Candidates begin to distinguish themselves
Posted Feb. 22, 2008

As it stands now there are only five candidates competing in the presidential primaries, two for the Democratic Party and three for the Republican Party.

After only a month of the primaries, three candidates have dropped out of the race.

In the Democratic Party, New York Senator Hilary Rodham Clinton and Illinois Senator Barack Obama are battling it out for the presidential candidacy position. According to the Associated Press, Obama is ahead with 1,351 delegates but Clinton is close behind him with 1,262 delegates.

Either candidate needs 2,025 delegates to win. There is no clear leader with the Democrats.

“It’s interesting to see how close they are and see who is going to pull up on top,” freshman liberal studies major Emily Bass said.

Former senator of North Carolina John Edwards has 26 delegates, but he dropped from the race early in the primaries. The nation will now either have a black or female candidate for president.

Although Clinton and Obama have similar views when it comes to ending the war in Iraq, poverty and providing better healthcare, many of their supporters are split based on the candidates’ representation. Clinton represents the women in the nation, while Obama represents the youth and minorities.

Ethnicity and gender are not the only reasons voters are divided between candidates. They also hold different views on issues such as healthcare.

“I like (Obama’s) political views and what he stood for and how he wanted to change the United States,” Bass said.

Both candidates oppose the War in Iraq and want to start removing troops as soon as possible and support abortion.

Senior liberal studies major Marlindy Bratton believes that whoever becomes the Democratic candidate will be elected president.

After former governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney and former mayor of New York City Rudolph W. Guiliani removed themselves from the primaries, former governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee, Senator for Arizona John McCain and Representative for Texas Ron Paul became the remaining candidates in the Republican Party. According to the Associated Press, McCain has 957 delegates and needs 1,191 delegates to win.
McCain is the clear leader in his party, with Huckabee having only 254 delegates and Paul having 14 delegates. Even Romney, before he dropped from the race last week, has 256 delegates which would have put him ahead of Huckabee.

These men agree on some of the issues such as being pro-life and supporting the War in Iraq, although they differ on subjects such as
immigration.

McCain is the only one who supports the legalization of immigrants, but they all voted to build a fence across the Mexican border.

Kaitlin McCarthy, a freshman art major, voted for Guiliani and wants a Republican to win because she believes a Democrat would corrupt the nation more then it already is.

Sher Porter can be reached at sporter4@ulv.edu.

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