‘Lots’ of Republicans want to help my campaign: Clinton

Washington, May 9 (IANS) Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton said that since Donald Trump became the Republicans’ presumptive nominee, she has been hearing from Republicans interested in supporting her presidential campaign.

“For a lot of people, again, who take their vote seriously and who really see this as a crossroads kind of election, I am asking people to come join this campaign,” she told CBS News’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday.

“And I’ve had a lot of outreach on Republicans in the last days who say that they are interested in talking about that.”

Despite her campaign already going hard against Trump in the days since he effectively secured the Republican nomination, Clinton said she was not going to run an “ugly” race against him.

“I’m not going to run an ugly race. I am going to run a race based on issues,” she said. “And what my agenda is to the American people. I don’t really feel like I’m running against Donald Trump. I feel like I’m running for my vision of what our country can be.”

Asked whether she was making claims about his “stability”, Clinton said she is only talking about the statements he’s made as a candidate.

Clinton noted the discord in the Republican Party, with top leaders like House Speaker Paul Ryan saying they were not ready to back Trump, and others, like South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, vowing they will not back him at all.

Clinton was also asked to explain which “hard questions” she thinks Trump needs to answer as he enters general-election mode.

She named the minimum wage, his comments that climate change is a “hoax” and his suggestion that women be “punished” for having abortions–in addition to his foreign policy and economic views more generally–as areas where Trump needs to elaborate.

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