US election: The Clinton family have 'wiped out a lot of potential candidates', says political expert

US presidential election: The Clinton family have 'wiped out a lot of other people who would have been potential candidates', says political expert

Hillary Clinton: next stop the Oval Office?

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Hillary Clinton may be the presumptive Democrat candidate in the US presidential election, but political expert Sebastian Payne claims much of her success is down to her family's dominant position in the party.

Clinton has surpassed the number of delegates necessary to be named as the party's official candidate at July's Democratic Convention, although rival Bernie Sanders is still attempting to overtake her. The California primary will be decided overnight on Tuesday UK time, with Sanders expected to enjoy a strong showing. 

"I reckon Bernie's going to do well in California, there's a lot of voters [there] who want to back Bernie," Financial Times journalist Payne told Julia Hartley-Brewer. "I think he wants to give them their time in the sun.

"But I really think it would be a bad idea if Bernie Sanders ran for third-party candidate, because all he would do is split the Clinton vote, and potentially open the way towards a Trump presidency.

"If he doesn't drop out [tonight] I think he'd be quite foolish."

Sanders might technically still be in the running to become the candidate, but Payne says he has been long forgotten as the focus of both sides turns towards November's presidential election.

"What is notable is that in the past three weeks or so, Hillary has stopped thinking about Bernie," he said. 

"[She has] turned all her attention to Donald Trump, because that's the battle that matters."

After a long and bitter campaign, Payne suggests that Clinton's family background may not help when it comes to polling time. 

"The Clintons have dominated Democratic politics for so long now, they've essentially wiped out a lot of other people who would have been potential candidates," he said. 

"I think there's a certain sense in America of 'is this really the best we can offer, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton?'"

There's a certain sense in America of 'is this really the best we can offer, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton?'
Sebastian Payne, Financial Times