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Trump tries to expand reach while Clinton focuses on strongholds

November 4, 2016 at 6:50 PM EST
With four days until the election, Donald Trump took on the typically blue state of New Hampshire, where he is now even with Hillary Clinton. Meanwhile, Clinton focused her efforts on historically Democratic strongholds, rekindling her economic message for middle and lower classes in Pittsburgh before heading to Michigan -- a state where her lead has recently dropped. Lisa Desjardins reports.
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JUDY WOODRUFF: It is all about numbers tonight, economic and electoral, as the presidential contest comes down to the wire.

Lisa Desjardins begins our coverage, with just four days to go.

LISA DESJARDINS: The last Friday of the 2016 race, and the two campaigns are off to a long weekend of crisscrossing the battleground states. Donald Trump started in New Hampshire, where he’s now neck-and-neck with Hillary Clinton, hoping to break through her electoral wall of usually blue states. The Granite State last voted Republican for president in 2000.

DONALD TRUMP (R), Presidential Nominee: When you see the rusted out factories and empty buildings, just remember this. Hillary Clinton’s policies and other’s like her, her friends, did this to us, all of us. We will stop the jobs from leaving New Hampshire. The theft of American prosperity will end. They have taken away our prosperity. From now on, it’s going to be America first.

(CHEERING AND APPLAUSE)

LISA DESJARDINS: New Hampshire has the nation’s lowest unemployment rate, but Trump moved on to more likely economic territory, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Meanwhile, some remarkable fallout involving words Trump said yesterday. He told crowds that Hillary Clinton was likely to be put on trial for her actions related to her foundation and e-mail. But that was based on a FOX News report that has now been scuttled.

Yesterday, FOX News anchor Bret Baier fully retracted his story alleging a likely Clinton indictment.

He issued this apology:

BRET BAIER, FOX News: It was a mistake. And, for that, I’m sorry. I should have said, they will continue to build their case. Indictment obviously is a very loaded word.

LISA DESJARDINS: For her part, Hillary Clinton focused today on historically Democratic strongholds, rekindling her economic message for middle and lower classes in Pittsburgh.

HILLARY CLINTON (D), Presidential Nominee: So, I will do everything I can to get incomes rising for hardworking people. Whether you work in steel, whether you work in a factory, where you’re a machinist, a nurse, a teacher, a firefighter, police officer, whatever you are, you deserve to be part of a growing, thriving middle-class economy.

(CHEERING AND APPLAUSE)

LISA DESJARDINS: From there, she was off to an afternoon rally in Detroit. Clinton’s lead in Michigan has narrowed in recent days.

Meanwhile, President Obama in North Carolina, campaigning for Clinton, was interrupted by a protester dressed in a uniform. After a few minutes of trying to calm his crowd, he urged respect.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: We live in a country that respects free speech.

(CHEERING AND APPLAUSE)

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: So, second of all, it looks like maybe he might have served in our military. And we ought to respect that.

LISA DESJARDINS: Tonight, Clinton is also hoping to attract voters with the help of celebrity supporters, including a concert with Jay-Z in Cleveland and a rally with Stevie Wonder in Philly.

Both campaigns have packed the weekend with events, Trump appealing to white working-class voters and Clinton hoping to boost minority turnout.

For the “PBS NewsHour,” I’m Lisa Desjardins.

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