The Latest: Trump mistakenly cites 7-Eleven instead of 9/11

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Posted: Apr 18, 2016 9:41 PM
The Latest: Trump mistakenly cites 7-Eleven instead of 9/11

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on campaign 2016 a day before New Yorkers vote in their state's crucial primary (all times Eastern Daylight Time):

9 p.m.

Donald Trump made an unfortunate slip-of-the-tongue while campaigning in Buffalo, New York, on Monday evening at his final rally before Tuesday's big-prize primary.

Trump was about to deliver prepared remarks lauding New York values when he mistakenly mentioned the name of a popular convenience store chain in place of 9/11.

"It's very close to my heart because I was down there, and I watched our police and our firemen down at 7/11, down at the World Trade Center right after it came down, and I saw the greatest people I've ever seen in action," Trump told the crowd.

Trump has repeatedly invoked the September 11 attacks as he's campaigned across his home state.

He paid his first visit to the National September 11 Memorial & Museum earlier this month.


8:40 p.m.

Donald Trump drew an estimated crowd of more than 11,000 people to a Buffalo hockey arena Monday evening.

But the event was interrupted by Trump anti-protesters who made their presence known.

About a dozen young people locked arms and sat down on the floor of the arena shortly after Trump took the stage — forcing authorities to carry several out by their arms and their legs.

Trump, however, continued speaking and predicted a big win in Tuesday's New York primary.

Buffalo police said they arrested six people, mainly for disorderly conduct and trespassing. They said on Twitter that no arrests were made inside the arena, but 21 people were ejected from the event.


8:20 p.m.

Republican Donald Trump is making his final pitch to New York voters, vowing to boost the state's economy and touting New York values ahead of Tuesday's primary.

Trump is speaking at a massive rally that has drawn thousands to the First Niagara Center in Buffalo.

Trump tells his supporters that "no New Yorker can vote for" rival Ted Cruz, who "doesn't represent what we need."

Trump is also predicting he will secure the 1,237 delegates he needs to lock up the nomination ahead of this summer's GOP convention, despite some recent stumbles when it comes to making sure supportive delegates can attend.


This item has been edited to correct that Trump said Cruz, not Kasich, "doesn't represent what we need."


7 p.m.

Hillary Clinton's campaign manager says Bernie Sanders must decide after New York's primary Tuesday whether he wants to continue to "make casualties" of the likely nominee and the Democratic Party.

Robby Mook says Sanders is resorting to negative campaigning after falling so far behind in the primary race that he has a "close to impossible path to the nomination."

Mook's comments come in response to a fundraising flap the Sanders campaign started earlier Monday. Sanders' campaign attorney says it appears the Democratic National Committee and state parties have been improperly subsidizing some of Clinton's campaign fundraising costs. The Clinton campaign and DNC say that's not true and the costs are split appropriately.

Mook says Sanders needs to decide if he's going to keep "making destructive, false attacks."


3:12 p.m.

Ted Cruz is already looking beyond New York's presidential primary.

The Texas senator spent the eve of the New York primary campaigning in Maryland, one of five states set to hold primary contests next week. Polls suggest that Cruz's chief rival, Donald Trump, has a big lead in New York.

Cruz did not mention the New York primary as he campaigned in suburban Baltimore on Monday. Instead, he called Maryland "a battleground" in the GOP primary.

He says, "The nation is looking to Maryland to decide, do we nominate Donald Trump? Or do we unite behind the Cruz campaign?"

Cruz warned that a Trump nomination would lead to a general election "bloodbath" for the Republican Party. He cast himself as the only candidate who can stop Trump from securing the nomination.


2:03 p.m.

A group of Donald Trump's minority and women voters say they don't believe he is bigoted and are serving as his "eyes and ears on the ground."

The group, which calls itself the National Diversity Coalition for Trump, met briefly with the GOP front-runner at Trump Tower in Manhattan on the eve of the New York primary.

Darrell Scott, a pastor who is head of the group, said its members have "disdain for certain characterizations of Mr. Trump as bigoted, xenophobic, racist demagogue that we know to be untrue."


1:16 p.m.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton says the White House should take a "hard look" at whether to declassify 28 pages of the 9/11 commission report.

Families of victims and some members of Congress say the government has suppressed information about the attack.

Clinton is campaigning in New York with Sen. Chuck Schumer who's joined the effort. She's also backing legislation that would allow the Saudi government to be held responsible for any role in the attacks in US courts.


12:21 p.m.

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Hillary Clinton is greeting recently-unionized workers at a Queens car wash during her final day of campaigning ahead of the New York primary.

Clinton is citing the workers as evidence of how "real change happens."

"It didn't happen overnight," she tells a small crowd at the Hi-Tek Wash & Lube. "You work at it every day."

The remark echoes her recent attacks on rival Bernie Sanders, who she says promises an impossible-to-achieve "political revolution."

Earlier on Monday, she stopped at a hospital in Yonkers and urged workers to support her at the polls. Clinton will join New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand for a rally this afternoon.


9:00 a.m.

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz says his controversial criticism of "New York values" was a comment that originated from his rival Donald Trump in an interview on partial birth abortion.

In a town hall-style interview on ABC's "Good Morning America" Monday, Cruz said that the comments by Trump, a native New Yorker, echoed the "left-wing democratic policies" that have dominated New York policies.

"I was repeating Donald's own phrasing," Cruz said.

"The people of New York, the folks here, y'all have suffered under the left wing democratic policies year after year after year," Cruz said. Heidi and I we are fighting for you we are fighting for you."

Cruz also criticized New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City mayor Bill de Blasio, claiming that they have deprived New Yorkers of jobs and a decent education, by banning fracking and closing charter schools in lower income neighborhoods.

New Yorkers will head to the polls Tuesday to vote in their crucial presidential primary.


8:15 a.m.

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is backing legislation that would let Americans sue Saudi Arabia over the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

The bill is opposed by the Obama administration. But's important to families of 9/11 victims, some of whom believe Saudi officials played some part in the attacks.

Sanders spoke in favor of the legislation Monday on NBC's "Today Show" on the eve of the New York presidential primary. He says it's important to have a full understanding of the "the possible role of the Saudi government in 9/11."

U.S. inquiries have not reported a link between the Saudi government or its senior officials and the attacks. But Sanders notes that some conclusions remain classified.

Sanders says Saudi Arabia promotes an extreme and "very destructive" version of Islam.

Fifteen of the 19 hijackers in the September 2001 attacks, which destroyed the World Trade Center and killed thousands, were citizens of Saudi Arabia.