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Tuesday, 4 February 2020
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm AEDT


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US Election Watch: Trump Vs the Democrats

Many seasoned experts of American politics believe Donald Trump is the most vulnerable first-term president since Jimmy Carter four decades ago. After all, his refusal to abide by familiar presidential decorum, especially in his public statements and attacks on individuals, turns off a majority of voters. However, the Democrats are moving to the ideological Left so rapidly that they may let Trump turn this year’s presidential election into a choice between Trump’s policy record (tax cuts, deregulation) that has led to a more prosperous America and the most extreme US left-wing agenda in living memory.

In the immediate aftermath of the Iowa Caucuses, when we will survey the state of US politics in 2020. Who’s the most likely Democrat contender? Why is the party of Kennedy and Clinton becoming more interventionist on economic issues? What might a Democratic victory of the White House and both houses of Congress in November mean for America and the world?

Doug Bandow is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute in Washington and the CIS scholar-in-residence for 2020. He was a special assistant to President Ronald Reagan.

April Palmerlee is chief executive of the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia and a former assistant secretary in the US State Department in the George W. Bush administration.

Stephen Loosley is a senior fellow at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney and a former Labor senator and ALP national president.

Gorana Grgic is a lecturer in US politics and foreign policy at the University of Sydney and visiting scholar at the Harvard Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies.