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Clinton campaign faces some real challenges as voters keep finding new ways to dislike her

Tim Stanley

Published 22/08/2015 | 02:30

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton addresses union members as she tours the Carpenters International Training Center in Las Vegas. Photo: Reuters
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton addresses union members as she tours the Carpenters International Training Center in Las Vegas. Photo: Reuters

Hillary Clinton is in trouble and she's trying to deflect the attacks by pretending to be Betty White. Seriously. At a press conference this week, she was asked if she had wiped her email server. Channelling some schtick from 'The Golden Girls', Hillary replied: "What, like with a cloth or something?" She also wore what looked like an orange prison suit, which may or may not be a prophecy of things to come.

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Outside America people assume that the next president will be Clinton or Bush. But things might not be so straightforward. Jeb Bush currently trails Donald Trump in the Republican primaries, yet will probably bounce back later this year. Clinton, by contrast, is way ahead of her rivals in the Democratic primaries - but is on a steady trajectory downwards. It is possible that Clinton will sink so far in the polls that Vice President Joe Biden will jump in and give her a run for her money. The Democratic race could be in for a shake-up.

Hillary has two problems. The first is an absence of trust. In one recent poll, only 37pc of Americans said that they found her trustworthy (compared to 52pc for Jeb Bush). Decades of stories of Clinton shenanigans created the context for the latest hoo-ha surrounding Hillary's emails. When Clinton became Secretary of State, she decided to use one single email account for both private and official correspondence.

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