Hope­fuls take Mid­west swing

Clin­ton hits Trump on Mex­ico visit

Baltimore Sun - - NATION & WORLD - By Cath­leen Decker — As­so­ci­ated Press

CLEVE­LAND — Hillary Clin­ton opened her sprint to Elec­tion Day with a lanc­ing de­nun­ci­a­tion of Don­ald Trump, her Repub­li­can op­po­nent, who was also cam­paign­ing in the key state of Ohio.

In a Mon­day speech in Cleve­land that was in­ter­rupted by cough­ing that left her voice raw, Clin­ton spent the ma­jor­ity of her time cas­ti­gat­ing Trump.

She joked at one point that talk­ing about Trump was caus­ing her cough: “Ev­ery time I think about Trump, I think I’m al­ler­gic,” she said.

Clin­ton also added to her usual crit­i­cism a new batch de­rived from Trump’s trip to Mex­ico last week.

The Repub­li­can nom­i­nee vis­ited that coun­try for what he and Pres­i­dent En­rique Pena Ni­eto de­scribed ini­tially as a friendly con­ver­sa­tion. But a war of words soon fol­lowed.

Pena Ni­eto said he told Trump that Mex­ico would not, as Trump rou­tinely prom­ises, pay for a bor­der wall; Trump soon re­tal­i­ated by say­ing in an im­mi­gra­tion speech in Ari­zona that Mex­ico would have to pay for the wall.

“You can’t make this stuff up, can you?” Clin­ton told revel­ers at a La­bor Day pic­nic. “He can try to dis­tract with di­vi­sive, dan­ger­ous rhetoric, he can try to fool vot­ers into think­ing some­how he’s not as harsh GOP pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Don­ald Trump walks with run­ning mate Mike Pence at his left dur­ing a visit to a fair in Can­field, Ohio, on Mon­day while Demo­crat Hillary Clin­ton and run­ning mate Tim Kaine greet sup­port­ers in Cleve­land. and in­hu­mane as he seems, but it’s too late, when you have seen what he has said and done in this cam­paign.”

“When you see that he can’t even go to a for­eign coun­try without get­ting into a pub­lic feud with the pres­i­dent, I think the an­swer is clear: Don­ald Trump does not have the tem­per­a­ment to be our com­man­der in chief. Imag­ine him in a real cri­sis.”

The Cleve­land visit was the first ap­pear­ance Mon­day for the Demo­cratic nom­i­nee; af­ter her speech she left for a sec­ond event in Hamp­ton, Ill.

Her ap­pear­ance was part of a Demo­cratic as­sault on the cru­cially im­por­tant states of the up­per Mid- west. Be­tween Clin­ton and run­ning mate Tim Kaine, the Vir­ginia sen­a­tor, the Demo­cratic ticket ap­peared in Ohio, Penn­syl­va­nia and Illi­nois.

Her hus­band, for­mer Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton, hit Michi­gan, and Vice Pres­i­dent Joe Bi­den ap­peared in Penn­syl­va­nia. Her for­mer pri­mary op­po­nent, Ver­mont Sen. Bernie San­ders, vis­ited New Hampshire on her be­half.

But Clin­ton and Kaine did not have Ohio to them­selves, as Trump cam­paigned out­side Cleve­land and near Youngstown.

He took part in a round ta­ble at an Amer­i­can Le­gion post in Brook Park, where he equated the loss of Amer­i­can jobs un­der Pres­i­dent Barack Obama with the cap­ture of the Con­fed­er­ate cap­i­tal in the Civil War.

“Our jobs have been taken like Grant took Rich­mond,” he said. “We have never had a case like this be­fore, and it’s get­ting worse and worse and worse.”

In fact, the un­em­ploy­ment rate has fallen and the num­ber of work­ing Amer­i­cans has risen steadily since the re­ces­sion early in Obama’s ten­ure. Man­u­fac­tur­ing em­ploy­ment in the U.S. peaked around 1980, with the heav­i­est de­clines comi ng dur­ing Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush’s ad­min­is­tra­tion. It has re­cov­ered some­what since 2010.

Trump took part in what has been a rar­ity for him, some re­tail cam­paign­ing among vot­ers.

Af­ter the visit to the Amer­i­can Le­gion, he trav­eled to Ma­hon­ing County, the for­mer steel cen­ter of Ohio, which suf­fered huge job losses over the last four decades.

The Trump cam­paign has long con­tended that vot­ers in places like Ma­hon­ing County across the Mid­west will be a po­tent source of votes for him.

Trump and his run­ning mate and Mon­day com­pan­ion, In­di­ana Gov. Mike Pence, walked briefly at the Can­field Fair, where crowds cheered them.

San­ders pitches Clin­ton in N.H.

LE­BANON, N.H. — Cam­paign­ing on be­half of his for­mer ri­val, Hillary Clin­ton, on La­bor Day, Sen. Bernie San­ders told sup­port­ers Mon­day that the elec­tion is “about you and your needs and the needs of the Amer­i­can peo­ple.”

For that rea­son, he said, Clin­ton is the best choice.

New Hampshire played a piv­otal role in the Demo­cratic pri­mary.

San­ders de­feated Clin­ton in the state’s Fe­bru­ary pri­mary then ap­peared with Clin­ton in July in Portsmouth to en­dorse her in a show of party unity.

On Mon­day, San­ders stopped by the AFL-CIO’s an­nual La­bor Day break­fast in Manch­ester be­fore head­ing to Le­banon to meet with some of Clin­ton’s vol­un­teers.

San­ders said he and Clin­ton want in­creased fund­ing for sus­tain­able and re­new­able en­ergy, a higher min­i­mum wage, in­creased in­fras­truc­ture spend­ing in or­der to cre­ate more jobs and a Supreme Court nom­i­nee who sup­ports over­turn­ing Cit­i­zen’s United.

In a brief talk with re­porters i n Cleve­land, Trump ex­pressed con­fi­dence that his cam­paign would not only win the state but the elec­tion as well.

“We’re work­ing very hard, and I think the mes­sage is get­ting across to a lot of peo­ple,” he said.

EVAN VUCCI/AP

JUSTIN SUL­LI­VAN/GETTY

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