Clinton on Trump: Bring him on. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)COLUMBUS, Ohio — Hillary Clinton, pushing to mobilize female voters behind her struggling presidential campaign, returned to a state that was the scene of one of her biggest victories in her 2008 bid to make a pitch that her policies would be far better for both the women and the economy at large.
“The Republicans say I am playing the gender card — as if they are not,” she told a gathering of several hundred supporters. “I say, if calling for equal pay for equal work is playing the gender card, deal me in.”
She also took note, indirectly, of a new controversy surrounding GOP frontrunner Donald Trump. In a Rolling Stone article published this week, Trump was quoted as saying of GOP contender Carly Fiorina: “Look at that face. Would anyone vote for that?”
Clinton noted, without naming Donald Trump, that the Republicans are fielding “one particular candidate who just seems to delight in insulting women every chance he gets. I must say, if he emerges [with the nomination], I would love to debate him.”
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is under fire from the hosts of ABC’s “The View” for comments he made about his fellow GOP contender, Carly Fiorina. (Sarah Parnass/The Washington Post)
Trump claimed in an interview on CNN Thursday that he had been referring to Fiorina’s “persona,” not her looks.
Though the crowd at Clinton’s event Thursday was an enthusiastic one, it was relatively small, filling less than half of the modest-sized venue in downtown Columbus.
Ohio is not an early primary state — but in the general election, it is a critical one. It is also a state where Clinton beat future president Barack Obama by 10 percentage points during their bitter 2008 Democratic primary. A key to that victory was white women, who voted for her by a nearly 2-to-1 margin.
Although Clinton remains the strong front-runner for the Democratic nomination on her second try for the White House, the latest polls show new difficulties for her from her liberal challenger, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). The latest surveys show the pair pulling even in Iowa and New Hampshire, where the first two primary-season contests will be held, as Clinton’s favorability plummets amid the controversy over her use of a private email system when …Read More