Hillary Clinton rallies crowd at Ohio State

Hillary Clinton arrives on stage at a campaign event at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, Oct. 10, 2016. (Doug Mills/The New York Times)

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Hillary Clinton arrives on stage at a campaign event at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, Oct. 10, 2016. (Doug Mills/The New York Times)

Donald Trump returns to Ohio Thursday in Cincinnati

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, who has opened up a double-digit lead in the polls over Republican Donald Trump, urged several thousand supporters at Ohio State University Monday to register by today’s deadline and make a plan to cast their ballots early.

In a nearly 40 minute address, Clinton drew contrasts between her experience and Trump’s, saying the day she was in the Situation Room watching Navy SEALS take out Osama bin Laden, Trump was hosting Celebrity Apprentice. “So if he wants to talk about what we’ve been doing the last 30 years, bring it on,” Clinton said.

She blasted him for not paying federal income taxes, fat shaming former Miss Universe Alicia Machado and dismissing his lewd comments about groping women as “locker room talk.”

Clinton said the Trump tape is just another instance of the GOP nominee offending people.

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Clinton supporters rally at OSU

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“He is an equal opportunity insulter if there ever was one,” Clinton said. “We are better than that. We are bigger than that.”

Clinton made her pitch to millennial voters, who she described as a tolerant and generous generation, and warned that Trump would move to overturn abortion rights and gay marriage.

Clinton leads Trump with young voters but needs to get them to turn out — hence the rally on the biggest public college campus in a key swing state.

“Bernie Sanders lit a fire. Hillary hasn’t lit the same fire with millennials,” said Allison Smith, a public school teacher and a Clinton supporter. “They want someone who will represent their viewpoints — not necessarily someone who will get things done.”

Her brother, Ohio State University history major David Smith, said some of his friends are considering voting for a third party candidate. “They don’t understand the Ralph Nader effect. They don’t see that third parties are always spoilers, even if it’s Teddy Roosevelt,” Smith said.

The Clinton campaign expects more than 40 percent of voters will cast early ballots in key swing states. Early voting starts Wednesday in Ohio. Nearly 1 million of Ohio’s 7.8 million registered voters have already requested an absentee ballot, which is running slightly ahead of requests made in the 2012 election.

An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released Monday showed that in a head-to-head match up, Clinton holds a 14 point lead nationally and an 11-point edge when third party candidates are in the survey. The poll was conducted before the second debate.

The Trump campaign has been focused on damage control over the 2005 videotape, which spurred dozens of GOP leaders, including U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, to revoke their endorsements of Trump.

Trump shot back at U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, who said Monday that he would no longer defend Trump, by tweeting: “Paul Ryan should spend more time on balancing the budget, jobs and illegal immigration and not waste his time on fighting Republican nominee.”

The Trump campaign also pushed news outlets to pay attention to leaked transcripts of Clinton’s paid speeches on Wall Street that indicate she has both public and private positions.

“”When Hillary Clinton campaigns in Ohio she pays lip service to an economy that doesn’t just work for ‘those at the top,’ but on Wall Street and in secret paid speeches she promises her fat cat benefactors that her public positions are all for show,” Unger said in a written statement. “…In spite of her public remarks in Ohio, behind closed doors on Wall Street Hillary Clinton talks glowingly of her dream of ‘a hemispheric common market, with open trade and open borders.’ Donald Trump will win Ohio because as President he can be trusted to secure our borders, renegotiate bad trade deals that have sent our jobs overseas, and always put America first.”

The Clinton campaign said the Secret Service reported that 18,500 attended the OSU rally with 13,500 inside the perimeter and another 5,000 lining the edges of the venue.

Trump in Cincinnati Thursday

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump will be in Cincinnati Thursday for an event at U.S. Bank Arena. We will have a team there and complete coverage. If you want to go to the rally, you need to RSVP at DonaldTrump.com

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