Politics

Clinton plots a 'do no harm' campaign amid Trump whirlwind

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks with Ellen Degeneres during a commercial break at a taping of The Ellen Show in Burbank, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

How do you run for president during a political cyclone with no precedents and no predictable path? Hillary Clinton has her answer: Slow and steady. As Donald Trump jags across the country, battling an onslaught of sexual misconduct allegations, his party's opposition and the media, Clinton has stepped cautiously on the campaign trail. She rarely makes news or veers from her script. She keeps a plodding schedule of modest-size events. She relies heavily on her cast of loyal — and arguably more effective — surrogates. And she doesn't overdo it: With just less than a month left to campaign, Clinton is expected to spend most of the weekend out of the public eye.

Make no errors, do no harm. Trump) has no ability to make good news about himself. Like none. So why not just let him go?

Republican strategist Rick Tyler, who worked for Trump's primary rival Sen. Ted Cruz

The news about Trump has overshadowed potentially damaging reports about Clinton based on thousands of hacked emails that apparently came from the email account of her campaign chairman, John Podesta. Clinton aides said the former secretary of state has been balancing a full schedule with preparations for the final debate, scheduled for Wednesday, as well as fundraising for an ambitious get-out-the-vote program and advertising in battleground states. There's little sign that the relatively low-key strategy is hurting Clinton, who has seized a comfortable lead in several national polls. Early voting also shows positive signs for her in two states that could help her lock up the presidency, North Carolina and Florida, according to preliminary data compiled by The Associated Press.

(Clinton) continues to take time to raise resources to execute our strategy and prepare for the debates. (We're) confident we're not leaving any voters untouched in critical states.

Spokesman Brian Fallon
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