Clinton, Trump Enter Home Stretch

Campaigns had 4 planes at same Ohio airport
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 6, 2016 5:47 AM CDT
Donald Trump shakes hands during a visit to the Canfield Fair on Monday in Canfield, Ohio.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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(Newser) – Labor Day marks the traditional start of fall campaigning, and it looks like the people of Ohio have two months of being blitzed by Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump to look forward to. Both campaigns focused on the state Monday, and at one point, the four planes of the candidates and their running mates were all parked on the tarmac of Cleveland's Hopkins International Airport while Bill Clinton campaigned in Cincinnati, reports. "This is the home stretch," Tim Kaine told reporters. "We have to come to Ohio. You all know this. You're used to this." A roundup of developments:

  • Clinton ended what Politico calls a "long standoff with the national press" by speaking with the 40 or so reporters on her new campaign plane. She will now travel with the press on the Boeing 737 instead of in her own private jet, though reporters are still waiting for her to hold her first press conference of 2016.

  • Clinton had a coughing fit while talking to reporters on the plane, and the Hill reports that she had an earlier one at the start of a campaign rally in Cleveland. "Every time I think about Trump I get allergic," she said.
  • The New York Times reports that Trump invited reporters on board his own plane, where he batted off questions about an improper donation his charitable organization made to Florida's attorney general while she was looking into fraud allegations involving Trump University.
  • Trump also confirmed that he will take part in all three presidential debates this fall. The Washington Post looks at his history with the moderators, all of whom he has tangled with at one point or another.
  • The Los Angeles Times looks at the strategies of the rival campaigns as they enter the home stretch. The Clinton camp will be "grinding out the vote" with a formidable ground operation that builds on Obama's victories, while Trump will be working to draw people who rarely or never vote.
  • Election Day is Nov. 8, but the AP reports that the election may already have been won and lost by then: Early voting is expected to make up as much as 75% of the vote in swing states such as North Carolina, where voting begins this Friday.
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