Race nar­row­ing, Trump tries to fo­cus in the fi­nal stretch

Jamaica Gleaner - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS -

WASH­ING­TON (AP): LECTION DAY in sight, Don­ald Trump tried anew for the dis­ci­pline and re­straint that has eluded him for months, hop­ing not to waste a burst of mo­men­tum that has him clos­ing on Hil­lary Clin­ton. Clin­ton and her al­lies, mean­while, are do­ing their best to trip up Trump.

The can­di­dates were tak­ing their tus­sle to Florida and North Carolina yes­ter­day, two linch­pins in Trump’s plan to take the White House. With just days be­fore elec­tion day, the un­con­ven­tional Repub­li­can can­di­date was hew­ing closer to con­ven­tion, run­ning some up­beat ads, bring­ing out his wife for a rare cam­paign ap­pear­ance and try­ing, pub­licly, not to veer off-mes­sage.

“‘Stay on point, Don­ald. Stay on point,’” Trump teas­ingly quoted his staff as say­ing, as he cam­paigned on Wed­nes­day in Florida. “No side­tracks, Don­ald. Nice and easy. Nice and easy.’”

Me­la­nia Trump cam­paigned in a sub­urb of Philadel­phia on Thurs­day, her first turn on the trail since the Repub­li­can con­ven­tion in July. The former model is try­ing to counter the Clin­ton cam­paign’s pound­ing at­tacks on her hus­band as an­ti­woman, a strat­egy Democrats see as the best hope for rat­tling him and driv­ing fe­male vot­ers away from him.

In ex­cerpts of Me­la­nia Trump’s pre­pared re­marks, dis­trib­uted by the cam­paign, she said, “I come

Ehere to­day to talk about my hus­band, Don­ald, and his deep love and re­spect for this coun­try and all of its peo­ple . ... And I have come here to­day to talk about our part­ner­ship, our fam­ily and what I know for sure in my heart about this man, who will make Amer­ica great again.”

CLIN­TON’S HEFTY LEAD TRIMMED

Clin­ton stuck with the sharpedged clos­ing ar­gu­ment as polls showed her once-hefty lead no­tice­ably trimmed in re­cent days. News that the FBI is re­view­ing her close aide’s emails ap­pears to have re­vived ques­tions about her trust­wor­thi­ness just as many late-de­cid­ing vot­ers were mak­ing up their minds.

Clin­ton’s cam­paign has re­sponded by try­ing to keep the spot­light on Trump, and specif­i­cally his his­tory of vul­gar and dis­parag­ing state­ments about women, mi­nori­ties and peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties.

Pres­i­dent Barack Obama was cam­paign­ing in Florida yes­ter­day as Clin­ton headed to North Carolina for ral­lies in Raleigh and Win­ter­ville. Michelle Obama, who has made a pow­er­ful pitch to women, is also ex­pected to be on the trail for Clin­ton be­fore Tues­day.

Trump can­not win the elec­tion with­out car­ry­ing Florida, a fact that high­lights how nar­row his path to the White House is.

“We don’t want to blow this,” he told rowdy sup­port­ers in Mi­ami. “We gotta win. We gotta win big.”

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