With a new plane, Clinton courts media on the campaign trail


Published September 8, 2016 7:15AM (EDT)

NEW YORK (AP) — For months, Hillary Clinton broke with campaign tradition and flew separately from the reporters who follow her around the country. The Democratic presidential nominee drew criticism along the way for a roughly nine-month streak of avoiding any kind of formal news conference.

Since the Monday arrival of her new plane — dubbed "Hill Force One" — Clinton has ventured from her seat up front to the back of her blue-and-white Boeing 737 four times, twice taking questions from reporters during trips to Ohio, Illinois and Florida.

Her reluctance to take questions from a freewheeling pack of traveling journalists has fueled criticism about her relatability and provided ammunition to Republicans and their nominee, Donald Trump.



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