Posted: 8:09 pm Monday, September 5th, 2016
By Jamie Dupree
After months of battling, the campaign for President has now moved into the classic final stretch after Labor Day, as Democrats believe that Hillary Clinton holds an electoral edge for now on Donald Trump with just over two months to go in the race for President.
Labor Day marks the start of the final stage of the campaign:
Clinton 41.3 (+3.4)
Polls from @RealClearNews
— Mr. U-F (@apgovorg) September 5, 2016
But, as in a horse race, the finish line is not here yet – and that gives Republicans the chance to catch Clinton before November 8.
Maybe the biggest pivot point this month will be the first Presidential debate, which is now less than three weeks away, set for Monday September 26 at Hofstra University in New York.
Asked how much he is getting ready for the debates, Trump told reporters on Monday in Ohio that he’s not doing too much prep.
“I’m doing some,” Trump said. “I mean, I’ve seen some people do so much prep work that when they get out there, they can’t speak.”
Trump ruled out skipping any of the three debates, telling reporters on his plane that only a “natural disaster” would keep him away.
“I look forward to the debates,” Trump said. “I think you have an obligation to do the debates.”
While Trump spoke to reporters in Ohio, Clinton broke her nine month streak of not taking questions on the campaign trail, as she allowed reporters on her plane to fire questions at her.
HRC's 1st press avail on her plane lasted roughly 20 min (longer than any gaggle this year) & included roughly 12 Qs on wide range of topics
— Liz Kreutz (@ABCLiz) September 5, 2016
In a later stop in the Quad Cities in Illinois, Clinton made clear what she her game plan is for the next two months of the campaign.
“What we’ve got to do in the next 63 days is present the vision of America that we believe in,” Clinton said at the Quad Cities Salute to Labor Chicken Fry in Hampton, Illinois.
Crowd of several hundred stuck around for hours in the heat for Clinton, up soon in Illinois labor event pic.twitter.com/dwM9xXOSi7
— Iowa Starting Line (@IAStartingLine) September 5, 2016
“We’re going to run a campaign of issues, not insults,” Clinton said to cheers from the crowd.
On Labor Day, Trump hit a county fair in Ohio, using a bullhorn to speak to excited supporters.
“We’re going to bring back jobs to Ohio,” he said to cheers.
Clinton will stump for votes in Tampa, Florida on Tuesday, while Trump has rallies in Virginia and North Carolina.
Both have just over two months to make their case.
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.