Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Decision Day

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Decision Day

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PHILADELPHIA -- Hillary Clinton hasn't appeared at a campaign event in the Garden State since July, but she leaned on two of New Jersey's most beloved residents Monday night to help her get out the vote in an eleventh-hour rally in the crucial swing state of Pennsylvania.

Jon Bon Jovi, followed by Bruce Springsteen, performed brief sets that energized the thousands of people gathered in support of the Democratic presidential nominee on Independence Mall in downtown Philadelphia, just steps from the Liberty Bell and the building where the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were adopted.

"Mrs. Clinton has always been dedicated to public service," Bon Jovi said shortly before his band covered The Beatles' "Here Comes the Sun." "As our first lady, as senator, as secretary of state, she's proven to be a unifier."

"The choice tomorrow couldn't be any clearer," Springsteen added prior to an acoustic performance of "Dancing in the Dark." "Hillary's candidacy is based on intelligence, experience, preparation and an actual vision of an America where everyone counts."

When Clinton finally took the stage around 9 p.m., she spent a few minutes paying homage to President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama.

"For now nearly eight years, they have served our nation with grace, strength, brilliance and a whole lot of cool," she said. "The best way to thank them is to do something really important tomorrow: to vote, every single one of you and every person you know."

Clinton's visit to Philadelphia was the third of four stops in a final swing through battleground states that included events in Pittsburgh and in Grand Rapids, Mich. At midnight Monday, she was expected to appear at a rally in Raleigh, N.C.

Overshadowing the flurry of last-minute campaigning was FBI Director James Comey's latest letter to Congress, informing lawmakers the bureau had found no evidence in its hurried review of newly discovered emails to warrant criminal charges against Clinton.

With the cloud of that investigation lifted, the Democratic candidate tried to make the case that she is the person who can bring the country together following a particularly divisive election.

"I believe with all my heart that America's best days are still ahead of us if we reach for them together," Clinton told the crowd in Philadelphia. "We choose to believe in a hopeful, inclusive, bighearted America, an America where everyone has a place, everyone's included, everyone has a chance to live up to their God- given potential."

Earlier in the evening, Obama; his wife, Michelle; Hillary Clinton's husband, Bill; and their daughter, Chelsea, all spoke in behalf of the Democratic nominee.

In recent days, the Clinton campaign has recruited a small army of celebrities, especially those who appeal to young voters, African- Americans and Latinos, to ensure a high turnout in today's election. …

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