Clinton urges voter registration in speech at West Philadelphia High School

- Hillary Clinton urged supporters in the critical swing state of Pennsylvania Tuesday to register to vote, saying she's "not taking anybody anywhere for granted" in the race for the White House.

Speaking at a voter registration event at West Philadelphia High School, midday Tuesday, Clinton said the stakes "could not be higher" in the race against Republican Donald Trump, and she warned against complacency in the remaining months before Election Day. The deadline to register to vote in November's presidential election in Pennsylvania is Oct. 11.

Clinton said that the Olympics are an example of American achievement, arguing that Trump is offering a pessimistic view of the country.

"Team U.S.A. is showing the world what this country stands for," Clinton told the boisterous crowd.

The Democratic nominee also offered a fresh attack on Trump's economic proposals, saying he would give tax breaks to the wealthy. She argued that Trump's family could save billions through his proposal to eliminate the estate tax. 

Clinton said that money could go to other priorities, like hiring teachers.

Trump's campaign has flailed in recent weeks as he struggles to stay on message and build a consistent case against Clinton, repeatedly roiling the White House race with provocative comments that have deeply frustrated many in his own party. 

Even as polls show Clinton in the lead, the former secretary of state has faced lingering questions about her trustworthiness in the fallout of her use of a private email server as secretary of state and over her family's sprawling foundation. She has tried to make the case that working-class voters would fare better under her economic policies than Trump's and that her opponent would inject danger into an already unstable world.

This was Clinton's second appearance in as many days in the battleground state of Pennsylvania.

On Monday, Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden campaigned in Scranton in northeastern Pennsylvania. He assailed Donald Trump's ability to lead the nation at home and abroad, and branded the Republican presidential nominee as indifferent to the needs of Americans.

It was Biden's his first campaign appearance with Clinton.

She touted their shared background in the working class, Rust Belt city. Biden was born in Scranton and Clinton spent summers there visiting her grandparents.

She said: "Oh Joe, I hope you know how much not just Scranton but America loves you and your family."

Clinton also attacked Trump for saying he provides on-site child care to employees, noting he’d said he offered care at his businesses. But she added, "like so much of what he says, it's not true."

Clinton said that if elected, she plans to ask Joe Biden to continue his effort to end cancer by improving research and treatment of the disease.

Pennsylvania has not supported a Republican in a presidential election since 1988, but is among the most contested battleground states between Clinton and Trump.

Monday in Ohio, Trump called for "extreme" ideological vetting of immigrants seeking admission to the United States, vowing to significantly overhaul the country's screening process and block those who sympathize with extremist groups or don't embrace American values. 

"Those who do not believe in our Constitution, or who support bigotry and hatred, will not be admitted for immigration into our country," Trump said in a foreign policy address in Youngstown, Ohio. "Only those who we expect to flourish in our country -- and to embrace a tolerant American society -- should be issued visas."

Trump's proposals were the latest version of a policy that began with his unprecedented call to temporarily bar foreign Muslims from entering the country -- a religious test that was criticized across party lines as un-American. 

The Republican nominee has made stricter immigration measures a central part of his proposals for defeating the Islamic State, a battle he said Monday is akin to the Cold War struggle against communism. He called for parents, teachers and others to promote "American culture" and encouraged "assimilation."

 

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