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Posted by on Oct 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

Candidates in Flux

Candidates in Flux

It’s been an interesting 24 hours for those following the 2016 elections.

Yesterday, Vice President Joe Biden announced that he will not be running for President of the United States, to my surprise. In my Weekly Roundup this past Sunday, I wrote about the fact

8447796390_66ace1687a_bthat Biden had a short window in which he needed to make a decision and it has certainly been made today. Frankly as a Democrat, I’m not sure how to feel about this. As a Hillary supporter, it could either be a good thing or a bad thing – Biden would most likely take votes from those who support the former Secretary of State and not Bernie Sanders BUT the addition of another seasoned veteran of a candidate could help move attention away from Bernie (which is something I very much want to happen, will write a post on why soon). Perhaps as the political commentators weigh in throughout the week my opinions will change but for now I’m not sure what to think.

Yesterday afternoon, former Virginia Senator Jim Webb ended his campaign as a candidate for the Democratic primary. Webb, who certainly can be defined as a more centrist Democrat, could 5039622356_ec57be86c5_bstill run for President as an independent candidate, with sources confirming this as a definite possibility. This seems absolutely ludicrous considering Webb’s polling numbers as a Democrat, but perhaps an Independent run could bring more attention to his campaign.

Check out this GIF from Buzzfeed of Hillary Clinton celebrating Joe Biden’s announcement.

With 383 days until the election,

Phoebe Warren

 

2 Comments

  1. I honestly feel strongly that Biden not running was a good thing for the party as a whole. I look forward to hearing why you want attention to be pulled away from Bernie — I personally very much think that Bernie running is an amazing opportunity for the party to pay attention to the issues that face America (not necessarily Bernie’s issues, but issues in general). As we saw in the last debate, he really does like to drive the conversation toward policy and what really affects the American population instead of the typical individualist, horse-race aspects of a personality-based presidential race that we’ve seen in 2008 and other times.

    • Hi Jason, thanks for commenting! I fully agree with you – I think that Biden not running is a good thing for the party as a whole and for Hillary personally. I probably should write the post explaining my stance soon – I would say that I definitely lean more on the socialist side of the spectrum but my main concern until the Tea Party movement finishes is the continued presence of a Democrat in the White House and I honestly don’t care who that is. If we’re speaking purely ideologically, I would absolutely side with Bernie. However, I just don’t see Bernie being able to hold his own against a strong Republican candidate like Marco Rubio (who I personally think will get the eventual nomination). If he were running against a weak candidate OR if Trump decides to run independent and there is a split between him and the Republican nominee, then I think he would have a chance but only then. If he were to become the nominee and lose to the Republican nominee, all of the work that has been done in the past eight years will have been for naught. For this reason, I fully support Secretary Clinton as the eventual Democratic nominee and will be quite actively campaigning for her. The best possible outcome in my opinion would be for Sanders’ platform to help drive Clinton’s more to the left and I think this is likely to happen.

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