Trump looks to bounce back, Clinton plays unity card
DONALD Trump looked to reset his flailing campaign in the Civil War battlefield town of Gettysburg, while Hillary Clinton told voters she alone could not unite a divided nation.
With 17 days to go before Election Day, the Republican billionaire and his Democratic rival barnstormed Pennsylvania and Ohio – two key swing states that could determine the result on November 8.
Both are part of America’s socalled “Rust Belt” – an area once dotted with steel mills that is now suffering from higher unemployment, with the nation’s industrial boom a thing of the past.
Mr Trump, the 70-year-old Manhattan real estate mogul, expanded on some of his plans for the first 100 days of his presidency in his 45-minute “Gettysburg address”, vowing to create 25 million jobs over a decade and cut middle-class taxes.
“Change has to come from outside our very broken system,” said Mr Trump, calling for tougher curbs on illegal immigration, Congressional term limits, a renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and a repeal of President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform.
He also unleashed fresh attacks on his critics, threatening to sue the “liars” who have accused him of sexual assault, and saying Ms Clinton should have been barred from running for office at all.
“The events never happened. Never. All of these liars will be sued after the election is over,” he said to cheers.
He also revisited his claims of vote “rigging” – comments that outraged even fellow Republicans and drew scorn from Mr Obama for breaking with political decorum – and blamed the media for his dip in the polls.
He invoked the legacy of Abraham Lincoln, saying the nation should look to heal sharp divides. He even repeatedly used the words of the late president to champion government “of the people, by the people, for the people”.
Invigorated by both her commanding poll numbers and Mr Trump’s eyebrow-raising declarations, the candidate vying to become America’s first female president campaigned in Pennsylvania on October 22 along with running mate Tim Kaine.
“Unlike our opponent, we do not believe we can do this alone,” she told supporters at a rally in Pittsburgh with Mr Kaine at her side. “We believe that we’ll do this by working with all of you.”
“A lot of Republicans have had the grit and the guts to stand up and say, ‘He does not represent me,’” she said. “Anger is not a plan.” –