Letter from America

Toxic race to the top

Print edition : December 25, 2015

(From left) Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Donald Trump and Dr Ben Carson at the debate held by Fox Business Network for the top Republican presidential candidates in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on November 10. Photo: Jim Young/REUTERS

Ralph Nader at NBC studio for a "Meet the Press" function on November 5, 2000, when he was the Green Party presidential candidate. Photo: ALEX WONG/AP

Democratic presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders after the second Democratic presidential debate, in Des Moines, Iowa, on November 14. Photo: MANDEL NGAN/AFP

Between the demands of Wall Street and an electorate whose allegiance is divided between the two main parties, the U.S. presidential election leaves no room for third party challengers to make their mark in a process that is “spoiled to the core”.
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