WASHINGTON, September 26, 2016 — Prepare for surprise tonight, as millions of viewers tune in to the first 2016 presidential debate between Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican candidate Donald Trump.
While most pundits predict that Clinton will prevail and Trump could implode, we are likely to see this debate as the defining moment for Trump and the beginning of Trump’s road to victory.
Most opinion writers expect Trump to lose a one-on-one with Clinton. After all, she has the experience since she was Secretary of State, a U.S. Senator from New York, and served two terms as First Lady.
Trump will argue that while Clinton has the experience, all that experience shows is that she is not the best candidate for president, mainly due to her consistently poor judgement.
Most polls indicate that the two main issues for American voters are the economy and national security. On both issues, Trump clearly has the advantage.
America’s primary economic policy should be geared toward robust economic growth. Currently, the U.S. is in its worst economic funk, ever. We have not seen economic growth of at least 3 percent in more than 10 years, and the country’s growth rate is getting even worse. In the last nine months, economic growth has measured roughly a dismal 1 percent, and many economists have begun talking about a coming recession.
Trump’s policies of lower taxes, less government spending, less government regulation and a fair but free trade policy will accelerate growth to the 4 percent range. Economic growth will provide opportunity for all well-prepared Americans, as the rising tide will indeed lift all boats. Conversely, Clinton’s economic policies are focused on remedying perceived social injustices—such as the allegedly too-low minimum wage, income inequality—while providing free services, like college education, to all Americans.
Hers is a losing argument for the majority of Americans, however, appealing only to those at the lower income levels. It is the very same appeal as President Obama’s economic policies, which have led to economic stagnation.
In the debate, Trump will stress national security with an “America first” position.
Clinton has experience in foreign policy, but her actions have led to a less safe world and have likely contributed to the resurgence of terrorism right here in the U.S. As Secretary of State, she failed in Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, Yemen and the Ukraine.
Trump will also be tough on crime and stress law and order, promising to change the current deteriorating social situation so that Americans do not have to fear going to a shopping mall or a night club.
Despite Trump’s positive positions on the main issues, Clinton will try to win the debate using the same tactics she has been using during her campaign. Her aim has been to discredit Trump and try to convince voters that he is unfit to be president.
As we watch the two candidates debate tonight, we will see a very presidential Donald Trump. Clinton will not be able to rattle him and will not get under his skin. He will look more like a president than she does.
Trump will begin to convince voters that he the best choice to lead the country and to change the current Administration’s disastrous course, which more than 70 percent of Americans believe is wrong.
While President Obama is personally popular, his policies are not. Trump will show that a President Hillary Clinton will be a continuation of Obama’s failed economic and foreign policies, all of which have led to a stagnant American economy and have created a more dangerous world. Some international leaders already think that the world could be heading toward a global war, mainly because the U.S. has retreated from its expected and customary role.
Trump will avoid name-calling. Instead, he will concentrate on the issues, where he knows he has the stronger position. Clinton’s only hope is to try to paint Trump as the unfit candidate who lies continually, even though she has lied so many times on critical issues.
Although she was not charged with committing criminal acts by the FBI, most voters heard FBI Director James Comey say that Clinton did not tell the truth about her emails. Most Americans know she broke the law and was not held accountable, even though her lack of protection of highly classified material put the U.S. in danger.
Clinton’s campaign thus far has been entirely negative. She does not ask Americans to vote for her because she has the best policies. Instead, she campaigns by stressing to Americans why they should not vote for Donald Trump.
In spite of the concerted media blitz meant to portray Trump as a liar and an unfit candidate, Americans are fed up with the establishment, which Clinton represents, and the special set of rules that seem to be reserved for the privileged few, like Hillary Clinton. Trump will show that he is not any of those things the media says he is.
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