As we look ahead to Super Tuesday, when the primary season goes national, we are joined by our Washington correspondent Stefan Grobe. Hello Stefan. Let’s start with the Republicans. Will Donald’s triumphant trumpet be echoing across the United States come Wednesday?
Stefan Grobe, euronews, Washington DC: Well Chris he could very well run the table this Super Tuesday. If you look at the polls, the latest polls, there’s only one state in which he’s not in the lead and that is Texas. But if he wins all the other states [On Super Tuesday, not in the country altogether], he will be unstoppable. What is interesting is that he drew support from all the four pillars of Republican party: evangelicals, social conservatives, defence conservatives and business.
But this is not the campaign about policy issues or even about fundamental values. This is basically a middle-finger vote because there’s so much anger and frustration at the Republican party establishment in Washington.
And, of course, the republican establishment hasn’t been able to coalesce around one moderate candidate like Mitt Romney four years ago or John McCain eight years ago.
Chris Cummins, euronews, Lyon: Hillary Clinton seems to have gained some momentum. How confident is the Clinton camp?
Stefan Grobe: Well, the Clinton campaign is very very confident especially after the two last contests – in Nevada and particularly South Carolina. Hillary Clinton has a very strong support with the minorities and this is going to be play out this Super Tuesday. She has comfortable leads in seven out of the 11 states, in the South, these are delegate-rich states, and she will rack up a huge margin when it comes to the delegate camp, a margin that Bernie Sanders will be unable to close.
And we haven’t even spoken about money: if he scores badly on Super Tuesday and beyond, he will probably run out of money and he’ll get no support from the party establishment that is squarely and solidly behind Hillary Clinton
Chris Cummins: So, according to what you say, it’s a Trump-Clinton face-off for the White House, is that correct Stephan?
Stefan Grobe: I guess we’re moving towards that race faster than we think, and then all gloves will be off. Donald Trump has already indicated how he is going to attack Hillary Clinton big time. He’ll go after her record as Secretary of State, he’ll go after the e-mails, he’ll go after Benghazi, he’ll go after her legal problems, he’ll go after the family legacy and the Clinton machine. So this is going to be pretty nasty.
Now, Hillary Clinton mentions Trump occasionally in her stump speeches, but she hasn’t directed her weapons at Trump yet. But she will probably go after his temperament, his lack of policy substance, his brashness and his xenophobia. So I think we’re in for a very long and very nasty campaign, Chris.
Chris Cummins: Extraordinary! Thanks Stefan, have a super Tuesday.