This is a well written and comprehensive look at the main issues Donald Trump will use against Hillary Clinton in the fall election campaign:
It really is an effective list, made even more so because each of the items is already well known to the public so Trump won’t have to work hard to establish any of the narratives. The “Crooked Hillary” will work nicely to inspire the Republican base and to peel off those independents that are already not quite comfortable with her past.
The “woman card” angle must be played carefully so as not to get liberal women fired up or excited about her campaign to become the first woman president. So far that hasn’t really happened. Older women, with the memories of Bill Clinton’s many accusers of unwanted sexual advances and even rape, remember that Hillary was the lead attacker of every one of her husband’s alleged victims. Younger women have been raised to take it as a given that there will be a female president at some point and they don’t seem really inclined to get energized about Hillary Clinton as being that first female president.
I don’t think the Physical Health issue will get much ground unless she either has a public health issue revealed. She’d almost have to pass out on stage for any real traction to gain hold on this issue.
The Foreign Policy issue is very interesting because it’s one of the issues that could cause some switch over from voters that would otherwise automatically vote for her because she’s the liberal democrat in the race. Her vote for the Iraq War is extremely unpopular among the anti-war at any cost faction of the liberal base and Trump is positioning himself as the candidate less likely to engage America in the next war. Trump has a possibility here to bring some liberal voters over to his side and at the very least this issue will likely make some liberals stay home on voting day.
The Trade Issue is the other issue that Trump can potentially use to attract switch over voters. NAFTA and other trade pacts have cost America millions of jobs and Hillary is very vulnerable on this issue. Unions are particularly against these agreements and Hillary Clinton will lose a lot of the get out the vote effort that unions usually devote to the Democrat candidate. Look for trump to use the current TPP pact as a central issue for TV ads and watch him us the Kerry-like “She was for TPP before she was against TPP” line.
Bernie Sanders has helped Trump establish the last two issues in the minds of likely Democrat voters and this will give him a distinct advantage. It is often the candidate that can get through the primaries first to establish the general narrative of the campaign that ends up winning. The fact the Hillary has been in the spotlight for so many years with so many of the above issues already established and then reinforced during the Democrat primary with Bernie Sanders means Trump has the narrative established before he even became the presumptive GOP nominee.