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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 
campaign.

   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."


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