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Clinton, Trump to square off in separate speeches

Posted: 7:59 AM, Jun 22, 2016
Updated: 2016-06-22 12:49:25Z

Hillary Clinton will lay out "ambitious new goals" on the economy in a speech Wednesday in Raleigh, North Carolina. Clinton will follow up on an address in Columbus, Ohio, in which she said Donald Trump would lead the country in a recession.

Clinton said in a preview of her North Carolina speech that she would work with both parties to develop good-paying jobs in infrastructure, advanced manufacturing, clean energy and small business.

Clinton's campaign says she will offer a "doubling down" on the vision she outlined during the primaries, including job creation, debt-free college and ensuring Wall Street and corporations pay their fair share in taxes.

Clinton will be speaking shortly after Trump's address on Clinton's qualifications for president.

Seeking to refocus his presidential campaign, Donald Trump will lambaste Democratic rival Hillary Clinton as a failed secretary of state who is out of step with Americans on trade and immigration.

Trump's address Wednesday morning at his hotel in New York's SoHo neighborhood marks his official opening salvo against Clinton, the prospective Democratic presidential nominee, in the general election. It comes as Trump faces growing questions about his readiness not just for the presidency, but for the campaign he will need to run to get there.

The Trump campaign is hoping the speech can quiet those concerns and rally Republicans around their shared opposition to Clinton. The billionaire businessman plans to focus in particular on Clinton's tenure at the State Department, arguing that her foreign policy is in part responsible for the creation of the Islamic State militant group.

On Monday, Trump fired his campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, hours before a new fundraising report showed that the billionaire's campaign had just $1.3 million in the bank at the start of June.