Clin­ton warns against com­pla­cency, as Trump warns of World War Three

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Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Hil­lary Clin­ton warned her sup­port­ers on Tues­day against com­pla­cency as opin­ion polls show her hold­ing a clear lead over Repub­li­can ri­val Don­ald Trump with ex­actly two weeks left un­til the Nov 8 elec­tion. Clin­ton told vot­ers in Florida, one of the bat­tle­ground states where the elec­tion is likely to be de­cided, that Democrats can­not af­ford to slacken. “I hope you will come out and vote be­cause it’s go­ing to be a close elec­tion. Pay no at­ten­tion to the polls. Don’t for­get, don’t get com­pla­cent, be­cause we’ve got to turn peo­ple out,” she told a rally in Co­conut Creek, stand­ing in front of a large sign read­ing “Vote Early.”

Trump also cam­paigned in Florida on Tues­day. He blasted re­cent spikes in pre­mi­ums for health in­sur­ance un­der Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s Af­ford­able Care Act, known as Oba­macare. Trump promised to re­peal and re­place the health care law, as soon as he is elected. “This is why we have to drain the swamp and re­peal and re­place Oba­macare im­me­di­ately, and I’m the only can­di­date run­ning for pres­i­dent who will do it,” Trump said. On Mon­day, the US gov­ern­ment said the av­er­age premium for in­sur­ance plans sold on Health­care.gov for 2017 rose by 25 per­cent com­pared with 2016. But with polls show­ing Trump trail­ing Clin­ton, Trump has asked his cam­paign to cut back on work iden­ti­fy­ing can­di­dates for jobs in his fu­ture ad­min­is­tra­tion and to fo­cus in­stead on bol­ster­ing his chances on Nov. 8, ac­cord­ing to two peo­ple fa­mil­iar with the cam­paign’s in­ner work­ings.

Pow­ell to vote for Clin­ton

An av­er­age of na­tional polls on the RealClearPol­i­tics web­site since mid-Oc­to­ber gives Clin­ton a lead of more than 5 per­cent­age points, as Trump fights off ac­cu­sa­tions that he groped women and faces heavy crit­i­cism for sug­gest­ing he might not ac­cept the re­sult of the elec­tion if he loses. Clin­ton re­ceived a fur­ther boost when Colin Pow­ell, who served as Repub­li­can Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W Bush’s sec­re­tary of state and was chair­man of the US mil­i­tary’s joint chiefs of staff un­der his fa­ther, Repub­li­can Pres­i­dent Ge­orge Bush, said on Tues­day he would vote for her.

Trump de­nies the ac­cu­sa­tions of sex­ual mis­con­duct and says the elec­tion is rigged against him, al­though he has not cited widely ac­cepted ev­i­dence to back that up. On Tues­day, Trump said that Clin­ton’s plan for fix­ing the Syr­ian civil war would “lead to World War Three,” be­cause of the po­ten­tial for con­flict with mil­i­tary forces from nu­clear-armed Rus­sia. In an in­ter­view fo­cused largely on for­eign pol­icy, Trump said de­feat­ing Is­lamic State is a higher pri­or­ity than per­suad­ing Syr­ian Pres­i­dent Bashar al-As­sad to step down, play­ing down a long-held goal of US pol­icy.

Clin­ton has called for the es­tab­lish­ment of a nofly zone and “safe zones” on the ground in Syria to pro­tect non­com­bat­ants. The two can­di­dates have sparred in re­cent days over the US-backed Iraqi mil­i­tary push to take the north­ern Iraqi city of Mo­sul from Is­lamic State, which Trump de­scribed as a “to­tal dis­as­ter.” “He’s declar­ing de­feat be­fore the bat­tle has even started,” Clin­ton, who was sec­re­tary of state dur­ing Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s first term, said on Tues­day. She urged sup­port­ers to par­tic­i­pate in early vot­ing, which be­gan this week in Florida. “No­body should want to wake up on Nov 9 and won­der whether there was more you could have done,” Clin­ton said. —Reuters

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