Following the Democratic National Convention (DNC), Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee for the U.S. presidency, along with her running mate Tim Kaine, have begun a three-day bus tour in the states of Ohio and Pennsylvania.
The tour is part of a 100-day march to the November election. Clinton hopes to woo small-town and blue-collar voters who have become enamored with the message of Donald Trump, the Republican nominee.
On the first day of the tour, Clinton emphasized her belief that “if we’re smart about it, we can bring back jobs from China and other places.”
Kaine would go on to challenge Trump’s credentials to carry out his campaign’s rallying cry— to “Make America Great Again”— by saying Trump “doesn’t make a thing in America except bankruptcies.”
Trump has responded to the recent attacks waged against him by Democrats during and after the DNC through social media.
During the first day of their tour, Clinton and Kaine visited a toy factory in southeastern Pennsylvania, before going on to speak to local residents.
While the mass exodus of manufacturing jobs has affected many workers in traditionally blue states, some larger cities have seen an influx of service and professional jobs to pick up the slack.
The spouses of Clinton and Kaine— Bill Clinton and Anne Holton— will join the candidates on the trip.
Clinton’s ability to get working-class whites in Ohio, who currently significantly favor Trump, to vote for her in the November election could help her win the presidency.