Trump du­els Clin­ton and San­ders in North Caro­li­na

Times of Suriname - - ENGELS -

USA - Do­nald Trump and Hil­la­ry Clin­ton cam­paig­ned head to head in North Caro­li­na on Thurs­day, hol­ding com­pe­ting ral­lies on­ly 30 mi­les apart in a sta­te whe­re polls show the Re­pu­bli­can gai­ning on the De­mo­crat fi­ve days be­fo­re the pre­si­den­ti­al elec­ti­on.

North Caro­li­na has a lar­ge and gro­wing Afri­can Ame­ri­can po­pu­la­ti­on and a gro­wing num­ber of young, whi­te and col­le­ge-edu­ca­ted vo­ters, which means it has long fi­gu­red in Clin­ton’s plan to win sta­tes whe­re Barack Oba­ma lost in 2012. On Thurs­day eve­ning she tried to ap­peal to tho­se vo­ters in Raleigh, alongsi­de her for­mer ri­val, Ber­nie San­ders, and the sin­ger Phar­rell Wil­li­ams. The trio ap­pe­a­red be­fo­re a rau­cous crowd of about 5,200 pe­o­p­le at an out­door amp­hi­the­a­ter, whe­re San­ders drew an es­pe­ci­al­ly strong re­spon­se from the lar­ge­ly young crowd, who bro­ke in­to chants of “Ber­nie”. The De­mo­cra­tic no­mi­nee lar­ge­ly let her sur­ro­ga­tes ar­gue for her, un­ders­co­ring the Ver­mont se­na­tor’s con­ti­nued po­pu­la­ri­ty among a de­mo­grap­hic with which Clin­ton has strug­gled. “This is not a per­so­na­li­ty con­test,” San­ders im­plo­red vo­ters. “We’re not vo­ting for high school pre­si­dent. We’re vo­ting for the most po­werful le­a­der in the world.” San­ders told the crowd that Trump re­pre­sen­ted an un­ac­cep­ta­ble option, and that the “cor­nersto­ne” of his cam­paign was bi­go­try. “We are not go­ing back to a bi­go­t­ed so­ci­e­ty,” San­ders said. “We’re not go­ing to al­low Trump or an­y­o­ne else to di­vi­de us up.” The se­na­tor’s re­marks re­tur­ned to fa­mi­liar the­mes from his for­mer stump speech, from ad­dres­sing in­co­me ine­qua­li­ty to re­du­cing the amount of mo­ney in po­li­tics, in a bid to per­su­a­de sup­por­ters to cast their bal­lots for Clin­ton if they wis­hed to see his agen­da re­a­li­zed. (The­gu­ar­di­

Hil­la­ry Clin­ton ta­kes the sta­ge with mu­si­cian Phar­rell Wil­li­ams and Se­na­tor Ber­nie San­ders at a cam­paign ral­ly in Raleigh, North Caro­li­na.(Pho­to: Reuters)

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