Clinton to return; Trump talks child care plan
To resume campaigning after diagnosis of pneumonia; Ivanka Trump plays role
Hillary Clinton will resume campaigning on Thursday following a bout of pneumonia.
Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill said the Democratic nominee spent Tuesday reading briefing material and making calls. She also watched President Barack Obama campaigning on her behalf in Philadelphia.
Clinton had planned to campaign on Wednesday in Las Vegas. Former president Bill Clinton will headline the event in her place.
Clinton was diagnosed with pneumonia on Sept 9. But her campaign didn’t disclose the illness until Sunday, after video emerged showing her stumbling and being held up by aides after abruptly leaving a 9/11 memorial service in New York.
Clinton said his wife is “feeling great” as she recovers. He made the comment at a coffee shop in Los Angeles, where he was speaking on her behalf.
Republican Donald Trump said he is ahead of his opponent in pushing out a tax policy aimed at helping working families pay for child care.
At a suburban Philadelphia community center, Trump told several hundred people: “My opponent has no child care plan. She never will. And if it ever evolves into a plan, it’ll never get done anyway. All talk, no action.”
Trump lately has touted a series of policy speeches, including a reaffirmation of his immigration reform plan. He calls his “a campaign of ideas”.
In May, Clinton outlined a policy agenda aimed at lowering costs for working families, including the promise to put child care within reach of all working families.
Ivanka Trump said the struggles of mothers trying to work and care for their children inspired her to help her father craft his plan to make working parenthood easier.
She introduced him by telling an audience in Aston, Pennsylvania, about a woman arrested after leaving her children in her car while she was interviewing for a job.
Ivanka Trump said that the United States needs “to create policies that champion all parents”. She acknowledged she is “more fortunate than most” and said that “safe, affordable, good child care should not be “the luxury of the fortunate few”.
Earlier Tuesday, Obama scoffed at claims that Trump is favored by working-class voters.
The president told thousands of supporters in Philadelphia that the GOP presidential nominee “wouldn’t let you all on his golf course. And now suddenly this guy is going to be your champion?”
The president also noted that Trump has lived a secluded life and mocked the billionaire’s ownership of elite properties. Obama said, “Really? This is the guy you want to be championing working people?”
“He’s not really a plans guy. He’s not really a facts guy,” Obama said of Trump.
In Iowa earlier Tuesday, Trump pledged to be “the president of everyone”.
Trump was in Clive, Iowa, looking to capitalize on Clinton’s declaration that half of his supporters belong in “a basket of deplorables”. She later said she regretted the remark and that many of Trump’s supporters are hard-working Americans.
Trump hammered the theme that Clinton’s remarks slandered his supporters and comes from the same “arrogance and entitlement” that prompted her to use a private email server while she was secretary of state.
He suggested that the email scandal was “worse than Watergate”.
In other campaign news, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said his office has been investigating Trump’s charity to determine whether the foundation has abided by state laws governing nonprofits.
Schneiderman’s comments came hours after House Democrats called for a federal criminal investigation of an improper $25,000 donation Trump’s charity made in 2013 to a political group supporting Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi after Bondi’s office said it was weighing legal action against Trump University.
Schneiderman is a Democrat and has endorsed Clinton for president.
A Trump campaign spokesman said in a statement that Schneiderman is a “partisan hack” and the investigation is “another left-wing hit job”.
US President Barack Obama speaks during a campaign event in support of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in Philadelphia on Tuesday.