Hillary Clinton and Donald J. Trump, with Labor Day behind them, enter the final stretch of the grueling 2016 presidential campaign on Tuesday as they emerge from Ohio and fan out across the country.
Mrs. Clinton began using a different plane this
week, accompanied by her press corps, who until now had
been flying separately. Mrs. Clinton, who went about nine months without
addressing her traveling press corps, answeredquestions for
nearly half an hour on Monday on
topics including the controversy over her use of a private email
server while secretary of state and whether Russia was trying to meddle
in the elections.
Mr. Trump held his own news conference aboard his
personal plane, which reporters are occasionally allowed to fly on.
But reporters do not travel with him full time, and that practice
diverges from the approach taken by previous nominees who submitted to
having a “protective pool” of journalists follow them everywhere.
Mrs. Clinton is almost all the way there, but she is still not adhering in full to past practices.
The fact that it makes news when the candidates let reporters travel on their planes says something about the state of this election.
Monday was also another milestone — three weeks until
the first presidential debate between two nominees from New York, to be
held on Long Island.
The campaign trail will get busier in the prelude to the debates and to the voting on Nov. 8. On Tuesday, Mrs. Clinton will hold a rally in Tampa, Fla., while her running mate, Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia, will give a national security speech in Wilmington, N.C.
Mr. Trump will hold rallies in Virginia Beach and Greenville, N.C., and Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana, his running mate, will make two stops in Missouri.
The trips that Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Trump made to Ohio, a crucial battleground state, highlighted the
disparities between them. Mrs. Clinton’s team and the Democrats have a
well-established ground game in the state, while Mr. Trump, who is at
odds with the state’s Republican governor, John R. Kasich, lags far behind in organization.
Turnout efforts and a focus on absentee ballot
programs could help determine the outcome of close contests
in crucial states. And with two months left, Mr. Trump has a wide gap to