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lunes, 31 de octubre de 2016
Clinton abandons pivot to positive campaign
Email probe torpedoes plan to give people 'something to vote for,' as she escalates attacks on Trump.
"Let’s not get distracted from the real choice in this election,” Hillary Clinton said
Scaring voters to the polls was not how Hillary Clinton planned to begin the final week before Election Day.
After establishing a durable lead over an opponent beset by allegations of sexual assault, Clinton thought she could close out a grueling, 18-month campaign on a rare positive note about her history-making candidacy, and her vision for better future for the country.
But then FBI Director James Comey ripped that plan apart. Friday’s shocking revelation that the FBI was reviewing new evidence in the old probe of Clinton’s private State Department email server — and that the evidence involved messages on the laptop of Clinton aide Huma Abedin’s husband, disgraced former Rep. Anthony Weiner — has blocked Clinton’s final attempted pivot to the positive, which she has struggled with throughout the campaign.
Instead of giving the country "something to vote for," as she has promised, Clinton went back to the well of what has served her best during tough moments: whacking Donald Trump hard on whether he is responsible enough to control the nuclear codes; highlighting his erratic personality; and stirring anxiety about the threat he would pose to the entire world order if elected president.
“I am running against a man who says he doesn’t understand why we can’t use nuclear weapons,” Clinton said Monday, addressing a crowd of about 3,000 supporters at Kent State University. “Even the prospect of an actual nuclear war doesn’t seem to bother Donald Trump ... Let’s not get distracted from the real choice in this election.”
Fear was the letter of the day on an unseasonably warm Halloween day in Ohio. Introducing Clinton at her first rally of the day, Bruce Blair, a former U.S. Air Force Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missile launch control officer, said he “would live in constant fear of his making a bad call” if Trump was elected president.