Early presidential race brings drama

Noah Cary

The presidential race for 2016 has already had its fair amount of drama and only two candidates have announced their candidacy. Ted Cruz, a one term Republican senator from Texas was the first candidate from either major party to announce. Almost immediately there were people claiming he was ineligible for the presidency because he was born in Canada, however, Cruz is still eligible for the presidency because his mother was a U.S. citizen when he was born. The birth law that would have prevented his candidacy was written to be open to interpretation and was intended to stop foreign powers from taking control in the U.S.

Rand Paul, son of former three-time presidential candidate Ron Paul, is the only other person to announce their candidacy for the coming election. Rand Paul is already taking heat from certain media outlets because of his rough interviews with female reporters. Paul had rough interactions with Savannah Guthrie, then later with Megyn Kelly. Paul also, almost immediately began hearing arguments against his foreign policy from respected leaders in the Republican Party.

Hillary Clinton is the only Democrat to announce candidacy so far. She has taken criticism from both parties on her role in several scandals that took place during her time as secretary of state. Clinton’s role in the Benghazi cover-up and lapse in security is one of the concerns that many have about her. She has recently been in the news for using an unsecure server to send sensitive emails then attempting to cover it up. There is also a book released recently that has tales from White House staffers dating back to the Reagan era. The book describes reports of the Clinton marriage in the midst of the Monica Lewinsky scandal. Reports include stories such as former President Clinton needing stitches on his face after “running into a door” in the middle of the night, or the constant fighting between the couple. The timing of the book is interesting as its release is so close to the announcement of Hillary’s presidential bid.