2016 Presidential Election: Let’s Start From the Very Beginning

by Isabel Braverman

It’s a very good place to start.

The Basics

So, why will there be an election for the next president of the United States in 2016? President Barack Obama is at the end of his eight-year term limit, after being re-elected (thank god) in 2012. This means that both a Republican and Democratic candidate will run for president in 2016, since there is no incumbent. Even though the election in November is far away, presidential hopefuls have already been announcing their run. Let’s see who we have so far:

Republicans

Ted Cruz, Senator of Texas

Lindsey Graham, Senator of South Carolina

Mike Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas

George Patake, former governor of New York

Rand Paul, Senator of Kentucky

Rick Perry, former governor of Texas

Marco Rubio, Senator of Florida

Rick Santorum, former senator of Pennsylvania

To sum it up: Lots of Southerners! Lots of rich white guys!

Democrats

Hilary Rodham Clinton, former Secretary of State

Bernie Sanders, Senator of Vermont

To sum it up: Diversity! Credential!

Not really sure why there are so many Republican campaigns and only two Democrats? Maybe there’s a reason that I’m not aware of, or maybe there will be more coming in. It seems that Clinton may be the forerunner, and in fact, many people are already talking as if she will be the Democratic Presidential candidate. However, that still needs to be decided at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia from July 25-28.

As it stands now, I would be happy to see both Clinton or Sanders as the candidate. I might be more favorable toward Sanders, though. I’m definitely curious to see who else decides to run (come on, Elizabeth Warren!)

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