Trump, Clin­ton zero in on bat­tle­ground states in fi­nal sprint

The Myanmar Times - - World -

DON­ALD Trump urged Amer­i­cans to “rise above the noise” of the caus­tic 2016 race and elect him pres­i­dent, as he in­sisted he is win­ning against Hil­lary Clin­ton de­spite polls that show the op­po­site.

Cast­ing the elec­tion as a “once-ina-life­time” op­por­tu­nity to re­ject the na­tion’s po­lit­i­cal elite, the provoca­tive Repub­li­can bil­lion­aire in­sisted he was the voice of the Amer­i­can ev­ery­man and es­sen­tially urged vot­ers to ig­nore his 18-month can­di­dacy of over­heated rhetoric.

“You’ve got to get out and vote,” Mr Trump told an en­thu­si­as­tic crowd in Tampa, Florida, as early voting kicked off in the state barely two weeks be­fore Elec­tion Day, Novem­ber 8.

But in­stead of tread­ing the op­ti­mistic high ground, he swiftly re­turned to round­ing on Ms Clin­ton, de­cry­ing the “phony polls” that show him trail­ing, and ques­tion­ing the cen­turies-old in­tegrity of the US elec­tion pro­cess.

“Our sys­tem is rigged,” he said, as he be­rated Ms Clin­ton for us­ing a pri­vate email server and high­lighted rev­e­la­tions in The Wall Street Journal that the or­gan­i­sa­tion of a Ms Clin­ton ally paid nearly US$500,000 to the po­lit­i­cal cam­paign of the wife of an FBI of­fi­cial who later helped over­see the in­ves­ti­ga­tion against her.

Ms Clin­ton, who turns 69 to­mor­row, aims to be­come the na­tion’s first fe­male pres­i­dent.

She is seek­ing to ce­ment her lead by con­quer­ing bat­tle­grounds in­clud­ing Florida, North Carolina and Ohio where early voting has be­gun, and where the race will be won or lost.

Mr Trump, who faces an in­creas­ingly nar­row path to vic­tory amid damn­ing rev­e­la­tions about his treat­ment of women, con­tin­ued to as­sure his sup­port­ers that the polls were un­fairly tilted to­ward Ms Clin­ton and that he would pre­vail.

Res­i­dents of Chicago, Char­lotte, Mi­ami and Las Ve­gas are al­ready go­ing to polling sta­tions to cast bal­lots – with ini­tial in­di­ca­tions sug­gest­ing a surge in early voting among Democrats. At least 7 mil­lion Amer­i­cans have al­ready voted, ac­cord­ing to the US Elec­tions Project.

Cam­paign­ing in New Hamp­shire, where her poll lead has grown to about eight points, Ms Clin­ton as­sailed her ri­val for call­ing the op­er­a­tion to oust IS fight­ers from the Iraqi city of Mo­sul “a to­tal dis­as­ter”.

“He’s prov­ing to the world what it means to have an un­qual­i­fied com­man­der-in-chief,” she said. “It’s not only wrong, it’s dan­ger­ous, and it needs to be re­pu­di­ated.”

Ms Clin­ton leads Mr Trump by five points ac­cord­ing to the RealClearPol­i­tics poll av­er­age, and leads in most bat­tle­ground states.

A new na­tional ABC News poll showed her on 50 per­cent to Mr Trump’s 38pc – her high­est score since the race to suc­ceed Mr Obama be­gan. A CNN poll re­leased has Ms Clin­ton ahead by five points.

She en­listed Sen­a­tor El­iz­a­beth War­ren in her cam­paign who blasted Mr Trump for mis­treat­ing women.

“Nasty women have re­ally had it with guys like you,” said the fiery lib­eral in a twist on the now-in­fa­mous slur Mr Trump aimed at Ms Clin­ton dur­ing their fi­nal de­bate.

“Nasty women are tough. Nasty women are smart. And nasty women vote,” Ms War­ren said. –

Photo: AFP

A group of Chi­nese-Amer­i­cans show their sup­port for Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Don­ald Trump at a cam­paign event in Tampa, Florida.

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