As the United States approaches the year 2016, we find ourselves looking at all the possible candidates that can be the future leaders of our country. The most recent, and likely one of the more popular debates that has been seen is the debate of the democrat candidates in 2015. The biggest names among the group were Hillary Clinton, the most popular and well-liked candidate who is most likely to receive a nomination. And there was also Bernie Sanders, an up-and-coming candidate who is a senator from Vermont and has a very clear stance on politics, pointing out corruption and injustices that have been committed over the last 30 or so years.
These two were the biggest names in the debate and for good reason. Clinton is the most-likely to receive the nomination as she is exactly what the Democratic Party is looking for: Someone who is able to represent their views in a suitable manner while also having skills and beliefs that everyone can agree with when it comes to leadership. Her time working in the office with her husband Bill Clinton would certainly give her experience and if she won, she would be the first female president of the United States. Considering that the US has just recently had their first-ever black president, it makes sense to keep the change going by having a female in office for the first time.
Bernie Sanders, on the other hand, is very much a liberal. He has strong views on the government as a whole and on the country. Sanders has been both praised and criticized for his strong Socialist beliefs on having free medical care, free college tuition, and placing larger taxes on the 1% of American corporations that make trillions of dollars every year. He has garnered much attention from the millennial generation and minorities, receiving a great deal of support after announcing that he plans to run for the presidency to change the horrors that he has seen. Sanders has made his position very clear on #Black Lives Matter as he stated in the Democrat debate saying, “We need to combat institutional racism from top to bottom, and we need major, major reforms in a broken criminal justice system in which we have more people in jail than China. And I intend to tackle that issue to make sure that our people have education and jobs, rather than jail cells.”
The debate was full of incredible moments where politicians addressed tough issues such as #Black Lives Matter, and Planned Parenthood and the fire that it has received. All politicians gave it their best, however it was Clinton and Sanders that stole the spotlight and received the most attention. While many young voters are hoping to see Bernie inaugurated into office, many opinion polls hold Hilary as the top candidate. It seems that Bernie is just too far left for politicians to consider appropriate for leadership. There was a rumor going around the internet, starting on the popular website Reddit – where Sanders has garnered plenty of support – that CNN’s official website took down their Facebook opinion poll where their viewers voted on who won the election, with Sanders having a staggering 82% lead over the other candidates, saying that it was taken down so that their viewers would be able to believe their articles saying that Clinton won the debate. This turned out to be nothing more than a rumor as the poll still exists on the official Facebook page with the solid results that have Sanders at the top. However, there are plenty more opinion polls that have Hilary Clinton at the head of the line, so Sanders supporters shouldn’t get their hopes too high unless they include their vote in the primaries.
There were rumors of Vice-President Joe Biden planning to run for office, and many people were surprised that he was absent from the debate. It turns out that Biden was rumored to run for the presidency, but not too long after the debate he held a press conference on October 21st putting the rumors to rest, saying that he was not going to run. For some, this is a disappointment and for others it is a surprise. Nevertheless, much of the Democratic Party is focused on Sanders and Clinton to see who will win the nomination.
As for the Republican Party, there is a very large majority from both sides of the political line that simply hope it’s anyone but Donald Trump.