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May 10, 2016

Clinton, Trump pursue women voters

Essential question

How do voters decide who they would like to be elected president?

Women voters will make up a key demographic in the presidential election this fall and likely nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have taken note.

Clinton met with suburban women in Northern Virginia on Monday, discussing issues like family leave and affordable child care and trying to win over voters that may still be on the fence about who to vote for in November.

Although she voted for Clinton in the primary, Northern Virginia resident Amy Fitzgerald said she does not feel convinced that Clinton is sincere about her campaign promises.

“It’s like somebody is handing her a piece of paper and says, ‘OK, this is what America wants to hear. This is what you need to say.’ And it’s not really, truly coming from her heart,” Fitzgerald said.

Now that he has all-but secured the Republican nomination, Trump will need to improve his standing with some women voters following some of the controversial remarks he has made. Over the weekend, he called Clinton an “enabler” in regard to former President Bill Clinton’s infidelities and accused her of treating the women involved “horribly.”

Key terms

general election — a regular election of candidates for office, as opposed to a primary election; the general election for president of the U.S. is Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Warm up questions (before watching the video)
  1. What factors do voters take in to account when electing a president?
  2. Do you think Hillary Clinton has had a more challenging time during the presidential campaign because of her gender?
  3. What is the difference between the primaries and the general election?
Critical thinking questions (after watching the video)
  1. Why might a presidential candidate switch their campaign strategy from the primaries to the general election?
  2. One woman interviewed for this story said she feels that Hillary Clinton says things she thinks voters want to hear. How do voters decide when a politician is being authentic and when he/she is trying to say the right thing in order to woo voters?
  3. Trump called Clinton an “enabler” and accused her of treating women associated with Bill Clinton’s indiscretions “horribly.” What role does fact-checking play in a presidential race? What steps could you take to fact-check Trump’s remarks?
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