All of the rumors and speculation have ended – Hillary Clinton announced her bid for the 2016 presidential race, making her the first democratic woman to run for president. Clinton professed herself as a “Wife, mom, lawyer, women and kids advocate, FLOAR, FLOTUS, US Senator, Sec State, author, dog owner, hair icon, pantsuit aficionado, glass ceiling cracker, [and] TBD…” Clinton has already started her campaign tour in Illinois and Connecticut.
Many people believe Clinton will win the women’s votes by default, but gender isn’t the only determining factor. The power of the vote will lie in the hands of the party – democratic or republican. In 2012 Michelle Bachmann ran for president for the Republican Party, but there wasn’t enough support from her affiliated party. As a democrat, Clinton has the benefit of the gender voice in the presidential race.
In the upcoming race, Clinton will have to face a few controversies behind her name such as the use of her private email, where the funding for her campaign is going, and the attack in Benghazi. She’s also up against some tough competitors from the Republican Party such as Marco Rubio from Florida, Ted Cruz from Texas, and Rand Paul from Kentucky. Rubio still has yet to officially announce his run for president, but will soon announce his bid.
Before people make a decision on whether or not to vote for Clinton they should be informed on her political viewpoints. Here is a rundown of popular topics and Clinton’s stance:
- Abortion & Contraception– She is pro-choice and trying to keep abortion safe, legal, and rare. She is also trying to lift the ban on stem cell research. Clinton is also supportive of contraception and helped get Plan B on the market.
- Gun Control– Clinton wishes to make the gun laws stricter by placing voting consistently for tougher standards for gun shows, tougher background checks, and continued bans on assault weapons.
- Immigration– She is a strong supporter for the opportunity for immigrants to come to America to start a new life, but under the Bush administration she voted to allocate more money for tighter border control.
- Tax Issues– Clinton called to repeal some of the Bush tax cuts, which gave tax breaks to the economic elite. She also is a supporter of creating an economic stimulus package to help lower-income families.
- Gay Rights– Clinton has been a strong supporter for LGBT rights, but in her personal opinion she does not approve of gay marriage.
– Marissa McCall, staff writer