With the 2016 presidential elections just over a year away, it is time to get to know the candidates. Five candidates have announced their running for the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, and 17 candidates have announced their running for the 2016 Republican presidential nominee. Here’s a sorting of the 2016 hopefuls who have made their mark early.
Hillary Rodham Clinton, former secretary of state, is leading the race for Democratic nominee with 55 percent in the polls. Clinton served as New York State Senator, first lady of the United States and first lady of Arkansas. Clinton proposes a vision for America through building an economy for future generations, strengthening America’s families, defending America and its core values while revitalizing America’s democracy.
U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders is in second with 22 percent of the polls. Sanders served as Vermont’s sole congressman for 16 years and is currently serving his second term as Vermont’s senator. Sanders plans to address issues such as income and wealth inequality, climate change and reforming Wall Street as president.
Martin O’Malley, former Maryland governor, is the dark horse as he appeals to independent voters. O’Malley has 15 goals to rebuild the American dream, which include reaching full employment for American veterans by 2020, generating 100 percent of American electricity with renewable energy by 2050 and cutting in half the unemployment rate among young people within three years.
Donald J. Trump, real estate mogul, is leading the race for Republican nominee with 26 percent in the polls. Trump offers a new approach to government with his business and real estate background. Trump believes the key to “make America better” is through strong border control, tax reform and family values.
Jeb Bush, former Florida governor, sits in second with 15 percent in the polls. Bush is unique in that both his father and brother have served as president. Bush anticipates to take on issues such as gun control, abortion, tax reform and immigration as president.
Ben Carson, retired neurosurgeon, is the dark horse with his different approach to the position. Carson has been awarded many prestigious awards for his innovations in medicine. Carson supports education, protection of innocent life, protection of the second amendment and keeping faith a fundamental part of society.