The 2016 elections in America are less than 4 months away and both major political parties in America have officially nominated their candidates at the recently concluded conventions. Republicans were first with their convention selecting real estate developer, Donald Trump, as their nominee to run against Hillary Rodham Clinton who became the first female to be nominated by a major political party to run for office. Both candidates have made history, Trump, being a first timer with absolutely no political experience and Clinton being the first female nominee of a major USA political party.
Leading up to the convention, Donald Trump selected his running mate, governor from Indiana, Mike Pence while Hillary Clinton selected Tim Kaine, Senator from Virginia as her running mate for the Democratic Party. Also prior to the conventions, FBI director James Comey decided not to press charges against Hillary Clinton over her use of private email server while she served as Secretary of State from 2009-2013 although he labelled her actions as “extremely careless in her handling of very sensitive, highly classified information”. This revelation did not sit well with the Republicans as they boldly chanted at their convention “lock her up” calling for Hillary Clinton to be imprisoned.
It’s coming down to the wire in these last few months, and both candidates have a lot of work to do. Both are in a dead heat with the poll numbers which is quite odd considering that Trump is spending way less than the Clinton team who has attack ads on several channels, while Trump hasn’t done much and is still tying her in the polls. So if Hillary wants to win, she needs to make some serious inroads in terms of the young voters, women voters as well as demonstrating to the American people that she can be trusted to carry out her policies and programmes to better their lives. Thus far, she has struggled to do that, as 68% of Americans do not believe that she is trustworthy which is a very high negative perception for any candidate running for office. More importantly, trust is of paramount importance for a political candidate being elected to office; if the voters do not trust you, they simply will not vote for you. So where does that leave America; the potential of a Trump presidency and we do not want to begin to imagine the devastating consequences of such a presidency.
With less than 4 months to go and both political candidates taking shots at each other, who will rise to the top and be elected as the 45th President of the United States of America. Will it be Donald Trump who has been disrespectful to a large demographic of the voting populace: women, disabled persons, Black Americans, Muslims, Hispanics (specifically Mexicans), Chinese among several others or will it be Hillary Rodham Clinton, the candidate who is very unpopular among Americans with regards to issues of transparency and her several controversies over the years. November 8th is fast approaching, and only then we’ll know.
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