Washington: Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, who is leading in almost all major national polls with a considerable margin, has asked her supporters not to get complacent as her Republican rival Donald Trump can still win the 8 November general elections.
"I know that we've got to keep our foot on the gas. Donald Trump says he can still win, and you know, he's right. Anything can happen in an election," Clinton told her supporters at Cedar Rapids in Iowa, soon after the FBI said that it has re-opened the case against her email gate.
The former secretary of state, however, did not comment directly on this, even as she slammed Trump for his rhetoric.
"His strategy is to get women to stay home, get young people to stay home, get people of color to stay home. It's all part of his scorched Earth campaign. The last refuge of a bankrupt candidate. And it goes against everything we stand for in America," she said.
People of the country, she asserted, would not let that happen. "Now how we will do that, by voting, by showing up with the biggest turn out in history. More women voting, more young people voting, more people of color voting. More Americans of every kind voting for a good, positive, unified vision of the future," she said.
Referring to the three debates she had with Trump, Clinton said she stood next to him for four and half hours during those three debates.
"I think that proves once and for all I have the stamina to be president and Commander-in-Chief. And I have to tell you, he was always saying something that I was finding oh boy, unacceptable," she said.
"I kept reminding myself - people say, 'well, how did you keep your composure?' Well, I practiced that a lot. I had my team and the young man playing Trump for me just insult me up and down. It was exhausting. I spent hours being insulted by my team and my friends and boy did it to prepare me to stand there with the insulter known as Donald Trump," she said.
"And so, I kept thinking to myself, those — wonderful line that Michelle Obama delivered in our convention when she gave her speech, 'when they go low, we go high'. Now Donald Trump has gone low, but in that last debate he said something that was truly horrifying," Clinton alleged.
"He refused to say that he would respect the results of this election. I know. It, it, it has never been done before. Nobody, you go back and look at debates and speeches, nobody running for president representing one of our two major parties has ever said that," she said.
"When you question the very institutions of our democracy going back to the founding of our country, you are attacking democracy. Now, we have seen Donald Trump attack so many different kinds of Americans. He's attacked African-Americans and Latinos and immigrants and Muslims and POWs and, of course, women and people with disabilities, right. But now, his final target seems to be democracy itself," she alleged.
"We have got to be vigilant about this. This is not something to be made right of, because there have been too many times in world history where somebody gets elected and the last election that...so have to not only stand up for whoever our candidates are, we have to stand up for the process of electing them,," she said.
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Updated Date: Oct 29, 2016 13:25:58 IST