Hillary Clinton makes jobs pledge and attacks Trump "temperament"

James Nickerson and William Turvill
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Hillary Clinton has pledged to make the "biggest investment in new jobs, good paying jobs, since World War Two" (Source: Getty)

Democrat Hillary Clinton today unveiled plans she said will help create an economy that works for everyone and not just those at the top, days after rival Donald Trump promised huge tax cuts.

Speaking at a campaign rally in Des Moines, Iowa, Clinton said she would seek to pass the largest investment in job creation since World War Two, stressing that she wants to see “good paying jobs”.

The former secretary of state said: “In this campaign, I’m crossing the country to talk about what we can do to improve the lives of the vast majority of Americans – to create more opportunities for more people, to live up to their own potential and to pursue the American dream.”

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She added: “In the first 100 days of my administration, we will make the biggest investment in new jobs, good paying jobs, since World War Two... I have this old fashioned idea that the middle class of America is what makes America’s economy work. And what we’ve been seeing in recent years is a deliberate effort to undermine the middle class.”

The speech comes after the Republican candidate, Donald Trump, gave a speech in Detroit earlier this week where he announced a raft of tax cuts and regulatory simplifications, bringing his policy more in line with that of his party.

However, Trump failed to comment on how he would fund such cuts, given he has also said he is committed to a huge government infrastructure spending programme.

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During her speech today Clinton criticised Trump for a “long line of casual comments... that cross the line”.

She said: “His casual cruelty to a gold star family, his casual suggestion that more countries should have nuclear weapons, and now his casual inciting of violence. Every single one of these incidents shows us that Donald Trump simply does not have the temperament to be President and commander-in-chief of the United States.”

Clinton is still the overwhelming favourite to win the presidency, giving her party another four years in the White House.

Polling this week released by Reuters indicated that Clinton’s lead over Trump has increased to more than seven percentage points.

Meanwhile, nearly one-fifth of registered Republicans want Trump to drop out of the race.