Trump hosts minority leaders in midtown as campaign targets minority voters

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MIDTOWN, Manhattan -- New York is not a battleground state, but hard to tell by the street theatre and verbal jabbing in front of Trump Tower Thursday morning.

This was not just another day in the Trump campaign, it was another day of pivoting. A reset of sorts, as the Republican candidate for president met with African-American and Latino leaders.

"It's got to be everybody or we don't have a great country, we have a divided country," said Trump in a conference room at Trump Tower.

Trump says that his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton along with her Democratic colleagues have done very little for African-American communities over the last eight years. This point, combined with what is believed to be a new softer stance on immigration, is what he will be stressing in the coming week.

Once the meeting concluded, Trump gave the PIX11 News camera a thumbs up as he and a secret service convoy exited midtown for an afternoon rally in New Hampshire -- a state that has not gone Republican in 16 years.

As for Hillary Clinton? She spent her day out west campaigning in the key battleground state of Nevada.

PIX11 News decided to get a feel for the new Trump and his messaging uptown some 54 blocks along Tito Puento Way. This is East Harlem to many, "el barrio" to most that live here.

In Spanish, Puerto Rican Wilfredo Martinez says he not convinced by Trump. He believes it is simply a strategy. Mike Tuli offered up this perspective, "I'm a Democrat. He has some good points man but you know for what he has been saying lately, I don't think he's going to be good for the city, especially minorities right now."

Then there was Ty Lewis and his cooler of water. The 27-year-old recently moved to the city from West Virginia. He was parked on the corner of East 110th Street and Lexington Avenue selling bottled water for $1.

Lewis expressed to PIX11 News his thirst for a new Washington, one with Trump in the White House, "I take it as Donald Trump is a smart man. He just says foolish things. I think that me personally, regardless of his, guess you could say racist antics, I will be voting for him for his financial reasons. I feel like he could help this country come out of debt. That is my main issue."

There are still more than two months until Election Day and the first debate is just over a month away at Hofstra University.