For 8 summer nights, 2 starkly different visions of America

From The Associated Press:

WASHINGTON (AP) — For eight summer nights, there were two starkly different visions of America.

At Donald Trump’s Republican convention, America was a nation spiraling into chaos and economic ruin. Immigrants were cast as criminals, or in some cases, potential terrorists. The government is rigged for the wealthy and powerful, almost past the point of repair.

“I alone can fix it,” Trump said as he accepted the GOP nomination in Cleveland.

The Democratic convention in Philadelphia was a four-day rebuttal.

“America needs every one of us to lend our energy, our talents, our ambition to making our nation better and stronger,” Hillary Clinton said as she became the first woman to lead a major U.S. political party toward the White House.

Clinton acknowledged Americans’ economic and security anxieties, but she defended the country’s greatness. Immigrants were celebrated at the Democratic gathering, including those brought to the country illegally as children. Government may be gridlocked, but it was also framed as a tool for protecting and providing opportunity for the marginalized.

Amid a turbulent summer at home and abroad, Clinton is accusing Trump of trying to scare voters into taking a chance on a political novice. Trump says his Democratic rival was either ignoring or underestimating the scope of the problems.

In just over three months, voters will decide whose vision they believe is right.

The race is tight. That’s a surprise to some Democrats who see Trump as glaringly unprepared for the presidency. And it’s a relief to Republicans who believe Clinton is unacceptably corrupt and who feared Trump’s …

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