Election 2016

With the 2016 presidential elections just a year away, Democratic and Republican candidates are wasting no time doing all they can to get the vote of Americans.

“I think we may be seeing the beginnings of a resurgence of civic-mindedness in this country,” former Justice of the Supreme Court Sandra Day O’Connor said in an interview with Huffington Post. “Hopefully the younger generations, which came out in record numbers during the last presidential election, will pass their enthusiasm on to their children.”

This summer, many 2016 presidential candidates began to run their campaigns for the primary vote of Americans. From senators to surgeons to reality television stars, there is a wide variety of candidates and characters in the mix.

“I’m doing a lot of things … I believe in the electoral success that whoever runs or whoever is our nominee for president will have to be someone who disrupts the normal demographic voting patterns,” Senator Rand Paul, Republican candidate, said to the Associated Press.

There are currently five declared Democratic candidates and 17 declared Republican candidates. In addition to a former secretary of state and first lady, there are several candidates who have run for their respective primaries in past elections.

“We need someone who can take the brand of the United States and make it great again,” Republican candidate Donald Trump said at a recent speech. “This is going to be an election that is, in my opinion, based on competence.”

Majority of seniors this year will be able to vote in this upcoming election. Many democratic candidates have heavily addressed the economic and educational issues in America. Many young voters are choosing their favorite candidates based on how they want to help young people pay for their higher education.

“I’m looking for someone who has insight on the daily lives of American citizens and who is truly educated on political affairs,” senior Claudia Plaza said. “I am for sure excited to be able to vote in this next election. The votes of young people matter so much because we will be effected by the outcome too, so we should have a say.”

The two most controversial candidates, Hillary Clinton and Trump, seem to get the most attention in the media. Donald Trump has lots of controversy surrounding the outspoken comments he makes during interviews and speeches. Clinton is currently under investigation for her use of a private server while she was serving as secretary of state.

“People can judge me for what I’ve done. And I think when somebody’s out in the public eye, that’s what they do,” former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in a CNN interview. “So I’m fully comfortable with who I am, what I stand for, and what I’ve always stood for.”