There is some irony in the fact that the most progressive candidate in the 2016 presidential race is a 73-year-old white Jewish male. Yet Bernie Sanders, the self-described Socialist Democrat from Vermont, can make the race for president very interesting.
This past Sunday Hillary Clinton announced her candidacy for president in 2016—the worst kept secret in politics. Over the last few weeks, Republican candidates have also come forth with their respective declarations of candidacy with undoubtedly more to come. The large difference between the two is that Clinton has a better chance of winning the Democratic nomination without any serious competitor than any non-incumbent in recent memory, while the Republicans have a long primary season ahead.
The UW-Madison is not unfamiliar with student protests. Such protests are meant to bring attention to relevant political and social issues. I am profoundly proud of this characteristic.
The New York Times published an article this past Tuesday stressing the importance of foreign policy in the impending race among Republican presidential contenders. With the national economy improving under President Obama’s term and foreign policy challenges, like the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in the Middle East and U.S.-Russia relations surrounding the Ukraine crisis, hawkish conservatives will undoubtedly look for political strength in foreign issues.
It is no secret that Gov. Scott Walker has his heart set on making a presidential run in 2016, or at the very least he is seriously thinking about it. He is ranking in the top four among potential Republican candidates in almost every poll and was the first to open an office in Iowa to explore such a run. However, this means the closer we inch toward the 2016 election, the less time the governor will have to, well, govern. This should give rise to concerns among not only residents of Wisconsin, but also hopeful supporters of Walker’s presidential run, since he will be fighting a political war on two fronts.