Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton Make Final Pitch to Voters in USA Today
The presidential candidates pen op-eds one day before Election Day.
One day before voters will be hitting the polls, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton penned their final pleas for the presidency.
In Monday op-eds for USA Today, the candidates addressed Americans in dueling pitches answering the same question: Why should you vote for me? The op-eds were published in print on Monday and posted online Sunday night.
An online poll accompanying each shows 54 percent of readers strongly agreeing with Clinton's message, and 41 percent strongly agreeing with Trump's, as of this article's posting time.
In Trump's piece, titled, "We must clean up this corruption," the GOP nominee vowed to repeal and replace Obamacare and renegotiate the Clintons' "disastrous" NAFTA and China trade deals and promised more education opportunity for minority students.
"Real change also means draining the swamp of corruption in Washington," wrote Trump in his 568-word pitch. "We must fix a rigged system in which political insiders can break the law without consequence and where government officials put special interests above the national interest."
Highlighting the FBI's investigation into Clinton over her emails, Trump said electing his rival "would trigger an unprecedented constitutional crisis." (Trump's letter does not mention FBI Director James Comey clearing Clinton of wrongdoing on Sunday afternoon.)
He then offered his 100-day action plan to "clean up corruption and bring change to Washington," which outlines a plan to create 25 million jobs and cut taxes on the middle class by 35 percent. The plan, writes Trump, also details how he will "secure the border, stop illegal immigration and keep radical Islamic terrorists out of our country." (More details can be found at TheTrumpContract.com.)
In Clinton's 644-word letter titled "I'll look for common ground," the Democratic candidate outlined four priorities for her first 100 days in office should she be elected.
She vows to put forward the "biggest investment in new jobs since World War II" by using the wealthy, Wall Street and big corporations to pay their share so small businesses and entrepreneurs can grow; introduce comprehensive immigration reform legislation; introduce a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United to protect citizens’ rights to vote; and begin end-to-end criminal justice reform.
"We’re going to roll up our sleeves and get to work for American families — and I’ll never, ever quit," vows Clinton.
She briefly addresses Trump before concluding.
"My opponent has run his campaign on divisiveness, fear and insults, and spent months pitting Americans against each other," she says. "I’ve said many times that Donald Trump has shown us who he is. Now we have to decide who we are."