(CNN) – Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer, a time when most Americans enjoy a cookout, a day at the pool, or just a day relaxing on the sofa.
But there’s no relaxation for presidential candidates, or their running mates. They spent the holiday pressing the flesh.
Both Republican and Democratic presidential tickets, making appearances in must-win Ohio. Their planes sat just a few hundred feet apart at the same airport.
Donald trump and running mate Mike Pence held a round-table meeting in Brook Park.
Donald Trump: “It’s just a great place. And it’s been abused, like every state. It’s not like “Ohio” — every state has been abused by incompetent leadership.”
Trump, claiming that the media was biased in favor of his opponent.
Donald Trump: “The media is very protective of crooked Hillary. Very very protective.”
Hillary Clinton flew to Ohio with the press.
Hillary Clinton: “I think it’s pretty cool, don’t you? You’re supposed to say yes.”
She’s been criticized for holding few press conferences. She did take questions at an event at the national association of black journalists convention in early august.
Some felt that it didn’t qualify as a press conference.
Clinton’s running mate, Tim Kaine, appeared at a Labor Day event in Pittsburgh before heading to Ohio.
Sen. Tim Kaine: “And he wants you to hire him to be president of the United States? He thinks we’re chumps.”
And Senator Bernie Sanders stumped for Clinton for the first time on Labor Day at the afl-cio Labor Day breakfast.
Sen. Bernie Sanders: “Donald trump said ‘you know, wages are too high in America.’ now I don’t know what world that billionaire lives in.”
The candidates’ Labor Day events clear evidence we’re in the final stretches of what’s been a very long campaign.
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