Clinton says election is 'test of our time'

Posted at 9:50 PM, Nov 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-07 21:50:26-05

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. presidential campaign

9:34 p.m.

Hillary Clinton says at a large campaign rally with President Barack Obama that Tuesday's election represents "the test of our time." She asks, "What will we vote for, not just against?"

Clinton rallied thousands of supporters outside Philadelphia's Independence Hall on the eve of the election. She tells the crowd that she deeply regrets how angry the tone of the campaign became, prompting someone to yell that it wasn't her fault.

Clinton was joined on stage after the rally by her husband, former President Bill Clinton, her daughter Chelsea and the Obamas. The rally included performances by rockers Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi, all aimed at winning battleground Pennsylvania.


9:07 p.m.

President Barack Obama says voters don't have to settle for just voting against Donald Trump. He says they "have somebody extraordinary to vote for" in Hillary Clinton.

Obama is delivering his closing pitch for Clinton during a star-studded rally in Philadelphia. He's trying to combat the notion that voters have to settle for Clinton because they're so turned off by Trump.

Obama says he's had to "bite my tongue" throughout the "nonsense" of the campaign. He's decrying "vicious, crazy" attacks against Clinton and says she's been held to double-standards.

Obama says despite all that, Clinton doesn't complain or buckle. He says she brushes it off because she's strong like the American people.


9:03 p.m.

Donald Trump is pulling out all the stops as he holds the second-last rally of his campaign in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Trump is appearing with his running mate Mike Pence and many members of his family at the SNHU Arena, which is packed with thousands of cheering supporters.

It's the same arena where he held his final rally before the New Hampshire primary. His win in that race paved his way to the party's nomination.

"It all began for me in New Hampshire," Trump says after taking the stage.

Trump's daughter, Ivanka, briefly addressed the crowd in support of her father.

While his rival Hillary Clinton is campaigning with a cast of celebrities, Trump says, "I have the best surrogates of all."


8:54 p.m.

First lady Michelle Obama says voters have a chance on Tuesday to stand up to "those who seek to divide us and make us afraid."

Mrs. Obama is rallying for Hillary Clinton along with President Barack Obama in Philadelphia. She's casting a Hillary Clinton victory as the continuation of a unique American story that included the election of the first black president.

Mrs. Obama says voters can show that the U.S. has always been great. She says helping Clinton get elected is perhaps the last and most important thing she can do for the country as first lady.


8:52 p.m.

Former President Bill Clinton says Tuesday will mark a "change election."

He says voters have to decide whether "we are going to change forward together or backward."

Clinton says Hillary Clinton has "lived her life dedicated to making changes for other people."

Clinton is speaking on behalf of his wife at a star-studded rally in Philadelphia on Monday night. He's joined by first lady Michelle Obama, President Barack Obama, singers Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi.


8:46 p.m.

Rocker Bruce Springsteen says the choice between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in Tuesday's election "couldn't be any clearer" and is telling a Philadelphia rally that Trump's ideas and campaign are "going down."

Springsteen made his first appearance on the 2016 campaign trail on behalf of Clinton. He says her candidacy is based on "intelligence, experience, preparation" and a vision of America "where everyone counts."

Springsteen has campaigned on behalf of President Barack Obama and John Kerry in the past. He says Trump's campaign allowed him "to prioritize his own interests and ego before American democracy itself." He says on Tuesday "those ideas and that campaign is going down."

The Boss performed a short acoustic set that included "Thunder Road," ''Long Walk Home" and "Dancing in the Dark."


8:05 p.m.

Jon Bon Jovi is telling Hillary Clinton's supporters that "the world is watching" on the eve of Tuesday's presidential election.

The rock band front man performed at a rally near Philadelphia's Independence Hall ahead of appearances by Clinton, President Barack Obama and rocker Bruce Springsteen.

Bon Jovi says with the eyes of the world upon America, the nation needs to ask itself, "What kind of world do we want? I want a world of hope and optimism."

Bon Jovi has raised money for Clinton's campaign. His set list included "Who Says You Can't Go Home" and "Livin' on a Prayer."

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6:54 p.m.

Former vice president Al Gore says the future of the world is at stake in Tuesday's presidential election.

Gore spoke on Monday in Boulder, Colorado, to supporters of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. He declared: "This is a climate election."

Gore did not mention Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. But he said Clinton would continue international efforts to reduce carbon emissions while Trump would walk away from them.

He told the crowd it could all come down to the election returns in Boulder, the liberal heart of this battleground state.

Gore became a high profile climate activist after losing the 2000 presidential election to Republican George W. Bush.


6:37 p.m.

Hillary Clinton says she intends to call rival Donald Trump if she wins the presidency in Tuesday's election.

The Democratic presidential nominee says in a radio interview with Ryan Seacrest that she hopes Trump will "play a constructive role" in helping bring the country together.

Clinton says in an interview on the final day of campaigning that if she wins, she wants to bring together people who supported Trump for a "national conversation" after the election.

She says she wants to hear from people who supported Trump as well as people who supported her.


Donald Trump says Hillary Clinton is "the face of failure" and he's predicting a "great victory" on he holds his final Pennsylvania rally of the campaign.

Trump tells a roaring crowd in Scranton, Pennsylvania, that he doesn't believe polls that show him running neck-and-neck with rival Hillary Clinton.

Trump says, "I think we're going to blow 'em out tomorrow."

He adds, "This is not the sound of a second place finisher."

Trump is continuing to paint Clinton as a corrupt Washington insider who has accomplished too little in her years in public life.


5:41 p.m.

President Barack Obama is reviving his own campaign call-and-response of "Fired up, ready to go" at a rally for Hillary Clinton.

Obama is getting nostalgic at his rally in Durham, New Hampshire, as he tells the story of how the chant came about in 2008. He says when he started running he was just a "skinny guy with a funny name."

Obama says a woman in a church hat in the back of a room at an obscure campaign event randomly started the chant, and it immediately caught on. He says it shows how one voice can change a room, and in turn change the world.


5:19 p.m.

President Barack Obama says Donald Trump's conduct might be acceptable in other countries — but not in the United States.

Obama is railing against Trump during a rally in Durham, New Hampshire. It's Obama's second-to-last campaign event for Hillary Clinton.

Obama is mocking Trump for threatening to jail Hillary Clinton if he's elected. He says other countries discriminate against people based on their religion, but not the U.S.

Obama says, "Maybe Putin thinks it's ok. I don't think it's ok." He's referring to Vladimir Putin and Democrats' claim that Trump is too cozy with the Russian president.

The president says unlike Trump, Clinton "actually knows what's going on in the world."


5:12 p.m.

Donald Trump continues to say that he's put $100 million of his own money into his presidential run. Fundraising records show that with just 24 hours to go, he's about $34 million short of that amount.

Trump's latest major contribution to his own campaign was $10 million on Oct. 28, according to Federal Election Commission reports. That brings his total investment to about $66 million.

He most recently made his $100 million assertion at a rally Monday afternoon in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Trump's personal investment shrinks when accounting for about $9 million in campaign cash that has returned to his family and businesses.


5:10 p.m.

A soaring turnout from Latino voters has driven a record number of Americans to vote ahead of Election Day.

Associated Press data show at least 43.2 million people have cast ballots by early voting. Record levels have been reported in 23 states and the District of Columbia. Millions more ballots are still coming in.

The AP estimates that early votes could top 50 million. That comes to nearly 40 percent of all ballots. In 2012, there were 46 million early votes, or 35 percent.

The latest numbers show declines in voting from blacks in North Carolina — a drop-off after historic levels for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012. But higher turnout by Latinos, who often lean Democratic, may be buoying Clinton in Florida. Both are must-win for Donald Trump.


Hillary Clinton's campaign is serving a legal warning to television stations playing campaign ads that state the Democratic candidate is being investigated by the FBI.

Her campaign sent out cease-and-desist letters to multiple television stations on Monday. The letters ask the stations to stop playing ads from Donald Trump campaign and a super PAC supporting his bid making that claim. That's according to campaign aides.

FBI Director James Comey said on Sunday the agency would not reopen its investigation of her use of a private server as Secretary of State. The announcement came as a relief to her campaign, which has seen polls tighten amid speculation that the agency would reexamine the issue.

Clinton is campaigning in three battleground states on Monday, making her final swing of the 2016 race.


4:57 p.m.

Donald Trump and Mike Pence are suggesting falsely that Hillary Clinton wants virtually no immigration controls.

Pence on the eve of Election Day again made the charge in Erie, Pennsylvania. The Republican vice presidential nominee noted a speech Clinton gave Brazil in 2013 as proof she'd have "open borders."

Republicans have seized on Clinton saying her "dream is a hemispheric common market, with open trade and open borders." But she was talking specifically about the energy market, not immigration.

Clinton does support a more lenient immigration policy than Trump's proposal for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. She would grant a path to citizenship to some people already in the U.S. illegally. She has not proposed open borders.


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