With momentum still high from the historic Democratic convention, Hillary Clinton used her rally Friday to stress the “stark choice” voters will face between her and Republican rival Donald Trump when they vote in exactly 101 days.
“There’s no doubt in my mind that every election is important in its own way, but I can’t think of an election that was more important in my lifetime,” the Democrat told thousands of supporters in the first stop of a three-day bus tour through the Rust Belt battlegrounds of Pennsylvania and Ohio.
“It’s not so much that I’m on the ticket, it’s because of the stark choice that’s posed to Americans in this election,” she said.[…]
“I stayed up really late last night. It was just hard to go to sleep,” she told supporters gathered in a West Philadelphia arena, a short hop from the arena where Clinton delivered her acceptance speech Thursday night. “It was so exciting but I have to tell you it was also kind of overwhelming. I take deeply and with great humility the responsibility this campaign imposes on us.”
Clinton, accompanied by Kaine and their spouses, will use her bus trip to focus on economic opportunity, diversity and national security. Democrats hammered home those themes this week with an array of politicians, celebrities, gun-violence victims, law enforcement officers and activists of all sexual preferences and races.
Their goal is to turn out the coalition of minority, female and young voters that twice elected President Barack Obama while offsetting expected losses among the white male voters drawn to Trump’s message.
“As of tomorrow, we have 100 days to make our case to America,” she said.[..]
Kaine said “there’s still an awful lot of repair work” to be done on the economy, particularly with regard to job creation. But he insisted, “We don’t have a single issue in this country that we can’t tackle,” and said job creation would be the top priority if Clinton wins the White House.
The stakes are high: A loss to Trump would not only end Clinton’s political career, it could be a devastating coda to her and her husband’s political legacy and leave the Democratic Party weaker than it has been in a generation.