Clin­ton points fo­cus to Trump

Calls on women to re­ject his can­di­dacy as race tight­ens

Baltimore Sun - - ELECTION 2016 - By Jenna John­son, John Wag­ner and Jose A. DelReal — As­so­ci­ated Press As­so­ci­ated Press con­trib­uted. Ma­son re­ported from Eau Claire and Me­moli from Dade City, Fla. Times staff writ­ers David Lauter in Wash­ing­ton and Seema Mehta in Los An­ge­les con­trib­uted.

DADE CITY, Fla. — Hil­lary Clin­ton made her most direct ap­peal yet Tues­day for women to re­ject the can­di­dacy of Don­ald Trump, re­count­ing a his­tory of de­grad­ing state­ments about women made by her Repub­li­can ri­val, as well as al­le­ga­tions of un­wanted sex­ual ad­vances.

Clin­ton’s broad­side at a Florida cam­paign event came as she tried to re­di­rect at­ten­tion from news about the re­newed FBI scru­tiny re­lated to her use of a pri­vate email server while serv­ing as sec­re­tary of state.

Trump, mean­while, con­cen­trated his rhetoric of the day on the Af­ford­able Care Act, say­ing he would call a “spe­cial ses­sion” of Congress to re­peal and re­place the law that he says is caus­ing ris­ing health in­sur­ance pre­mi­ums.

Clin­ton was in­tro­duced at the rally by Ali­cia Machado, the for­mer Miss Uni­verse who Trump once be­rated for gain­ing weight af­ter win­ning the ti­tle and at­tacked on Twit­ter in the af­ter­math of the first pres­i­den­tial de­bate

Machado grew emo­tional while speak­ing about Trump’s re­marks about her ap­pear­ance in the 1990s, say­ing that “it is clear he does not re­spect women . . . he thinks he can do what­ever he wants and get away with it.” Machado added that for years after­ward she fought eat­ing dis­or­ders.

Clin­ton said Trump has re­vealed him­self to have lit­tle re­spect for women by “de­mean­ing, de­grad­ing, in- Hil­lary Clin­ton re­counted Don­ald Trump’s “de­grad­ing” state­ments about women Tues­day as Trump ripped Oba­macare. sult­ing and as­sault­ing” them.

Ear­lier in the day, dur­ing a cam­paign event in King of Prus­sia, Pa., Trump took direct aim at the Af­ford­able Care Act and again promised to re­peal Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s sig­na­ture health care law.

“When we win on Novem­ber 8th and elect a Repub­li­can Congress, we will be able to im­me­di­ately re­peal and re­place Oba­macare. Have to do it. I will ask Congress to con­vene a spe­cial ses­sion so we can re­peal and re­place,” Trump said dur­ing a mid­day speech.

There ap­pears to be no ne­ces­sity for a “spe­cial ses­sion” on Capi­tol Hill. The cur­rent Congress will re­con­vene soon af­ter the elec­tion. And early next year, the new one will gavel in.

Pres­i­dent Obama vis­ited Ohio on Tues­day — part of an all-hands-on-deck ros­ter of high-pro­file sur­ro­gates in­clud­ing Vice Pres­i­dent Joe Bi­den, Sen. Bernie Sanders and for­mer Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton de­ployed to bat­tle­ground states.

At an event near Colum­bus, Obama said that “if you dis­re­spected women be­fore you were elected, you will dis­re­spect women once you’re pres­i­dent.”

The Clin­ton cam­paign also re­leased a new ad Tues­day fea­tur­ing clips of Trump speak­ing about women in dis­parag­ing ways. Aides said the ad will air in eight tar­geted states, in­clud­ing Ari­zona.

In Wis­con­sin, Trump urged early vot­ers there who “are hav­ing a bad case of buyer’s re­morse” to change their bal­lots be­fore Thurs­day’s dead­line.

The flurry of ac­tiv­ity comes as pub­lic sur­veys show the race tight­en­ing, and the Clin­ton cam­paign is seek­ing to shore up sup­port in sev­eral states where she had main­tained com­fort­able mar­gins so far. News that FBI Di­rec­tor James Comey is re­vis­it­ing his probe into the po­ten­tial mis­han­dling of clas­si­fied ma­te­rial in Clin­ton’s email prac­tices as sec- re­tary of state has roiled the clos­ing days of the con­test.

In 72 hours, the Clin­ton cam­paign raised a record­break­ing $11.3 mil­lion on­line alone, ac­cord­ing to a cam­paign of­fi­cial.

In a state­ment, Trump spokesman Jason Miller char­ac­ter­ized the Clin­ton’s new ad reser­va­tions as a de­fen­sive move.

“It’s no­table that in the fi­nal week of this cam­paign it is ac­tu­ally the Clin­ton cam­paign be­ing put on de­fense and be­ing forced to start ad­ver­tis­ing in so-called ’blue states’ to hold off Mr. Trump’s surge in the polls, in­clud­ing two states the Clin­ton cam­paign boasted of hav­ing put away months

Clin­ton camp again cries foul

WASH­ING­TON — The FBI has re­leased a 17-yearold archive of doc­u­ments from a long-closed in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Bill Clin­ton’s pres­i­den­tial par­don of a fugitive fi­nancier.

The re­lease comes amid the bu­reau’s con­tro­ver­sially timed re­view of emails from a Hil­lary Clin­ton aide.

The heav­ily cen­sored ma­te­rial was pub­lished Mon­day on the FBI’s Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion Act web page and noted by one of the bu­reau’s Twit­ter ac­counts Tues­day. In Oc­to­ber, the FBI unit pub­lished his­tor­i­cal files as far back as 1966 about Don­ald Trump’s fa­ther, Fred Trump.

An FBI of­fi­cial said the doc­u­ments had been re­quested un­der the fed­eral records law.

As it did the emails re­view, the Clin­ton cam­paign ques­tioned the de­ci­sion to make the file pub­lic so close to Tues­day’s elec­tion. ago,” Miller said.

The Trump cam­paign an­nounced it was in­vest­ing $25 mil­lion in ad­ver­tis­ing across 12 states, in­clud­ing New Mex­ico and Michi­gan.

A Wash­ing­ton Post-ABC News track­ing poll con­ducted Thurs­day through Sun­day showed Trumpat 46 per­cent and Clin­ton 45 per­cent in a four-way con­test. The poll finds lit­tle shift in Clin­ton’s over­all sup­port fol­low­ing news of the FBI’s re­newed look at her emails, but strong en­thu­si­asm among her sup­port­ers fell be­hind Trump in com­bined Satur­day and Sun­day in­ter­views. said, adding Repub­li­can women to an elec­torate that mir­rors what has been re­ferred to as the Obama coali­tion of mi­nor­ity, young and in­de­pen­dent vot­ers.

The cam­paign had an­tic­i­pated that the polls would tighten, the aide ar­gued, adding that in­ter­nal polling shows no great im­pact yet from the FBI an­nounce­ment that it was re­view­ing new­found emails for pos­si­ble links to Clin­ton’s pri­vate server.

Data on early vot­ing un­der­score the trade-offs the can­di­dates face in choos­ing where to put time and money.

So far, Latino vot­ers ap­pear to be turn­ing out at lev­els above 2012 — far greater in some states. But African-Amer­i­can vot­ers have lagged be­hind.

That puts Clin­ton in a stronger po­si­tion in states where Lati­nos play a key role, no­tably Ari­zona and Ne­vada. The early vote so far shows Florida could be headed to yet an­other ex­tremely close re­sult, ce­ment­ing its sta­tus as the na­tion’s most closely di­vided bat­tle­ground.

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