Trump, Clin­ton take dif­fer­ent strate­gies to shore up votes

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

PEM­BROKE PINES: Don­ald Trump is promis­ing to take his cam­paign into tra­di­tional Demo­cratic ter­ri­tory as a sign that he’s not giv­ing up on ap­peal­ing to peo­ple out­side the Repub­li­can Party. Hil­lary Clin­ton is fo­cus­ing her ef­forts in the cam­paign’s fi­nal days on en­er­giz­ing vot­ers who usu­ally sup­port the Demo­cratic nom­i­nee, but may need an ex­tra boost. To do that, Clin­ton is press­ing her case with mu­sic and sports celebri­ties, a strat­egy Trump dis­missed. “I just have me,” he told sup­port­ers in North Carolina on Satur­day, “but I have my fam­ily.” With him was his wife, Me­la­nia, who rarely cam­paigns with her hus­band.

A brief scare Satur­day night dis­rupted Trump’s rally in Reno, Ne­vada, when Se­cret Ser­vice agents sud­denly hus­tled the Repub­li­can nom­i­nee off the stage. The agency later said that some­one near the stage had shouted “Gun!” but that a sub­se­quent ap­pre­hen­sion of a man and search re­vealed no weapon. Trump re­turned a few min­utes later to re­sume his re­marks and de­clared “We will never be stopped.”

As if to prove that point, Trump sched­uled ral­lies Sun­day in Min­nesota, which hasn’t sup­ported a Repub­li­can nom­i­nee since 1972, and Michi­gan, which hasn’t since 1988. Polls show that un­likely to change this year, but Trump was in­clud­ing them in a sin­gle day of cam­paign­ing cov­er­ing five states.

Clin­ton faced dark skies, in­tense rain and strong wind in Florida on Satur­day be­fore ap­pear­ing in Penn­syl­va­nia with pop singer Katy Perry. The Demo­cratic nom­i­nee was pre­par­ing to cam­paign Sun­day with bas­ket­ball su­per­star Lebron James, hav­ing shared the stage Fri­day night with mu­sic diva be­y­oncè and hip hop mogul hus­band Jay Z. “Tonight, I want to hear you roar,” a smil­ing Clin­ton said be­fore in­tro­duc­ing Perry for a Satur­day night per­for­mance in Philadel­phia.

‘Madam Pres­i­dent’

Perry, who hugged Clin­ton while wear­ing a pur­ple cap bear­ing the words, “I’m with Madam Pres­i­dent,” shouted, “In three days, let’s make his­tory!” The fi­nal-days scram­ble high­lighted sharp dif­fer­ences be­tween the cam­paigns in a tur­bu­lent 2016 cam­paign sea­son. Backed by Pres­i­dent Barack Obama and her party’s po­lit­i­cal elite, Clin­ton spent much of the last year fight­ing to unify Obama’s coali­tion of mi­nori­ties and younger vot­ers, aided at times by Trump’s deep un­pop­u­lar­ity among women in both par­ties.

Trump has courted work­ing-class white vot­ers on the strength of his own celebrity, hav­ing scared off many wouldbe Repub­li­can al­lies dur­ing a cam­paign marred by ex­tra­or­di­nary gaffes and self-cre­ated crises. Just four weeks ago, a video emerged in which a mar­ried Trump ad­mit­ted to kiss­ing women and grab­bing their gen­i­talia with­out their per­mis­sion.

Clin­ton also faced ex­tra­or­di­nary chal­lenges of her own in re­cent days af­ter the FBI con­firmed plans to re­new its fo­cus on the for­mer sec­re­tary of state’s email prac­tices. The de­vel­op­ment is seen as par­tic­u­larly threat­en­ing for Clin­ton in states like Michi­gan, Penn­syl­va­nia and New Hamp­shire that don’t of­fer early vot­ing.

At least 41 mil­lion Amer­i­cans across 48 states have al­ready cast bal­lots, ac­cord­ing to an As­so­ci­ated Press anal­y­sis. That’s sig­nif­i­cantly more votes four days be­fore Elec­tion Day than voted early in the 2012. House Speaker Paul Ryan cam­paigned Satur­day along­side Trump’s run­ning mate, Mike Pence - a rare show of unity, but not with Trump him­self. The speaker en­cour­aged Repub­li­cans to “come home” to sup­port Trump in Ryan’s home-state Wis­con­sin, ig­nor­ing for a day his icy re­la­tion­ship with the Repub­li­can nom­i­nee.

— AFP

PHILADEL­PHIA: This file photo taken on July 28, 2016 shows Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Hil­lary Clin­ton and hus­band for­mer US pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton cel­e­brate on the fourth and fi­nal night of the Demo­cratic Na­tional Con­ven­tion.

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