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News Breaking Down the 2016 POTUS Race Contenders & Issues

  1. Sep 11, 2015 #1
    Who are the top contenders for 2016 POTUS and what are the major issues (and each contenders' stance on them)?

    Discuss, discuss, discuss...

    All I know is that Hillary and Trump look like the most popular at the moment.
     
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  3. Sep 11, 2015 #2

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    "Major issues?" The contenders themselves and their specific lacks of character, appeal, and qualifications appear to be emerging as the major issues. The stances of each are that all of the others belong in jail.
     
  4. Sep 11, 2015 #3
    Oh? Examples?
     
  5. Sep 12, 2015 #4

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    94 Presidential Candidates, with about another 7 or so potential candidates

    http://2016.republican-candidates.org/
    36 declared, 1 potental - republican
    • Skip Andrews - DECLARED
    • George Bailey - DECLARED
    • Michael Bickelmeyer - DECLARED
    • Kerry Bowers - DECLARED
    • Jeb Bush - DECLARED
    • Dr. Ben Carson - DECLARED
    • Eric Cavanagh - DECLARED
    • Dale Christensen - DECLARED
    • Chris Christie - DECLARED
    • Ted Cruz - DECLARED
    • Brooks Cullison - DECLARED
    • John Dummett, Jr. - DECLARED
    • Bob Ehrlich - potential
    • Mark Everson - DECLARED
    • Jack Fellure - DECLARED
    • Carly Fiorina - DECLARED
    • Jim Gilmore - DECLARED
    • Lindsey Graham - DECLARED
    • Jim Hayden - DECLARED
    • Chris Hill - DECLARED
    • Mike Huckabee - DECLARED
    • Bobby Jindal - DECLARED
    • John Kasich - DECLARED
    • Bartholomew James Lower - DECLARED
    • Andy Martin - DECLARED
    • James C. Mitchell, Jr. - DECLARED
    • K. Ross Newland - DECLARED
    • Esteban Oliverez - DECLARED
    • George Pataki - DECLARED
    • Rand Paul - DECLARED
    • Michael Petyo - DECLARED
    • Marco Rubio - DECLARED
    • Brian Russell - DECLARED
    • Rick Santorum - DECLARED
    • Jefferson Sherman - DECLARED
    • Donald Trump - DECLARED
    • Scott Walker - DECLARED

    Rick Perry, former governor of Texas suspended his campaign.

    http://2016.democratic-candidates.org/
    19 declared, 2 potential democrat candidates
    • Howell Astor - DECLARED
    • Joe Biden - potential, but places in the polls.
    • Morrison Bonpasse - DECLARED
    • Jeff Boss - DECLARED
    • Harry Braun - DECLARED
    • Andy Caffrey - DECLARED
    • Willie Carter - DECLARED
    • Lincoln Chafee - DECLARED
    • Hillary Clinton - DECLARED
    • Cody Robert Judy - DECLARED
    • Lloyd Kelso - DECLARED
    • Larry Lessig - DECLARED
    • Martin O'Malley - DECLARED
    • Bernie Sanders - DECLARED
    • Doug Shreffler - DECLARED
    • Michael Steinberg - DECLARED
    • Elizabeth Warren - potential
    • Jim Webb - DECLARED
    • Robby Wells - DECLARED
    • Willie Wilson - DECLARED
    • Brad Winslow - DECLARED

    http://2016.presidential-candidates.org/?other=other
    39 declared, 4 potential third-party, green or otherwise independent candidates
    • Ed Baker - DECLARED
    • Chuck Baldwin - potential
    • David Boarman - DECLARED
    • Brian Briggs - DECLARED
    • Dean Capone - DECLARED
    • Paul Chehade - DECLARED
    • Scott Copeland - DECLARED
    • James "JD" Criveau - DECLARED
    • Ken Cross - DECLARED
    • Robert Dionisio - DECLARED
    • Art Drew - DECLARED
    • Mark Dutter - DECLARED
    • Marc Feldman - DECLARED
    • Martin Hahn - DECLARED
    • David Holcomb - DECLARED
    • Cecil Ince - DECLARED
    • Zoltan Istvan - DECLARED
    • Gary Johnson - potential
    • Lynn Sandra Kahn - DECLARED
    • Chris Keniston - DECLARED
    • Steve Kerbel - DECLARED
    • Chad Koppie - DECLARED
    • Bishop Julian Lewis, Jr. - DECLARED
    • John McAfee - DECLARED
    • Cynthia McKinney - potential
    • Perry Morcom - DECLARED
    • J.R. Myers - DECLARED
    • Mark Pendleton - DECLARED
    • Jeremiah Pent - DECLARED
    • Darryl Perry - DECLARED
    • Derrick Michael Reid - DECLARED
    • Ryan Shepard - DECLARED
    • Scott Smith - DECLARED
    • David Jon Sponheim - DECLARED
    • Tami Stainfield - DECLARED
    • Robert Steele - DECLARED
    • Jill Stein - DECLARED
    • Shawna Sterling - DECLARED
    • Samm Tittle - DECLARED
    • Joy Waymire - DECLARED
    • Benjamin Weigel - DECLARED
    • R. Lee Wrights - potential
    • Daniel Zutler - DECLARED
     
  6. Sep 12, 2015 #5
    Great. Let's start the analysis. o0)
     
  7. Sep 12, 2015 #6

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    Astro, every year hundreds of people run for president. Please let's wait until we get down to a reasonable number of SERIOUS candidates. we cannot follow every person that wants to run on some platform.
     
  8. Sep 12, 2015 #7

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    I just provided the list for completeness. One can look at any candidate of interest. Apparently all those folks are serious, but perhaps the top 6 GOP and top 6 Dems should be considered as having some probability. I was surprised by the numbers. I knew the GOP field was crowded (but I thought it was about 18 or so, rather than 36), but I wasn't aware of the number of democrats (I knew of 6) or third party candidates (I figure there would be a bunch, and some I've heard about before).
     
  9. Sep 12, 2015 #8

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    By serious, I meant those the American public take seriously. We really need to wait until the chaff is sorted out before we start making threads.
     
  10. Sep 12, 2015 #9

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    Hey, are you disparaging The Donald's hair again? He HATES having it called chaff. :smile:
     
  11. Sep 14, 2015 #10

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    How Bernie Sanders and Ben Carson explain the crazy 2016 election.
    https://www.yahoo.com/politics/forget-trump-how-bernie-sanders-and-ben-carson-129070072541.html [Broken]

    This is not a normal election cycle. :oldlaugh:
     
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  12. Sep 17, 2015 #11

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    Here are some major issues which I and maybe other voting US citizens are grappling with, and I think the candidates are also:

    - Nationalism/patriotism vs internationalism/open-borders. Which is more likely to lead to peace and prosperity for US citizens? Is there something more important than peace and prosperity?

    - Stability of the present sovereign nation-state/voting citizen system vs more global systems of governance based on interest groups/lobbies such as wealth, class, religion. Is the future to be continuous regime changes, failed states, wars and revolutions until the nation-state system is superseded?
     
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  14. Sep 20, 2015 #13

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    Some up, some down
    http://www.cnn.com/2015/09/20/politics/carly-fiorina-donald-trump-republican-2016-poll/index.html

    https://www.yahoo.com/politics/trump-falls-fiorina-jumps-in-gop-race-cnnorc-129495944546.html
     
  15. Sep 21, 2015 #14

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    Scott Walker ends presidential campaign, calls on other Republicans to do the same
    https://www.yahoo.com/politics/wisconsin-gov-scott-walker-dropped-out-of-the-129589793111.html

    Interesting speech by Walker.
     
  16. Sep 22, 2015 #15

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  17. Sep 23, 2015 #16
    I like Rubio's strength on certain issues, but I worry that he's too dogmatic - not open to seeking the truth - and possibly a bit stubborn on issues. Just general impressions I get. I could be wrong.

    Much is often made of candidates flip-flopping, but if it's a result of enlightened understanding, then that ought to be a good thing. I like candidates who are strong/passionate, yet not so dogmatically tied to a particular ideology or political orientation that they cannot make the best decision if it's different from their preconceived notions of things.

    I sometimes get the sense that Rubio is too stubbornly rigid in his thinking. Obama, on the other hand, seems open to finding the best and correct solution to things. I disagree with him on many issues, but I, nevertheless, feel it's a thinker constantly looking for truth and the best solutions.
     
  18. Sep 25, 2015 #17

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    Speaking of circuses.

    Trump courts Christian right - he showed up with a Bible in his hand and a black and white photo of his confirmation.
    http://news.yahoo.com/playboy-no-more-trump-courts-christian-074522507--election.html [Broken]

    Meanwhile, Bobby Jindal criticizes Trumps religiosity.
    http://www.nytimes.com/politics/fir...-jindal-questions-donald-trumps-christianity/


    http://www.cnn.com/2015/09/18/polit...-barack-obama-2016-candidates-chris-christie/

    And down the street -

    Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee are making Religious Liberty a campaign issue.
    https://www.yahoo.com/politics/religious-liberty-ted-cruz-s-conservative-129941620471.html
     
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  19. Oct 17, 2015 #18

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    http://news.yahoo.com/six-cash-strapped-republican-white-house-hopefuls-face-225408376.html

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Six longshot Republican presidential candidates: Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, former New York Governor George Pataki, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, are edging toward financial crisis, raising the specter that some may be forced to drop out of the sprawling field of contenders. They have apparently failed to gain traction and popular support.
     
  20. Oct 24, 2015 #19

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  21. Oct 25, 2015 #20

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    Trump: We’d be better off if Hussein and Gadhafi were still in power - and claims is all blew up around Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. :rolleyes:
    https://www.yahoo.com/politics/trump-wed-be-better-off-if-hussein-and-gaddafi-194807268.html
     
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