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Inside The Presidential Race with Russ Sullivan

On any given day, if you were to turn on a mainstream media news channel, I can guarantee you that the upcoming election in 2016 will be a major topic of discussion.  I am a news junkie.  Every time I log on to Newsmax or the Drudge Report, a new story is in the works regarding the candidates running for the President of the United States.  Now, in my opinion, this election will be one of the most important in terms of the future of the United States, as well as the most interesting to keep track of.

On the Republican side, we have a diverse pack.  There are some governors, senators, a real-estate mogul, a former CEO, and even a former neurosurgeon who practiced right down the road at Johns Hopkins Hospital.  For those of you that watch the news, or are old-fashioned like me and listen to talk radio on the way home from school or work, the two candidates the media likes to cover most are Dr. Ben Carson and Donald J. Trump.

Republican presidential candidate, and business mogul, Donald Trump. Photo credit via Flickr.

Both Carson and Trump are leading in every poll out there.  Why?  People like their messages.  Neither of them is a politician by trade.  I have talked with many people of voting age, and as a whole they are sick and fed up with politicians.  The most common answer I hear is, “Nothing is getting done. It’s just a constant fight between Democrats and Republicans.”

Carson and Trump have taken some heat from the media.  Just this past weekend, on November 7th, the media was questioning Carson’s story about being offered a scholarship to West Point.  “It was a political hit job,” said Carson.  He even went the extra mile and said, “There is a desperation on behalf of some to try to find a way to tarnish me, because they have been looking through everything. They have been talking to everybody I’ve ever known, everyone I’ve ever seen. There’s got to be a scandal, there’s got to be a nurse he’s had an affair with. There’s got to be something. They are getting desperate. So next week it will be my kindergarten teacher who said I peed in my pants.”

Presidential Candidate Ben Carson at a recent campaign stop. Photo credit via Marc Nozell, Flickr.

I recently watched Trump give a speech in Virginia where he presented his plan to reform health care for veterans.  As soon as the speech started, he said, “You know what, the hell with the media.”  He then turned his podium away from the cameras.
At the recent CNBC debate, Senator Ted Cruz took yet another jab at the mainstream media.  He said, “You look at the questions; Donald Trump, are you a comic book villain? Ben Carson, can you do math? John Kasich, can you insult those two people over here? Marco Rubio, will you resign? Jeb Bush, why have your numbers fallen? How about talking about the substantive issues people care about?”

Currently, Democrats only have three choices: former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Senator Bernie Sanders, who is a self-proclaimed socialist, and former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley. Between the e-mail scandal and Benghazi disaster, Hillary Clinton has been substantially weighed down so far in her campaign.  Bernie Sanders is attracting large crowds, especially college students.  Martin O’Malley, well, I hate to break the news.  He is virtually non-existent.  The last time I saw the media cover anything about him was at the CNN Democratic Debate on October 13th.

Senator Bernie Sanders is considered the underdog in the Democratic candidate race, but has found his message resonating among young voters. Photo courtesy of Michael Vadon, Flickr.

If I was to offer my opinion of who will win the nomination on the Republican side, I cannot offer an answer at this time.  Every day, this race is taking a new twist.  If there were two people to pick from, I can conclude that it will be either Trump or Carson.  On the Democratic side, I think that it will be Hillary Clinton.

For those of you that are old enough, go out and vote!  It’s a beautiful right that we, the American people, cherish.  We are blessed that our “government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth.”  Abraham Lincoln couldn’t have summed it up more eloquently.

Russ Sullivan is currently a senior at St. Joe.

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