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Election Update

Kate Weinberg (‘18)

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The United States presidential election is scheduled to take place Tuesday, November 8, 2016. This election will determine the 45th President and 48th Vice President of our country.
Donald Trump, businessman and reality television personality, has become the Republican nominee after defeating U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, Governor of Ohio John Kasich, and U.S. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, among many others. He officially became the nominee July 19, 2016. At that convention, Trump selected Mike Pence, the Governor of Indiana, to be his running mate. Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of State under President Obama and U.S. Senator from New York, and First Lady of the Clinton presidency, became the Democratic nominee July 26, 2016, after defeating U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, and Martin O’Malley, the former Governor of Maryland. Clinton selected Tim Kaine, former Governor of Virginia, who is currently serving as the junior U.S. Senator from Virginia, as her running mate.
At a time in America when the country is divided over many foreign and domestic policy issues, the candidates have only added to this divisiveness through their contentious rhetoric. Both Mr. Trump and Mrs. Clinton have many opposing views on how to address the needs of this nation as it experiences internal turmoil and external conflagrations. Issues such as social justice, immigration, taxes, and healthcare are among some of the many matters that the candidates debate. Additionally, they disagree on how to deal with ISIS, Iran, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and global terrorism and trade imbalances.
One of the main concerns in any presidential election, is whether the candidate has the character to carry out the dignified duty of being the leader of this great nation. Both candidates bring a great deal of life experience to the table. Just as their viewpoints on solving America’s difficulties are diverse, so, too, is their respective experience. Mr. Trump’s life experience is as a businessman, entrepreneur, and reality television host. His wealth has given him the opportunity to see matters from the perspective of a businessman. Mrs. Clinton’s experience has been primarily as an elected and then appointed public servant.
All presidential elections determine the future direction of this country, and often have an impact for generations to come. This year, on November, the citizens of the United States of America will have the responsibility of choosing the path that they and their children will be taking.

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