With debate momentum, Clinton works to win over young voters

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U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders take the stage for a campaign event about college affordability at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, New Hampshire, United States September 28, 2016.  REUTERS/Brian Snyder  - RTSPXFC

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GWEN IFILL:  The name of the game in the presidential race today, momentum from Monday night’s debate.  One candidate is hoping to keep it going and make new inroads.  The other is looking to recover.

The University of New Hampshire was the backdrop for Hillary Clinton’s latest effort to win over young voters.  She was joined by former rival Bernie Sanders, whose presidential campaign was fueled in large part by millennials burdened by student debt.

HILLARY CLINTON (D), Presidential Nominee:  Going to college should be hard, but paying for college shouldn’t be so hard that it prevents you from getting your education.  I don’t know how we got to where we are, but we are going to fix it.  This is wrong.  It’s wrong for students, it’s wrong for families, and it’s wrong for our country.

(CHEERING AND APPLAUSE)

GWEN IFILL:  First lady Michelle Obama made a college swing of her own today through Pennsylvania, campaigning for Clinton and taking repeated swings at Donald Trump.

MICHELLE OBAMA, First Lady:  If a candidate regularly and flippantly makes cruel and insulting comments about women, about how we look, how we act, well, sadly, that’s who that candidate really is.

GWEN IFILL:  Trump, campaigning in the suburbs of the Upper Midwest, rallied his troops by stepping up his criticisms of Clinton.

DONALD TRUMP (R), Presidential Nominee:  She disgraced the office of secretary of state by putting it up to sale.  And if she ever got the chance, she would put the Oval Office up for sale too.  And nobody has any doubt about it.  And we can’t let that happen.

GWEN IFILL:  But the campaign is shifting in other ways, most of them helpful to Clinton.

In Virginia, former Senator John Warner, a Republican, appeared with Clinton running mate Tim Kaine to endorse the Democratic ticket.  And The Arizona Republic threw its support behind Clinton, endorsing a Democrat for the first time in the newspaper’s 126-year history.

There was also more fallout from Monday’s debate.  That’s when Clinton raised Trump’s criticism of a former Miss Universe, Alicia Machado, her weight.  Trump defended himself Tuesday, but Machado called out Trump again today on NBC.

ALICIA MACHADO, Former Miss Universe (through translator):  That same person I knew, I see in each one of his speeches.  And I see it getting worse, and I see it even more harmful and even more damaging.

GWEN IFILL:  The campaign is now between debates.  The next top-of-the-ticket face-off number is set for October 9.

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