More Presidential Candidates Set Their Sights on 2016

Last week, only one day apart, two very different people announced they will be vying for the same job: Commander in Chief. One of these two is Hillary Rodham Clinton who will try for the second time to be the first Madam President. The other is Senator Marco Rubio, a young Republican of Florida, who according to The New York Times, “present[s] himself as the embodiment of generational change who can unite the Republican Party’s factions and offer economic solutions for the 21st century.”

One week prior, Senator Rand Paul also announced he we will be competing for the hot seat in the White House yet again. Paul wrote on his website,, that he will be running for president to “return our country to the principles of liberty and limited government.”

Senator Ted Cruz was early and potentially premature to announce his bid back in December 2014. Cruz is one of three Latinos in the Senate, the others being Marco Rubio and Democrat Bob Menendez of New Jersey. His legal status as a natural-born citizen is speculated about considering he was born in Canada. His mother was a United States citizen so Cruz was in fact a U.S. citizen at birth.

Recently, there has been a lot of buzz surrounding the amount of diversity presented in Clinton’s presidential bid announcement video. One does not see Clinton until 90 seconds into the video after several personal stories of others embarking on something new are told.

“The video prominently features a black couple expecting a child, a young Asian-American woman, and two men who say they are getting married. It also shows plenty of the white, working-class people who were crucial to her previous White House bid and signals that she intends to make helping the middle class and reducing income inequality major themes of her campaign,” according to The New York Times.

“We are not surprised that Hillary is in because we all knew that she was going to be running. She is the leading democratic contender. She is doing it differently than she did in the last go around in 2007,” Winsome Downie, Ph.D. and assistant professor of government, said.

I am actually looking forward to the 2016 elections,” junior government major Genesis Peralta said. “It’ll be my second time voting, so I’ll be more prepared, and have a better judgment of the candidates for this upcoming election. As a woman and registered Democrat, the announcement of Hillary Clinton running was of much excitement to me. I trust that she’ll make a great candidate and even a great president, furthermore, I think it is time for a woman to govern our country.”

Although he has not officially announced his bid, “I think he’s, [Jeb Bush], is the most formidable of all of them, but his problem is his last name and that lot of people don’t particularly want to see a Bush-Clinton race again. They don’t want to create political dynasties,” Pamela Chasek, Ph.D., professor of government and director of international studies, said.

Jeb Bush was the 43rd Governor of Florida from 1999 to 2007 and is known for his want to reform immigration policies.

With the primaries more than a year into the future, only time will tell which candidates stay strong and which fizzle in the public’s opinion.