From The Associated Press:
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Kicking off her fall campaign for the White House, Hillary Clinton used her first post-convention rally Friday to stress the “stark choice” voters will face in November between her and Republican rival Donald Trump.
“There’s no doubt in my mind that every election is important in its own way, but I can’t think of an election that was more important in my lifetime,” the Democrat told thousands of supporters in the first stop of a three-day bus tour through the Rust Belt battlegrounds of Pennsylvania and Ohio.
“It’s not so much that I’m on the ticket, it’s because of the stark choice that’s posed to Americans in this election,” she said.
The anti-Trump message was a striking reminder of Clinton’s own vulnerabilities, as polls show that a majority of Americans say they question her honesty. Rather than ask Americans to trust her, she implored them to rally against Trump, who she cast as dangerous and unfit to lead the country.
Trump is also targeting Ohio and Pennsylvania as states where he can make headway with blue-collar white men. That demographic has eluded Clinton and was unlikely to be swayed by a Democratic convention that heavily celebrated racial and gender diversity.
“I am watching Crooked Hillary speak,” Trump tweeted during Clinton’s remarks. “Same old stuff, our country needs change!”
The celebratory mood of this week’s Democratic national convention continued Friday as Clinton smiled and waved as she boarded her blue campaign bus, wrapped with the slogan “Stronger Together.” She took the stage at her first rally with her husband, former president Bill Clinton, and running mate Tim Kaine, the Virginia senator, standing …