Obama urges back­ers to cam­paign ag­gres­sively for Clin­ton

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CHILMARK — Adding a touch of pol­i­tics to his va­ca­tion, Pres­i­dent Barack Obama on Mon­day urged Democrats to cam­paign ag­gres­sively for the next 80 days to elect pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Hil­lary Clin­ton, say­ing “if we do not do our jobs, then it’s still pos­si­ble for her to lose”.

“When I say do our jobs, what I mean is we are go­ing to have to con­tinue to be en­gaged, we are go­ing to con­tinue to have to write cheques, we are go­ing to con­tinue to have to make phone calls and rally peo­ple be­hind her can­di­dacy,” Obama said.

He also urged the Demo­cratic donors at a Clin­ton fundraiser to help counter an “un­re­lent­ing neg­a­tive cam­paign” against the for­mer sec­re­tary of state “that has made a dent in the opin­ion of peo­ple even who are in­clined to vote for her.”

Clin­ton’s stand­ing among voters has suf­fered from per­cep­tions that she is dis­hon­est, along with her use of a pri­vate email server when she ran the State De­part­ment and the ap­pear­ance of con­flicts of interest be­tween the de­part­ment when she was in charge and her fam­ily foun­da­tion.

“We have to be ag­gres­sive in our cam­paign for 80 days, and that’s not a lot,” Obama said. “But when you think about the stakes, there’s noth­ing more im­por­tant” than elect­ing Clin­ton to con­tinue the eco­nomic and other progress he de­scribed un­der his lead­er­ship.

Democrats Hank Gold­berg and wife Carol Brown Gold­berg hosted the event at their home in Chilmark, the same town where the pres­i­dent is rent­ing a va­ca­tion home.

About 60 Obama and Clin­ton sup­port­ers paid be­tween $10 000 and $33 400 to at­tend the event that was held in a tent on the sprawl­ing prop­erty. Servers wore white aprons that said, “Thank You, Pres­i­dent Obama”.

The proceeds will ben­e­fit Clin­ton’s cam­paign, the Demo­cratic Na­tional Com­mit­tee and state par­ties across the coun­try.

Obama point­edly did not men­tion Don­ald Trump, Clin­ton’s Repub­li­can op­po­nent, by name and said he’s tired of talk­ing about the New York busi­ness­man he earlier this month dis­missed as “un­fit to serve”.

“I don’t have to make the case against her op­po­nent be­cause every time he talks he makes the case against his own can­di­dacy,” Obama said.

The pres­i­dent said his wife, Michelle, is “very strict” about him ac­tu­ally be­ing on va­ca­tion when he goes on va­ca­tion. But, he said, “she gave me spe­cial dis­pen­sa­tion for this evening be­cause she un­der­stands, just as all of you un­der­stand, how im­por­tant this is.”

Obama is ex­pected to cam­paign ag­gres­sively for Clin­ton in the run-up to the Novem­ber 8 elec­tions.

Clin­ton did not join Obama at the fundraiser. Earlier on Mon­day, she made her first cam­paign ap­pear­ance with Vice Pres­i­dent Joe Bi­den in his home­town of Scran­ton, Penn­syl­va­nia, a state both she and Trump are com­pet­ing to win.

Mean­while, Trump has said he will in­tro­duce “ex­treme vet­ting” of im­mi­grants and set up a new “com­mis­sion on rad­i­cal Is­lam” if he wins the US elec­tion in Novem­ber.

In a for­eign pol­icy speech on Mon­day, the billionaire busi­ness­man said the goal of the new com­mis­sion would be to “ex­pose” net­works within the US “that sup­port rad­i­cal­i­sa­tion”.

As pres­i­dent, Trump said, he would ask the state de­part­ment and de­part­ment of home­land se­cu­rity to iden­tify re­gions of the world that re­main hos­tile to the US, and where screen­ing might not be suf­fi­cient to catch those who pose a threat.

“We should only ad­mit into our coun­try those who share our values and re­spect our peo­ple,” he said from Youngstown, Ohio.

“In the Cold War, we had an ide­o­log­i­cal screen­ing test. The time is over­due to de­velop a new screen­ing test for the threats we face to­day. I call it ex­treme vet­ting.”

As part of the plan, Trump, who has pre­vi­ously called for a ban on Mus­lims en­ter­ing the US, said that he would “tem­po­rar­ily sus­pend im­mi­gra­tion” from coun­tries that have a his­tory of “ex­port­ing ter­ror­ism”.

He said that every year, the US ad­mits 100 000 per­ma­nent im­mi­grants “from the Mid­dle East”, and hun­dreds of thou­sands more tem­po­rary work­ers and vis­i­tors from the same re­gion.

“We will stop pro­cess­ing visas from those ar­eas un­til such time as it is deemed safe to re­sume based on new cir­cum­stances or new pro­ce­dures.”

Out­lin­ing his pol­icy to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and the Le­vant (ISIL), Trump also re­versed an earlier po­si­tion, promis­ing that he would work with Nato al­lies to de­feat the armed group if elected. — Al Jazeera

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