Clin­ton, Trump make late push

Can­di­dates drive their mes­sages home in last days

Baltimore Sun - - NATION - By Jill Colvin and Kath­leen Hen­nessey The Wash­ing­ton Post con­trib­uted.

ATKIN­SON, N.H. — Hil­lary Clin­ton sped across bat­tle­ground states Fri­day try­ing to seal a his­toric pres­i­den­tial vic­tory pow­ered by mi­nori­ties and women, while Don­ald Trump trav­eled to small­town Amer­ica to fire up the white, work­ing-class vot­ers he in­sists will bring the crown to his out­sider cam­paign.

Clin­ton and Demo­cratic al­lies used star power and stark warn­ings as they ad­dressed her base of AfricanAmer­i­can, Latino and fe­male vot­ers. She cam­paigned in ur­ban cen­ters of Detroit, Pitts­burgh and Cleveland while Pres­i­dent Barack Obama made her case in Char­lotte, N.C. — all cities where mi­nor­ity vot­ers are cru­cial.

In Pitts­burgh, a city where 1 in 3 peo­ple is not white, Clin­ton ham­mered Trump as “some­one who de­means women, mocks peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties, in­sults African-Amer­i­cans and Lati­nos and de­mo­nizes im­mi­grants and Mus­lims.”

“If he doesn’t re­spect all Amer­i­cans now, how can we trust him to serve all Amer­i­cans in the fu­ture?” she asked later in Detroit, where mi­nori­ties make up 90 per­cent of the pop­u­la­tion. She is hop­ing to be elected Tues­day as the na­tion’s first fe­male pres­i­dent.

Clin­ton urged sup­port­ers to stage “an in­ter­ven­tion” with friends and fam­ily Hil­lary Clin­ton and Don­ald Trump are tak­ing their re­spec­tive mes­sages to swing states in the re­main­ing days of the race. mem­bers who plan to vote for Trump by ex­plain­ing to them that “anger is not a plan.”

“Some­times the fate of the great­est na­tions comes down to a sin­gle mo­ment,” Clin­ton said. “This is one of those make-or-break mo­ments for the United States. This is in your hands.”

The Demo­cratic nom­i­nee’s ex­hor­ta­tion, along with a cam­paign video de­pict­ing head­lines of a Trump pres­i­dency, stat­ing that “re­al­ity has no rewind,” came as she and Trump blitzed the na­tion’s swing states with four days un­til Elec­tion Day as polls show the race tight­en­ing.

Trump, mean­while, was on a tour of ru­ral ar­eas, hop­ing to boost turnout among the vot­ers drawn to his prom­ise to bring back a lost Amer­ica. He started his day in Atkin­son, N.H., pop­u­la­tion 6,800 and al­most 98 per­cent white, ac­cord­ing to the U.S. Cen­sus Bu­reau. From there, he was bound for Wilm­ing­ton, Ohio, an­other over­whelm­ingly white town where just 13 per­cent of res­i­dents have a col­lege de­gree.

Speak­ing more than 2,000 miles from the Mex­i­can bor­der, Trump drew loud cheers in Atkin­son when he vowed to build a mas­sive wall be­tween the U.S. and Mex­ico. The crowd booed when he con­tended that Clin­ton sup­ports “open bor­ders.”

“Her plans would mean gen­er­a­tions of ter­ror­ism, ex­trem­ism and rad­i­cal­ism spread­ing into your schools and through your com­mu­ni­ties,” Trump de­clared.

Trump called Clin­ton “un­sta­ble” and “trig­ger­happy,” and crit­i­cized the with­drawal of troops from Iraq de­spite the fact that, in 2011, he had ex­pressed sup- port for the with­drawal of troops from Iraq.

Trump re­peated prom­ises to “drain the swamp” of Wash­ing­ton, bring back jobs and help veter­ans, lead­ing one veteran to wave his pros­thetic leg in the air.

But Trump’s sur­ro­gates con­tin­ued to cre­ate headaches for his cam­paign.

At the New Hamp­shire rally, for­mer New Hamp­shire Gov. John Su­nunu joked that Clin­ton’s hus­band does not want to have sex with her.

“Do you think that Bill was re­fer­ring to Hil­lary when he said: ‘I did not have sex with that woman?’ ” Su­nunu said, re­fer­ring to ex-Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton.

A small crowd gath­ered at a coun­try club laughed at the joke. One man shouted: “You mean Bill the rapist?”

Trump’s cam­paign did not re­spond to the com­ment.

Su­nunu was gover­nor of the state in the 1980s and was later White House chief of staff un­der Pres­i­dent Ge­orge H.W. Bush. He is the father of for­mer Sen. John Su­nunu and Christo­pher Su­nunu, who holds a lo­cal of­fice and is run­ning for gover­nor.

While talk­ing about how he plans to win Texas, Trump called the state’s agri­cul­ture com­mis­sioner, Sid Miller, a “won­der­ful guy.”

Miller called Clin­ton the c-word in a re­cent tweet.

De­spite a close race in na­tional polling, Trump’s path to vic­tory re­mains nar­row. His cam­paign is in­creas­ingly look­ing to make up for losses among sub­ur­ban vot­ers, par­tic­u­larly women, by rustling up new vot­ers in out-of-the-way places.

The can­di­dates’ di­ver­gent paths high­lighted the

Fox apol­o­gizes

NEW YORK — Fox News Chan­nel apol­o­gized Fri­day for an in­ac­cu­rate re­port this week that Hil­lary Clin­ton would likely be in­dicted as a re­sult of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the FBI into the Clin­ton Foun­da­tion.

Fox’s Bret Baier, who ini­tially re­ported on the case Wed­nes­day, said Fri­day that “it was a mis­take, and for that I’m sorry.”

Clin­ton’s crit­ics have ac­cused her fam­ily of giv­ing donors spe­cial ac­cess to the State Depart­ment when Clin­ton was sec­re­tary of state. yawn­ing gaps be­tween race, place and eco­nomics that drive pres­i­den­tial poli­cies.

Trump told his largely white au­di­ence in Atkin­son that “we have to re­build our coun­try.”

“They’ve shipped our jobs and they’ve shipped our wealth to other coun­tries,” he said.

Trump’s dark views on the econ­omy clashed with a new jobs re­port show­ing the un­em­ploy­ment rate de­clined to 4.9 per­cent while wages went up in Oc­to­ber. The re­port marks 73 straight months of job growth.

But the Repub­li­can said the num­bers weren’t good enough, and he cast doubt on their ac­cu­racy.

“No­body be­lieves the num­bers they’re re­port­ing any­way,” he said.

Clin­ton, for her part, called the jobs re­port “good news.”

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