With a little over two months remaining until election day and the first presidential debate scheduled for September 26th in Hempstead, NY, both candidates are trying to strengthen their campaigns as the clock continues to tick.
Republican nominee Donald Trump is planning a trip to Mexico to visit President Enrique Pena Nieto this week before a scheduled speech on immigration in Phoenix on Wednesday as reported by the Wall Street Journal.
Ever since Trump stood at Trump Towers in New York and announced his campaign for the presidency in June 2015, his stance on immigration has been perhaps the most important and controversial part of his bid for the White House.
The real-estate mogul made a bold agenda for what he would do to solve America's illegal immigration issue, proposing a large wall on the U.S-Mexico border, paid for by Mexico, to keep immigrants from illegally entering the United States, as well as deporting 11 million immigrants already in the United States.
At first, it seemed like a far-fetch idea for a nominee that had little to no chance of being the republican nominee. However, as Trump's campaign built a full head of steam as he rumbled over fellow nominees like Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, John Kasich, and eventually Ted Cruz, the 70-year-old's plans on immigration were thrust into the spotlight.
|Immigration was one of the main points made by Donald Trump when he announced his run for the presidency in June 2015 (Photo: NPR.org)|
This meeting between Trump and Nieto has to come as a bit of a surprise to many after Mexico's President vowed that his country would not be paying for the wall to be built earlier this month.
But has Trump backed down on his firm stance on illegal immigration?
Once the backbone of his campaign, Trump recently said in a town hall interview with Sean Hannity, that he would be able to "work with" illegal immigrants, perhaps suggesting that he is pulling back from his original stance to deport illegals living in the U.S.
"Let me go a step further- they'll pay back-taxes, they have to pay taxes, there's no amnesty, as such, there's no amnesty, but we work with them," Trump said to Hannity.
Although Trump stated that he is not "flip-flopping" on his immigration stance, it seems this meeting with President Nieto will hold a lot of importance for the Republican nominee as to whether he plans on a massive deportation of illegals or if he was just feeding to the massive crowds that have welcomed him in hopes of winning the party's nomination.
Meanwhile, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is working to better her image after the Wall Street Journal introduced a poll conducted by ABC News and the Washington Post which shows that her unfavorable rating has reached 59% among registered voters, nearly identical with Trump's unfavorable rating, which is up one percent from the previous edition of the same poll.
Clinton's unfavorable rating is the outcome of more drilling of her email scandal and the Clinton Foundation. The email scandal is out in the open, but many Democrats are pushing Clinton to cut ties with the Clinton Foundation that was founded by her husband, Bill, in 2001.
|Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is being encouraged to cut ties with the Clinton Foundation to help her unfavorable rating that has reached its highest point (photo: usapoliticstoday.com)|
As reported by the Huffington Post, the New York Times editorial board is pushing Clinton to cut ties after "scrutiny in recent months following allegations of ethical impropriety surrounding her tenure as secretary of state," says Igor Bobic, Associate Politics Editor for the Huffington Post.
Last week, Trump called out Clinton to shut down the foundation entirely, and it may be a wise move for Clinton to cut ties if she wants to avoid another seven-percent increase in her unfavorable rating as the calendar switches to September.
The Wall Street Journal questions if Clinton's growing unfavorable rate will cause an increase or decrease in voter turnout in November.