''My career as a strong man in politics has been built on the support of strong women'' says Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine while campaigning in Florida. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine talks about why he accepted Hillary Clinton's vice presidential request, telling supporters in Pembroke Pines, Florida, "My career as a strong man in politics has been built on the support of strong women." The Democratic vice presidential nominee also expressed concern over voting rights. "This voting issue is just deadly, deadly serious," Kaine said. "The GOP has taken what had been a 140 year trait of being an expand the franchise, pro-voting rights party and done a U-turn where they want to reduce, reduce people's ability to participate," he told the crowd of Floridians. Kaine said Florida is a key state: "If we win Florida, it's over." Clinton leads her Republican rival Donald Trump by 5 percentage points among likely voters, down from a peak this month of 12 points, according to the Reuters/Ipsos daily tracking poll released on Friday. The Aug. 22-25 opinion poll found that 41 percent of likely voters supported Clinton ahead of the Nov. 8 presidential election, while 36 percent supported Trump. Some 23 percent would not pick either candidate and answered "refused," "other" or "wouldn't vote." Clinton, a former secretary of state, has led real estate developer Trump in the poll since Democrats and Republicans ended their national conventions and formally nominated their presidential candidates in July. Her level of support has varied between 41 and 45 percent during that period, and her lead over Trump in the tracking poll peaked this month at 12 percentage points on Tuesday. During the past week, Clinton has been dogged by accusations by Trump, which she has denied, that donations to her family's charitable foundation influenced her actions while she was secretary of state from 2009 to 2013. Questions have also surfaced again about her use of a private email server and address rather than a government one during her period at the State Department. Meanwhile, Trump and Clinton also sparred over who would be a better advocate for African Americans and other minorities, and Trump hinted he could soften his hard-line stance on immigration.