CLEVELAND, Nov 5, (Pakistan Point News - APP - 05th Nov, 2016 ) - Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump brandished starkly different visions of America as they headed into a fierce final weekend of campaigning Saturday, one celebrating hope as the other bashed corruption. Trump portrayed Clinton as a product of a venal and incompetent establishment, while Clinton headlined an optimistic concert spectacular featuring superstar singer Beyonce. Forecasts still give the 69-year-old Democrat an edge over the 70-year-old Republican property mogul ahead of Tuesday's vote.
But Trump has been buoyed by signs that he is closing the gap in the key swing states that will decide who secures an electoral college win. In a first, Trump on Saturday delivered the Republican Party's weekly radio address. The remarks are the opposition party's response to the president's weekly radio address. While President Barack Obama focused on his signature health care program, Trump urged listeners to vote Republican down the ballot.
"I'm asking for your vote and your help in electing a Republican majority in Congress, so that we can finally change this broken system and make America great again. And when I say great, I mean great for everyone," Trump said. He added: "This is not just a campaign, it's a movement. It's a once in a lifetime chance to take our government back from the donors and the special interests, and return the power to you, the American people." Trump has tense relations with Republican leaders, many of whom withdrew their endorsement after comments surfaced in which he boasted in explicit terms about groping women.
On Friday both Trump and Clinton campaigned in the US rustbelt, a region where blue-collar voters that were once reliable Democrats may be swayed by Trump's promise to repatriate jobs from Mexico and China. Clinton spoke late Friday in Cleveland, Ohio, a state that Obama won in 2012 but where she trails Trump in opinion polls by around five percentage points. She was introduced with a show-stopping set by rapper Jay-Z and his even more famous wife Beyonce, who sang songs of empowerment wearing a version of Clinton's trademark pantsuit.
"The world looks to us as a progressive country that leads change," Beyonce declared. "I want my daughter to grow up to see a woman lead our country. That is why I'm with her." Clinton portrayed her campaign to become the first female US president as the next step in the civil rights struggle. "We have unfinished work to do, more barriers to break, and with your help, a glass ceiling to crack once and for all," she declared, to loud cheers.