Hillary Clinton Makes Pitch to Undecided Voters 'Reconsidering' Trump

Clinton appealed to Democrats, Republicans and Independents.

ByLIZ KREUTZ
October 21, 2016, 7:14 PM

— -- In these final days, Hillary Clinton is making a direct pitch to the undecided voters who may be turned off by Donald Trump.

During a rally in Cleveland today, the Democratic presidential nominee reached out to people she said may be "reconsidering" her opponent.

"I wanna say something to people who may be reconsidering their support for my opponent," she told the crowd. "I know you may still have questions for me, I respect that, I want to answer them, I wanna earn your vote."

She added that she is "reaching out to all Americans: Republicans, Democrats and Independents."

"I think America needs every single one of us to bring our energy, our talents, ambition to build that better country," she said.

These comments appear to be part of an overall strategy by her campaign.

Talking to reporters ahead of the last presidential debate on Wednesday night, Clinton's communications director, Jennifer Palmieri, explained that Clinton's focus at the debate and in these final weeks would be to win over those voters who have been turned off by Trump in recent weeks.

They believe there are a chunk of voters who changed their mind about voting for Trump after leaked audio was released showing him speaking in a vulgar way about women -- and the campaign hopes to tap in to that.

This effort also comes as the campaign continues to expand their battleground state map to include traditionally Red states like Arizona and Utah.

Aides say they no longer want to just want to win the race -- they want to win big.

"I hope that as we move through these next 18 days everyone thinks seriously about what you really want to see, not just in your next president, but in your lives, in your jobs, in your education, in our future together," Clinton said today, her first rally since the last debate. "And the only way we can have that positive optimistic unifying future is if all of you help us get there."

During the rally, the Democratic nominee also went after Trump for his accusation that the election is "rigged" and for refusing to say he will accept the outcome of the election.

"Make no mistake," Clinton explained, "By doing that, he is threatening our democracy."

"Look, if you lose an election, I’ve lost elections, you don’t feel very good the next day, do you? But we know in our country the difference between leadership and dictatorship, right?" she added as the crowd cheered.

The state is one that the campaign up until recently felt unsure about. Now, however, they feel their chances of winning are improving.

"Right now, the wind is at our back's in Ohio," Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon told reporters Friday.

Clinton herself continued with a line of attack she has used often in the Rust Belt states of Ohio and Pennsylvania, as they try to win over white, working class voters.

Going after Trump for outsourcing and for having his businesses use steel from overseas she said: "He has put Chinese steel workers to work, not American steel workers, and we're going to change that."

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