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Clinton talks voting, Trump's taxes in Harrisburg
Voter registration was a major talking point for Hillary Clinton's rally in Harrisburg on Tuesday with the state's deadline less than a week away.
But her opponent's tax returns came up more frequently throughout the afternoon event at the Zembo Shrine.
"Who loses a billion dollars running a casino?" the Democratic presidential nominee asked the crowd of several hundred supporters.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has come under fire this week after The New York Times published part of his 1995 tax returns that showed he reported nearly $1 billion in losses and suggested that he legally could have avoided paying federal taxes for 18 years.
Clinton contrasted Trump's business acumen with that of Gov. Tom Wolf, who owned and operated Wolf Organization Inc. in York County before entering politics.
Clinton pointed out that Wolf made his customers and employees happy, while Trump has shown a penchant for "stiffing" contractors.
"Those are the kinds of businesses we want in America," Clinton said of Wolf's former company.
'Basic responsibility': Wolf was one of several local politicians to speak at the rally, including state Rep. Patty Kim, D-Dauphin County, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale and U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa.
Wolf told attendees they have three choices in this election: Clinton, Trump or doing nothing, which he portrayed as the worst option.
"Voting is our basic responsibility as citizens," he said, pointing out that Monday is the registration deadline. "We cannot sit this one out."
Clinton added that it's up to her supporters to talk to those who are thinking about voting for Trump.
"I'm respectfully asking you to stage an intervention," she said. "Friends don't let friends vote for Trump."
Sue Brightbill, of Monaghan Township, agreed that everyone needs to get out and vote on Nov. 8, and said she's excited to cast her ballot for Clinton, whom she has supported for a long time.
"She's confident, intelligent and able to work well with other world leaders," she said. "It's past time to be able for us to vote a woman into the White House."
Giana Bird, of West York, turns 10 years old Wednesday and asked her grandmother, Charlotte Bird, to take her to see Clinton's speech.
Giana said she supports Clinton because of her pro-immigration stance and because "she sees the beauty inside people."
Giana said her dad is a Libertarian, and her mom prefers Trump. But Giana's mother is not registered to vote, according to her grandmother.
Second stop: Clinton was making her second campaign stop in Harrisburg since being officially nominated by the Democratic Party.
Unlike her first visit July 31, Clinton held a news conference following the rally.
Media members traveling with her campaign said she's started holding a few news conferences a week recently after not holding any for the first several months of her campaign.
During the news conference, Clinton expressed support for running mate Tim Kaine, who is scheduled to debate Republican Mike Pence Tuesday night, and addressed recent reports that she had inquired about sending a drone to kill WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
Clinton said she didn't recall making any such comment, but if she did, it would have had to have been a joke.
WikiLeaks has already impacted the election, releasing thousands of emails that suggest the Democratic Party was working to sabotage the campaign of Clinton's primary opponent, Bernie Sanders, just before the Democratic National Convention.
Assange announced Tuesday that he would release several more documents in the coming weeks that would affect the election.