US Presidential Elections 2016: News, Polls, and Controversies

Although November 8, 2016 seems distant from this point, the nation eagerly waits for the Tuesday that will reveal the next president of the USA. If Barack Obama was eligible for another term, the results would be more prone to expectations. This was one of the most favorite recent presidents, who set high standards for his successor.
Currently, Hillary Clinton is the most noticeable candidate. The former Secretary of State keeps landing headlines with her early campaign. Since it’s never too early for the candidates to start luring the citizens with their promises, it’s good for us to get some insight as soon as possible. If you don’t have a clue who to vote for, maybe the news, polls and debates related to the next presidential elections will help you come to a conclusion.

The Candidates

Let’s start with the candidates of the Democratic Party. Hillary Clinton was the first one to announce her candidacy for presidency. She made her intentions clear with the video published on April 12, 2015. According to the nationwide opinion polling for the Democratic Party, Hillary Clinton is expected to become the frontrunner for this party’s presidential nomination. The other candidates are Senator Bernie Sanders, Martin O’Malley (former Governor of Maryland), Lincoln Chafee (former Governor of Rhode Island), and former Senator Jim Webb, who announced his campaign earlier this month.
The Republican Party is not falling behind with the preparations for the presidential elections. Senator Ted Cruz announced his candidacy in March. Senator Marco Rubio did not wait too long before clarifying his intentions on April 13. The other candidates of this Party are Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee (former Governor of Arkansas), former Senator Rick Santorum, New York Governor George Pataki, Senator Lindsey Graham, Rick Perry (former Governor of Texas), Jeb Bush (former Governor of Florida), Donald Trump, Bobby Jindal (Governor of Louisiana), and Chris Christie (Governor of New Jersey). The competition is stiff, but we all recognize the most notable name among the Republican candidates: it’s the controversial businessman Donald Trump.
The nationwide opinion polling for the Republican Party did not result with a great difference among the candidates, but Jeb Bush and Donald Trump are the ones who attract the most attention.

Controversies and Debates

Hillary Clinton has great potential of becoming the first female president of the United States. Her past is not left without its share of controversial events (hint: Monica Lewinsky). However, that past of secrecy and scandal is behind her, so now she has to deal with another issue: the public wants to know where her wealth is from. When her family left the White House after Bill Clinton’s presidency, they were left with huge legal fees that resulted from the Lewinsky scandal. Nevertheless, they still managed to purchase a luxurious home in Chappaqua, New York in 1999, as well as a manor in Washington in 2000. This property is worth over $4 million.
The other scandal that keeps following Hillary Clinton is her response to the attacks on the US mission in Benghazi in 2012. She is being accused for her passivity. The House committee investigation of the attack resulted with an unexpected revelation: Clinton went against government rules when she used a private email account during her service at the State Department. After her refusal to turn over the server to a neutral party, she provided more reasons for suspicion.
Now that we covered the controversies surrounding Hillary Clinton, let’s make a balance: what’s the deal with Donald Trump? His campaign is currently based on foreign policies. Trump blames China and Japan for the lack of available jobs in the USA. He found a solution to that problem: dissolving the Trans-Pacific Partnership with these two countries and bringing offshore manufacturing branches of American-owned companies back to their native country.
After all that experience, it seems that Trump is not a smart businessman after all. The business community is clearly against those policies, so we are left in great expectations: will those controversies go in favor of Jeb Bush? Whatever the case is, the Republican Party’s candidate will be a strong competitor for the presidential title.