Trump calls for lobbying reform, term limits
Posted October 21, 2016
FLETCHER, N.C. — Zeroing in on what he calls pay-for-play in the State Department under Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Friday proposed a package of lobbying reforms in federal government.
During a campaign rally at the Western North Carolina Agricultural Center outside Asheville, Trump highlighted revelations made in recent days from emails obtained from the hacked accounts of Clinton aides and released by WikiLeaks.
"It's time to drain the swamp in Washington, D.C.," he told the enthusiastic crowd.
Trump proposed a five-year waiting period for government officials seeking to become lobbyists, complete bans on White House officials lobbying for foreign governments or foreign nationals raising campaign funds and term limits for members of Congress.
"Not only will we end government corruption, but we'll end economic stagnation," he said. "We have a bunch of babies running this country. We have a bunch of losers."
Trump spoke at length about his campaign theme of rebuilding the U.S. economy through punishing companies that move operations out of the country and renegotiating trade deals that he says benefit other nations at the U.S. expense. He said he would consolidate all trade functions under "the American desk," which would have the mission of protecting the interests of American workers and the U.S. economy.
"I'm going to fight for every person in this country who believes government should serve the people, not the donors and the special interests," he said.
He renewed his attack on Clinton, calling her corrupt and beholden to special interests and saying super PACs supporting her are filling television and radio airwaves with scores of attack ads that he says are "mostly false." He even accused her of obtaining questions to their debates early.
"The media is so corrupt," he said. "Can you imagine if I got the questions and they found out? The would reinvent a much more sinister form of the electric chair."
As the crowd chanted, "Lock her up! Lock her up!" Trump urged people to get all of their friends to vote.
"Don't blow it on Nov. 8," he said. "What a waste of time if we don't pull this off."
Trump said he is packing his schedule with rallies over the next two weeks to drive voter turnout.
"At least I will know win, lose or draw – I'm almost sure, if the people come out, we're going to win – I will be happy with myself," he said. "I don't want to look back and think, 'If only I had done one more rally, I would have won North Carolina.' ... I never want to ever look back. I never want to say that about myself. We have to work. You have to get everybody you know out there."
Trump's visit marked the fourth day in a row a major-party candidate for president or vice president campaigned in North Carolina, and more are slated for the weekend.
Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine spoke at get-out-the-vote events in Asheville on Wednesday and in Charlotte and Durham on Thursday, while Trump running mate Mike Pence held events Tuesday in Fayetteville and Wilmington.
On Saturday, Kaine's wife, Anne Holton, and Jill Biden, the wife of Joe Biden, are scheduled to campaign in Fayetteville and Jacksonville. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton follows Sunday in Raleigh and Charlotte.