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Who Will You Vote for in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election?  

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  1. 1. Who Will You Vote for in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election?

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I'm a little slow on getting this started this upcoming election cycle!

 

Well, we're in the Spring of 2013 and candidates are soon to begin announcing their candidacies. What are your thoughts on the 2016 presidential election? Will electoral cycles continue this season with the incumbent party being tossed out? Or will the Democrats win a coveted third term?

POSSIBLE CANDIDATES*

 

DEMOCRATS

 

HILLARY CLINTON

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Experience: Former Secretary of State, Former U.S. Senator, Former First Lady

http://www.hillaryclinton.com

 

MARTIN O'MALLEY

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Experience: Former Governor of Maryland

http://www.martinomalley.com

 

ELIZABETH WARREN

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Experience: U.S. Senator

http://www.elizabethwarren.com

 

JIM WEBB

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Experience: Former U.S. Senator

http://www.jameswebb.com

 

REPUBLICANS

 

JEB BUSH

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Experience: Former Governor of Florida

http://www.righttorisepac.org

 

CHRIS CHRISTIE

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Experience: Governor of New Jersey

 

RAND PAUL

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Experience: U.S. Senator

http://WWW.randpaul2016.com

SCOTT WALKER

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Experience: Governor of Wisconsin

http://www.scottwalker.com

 

*This list is not exhaustive. I will add additional candidates as they announce

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In terms of experience, Hillary seems to have the goods....but obviously I've no idea what I'm talking about in relation to this. I've heard of Jeb Bush...he's a cousin or some such to George, isn't he?

 

If Hillary got in, that would have to be the first time that a Former First Lady becomes the president, surely?

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It would also be our first female president, Brendo.

 

For the better part of two years, I thought she was a shoo-in. But these last few weeks have really shown just how vulnerable that she is. I can't believe it, really. I watched her recent press conference and I just forgot how unpleasant of a person she comes off as. Politically, I don't know that she's really that awful. But she just comes off as shady, rude, and impatient as a person.

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To hell with the Bushes and Clintons. New boss is same as the old boss.

 

Can't we just elect Neil deGrasse Tyson?

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To clarify, the parties need to do their leadership election first, to determine who will be the party presidential candidate? Or whomever wants to run, runs?

 

What differentiates the candidates within each party from each other?

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To clarify, the parties need to do their leadership election first, to determine who will be the party presidential candidate? Or whomever wants to run, runs?

 

What differentiates the candidates within each party from each other?

 

Yes, right now, we're heading into the "primary" stage to determine the person each party will nominate to run.

 

As for what differentiates them...in the long run, not much. It's a pissing contest really. Hillary Clinton is all but assured to win the Democratic nomination, but as for Republicans, it'll be "who's conservative enough".

 

Other factors will also include being mainstream enough for the general election, including electability.

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I think the campaign logo is one of the worst things that Obama introduced to American Politics. Ever since 2008, every politician running for president has had a logo:

 

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Obama

 

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Romeny

 

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Jeb Bush

 

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Rand Paul

 

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That being said, Hillary Clinton's campaign logo is pretty sad:

 

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Marco Rubios looks like a Black Rock Coffee sign:

 

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Also, all these PACs annoy me. It's just a way to circumvent the FEC so you can have corporations dump unlimited money into a campaign. Should be illegal.

 

 

I'm not sure who I am voting for yet. Definitely not Rand Paul, Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz, Rick Santorum, Scott Walker or Marco Rubio, as I highly disagree with just about everything they spout from their lips.

 

Hillary Clinton is a terse woman, but I feel she has more experience with Domestic and International matters than any other candidate, plus she is a Blue Dog Democrat meaning se is conservative enough to appeal to centrists and some conservatives who feel their party is a bit too extremist.

 

Bernie Sanders threw his hat in the ring too. He has the experience for sure, is extremely liberal (like me in many instances), even a socialist in many regards. All of these are things young voters could get behind, except that he is 73 years old. The guy has a ton of respect in his party so who knows.

 

I wish Julian Castro would run. He might not be the most experienced person on the list, but sometimes that is a good thing. He hasn't been around enough to truly be a target for lobbyists and corruption given his last job ws Mayor of San Antonio, Texas before taking up a job as US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development after he truly transformed San Antonio into the beutiful city it is today. When I was in San Antonio last year just before his appointment I could see hisinfluence all throughout the city. I never saw any graffiti anywhere given their "It's your city, keep it beautiful" campaign and there are a ton of new business, tech especially, looking to kickstart in San Antonio since the crime rates plummeted and employment went up as well. If you paired this guy with Bernie Sanders or even Hillary as a running mate (with him as Vice or as the Presidential candidate) it would be a huge deal.

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Basically, I'm concerned about every candidate. I guess we've probably made it through worse, so we'll just have to get through eight years. I guess nothing is worse than the atheist, Muslim, socialist, communist, lizard man shape-shifter we have now!

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Basically, I'm concerned about every candidate. I guess we've probably made it through worse, so we'll just have to get through eight years. I guess nothing is worse than the atheist, Muslim, socialist, communist, lizard man shape-shifter we have now!

 

I can handle being a Reptilian, but an ARAB SOCIALIST?

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My candidate is John Kasich, governor of my great state.

 

At the very least, I'm really hoping he'll get the VP slot.

 

Other than Kasich, I'm not sure who to root for.

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Ugh. What a depressing election.

 

As many know, I have actively supported the Republican Party for as long as I have been old enough to be politically active. When I was in college, I was part of the College Republican's administration and campaigned my heart out for McCain in 2008.

 

I am not voting for Donald Trump. It's not even close. Not even close. His candidacy scares me. I know there's a rule against drawing Hitler comparisons, but my God, how can one not after everything that's occurred since he announced his candidacy?

 

I'm on the precipice of voting for Clinton. She's far from perfect. But again, my God. I'm a Never Trump Republican. My vote will likely be decided Tuesday morning after reviewing the polls in my state. If the race is close, I will vote for Clinton. If it's a runaway in either direction, I'm voting for Gary Johnson, the Libertarian.

 

I'm also looking to purge the party of Trump enablers. Every Republican candidate on my ballot who has defended Trump is losing my vote to an independent or Democratic opponent. I've been so saddened to see how unprincipled Republicans truly are. The big hitters who rightly attacked Trump during primaries (read: Rubio, Cruz) who now support him in an effort to cling to power deserve to lose their elections.

 

My God.

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It's pretty sad to say the least for both parties. The Democrats showed how corrupt their internal system is and how Party favors go a long way in deciding who is eligible to be a candidate for President for their party. With Clinton on the ticket it shows how well their machine is run now with President Obama's idealist tenure coming to an end as head of the Party.

 

Then there is the GOP. The poor old GOP. I used to give Romney crap for flipping his ideas within 4 years and expecting us to believe in someone who just is changing his words to appeal to a more radicalized base from 2008. The jump to 2016 in the radicalization started by the Tea Party is more than apparent than ever and it scares me how regressive conservatives have allowed themselves to become. It has created rabid zealots out of normal everyday Americans. A Republican running on a fascist and ego driven platform is destroying everything we stand for by enabling the worst of american culture.

 

Win or Lose, the Republican Party is dead. You have too many people with a brain who won't participate in this madness, and too many people radicalized and ready to shoot democrats should Trump lose, to be able to keep both sides as one party.

 

I don't want to vote Hillary, as I don't trust her. But, she is the only candidate left who could actually be a President and run the damn country.

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Yeah I'm moving out of Oregon pronto. I can't make a difference here, and I want to change the outcome of these things.

 

How this happened is beyond me. Deeply ashamed of my country to comply with fascism like this.

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