President Barack Obama speaks at a campaign rally for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Donald Trump warned Thursday that a cloud of investigation would follow Hillary Clinton into the White House, evoking the bitter impeachment battle of the 1990s in a closing campaign argument meant to bring wayward Republicans home. Clinton and her allies, led by President Barack Obama, told voters to get serious about the dangers of Trump.

As polls show Trump closing in on Clinton in key battleground states, her campaign is rushing to shore up support in some long-standing Democratic strongholds. That includes the campaign’s Michigan firewall, a remarkable situation for a candidate who looked to be cruising to an easy win just a week ago.

Clinton’s shrunken lead has given Trump’s campaign a glimmer of hope, one he’s trying to broaden into a breakthrough before time runs out. That means zeroing in on questions of Clinton’s trustworthiness and a new FBI review of an aide’s emails.

The attack is aimed at appealing to moderate Republicans and independents who have been the holdouts of his campaign, turned off by his behavior but equally repelled by the possible return of the Clintons.

“Here we go again with the Clintons — you remember the impeachment and the problems.” Trump said Thursday at a rally in Jacksonville. “That’s not what we need in our country, folks. We need someone who is ready to go to work.”

Clinton and allies, meanwhile, are seeking to keep the spotlight on Trump, charging that his disparaging comments about women and minorities, and his temperament make him unfit for office.

“He has spent this entire campaign offering a dog whistle to his most hateful supporters,” Clinton said, singling out Trump’s endorsement from the official newspaper of the Ku Klux Klan and noting that he has retweeted messages from white supremacists.

“This has never happened to a nominee of a major party,” Clinton said.

“If Donald Trump were to win this election we would have a commander in chief who is completely out of his depth and whose ideas are incredibly dangerous,” she said at Pitt Community College outside of Greenville, North Carolina. Clinton was slated to campaign later Thursday with former primary opponent Sen. Bernie Sanders and pop star Pharrell Williams in Raleigh.

Trump’s path to victory remains narrow. He must win Florida to win the White House, no easy feat. Still, his campaign has been buoyed by tightening polls there and in other key battlegrounds, as well as by signs that African-American turnout for Clinton may be lagging.

At a nighttime rally in battleground North Carolina, Trump delivered a defense-related speech at which he said he can’t picture Clinton as commander in chief. And he saluted veterans, saying, they are “so much more brave than me. I’m brave in other ways. I’m financially brave, big deal!”

Clinton enlisted Obama’s help urging those voters to the polls and lighting a fire under other Democrats, particularly young people, who share some of the wariness about Clinton. Speaking to students at Florida International University in Miami, Obama told voters now was the time to get serious about the choice.

“This isn’t a joke. This isn’t ‘Survivor.’ This isn’t ‘The Bachelorette.'” he said, taunting the former reality-TV star. “This counts.”

Relishing one of his last turns on the campaign stage as president, Obama repeatedly returned to his new campaign catchphrase capturing his disbelief in the unpredictable race to replace him.

“C’mon, man,” he said, to cheers.

Obama has been trying to bait Republican into veering off message — counting on Trump not to have the discipline or the ground game to capitalize on a late surge.

But the famously unconventional Trump has been hewing closer to convention, running some upbeat ads, bringing out his wife for a rare campaign appearance and even talking publicly about trying not to get distracted.

“We don’t want to blow it on Nov. 8,” Trump said Thursday at the rally in Jacksonville, his fourth in Florida in two days.

Clinton’s weekend schedule underscored the Democrats’ fresh anxiety in the final stretch. She is due to campaign Friday in Detroit, where a large turnout of black voters has long been crucial to success, following up on a last-minute meeting by former President Bill Clinton with black ministers on Wednesday night.

Clinton and Obama, along with their spouses, will headline a final pre-election rally in Philadelphia next Monday evening.

Trump has had far fewer allies carrying his message. Sen. Ted Cruz, his GOP primary foe, did campaign with vice presidential candidate Mike Pence outside Des Moines, Iowa, on Thursday, but he never mentioned Trump by name in a 14-minute speech.

Trump’s wife, Melania Trump, made her first appearance on the trail since the Republican convention in July. At a get-out-the-vote rally in the Philadelphia suburbs, the former model tried to counter the Clinton campaign’s pounding attacks on her husband as setting a poor example for children.

She told the group that if she becomes first lady she will focus on combatting online bullying and working against a culture that has “gotten too mean and too rough,” she said.

Melania made no reference to her husband’s regular name-calling on social media. On Twitter, Donald Trump has called Clinton “crooked,” ”pathetic,” ”liar,” ”a fraud” and “very dumb.” He’s called Cruz a “true lowlife pol” and a “complete and total liar.”

Trump’s daughter Ivanka was campaigning in New Hampshire.


Associated Press writers Darlene Superville in Miami, Julie Pace in Winterville, North Carolina and Errin Haines Whack in Berwyn, Pennsylvania contributed to this report.

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15 thoughts on “President Obama: ‘This Isn’t ‘Survivor”

  1. specialt757 on said:

    The list below is by no means illustrates all she’s accomplished but now when you ask what has she done in the last 30 years you’re have the answer. Visit her website for further details and stop repeating what you’ve heard the orange hitler says and actually do research on the candidates and what they stand for.

    Now someone can name just one thing Trump has done for anyone other than himself or his family or one thing he will do that will help the American people if he’s elected president.

    • Did you find her speech on YOUTUBE(look it up) admitting to being a racist and may have indulged in racial activities by admitting she was a “Goldwater Girl”? Barry Goldwater was a man who hated Dr. King and fought viciously against civil rights.

      • specialt757 on said:

        Are you referring to this clip

        Okay but it cuts off immediately after she says she was proud to be a goldwater girl. Could there have been more to her statement and this is the only thing someone wanted us to hear? Why isn’t the whole speech recorded instead of bits and pieces.
        I don’t know the whole speech so I won’t try to defend her, but if that’s all you got it’s not enough. Come better, but specifically, tell me what Donald Trump has done for anyone other than himself and his family. And yes EVERYONE knew Trump was a Democrat, he contributed to Hillary’s campaign in the past, that’s nothing new, him and the Clintons were friends. Did you know he said if he ever ran for office he would run as a republican because you fools are so gullible?

    • Trump befriended the Clintons as a ploy to penetrate areas of the White House and to findout what is really going on in our political system and found mass corruption, did you know Trump is actually a democrat? you can find that info, I did not know he worked with the CIA during George W. Bush administration( no wonder Bush is so quiet) how much do we know what goes on in the system? they thought this billionaire white man was just like them and boy did he fooled them. Trump is sincere in bringing change, I believe he wants to create a chance for everyone to get a piece of the rock instead of the rocks falling down on us.

      • specialt757 on said:

        Your parents must be really proud. You sound like a fool. psssh he infiltrated the white house, and yet he hasn’t learned anything, yeah right, he is just like the rest of the republicans, white racists good ole boys, birds of a feather flock together.

  2. specialt757 on said:

    A very brief synopsis of Hillary’s accomplishments.
    She earned a law degree from Yale Law School in 1973
    In 1975 she married Bill Clinton who later became the governor of Arkansas and she became the first Lady of Arkansas. As first lady she led a task force to reform Arkansas public schools.
    In 1977 she co-founded Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families
    In 1978 she was appointed the first female chair of the Legal Service Corporation
    As first lady of the U.S., she helped create the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.
    In 2000, she was elected as the first female senator from NY, she was re-elected in 2006. As a NY senator she worked with the Armed Services Committee and introduced the Heros at Home Act in 2006 & 2007 to help families care for their service members suffering from traumatic brain injuries. She worked towards increase survivor benefits to now $100K. She worked with her adversaries (the re-dumb-licans) to make sure National Guard and reservists have health care.
    She ran unsuccessfully to be the Democratic nomination for president in 2008, but she won more delegate votes than any other female before her.
    Under President Obama’s administration, she service as Secy of State from 2009-2013, She helped organize a diplomatic isolation and international sanctions regime against Iran, in an effort to force curtailment of that country’s nuclear program; this would eventually lead to the multinational Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action agreement in 2015.
    In 2016 she became the first woman to be nominated for president by a major U.S. political party. She’s currently running a successful campaign and on her way to winner the presidency.

    • Before anyone knew about Donald Trump, it was nice to see him standing with Rosa Parks and Muhammad Ali during his younger years as Parks received the medal of freedom, no one from the government was there (google to find the pics)

      • specialt757 on said:

        btw common, before this dirt bag started running for president, I never thought he was a racist idiot. He had me and the rest of the world fooled like he is a great business man. But politics is a dirty business and once you’re out front like he is, the “real” him is revealed, why aren’t you paying attention?
        He filed bankruptcy six times, and paid no taxes in close to 20 years, he doesn’t even own the buildings with his name on them, he leases his name so they can charge higher rates (well that was actually good business, keep fooling the dummies). I’ve heard more rap songs that reference Trump and being rich like him or they’ve made it when they are able to stay at a Trump hotel. He had everyone fooled. Well none so blind that will not see, stop looking at the trees, there’s a whole forest out there.

    • How much of it came your way? to inner cities, businesses? only for affluent communities and city’s and towns around the country

  3. hubbert on said:

    what about Donald trumps court appearance this dec 2016 with the fed government for allegedly racketeering and rape.. we do not see or hear nothing about this..

    • specialt757 on said:

      “… at least 75 of the 4,000-plus lawsuits involving Trump and his businesses remain open, according to an ongoing, nationwide analysis of state and federal court records by USA TODAY”

      If any other person running for president had records like Trump they wouldn’t be close to being on the ballot on Nov 8. He is a shady piece of dirt. And the only response his supporters will give when asked, what has or will trump do for you? Well, well what has Hillary done? i.e. that means hasn’t done or won’t do ish.

  4. ok quick question, if by some stroke of bad luck the orange hitler is elected president (oh gawd that left a bad taste in my mouth), will Melania take a selfie of her naked ass on the rug with the seal of the POTUS? After all she is no stranger to posing for nude photos, I’m pretty sure that’s what attracted her orange husband to her in the first place, pretty sure it had nothing to do with intelligence..

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