International view on national election

Posted at 8:40 AM, Oct 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-27 10:40:28-04

As Americans, we form our opinions watching the presidential debates. But what's the view outside our country? The Now's Kumasi Aaron spoke with the former prime minister of Denmark about why this election is so important, and what he thinks of this election cycle.


"Certain parts of the campaign are a bit are a bit embarrassing I would say," says Anders Rasmussen. That's his take after watching the presidential candidates on the campaign trail. And his take on the debates?


"As a European I think the debate is too negative," Rasmussen says. "It's always about all your opponent deficiencies it's not that much about what you would plan to do." 


That's why this former prime minister of Denmark and former secretary general of NATO wrote his book titled, “The Will to Lead: America’s Indispensable Role in the Global Fight for Freedom,”  making an urgent appeal to Americans.


"Please elect a new president with the will to lead," Rasmussen says.


Rasmussen says the United States is the world's only superpower so an election in the U.S. cannot be decided solely upon domestic American issues, and in a way the whole world will be the president's constituency. 


"The person you elect as the next president will have a huge impact on security and life conditions all over the world," says Rasmussen.


Two of the most urgent international issues Rasmussen says involve Russia, specifically the country's aggression against Ukraine, and military operation in Syria. Rasmussen says it's in Americas best interest to be the world's policeman.


"If you don't police the world, if you don't address security challenges at their root then the bad guys will come to the US and strike," Rasmussen says.


With the final debate in the books, Rasumussen's advice to Americans is wait until the last minute and vote for the candidate with the will to lead.