Newsman: Nation Enduring “Some Kind of Curse”


CBS news contributor Bob Schieffer, who has covered 14 presidential elections, said he’s run out of ways to say “I’ve never seen one like this.”

Speaking on CBS Evening News Monday night – the day before the 58th presidential election in America, Schieffer expressed concern about the negative attitude of the campaign – and the country.

“It’s as if the nation is enduring some kind of curse,” Schieffer said on the CBS Evening News Monday. “What should we expect next – that it will rain frogs? I wouldn’t bet against it.”

“We tend to call every election the most important of our lifetime, but this one might well be. Those of you who are voting for the first time, take it from me – this election is not business as usual,” Schieffer said. “This one is different – and not in a good way. Most elections believe we’re headed in the wrong direction; the world is a more dangerous place. And yet, the government is in such gridlock that it took Congress longer to approve money to find a vaccine for the Zika virus than it took the founders to write our Constitution.”

Schieffer said many Americans trust neither Hillary Clinton no Donald Trump, and that 82 percent of Americans find the campaign “disgusting.”

“The country seems at a turning point, but the divide over where to turn seems wider than ever.  Perhaps we can at least agree on one thing – the first task of whoever is elected must be to repair the damage that’s been done by this campaign to the good name of our country.”

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