On Clinton’s Campaign Trail

Kyaw Phyo Tha The Irrawaddy

PEMBROKE PINES, Florida — Neither intermittent drizzle nor driving rain seemed to dampen the enthusiasm of a crowd determined to show support for their candidate.

Drenched by the rain and pumping their fists in the air, supporters shouted “Hillary” in unison when the democratic candidate for the Nov. 8 election took the stage at a rally in Pembroke Pines on Saturday.

“Thank you so much Pembroke Pines,” Hillary Clinton greeted several hundred supporters, including Hispanic and Caribbean immigrants, who waved placards emblazoned with her campaign slogans “Love Trumps Hate” and “Stronger Together.”

“I have the stamina to be the President of the United States,” she said with a hoarse voice—referring to Republican rival Donald Trump’s comments regarding her health during a presidential debate in September, when he said that she “doesn’t have the stamina” to hold the executive role.

“He kept saying, ‘what have you done for thirty years? I am thinking to myself: Donald you don’t want to go there!’” Clinton said, attracting cheers from the audience.

She questioned what he had done for the last 10 years before boasting of her achievements as First Lady, senator and Secretary of State.

In her closing lines she told the crowd, “My friends, you are a hearty bunch standing out here in the rain. I don’t think I need to tell you everything wrong with Donald Trump.”

“I want to be a President for everybody: people who agree with me, people who don’t agree with me, people who vote for me, people who don’t vote for me,” Clinton said.

The Saturday event was the last of Hilary Clinton’s rallies in Florida, the Sunshine State, where she spent a total of 13 days campaigning since July. The early voting deadline in the state was the same day.

As a swing state, Florida is important for Hillary’s success on Election Day. A victory there would be a huge blow for her Republican rival, Donald Trump.

At the Pembroke Pines rally, Democrat Ansel Davis was there to show his support. The 52-year-old supporter had arrived with a guide dog named Bo.

“I support her because I believe she could do a good job; she could take care of the handicapped, women, kids and everything,” said the man, who was born blind.

“Donald Trump wasn’t talking about this, and he doesn’t care about the handicapped. That’s why I support Hillary.”