Let the race begin – 2016 Presidential Election Overview

JD Hock, Reporter

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standard candidatesWith still over a year to go, all eyes seem to be on the 2016 Presidential Election.  As President Barack Obama-a Democrat-prepares to leave office, the Republican party is eyeing a return to the White House.  The attention seems to focus on Donald Trump and his controversial remarks as well as Jeb Bush and the Bush name.  One can infer that the American people are fed up with politicians and their ways, and are actively searching for an outside face to change up Washington.  Donald Trump, Ben Carson, and Carly Fiorina have never held a political office, yet both Trump and Carson are currently leading the polls.  Many people think that whomever they are going to elect is going to immediately fix everything, but that cannot happen.

Donald Trump:

  • Leading in the polls for the majority of race, though recently he began to slip
  • Very outspoken and his comments have landed him in the hotseat on numerous occasions
  • Immigration is the focus point of his campaign…He supports building a border wall and deporting all illegal immigrants
  • Does not like Free-Trade Agreements
  • Thinks both the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan should not have happened
  • Supports arming teachers
  • No political experience but claims to be an expert in the field
  • Claims to not have advisors for at least foreign policy and says that he watches Meet the Press and other shows similar to gain knowledge and awareness of foreign affairs

Ben Carson:

  • Weak speaker
  • Controversial remarks about the possibility of a Muslim President
  • No political experience, was a neurosurgeon
  • Came to the spotlight after a speech at the National Prayer Breakfast in 2013
  • Currently 1st in the polls

Carly Fiorina:

  • A republican woman candidate with no political experience
  • Failed Senate bid in her home state of California
  • A terrible CEO of HP who laid off tens of thousands of workers
  • Currently third in the polls after a strong second debate
  • Despite her lack of political knowledge and experience, she has an incredible team of advisors feeding her really strong/good advice

Marco Rubio:

  • A relatively new and young Congressmen from Florida
  • Very knowledgeable in the field of foreign policy
  • Many say he is too young and inexperienced to be President
  • His voting record or lack thereof in Congress is a major problem for his candidacy
  • Remained toward the upper tier of candidates throughout the race and is currently ranked 4th

Jeb Bush:

  • A leading candidate initially but has recently fallen in the polls to place him in 5th place
  • A major problem he faces is his last name Bush
  • Most well-funded campaign
  • Supports common core
  • Supports cutting taxes for all Americans and released a tax plan that is very similar to Donald Trump’s plan

Ted Cruz:

  • Currently in 6th place where he has hovered for most of the race
  • The principle man behind the previous Government Shutdown
  • A staunch Obama opponent, who is known for his outspoken frustration with ObamaCare and Iran
  • Worked with Trump to protest Iran possibly in an attempt to win Trump voters if Trump were to drop out
  • Originally from Texas, a supporter of the “flat-tax” idea, opposes the common core, and is a strong believer in conservative social views such as abortion and gay marriage

Chris Christie:

  • Plagued by Bridgegate is reputation was never able to fully recover
  • Initially a well liked and strong positioned candidate before the race officially started, Christie has failed to grasp that support he endured early on
  • A more moderate republican
  • Many are concerned with his weight and his appearance if he were to be President
  • Supports the NSA snooping program and is very experienced in terrorism laws post 9/11

Hillary Clinton:

  • A scandal plagued run for President do to Benghazi and then the resulting email scandal that is on-going
  • Less liberal than Bernie Sanders
  • Wants in ten years to produce enough clean energy to power every house in America
  • Supports gay marriage and is pro-choice
  • Initially support the Keystone XL pipeline but now refuses to comment
  • Supports the Iran deal and regrets her vote to go to war in Iraq but still voted for it
  • Controversy over the role of the Clinton Foundation and the foreign donations it has received
  • Does not support the legalization of Marijuana
  • Supports universal Pre-K and Planned Parenthood
  • Wants to really fight income inequality

Bernie Sanders:

  • A very liberal candidate who many believe to be closer to a socialist than a democrat
  • Came up with the idea of $1 Trillion infrastructure spending plan
  • Initially very far behind Clinton, he is now either polling above, equal, or just below her in all the polls
  • Wants to raise the minimum wage to $15 and wants to raise taxes on the wealthiest 2%, while cutting taxes for the lower and middle class
  • Supports unions and promotes union membership
  • Considers Global Warming a major problem
  • Does not think we should have gone to war in Iraq and does not think we should be leading the fight against ISIS
  • A big time supporter of universal healthcare and strongly opposed to the NSA snooping programs
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