Hopefuls take Midwest swing
Clinton hits Trump on Mexico visit
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.