A transit strike that had paralyzed Philadelphia ended early Monday, alleviating fears that it would suppress voter turnout on election day in a critical battleground state.
Bus, trolley and subway services resumed after a tentative agreement was announced at 5:30 a.m. by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority and Transit Workers Union Local 234, representing 4,700 striking workers, according to local reports.
While most voters in the city live within walking distance of their polling places, the six-day strike led to extended commutes as residents sought alternate transportation to work and school, leading to fears that the strike would have affected voting in the city on Tuesday. SEPTA provides about 900,000 rides a day.
President Obama didn’t set foot in Michigan in the final months of his reelection campaign in 2012. But he started there one day before the 2016 election, telling voters that Hillary Clinton is the candidate best equipped to further the nation’s economic recovery.
He touted his administration’s controversial intervention that helped keep the auto industry afloat, and, in a statement that evoked his 2012 campaign against Mitt Romney, quoted Donald Trump as saying: “You could have let it go bankrupt.”
“Plants that were closing when I took office are working double shifts now. The auto industry has record sales. I think I’ve earned some credibility here,” he said. “Manufacturing jobs have grown at the fastest rate since the '90s, when another Clinton was president. I think we’ve earned some credibility here.”
Hillary Clinton’s schedule has been geared toward stoking turnout in early voting states like Florida, but on the final day of campaigning, she turned her attention to places where almost all the ballots are cast on election day.
Her first stop was Pittsburgh, where she urged voters to brave potentially long lines at polling places on Tuesday.
“In Pennsylvania, it’s all about election day,” she said. “Other places around the country have been voting for weeks.”
Hillary Clinton will deliver one final closing message to the nation Monday night with a two-minute advertisement on prime-time television, vowing to “work my heart out” and be a president “for all Americans."
Clinton speaks directly to the camera for the entirety of the spot, which the campaign says will air during broadcasts of “The Voice” on NBC and “Kevin Can Wait” on CBS - the primetime network shows with the greatest audience.
“It’s been a long campaign,” Clinton begins. “But tomorrow, you get to pick our next president.”
Kicking off her final day on the campaign trail Monday, Hillary Clinton acknowledged the difficult work ahead should she win Tuesday.
“We have some work to do to bring the country together,” she told reporters gathered outside her campaign plane in White Plains, N.Y. “I think these splits, these divides that have been not only exposed but exacerbated by the campaign on the other side are ones that we really do have to bring the country together.”
Clinton was also asked how much of a distraction the FBI’s eleventh-hour announcements — first that it was examining a new tranche of emails related to her email scandal, and then its conclusion that they did not change the agency’s assessment of her wrongdoing — was for her.
A social movement has women gearing up for Tuesday’s election in rare form — pantsuits at the ready.
Pantsuit Nation, which started as a secret Facebook group, grew to a full Twitter, Instagram and online movement over the weekend. The private group has expanded from a few friends of group founder Libby Chamberlain to more than a million members.