With the 2016 Presidential election rapidly approaching, both the Democrats and Republicans have their respective primary campaigns in full swing. Obama’s second term is nearing its end, and America will soon have to pick a new leader.

 

While new Republican candidates seem to pop up every day, the Democrats seem to have moved considerably slower in mobilizing their campaigns.

 

Winston Churchill once stated that “the best argument against democracy is a five minute conversation with the average voter.” In order to make the most sound and responsible decision at the voting booth, MUI Daily News is here to provide you with some insight into this election’s Democratic candidates.

 

Last week, the announcement of Bernie Sanders’ candidacy grabbed numerous headlines. Unlike many other candidates from both sides of the aisle, Sanders opted for an announcement free from pageantry and grandeur; he instead issued a modest statement to a group of reporters and supporters on the Capitol Lawn. Despite immense popularity, the self-described “Democratic Socialist” faces an uphill battle for the White House, as many consider a number of his policies too liberal.

 

Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders gestures as he speaks at 2011 Democratic State Convention.

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-VT, speaks at the California Democrats State Convention in Sacramento, Calif., April 2011. Sanders called on Democrats to work together to stop what he calls the GOP’s attack on the middle class. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Many lesser known Democratic candidates have also entered the race. Andy Caffrey will likely draw in voters concerned with environmental issues, as well as the legalization of marijuana. On the other hand, Doug Shreffler has a campaign more firmly focused on improving foreign policy and the reestablishment of the United States as a superpower. Michael Steinberg is running on a platform for the disenfranchised, likely appealing to the elderly, veterans, and the impoverished.

 

More unknown to the layman voter, Willie Carter is a small-business owner from California who seeks economic growth for the nation. Then, we have Robby Wells, a seemingly libertarian candidate whose moderate politics could play well for an end to bipartisanship.

 

 

Hillary Clinton speaks at the U.N.

The most well known Democratic candidate by far is Hillary Clinton, though her campaign has many struggles and scandals to overcome. (washtimes.com)

Last but not least, we have Hillary Clinton. Almost certainly the most well known and publicized candidate, Clinton was the first Democrat to announce her candidacy. With arguably the largest resource pool at her disposal of any Democratic candidate, Clinton has also had to contend with the most muckraking; her alleged misstep in the Benghazi scandal and recent cell phone scandal make her campaign more of a battle than an easy bid.

 

With another year and a half left to go until the Presidential election, no one can know for sure what will happen. Some candidates have the benefit of a household name, though some voters may wish for a more unknown, grassroots politician. With the guarantee of the next President as a fresh face, it makes for a very interesting election season.

 

What do you think of the candidates? Are there any others to watch for in the coming months? Comment below or tweet @connerws to give us your input!