Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is already preparing for a general election fight with casino tycoon Donald Trump, and her strategy for defeating him has been leaked to The New York Times.
According to the report, Clinton's five-point strategy to beat Trump includes:
- Label Trump as a "heartless businessman" who is no friend of the working class.
- Highlight his sexist comments against women to energize them into voting for Clinton.
- Argue that his "brash, explosive temper" is not presidential.
- Have former President Bill Clinton directly respond to Trump's attacks on his philandering escapades.
- Lure Trump into making more outrageous statements that alienate the Republican base.
Republican pollsters told Politico that Trump's strategy to defeat Clinton would involve something along the lines of "unif[ying] the party he has fractured" by "reinvent[ing] himself":
After winning the nomination on the first ballot, Trump unifies the party he has fractured behind him and reinvents himself as a pragmatic businessman and family man at the Republican National Convention. News of small-scale terror plots on American soil, foiled or successful, keep voters in a state of anxiety. Trump minimizes his losses with Hispanics by running Spanish-language ads highlighting his support for a strong military and take-charge entrepreneurial attitude, especially in the Miami and Orlando media markets. He draws the starkest possible outsider-insider contrast with Hillary Clinton and successfully tars her with her husband’s sexual history.
Which strategy prevails in the general election?
It's possible that Clinton's attacks on Trump's statements and temperament won't stick to Trump, as Trump's shock jock-esque comments and explosive temper haven't damaged his standing as the Republican frontrunner. In fact, there is polling to suggest that Trump could win New York against Clinton, which would make him the first Republican to win the state since then-President Ronald Reagan won it in 1984.
On the other hand, Trump is the only leading Republican to lose to Clinton in head-to-head polling matchups, faces sky-high negative ratings, and many conservatives have expressed their disgust with Trump and have vowed to vote third-party in a general election. Having to overcome these obstacles as well as the full force of the Clinton campaign could prove to be too much for Trump.
First, Trump has to win the Republican nomination...