Circuses are calling for an end to the U.S. election campaign being compared to their line of business and the presidential contenders as clowns. Paul Chapman reports.
Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey are putting their own stamp on the U.S. presidential election campaign. They've put this video together demanding an end to descriptions of the campaign as a circus and the branding of its rival candidates as clowns. Professional clown Taylor Albin says it's humourous but carries a serious message. (SOUNDBITE)(English) RINGLING BROS AND BARNUM AND BAILEY PRESENTS CIRCUS XTREME, BOSS CLOWN, TAYLOR ALBIN, SAYING: "It's very tongue in cheek, it's very fun, but at the same time it's also serious because we are the real circus, the political campaign is not. The 2016 election is not." In the U.S. gambling capital, Las Vegas, the countdown is underway for the third and final presidential debate. Betting on presidential elections isn't legal in the U.S. but gamblers abroad can and not just on the outcome of the ballot. Ben Eckstein has a nationally-syndicated odds column. (SOUNDBITE)(English) BEN ECKSTEIN, LAS VEGAS ODDS MAKER, SAYING: "We have odds of 15-1 right now that Hillary will take a drug test before the debate, 15-1. You can get odds of 8-1 that Donald Trump will walk out during the debate if he gets a tough question. And how about 25-1 that he doesn't show up at all." An average of national opinion polls compiled by RealClear Politics suggests Hillary Clinton is ahead of Donald Trump by seven points.