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The November 8th US election


By Beth Day Romulo

Hillary Clinton is on the threshold of being America’s first woman president. As I write this, she is holding in the polls, at 11 points higher than her Republican rival, Donald Trump. Trump was doing pretty well until the Washington Post published a report on the 2005 election, in which Trump was bragging about his conquests with women and implying that if you are a “star,” you can do anything you want with women, and get away with it.

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Clinton, according to a Reuters report, is “heavily favored” to win the US presidency. If the election was held this week, they estimate that Clinton’s odds of securing the 270 Electoral College votes needed to win the presidency are more than 95 percent. For the Trump campaign, there are a handful of states the Republican candidate must win if he is to compete for the presidency. Among them is Florida but Trump’s recent visits to Florida did little to give him the advantage over Clinton that he needs. She leads him in Florida by six percentage points. The race did tighten in Ohio, however, which is another important state for Trump.

Last week Trump’s campaign struggled to respond to allegations from nine women that Trump groped them and made unwanted sexual advances over several decades. Trump called the reports “lies” and said they were part of a “media conspiracy” to defeat him.

Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton pressed her case as a presidential candidate. “If there is one core belief that has guided me and inspired me every step of my career in public service, it is that the United States is an exceptional nation –  a nation that others look to for leadership,” she said. “America is indispensable in part because we have the greatest military in history. It is also indispensable because of our network of alliances built up over decades of effective diplomacy. Our allies amplify our power and our defense and stand with us in good times and bad.”

America is also indispensable, Clinton pointed out, because we have the largest, most dynamic, economy in the world. Our workers can innovate  and out-compete anyone in the world. And most of all, America is indispensable because of our values. The world looks to us to stand up for human rights, religious and ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, and people everywhere who yearn for peace.”

“America has an unparalled ability to be a force for peace, progress, and prosperity around the world.”

“So let’s never stop doing good and being great. Let’s keep America exceptional.”

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