to get out the vote.

Right now, both Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump are facing several controversies, some of which include the Birther issue, Trump suggesting Clinton de-arm her security detail, and the fate of young voters.

Birther is back in the news after Donald Trump recently admitted that President Obama was indeed born in the U.S. ending a controversy he began five years ago.

Appearing on Your Vote 2016 on News Channel 8 on Sunday morning, both democratic strategist Barry Edwards and Gordon Oldham of  Pinellas Young Republicans say, it’s old news.

“I think the issue was settled with all Democratic voters and all independent voters,” said Edwards.

“I don’t think this is really an issue,” Oldham said. “Basically, Trump needs to stay on focus on the issues.”

Then there’s Trump suggesting Clinton de-arm her security detail and also falsely claiming Clinton wants to take guns away from law-abiding citizens.

“I think that the people who are really concerned about this issue, that Trump is actually reaching out to, they’re going to vote for Trump regardless,” Oldham said.

“But he just has to always go one step too far like he did with this so that’s just another example why he can’t control himself,” Edwards stressed.

And what about the vote from millennials?  Many stood behind Bernie Sanders and now Clinton has brought Sanders back on the campaign trial. The question is, will it help her?

“I think that the problem for Hillary is that she is an establishment candidate and they are anti-establishment and young people like to go for insurgent,” Edwards said.

“A lot of those folks were supporting Bernie Sanders and now basically Clinton has not been able to ignite those people and get those people engaged in their campaign,” Oldham said.

Also making news is House Speaker Paul Ryan who has now called on Trump to release his taxes.  At this point, Trump not saying whether he’ll do that. Some say he’s skirting the issue. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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