Choosing America’s Commander in Chief: What has happened so far?

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The U.S. election is by far, one of the most dragged out and confusing election campaigns to ever take place. All those caucuses and primaries over months of extensive, cut throat campaigning would finally end by January 2017 when a new leader of the free world would be elected. Even though it is difficult to keep up with and even more difficult to understand all the jargon, what has happened so far?
Recently, President Barack Obama formally endorsed ex- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton after a long stretch of remaining neutral over who gained his support. “I know how hard this job can be, that’s why I know Hillary will be so good at it.” He said. White House sources have reportedly said that President Obama had been eager to voice his opinions on the presidential campaign, specifically on Donald Trump who is the presumptive nominee for the Republicans.
Hillary Clinton was also endorsed by socialist senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts who has faced a surge in popularity over her outspokenness against Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Wall Street regulations. “I am ready to get in this fight and work my heart out for Hillary Clinton to become the next president of the United States and to make sure that Donald Trump never gets any place close to the White House” Warren told American news channel NSNBC. Warren’s endorsement could massively contribute to uniting the masses of Clinton and Sanders supporters who do not necessarily see eye to eye despite certain similarities. Throughout the campaign, Warren has gained a name as being the voice of reason and her judgment has become one that truly matters. Warren alongside President Obama, could bring a divided party together and ensure that the Democrats can stand strong against Trump.
As for Bernie Sanders, even though he failed to be nominated, he told reporters that he looked forward to working with Clinton to defeat Trump. Sanders’ supporters have pledged to continue the movement by turning their attention towards Congress.

Meanwhile for Republicans, things are failing to progress as smoothly as they should. One of the main talking points for Donald Trump was his pledge to self-fund the entirety of his campaign. The logic behind it was that Trump would remain uninfluenced by ulterior motives of donors. In a particularly surprising turn of events, Trump has been forced to backtrack. The campaign is reportedly suffering a fundraising drought- Trump had only managed to raise $5.6 million despite signing a fundraising agreement with the Republican National Committee in May. Clinton, on the other hand, spent $14 million but raised a grand total of $26.4 million.
An astonishing amount of money ($786,000) is also being paid by the campaign to Trump affiliated companies for catering, rent and transport; in addition to that, Trump had also ‘loaned’ the campaign $2 million. It certainly begs the question whether money can buy a better, more effective campaign but recent polls show that it is not the case.

The moral of Trump’s financial bedlam is that cold hard cash matters and donations are a crucial part of an election campaign. When the time comes to choose vice presidents, both candidates will have to make calculated decisions about who will better complement their political agendas and help them gain the most votes. For Clinton, many favour Elizabeth Warren as her running mate; however, for Trump, it is somewhat unclear. The GOP has been dubbed a sinking ship after Trump became the presumptive nominee and it is clear that many Republican senators do not want to be affiliated with Trump. With so much uncertainty over the Republican campaign, VP nominations and whether Trump would ever tone down the racism for Republicans to even secure a strong enough campaign, it is safe to say that it will not be a smooth journey to January.

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