Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are leading the race to be their party's nominee for president in 2016. A Trump-Clinton general election matchup would be a clash of political titans, and inspire a media circus the likes of which the world has never seen. Ratings would be through the roof, like you wouldn't believe. Voters will have to decide between two candidate who are similar in many ways, but also very different. Here's a look at the things that set them apart.
Hillary Clinton, 68, is unusually old for a presidential candidate, but Donald Trump is even older. He will turn 70 in June.
Trump is slightly richer than Hillary. Both are obsessed with wealth. To his credit, Trump did not acquire his fortune solely by peddling access to political power.
Hillary Clinton, in her own words, was one of the politicians "who supported giving President Bush the authority, if necessary, to use force against Saddam Hussein," only to admit it was a mistake many years later once public opinion had turned against the war. Trump, on the other hand, was an outspoken opponent of the war beginning in 2003 and 2004, when Hillary continued to defend her vote.
Speaking on the Senate floor in 2004, Hillary Clinton insisted that marriage was "not just a bond but a sacred bond between a man and a woman." She did not believe in a Constitutional Right to gay marriage until 2015. Trump, on the other hand, was urging Congress to amend the Civil Right Acts to extend protection to gay people as early as February 2000. "It's only fair," he said in an interview with The Advocate. Trump also said the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, enacted under the Bill Clinton administration, had "clearly failed."
Trump has described the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, which Hillary Clinton helped to negotiate, as a "disaster" of a deal, and yet another sign that "the country is going to hell." Hillary, who repeatedly praised the agreement as Secretary of State, waited months before finally taking a (vaguely coherent) position on the TPP. "What I know about it as of today, I am not in favor of what I have learned about it," she told PBS in October.
Hillary suffered a "cracked head" in 2012, and the extent of her injury remains shrouded in mystery. According to aides, she is "often confused," and appears to experience memory loss on a regular basis. She is rumored to struggle with mobility issues. Trump, on the other hand, was recently diagnosed as being in "astonishingly excellent" physical health and, according to his personal physician, would be "the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency."