2016 election starts with candidate declarations

Claire Lewin, Associate Managing Editor

As the 2016 election creeps closer and closer, representatives from all parties are starting to step up to announce their candidacy. Here is a look at some of the most prominent potential candidates so far.

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton, a Democrat, announced her candidacy on social media earlier this month when she told the public, “Everyday Americans need a champion. I want to be that champion.” Clinton, not a novice at politics, spent her fair share of time in the White House through her role as Secretary of State and as First Lady. This is also Clinton’s second time running, as she ran against incumbent President Barack Obama for the democratic nomination in 2008. Clinton says she wants to focus on equal pay for women among, other issues.

Jeb Bush

Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida, has not yet announced his candidacy. However, he is a very-likely candidate for the Republican Party. In December, Bush posted on Facebook that he was “actively” exploring the idea of running for president. Bush has a family history of involvement in politics as his father, George Bush Sr., and his brother, George W. Bush, were both presidents.

Rand Paul

Rand Paul announced his candidacy on April 7, 2015. He says on his website he is “running for president to return our country to the principles of liberty and limited government.” Rand Paul, son of Ron Paul who ran for president multiple times, can be categorized as a Republican with libertarian tendencies. One of his key initiatives will be reshaping the economy to include less government intervention.

Marco Rubio

Marco Rubio, Senator of Florida, will be running for president as a member of the Republican Party. Rubio holds a lot of support with conservative Americans, as he is pro-life and against same-sex marriage. He also holds controversial views on the state of the climate, as he does not believe humans are causing climate change.

Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz, former senator of Texas, announced his plans earlier this month to run for president as the republican nominee. Cruz, a divisive figure in Washington, has gained much support from conservatives and evangelical Christian Americans. Cruz hopes to reform the economy as well as instate socially conservative legislation.