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Getting started with US politics - Who Said What?

Ruth Tarrant

5th September 2016

What a great year for studying US politics with a presidential election looming! A great way of engaging students from the word GO is to get them to closely examine some of the things said by the two main party candidates, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. This blog post includes a selection of key quotes from both of these two hopefuls. The student task in the first instance is to decide "who said what"! The teacher should read them out, and students discuss/reason why they think it might be Clinton or Trump.

"On the campaign trail" quotes

  1. "The system, folks, is rigged. It’s a rigged, disgusting dirty system. It’s a dirty system and only a non-politician would say it." [Trump]
  2. "Be careful, Lyin’ Ted, or I will spill the beans on your wife!” [Trump]
  3. “You may have seen I recently launched a Snapchat account. I love it. I love it. Those messages disappear all by themselves.” [Clinton]
  4. “I have the most loyal people, did you ever see that? I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot people and I wouldn’t lose voters.” [Trump]
  5. “I’ve been eating a lot of hot sauce. Raw peppers and hot sauce. Because I think it keeps my immune system strong.” [Clinton]
  6. “It is impossible to catch us.” [Trump]
  7. “It’s very close to my heart because I was down there, and I watched our police and our firemen down at 7-Eleven…and I saw the greatest people I’ve ever seen in action.” [Trump]
  8. “Really, I feel like we are watching an id—an id with hair.” [Clinton - about Trump]
  9. “I have actually—believe it or not, I have a lot of friends that are Muslim...In most cases, they’re very rich Muslims, OK?...They’ll come in. And you’ll have exceptions.” [Trump]
  10. “I want a statue in Washington, DC. Maybe share it with Jefferson.” [Trump]
  11. "My hair look okay? Give me a little spray.” [Trump]
  12. “I was the one that really broke the glass ceiling on behalf of women, more than anybody in the construction industry.” [Trump]
  13. “This is not easy for me…I am not a natural politician, in case you haven’t noticed, like my husband or President Obama, so…I just have to do the best I can.” [Clinton]
  14. "I just don’t want you to be shot by someone who shouldn’t have a gun in the first place.” [Clinton]
  15. "The service part has always come easier than the public part” [Clinton]

Ruth Tarrant

Ruth has been Subject Lead in Economics at tutor2u for many years after a career of teaching Economics, Business, Politics and Maths in a range of secondary schools. She is a highly experienced A level Economics Examiner, and also teaches undergraduate Economics on a very part-time basis at the University of Oxford. Ruth is passionate about making economics fun, engaging and accessible.

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