Here at The Western Word (TWW), I’ll be keeping watch on the 2016 candidates for state, local, and national office. Make sure you stop by TWW, as well as my associated Twitter and Facebook accounts, for frequent independent updates.
Today I take a brief look at the four major candidates who have announced their intention to run for President of the United States: Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Hillary Clinton, and Marco Rubio. I’ll give my introductory thoughts about all four and at the end there will be a poll for you to pick who you like best (so far).
It looks as though U.S. Senator Ted Cruz has cornered the far-right vote. I’ve never been that excited about him, and he seems to have angered the rank and file Republicans with some of his actions in the senate. I was surprised, but Cruz raised a ton of money after his announcement. He was born in Canada, so the Obama birthers will be all over the natural-born citizen issue, right?
You can visit the Cruz website HERE.
I would have to say that U.S. Senator Rand Paul had a tough week with the media. For some reason I like him more than Cruz. When Paul was running for senate in Kentucky, even Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell wanted some other candidate to win. Paul has a lot of followers, so watch out. He needs to better answer questions without talking down to people.
You can visit the Paul website HERE.
I think many people are sitting back and waiting to see how Hillary Part II comes across to the voters. So far Clinton has more experience than the other announced candidates. Republicans will not let voters forget about Benghazi, the email controversy, and they will try to bring up her age. I just don’t see anyone on the Republican side who can beat her at this time, but we are about 82 weeks away from Election Day 2016.
You can visit the Clinton website HERE.
Rubio announced yesterday. I did not watch his speech but several people said it was very good. The only image I think of when someone says “Marco Rubio” is when he guzzled water from a bottle when giving the Republican response to President Obama’s State of the Union speech. I have that scene engrained in my memory. Also, when someone says “Marco” I want to shout “Polo.” I think he is years away from being a strong contender on the national level, and he should stay a senator and learn. I imagine there were several people who said the same thing about Barack Obama.
You can visit the Rubio website HERE.
So there you have my brief comments about each announced candidate. Please feel free to leave your thoughts in the comment section. You can find more information about local, state, and national politics on my Facebook page HERE (Please “Like” it) and by subscribing to this blog.
By the way, National Journal did a story (mostly photos) about the possible Presidential candidates’ spouses. You can read/view it HERE.
Now for the poll:
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