Trump looks to bounce back, Clin­ton plays unity card

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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.” –

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