Hillary Clinton will return to the campaign trail Thursday following three days recuperating from a bout of pneumonia that preceded overheating at a 911 anniversary ceremony in New York City. Mrs. Clinton will reengage after a new letter from her doctor declared her “fit to serve” as president.
Meanwhile, new polls show the race for president is getting very dicey in all-important Ohio, the state that can make or break a candidate’s run for the White House.
Hillary Clinton has not only lost her post-convention bump over the Donald, but now trails the New York billionaire in Florida [47-44], Ohio [46-41] and Nevada [44-42].
As Ohio goes, Ohioans like to say, so goes the nation when it comes to presidential elections. Ohio has a long history of voting for the next President of the United States. With polls uncomfortably tight for Mrs. Clinton, she can’t get enough help from Democratic stars too soon. Two of the party’s biggest stars, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders are coming to Ohio to make their case for the Clinton-Kaine ticket.
On Saturday, September 17, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont will be in Buckeye land campaigning for Hillary Clinton. Sen. Sanders, who was Mrs. Clinton’s chief rival within the party who galvanized a large swath of voters upset over issues like economic inequality and Wall Street looking out for the rich, will be in the Canton, Kent and Akron areas, where he’ll emphasize Clinton’s plans to support millennials, including making free community college and debt-free college available to all Americans. He’ll also address health care for young Americans, reforming our immigration system and supporting DREAMers and their families, raising the minimum wage and protecting our climate. He will also urge Ohioans to register to vote ahead of the October 11 deadline.
Sen. Sander’s campaign stops on behalf of the Clinton-Kaine ticket follow the release of a report which finds that, under Clinton’s college plan, the New College Compact, 150,000 Ohio students would pay no tuition for a four-year college degree. Clinton’s plan allows families with incomes up to $125,000 — more than 89 percent of Ohio households — to pay no tuition at in-state public colleges and universities. The full report can be viewed online here. Sen. Sanders’ stop in the Canton area will kick off a “Weekend of Action” organizing event, and in the Kent and Akron areas, Sanders will rally Ohioans on college campuses.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, the Harvard law professor from Oklahoma who many hoped would jump into the presidential race, will make two stops in Ohio this weekend to help turn the tide toward Mrs. Clinton as polling shows her losing ground to Mr. Trump across the nation in general and specifically in key battleground states including Ohio.
Sen. Warren will campaign in Buckeye land for Clinton and Ted Strickland, Ohio’s former governor running against incumbent Republican Senator Rob Portman. Polling shows Sen. Portman now enjoys a double-digit lead over Mr. Strickland with just 54 days left until Election Day arrives on Tuesday, Nov. 8. Advance information says the firebrand senator who is no friend to Wall Street will lay out the stakes of November’s election for millennial voters. At public Ohio Democratic Party events in Columbus and Cleveland, Mrs. Warren, like Mr. Sanders, will emphasize Clinton’s plans to make free community college and debt-free college available to all Americans, while urging Ohioans to register to vote ahead of the October 11 deadline.
Sen. Warren will be in Columbus on Saturday afternoon at The Ohio State University. She’ll be joined in Cleveland on Sunday by Mr. Strickland.
Brown On Media On Strickland
Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Ohio’s senior senator in Washington, Sherrod Brown, said he doesn’t think media has paid enough attention to who or what caused the economic problems and who handled them best. Sen. Brown stressed that the nation has seen growth for 75 consecutive months, and new census data confirms that the nation has made progress even though Donald Trump and Republicans ignore the data.
Sen. Brown said Ted Strickland was on the right side of righting the economy. He noted that to criticize the former governor for using the rainy day fund to keep the state from suffering even greater losses seems “pretty bizarre given its purpose.”
Asked about the prognosis for keeping the federal government open as the federal fiscal year comes to a close at the end of September, Sen. Brown said he thinks Republican leadership has decided that shutting the government down is bad politics. The Senate, he said, is not doing its job.
At a press conference on Tuesday, Mr. Strickland said media coverage of his race with Mr. Portman has been “miserable.”
Michelle Asks For Help
An email Thursday from First Lady Michelle Obama says it’s a problem that in the final weeks of this election cycle Democrats are being badly outspent. “That’s a problem. Barack and I need your help to fix this.”
If Republicans maintain their majorities in the House and especially the Senate, Mrs. Obama concludes that all the progress she and her husband have achieve will vanish. It’s all at stake, she said, reminding voters that just 54 days are left before Election Day.