Before she landed in Columbus, Ohio to speak before a crowd of about 18,500 at an Ohio Democratic Party voter registration event, Hillary Rodham Clinton was in Detroit, Michigan doing the same thing the day after she won the second presidential debate held Sunday night in St. Louis Sunday evening.
Ohio has always been a key battleground state to win, and this year its been a seesaw race between her and GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump. Based on the latest polling in Ohio, Clinton is up 3+ over Trump compared to The Real Clear Politics average of polls that has Clinton up +2.4 points.
But after his performance last night, which was widely seen as a candidate losing but throwing haymakers as he falls, hoping one of them would connect with voters, the aggressive, no-holds barred self-confessed serial abuser of women was stunning proud of what he’s done, even though video shows him casually bantering about how he, a TV star, can kiss and grab women by their private parts with impunity.
From the beginning to the end of last night’s 90 minute slugfest between the two candidates, Donald Trump kept fact checkers busy sorting out when he was saying anything reasonably approaching the truth or whether the standard Trump rally alt-right gobbledygook was all he could come up with. In the next 12 hours following the second debate, fact checkers found 75 fact check fails by the New York real estate Titan.
Donald Trump was undaunted in the severity of his bombastic remarks that an audience that was estimated at 67 million, slightly less than the number of viewers who watched the first debate on September 26, had to endure. At her registration and get out the vote rally today on the campus of The Ohio State University, one of the largest in the nation, Mrs. Clinton energized an already enthusiastic crowd, maybe the largest so far for her, who showed up on a clear fall night in the state’s capital.
Following the contours of remarks she made earlier in Detroit, Hillary Clinton trotted through her standard campaign talking points. But today, with just 29 days left until Election Day arrives in Nov. 8, she piled on Trump with extra gusto. She drilled home the message about Trump’s terrible record with American made manufactured goods, specifically steel and aluminum. In the wake of reports that document Trump buying steel and aluminum made in China for two of his buildings, the economic message for Ohioans was strong.
A second story that resonates with Ohioans is the leadership showed by President Obama’s bailout of America’s auto industry, which employs one out of every seven Buckeyes, with Ohio being the leader in supply chain parts manufacturing. Donald Trump thinks wages are too high, whereas Hillary Clinton told the giant crowd in the OSU campus that wages should be higher. She said with ample proof to verify her point that Trump made money on the backs of the middle class, paying no income tax for years and gaming the system, which he willingly confessed to to in the second debate. Clinton committed her administration to building an economy that works for all, not just those at the top.
Summing up her remarks, Clinton drove home the message that Donald Trump is “not on the side of working families and is too dangerous to their pocketbooks to be handed the reins of the economy.”
“I do have some advice for Donald,” she said, “If he wants to make America great again, start by buying American steel for his construction projects.”
With polls showing her winning her second encounter with Trump, Clinton told the OSU crowd, “We now know who Donald Trump is. But the real question for us is who are we? I would argue we are not who he is. Here in America, we are taught to and we should respect each other, lift each other up, celebrate our diversity. That’s the country that I know and love, and that’s the country that this generation of young people are going to make even stronger, more open, more tolerant.”
In the other big race in Ohio between incumbent Republican Sen. Rob Portman and his Democratic challenger former Gov. Ted Strickland, the Donald’s scary performance yesterday ratchets up pressure on Portman to disavow his endorsement of Trump. Recent polls show Portman with a double-digit lead, but with early voting about to start in Ohio, Portman’s weasel words that he’s voting for Indiana Gov. Mike Pence for vice president give hope to Strickland, who distributed a Trump-Portman flyer at the OSU rally. The flyer offers 20 times Rob Portman declined to dump Trump.
Nate Silver, the American guru of polling, says Hillary Clinton’s odds of winning in November is now at 84 percent in his polls-only model. In Silver’s polls-plus version, she is an 81 percent favorite. Moreover, Silver’s forecast is hat Clinton’s odds in both forecasts will probably increase as more post-tape data comes in.
More evidence that Hillary is beating the Donald comes in the newest POLITICO/Morning Consult poll. Based on 2,000 interviews, all completed on Monday after the debate, Hillary Clinton enjoys a five-point lead over Trump among likely voters: Hillary Clinton 42, Donald Trump 37, Gary Johnson 10, Jill Stein 3.