Obama, Bill hit campaign trail for candidate Hillary

US President Barack Obama hit the campaign trail for Hillary Clinton while her husband and former President Bill Clinton was scheduled to stand in for her at campaign and fund-raising events in Los Angeles, California, on Tuesday and Wednesday. Clinton has had to skip the campaign events due to illness. Images of Clinton’s wobbly steps to her vehicle on Sunday after a memorial event for 9/11 victims have dominated news space over the last two days. More than the illness itself, the fact that her condition of pneumonia was not revealed until hours after the public mishap has animated the
discussion. Clinton has been advised by well-wishers, including Obama’s press secretary Josh Earnest and a former advisor David Axelrod, to be more transparent.
Calls for transparency: In a telephone interview, Ms. Clinton told CNN that she “met a high standard of transparency” and that she had underestimated her illness. “I was supposed to rest five days — that’s what they told me on Friday -and I didn’t follow that very wise advice,” she said. Axelrod’s tweet – “antibiotics can take care of pneumonia. What’s the cure for an unhealthy penchant for privacy that repeatedly creates unnecessary problems?” – went viral, and Clinton campaign managers said more information about her health will be made public. Republican nominee Donald Trump did not comment on her health condition but promised to disclose a detailed report on his health this week. Trump has released no substantive information regarding his own health so far, and has refused to release his tax returns, which is a normal practice for presidential candidates.
Trump is 70 years old and Ms. Clinton is 68 -older than all recent presidential candidates. Ronald Reagan, the oldest President to be elected in the history of America was 69. Bill Clinton was 47, George W. Bush was 54 and Obama was 47 when they were first elected.
Meanwhile, a new campaign ad released by the Trump campaign focussed on Ms. Clinton’s statement that half of his supporters are a “basket of deplorables”. In an attempt to charge up his base, Trump’s speeches on Monday also focused on this comment. “She called them racist, sexist, xenophobic, Islamophobic. She called half of our supporters a ‘basket of deplorables… She divides people into baskets -as though they were objects, not human beings,” Trump said, adding that his supporters are “wonderful, amazing people.” Clinton is leading in opinion polls, but only by a narrow margin. Obama’s campaigning is crucial for her. Supporters of Obama, particularly the millennials, are less enthusiastic about Clinton’s candidacy. “The President is determined over the course of the next eight weeks or so here to make a forceful case in support of her campaign,” Earnest said Monday. “He certainly believes that the stakes are high.”

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