By Siva Sivapragasam
The battle for U.S. Presidency is being narrowed down to a possible race between Billionaire Donald Trump and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
The race to occupy the White House will take place this September when incumbent President Barack Obama’s two-time term ends. President Obama is barred by constitutional term limits from seeking re-election in 2016.
The current caucus elections in the various states suggest that Trump maybe the obvious Republican nominee while Clinton will be the choice from the Democratic Party. Trump’s slogan for the election is to “Make America great again”. He keeps repeating that U.S. position as the world power has been on the decline over the years and needs a thrust to make the country a super power again and he has the capacity and capability to achieve that. He has pledged to wipe out terrorism and also put a stop to illegal immigration which is killing jobs for U.S. citizens. Trump is obviously playing on deep-rooted patriotism in trying to convince the voters as to why they should vote for him.
Clinton is rejecting Trump’s slogan, “Make America great again,” and has argued that the goal should be “Make America whole again.” Trump made fun of Clinton’s alternative and argued that he’s the one Republican candidate she definitely doesn’t want to face this fall.
For months, Clinton and Trump have been defining themselves in contrast to the other.
In October 2015, Clinton targeted Trump for criticism: “Some people think Mr. Trump is entertaining, but I don’t think it’s entertaining when somebody insults immigrants and insults women. If you are going to run for president, then you should represent all the people of the United States.”
The Presidential race to occupy White House is bound to become more intense in the coming months as the campaign heats up for the final run in September 2016.