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As Clinton and Trump prepare to debate, their running mates hit the road in Pennsylvania

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton laid low on Thursday in preparation for their upcoming debate on Sunday night. Both voiced concerns about Hurricane Matthew on Twitter and aired television ads about children and families in key swing states. Instead, their running mates are out on the trail: both Gov. Mike Pence and Sen. Tim Kaine in Pennsylvania. Judy Woodruff reports.

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  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    With 33 days to go until Election Day, we turn now to the race for president, where a lot of the day’s action took place online and on TV.

    The next presidential debate is set for this weekend, and that made it a quiet day at the top of the tickets. Hillary Clinton took part in fund-raisers in New York, and Donald Trump scheduled a town hall-style event this evening in New Hampshire.

    The two candidates did send out tweets voicing concern for those in Hurricane Matthew’s path. And both campaigns aired new TV ads in key states on children and families.

  • HILLARY CLINTON (D), Presidential Nominee:

    We face big challenges. But we can solve them the same way families do, working together, respecting one another, and never giving up. I want our success to be measured by theirs.

  • NARRATOR:

    What does electing Donald Trump president mean for you? Families making $60,000 a year, you get a 20 percent tax rate reduction. Working moms, you get paid maternity leave and an average $5,000 child care tax reduction.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Meanwhile, the running mates were on the road in Pennsylvania. Republican Mike Pence toured the Civil War battlefield at Gettysburg. Earlier, on NBC’s “Today Show,” he defended his repeated denials, in Monday night’s debate, of past statements by Donald Trump.

  • GOV. MIKE PENCE (R), Vice Presidential Nominee:

    And the mischaracterizations and the way Tim Kaine and Hillary Clinton continue to take Donald Trump’s statements out of context, it was something I just wasn’t going to tolerate during the debate.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Clinton’s number two, Tim Kaine, campaigned in Pittsburgh, exhorting supporters to keep Trump out of the White House.

  • SEN. TIM KAINE (D), Vice Presidential Nominee:

    There’s no room for second place here. There’s no room for doubt here. There’s no silver medal in this one. We got to get the gold medal.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Meanwhile, “The Atlantic” offered its endorsement in the presidential campaign, only the third time it’s done so, after Abraham Lincoln and Lyndon Johnson. The magazine backed Clinton and branded Trump — quote — “the most ostentatiously unqualified major party candidate in history.”

    Later, 30 former Republican members of Congress published a letter urging Republicans not to vote for Trump. Neither Trump nor Clinton has any public events scheduled for tomorrow, ahead of Sunday night’s debate in Saint Louis.

    And late today, France’s President Francois Hollande said that he hopes Hillary Clinton wins in November. He told a Paris audience, “There isn’t even a choice.”

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