Republican vice-presidential nominee Mike Pence on Saturday hinted that he may release his tax returns before election day, breaking strides with the party's presidential nominee Donald Trump who has refused to do the same. Former GOP Rep. Chris Shays of CT has also recently endorsed her over Trump.
But Mr Trump set up that address with extensive new complaints about the latest disastrous week of coverage and reports of campaign chaos.
Pence's running mate, Donald Trump, has not yet released his taxes.
"Everyone needs to stop being surprised that the Trump campaign lacks any semblance of a strategy, competent staff or a game plan to succeed", said GOP consultant and Never Trump member Rory Cooper. His anti-media tweet storm topped a half-dozen posts by midafternoon.
The Connecticut Republicans say the visit shows the state's importance in this year's presidential election. Signs were popping up across the political landscape that Trump's year-plus flirtation with presidential politics was in danger of not advancing much further. In recent history CT has leaned reliably Democratic in presidential elections.
Frustratingly for Republicans, Trump's missteps have overshadowed hard news for Clinton: The new release of 44 previously-unreleased email exchanges Clinton had while at the State Department.
While he avoided reporters' questions Saturday as to whether he would release his returns, the New York Times reports that the Indiana Governor hinted they could still be published during an interview with Rita Cosby of WABC Radio.
That set off Trump on a Twitter rant Sunday morning.
"At this point, Florida looks in trouble, North Carolina looks in trouble, they don't even know who their people are in OH", said Charlie Harper, a prominent conservative writer who runs a think tank in Georgia, where Trump is sliding in the polls.
Mr. Trump's running mate, Gov. Mike Pence, of IN, will spend most of his week campaigning IN the Southwest with events scheduled for Nevada and New Mexico.
The play for CT follows a peculiar move by Trump last week to campaign in ME, which also hasn't gone to the GOP presidential nominee since 1988.
"He's delusional", Nancy DiNardo, the state Democratic Party's vice chairwoman, said of Trump.
"You could have covered what he was saying, or you could try and take an aside and take the Clinton narrative and play it out. This coming Monday, you're going to see a vision for confronting radical Islamic terrorism".