Barack vs. Hillary

February 7, 2008

Well, it’s been a couple of days since Super  Tuesday in the US and a clear winner for the Democratic nomination hasn’t  emerged yet. A lot of people including blogger Fred Wilson thought that Barack Obama “would deliver the knockout blow”. But it didn’t come. As for myself I not too interested in politics especially with what is happening with our neighbour south of the border. I couldn’t care less who wins. If either Clinton or Obama is able to win the Democratic nomination and be successful in their presidential bid, it will be a very historic day in the US. We will have the first, woman or African American president in the US. Based on CNN election polls for 2000, females make up 52% of the population and African Americans make up only 10%.

These 2  have been able to collect large amounts of money for their campaigns and Hillary Clinton has even contributed some of her own money into this nomination race. 6 million dollars is what I read. These 2 opponents have fought a very good fight and the winner would make a good candidate for the presidency. Who knows what will happen to the loser, some people think that they would make a very good one-two punch on the Democratic card. Sorry for all of the boxing analogies. Fred even likens it to the Ali vs. Frazier battles for the heavyweight champioship of the word in the 1970’s, but I digress.

Next stop on the campaign trail is Texas, and Clinton appears to have the backing of the Latino voters in this state where 25% of the voters are Hispanic. The article written by Danial Trotta of Reuters makes it appear that Clinton has the edge in this state and that Obama will need to work on connecting with the Hispanic population in Texas. The Hispanic population in the US is at 7%. If Clinton continues to garner the support of Latino voters like she has in the previous 22 states  the momentum may again switch back to her.

Well, what does all of this have to do with Canada. Environicsa polling firm in Ottawa, found in a recent poll that 42% of Canadians would prefer Clinton as a presidential candidate over 27% for Obama. The article goes on to say that Canadians fondly remember her during her husband’s Bill term at the White House. However, the US  does play an important part in the world’s economy and the upcoming election may help lift the US out of their recession. What happens with the economy in the United States plays a very important role in Canada because they are our biggest trading partner.

Nevertheless, this has already shaped up to be a very interesting race for many reasons and it will be interesting to see the winner and whether or not they will be the next President come the November election.

That’s my 2 cents!

Tony

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2 Responses to “Barack vs. Hillary”

  1. davecanvin Says:

    It’s been an interesting race so far to say the least. According to Yahoo! it will come down to super-delegate votes (http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20080207/pl_afp/usvotedemocratssuperdelegates_080207143748) which seems pretty undemocratic to me and I think will lead to backroom deals choosing the US’s next president, but I guess we will just have to see what happens.

    Interesting fact: In the state of the Missouri, they have chosen the presidential winner in their primaries in every election except 1 in the last 100 years. (http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/02/06/america/Campaign-Missouri.php)

    This years winners in Missouri?

    John McCain and Barack Obama

    Should be interesting

  2. mellaz Says:

    In case you missed Super Tuesday last week here is a video I find interesting to watch in regards going to Iraq Hilary did a great job answering the question, Obama ignored the question and I was not pleased with his response. Watch the clip: http://youtube.com/watch?v=IMY3dPPVucA&feature=related


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