Tuesday 12 December 2017

As the mood darkens in the US, Trump's gloom could affect us all

Republican US presidential nominee Donald Trump poses for a photo on the campaign trail this week. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
Republican US presidential nominee Donald Trump poses for a photo on the campaign trail this week. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
Dan O'Brien

Dan O'Brien

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have been confirmed as their parties' respective candidates for November's presidential election. The campaign is now moving into its final and most intensive phase. As plenty of other articles and analyses have been looking at the candidates, this column will - with some difficulty - try to ignore the personalities.

While the characters of the candidates will play a bigger role in this presidential election than any other in living memory, how they position themselves on big issues - crime, immigration and the economy - will be as important.

Although I remain convinced that Clinton will win comfortably, it has been notable that, so far, she has rarely been setting the agenda. Instead, Trump and her Democrat rival Bernie Sanders have been making the running on issues, and Clinton has been reacting. That she has been following rather than leading puts her at a disadvantage in a contest that involves proving one's leadership credentials.

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