Cinton to Stress US Exceptionalism 08/31 06:38
Hillary Clinton plans to stress her support for American exceptionalism
during a speech in the battleground state of Ohio, while arguing that Donald
Trump has rejected the concept.
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) -- Hillary Clinton plans to stress her support for
American exceptionalism during a speech in the battleground state of Ohio,
while arguing that Donald Trump has rejected the concept.
Clinton's midday address at the American Legion's annual convention in
Cincinnati Wednesday comes as Trump ponders a last-minute trip to Mexico in
advance of a long-awaited speech on immigration. A Clinton campaign official
said the Democratic nominee plans to use her first public event in days to
portray her Republican opponent as a questionable leader who would "walk away
from our allies, undermine our values, insult our military --- and has
explicitly rejected the idea of American exceptionalism."
In contrast, the official said Clinton "will make the case for American
exceptionalism and call for maintaining America's military and diplomatic
leadership in the world."
To bolster her argument, Clinton will talk about her experience, including
serving on the Senate Armed Services Committee and as secretary of state. She
will also emphasize the growing list of Republicans who have backed her
A campaign official said that in advance of her Wednesday speech, another
leading Republican would back the campaign. James Clad, former Deputy Assistant
Secretary of Defense under President George W. Bush, will announce his support
for Clinton, following a slew of GOP endorsements. In a statement, Clad will
say that "giving an incoherent amateur the keys to the White House this
November will doom us to second or third-class status."
Clinton's remarks come on the same day her Republican opponent is set to
deliver a long-awaited speech on immigration where he is expected to provide
more clarity on his primary pledge to deport all of the estimated 11 million
people living in the country illegally. While Trump had said during the primary
that he intended to accomplish that goal with the help of a "deportation
force," in recent weeks he has suggested in closed-door meetings with Hispanic
activists that he might be open to re-considering. He and his aides have spent
the last week-and-a-half offering mixed signals.
Trump is scheduled to speak in Arizona in the evening. Trump's campaign said
Tuesday night that he will make a surprise trip to Mexico on Wednesday to meet
with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto. The Washington Post first reported
the planned trip.
Clinton's speech in Ohio comes after several days of big-ticket private
fundraisers in the Hamptons, a wealthy community on New York's Long Island,
where she collected millions at waterfront mansions in preparation for the fall
campaign. The fundraising swing concluded in style Tuesday night, with an event
featuring performances from Jimmy Buffett, Jon Bon Jovi and Paul McCartney.
Though many national and state polls show Clinton with an edge, she has been
stressing that the campaign must not take anything for granted. At a fundraiser
on Monday she told supporters she was "running against someone who will say or
do anything. And who knows what that might be."