US Election Roundup – in English!

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(Rick) For all our English-speaking viewers, a quick look at some last-minute election news.

US Election Roundup – in English!

It’s very, very close. But whoever wins, millions will be miserable.

Less than 24 hours before the big day, the polls are telling us nothing new: this is going to be a very close election. Eight states now seem to hold the key: Florida, Iowa, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. More interesting than voting intentions are some of the pollsters’ less prominent questions. When Gallup asked Democrats how they would feel if Bush won – and vice versa – over half of respondents on each side said they would be “very upset”. Who would have thought that democracy could involve such heartache?

Michael Moore goes to war…

Filmmaker and polemicist Michael Moore has announced plans to deploy a “Video Army” of 1200 amateur and professional camera teams outside polling stations in closely fought states. Writing on his website that the action will “help deter and document election FRAUD, voter INTIMIDATION and any other IRREGULARITIES”, Moore’s “army” is giving the term “battleground state” a whole new meaning.

…And Arnie’s ready to rule the world.

Arnold Schwarzenegger gave Republicans something to look forward to in 2008 when he admitted for the first time that he’d like to run for president. Speaking in an interview on CBS television on Sunday, he said: “I think, you know, because why not? Like with my way of thinking, you always shoot for the top.” Right now, shooting for the top isn’t an option – the constitution bans those born outside the US from the presidency. But that may soon change – plans are underway to change the constitution to allow citizens of 20 years’ standing to run. Conveniently, Schwarzenegger won his citizenship in 1983. Given Hillary Clinton’s presumed interest in the 2008 Democratic nomination, the next presidential election may be even more frantic than this one.

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