With the upcoming election around the corner, the Trump vs Clinton showdown is being reported more like a big arena boxing match than an actual political election. From trash talk to hype, both camps are preparing for war as the general election inches closer. But what can we expect once the dust settles and Clinton formally claims her presumptive title as Democratic nominee and narrows her focus and strategy on Trump?
The Battle Royale
After a recent speech from both parties, experts have weighed in on who had the largest impact and influence during their presentations. Trump, leading his speech with his typical barrage of insults, stated, “Hillary Clinton, may be the most corrupt person, ever to seek the Presidency of the United States.” Clinton fired back during her speech, stating, “Donald hates when anyone points out how hollow his sales pitch really is.” Fox news reporters detailed the candidates recent words, outlining who they felt won the popular vote in their most recent panel. Focusing on the fact that 6 out of 10 voters dislike both candidates, reporter Kevin Sheridan points out that Trump lacks the discipline to research and truly understand Clinton’s resume and accomplishments. Clinton, on the other hand, is relying on the fact that voter turn out is the main challenge for most Democratic candidates and finding a way to rally those who normally would not show up to the polls will be key in clinching this election.
Some are anxious to see Hillary Clinton shift her campaign focus towards Trump in a way that leverages her expertise and personal experience as a politician; playing her “ace” card against the competition. Clinton, undoubtedly, has more political experience than Trump in just about every category.
Clinton’s Political Experience
- United States Secretary of State, 2009-2013
- Sworn In, United States Secretary of State, January 21, 2009
- Senator, United States Senate, 2001-2009
- Candidate, United States President, 2008
- First Lady, President Bill Clinton, 1993-2001
- First Lady, State of Arkansas, 1979-1981, 1983-1992
Trump’s Political Experience
Trump, on the other hand, hasn’t made it this far by not having a strategy of his own and with the leverage of his social media campaign tactics, he has continually been a point of controversy on every topic and aspect of this election, making him one of the most effective real time candidates in recent history.
In addition to his constant online presence, many feel that Trump has an advantage over Clinton despite his lack of experience. In fact, without any political record to attack and criticize,Trump is wide open to focus on the topics of his choice, causing Clinton to play defense during most of her campaign instead of an offensive tactic. As a result, Trump has a bit more wiggle room on what he wants the American people to focus on and driving media coverage.
Campaign Funding Comparisons
Campaign funding has been a prominent topic in recent weeks, pointing out that the Clinton camp has over 313 million dollars raised for her campaign, whereas Trump’s “self-funding” approach puts him at just 65.3 million, significantly lower than his rival. So why does the amount of campaign funding matter in an election? Well for starters, it is reported that at the beginning of June, Trump only had 1.3 million in his fund account, making Clinton’s 42 million seem excessive.
Despite the huge difference, Politico reported that Trump recently told Fox and Friends, “We want to keep it lean. I’m not looking to spend all this money. You know, I hear people spend a billion dollars. I’m saying, how do you spend a billion dollars? It’s impossible. Politicians are the only ones who can spend a billion dollars,” Trump said. “Hillary Clinton will spend a billion dollars of Wall Street money and money from the Middle East. She’s got a lot of money from the Middle East. She’s got money from people you don’t want her to have money from, but she’s going to spend more than a billion dollars. I don’t want to do that,” ensuring supporters that his lack of funding does not impact his ability to win the Presidential office.