Diversity among presidential hopefuls

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Noah Cary

The coming election season is going to be possibly the most diverse election season to ever take place. The candidates and potential candidates vary in ethnicity, gender and background. On the Republican ticket is Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. Both are Cuban-American senators from the south. The only other presidential candidate to announce in the Republican ticket is Rand Paul. Paul is the son of former three-time presidential candidate Ron Paul.

The Republican ticket also has several candidates who are pending their announcement. The first is Dr. Ben Carson, an African-American and former director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins. Carson has no political background, which makes him appealing to a lot of voters who are tired of the career politicians. The next Republican considering a run is Carly Fiorina, former HP CEO. She also has no political experience. Bobby Jindal, the governor of Louisiana is also eyeing a run at the presidency. Jindal’s parents migrated to Louisiana from India, making Jindal the only hopeful with Indian decent. Other potential candidates for the Republican ticket include Mike Huckabee, Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Rick Santorum, Scott Walker, Rick Perry and Donald Trump.

For the Democratic ticket there is only one announced candidate — Hillary Clinton. Clinton, a former first lady and Secretary of State, has a strong grasp on the Democratic field. However, Joe Biden, the current vice president has been eyeing the presidency for years. Elizabeth Warren, a senator from Massachusetts, has also been considering joining the race.

The demographics and skill set of this race are widely varied and there is a candidate, or potential candidate, for everyone to get behind. To recap, between both tickets there are three women, an African-American neurosurgeon, a former CEO, a governor of Indian decent, a man who has had his brother and his dad be president, a man who had had his dad run for president three times, two Cuban Americans, a former first lady and secretary of state and a vice president.