Friday, September 17, 2021

Clinton returns to campaign trail, attacks Trump, promises “not to quit”

La candidata demócrata a la presidencia de Estados Unidos, Hillary Clinton, durante un acto de campaña en el Ernst Community Cultural Center en el Northern Virginia Community College en Annandale, Virginia (Estados Unidos) hoy, jueves 14 de julio de 2016. EFE/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

La candidata demócrata a la presidencia de Estados Unidos, Hillary Clinton, durante un acto de campaña en el Ernst Community Cultural Center en el Northern Virginia Community College en Annandale, Virginia (Estados Unidos) hoy, jueves 14 de julio de 2016. EFE/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

Washington, Sep 15 (EFE).- Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton returned Thursday to the campaign trail after having recuperated for three days from pneumonia, leveling criticism at her Republican rival Donald Trump for being a “loose cannon” and renewing her promise “not to quit.”

“People accuse me of all kinds of things, but no one accuses me of quitting,” Clinton told supporters in Greensboro, North Carolina, in her first campaign appearance after three days of forced rest. “I’ll never walk away however tough the going gets.”

She also said it was great to be back on the campaign trail.

The return of the Democratic candidate came after the state of her health created concern and criticism after she suffered a dizzy spell in New York on the weekend, an incident that was later confirmed to be due to a combination of pneumonia and becoming overheated.

Over the past few days, and amid the controversy generated by the lack of transparency about her health, the former secretary of state had to quell another controversy, that which arose after she had called “half” of Trump’s supporters “deplorables,” who she said exhibit racist, homophobic, xenophobic and Islamophobic notions.

Clinton has seen how her recent substantial lead in the voter surveys has diminished notably, and in some key states such as Florida and Ohio Trump seems to have moved ahead.

She said she had always contended that it would be a tight race, just before returning to Washington, where on Thursday evening she will give a speech to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, where President Barack Obama is also slated to speak.

Clinton said of Trump that she knows she will “never be the showman my opponent is, and that’s OK with me.”

“Let’s talk about what really matters,” she said. “And here’s my promise to you. I’m going to close my campaign the way I began my career and the way I will serve as your president – focused on opportunities for kids and fairness for families. From now until Nov. 8, everywhere I go I’m going to talk about my ideas for our country,” she said.

The first debate between Clinton and Trump will take place on Sept. 26 at Hofstra University on Long Island, followed by one in St. Louis on Oct. 9 and a final one on Oct. 19 in Las Vegas.