Posted: 3:31 pm Tuesday, October 25th, 2016
By Jamie Dupree
With Democrats feeling increasingly optimistic about the race for President in the key swing state of Florida, Hillary Clinton began a two day swing through the Sunshine State by urging her supporters not to leave any stone unturned in the effort to win in November.
“I feel good, but boy, I’m not taking anything for granted,” Clinton said to cheers.
“I have to say, nobody should want to wake up on November 9th and wonder whether there was more you could have done,” Clinton said, as she took a number of verbal swings at Donald Trump, charging that Trump’s “final target is democracy itself.”
“The first thing a President does is take an oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution, and I have serious doubts about whether Donald Trump even understands what that means,” Clinton said in one of many jabs, as she clearly stepped up her rhetoric against Trump at this stop.
Clinton cast Trump as a direct threat to democracy in stronger terms than she ever has before in Florida today. Here is what she said: pic.twitter.com/EuxwdT5Xii
— Dan Merica (@danmericaCNN) October 25, 2016
Clinton also mocked Trump as she invoked the name of George Washington, and his refusal to become “King” of the United States.
“Donald Trump would have probably called him a loser,” Clinton said.
When Clinton wasn’t attacking Trump, she was using a familiar formula in recent days, taking an extended chunk of time at this rally to push the candidacy of a Democrat running for U.S. Senate – this time, it was Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-FL), who is running against Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL).
“Patrick Murphy has never been afraid to stand up to Donald Trump,” Clinton said.
Hillary Clinton takes the stage in Broward County, praising Patrick Murphy (running for senate against Marco Rubio) pic.twitter.com/O3tZsHGJZF
— Asma Khalid (@asmamk) October 25, 2016
Clinton’s stop in Broward County, north of Miami and near Fort Lauderdale, was not only timed to the start of early voting in Florida, but the location of Tuesday’s rally was just steps from an early voting site.
Clinton's event at Broward College on the second day of Florida early voting is literally across the street from an early voting site
— Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) October 25, 2016
“You can go across the street right now to the North Regional Library and cast your ballot today,” Clinton said.
“What a coincidence,” said Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon.
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.