Tuesday, November 10, 2015

New Diversity in Upcoming Election

So far, the 2016 Presidential Race is looking more diverse than it ever has before. Of the major Democratic candidates, we have Hilary Clinton, a woman, and Bernie Sanders, a Jew. Neither of these groups have ever been President of the United States before. The Republican candidates also have a lot of diversity. Ben Carson is an African American, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz are both Hispanic, Carly Fiorina is a woman, and Bobby Jindal is an Indian American. All of these candidates, except Ben Carson, would also be the first people from these groups to ever be President of the United States. If you really want to be specific, Ben Carson would be the first fully African American President. This is extremely unusual, as the Presidential race is usually dominated by white Christian men. Last election, the only major candidates in the election that weren't white, male, or Christian were Barack Obama, Herman Cain, and Michelle Bachmann.  There are now four more non white, male, or Christian candidates. The current polls show Clinton and Sanders at the top of the Democratic polls, and the Republican polls show Ben Carson, Marco Rubio, and Ted Cruz in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th respectively. With Donald Trump, falling in the polls, the Republicans mentioned before are predicted to move one place up. This means that most likely, our next president would be representing a group never represented before.

I personally am happy for this. It is important that different groups can be president. This coincides with the American belief that anyone can be successful in America. While I don't think a vote should be based on the religion, race, or gender of a candidate, I do believe this is a good showing that anyone can be president.