The Latest: Trump says US manufacturing jobs 'going to hell'

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on campaign 2016 (all times Eastern): 11:55 a.m. Donald Trump says America's manufacturing jobs are "going to hell." The Republican presidential nominee blamed the Obama administration for allowing companies to move jobs to Mexico. He also lashed out at the proposed...

 
              A new campaign plane for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton sits on the tarmac at the Westchester County Airport in White Plains, N.Y., Monday, Sept. 5, 2016. Clinton will travel to Cleveland and Illinois for Labor Day events. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on campaign 2016 (all times Eastern):

11:55 a.m.

Donald Trump says America's manufacturing jobs are "going to hell."

The Republican presidential nominee blamed the Obama administration for allowing companies to move jobs to Mexico. He also lashed out at the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership as "a catastrophe."

The New York billionaire made the comments during a Monday round table discussion with labor leaders in suburban Cleveland.

He's spending Labor Day campaigning alongside running mate Mike Pence in battleground Ohio.

The pair met with about a dozen current and retired union members, including teamsters, steelworkers, plumbers, police patrolmen and firefighters.

Trump noted that he's often best known for immigration, but he's also focused on jobs and the economy.

"We're going to stop companies from leaving," Trump vowed. He said it's going to be "so easy."

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9:55 a.m.

Vice President Joe Biden says there's still work to be done to revive the American economy.

Campaigning in Pittsburgh Monday alongside vice presidential hopeful Tim Kaine, Biden told a crowd of union workers that the policies of President George W. Bush deeply hurt the economy and crippled job growth.

He said the Obama administration "got the truck outta the ditch," but that it's still not going as fast as it could be.

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9:45 a.m.

Vice President Joe Biden is praising Tim Kaine, his possible successor, as a man who is highly qualified for the job and capable of handling any challenge that Hillary Clinton may throw his way.

Biden joined Kaine in Pittsburgh for a Labor Day event Monday, where they addressed several hundred union workers.

He said, "Hillary is really going to need him...because the plate is so full."

Biden said Kaine has more experience that any vice presidential nominee in the past, something Democrats frequently say about Clinton in her quest for the presidency. He said he expects Clinton and Kaine to build a partnership similar to the one he's built with President Barack Obama, if they are elected.

Biden also described Kaine as a strong friend of organized labor, saying "no one has to tell Tim who built this country."

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9:20 a.m.

Tim Kaine is making Labor Day personal as he campaigns alongside Vice President Joe Biden, the man he hopes to replace in the White House.

Speaking to a crowd of several hundred in Pittsburgh Monday, Kaine shared the story of his father's iron-welding business in Kansas City. He told supporters his father built a "partnership" with his employees, teaching Kaine and his brothers the value of shared prosperity.

He said Democrats believe in management and unions working together, not against each other.

Hillary Clinton's father also ran a small business. Kaine said that as the children of business owners, both he and Clinton have a unique perspective toward the value of labor.

He said, "We haven't been sitting in an ivory tower."

Biden is also expected to speak at the Pittsburgh rally.

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8:00 a.m.

Hillary Clinton is traveling aboard a new Boeing 737 campaign plane for the first time this Labor Day.

Clinton was flying to events in Ohio and Illinois on Monday in a light blue-and-white campaign plane with her press corps.

The plane has Clinton's slogan "Stronger Together" on the side and her "H'' logo on the tail.

Clinton has traveled mostly by private jet during the campaign and has not held a formal news conference with journalists since December 2015 in Iowa.

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3:30 a.m.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are making competing Labor Day pitches in Ohio, setting the stage for a critical month in their testy presidential campaign.

The Republican real estate mogul is joining running mate Mike Pence at a morning round-table discussion with union members in Cleveland. The Democratic nominee plans to arrive in the city for a Labor Day festival with union leaders and workers.

Trump is also expected to campaign at a fair in Youngstown, Ohio, in a nod to the state's role as a make-or-break proving ground for Republican presidential candidates.

Labor Day has traditionally been the kickoff to the fall campaign. Both Clinton and Trump have been locked in an intense back-and-forth throughout the summer.

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