Hillary Clinton in Fort Lauderdale: ‘We’ve got to turn out the vote’

Angela Courtney of Lake Worth brought a signed copy of Hillary Clinton's "It Takes A Village" to Tuesday night's rally in Fort Lauderdale.

Angela Courtney of Lake Worth brought a signed copy of Hillary Clinton’s “It Takes A Village” to Tuesday night’s rally in Fort Lauderdale.

FORT LAUDERDALE — Hillary Clinton has switched from lashing James Comey to bashing Donald Trump, not mentioning the FBI director she and her surrogates have been criticizing and instead returning her focus at a Tuesday night rally to the “temperamentally unfit and unqualified” Republican nominee.

 

Speaking to an outdoor crowd with a large number of the African-American voters she needs to turn out for her, Clinton mentioned that when she was in town Sunday she spoke at New Mount Olive Baptist Church and “I couldn’t leave town without stopping at Betty’s for some soul food.”

 

With only a week until election day, Clinton focused on getting Democrats to the polls.

 

“We know that we’ve got to turn out the vote,” Clinton said.

 

She invoked the memory of 2000, when Republican George W. Bush carried Florida by a mere 537 votes to win the White House.

 

“We need everybody to step up. And remember, there’s no state where it’s more important. You know what happened in 2000, right?” Clinton said.

 

“You may be angry about something, but anger is not a plan. Don’t be used. Don’t be exploited. Stand up for what we can do together…Don’t buy into that dark, pessimistic vision. It’s not true and it’s not who we are as Americans,” Clinton said.

 

Hillary and Bill Clinton made a total of six stops in Florida on Tuesday. The former president stumped for his wife in Florida City, Immokalee and St. Petersburg. Hillary Clinton campaigned in Dade City and Sanford before appearing in Fort Lauderdale more than an hour later than the scheduled 8:45 p.m. starting time.

 

U.S. Rep. and civil rights icon John Lewis, D-Ga., introduced Clinton along with U.S. Reps. Alcee Hastings, D-Delray Beach, and Patrick Murphy, D-Jupiter, who’s running for Senate against Republican Sen. Marco Rubio.

 

“Beat Rubio! Beat Rubio!” the crowd chanted when Murphy took the stage.

 

Trump often tries to appeal to black voters by saying Democratic policies have failed and asking “What do you have to lose?”

 

Said Hastings: “If you see Donald Trump, tell him that among the things I would lose would be my dignity. The other thing that African-Americans and all of us would lose would be our soul. And equally important and perhaps most important for African-Americans, whites, Protestants, Jews and everybody, if we voted for Donald Trump, we would have lost our minds.”

 

Trump will have three Florida rallies on Wednesday — in Miami, Orlando and Pensacola — and another on Thursday in Jacksonville, where President Barack Obama is also campaigning for Clinton that day.

 

 

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