An Overview of the Democratic Presidential Candidates
By Andre Madrid
Coming off the Democratic debates this past Saturday, it seems like the appropriate time to talk about the Democratic candidates vying for a shot at the White House. There is a lot of hype surrounding the Democrats as they prepare to enter the upcoming elections. A weakening foreign policy, rising racial tensions, and the departure of three potential candidates (Lincoln Chafee, Larry Lessig, and Jim Webb) have substantially crippled the credibility of the Democratic Party. Many Americans hope to see a fresh start from the Democrats, whose leader has remained subpar in his two terms as president. However, the ball is still in their end of the court, and the 2016 elections are shaping up to be a cutthroat battle between the Republicans and Democrats. The following candidates are the primary contenders for the upcoming Democratic primaries.
Although not necessarily the most popular of the three remaining candidates, Martin O’Malley still stands as a force to be reckoned with. O’Malley previously served as governor of Maryland and has been credited with creating economic growth and recovery while in office. However, the recent turmoil in Maryland have led some to question the former governor’s policies.
Bernie Sanders, although still second in the polls, stands strong as a potential alternative to win the Democratic primary. In fact, Western Illinois University, which boasts the “largest and most elaborate mock presidential simulation in the nation,” predicted Bernie Sanders, along with running mate Martin O’Malley, would defeat the Republicans by a great margin.
Yes, of course, the map seems a bit exaggerated, but it serves as a reminder that such a result is not that far out of the realm of possibilities. Even though many deem Sanders “unelectable” and Hillary Clinton holds a good lead ahead of him, the self-proclaimed socialist should not be forgotten.
Last but not least, Hillary Clinton. As the current front runner in the Democratic polls, Hillary hopes to achieve her goal of becoming the first woman president to serve in Washington. However, is this her sole goal? Many fear that Clinton is unqualified and has little to bring to the table other than being female. In addition, the former Secretary of State has a frightening track record. Her involvement in several incidents such as the death of four U.S. diplomats in Benghazi and her most recent email scandal continues to raise legal questions, which have taken a toll on her campaign. However, her irrefutable popularity amongst Americans is enough to keep her at the top of the Democratic polls and will most likely propel her to win the primary.
The shortage of candidates and the lack of diversity won’t be enough to cost the Democrats the election. The party remains a political powerhouse that currently holds the White House and has a clear chance at keeping it for the next 5 years.