The rhetoric in the race for the Republican nomination took a dramatic turn toward religion following Dr. Ben Carson’s remarks on “Meet the Press.”
Dr. Carson commented that a Muslim would not be acceptable as President of the United States. However, once a controversial storm surfaced, Carson indicated his remarks were taken out of context.
He specifically said that the beliefs of Islam are in direct conflict with the Constitution of the United States. While many pundits are blasting Carson, some voters seem to be reacting in a positive way as more than one hundred thousand expressed “likes” via the Internet to his beliefs.
On the democratic side of the race, Hillary Clinton’s campaign took another gut check when a new poll has revealed her unfavorable rating in New York State is now five percent greater than her her favorable rating.
Complicating her election bid further, Dr. Jill Biden (the wife of the vice president) has given her husband the green light should he want to pursue the presidency.
A just released Bloomberg national Democratic Poll has Clinton with just an eight percent lead over undeclared candidate Biden.
One of the key campaign issues certain to surface soon is the decline of middle class income during the Obama years as President. Gross income has declined $5,000 for middle class families during this period.
GOP challenger Donald Trump is running on a middle class tax cut and is expected to release his income tax revised plan within the next two weeks.
Following the second Republican debate Carly Fiorina climbed significantly in the polls seriously challenging Trump for the front runner position.
To the contrary, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has dropped out of the race joining former Texas Governor Rick Perry. Walker criticized Trump while making his exit announcement. Trump still leads in most polls by some nine percent as Fiorina, Carson and Rubio follow.
Former Governor Jeb Bush is polling less than 10 percent nationally as his admission to trying marijuana some 40 years ago has become a new campaign issue. Bush cannot seem to gain traction in the wake of “The Donald’s” firestorm.
Trump declared this week that if elected President he will not accept a salary in the White House. The Trump campaign’s central theme is still illegal immigration, but his expertise in dealing with the economy is beginning to register with voters.
As the American electorate in 2015 is clearly showing its preference for non-politicos, Trump, Fiorina and Carson are benefiting the most from this anti-establishment view.
In rounding out the week’s events, it’s anything but dull and now is a true horse race for elephants and donkeys alike!
Steve Vassallo is a HottyToddy.com contributor. Steve writes on Ole Miss athletics, Oxford business, politics and other subjects. He is an Ole Miss grad and former radio announcer for the basketball team. Currently, Steve is a highly successful leader in the real estate business who lives in Oxford with his wife Rosie. You can contact Steve at email@example.com or call him at 985-852-7745.