National security experts visit Utah to stump for Clinton hours before Election Day

Posted at 10:54 PM, Nov 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-08 00:54:47-05

SALT LAKE CITY — The Democratic Party sent some national security experts to Utah Monday to make a last effort to pull voters for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

NATO commander and retired four-star United States General Wesley Clark and California congressman Adam Schiff, who is also a ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, were both present at the Utah State Democratic Party Headquarters Monday afternoon.

General Clark said he has known Clinton for more than 30 years, and believes in her ability to work across the aisle.

“She understands national security from the inside.  She knows the ranges of weapons systems; I’ve seen her work with soldiers and family members. I know what she believes about veterans, we talked about it, because if you don’t take care of your veterans, then you can’t take care of your active duty soldiers,” said General Clark.

Clark and Irvine visited Utah because they believe Utahns’ votes are some of the heaviest on Election Day.

“In my district, where I represent Burbank and Glendale and Hollywood, we get to decide who gets to play president on TV. In Utah, you get to decide who is the next President of the United States,” said Representative Schiff. “We are deeply concerned that [Trump] would move the country in a direction that would imperil the United States.”

Clark and Schiff were joined at the campaign event by retired Brigadier General David Irvine, a former chairman for the Davis County Republican Party. In a recent op-ed for The Salt Lake Tribune, Irvine described himself as a life-long Republican who will be voting for Hillary Clinton.

“Utah's electoral votes are perhaps more critical in this election today than in any period that I remember,” Irvine said.

Candidate Donald Trump also campaigned Monday morning in Florida.

"This is it folks,” said Trump.  “We will never have another opportunity, not in four years, not in eight years, it will be over, with Supreme Court justices, with people pouring into our country, this is it, this is it. Good luck. Get out there. I did my thing. I mean, I worked."

They also explained their concern for third party votes.  Together they said a vote for a third party candidate is a vote for Donald Trump.