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29 Apr 2016
9:00 am

White House race shows diversity

It is becoming increasingly likely the race to occupy the White House is going to be fought between two widely diverse – some would say outwardly unlikely – opponents.

Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton (left) and Republican hopeful Donald Trump are hoping to secure big wins in the New York presidential primary

The vociferous property billionaire Donald Trump has, in a relatively short space of time, become the world’s most visible comb-over. And while his rants against virtually everything the politically correct hold sacred have infuriated many and appalled the party he stands to represent, he seems to have caught the ear and mood of the average American, though the tough-talking native of Queens in New York is highly unlikely to get much traction among the liberals.

He seems destined to duke it out with Hillary Rodham Clinton, the wife of former US president Bill, a sleekly turned out matron with a doctorate from Yale Law School and with a hands-on grasp of foreign affairs as a former secretary of state under incumbent Barack Obama’s first term as president.

Add her term as governor of New York between 2001 and 2009, and Clinton has a solid understanding of the system and how it works, but it remains to be seen if the wider public is ready for a woman president. Enigmatic perhaps. But then, American politics has ever been thus.