Democratic Presidential Nomination of 2016

by Andrew Wang on 2016-06-15 20:24:49 PDT
The Democratic Presidential imgresNomination of 2016 started on February 1, 2016 and ended June 14, 2016, though planning and rumors about the Nomination had started as early as a few weeks after the reelection of President Obama in 2012. The battle for the support of the Democratic Party took place mainly between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. Other candidates including Martin O’Malley, Lincoln Chafee, Jim Webb, and Lawrence Lessig, dropped out almost immediately. The fight for the nomination was fierce (even though this is actually the first presidential nomination I’ve ever read about), starting with the closest ever results in the competition of Iowa Caucus (Clinton: 49.8%, Sanders: 49.6%, Malley: 0.5%) and ended yesterday, Tuesday, in the District of Columbia with Clinton’s victory. The results tallied up to 2,219 delegates plus 581 superdelegates for Hillary Clinton, while Bernie Sanders scored 1,832 delegates plus 49 superdelegates. Though the nomination has now ended with a victorious Hillary Clinton, debate, agreements, and deals are from over as Clinton now rallies for support to face Donald Trump as the presidential election itself nears.
With a secured win as the Democratic Nominee, Clinton has already asked the Vermont governor for his support. The nominee wants Sanders to use his email to help get his supporters behind her and resolve differences to best counter Trump in the presidential election. Bernie Sanders and his supporters on the other hand is for now withholding his endorsement of Clinton, asking for more liberal policies and changes to the electoral process of the campaign including the elimination of superdelegates. Clinton seems willing to accept Sanders’ requirements, one being the development of a plan for the needs of working, middle class families. Hillary however, makes it clear that unity and participation within the Democratic Party is what she needs to catapult herself to the White House, and both her and Sanders agree that “the dangerous threat that Donald Trump poses to our nation,” is really something to be dealt with. For now, Hillary Clinton continues to stress and push for Sanders to mobilize his supporters in her favor.
In my opinion, I believe Clinton is doing what should be done since she has now won the Democratic Nomination. I would myself fulfill most of Sanders’ requirements, though superdelegates, which were established in 1972, may not be easily done away. Unity and support of the whole Democratic Party, which Clinton so far seems to be succeeding at much better than her Republican counterpart, would I think provide her a crucial advantage against Trump during election season. Even I, a person who does not hold politics as my highest interest, could easily see locally and nationally that the Republican Party is currently deeply divided on Donald Trump’s controversial policies on immigration. Even though the former Secretary of State so far has faced resistance from both the Vermont Senator and his supporters, the Democratic Party is still much more unified and “quieter” than the heated, “barking mad” arguments of the Republican Party. Though they were fierce rivals then and now, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders’ unification will indeed provide the Democrats with a major leverage against Donald Trump.
 

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