More Republican Bigwigs Sever Ties With Trump

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Mr. Trump insists he wont quit the race despite the backlash

A handful of top Republicans have shifted ground in their support for US presidential candidate Donald Trump after his remarks about women became public last week.

Since the comments became public, more than 12 Republican bigwigs have announced that they would not be voting for Mr Trump in November.

Mr Trump, who has apologized over his comments, however insists he will go ahead with his campaign, as he lashes out to some Republicans who advised him to withdraw from the race.

In the tape from 2005, Mr Trump is reportedly heard bragging about groping and kissing women.

Former Republican presidential candidate John McCain and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice are the latest of such Republicans to withdraw their support.

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Condoleezza Rice says it is enough from Trump, asking him to drop out of the race

Mr McCain said such comments “make it impossible to continue to offer even conditional support for his (Trump) candidacy.”

While Ms Rice said: “Enough! Donald Trump should not be President. He should withdraw.”

The Republican Senator from New Hampshire, Senator Kelly Ayotte, in a statement she released after Mr Trump’s comments were published said, “I cannot and will not support a candidate for president who brags about degrading and assaulting women.”

The Senator however says she won’t vote for Hilary Clinton either.

The Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Paul Ryan who was initially supposed to host Mr Trump at a campaign event in Wisconsin this weekend, withdrew the invitation, saying he is “sickened” by what he heard.

The second TV debate between Mr Trump and Mrs Clinton will take place on Sunday evening (October 9) in St Louis.

Trump To Remove 70% of US Federal Regulations

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The Republican candidate says federal regulations must reduce

US Republican candidate for the November 8 presidential election, Donald Trump, says about 70% of federal regulations would be scrapped if he is elected into office.

Mr. Trump who said this on Thursday night during a town hall in New Hampshire, added that many of those regulations are clogging business processes and enterprise in America, which in his opinion have a negative effect on America’s economy.

“We need regulation but immediately every agency will be asked to rate the importance of their regulations and we will push to remove 10 percent of the least important.”

“It’s just stopping businesses from growing.”  Trump said.

The Republican candidate says he vigorously wants to streamline these regulations in a bid to stimulate economic growth and aid capital in-flows.

He specifically singled out the energy industry as an area that he wants regulations reduced.

Republican Letter Urges Party To Cut Trump’s Funding

trumpIn the United States, over 70 Republicans have written a letter to the party’s National Committee Head, urging him to stop helping Donald Trump’s campaign.

They said Mr Trump’s “divisiveness” and “incompetence” risk drowning the party in November’s election.

“We believe that Donald Trump’s divisiveness, recklessness, incompetence, and record-breaking unpopularity risk turning this election into a Democratic landslide,” said a draft of the letter obtained by the BBC.

“Only the immediate shift of all available RNC (Republican National Convention) resources to vulnerable Senate and House races will prevent the GOP (Republican Party) from drowning with a Trump-emblazoned anchor around its neck.”

The letter adds that the party should instead, focus on protecting vulnerable candidates in elections to the Senate and the House of Representatives.

Former members of the congress are among the signatories of the letter.

Reacting to the move, Mr Trump said he was not concerned that the party could cut him off, saying all he has to do is to stop funding the Republican Party.

Donald Trump Is “Blatantly Anti-Semitic” – Clinton

Clinton, Donald TrumpUS Democratic presidential hopeful, Hillary Clinton, has accused her Republican rival, Donald Trump of being “blatantly anti-semitic”.

“Donald Trump’s use of a blatantly anti-Semitic image from racist websites to promote his campaign would be disturbing enough, but the fact that it’s a part of a pattern should give voters major cause for concern,” Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee, said in a statement emailed to reporters on Monday.

This came after Trump posted a tweet that featured a six-pointed star and a shape resembling the Star of David.

It also included stacks of money, with a text describing Mrs Clinton as “most corrupt candidate ever!”

Though the tweet was later deleted then reposted with the slogan contained in a circle.

The Star of David features on the Israeli flag, and was used by the Nazis to identify Jews.

But Mr Trump said the media is “dishonest” for comparing it to the Star of David, a symbol of Judaism.

In a tweet on Monday, Trump said he had not meant the six-pointed star to refer to the Star of David, which is a symbol of Judaism. Rather, he said, the star could have referred to a sheriff’s badge, which is shaped similarly except for small circles at the ends of each of its six points, or a “plain star.”

 

Donald Trump Fires Campaign Manager

Donald Trump, Campaign ManagerUS Republican Presidential nominee, Donald Trump, on Monday fired his campaign manager, Corey Lewandoski for unknown reasons.

Trump’s decision to fire his campaign manager was another shakeup for a campaign already at odds.

Trump said Lewandowski did “a great job” but “it’s time now for a different kind of campaign.”

Lewandoski said that he did not know why he was being fired, and reason for the decision by the Trump campaign is still not clear while speaking with the media later on Monday.

Lewandoski leaves, just as Trump faces strong resistance from senior members of the Republican Party, over his strident tone, hard line immigration policy, and falling poll numbers.

Meanwhile, two people who are close to Trump explained that Trump’s decision to fire his manager came through his daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, who have powerful advisory roles in the campaign.

US Election: Clinton, Trump Win More States

ClintonIt seems democrat Hillary Clinton, and republican Donald Trump may both emerge as their party’s candidates soon, as both have won the most states in Super Tuesday vote.

Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia were among the states where both triumphed.

Mr Trump was defeated by his closest opponent, Ted Cruz in Texas and Oklahoma.

Democrat Bernie Sanders won four, including his home state of Vermont.

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In her victory speech, Mrs Clinton seemed to already be looking towards a potential presidential race against Donald Trump, saying: “the stakes in this election have never been higher and the rhetoric we are hearing on the other side has never been lower.”

Donald trump, on his part, insisted that he was a “unifier” who can put internal fighting in the Republican Party behind him to focus on a general election race against Mrs Clinton.

US: Republican John Boehner Doubts Immigration Deal

US Republican House Speaker, John Boehner, has said that his party has all but ruled out passing immigration legislation before November’s midterm elections.

Mr Boehner blamed the inaction on skepticism that US President, Barack Obama would properly enforce such reforms.

The Democratic President has made immigration a top domestic priority.

Mr Boehner’s comments came one week after his party announced broad new immigration principles.

The White House responded to Mr Boehner’s comments, saying they “don’t have anything to do with the President” and “the challenges within the Republican Party on this issue are well-known”.

Republicans have recently made a concerted effort to appeal to the swiftly growing bloc of Hispanic voters, who have largely voted democrats in recent years.

Evaluating the US presidential election with Nigeria’s perspective

Nigerian politicians have been enjoined to imbibe sportsmanship attitude and that parties should use the convention system of the Republican and Democrat parties to unveil new and young leaders ahead of the nation’s election.

These were part of the submissions of analysts on our weekend show, Sunrise which sought to discuss lessons learnt from the just concluded presidential election in the United States.

According to a former Nigerian Consular-General to the US, Ambassador Joe Keshi, “Nigerian political parties must re-strategise their conventions to discover and unveil young leaders because the current crop of political leaders will soon expire.

He also called for the nation’s political system to encourage volunteerism amongst young people, which he claimed is always responsible for the successful conduct of the US elections.

“These young people drive the campaigns and voters turn out as well as inspire the elected leaders to perform. That was what led Obama to cry, whilst addressing staff of his campaign office.”

Another guest, Mr Femi Ajayi; a former Executive Director with the Office of the Secretary of State, Atlanta, Georgia, urged Nigerian politicians to be sportsmanship and accept defeat to enhance development rather than political dog-fighting.


Calls were also made for the demystification of public offices which they noted has grown to become the most lucrative venture in the country.

On E-voting and voting by the Nigerian diaspora, Ambassador Keshi opined that we should first fix our election process properly before considering diaspora election while Mr Ajayi desires an appropriate and efficient Power Holding Company of Nigeria before E-voting comes to fore.

 

Obama and Romney in deadlock for final push

The U.S. presidential race, which has hinged for months on a handful of states, converged on one city in Iowa on Saturday as President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney each made a last-minute appeal for support before Tuesday’s election.

With the race in a dead heat nationally, both candidates touched down briefly in Dubuque, a Mississippi River city of 58,000 people, as they sprinted across the country in a bid to secure any possible advantage before Election Day.

In an airport rally early in the afternoon, Romney urged supporters to try to sway friends and neighbors who back Obama. He said he would reach out to Democrats as well if elected – a stance that could appeal to independent voters who have little stomach for partisan gridlock.

“I want you to reach across the street to the neighbor, who has that other sign in his front yard. And I’m going to reach across the aisle in Washington, D.C., to the politicians who are working for the other candidate,” Romney told about 2,000 people.

Six hours later, Obama reminded about 5,000 people in a park in downtown Dubuque that he had started his first presidential bid in Iowa in 2007, and highlighted successes of his time in office, such as ending the war in Iraq and expanding access to healthcare.

“After two years of campaigning and after four years as president, you know me by now. You may not agree with every decision I made, you may have sometimes been frustrated with the pace of change. But you know that I say what I mean and I mean what I say,” Obama said.

A new poll by the Des Moines Register newspaper showed Obama leading Romney by 47 percent to 42 percent in Iowa, though the survey showed the president barely edging his opponent on the critical question of which candidate would do better fixing the economy.

Earlier in the day in Ohio, Obama hammered Romney for opposing his bailout of the auto industry and said his challenger tried to scare workers by saying inaccurately that Chrysler planned to shift jobs to China.

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Romney and Obama on a face-to-face debate

Republican candidate Mitt Romney is under pressure to produce a strong performance on Wednesday at his first face-to-face debate with President Barack Obama to try to turn around a race for the White House that has been edging away from him.

The 90-minute encounter offers the chance to reach more than 60 million people on television, a far greater audience than watched either candidate speak at the Democratic and Republican conventions.

While that has potential dividends in attracting undecided voters, there is also the risk that one or the other will make a major mistake that can overshadow the campaign in the last five weeks before the November 6 election.

Running behind in the polls, Romney is more in need of a victory than Obama at the University of Denver debate, the first of three such face-offs scheduled in the next four weeks.

“I think he’s got to have a pretty convincing win,” said David Yepsen, director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University. “He’s had a bad few weeks and he needs to change the narrative of the campaign.”

The Republican was damaged by a secretly taped video from a private fundraiser in which he said 47 percent of voters are dependent on government and unlikely to support him. It was only one of several recent stumbles by the former Massachusetts governor in his second presidential bid.

At the Denver debate, Romney needs not only to repair some of the damage from the video. He must raise questions about Obama’s handling of the U.S. economy and explain how his own plan would create more jobs and cut the budget deficit.

Romney must get through the debate without losing his cool and without appearing to be disrespectful to Obama, who many Americans like personally despite his struggle to create jobs. And the often robotic Republican could do with showing some personality to make voters feel more comfortable with him.

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Obama invites Tinubu for his nomination acceptance

The National leader of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, is to attend the three-day National Convention of the United States Democratic Party that kicks off today in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Local media report that Mr Tinubu who was invited to the Democratic National Convention in his right as the leader of the opposition in Nigeria will be at the ring side as the Democratic Party conduct activities that will culminate in the nomination of President Barrack Obama as its candidate for the November 2012 Presidential elections in the USA.

The former Lagos State governor will be accompanied by the Ekiti State governor, Kayode Fayemi,  Dele Alake and the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Adeyemi Ikuforiji

The Republican Party at the weekend confirmed the nomination of Mitt Romney as its candidate.

A statement by Sunday Dare, the Special Adviser on Media to the former Lagos state governor reads: “Tinubu receives a gold card invitation which is prime and with this, he will be joined by three other eminent personalities – Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti state, Speaker Lagos state House of Assembly Adeyemi Ikuforiji and former Commissioner for Information and Strategy in Lagos state, Mr Dele Alake.

“On Thursday, at Bank of America stadium, President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will deliver their nomination acceptance speeches.

Four years ago when President Obama was inaugurated, Mr Tinubu also enjoyed a ring side seat at the event in Washington.

Mr Tinubu’s invitation to attend the convention comes after a successful one week lecture tour, town hall meeting and book launch in Washington and Chicago.

He delivered a lecture at the prestigious Wilson Center for International scholars on the challenges facing Nigeria’s democratic experiment and offered solutions to problems of under development facing the country.

Similarly at a town hall meeting in Chicago with Governors Rauf Aregbesola  and Abiola Ajimobi  on hand, Tinubu spoke extensively on Nigeria’s search for true federalism and highlighted the fault lines in the country’s practice of federalism.

At the convention, Tinubu  is expected to discuss how to entrench true  federalism in Nigeria in his private discussions with the leading figures of the Obama administration and  seek the US support for Nigeria to hold a free and fair election in 2015.