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Clinton aims high, Trump goes hard in closing push

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    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a heavy rain at a rally at C.B. Smith Park in Pembroke Pines, Fla., Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016.

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    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump holds up 6-month-old Catalina Larkin, of Largo, Fla., during a campaign rally Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, in Tampa, Fla.

PHILADELPHIA >> Hillary Clinton aimed to hit high notes Sunday in the final moments of her campaign, hoping an uplifting message would wash away voters’ disgust with the grueling presidential contest. Donald Trump vowed he and his supporters would never quit, as he charged into unexpected territory.

The candidates embarked on one of their final tours of battleground states, shifting to their closing arguments to weary voters deeply divided along racial, economic and gender lines.

With national polls showing her retaining an edge, Clinton enlisted allies and A-listers for help at stops in Pennsylvania, Ohio and New Hampshire. She planned to campaign with Cavaliers star LeBron James in Cleveland, and rally voters in Manchester with Khizr Khan, the Gold Star father whose indictment of Trump delivered emotional high point for Democrats.

Trump, meanwhile, planned a marathon day on the campaign trail, with stops in five states, including Minnesota, Michigan and Pennsylvania states that have long proven unfriendly territory for Republican presidential candidates. But buoyed by a late surge of momentum, Trump declared that his loyal, white working-class voters will deliver an upset on Tuesday.

“Our secret weapon is the American people who are saying, ‘Enough is enough,’” vice presidential candidate Mike Pence said on “Fox News Sunday.”

Tension ran high in the final days. Trump was rushed off stage Saturday night at rally in Reno, Nevada, after someone near the stage had shouted “Gun!,” according to the Secret Service. The agency said a search revealed no weapon.

Trump returned a few minutes later to resume his remarks and declared, “We will never be stopped.”

The Republican candidate’s son and top campaign adviser later retweeted the false rumor that the incident was an “assassination attempt,” and a supporter at a subsequent rally in Denver repeated the suggestion.

Asked about the misinformation, Trump’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway did not apologize, but said Trump’s son was acting out of worry: “It’s pretty rattling to think of what may have happened to your father. So, I will excuse him that,” Conway told CNN on Sunday.

The Clinton campaign says it is focusing on securing its firewall in the West and upper Midwest. President Barack Obama planned to rally in Ann Arbor, Michigan Monday, before joining Clinton for a rally in Philadelphia that evening.

Critical in both states is African American turnout. Black clergy were taking to the pulpits in a “Souls to the Poll” campaign to energize black voters, after early vote data shows some signs of diminished turnout.

Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that the campaign believes if Clinton wins Nevada and Michigan, she “is going to be the next president of the United States.”

Clinton faced dark skies, intense rain and strong wind in Florida on Saturday before appearing in Pennsylvania with pop singer Katy Perry. The Democratic nominee was preparing to campaign Sunday with basketball superstar Lebron James, having shared the stage Friday night with music diva Beyoncé and hip hop mogul husband Jay Z.

“Tonight, I want to hear you roar,” a smiling Clinton said before introducing Perry for a Saturday night performance in Philadelphia.

Perry, who hugged Clinton while wearing a purple cape bearing the words, “I’m with Madam President,” shouted, “In three days, let’s make history!”

At least 41 million Americans across 48 states have already cast ballots, according to an Associated Press analysis. That’s significantly more votes four days before Election Day than voted early in the 2012.

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    • It doesn’t matter what Crooked Lying Hillary has done. The StarAdvertiser won’t report on such things and the critters that the Pied Pipers’ has fluted out of the crooks and crannies already in their trance. It’s insane voting for another candidate from any political party that has a track record of lies, double faced messages that’s one for their insiders to know vs. a message to the general public, etc.. The lies, timely forgetfulness, etc. to skate away from the laws of the land. Hillary is all about SMOKE AND SCREEN for her personal gain. On the other hand any person running for an elected seat is for personal gain in one way or another, be it for money or personal clout. Most officials have a lawyer background, so you ask yourself with such a lucrative money job as a lawyer why would one want to work in a low paying public office? Money or ego or maybe both. Wake up People

      • It’s understandable why the SA favors Democrats, considering the high number of Government and union workers in Hawaii. What I find interesting is that between the two candidates, union, and especially non-union employees would likely be better off under a Trump administration. Growth has been almost stagnate for the past several years. Salaries have been stagnate. All the “new jobs” touted by the administration are primarily part-time. A strong economy means more tourism. And if anyone believes that increasing government jobs in Hawaii is a good thing, you ought to think twice. Consider this: In 1941, 1 person worked in manufacturing for every 10.6 people (total population), whereas in 2015, 1 person for every 26.1 work in manufacturing. On the other hand, in 1941 1 of every 27.7 people worked in government, whereas in 2015 1 person for every 14.6 work in government. How can the U.S. support this trend, especially considering the number of “baby boomers” who are retiring? The answer is, we cannot. That’s why the debt has doubled in the last 8 years. Increasing employment by adding more government jobs is not the answer. If you are union or non-union worker in Hawaii, you should give careful consideration to what Trump is saying. On the other hand, I don’t know what Hillary will do to create the “high paying jobs” she says we need. The “status quo” she and her party seeks, cannot continue. I believe it makes sense to elect someone with business experience. If Trump doesn’t grow the economy, he can be voted out of office in 4 years. If Hillary is elected, government will expand. If you’re not wealthy, then you should consider what Trump has to offer. If you’re wealthy, I can understand why you would consider Hillary.

      • It’s hilarious that trump and his supporters keep calling clinton a liar when trump has told lies at an unprecedented rate in this presidential campaign. Politifact, which has been keeping track of the claims made by the candidates, recently determined that trump has made over 100 false claims and over 50 that were so false as to be classified as “pants on fire.” Clinton was found to have made 20 false claims and 5 of the “pants on fire” variety. While all politicians tell some lies, some just from poor research, there is really no question that trump is most deserving of the mantle of “liar.”

    • Indeed; you won’t hear it reported in the SB. Today’s NY Post ran a story about Hillary’s consistent use of her maid to print out classified materials. Needless to say her maid does not have security clearance but Hillary didn’t care. Hillary’s blatant disregard for handling classified information disqualifies her from being the President of our country charged with the responsibility of handling State secrets.

  • Two more days of Gotcha Game politics and it’s over. The zealots can put their knives away, and we can only hope our system survives with one of these candidates in office. A loudmouth bully or a disgustingly corrupt incompetent. Lucky us.

  • The U.H. Wahine’s sweep last evening. Go Bows. Ms Hillary and Mr. Kaine has not stopped the Mr. Trump/Mr. Pence Big Mo. Failed stopping the Trump/Pence Mo will sweep Mr. Trump into the White House. And, to “Make America Safe and Great Again”.

  • The only way Waldo can draw a crowd is to pair her up with athletes or entertainers. If she went solo like Trump is doing there would be zero interest. Lock her up.

        • Releases her tax returns? Her tax returns are pretty simple as a government employee. The better question is how she is worth over 100 million. Why was the Clinton Foundation set up in Canada? She is part of the biggest fraud machine in the country. Now we learn that the Clinton foundation paid for Chelsea’s wedding. How can Dems overlook all the corruption? Consider the proven harassment of conservative groups , not only by the IRS, but having the FBI, OSHA, and a host of agencies harass private families, with absolutely no consequences to the perpetrators. Nothing, nada. We’re now in a state of lawlessness this country has never seen.

  • If my inner voice is correct, tomorrow will be an embarrassment for the mucky mucks and the Democratic Party. I am quite sure most of America has not forgotten the huge slap in the face by this Democratic regime currently in office. When the dust settles after tomorrow, the establishment WILL be sent a clear message. Going against the will of the American people will NOT be tolerated. Here in Hawaii, maybe Hillary will prevail. Only because of the Unions having so much influence on elections. Hopefully I’m wrong about this, but I doubt it. Hawaii that is.

  • Clinton aims at high immigration. We are doomed : The avalanches of poor humans from hellish ruined countries are suffocating the few still livable countries. Some fools say we should love more immigration since we are almost all have immigrant background. That is just like saying: More Food is good for you to an obese person.

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