Chelsea Clinton urges people to vote early during Cincinnati stop

Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of the Democratic Party presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, spoke to supporters in Cincinnati on Wednesday, Oct. 26. GREG LYNCH / STAFF
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Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of the Democratic Party presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, spoke to supporters in Cincinnati on Wednesday, Oct. 26. GREG LYNCH / STAFF

During Chelsea Clinton’s first of three campaign stops Wednesday in Ohio, she told attendees “it’s not an option to stay on the sidelines in this election.”

The daughter of the Democratic Party's presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, said this election is important not just because she's philosophically and morally opposed to GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump. It's important because she's a mother, she told the crowd of about 60 to 75 people at The Transept which is just across the street from Washington Park where her father, former President Bill Clinton, spoke two weeks ago.

“I never thought I’d see in my lifetime all this daily diet of hate speech that seems to be Donald Trump’s main campaign strategy,” said the mother of two.

After her Cincinnati stop, Chelsea Clinton headed to Columbus and then Cleveland for campaign events.

Both presidential candidates, as well as their running mates and surrogates, are spending quite a bit of time traversing Ohio in the finals weeks before Election Day. Donald Trump Jr. stumped for his father in Oxford on Monday, encouraging attendees to vote early and encourage others to do the same.

And Ohio could be decided by Hamilton County, which supported George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004, and Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012. But Hamilton County did not support Bill Clinton in his two elections in 1992 and 1996.

Polls show that Ohio and its 18 Electoral College votes show an extremely close race in the state. Some polls have Clinton leading, others have Trump leading. And it's more important for Trump to win Ohio because no Republican president has won the White House while losing Ohio. The forecast by FiveThirtyEight.com, which accurately predicted the margins of victory for President Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, shows a back and forth on who's going to win Ohio. The website shows Clinton winning the presidency outright.

Brent Edwards, 25, of Mount Washington, is with AARP, and wanted to hear Chelsea Clinton speak on the issue of Social Security.

“We really appreciated how detailed she was talking about what her mother would do if elected,” he said. “Specifically that she would raising the payroll cap so that more money would be flowing into the (Social Security) trust fund … and it wouldn’t be raided as it has been in the past.”

Edwards said AARP is not endorsing any specific candidate, “but when candidates take bold stances on Social Security, people pay attention.”

Edwards and a contingent of AARP supporters will be in Springfield on Thursday to hear Donald Trump speak.

As Clinton was pushing voters to vote early, she was also asking those in attendance to convince friends and family to vote early. Early voting in Ohio is on pace to break previous early voting records in Ohio. And early voting historically bodes well for Democrats, said Miami University Regionals political science professor John Forren.

“The traditional common wisdom is (high early voting turnout) would benefit Democrats, but with the Ohio Secretary of State sending out early voting applications to all registered voters it’s not clear yet who that benefits,” he said.

Seth Unger, Ohio communications director for the Trump campaign, said Hillary Clinton's "hypocrisy is on full display" with her daughter's Ohio campaign swing, highlighting a recent Wikileaks emails.

“Chelsea is complicit in one of the biggest pay-for-play schemes uncovered to date by Hillary Clinton, and personally traveled to Morocco as part of a deal to pocket a $12 million payment that her mother negotiated,” he said. “Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager deflected media questioning about the clear pay-for-play scheme in this Morocco trade-off revealed by Wikileaks, so it’s time that Chelsea comes clean.”

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