Clinton offers unifying message in her first general elections ad

AP , Sunday 12 Jun 2016

File photo of US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign event in Athens, Ohio, United States, May 3, 2016. (Photo: Reuters)

Hillary Clinton is opening her general election campaign by casting herself as a uniting force against the divisiveness of GOP rival Donald Trump.

The first general election ad released by her campaign splices clips of Trump threatening protesters and mocking a disabled reporter with scenes of Clinton visiting factories, greeting diverse groups of voters and stepping off a plane as secretary of state.

She ends the one-minute spot saying: "What kind of America do we want to be? Dangerously divided or strong and united? I believe we are always stronger together."

Trump responded Sunday on Twitter: "Clinton made a false ad about me where I was imitating a reporter GROVELING after he changed his story. I would NEVER mock disabled. Shame!"

Aides say Clinton will make a similar argument on Monday in Cleveland before heading to Pittsburgh and Wisconsin for campaign events. The ad, titled "Who We Are," will air in battleground states starting on Thursday.

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