Trump dominates race but worries Republican party


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Zoierae Hill, Reporter

With the presidential election coming in 2016, possible candidates are competing feverishly for the spotlight and their parties’ nominations.

The man attracting the most attention is undoubtedly Donald Trump, a Republican candidate.

Trump does not appear to have any solid plan should he be elected. So far, his most known plan is the infamous wall to be built on the Mexican border, paid for by Mexico. This is in addition to the unrealistic plan of deporting 10 million illegal immigrants.

Trump is a billionaire. As such, he does not worry about raising funds like other candidates and therefore, has been making outrageous remarks, upsetting not just people in general, but some of his own party’s leadership.

But, what about the other Republican and the Democratic candidates?

Trump’s outrageous campaigning has made it difficult for other Republicans to make their voices heard. He has earned most of the public’s attention through obnoxious, sometimes racist, sometimes misogynistic, comments.

Jeb Bush has gotten his share of attention but uses a portion of it to frown upon other candidates–though much less than Trump.

On Bush’s web site, many of his posts are centered around the mistakes of other candidates. He has not mentioned much of his plans. Like many of the other Republican wanna-bes, Bush’s campaign is pale in comparison to Trump.

Hillary Clinton is the front-runner for the Democratic party.

Clinton’s campaign is stalled by the revelation of the use of her private email account while serving as Secretary of State. The attack by Republicans is creating a furor as she attempts to explain her use of the email, which was illegal.

Clinton’s explanation of why she used the account, “Because it was more convenient,” has made it hard for her to discuss anything else regarding her presidential plans.

A part of Clinton’s plan is to offer $17.5 billion in federal funds a year to help make student debt lighter for families and students but keeps tuition in place.

In contrast, Clinton’s closest rival, Bernie Sanders, wants to make all public universities and colleges offer free tuition. This would help many students since tuition is often the first hurdle facing students and their families.

Sanders is rising in recent polls and passed Clinton in the New Hampshire polls and is only seven votes behind her in Iowa’s latest poll.

The Iowa fair is important for candidates because of the large gathering. It is often an indicator of a turning point in favor of candidates.

Sanders calls himself a socialist, a term that sparks alarm in many voters but claims he is not the type of socialist closely related to authoritarian communism but rather he is a “democratic socialist.”

Sanders explained that democratic socialism means the government should play a very important role in making sure that the people of this country have health care; that all children should have quality childcare; and that students should be able to attend college without drowning in debt — all of this as a right of citizenship.

Sanders believes the government and the people should not allow large corporations or moneyed interests to destroy the environment. He also says the government should not be dominated by big money interests.

Joe Biden, Vice-president of the United States, actually has yet to announce his candidacy for president although many people act as though he already has.

In a recent comment, Biden alluded to this fact by saying, “Look at all the press you’ve attracted,” to a group of students and staff. “Their interest in community college has impressed me. I hope that’s what they are going to write about!”

Although reporters asked him about his plans, Biden did not respond to them, which suggests that he has not yet decided on whether he wants to join the campaign.