US Presidential Election: War of Words

US Presidential Election: War of Words


On Tuesday, November 8th, 2016 Americans will go to the polls to elect a new President for a term of four year. A new team comprising Vice-President, 33 Senators, 435 House Representatives, 12 Governors will also emerge after this closely contested elections. The 2016 U.S. presidential election, in particular, will likely to  be both historic as well as consequential to the American political and electoral systems in ways not seen since 1964. The current leading presidential candidates, for instance, would all represent a first-something president. Hillary Clinton would be the first female president. Donald Trump would be the first president with no political or military experience. He is a real estate business tycoon. The U.S. presidential election is also likely to draw record voter turnout as growing discontent with the “establishment” mobilizes young voters and those who were never engaged in the past. Realtor-turned- politician Donald Trump’s nomination also marks only the third time in U.S. history that an outsider has succeeded in the hostile takeover of a political party. The two previous successful hostile takeovers were mounted by former U. S. Congressman William Jennings Bryan (D) in 1896 and by U. S. Senator Barry Goldwater (R) in 1964. The immediate impact of those two takeovers was massive defeat for their party, but, more importantly, each had long-term consequences for the American political party and electoral system. Ted Cruz was the opponent of Donald Trump for Republication nomination. If he succeeded he would be the first Latino President. Bernie Sanders was the opponent of Hillary Clinton for Democrats nomination, if he succeeded he would be the first Jewish president. Both the parties have finalized their candidates.

These days a War of Words is going on between US Presidential candidates. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democrats nominate Hillary Rodham Clinton. Both candidates are using non-parliamentary language against each other in public meetings and in conventions. In her party’s convention in Philadelphia Mrs. Clinton accused her Republican opponent ‘a sowing discord’. She said, Trump wants to divide Americans from rest of the world, and from each other." She added: "We are not afraid. We will rise to the challenge, just as we always have." At Donald Trump’s part he launched a familiar attack against Hillary Clinton. He declared Mrs. Clinton a devil. In a public meeting, he said Bernie Sanders shouldn't decide to support Hillary for president. His word choice was more aggressive for Clinton. "He made a deal with the devil. She's the devil," Let’s have a look on the life of both the candidates.

Hillary Clinton has served many roles in US politics, first lady, senator, secretary of state. Now, she turns for a second time to her long-held ambition to fill the ultimate role as US president. She previously lost the 2008 Democratic primary to Mr. Obama. The 67-year-old served as President Barack Obama administration’s Secretary of state in January 2009, stepping down shortly after he won re-election. Chicago born Hillary Rodham attended Wellesley College in Massachusetts. She got her law degree from Yale Law School. She remained politically active after Mr. Clinton became governor of Arkansas in 1978. As first lady, Mrs. Clinton campaigned for women's rights and universal healthcare. She also beard media attention over Mr. Clinton's affairs notably his relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. In 2000, she became senator from New York State. She voted for the invasion of Iraq in 2003. She also led the US response to the Arab Spring and the military intervention in Libya in 2011. Mrs. Clinton used her position to highlight women's rights and human rights. The state department came in for sustained criticism after an attack on a diplomatic compound in Benghazi in September 2012, in which the US ambassador was among those killed. In a tense congressional hearing and one of her last public appearances as secretary, Mrs. Clinton said she took responsibility for security failures at the outpost, but said she had not seen requests for more security beforehand.  As a secretary of state, she breached federal rules by using a private email account for official business, including sensitive information.

If we look Donald Trump’s life it seems he is the America's most famous and colorful billionaire. He was inspired by his father. Donald Trump is the son of Fred Trump who was the real estate tycoon. Donald Trump started misbehaving in school just at age of 13. He attended the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Mr. Trump expands his family property as Trump Place, Trump World Tower, Trump International Hotel and Tower, and so on. There are Trump Towers in Mumbai, Istanbul and the Philippines as well. Mr. Trump also developed casinos and built an empire in the entertainment business. He was an owner in the Miss Universe, Miss USA, and Miss Teen USA beauty pageants from 1996 to 2015. He has written several books, and owns a line of merchandise that sells everything. According to Forbes, his net worth is 4.5 billion $.

Trump has been married three times. His first wife was Ivana Zelnickova. His second wife was an actress named Marla Maples. He married third time with a model Melania Knauss. He started his politics as a candidate of Reform Party. He was an active member of the “Birther Movement”. His opponent say Donald Trump is running a controversial campaign. But he believes he is running successful campaign built on promises to strengthen the American economy, build a wall on the border of Mexico and the US, and temporarily ban on the immigration of Muslims. His motto is "Make America Great Again".

War of words is getting harsher day after day. Both the candidates are well educated. But the campaign styled is not very different with Pakistan or any third world country.