When the GOP convention kicks off in Cleveland on Monday, the Democratic nominee will face off against her Republican opponent, Donald Trump.
And, like the other major presidential debates, it will be a test of whether either candidate has a message that resonates with the American people.
While the two major party candidates have largely stayed out of the media spotlight in recent months, the two are both running for president in the 2016 race and have been making an effort to connect with the public.
And like the debates, the Republican nominee has been spending more time attacking the Democratic opponent than the other way around.
While this may be good for Trump’s campaign, it’s a major handicap for the Democratic candidate, especially as her support base is so heavily reliant on older voters.
Here’s how the three candidates are approaching this week’s event, which has become an annual affair.
*Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton on Wednesday: “You’re going to have a very difficult time winning with white working-class voters.”* *Bernie and Hillary Sanders will spar over their respective views on poverty in the upcoming Republican debate: “The Republican candidate’s economic plan includes $2 trillion in tax breaks for millionaires, $5 trillion in corporate tax cuts, and trillions more in giveaways to the wealthy,” the Vermont senator and former secretary of state said in a joint statement after their debate on Wednesday.
“The idea that the Republican candidate would say he is going to spend $2 Trillion in tax cuts for millionaires and corporations while doing so little for the middle class is completely and utterly false. “
“He has spent $1 trillion in cuts for the wealthy, which will make it even harder for our kids to get ahead and harder for them to get out of poverty. “
He has proposed massive tax breaks to the top 1 percent and massive tax cuts to the wealthiest. “
He has spent $1 trillion in cuts for the wealthy, which will make it even harder for our kids to get ahead and harder for them to get out of poverty.
The fact is that you can’t be a part of this country if you are working and struggling to get by.” “
If you are a working- class person, you have no hope in this country.
The fact is that you can’t be a part of this country if you are working and struggling to get by.”
*Hillary Clinton’s plan for a stronger middle class: “I think it’s possible to be a middle class person.”* In a press conference Wednesday, the former first lady said that she believed the middle-class family was “under siege” from “billionaires and billionaires,” and that “you have to be an optimist” to look at a “progressive agenda.”
“There is an incredible divide between the two parties in America,” she said.
“We know that the wealthy are the wealthiest and they are the ones who are getting away with all of these terrible things that they do.”
*Bernie’s plan to ‘fight the billionaire class’ includes: *”Bernie Sanders is right.
We have to fight the billionaire classes.
We will fight them.
We can’t let them win.
They will not win, and we will have to make a serious effort to defeat them.”* And Sanders, who is running as the independent who has the support of the labor unions, said the wealthy were “the wealthiest people in America.”
*”There is a huge wealth gap in this nation.
We cannot have a country in which a small number of billionaires own as much wealth as the bottom 80 percent of the American population.”* “The billionaire class is not just wealthy, they are extremely powerful, and I think we have got to do everything we can to try to defeat and to dismantle that class.
I think it is a very dangerous situation.”
*Clinton: “We need to fight big money in politics.”* While Sanders’ campaign has made it clear that it will continue to fight for the $15 minimum wage, Clinton, who will take the stage at Cleveland as the first woman to win a major party nomination, is pushing for a $15 per hour minimum wage.
“I am also calling on the Congress to pass the $1.9 trillion tax cut for millionaires that Bernie Sanders has proposed,” Clinton said.
Sanders is a self-described democratic socialist and is seeking to increase the size of government to $15 an hour by taxing Wall Street and the super-rich.
“Let’s put a price on the profits of the billionaires and the big banks that run our country.
And let’s do it by taxing the corporations that create all of this wealth and income inequality,” Clinton told reporters.
*Sanders: “There will be people on the right who will say that the billionaire elite is making more than $20 million, and that we can’t afford it.”* The billionaire Sanders has been criticized for not providing details on how his tax