The two major-party presidential candidates are advertising dueling economic speeches this week — both set to be delivered from Detroit — creating the prospect that policy differences will be aired alongside questions about the other’s temperament and mental health.
The campaign of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton announced Sunday that she will give a “major speech” Thursday, promising “a clear contrast” from Republican Donald Trump and a focus on “building an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top.”
Clinton’s speech will serve as a rebuttal to an economic address Trump is scheduled to deliver Monday to members of the Detroit Economic Club. Aides have said that the speech and other upcoming policy addresses will target average voters rather than think-tank types.
Trump’s address Monday also presents an opportunity to change the subject from the previous week, which was dominated by a series of controversies, including the real estate mogul’s continued back-and-forth with parents who lost their son in combat and Trump's hesitancy to endorse House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) in his upcoming primary.
As recently as Saturday night, Trump focused more on Clinton’s mental health and appearance than on policy. During a rally in Windham, N.H., he called the former secretary of state unhinged, unstable and unbalanced.
Clinton’s advertised economic speech in Detroit comes amid a jobs tour she and her running mate, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), launched after the Democratic convention. An aide said Thursday’s address will build on themes discussed during the tour, including creating jobs and raising wages.
Clinton’s past policy speeches have doubled as an opportunity to attack Trump. Those included a California speech advertised as a major foreign policy address in which Clinton described Trump as “temperamentally unfit” to lead the most powerful nation in the world.
Jose A. DelReal contributed to this report.