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One Opinion: A cursory glance at the 2016 presidential candidates

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Elaine Kolodziej is responsible for this content, which is not edited by the Wilson County News or

July 4, 2015 | 1,687 views | 5 comments

On the Democratic side, it is a short list.

Hillary Clinton, 67: She does have the full support of the media who are quite willing to carry water for her, as they did for her husband. Still the presumed Democratic nominee will have to deal with the Benghazi predicament, missing emails, and other “misstatements,” such as “What difference -- at this point --- does it make?” In addition to her own baggage and that of her husband, she lacks his charm, so that may be problematic.

Bernie Sanders, 73: To Hillary’s dismay, she does have a sorta serious candidate opposing her in the form of Bernie Sanders. (My-turn-Hillary is thinking: “This can’t be happening to me again!!!) Sanders is even older than she, but looks pretty good for his age. He is pushing her even farther left because he is going liberal, and drawing large crowds. He’s adding some excitement to the Democratic Primary.

On the Republican side, is the long list, so we’ll go alphabetically.

Jeb Bush, 62: Little needs to be said about this son of George H.W. Bush and brother of George W. Bush. Whether or not it’s accurate, he’s widely perceived as a RHINO by conservatives; he also has a huge campaign war chest.

Ben Carson, 63: A retired neurosurgeon from Johns Hopkins Hospital. His calm demeanor and pleasant personality and charm defy his fearlessness to speak the truth in lieu of spouting the usual political correctness.

Chris Christie, 52: New Jersey’s outspoken governor certainly adds spark to the campaign. While many admire his spunk, others cannot forgive him for kissing up to President Obama before the last election.

Ted Cruz, 44: He jumped out ahead with his bold announcement made before a crowd at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. Cruz is comfortable in his own skin as he speaks passionately about the future of America and his firm belief in the Constitution.

Carly Fiorina, 60: Hers is a name that few recognize even after she has announced. The media are ignoring her, perhaps because she may be the best challenge ever to a Hillary Clinton candidacy. The former CEO of Hewlett-Packard speaks eloquently and without hesitation, unlike the very scripted Ms. Clinton. They could go woman-to-woman in a debate!

Lindsey Graham, 59: Senator from South Carolina

Mike Huckabee, 59: An experienced former governor of Arkansas and TV talk-show host, he ran for president in 2008. Many feel that his time has passed for the highest seat in the land.

Bobby Jindal, 44: As Governor if Louisiana, Jindal has made some positive, though politically incorrect, changes to his state. He is another who speaks from the heart and without hesitation in espousing his conservative values.

George Pataki, 70: Former governor of New York.

Rand Paul, 52: This senator from Kentucky has the legacy of his father, Sen. Ron Paul to guide him in his convictions. He is another who is unafraid to speak the truth.

Rick Perry, 65: The former governor of Texas brings a boldness to the campaign. He has the experience to deal with the problem of immigration and can point to a strong Texas economy.

Marco Rubio, 44: The senator from Florida brings his youthfulness as well as a strong sense of what this country and the Constitution stands for.

Rick Santorum, 57: The former U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania is probably a good man but may not generate too much excitement amidst this slate of colorful conservatives.

Donald Trump, 68: Aside from his bad hair and sharp tongue, Trump adds some color -- and boldness -- to this race. Rather than weighing in on the side of popular opinion political correctness, he speaks with conviction about problems on the Border. As expected, the media are quick to pounce on him and declare him a racist. He responds that ISIS is the racist that they should be worried about.

There is a lot of healthy red blood in this slate of conservative candidates. Perhaps it’s even enough to generate enough interest to get voters enthused. They will either find a candidate they can support or one that they will work to defeat. Perhaps this primary will provide the wake-up call that America sorely needs.
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Elaine K.  
July 7, 2015 12:45pm
This was not intended to be a critical analysis of the candidates and certainly not an endorsement of anyone. It's much too soon to tell. Sorry, New Guy, if you don't appreciate my tongue-in-cheek humor!

New Guy  
Wilson County  
July 7, 2015 12:38pm
Deci: Really, did you read the article? Should I add more judgmental comments? Trump adds some color He is another who is unafraid to speak the truth is probably a good man

Deci Murphy  
Floresville, TX  
July 7, 2015 11:38am
You are to be applauded for not being judgmental in the candidates' brief bios! I don't think I could have been so "fair and balanced". Good going, Elaine.

Elaine K.  
July 6, 2015 10:52am
Jim Webb, a Republican-turned-Democrat, and a former senator, has entered the race against Hillary, announcing on July 2. With his military background, he could present a serious challenge. He would be going after the more "conservative"... More ›

Senior Citizen  
Wilson County  
July 4, 2015 4:44pm
Let the fun begin!

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