Hillary Clinton urges voter registration in Michigan day after debate

Hillary Clinton, Wayne State University
Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign rally at Wayne State University in Detroit on Oct. 10, 2016.

DETROIT (WOOD/AP) — Speaking to a crowd in Detroit the day after a punishing debate, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said her opponent Donald Trump “doubled down on his excuse” for a 2005 tape showing him speaking about women in predatory terms.

At the debate, the Republican candidate described the recording as “locker room talk.”

“That is just a really weak excuse for behaving badly and mistreating people,” Clinton said Monday at a campaign event at Wayne State University’s Matthaei Center.

She said Trump “spent his time attacking when he should have been apologizing.” She urged voters to back her candidacy to show that “we are not who he is.”

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The former secretary of state was campaigning in Detroit to urge voters to register before Michigan’s Tuesday’s deadline. It’s part of her campaign’s shift to “get out the vote” mode.

“I’m hoping that all of you either are registered or you will before the deadline tomorrow,” Clinton said.

Turnout will be key on Nov. 8 and in Michigan Democrats would like to over-perform, perhaps helping down-ballot races, as well.

“But that’s how we’re going to win — by the biggest turn out that we have seen in a really long time,” Clinton said.

With less than a month before the election, the race has seemed to have intensified — if that’s possible. Since late last week, it has been dominated by the news of the scandalous hot mic tape and many Republicans’ negative reactions, leaked copies of Clinton’s speeches to big banks promoting open borders and showed she had publicly advocated one position while taking another in private, then the debate in St. Louis.

Monday, Clinton seemed proud of her performance in that debate.

“To paraphrase my friend Michelle Obama, one of us went high and one of us went low,” she said, referencing — not for the first time — the first lady’s speech at the Democratic National Convention.

Clinton concluded her speech in Detroit by renewing her call for a united front to bring a nation together.

“I know there’s been a lot of negativity and it’s easy to get cynical about politics, but I tell you what, that’s what the other side wants you to feel. They want you to say well, ‘I’m just not going to vote because, you know, it’s so nasty.’ That’s the main reason to vote,” Clinton said.

An EPIC-MRA poll taken after the first presidential debate showed she is leading Trump among Michigan voters by as much as 11 points.