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Sep 13, 2016

NYT First Draft on September 13, 2016: Donald Trump Seizes Hillary Clinton's Absence to Press His case, by Alexander Burns and Maggie Haberman

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

The New York Times


The New York Times
Donald J. Trump on Monday with volunteers at a call center backstage before a campaign event in Asheville, N.C.
Donald J. Trump on Monday with volunteers at a call center backstage before a campaign event in Asheville, N.C. Damon Winter/The New York Times
Donald Trump Seizes Hillary Clinton’s Absence to Press His Case

Donald J. Trump hurled himself into a new effort to reshape the presidential race on Monday, scrambling to allay voters’ concerns about his temperament and put Hillary Clinton on the defensive over her critical comments about many of Mr. Trump’s supporters.
Though Mr. Trump, the Republican nominee, has largely withheld comment about Mrs. Clinton’s health, showing uncharacteristic restraint after her campaign announced she had pneumonia, he took Mrs. Clinton’s unexpected absence from public view as an opportunity to press his case with ferocity.
Among Mr. Trump’s advisers, there is a sense of urgency. With eight weeks left in the race — and just two before his first debate with Mrs. Clinton, the Democratic nominee — Mr. Trump may never again have such a window to make his argument to voters more or less uninterrupted.
Without a forceful message and iron discipline heading into the debates, Mr. Trump could struggle mightily to overcome the deeply rooted opposition to his candidacy. An ABC News-Washington Post poll published over the weekend showed Mrs. Clinton with a five-percentage-point edge over Mr. Trump nationally, with six in 10 voters describing Mr. Trump as unqualified and biased against women and minorities.
Hillary Clinton leaving the apartment of daughter, Chelsea, in New York on Sunday.
Eric Thayer for The New York Times
Her campaign, responding to political pressure after it belatedly revealed that she had pneumonia, promised more details about her health and medical records this week.
<span data-tag=”tight__4”>Senator Tim Kaine, the Democratic vice-presidential nominee, at a rally Monday in Dayton, Ohio.</span>
Chris Stewart/Dayton Daily News, via Associated Press
Mrs. Clinton’s running mate, a senator and former governor, said he was not feeling added pressure to convince voters he is ready to be president.
Hillary Clinton waving as she exited an apartment building on Sept. 11 in New York.
Craig Ruttle/Associated Press
A fleeting moment that, like so much of her campaign, is impossible to separate from history.
A chest X-ray of a patient who had bacterial pneumonia.
Zephyr/Science Source
Hillary Clinton is being treated for pneumonia, which can become serious or even fatal if it is not properly addressed, doctors said.
On the Trail
President Obama will host a rally for Mrs. Clinton in Philadelphia. Mrs. Clinton is not scheduled to appear.
Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia will attend a rally with the Michigan Democratic Party in Ann Arbor.
Mr. Trump will host rallies in Des Moines and in Aston, Pa.
Mrs. Clinton and Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana have no scheduled public events. 

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