Trump, Clinton on the attack as race narrows
> Tycoon takes lead in one presidential poll
WASHINGTON: Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton launched bitter attacks on each other’s character on Tuesday as a new poll suggested the White House race has tightened in the final week.
Trump stormed into Democratic territory in Wisconsin to try to use suspicion generated by an FBI probe into Clinton’s email to open an unlikely path to victory on Nov 8.
But 69-year-old Clinton was determined not to lose her advantage, firing up Florida crowds with attacks on Trump’s attitude to women.
Polling forecasts suggest the 70-yearold Republican property mogul faces a battle to win enough states to secure an electoral college victory over his Democratic rival.
But he received a boost on Tuesday when an ABC News/ Washington Post tracking poll showed him leading Clinton by 46% to 45%.
He boasted about the new numbers as he addressed a raucous crowd – chanting “Lock her up!” and “Drain the swamp!” – in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, before turning the knife.
“The Clintons are the sordid past and we will be the bright and clean future,” he announced, to rapturous roars.
But if Clinton was rattled by the poll – or by the renewed interest in her email server – she did not show it.
Clinton was introduced at a Florida rally by Alicia Machado, a former Miss Universe whom Trump, then the owner of the pageant, publicly humiliated by mocking her post-victory weight gain.
“Can we just stop for a minute and reflect on the absurdity of Donald Trump finding fault with Miss Universe?” Clinton snorted. Trump’s doctor says he is more than overweight at 107kg. – AFP
Clinton takes the stage with Machado after being introduced at an “early voting” campaign rally at Pasco-Hernando State College in Dade City, Florida on Tuesday.