Shadowed by email controversy, Clinton woos early voters, Latinos in Florida

Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton waves as she arrives to a campaign event accompanied by U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) at Alumni Hall Courtyard, Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire U.S., October 24, 2016. 


Just hours before her 69th birthday, Hillary Clinton got a political gift Tuesday evening -- an endorsement from British singer Adele to a packed Florida arena.

“Don’t vote for him,” Adele told her fans.

Clinton herself was in the crowd, and the pop star’s plea to 20,000 fans comes at an ideal time for Clinton, who is trying to convince Floridians to vote early, reports CBS News’ Nancy Cordes.

That includes Florida’s Latinos, whose early votes by mail are up 90 percent from 2012.

Earlier in the day, Clinton made an unscripted visit to a popular Univision show, where she danced with the hosts and was presented with tequila and a birthday cake.

Clinton did not bring up the Obamacare rate hikes Tuesday but she was asked about them in a Miami radio interview, giving vague assurances that she would fix things.

“The costs have gone up too much,” she said. “So we’re going to really tackle that.”

And now her campaign has to contend with a new WikiLeaks flap -- a hacked email that appears to contradict President Obama’s answer to CBS’ Bill Plante in March of 2015.

“When did you first learn that Hillary Clinton used an email system outside the U.S. government for official business while she was Secretary of State?” Plante asked the president in a sit-down interview last year.

Obama’s response: “The same time everybody else learned it -- through news reports.”

But according to a new WikiLeaks release, within minutes of that interview, Clinton’s former chief of staff Cheryl Mills emailed John Podesta, the Clinton campaign chair, “We need to clean this up - he has emails from her - they do not say”

Trump, also in Florida, pounced.

“Obama - he had to know that Hillary was using an illegal server, but he claimed otherwise,” Trump said. “So that means Obama is now into the act.”