The Latest: Trump predicts big growth under economic plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. presidential race(all times EDT):

8:15 a.m.

Donald Trump says his plan for the U.S. economy will produce annual growth of at least 4 percent, a figure not seen since the final year of Bill Clinton’s presidency.

The Republican nominee says that the proposal he unveiled Monday to cut taxes and create jobs makes a 4 percent growth rate “easily attainable and I think even more than that.” He was interviewed Tuesday on Fox News’ “Fox and Friends.”

Democratic rival Hillary Clinton has dismissed Trump’s plan as offering “super big tax breaks” to huge companies and rich people.

The economy’s average annual growth rate since the last recession ended in June 2009 is just over 2 percent, the slowest since the 1930s.


3:16 a.m.

Donald Trump is seeking to quell concerns he lacks the discipline or policy know-how to make a competent president, even as the list of fellow Republicans deeming him unfit for the Oval Office grows.

Maine Sen. Susan Collins is the latest Republican to announce her intent not to vote for her party’s nominee. Collins said late Monday she’d thought “long and hard” about whether she was obligated to support the GOP nominee and decided she could not.

She says she’s become “increasingly dismayed by his constant stream of cruel comments” and his inability to apologize.

The defection from a respected senator adds to a chorus of GOP voices insisting they can’t back Trump. It comes as Trump is trying to shift attention to his revamped plan for far-reaching tax cuts.

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