Clinton says Tuesday’s election represents ‘test of our time’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton said at a large campaign rally with President Barack Obama in Philadelphia that Tuesday’s election represents “the test of our time.” She asks, “What will we vote for, not just against?”

Clinton rallied thousands of supporters outside Philadelphia’s Independence Hall on the eve of the election. She told the crowd that she deeply regrets how angry the tone of the campaign became, prompting someone to yell that it wasn’t her fault.

Clinton was joined on stage after the rally by her husband, former President Bill Clinton, her daughter Chelsea and the Obamas. The rally included performances by rockers Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi, all aimed at winning battleground Pennsylvania.

Closing out a wildly unpredictable White House race, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump blitzed through battleground states Monday in a final bid to energize supporters. Clinton urged voters to embrace a “hopeful, inclusive, bighearted America,” while Trump called for supporters to “beat the corrupt system.”

The candidates rallied voters late into the night, a frenzied end to a bitter election year that has laid bare the nation’s deep economic and cultural divides.

Clinton campaigned with confidence, buoyed by FBI Director James Comey’s announcement Sunday that he would not recommend criminal charges against her following a new email review. The inquiry had sapped a surging Clinton momentum at a crucial moment in the race, though she still heads into Election Day with multiple paths to the 270 Electoral College votes needed to become the nation’s first female president.

“I think I have some work to do to bring the country together,” she acknowledged as she boarded her plane for her last battleground tour. “I really do want to be the president for everybody.”

Looking beyond Election Day, Clinton said in a radio interview that she hopes Trump will play a “constructive role” in helping bring the country together if she defeats him.

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