WASHINGTON: With a septuagenarian president preparing his re-election bid, and two likely main challengers in their late seventies by 2020, Americans are facing an inevitable question: does age matter in White House politics? Donald Trump, the oldest person ever elected US president, will be 74 on Inauguration Day 2021. Two likely contenders for the Democratic nomination who lead early polls, Senator Bernie Sanders and former vice president Joe Biden, will be 79 and 78, respectively. Senator Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts progressive also in the race, will be 71. Democrats already sport several far younger White House hopefuls: Tulsi Gabbard and Pete Buttigieg are 37, Julian Castro is 44 and Senator Cory Booker is 49. History would suggest they have a better shot at victory than members of the gerontocracy. The last time Americans elected a Democrat older than 55 to the White House was Harry Truman in 1948. As Americans mull the prospect of a president turning 80 in his first … [Read more...] about In US presidential race, how old is too old?
2016 presidential race
By Beth Reinhard The Washington Post Lori Rozsa Sat., Nov. 10, 2018 As heavily Democratic counties in South Florida scrambled to meet a Saturday deadline to report election returns, Republican Rick Scott’s lead over Democrat Bill Nelson in the U.S. Senate race shrunk to just 12,562 votes out of nearly 8.2 million votes cast, ensuring a recount. Vote totals posted Saturday showed the margin in the marquee race in the nation’s biggest battleground state at .015 per cent, close enough to trigger a recount by machine. Also hitting that threshold was the race for governor between Democrat Andrew Gillum and Republican Ron DeSantis, who is sitting on slightly bigger cushion of 33,684 votes over Gillum. In Broward and Palm Beach counties Saturday morning, attorneys from both parties quibbled over ballots in which the intent or eligibility of the voter was in doubt as the minutes ticked toward a noon deadline. Scott’s narrowing lead as vote-counting … [Read more...] about Florida Senate, governor election recounts signal echoes of 2000 presidential race
BRASILIA: Brazilians will vote on Sunday in a polarised presidential race that could result in the election of a far-right former Army captain, whose praise of past dictatorships enrages critics but whose promise of a brutal crackdown on crime and corruption has electrified his supporters.Front-runner Jair Bolsonaro, who some call a tropical Trump, has surged in opinion polls in the past week.He is riding a wave of anger at the establishment after the uncovering of one of the world's largest political graft schemes, opposition to a return to power by the leftist Workers Party (PT) blamed for much of that corruption, and fears about spiking crime in the country with more murders than any other.But Brazil is split over what cost to its democracy it may pay if it chooses Bolsonaro, a long-time congressman who has repeatedly praised the 1964-85 military regime but now vows to stick strongly to democratic ideals, a conversion many question.Bolsonaro's closest rival is PT candidate Fernando … [Read more...] about Brazilians vote in tense presidential race led by right-winger
caption It sometimes feels like the 2016 presidential election never ended. source Left: Alex Wong/Getty Images, Right: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images The 2016 presidential election was one of the most controversial in American history. Even though it’s been almost two years since Election Day 2016, many are still hashing out what happened, and how the final result catapulted President Donald Trump into office. See below for a list of the 13 best books about the historical election – from journalists, academics, and two of the candidates themselves. The 2016 presidential election will likely go down as one of the most dramatic in American history. The showdown between Hillary Clinton, the first female politician to lead a major political party in a presidential race, and Donald Trump, a reality TV star and businessman, involved an email scandal, shocking leaked audio, and interference from Russia. If you’re not yet tired of the, … [Read more...] about The 13 best books about the 2016 presidential election
BRASILIA: Angry leftist protests outside his businesses will not deter billionaire Flavio Rocha from running in Brazil's presidential election this year, advocating a crackdown on crime, a much smaller state and conservative family values."A majority of Brazilians are demanding law and order, and the recovery of social values," said Rocha in an interview.He is stepping away from the helm of clothing maker Guararapes Confecções SA and fashion retail unit Lojas Riachuelo, which are controlled by his family, to join the presidential race with the backing of an established party and powerful evangelical church.Rocha bolsters a crop of conservative presidential candidates in the 2018 race calling for privatisations and government austerity in what would be a hard right turn for Brazilian politics after leftist presidents won four straight elections."Brazilian voters are no longer waiting for handouts from the state. They want a more efficient state that hands out less privileges," … [Read more...] about Brazil retail magnate Rocha defies left in presidential race