Published: Sat, November 05, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Trump, Clinton blast each other on character; Clinton rises in poll

To be clear, Clinton will win the black vote by overwhelming margins, just as Obama and a generation of Democratic presidential nominees before him. A rise in US interest rates would make the dollar, and dollar-denominated assets, more attractive to investors.A Reuters equity market poll last month showed a majority of forecasters predicted that USA stocks would perform better under a Clinton presidency than a Trump administration.An average of polls compiled by the RealClearPolitics website showed Clinton just 1.7 percent ahead of Trump nationally on Wednesday, with 47 percent support to his 45.3 percent. McCallister says he's an independent Republican who doesn't support Trump, but it hasn't been Trump who has blocked President Obama at every level. On Friday, the president will headline get-out-the-vote rallies for Clinton in Fayetteville and Charlotte.

Obama is scheduled to be "in the Orlando area" on Sunday, according to a release from the Clinton campaign. The president warned that Trump would obliterate his record, even digging up first lady Michelle Obama's White House vegetable garden. The FBI's continued investigation of Clinton's email practices, he said, has not changed the fundamentals of an election that has long favored Clinton.

"There is a norm that when there are investigations, we don't operate on innuendo and we don't operate on incomplete information and we don't operate on leaks", Obama told NowThis in an interview. "Our democracy is on the ballot".

It's the first of two visits Obama has planned this week to North Carolina.

Both sides agree the NY businessman has virtually no chance to win the presidency without Florida's trove of 29 electoral votes. The time and location of the campaign stop have yet to be released. Forty-five percent supported Clinton, while 37 percent backed Trump. RealClearPolitics, which averages most major opinion polls, showed Clinton's lead had narrowed to 1.7 points on Wednesday from 4.6 points last Friday.

In North Carolina on Wednesday, Clinton deployed President Barack Obama to make the case that Trump posed a unique threat to the future of the country.

Obama said Trump would shred his accomplishments, while Clinton would continue on his path. Clinton is making the same argument as some Democrats worry over early voting figures that suggest black turnout may slip from its 2012 levels.

"I know her; I trust her", Obama said. It's a conscious choice her campaign says is necessary as polls tighten ahead of next Tuesday's election. The news that the Federal Bureau of Investigation may once again be looking at her use of a personal email server has given new life to concerns about whether she would comply with principles of openness and transparency if she were president. But he argued that Trump has never cared about working people.

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