21 October, 2020

How To Elect A President

The road to the White House is fraught with complex rules which leave most outsiders perplexed

How To Elect A President

PRESIDENT Bill Clinton must be a happy man indeed. Whitewater et al notwithstanding, the latest CNN/USA Today Gallup poll has it that if presidential elections were held today, he would easily win. But then, as George Bush learnt in 1992, polls so early in the race can be extremely deceptive.

At the moment, the Republican field is wide open, with three main candidates vying for a nomination. TV commentator Pat Buchanan, who blindsided Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole with a major win in New Hampshire, remains a force to reckon with as the GOP (Grand Old Party) is still divided. Dole, the presumptive forerunner in his third attempt on the White House—who barely scraped past Buchanan in Iowa—has won North and South Dakota but is clearly wounded. And with surprise triumphs in Arizona and Delaware, millionaire publisher Steve Forbes' outsider campaign is reaping rich dividends.

And then there are the possible dark horses. Former Tennessee governor Lamar Alexander has slipped from his third place status and needs to do a lot better to raise funds. Another...



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