Hillary Clinton urges voters to reject 'loose cannon' Donald Trump in final pitch before election

US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton hugs her daughter Chelsea onstage with former US President Bill Clinton (right), US President Barack Obama (second left) and first lady Michelle Obama (left) at a campaign rally on Independence Mall
US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton hugs her daughter Chelsea onstage with former US President Bill Clinton (right), US President Barack Obama (second left) and first lady Michelle Obama (left) at a campaign rally on Independence Mall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. PHOTO: REUTERS
US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is joined by US President Barack Obama at a campaign rally on Independence Mall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is joined by US President Barack Obama at a campaign rally on Independence Mall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. PHOTO: REUTERS
(From left) First lady Michelle Obama, President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton and former President Bill Clinton at the conclusion of a campaign rally on Independence Mall in Philadelphia, on Nov 7, 2016.
(From left) First lady Michelle Obama, President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton and former President Bill Clinton at the conclusion of a campaign rally on Independence Mall in Philadelphia, on Nov 7, 2016. PHOTO: NYTIMES
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton stands with President Barack Obama, former President Bill Clinton and daughter Chelsea during an election eve rally on Nov 7, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton stands with President Barack Obama, former President Bill Clinton and daughter Chelsea during an election eve rally on Nov 7, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. PHOTO: AFP
US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is joined by US President Barack Obama at a campaign rally on Independence Mall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is joined by US President Barack Obama at a campaign rally on Independence Mall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. PHOTO: REUTERS
US First Lady Michelle Obama (left) adresses the crowd as US former President Bill Clinton looks on during a rally for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, on Independence Mall, on Nov 7, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
US First Lady Michelle Obama (left) adresses the crowd as US former President Bill Clinton looks on during a rally for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, on Independence Mall, on Nov 7, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. PHOTO: AFP
US President Barack Obama and US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton greets supporters on stage during a campaign event for in Philadelphia.
US President Barack Obama and US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton greets supporters on stage during a campaign event for in Philadelphia. PHOTO: REUTERS
A crowd gathers in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia before a Hillary Clinton rally on Nov 7, the day before Election Day.
A crowd gathers in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia before a Hillary Clinton rally on Nov 7, the day before Election Day.PHOTO: EPA

PHILADELPHIA (AFP) -  Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on Monday night (Nov 7) made a final pitch to tens of thousands of voters at a massive rally in Philadelphia, urging them to reject her “loose cannon” opponent, Republican Donald Trump.

“There is a clear choice in this election, a choice between division or unity,”  Mrs Clinton said at the rally, a show of political force with her husband Bill, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle at her side.

“Between an economy that works for everyone or only those at the top, between strong, steady leadership or a loose cannon who could put everything at risk,” she said. 

About 40,000 people flooded Independence Mall in Philadelphia  for the rally, a campaign aide said.

Rockers Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi were also on the programme for the event in the City of Brotherly Love, the next-to-last rally on the Democratic White House hopeful's agenda for her final day of campaigning.

 

The attendance set a new record for Mrs Clinton, with the previous high point a rally in Ohio that drew 18,500 people, a campaign aide told reporters travelling with the candidate.

The 69-year-old former secretary of state and her Republican rival spent Monday crisscrossing the key battleground states to drum up last-minute support on the eve of Election Day.

Mrs Clinton – who hopes to become America’s first woman president – will wrap up her night with a midnight rally in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Mr Trump, who made stops earlier in the day in Florida, North Carolina and Pennsylvania, planned to make his final campaign pitches to voters in New Hampshire and Michigan.