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National Journal's Ron Fournier: Election Is Fight Over 'Least Awful Candidate'

 

By    |   Wednesday, 04 May 2016 04:40 PM

The state of American politics is so bad that Americans are now forced to choose between two "distrusted" presidential candidates and select "the least awful," Ron Fournier, senior political columnist for the National Journal, tells Newsmax TV.

"Here's where we are in America right now. We have two candidates who are the least popular candidates in modern history. Both of whom are distrusted by multiple Americans," Fournier said of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton during an interview Wednesday on "The Steve Malzberg Show."

"We have basically a fight for over who is the least awful candidate. You're welcome, America. Isn't this great?"

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Fournier is author of the new book, "Love That Boy: What Two Presidents, Eight Road Trips, and My Son Taught Me about a Parent's Expectations," published by Harmony, in which he chronicles his year-long road trip with his son who has Asperger's syndrome.

Fournier says the bottom line is that both the Republican and Democratic parties are dysfunctional.

"The fact of the matter is neither one of these parties is doing their job, neither one of these candidates really has earned the right to be president," he said, adding that Democrats still have the edge.

"If these are the only two choices, the fact of the matter is that the electoral college favors Democrats, Hillary Clinton is starting just 30 votes away if all she does is get all the states that [Barack] Obama did," Fournier said.

He noted the United States is becoming an "increasingly minority-driven country."

"You can't become president with 20 percent approval of Hispanics and 10 percent of African Americans. Trump is really going to have to change things," Fournier told Malzberg.

"Can he? Yeah, he might be able to demonize Hillary, there's a lot to demonize her over, but that's kind of baked in the cake. It's got to be something else. It could be something as dramatic as, God forbid, another terrorist attack.

"It could be that he really brings out voters who haven't voted in generations. That's possible but just looking at the normal landscape, it really does tilt towards her and that's something that is not a partisan statement, it's just the fact."

Fournier said his new book shows the great joy he felt in bonding with his son for a full year.

"I took him out on the road for a year. We went to all kinds of presidential sites. His fixation is history and the presidency is what kept me away from my family and I learned a lot from him," Fournier said.

"I didn't teach him much. When you read his book you'll see this little guy who was 13 years old at the time, was socially awkward and a little bit of a misfit socially. Man, he showed his dad what he really had to do to be a father."

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