US POLLS TODAY: Focus on Kamala Harris, as Trump and Biden fight it out in Presidential hustings


NEW YORK: As the US presidential elections reached the voting day on November 3, and security has been tightened across the vast nation in view of the tough fight culminating between incumbent President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, focus also shifts to Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris.

Kamala Harris — born of Indian (Chennai) mother and Jamaican father, and clubbed with the Black population in the US — is hopeful this time will be Democrats’ turn to regain power. If she wins, she would be the first black vice president of the US, and her way might as well be clear later for the White House innings, perhaps eight years later. 

Barack Obama was the first black elected as President of the US, and he served two terms. He is now canvassing votes for the Democrats, the party that made him a Senator at Chicago first and later as President of the United States of America.

Notably, it is quite unusual for a President to not get a second term in the US scheme of things, but this is precisely what the US is heading for now, according to Democrats. At the same time, Trump is in a mood to fight every inch and fight till the last.

In a video posted on Twitter on November 1, the California Senator answered some questions asked by Instagram users. What Indian food does 55-year-old Kamala Harris like most? She has listed Idli with a really good Sambar and non-vegetarian Tikka as her favourite Indian dishes. Her reply: “So, South Indian, it would be Idli with a really good Sambar, and then North Indian, probably any kind of Tikka.”

What advice she has for women? Harris said: “You never have to ask anyone the permission to lead. I have in my career been told many times, It’s not your time’, It’s not your turn’. Let me just tell you, I eat ‘no’ for breakfast. So, I would recommend the same. It’s a hearty breakfast.

The last US presidential election was also a closely fought event. While the media mostly backed Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, a resolute Donald Trump held the Republican spirits high till the last moment, saying, “No, no, I am winning,” and finally it was he who won through a complex mire of election regulations in the US. Hillary got more votes, though.

Trump’s four-year innings has been controversial, but fact is also that he held the fort with confidence and masculine charm. His handling of the Covid crisis was controversial too. He, for one, refused to wear a mask, and taking a cue, most Americans avoided wearing masks as far as possible. At the outset of the pandemic in March last, Trump said, “Yes, let us face it, about a lakh will die, yes, but let us not close down the economy.” Trump was first a businessman with a sharp eye for wealth creation, the realtor, and next a politician.

The TV debates this time, for his second innings, too saw him performing in an impressive manner, but media support is again for Joe Biden. General consensus is that Biden might triumph over Trump; and Trump might or might not prove otherwise this time. –IHN-NN


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