Melania Trump hits campaign trail for first solo event

Melania Trump hits campaign trail for first solo event

Donald Trump's wife Melania is making a rare appearance on the campaign trail to deliver a get-out-to-vote speech in Philadelphia.

Mrs Trump will headline her first solo event with a speech outlining her husband's vision for American women, children and families - and laying out her priorities as first lady if her husband is elected to the White House.

According to Mr Trump's campaign, Mrs Trump "will speak from the heart about her husband, Donald J Trump, and the leadership qualities he has to make their beloved country more prosperous and secure".

She is expected to discuss their family, her marriage and their personal experiences during the campaign - working to humanise her husband in front of an audience of suburban women who are critical to Mr Trump's hopes in Pennsylvania and other key states.

"I come here today to talk about my husband, Donald, and his deep love and respect for this country and all of its people," she is expected to say, according to excerpts from her prepared remarks shared by the campaign.

"I want our children in this country, and all around the world, to live a beautiful life, to be safe and secure. To dream freely of love and a family of their own someday," read the excerpts.

"We need to teach our youth American values. Kindness, respect, compassion, charity, understanding, cooperation."

The speech comes as Mr Trump's rival Hillary Clinton and her allies have tried to paint the Republican nominee as anti-women, a strategy Democrats see as the best hope for rattling him and driving female voters away.

Thursday's speech at the Main Line Sports Centre will be Mrs Trump's first since she addressed the Republican National Convention in July.

That speech was well-received initially, but was quickly overshadowed by the discovery that sections had been plagiarised from first lady Michelle Obama's address to the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

While Mrs Trump has given several television interviews and appeared by her husband's side at events, the former model is more often seen than heard.

She explains her frequent absence from the campaign trail by saying her priority is raising the couple's 10-year-old son, Barron.

Meanwhile, Ms Clinton's husband, former President Bill Clinton, has been campaigning across the country, along with President Barack Obama, Mrs Obama, and a long list of celebrity backers.

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