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Obama campaigning full-time for Clinton: Donald Trump

WASHINGTON, NOV 6 (Agencies/IANS)
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Published on 6 Nov. 2016 11:09 PM IST
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In a sharp attack on Hillary Clinton, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has said US President Barack Obama is campaigning full-time for her as the Democratic nominee’s rallies do not attract many people.
“This guy is campaigning full-time,” Trump told his supporters in Tampa, Florida, a theme he repeated in his other rallies during the rest of the day on Friday.
“She can’t campaign for herself. Nobody shows up to her meetings. The only way she gets them to show up is when she has a star come. That’s the only way. Otherwise, she gets 500 people, 400 people, and by the way, the cameras never shows that,” Trump said.
Obama is on an electioneering blitz for the last few days, crisscrossing some of the key battleground States including Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire.
In all these rallies, Obama has been drawing thousands of his supporters many of whom stand in line for several hours to listen to his speech.
Trump alleged that Clinton is taking the help of Obama as her rallies do not attract that many people.
“Can you imagine if I had a small crowd? There would be headlines all over the world, ‘Trump is not -- you know, is not doing it,’ right? But she has these little crowds show up. It’s a big problem. Look, she can’t do more than one or two a day because she has no energy, but she can’t do it because they can’t get any people,” he said.
“But Obama goes and campaigns for her. He ought to spend time in the Oval Office getting jobs, defeating ISIS, strengthening up our border,” he said.
“A Trump administration will end this nightmare of violence. We will protect American lives. We will cancel all federal funding of sanctuary cities,” he added.
Early this week, Trump had described Obama as Campaigner-in-Chief.
Over half of US voters think media in favour of Clinton
Over half of registered US voters, or 52 per cent, believe the US media is biased in favour of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, according to a newly-released Gallup poll.
The findings are based on Gallup Daily tracking data collected October 27-28, reports Xinhua news agency. 
Voters’ perceptions of media bias in 2016 are closely related to their underlying opinions of Clinton and her Republican rival Donald Trump.
Among voters who have a favourable opinion of Trump, 90 per cent say the media is biased in favour of Clinton. 
By contrast, nearly two-thirds of those who view Clinton favourably say the media is not biased toward either candidate.
Voters’ perceptions of media bias in 2016 are also related to political party affiliation. 
Most Democrats, at 63 per cent, and independents, at 52 per cent, do not believe that the media is biased toward either candidate, Gallup found.
By contrast, the vast majority of Republicans, at 86 per cent, perceive media bias, and nearly all of them, at 80 per cent, believe the bias favours Clinton. 
Among independents and Democrats who perceive bias, large majorities also believe the bias favours Clinton.
In the US, perceptions of a liberal media bias have been prevalent throughout this century. 
According to Gallup, the increased perception of media bias among voters is largely driven by Republicans.

 
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