It’s time for U.S. voters to say goodbye to Hillary and Bill Clinton, Donald Trump said Saturday in his first weekly radio address for the Republican Party, stressing his bid for president is a movement and a “once-in-a-lifetime chance to take our government back” from wealthy campaign donors.
“It’s time to close the history books on the Clintons, and to open a bright new chapter focused on the great citizens of our country,” Trump said, with three days to go before Tuesday’s presidential election against Democrat Hillary Clinton.
“I’m asking for your vote and your help in electing a Republican majority in Congress, so that we can finally change this broken system and make America great again. And when I say great, I mean great for everyone,” Trump said.
Trump touched on the main themes of his campaign, such as a promise to create 25 million jobs, cut taxes for the middle class, replace the health care law known as Obamacare and bring U.S. jobs back from overseas.
“For the past seventeen months I’ve travelled across this nation and met the amazing people of our country. Their hopes have become my hopes and their dreams have become my dreams,” Trump said.
He stated: “This is not just a campaign, it’s a movement. It’s a once in a lifetime chance to take our government back from the donors and the special interests, and return the power to you, the American people.”
Trump also repeated familiar promises to fix “terrible trade deals,” end illegal immigration and suspend the admission of Syrian refugees to the country.
Without offering specifics, Trumps said he will rebuild the military and “take care of our great, great veterans.”
The billionaire businessman made his remarks as he for the first time gave the Saturday morning radio speech that Republicans give in opposition to one that Obama gives.
Trump has tense relations with leaders of the Republican Party, many of whom have withdrawn their endorsement of him after a recording surfaced in which he boasted in explicit terms that as a celebrity he can get away with grabbing women by their genitals.
On Friday, Clinton and Trump battled over the strength of the economy in the final stretch of their race for the White House, with Clinton praising the latest U.S. jobs report and Trump dismissing it as a fraudulent disaster.
Clinton leads Trump by 5 percentage points, according to a Reuters/Ipsos tracking poll released on Friday, maintaining her advantage in the national survey even as the race tightens in several crucial swing states.
In the Oct. 30-Nov. 3 opinion poll, 44 percent of likely voters supported Clinton while 39 percent supported Trump.