Countdown to the midterms: 1 day out
President Donald Trump claimed on Sunday that Georgia Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams would take away all guns from the people of the state.
“Stacey and her friends will get rid of it,” Trump said of the Second Amendment.
Abrams has not said she would want to abolish the Second Amendment. She has said, however, that she supports an assault weapons ban in Georgia.
In an interview on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday morning, Abrams said she wanted "common-sense gun safety legislation."
"I am happy to work with the legislature to figure out how we make an assault weapons ban work,” Abrams said.
Trump went on to claim, without evidence, that electing Abrams would turn the state of Georgia into the nation of Venezuela.
CNN's Sarah Westwood and Eli Watkins contributed to this report.
Speaking in Macon, Georgia, on Sunday afternoon, President Donald Trump continued to use the contentious confirmation hearings of Brett Kavanaugh in an effort to rally voters to support Republican candidates.
He used the allegedly recanted claim of a little-known accuser to question the credibility of Kavanaugh's other accusers without mentioning them by name.
The allegation he referred to received little to no attention, unlike the allegation from Christine Blasey Ford, who appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee to answer questions about her accusations of sexual assault against the judge. Kavanaugh has denied Ford's allegations.
"A woman who accused then-Judge Kavanaugh of horrible, horrible crimes admitted that actually she never met Judge Kavanaugh or Brett Kavanaugh or Kavanaugh period. Never met him. Never saw him," Trump said of the little-known accuser on Sunday. "It was a total lie. She made up the story, and she was forced to admit it."
The crowd then broke out in "lock her up" chants.
Trump made similar remarks on Saturday at a Montana rally, dwelling extensively on Kavanaugh's confirmation — and repeatedly misleading the crowd about the allegations against the judge, blaming Democrats for a "filthy, dirty lie."
The little-known case Trump has seized on came to light in a referral from Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley. Grassley, an Iowa Republican, referred the accuser, Judy Munro-Leighton to the Justice Department and FBI for investigation for potentially making false statements and obstruction. Grassley claimed that Munro-Leighton confessed to committee investigators that she had never met Kavanaugh and admitted her allegation was a "ploy" and "tactic" because she opposed the judge's nomination.
CNN's Eli Watkins, Jeremy Diamond and Veronica Stracqualursi contributed to this report.
Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren said on Sunday in response to a question about President Donald Trump’s “caravan” rhetoric that she believed he was seeking to divide the electorate.
“What Donald Trump wants to do is see if he can turn us against each other,” Warren said. “He wants to see if he can stir up more fear.”
Warren made her remarks to reporters in Worcester, Massachusetts, on the final Sunday before the midterm elections.
CNN's Eli Watkins and DJ Judd contributed to this report.
Florida Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum responded on Sunday to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue describing the stakes of the Florida governor's election next week as being "cotton-pickin' important."
“He should go back to Georgia,” Gillum told CNN. “We’ll take care of Florida. Listen we’re trying our very best to end this race on a high note.”
Perdue is the former GOP governor of Georgia and made the remark on Saturday while campaigning for Gillum’s opponent, former GOP Rep. Ron DeSantis.
CNN's Daniella Diaz contributed to this report.
President Donald Trump left the White House on Sunday afternoon headed for events in Georgia and Tennessee, where he is looking to boost Georgia GOP Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s gubernatorial bid and Tennessee GOP Rep. Marsha Blackburn, who is vying to replace outgoing Republican Sen. Bob Corker.
Trump stopped to talk to reporters before he boarded Marine One and seemed to indicate that he felt better about his party's chances of retaining control of the Senate than the House.
"I think we’re going to do very well in the Senate," Trump said. "I think we’re going to do well in the House. The difference is I can’t campaign with all of those House members. There’s so many of them, but I can go out and help senators.”
The latest from CNN's Harry Enten said Democrats "remain modest — though not runaway — favorites to gain House control."
CNN's Liz Stark contributed to this report.
Former Vice President Joe Biden — who has yet to say whether he’ll mount a 2020 White House bid — has been a top Democratic Party campaign fixture around the country and on the airwaves this cycle.
According to his spokesman Bill Russo, Biden has recorded 56 direct-to-camera videos, 16 robocalls and 10 radio ads for the general elections coming to a close this Tuesday.
At least one robocall was for Abigail Spanberger in the Virginia 7th and one radio ad was for Rep. Cedric Richmond, who represents Louisiana's 2nd District.
CNN's Andrew Kaczynski contributed to this report.
The Trump campaign announced on Sunday that President Donald Trump would campaign with “God Bless the USA” singer Lee Greenwood at a rally in Tennessee on Sunday and in Missouri on Monday evening.
During his rallies, Trump is almost always introduced to the song, and he begins speaking once the song finishes playing.
“Lee Greenwood’s ‘God Bless the USA’ has been a fixture of our iconic Trump rallies and is beloved by millions of patriotic Americans,” Trump campaign official Michael Glassner said in the announcement.
In a separate announcement on Sunday, the campaign said conservative commentators Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh would join Trump at the Cape Girardeau, Missouri, rally.
CNN’s Ryan Nobles contributed to this report.
On CNN’s “New Day” Sunday morning, CNN meteorologist Allison Chinchar said the forecast pointed to severe weather in key states around the midterms, including the potential for tornados and damaging winds in Tennessee and Indiana on Monday and a push on east through Election Day.
Going ahead to Tuesday, she said southern states on the east coast have the potential for severe storms and even localized flooding in some instances on Election Day.
President Donald Trump will hold a rally at 4 p.m. ET in Macon, Georgia, with Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, the Republican gubernatorial nominee.
Trump will then fly to Chattanooga, Tennessee, for a 7 p.m. ET rally with Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn, who is running for Senate.