America Needs a Strong Candidate to Run Against Donald Trump in November
After his loss in Indiana, Ted Cruz suspended his campaign. Shortly afterwards, John Kasich did the same, leaving Donald Trump as the inevitable nominee.
"We left it all on the field in Indiana. We gave it everything we've got but the voters chose another path," Cruz said in a press conference. "So with a heavy heart but with boundless optimism for the long-term future of our nation, we are suspending our campaign.”
The news comes in an aftermath of an unprecedented Kasich-Cruz alliance, which disintegrated after a few days of disagreement over which candidate which voters should vote for in which state. The Cruz campaign insisted that Kasich should bow out of Indiana, which the governor refused. To further complicate the matter, Cruz named Carly Fiorina his running mate, an odd move considering many see her in the same light as Sarah Palin, who arguably costed Senator John McCain the presidency in 2008.
Trump will be the nominee for the Republican Party. That is a reality that the Republican Party, and America as a whole needs to process. Trump still needs to get 190 more delegates to reach the 1,237 needed to secure the nomination, but given recent events, he is virtually guaranteed that number. He is unopposed in the Republican Party, as he now starts the task of uniting the party behind a brand of Trump politics.
Now it’s a three-way race between Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and Bernie Sanders. Only the absolute cream of the crop has survived, and it will remain that way until the Democratic National Convention in June.
On the Democrat side, Senator Sanders will fight the Democratic frontrunner to the last breathe, counting on a contested convention with the help of his young voters. It is possible but unlikely that Secretary Clinton will reach the needed 2,383 delegates she needs to secure the nomination by default, especially considering the narrow margin she holds over Sanders amongst pledged delegates (superdelegate votes don’t count until the convention).
Anything can happen at the Democratic National Convention. While Secretary Clinton is popular amongst party insiders, her ties to Wall Street and email scandal make her a weak candidate compared to Trump. Her record of shifting viewpoints and history as a lawyer also gives Mr. Trump plenty of material to attack her with. When asked hard questions such as why she won’t release her transcripts, she either avoids the question or answers it with shaky rhetoric. To simply put it, a Trump-Clinton debate could be a nightmare for the Democratic Party.
What Sanders can offer the Democratic Party is a clean record of over 30 years in political office, and a reputation associated with integrity and morality. He doesn’t get donations from big money, he doesn’t change his viewpoints based off of what is popular at the time, and he has a profound respect for human life and mental health. He is the polar opposite of Donald Trump.
To news outlets like CNN and MSNBC, the inevitable presidential candidates will be Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, but this simply is not the case. America needs a strong candidate to duel Mr. Trump in November, and Mrs. Clinton doesn’t necessarily seem to be that person. Her spotty political record, ties to Wall St., and email scandal do not convince me that she has what it takes to win the presidency.