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Hillary Clinton has labeled rival Donald Trump a “bully” for criticizing women for their looks.

Speaking at a Florida rally, the Democratic nominee said Donald Trump had a 30-year history of “demeaning, degrading, insulting and assaulting” women.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump has branded Hillary Clinton “corrupt” and said she would “destroy American healthcare forever”.

Donald Trump told early Clinton voters with “buyer’s remorse” they could change their vote in four states.

The clashes came as the fractious contest entered its final week, with opinion polls appearing to show the race getting tighter.

The prospect of a Trump presidency sent Asian financial markets tumbling – appearing to confirm some analysts’ view that the markets believe a Clinton victory would bring more stability for the US economy.

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Appearing on stage with former Miss Universe Alicia Machado, who has previously claimed Donald Trump once called her “Miss Piggy” after she put on weight – Hillary Clinton said she had “learned way back in elementary school that it’s not OK to insult people”.

For her part, Alicia Machado called Donald Trump “cruel” and said she had spent years “sick, fighting back eating disorders” as a result of the Republican nominee’s comments.

Echoing Hillary Clinton’s comments at a rally in Ohio, President Barack Obama said the Republican candidate had spent a “lifetime calling women pigs and dogs and slobs”.

The focus on Donald Trump’s treatment of women coincided with a new TV advert put out by the Democrats which showed archive footage of him making remarks such as: “Putting a wife to work is a very dangerous thing.”

Donald Trump has faced a string of harassment allegations in the last month, after a 2005 video tape that saw him making inappropriate remarks about women emerged.

He has denied any wrongdoing and threatened to sue those involved after the election.

Donald Trump focused his attacks on the Affordable Care Act, dubbed ObamaCare, which he believes is becoming increasingly unpopular with low income families he needs to vote for him, amid reports of higher premiums and less choice.

Appearing on stage with his running mate Mike Pence and Governor Scott Walker in Wisconsin, Donald Trump called ObamaCare “a catastrophe” and said he would immediately convene a special session of Congress to repeal and replace it if he becomes president.

Donald Trump also urged early voters who had “made a mistake” by voting for Hilalry Clinton to change their ballots before November 3 deadline.

Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota and Pennsylvania allow early vote switches but the practice is extremely rare, according to the Early Voting Information Center at Reed College.

Both sides also continued to spar over the recent revelation that FBI investigators are again probing Hillary Clinton’s email practices on November 1.

The revelation has put Democrats on the defensive and hurt Hillary Clinton’s plans to promote a positive message over the campaign’s final week.

Hillary Clinton has been introduced by former Miss Universe Alicia Machado at a rally in Dade City, Florida.

Alicia Machado, who won the Miss Universe pageant in 1996, said she has lived for 20 years with the agony of what Donald Trump did to her after she won the Miss Universe title: shame her, over and over, for gaining weight.Hillary Clinton email scandal 2016

Their joint appearance comes just a few days after Clinton appeared with women’s rights activists, including Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards, at a campaign event in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Speaking in a mix of English and Spanish, Alicia Machado addressed Latino voters, saying “this is our election, Latinos!”

“Let’s work our heart out so we can finally say madam president, senora presidenta.”

Republican candidate Donald Trump has attacked former beauty pageant winner Alicia Machado who criticized him for alleged sexist and misogynistic remarks as “disgusting”.

In a stream of tweets, Donald Trump urged Americans to examine Alicia Machado’s personal history and her “tape”.

Donald Trump implied rival candidate Hillary Clinton had secured US citizenship for Venezuelan-born Alicia Machado.

In response, Hillary Clinton tweeted: “This is unhinged, even for Trump.”

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Alicia Machado says she was called “Miss Piggy” by Donald Trump when he owned the Miss Universe beauty pageant, after she put on weight after winning the title in 1996.

She also says Donald Trump called her “Miss Housekeeping” because of her Latina heritage.

Alicia Machado’s case was raised by Hillary Clinton in the first presidential debate earlier this week as an example of Donald Trump’s attitude to women.

In his early-morning Twitter outburst, Donald Trump said Alicia Machado had a “terrible” past that a “duped” Hillary Clinton had overlooked before holding her up “as an ‘angel'”.

The Republican added: “Did Crooked Hillary help disgusting (check out s** tape and past) Alicia M become a US citizen so she could use her in the debate?”

In her Twitter response, Hillary Clinton asked: “What kind of man stays up all night to smear a woman with lies and conspiracy theories?”

She added: “When something gets under Donald’s thin skin, he lashes out and can’t let go. This is dangerous for a president.”

According to the Associated Press, Donald Trump’s “s** tape” taunt appears to refer to footage from a Spanish reality show in 2005 in which Alicia Machado appeared on camera in bed with a male contestant. The grainy images were posted this week to a newspaper’s website.

In a statement on Instagram, Alicia Machado said: “The Republican candidate and his team are again generating attacks, insults and trying to resurrect false allegations on my life. Their purpose is to intimidate me, humiliate me and tip me off balance. The attacks are slanders and lies full of bad intentions, with no basis.

“With his hate campaign, the Republican candidate insists in discrediting and demoralizing a woman – one of his worse characteristics.”