Clin­ton en­er­gised, Trump hits bat­tle­ground state

The Myanmar Times - - World -

AN ex­u­ber­ant Hil­lary Clin­ton came out swing­ing against Don­ald Trump, lash­ing him as “dan­ger­ously in­co­her­ent” as her Repub­li­can op­po­nent hit the cam­paign trail hard in bat­tle­ground state Florida.

Ms Clin­ton’s en­ergy sug­gested she was climb­ing out of per­haps the worst pe­riod of her 15-month cam­paign, when she blun­dered by be­lit­tling Mr Trump sup­port­ers and then was laid up with pneu­mo­nia ear­lier this month.

“I felt so pos­i­tive about it,” Ms Clin­ton, 68, told re­porters the day af­ter go­ing toe to toe with 70-year-old Mr Trump and fre­quently forc­ing her prickly op­po­nent onto the back foot.

“The point is about tem­per­a­ment, fit­ness and qual­i­fi­ca­tion to hold the most im­por­tant and hard­est job in the world. I think peo­ple saw some very clear dif­fer­ences be­tween us.”

The White House hope­fuls sparred over judge­ment, trade, the econ­omy and ter­ror­ism in the de­bate on Septem­ber 26 watched by an es­ti­mated 84 mil­lion tele­vi­sion au­di­ence. Most po­lit­i­cal an­a­lysts said the de­bate went in favour of Ms Clin­ton.

But both sides cried vic­tory af­ter the clash with polls now locked in a near dead-heat, show­ing Ms Clin­ton’s lead has all but evap­o­rated.

In a cam­paign that has de­fied pre­dic­tions, po­larised the coun­try and up­ended the po­lit­i­cal es­tab­lish­ment, few can fore­cast for sure any im­pact on Amer­i­can vot­ers at the bal­lot box on Novem­ber 8.

Mr Trump jet­ted into Florida to woo His­panic vot­ers, who polls show over­whelm­ingly pre­fer Ms Clin­ton. He at­tended two fundrais­ers in a bid to play catchup with his op­po­nent’s vast war chest and lead a large rally.

He com­plained to Fox News that mod­er­a­tor Lester Holt failed to press Ms Clin­ton on con­tro­ver­sies over her emails as sec­re­tary of state and her han­dling of a 2012 at­tack on the US con­sulate in Beng­hazi.

In Florida, ar­dent sup­port­ers of Mr Trump said they thought their man had per­formed well by pre­sent­ing him­self as the anti-es­tab­lish­ment leader who could bring back jobs and keep the coun­try safe from ter­ror­ism.

Mr Trump blamed Ms Clin­ton and the po­lit­i­cal class for los­ing jobs to Mex­ico and China through bad trade deals and in­com­pe­tence.

Ms Clin­ton be­rated Mr Trump fur­ther on Septem­ber 27 in North Carolina, telling young vot­ers that while she has de­tailed poli­cies, “what we hear from my op­po­nent is dan­ger­ously in­co­her­ent”.

Mr Trump weath­ered al­le­ga­tions of big­otry and sex­ism, re­fus­ing to re­lease his tax re­turns, won a vi­cious Repub­li­can pri­mary cam­paign, and now has a real shot at be­ing sworn in as the 45th pres­i­dent on Jan­uary 20.

There are two more de­bates in the 2016 race, which could be piv­otal in de­cid­ing whether Ms Clin­ton will be­come the first woman pres­i­dent, or if Mr Trump can pull off the great­est coup in US po­lit­i­cal his­tory. –

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