2016 Presidential Candidates

It’s early, but you can faintly smell it in the air: voting season is creeping upon us. Members of both parties have announced their candidacy, with many others dropping bread crumbs. There are also those (Yes, you Mitt) that have announced that they will not be joining the presidential race. Let’s take a look at what we already know, and what we can expect.

Hilary Clinton is the lone Democrat to launch her presidential bid, which she did on April 12th via video message. Clinton, former United States Secretary of State, is predicted to be a strong front-runner among Democrats. 

Bernie Sanders, an Independent, is also running for President. I know what you’re thinking, “What’s the significance, it’s not like an Independent will win office.” Which is a fair point. Sanders is such an interesting candidate because he has announced that he will be running for the Presidency as a… Democrat? Given America’s Two-Party system, it’s a smart move by Sanders if he wants a serious shot at defeating Hilary Clinton. Sanders is a very interesting candidate for the Presidency and, given that he has called himself a socialist, certainly an underdog. If you want to know more about him, you can find his biography at http://www.sanders.senate.gov/about.

Other Democrats who have announced an interest are Lincoln Chafee, former Rhode Island Governor; Jim Webb, former United States Senator; and Martin O’Malley, former Maryland Governor. 

Three Republicans have launched their presidential bids while nearly a dozen more have announced an interest in running. Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and Marco Rubio—all United States Senators— are the three Republicans running for the Presidency. In my opinion, none of these candidates will win the GOP. For that we must look at all of the politicians that have simply “announced an interest” in running, though it’s only a matter of time before they launch their campaign. 

Scott Walker, Chris Christie, Rick Santorum, Rick Perry, and Jeb Bush are Republicans with a strong chance at defeating their opposition. However, many Republicans (Walker, Santorum are two) have stated that their priority is to first help the GOP capture the Senate in next November’s midterms. Also, notice I mentioned Jeb Bush. Bush. Possibly running against Hilary…Clinton. A ‘Bush vs. Clinton’ election is the exact sort of Oligarchic behavior in American elections that Sanders is running his campaign against.  

There is another handful of Republicans that have announced their candidacy, and to stay consistently updated you can follow CNN’s page on the 2016 elections. Voting season is rounding the corner, and the negative campaign ads will be here sooner than you think.

-Michael

 

 

Scott MeyerComment