- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 11, 2016

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump revealed his TV ad strategy Thursday, saying he was going to “sit back and wait.”

Mr. Trump has spent nothing on TV ads while being pummeled by millions of dollars in ads by Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and her allies, which are dominating the airwaves in battleground states.

“That’s OK. We sit back and wait,” Mr. Trump said in a speech to the National Association of Home Builders convention in Miami. “But I think we’re doing very well, even better than anybody fully understands because we’ve got a movement going on.”

The remark suggested that Mr. Trump thinks a TV ad blitz done later in the fall, coupled with grassroots support, will propel him to victory in November.

The New York real-estate developer has not altered his campaign style since becoming the GOP nominee. He still relies on big rallies and appearances on TV news shows to deliver his message, despite campaign veterans urging him to adopt a more conventional strategy, which includes heavy spending on TV ads.

Mr. Trump has been losing ground to Mrs. Clinton in most national polls, although he is running neck-and-neck with her in some battleground states such as Florida and Ohio.

He insisted that Mrs. Clinton is the one who is nervous about the way the race, pointing to her TV ad budget as evidence.

“They’re getting a little bit nervous with the hundreds of thousands of dollars they are spending on ads,” he said. “Crooked Hillary is getting a little bit nervous.”

Mr. Trump said Americans were responding to his agenda of low taxes, fewer regulations, rebuilding the military and securing the border.

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