Even though the 2016 election is still a whole year and a half away, we have had some interesting topics to discuss in presidential politics. Donald Trump has been making a name for himself as usual with his mouth.
The real estate mogul and the Apprentice star has had some negative and costly feedback on his recent political rants. “What can be simpler or more accurately stated? The Mexican Government is forcing their most unwanted people into the United States. They are, in many cases, criminals, drug dealers, rapists,” Trump reiterated from his campaign announcement. This has put a political wedge between Trump’s fellow GOP challengers and his Democrat opponents. Trump insists that Latinos love him and he has no problem with the Mexican people, just illegal immigrants.
Trump went on to cite the killing of San Francisco woman Kate Steinle last week, who was allegedly shot by Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, a Mexican immigrant who had previously been deported multiple times. The tragedy, Trump claimed, justifies his remarks. Trump also weighed in on his thoughts about the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare.
“Let me get this straight,” Trump said when asked about Obamacare. “We’re going to be “gifted” with a health care plan we are forced to purchase and fined if we don’t, which purportedly covers ten million more people.”
Interesting take on Obamacare, but he is very correct for those of us who don’t already know that if you do not purchase a healthcare plan or apply for Medicaid, you will be fined on your income tax. Obamacare had enough supporters to pass in Congress, but Mr. Trump stands strongly opposed.
Donald Trump has fierce competition looming on the Democrats side of the election with former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton leading the Democrat polls, as well as an independent congressmen from Vermont named Bernie Sanders who is running against Clinton as a Democrat.
Sanders has had record turnouts for his campaign appearances. One of his appearances came in Madison, WI. 9,600 people were at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, WI to see the incumbent Senator from Vermont. “Tonight, we have more people at any meeting for a candidate of president of the United States than any other candidate,” Sanders said, according to the Associated Press, who put the turnout at 10,000 people.
Sanders is putting up a good fight against his Democratic nominee challenger Hillary Clinton. This is going to be a fun race to keep an eye on as we move forward toward the 2016 presidential election. Some key issues in the election are immigration reform, gay marriage (which was recently ruled an unconstitutional ban nationwide by the Supreme Court this summer) and foreign policy, among other issues.
Also in the mix for the Republican party are Jeb Bush, who drew a crowd of 3,000 people at his campaign kickoff in Miami, FL. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has also announced his candidacy for the GOP nomination. Overall, there are sixteen Republican nominees for President.
This is unprecedented, and it makes for a very interesting and intriguing run for the 2016 Republican nomination for President. Rand Paul, who is the son of former presidential candidate Ron Paul, is making headlines as well, challenging his Republican opponent Donald Trump on his immigration stance.
The famous names from Trump and Clinton to Bush are headlining the coming 2016 election. We don’t know how the rest of the debates will turn out, as a matter of fact we have a long way to go before election season, but one thing is for sure – with Obama being at the end of his allowed two terms, we will have a new president in 2016.
–Ben Bopes, Staff Reporter