Clinton, Trump make late push
Candidates drive their messages home in last days
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
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.”