by Emilio Fabio Torsello
The coming September 26th Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will challenge each other in a TV duel that should prove to be crucial. The presidential electoral campaign is in a delicate phase, aboveall for the democratic candidate. Over the last few weeks, Hillary has in fact had to take several blows, partially from happenstance, partially from the opinion polls.
In the polls Trump has almost caught up with Clinton
The polls in fact say that Donald Trump is catching up on the former Secretary of State, who can now claim 46% percent of voters against the tycoon’s 41%. A result – also commented on by the Washington Post – that confirms the low support for Clinton from many democrats that worries the party. Also causing worry is the state of health of the democratic candidate, who almost collapsed under the eyes of the media and the cameras due to pneumonia during the commemoration for the fifteenth anniversary of 9/11. Not a good sign for the person that promises to be the next US president. And she continues to be dogged by the “scandal” that has been tailing her for months: the ongoing question of the emails and the donations she has received from her Foundation. To the point where some Democrats speak of the need to find a possible alternative candidate.
Sanders, Biden and Warren the possible alternatives to Clinton
Sanders has the heaviest options: liked by the young, popular with public opinion for his hard stand on various issues and far – at least in appearance – from that establishment that conditions Hillary Clinton’s public image. The other options include the current American vice president Joe Biden; John Kerry, who was narrowly beaten by Bush 12 years ago; and the figurehead of the radical left, Elizabeth Warren, who has already shown herself to by highly effective on a dialectic level in countering Trump.
The race to the White House is still open
In analysing the situation, in actual fact, the two candidates find themselves in similar contexts: For example, Donald Trump’s financial situation is unclear and recently the tycoon has been attributed debts for 650 million dollars, over double what “The Donald” declared in a public document presented when he announced his candidacy for the presidency of the United States. A situation that – according to many – would make him open to being blackmailed by his creditors. Then there is little news on the New York tycoon’s state of health. But that is not all: Trump has also had to change his staff after the resignation of GOP political communication veteran Paul Manafort, accused of having received several million dollars of funds from the pro-Russian Yanukovych camp.
That is to say, leaving aside the scandals and investigations embroiling both candidates, a few months from the vote, the race to the White House is still very much undecided.