NZ Parliament weighs in on the US Election

NZ Parliament weighs in on the US Election

It's just over 24 hours until Americans decide who will lead their country for the next four years. Their decision will have a global impact, including here in New Zealand.

Newshub asked our politicians who they think will take up residence in the White House.

The Prime Minister wasn't keen to speculate - lest he pick the wrong horse.

"It's been a pretty brutal campaign and I suspect everyone from the candidates to the American public will be pleased when it's over tomorrow," Mr Key said.

"We'll have to wait and see it's one more sleep isn't it. I could offer a view, but I might be wrong."

Labour Leader Andrew Little was happier to put his faith in his pick - although he did note anything could happen. 

"My sense is that Hillary Clinton is still odds on to win," he said. "People said that Brexit would never happen and it did so, who knows?"

Foreign Minister Murray McCully didn't want to ruffle any feathers.

"I don't think that's the sort of question a New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs who's going to have to work with the new administration should answer," he said. "There is no Murray McCully without a Foreign affairs hat."

Meanwhile our Justice Minister, Amy Adams, had no qualms admitting she didn't like either candidate.

"I'm hoping Hillary wins. I'm not a massive fan of either of them to be honest, but I think of the options she's the better."

Labour's Kelvin Davis was more blunt.

"I hope to god that it's Hillary Clinton, because if I was in America I'd vote for the candidate least likely to cause World War III."

ACT's David Seymour also fearing for the safety of the world should Mr Trump take office.

"What am I going to do? Oh, well, probably make sure that my bomb shelter is properly stocked," he said.

And he's ready to keep others safe to.

"ACT will petition the government to take extra US refugees if Trump wins."

Transport Minister, Simon Bridges, was willing to put his money where his mouth is.

"If I had to put money on it I'd put money on Clinton."

But Labour's Sue Moroney clearly isn't focused on anything but next year's election on home soil.

When asked who she thought would win the election she staunchly answered "Labour".

"Oh the other one? Is there another one? I didn't know there was another one," she said.

"I'm seriously not even watching it. I'm one of the few MPs who stays focused on domestic politics."

But politics aside, who would Mr Key rather play golf with?

"Either of them, but I don't think Hillary plays golf."

Newshub.

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