Trump, Hillary war of words soar as US election nears
The two candidates have less than three weeks before the first of three scheduled presidential debates
As the United State presidential election nears, heated words of war between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump escalated dramatically in their recent campaigns.
Since only just nine weeks left before the November 8 election, Clinton branded Trump a"demagogue" and declared his campaign to be "one long insult."
In Florida, Hillary said: Trump choked because he failed to discuss his demand that Mexico pay for Trump's border wall.
"Let me just tell you about choking," Trump fumed to ABC. "I don't choke. She chokes."
In the latest CNN/ORC polls, Trump has edged ahead of Clinton at 45 per cent to 43 per cent among likely voters, while an NBC News poll of registered voters shows Clinton's lead holding at six per centage points -- 48 per cent to 42 per cent.
The Washington Post survey, however, shows Clinton with a solid lead in terms of electoral college votes, and even strength in some traditional Republican strongholds. Clinton said she pays no attention to polls.
"We're sticking with our strategy, we feel very good about where we are," the Democratic presidential nominee said.
While Trump held a town hall meeting with military veterans before heading to North Carolina for an evening campaign rally, Hillary rallied her supporters at voters registration even in Flora.
"We have 62 days -- just 62 days -- to make the case, and I can't do it without you," Clinton said in Tampa.
The two rival candidates have less than three weeks before the first of three scheduled presidential debates -- expected to be the most watched moments of an already raucous campaign.
Clinton told reporters: "I believe I'm the best person for this job and I believe they're going to keep coming after me."
In Virginia Beach, Trump assured veterans that he was in their corner, and used the opportunity to slam Clinton's ineffectiveness as a top diplomat and politician.
She's a disaster in so many different ways, folks, he said. "You have illegal immigrants that she wants... treated better than veterans."