Clin­ton, Trump kick off race to fin­ish line

The Myanmar Times - - World -

RI­VALS Hil­lary Clin­ton and Don­ald Trump sprinted out of the cam­paign blocks to be­gin their two-month dash to the US pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, de­scend­ing on Ohio as ground zero of their 2016 bat­tle.

The can­di­dates used Labour Day – the tra­di­tional launch of the home stretch of the pres­i­den­tial cam­paign – to push their ar­gu­ments that they would be best for work­ing-class Amer­i­cans.

Demo­crat Clin­ton main­tains an edge over Mr Trump in na­tional polls, has dra­mat­i­cally deeper ground op­er­a­tions in swing states, and trounced Mr Trump in Au­gust fundrais­ing.

But the Repub­li­can flag­bearer’s un­ortho­dox White House bid, in­clud­ing his cam­paign’s ap­par­ent im­per­vi­ous­ness to crit­i­cism about his harsh rhetoric, as­sures a tight con­test for the next 64 days.

“I’m not tak­ing any­body, any­where for granted,” Ms Clin­ton told a crowd of more than 1000 at a picnic in Cleve­land.

High­light­ing the in­ten­sity of the fight for bat­tle­ground states like Ohio, Mr Trump was al­ready on the ground in Cleve­land for his own cam­paign events when Ms Clin­ton landed, their planes park­ing about two foot­ball fields apart on the tar­mac.

“I’m ready. I’m more than ready,” she said of the in­tense two-month bat­tle ahead as she at­tempts to be­come the first fe­male US com­man­der-inchief.

But af­ter a few days of rest from cam­paign­ing, Ms Clin­ton coughed her way through por­tions of her Cleve­land re­marks.

Suf­fer­ing one of her worst cough­ing bouts of the race, she paused to sip wa­ter, her voice re­duced to a crack­ling whis­per at times.

That is sure to fuel crit­ics’ claims that Ms Clin­ton, 68, has se­ri­ous health prob­lems. Ms Clin­ton dis­missed such “con­spir­acy the­o­ries,” say­ing her cough­ing was just from sea­sonal al­ler­gies.

Ms Clin­ton ex­pressed “grave” con­cern about re­ports that Rus­sia has been in­ter­fer­ing in the US elec­toral process through in­va­sive cy­ber at­tacks on the Demo­cratic Party and an ap­par­ent at­tack on voter regis­tra­tion sys­tems in Ari­zona.

And she im­plied Moscow was try­ing to help get Mr Trump elected.

“I think it’s quite in­trigu­ing that this ac­tiv­ity has hap­pened around the time Trump be­came the nom­i­nee,” she said.

Mr Trump, who vis­ited a Cleve­land diner to meet with union mem­bers, is seek­ing to cap­i­talise on sim­mer­ing frus­tra­tion among blue-col­lar work­ers over jobs and wages.

Mr Trump, 70, dom­i­nated last week’s po­lit­i­cal mes­sag­ing and im­agery that in­cluded his visit to an AfricanAmer­i­can church in Detroit.

The first of three pres­i­den­tial de­bates that are ex­pected to be the most watched mo­ments of the elec­tion is just three weeks away – on Septem­ber 26 in New York.

Af­ter hint­ing last month that he might not par­tic­i­pate in all of them, Mr Trump said he was on board.

“I ex­pect to do all three,” Mr Trump told re­porters. – TWO Mus­lim moth­ers wear­ing head­scarves were ac­costed and pre­vented from en­ter­ing a nurs­ery school on the French is­land of Cor­sica by two other par­ents.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened on Septem­ber 5 as par­ents were drop­ping off their chil­dren at the start of the school day in Boni­fa­cio.

The two women, wear­ing Mus­lim head­scarves, “were stopped by two men, two broth­ers, who thought it wasn’t right that their chil­dren are not al­lowed to wear em­blems of their religion at school and yet these women could en­ter with their veils”, said lo­cal pros­e­cu­tor Eric Bouil­lard.

Boni­fa­cio Mayor Jean-Charles Or­succi said his ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cial “had in­ter­vened to al­low nor­mal en­try to the school”.

Po­lice were sent to the scene “and the sit­u­a­tion calmed down. There was no vi­o­lence and there­fore no laws bro­ken,” said Mr Bouil­lard.

While re­li­gious sym­bols are banned for pupils and teach­ers in French schools, there is no such con­straint on par­ents.

The in­ci­dent is the lat­est ex­am­ple of in­ter­com­mu­nal ten­sions in France. –

Photo: AFP

Don­ald Trump (left) and Hil­lary Clin­ton will en­gage in three de­bates in the run-up to the Novem­ber 8 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

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