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Politics: The Week Past, The Week Ahead 

July 25, 2016
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Hillary Clinton introducing Tim Kaine as her running mate. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Hillary Clinton introducing Tim Kaine as her running mate. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Last week, the Republicans chose Donald Trump to run for president. His wife, Melania, gave a speech at the Republican convention. Parts of her speech were the same as some parts of a speech given by Michelle Obama. It was plagiarism.

At first, the campaign manager for Trump said Mrs. Trump was just using common phrases. Then a Trump speechwriter said she had used the same words Mrs. Obama spoke, by mistake. It was not a good moment for the campaign.

Mr. Trump’s acceptance speech was negative. He believes America is on a downward path. He wants to scare people. He is using terrorism. He is using tensions between blacks and the police to make his case.  He is appealing to people who think immigrants have overrun America.

He wants people to believe that only he can save the country. He calls himself the “law and order” candidate.

Today, the Democrats meet in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They will choose Hillary Clinton to run for president. Mrs. Clinton has been in public life for forty years. She is the wife of former President Bill Clinton. She was a senator from New York and was the Secretary of State for Mr. Obama.

She chose Tim Kaine to be her vice president. He is the former governor of Virginia and now is a senator from Virginia. People say he is “moderate” in his outlook.

The campaign over the next three months is going to be ugly.  Donald Trump has no boundaries. He calls Mrs. Clinton “crooked Hillary.” His followers shouted, “lock her up” at the Republican convention.

The man who was the ghostwriter for Trump’s book “The Art of the Deal” describes Trump as a “sociopath.” He says that Trump has “no attention span” and is all about getting attention.

America will be choosing its future. Trump followers believe the end is coming and that only a “strong man” can save the country.

Democrats see a nation that needs some reform. They want better-paying jobs, immigration reform and equal treatment for all people.

The election is November 8, 2016.

Source: The Christian Science Monitor July 22, 2016

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