By Emily Crismore, sophomore
2016 holds opportunities for citizens to vote and voice their opinions on who they feel will best represent America’s domestic and foreign political interests.
With Bernie Sanders, Ted Cruz, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton being top choices for the presidential campaign, it’s difficult to tell who will win. Clinton and Sanders are the Democratic forerunners while Trump and Cruz represent the Republican Party.
Controversy surrounds both political parties and their platforms: for instance, Trump would like to close the borders, push immigrants out, and build a wall that Mexico will have to pay for.
“A nation without borders is not a nation. There must be a wall across the southern border… Mexico must pay for the wall and, until they do, the United States will, among other things: impound all remittance payments derived from illegal wages; increase fees on all temporary visas issued to Mexican CEOs and diplomats,” said Trump according to 2016election.procon.org.
“I want Donald Trump because he’s bold. He’s not afraid to speak his mind,” sophomore Megan Mishler said. Although some people agree with his ideas and actions, others disagree.
People believe Trump is offensive, which affects the way he is viewed. Trump supporters believe he is great at negotiating and that will help ‘make America great again’, a slogan the Trump campaign has made famous. Republican supporters also believe that Trump has shown that it is okay for conservative leaders to be verbally aggressive when confronting liberal idealism and that sometimes it’s appropriate not to turn the other cheek. Anti-supporters, on the other hand, say Trump has a willingness to hurt others to achieve his goals.
“Well Donald Trump, I think, is a very hateful person. That might have just been how he was raised and that’s how he turned out, but I think he could have gone either way. He’s hateful towards other races, he’s not a feminist, and he’s hateful towards women too,” junior Kayla Ratliff said.
Dissension also plagues the Democratic Party; Democratic candidate Sanders, like members of the GOP, otherwise referred to as the Republican Party or Grand Old Party, also struggles with disputed issues such as keeping the borders open.
Sanders’ political experience includes being mayor of Burlington, Vermont for nine years and being re-elected three times. In addition to border control, Sanders prioritizes and advocates women’s rights.
“If I had to, I would choose Bernie because he is the least sucky. He supports gay rights, which I like and he believes the LGBT community should have the same equal rights as the straight community, and he believes in women’s rights like abortion which I believe in,” Ratliff said.
Both Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump have adamant supporters. As the November 2016 election date nears one thing is guaranteed; everyone’s emotions will be running high and the political atmosphere will continue to become more intense. Until then, all candidates running for president will compete to win the hearts of America.