ABC News “World News Tonight” anchor David Muir interviewed Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and running mate Mike Pence.
The following is a transcript of the interview:
MUIR: Mr. Trump, Governor Pence, thank you for doing this. We sit here in the great battleground state of Ohio. 63 days to go. How badly do you need to win Ohio to win that White House?
TRUMP: Well, we’re up in Ohio, and you see the kind of crowds we’re having in Ohio, and I think we’re going to win it, and certainly I think it will be essential to winning Ohio. We’re going to do very well in Pennsylvania. We’re leading in Florida. We’re doing well pretty much all over but winning Ohio. First of all, I worked here for a long period of time, and I loved this state, and I love the people, and I think we’re going to win Ohio.
MUIR: You’ve heard what people have said. Republicans do not win the White House without Ohio.
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- TRUMP: Well, I’ve heard that, and certainly, we intend to win Ohio. We should win Ohio.
- MUIR: Twenty days until the first big debate. Are you ready?
- TRUMP: You never know, but I think so.
- MUIR: Are you prepping?
TRUMP: Yeah, sure. I’m prepping, maybe not in the traditional way. When I had the debates, I had 11 debates with the — as you know — in the primaries, and I was delighted. Everybody else was delighted with the way I did. And I think I’m working the same way I did there.
MUIR: But this will be a lot different. I mean, there will be two candidates on that stage. It won’t be, you know, the list that was there during the primary.
TRUMP: Well, we started off with 17, and in the end, we had just a few left so, it’s not that much different. But I look forward to the debates. I think it’s gonna be very revealing.
MUIR: Any mock debates?
TRUMP: I haven’t thought about it much. It could happen. But haven’t really given it much thought.
MUIR: I read somewhere that when you were asked about the debate. You were asked about the debates, and you said, ‘I know how to handle Hillary.’
TRUMP: I don’t think I’d ever say that about anybody. I don’t know how to handle you. I don’t know how to handle anybody. I’m me. I just do what I have to do. And what we’re going to be doing — and you see it from outside when you look at those Ohio crowds, we have 60 or 70,000 people right outside the door. That’s, nobody’s ever had that, and what I know how to do is create jobs, and that’s what I’m going to do.
I’m bringing jobs back to Ohio and Pennsylvania, and all of the states and they know my stance on immigration, and it’s the proper stance. But we’re going to bring jobs back. We’re gonna give jobs back in these states because we are being drained, our country’s being drained of its jobs. And we can’t have that. I see people today; they want hope, they’re desperate, they’re desperate. We had 15,000 people working in a factory, and now they’re down to 500 people. From 15,000, they’re down to 500, and the jobs have all left, and the companies have gone to Mexico and other places. We’re not going to stand for that.