While the US President can concentrate freely on his re-election campaign and getting his message out, the Democratic presidential contenders continue to fight each other in order to win their part’s nomination. The contest to pick a Democratic candidate looks likely to go to the wire, with the leading four hopefuls all performing strongly. According to NBC News, the problem for the Democrats is that each of these candidates has a very different message that they are trying to sell, preventing a clear policy consensus from taking shape.
The party is roughly divided into three distinctive camps, with each offering a very different way forward.
A little less than a third back the moderate Joe Biden, who is promising a return to calmer times and incremental change.
Another third support the more left-wing radical proposals of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.
Both these candidates have argued for big systemic changes that would tax higher-income and wealthier Americans to create new benefits for everyone else.
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While the final third support someone in the rest of the field, such as the South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg.
The 37-year-old Mr Buttigieg is the only one of the top four not in his 70s and has positioned himself as a next-generation politician.
He describes himself as a centrist who can appeal to the all important swing voters, seen as critical to electoral success.
The issue of swing voters is at the crux of the divide among Democrats.
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Both Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have argued that the country needs sweeping changes to health care, financial and other systems.
They contend that their solutions will bring plenty of new voters to the party, as well as attract swing voters who are disillusioned with the Washington establishment.
But many seasoned Democrats are worried that their proposals for expensive government programmes and higher taxes will push swing voters to Trump and gift him victory.
Maria Teresa Kumar, president of the nonpartisan group Voto Latino, claimed that to win, the Democrats needed to shore up their base, rather than appeal to swing voters.
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She said that the party should ensure that potential supporters among the young and the 15 million Latino community were registered to vote.
She told NBC news: “If you’re selling Nikes, you identify where the largest market opportunity is for your shoe and you go there.“
She added that “there’s no reason to have pendulum elections” in which the goal is to win a narrow majority by shifting swing voters when so many potential voters are available to be mobilised.
President Trump continues to defy his detractors in the polls, with the latest Gallup poll showing that 45 percent of Americans voted him as “the most admired man”.
The poll asked Americans to “name, in an open-ended fashion, which man and woman living anywhere in the world they admire most.”
The US President shares top spot with his predecessor Barack Obama and it is the highest Trump has ever ranked on the annual list.
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Gallup said: “When the incumbent president is not the (most admired man), it is usually because he is unpopular politically, which was the case for Trump in 2017 (36% approval rating) and 2018 (40%).
“Trump is more popular now than he was in the past two years, with a 45% job approval rating, among his best as president.”
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