The first face-off

His anti-establishment image is what Donald Trump is pinning his hopes on, not on any of his policy proposals


Photo: AP/PTI
Photo: AP/PTI

The first US presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, respectively the nominees of the Democratic and Republican parties, was a useful reminder of their different outlooks on important policy issues. Trump said he will cut taxes for all corporations, big or small, to bring jobs back to the US. Clinton is of the view that tax cuts for the wealthy are nothing but a throwback to failed trickle-down economics. Trump is for wholesale renegotiation of all trade deals. Clinton looked clearly at sea on this question.

On the security and foreign policy fronts, Trump reiterated his desire for strong borders. While Clinton argued for working with allies, Trump believes allies can be done away with unless they pay their fair share.

But these differences aside, the major divide between the two was captured by Trump’s charge of Clinton being what she actually is: a “typical politician”.

His anti-establishment image is what Trump is pinning his hopes on, not on any of his policy proposals.

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