This week on the political scene:
1. Hillary calls some people out
This past week, Hillary Clinton decided to drop names of several Republican Presidential hopefuls (Rick Perry-TX, Chris Christie-NJ, Jeb Bush-FL and Scott Walker-WI) in an effort to expose issues related to voting laws. CNN reported that this is one of her main areas of focus for her campaign; to make sure that all Americans have access to voting booths and the right to express who they want as president.
Why aren’t jobs, education, or healthcare a major focus of her campaign? Because there is concern in response to some GOP leaders that have posed stricter policies on voting. These new policies and regulations could deter and discourage many minority voters from coming to the polls, or even bar them from casting a vote altogether.
Why does the African American vote matter for Hillary? Simply because Barack Obama had 95% and 93% support in 2008 and 2012 respectively. With Hillary entering the picture, it’s important that she maintains those voters.
It will be interesting to hear the response from these Republican leaders, especially those who were straight up called out. The ball is in their court now.
2. Some new people joined the presidential race
Former Rhode Island governor, Lincoln Chafee, has officially announced his candidacy for President under the Democratic ticket. Nothing has really changed on the Republican side for now, except for the announcement by Rick Perry, who was the former president of the country of…excuse me, the governor of, Texas.
Still in the high-possibility-of-running category are big names like New Jersey Republican Governor, Chris Christie. Christie is a very outspoken person who tells it like it is, which is always great. Another big name in the game is former Republican Governor of Florida, Jeb Bush, son of former president George H.W. Bush (pronounced H Dub-ya for our southern friends) and brother of George (Dub-ya) Bush. Scott Walker, former Wisconsin Governor, is also heavily considering a run under the Republican ticket.
Attention: MITT ROMNEY WILL NOT BE RUNNING. IT’S OK, YOU CAN BREATHE NOW. He was very humble in the reasoning why he is not running. He stated that, “I did not want to make it more difficult for someone else to emerge who may have a better chance of becoming the president.”
In addition, Vice President Joe Biden, whose family is coming first at this time for obvious reasons, has not voiced whether or not he will run.
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