2016 Presidential Race: Interview Series

Over the next few months, the personality of the 2016 presidential campaign will emerge and come into focus as the various sides solidify their respective candidates and positions. And as usual, most of the conversation will center around the republican and democratic candidates and their opposing narratives in regards to the future direction of the United States.

However, it should be noted that there are other candidates running for president of the United States from other parties as well. Right now, there are more than two dozen declared candidates for the coveted title of “Leader of the free world” and that list is increasing by a couple candidates each week. Urban Dynamics will not post interviews for each and every candidate running for the executive office, but rather will focus on breadth; that is, width and diversity. A good mix of democrats, republicans, independents, libertarians, and other potential candidates ought to provide the reader with a deep class of prospects and their respective positions to help facilitate a well thought out and critical analysis of who may be the best candidate to vote for in the respective party primaries and the eventual national election. Or perhaps the reader is just curious?

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Photo Courtesy of gettyimages.com – Jill Stein, Green Party Candidate

Candidates like Jill Stein of the Green Party, Rand Paul and Lindsey Graham of the republican party, and Martin O’Malley of the democratic party will be a few of the candidates that will be provided an opportunity to present their respective arguments and vision for the future of the United States on this site. Recall that Dr. Jill Stein and her running mate Cheri Honkala were arrested for attempting to enter the presidential debate at Hofstra University back in 2012. They were protesting the exclusion of third party candidates from major presidential debates between the national parties, which is decided and enforced by the Commission on Presidential Debates. There will be no exclusion of third party candidates here on this site.

Bernie Sanders, an independent who is running as a democrat and one of the two major socialists running for the presidency of the United States, will also be given an outlet. His positions, as it will be explained in future postings, are closer to the socialism of Scandinavia than it is to the average democrat. To be sure, his arguments and vision of America’s future are not in line with the vast majority of American politicians. He is not in the mainstream of American political rhetoric but he is attracting party, and national, attention from many “likely Democratic primary voters” nonetheless. This will be further explored in his first interview with Katie Couric, Yahoo Global News Anchor.

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Photo Courtesy of Brian Snyder/Reuters – Mike Huckabee, Republican Party Candidate

Finally, borderline dominionists, i.e., Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, Mike Huckabee and Ben Carson will also be given an opportunity to share their respective political perspectives and potential visions for America’s future. Mike Huckabee, former Arkansas governor, is a staunched conservative republican. No doubt about that. Faith is a big part of who he is and how he sees the world. And for good or for bad, this influences his policies greatly. But agree or disagree with him, he is consistent in his positions. Before the recent Supreme Court 5 to 4 decision to legalize same-sex marriage nation wide, Mr. Huckabee believed that traditional marriage was between one man and one woman. After the decision, Mr. Huckabee still believes traditional marriage is still between one man and one woman. However, former Governor Huckabee civil rights positions are neither simple nor straight forward. As Van Jones, progressive activist, illustrated while complimenting and criticizing Mike Huckabee during a recent discussion about the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage decision on CNN’s State of the Union with Jake Tapper,

My heart was broken, frankly, to hear Huckabee, who I admire, I’m a southerner. People forget Mike Huckabee put more African-Americans in high position in office as governor than Bill Clinton did. Mike Huckabee is someone who is a revered person, but when he comes out and makes the kinds of statements [against same-sex marriage] that he sometimes is making, it makes him look like someone who doesn’t care. I know that he cares.

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Photo Courtesy of United States Senate – Senator Ted Cruz, Republican Party Candidate

No doubt it is going to be a long and arduous campaign. More candidates will be jumping into the race over the next couple of months and many candidates will be dropping out of the race over the next year. As an example, same-sex marriage will be “front and center” for Ted Cruz and his campaign even though the majority of Americans agree with same-sex marriage and even though, and most importantly, the Supreme Court just handed the republicans a political gift in its decision to approve same-sex marriage nation wide. This is because republicans do not need to answer if they are for or against same-sex marriage. It is a done deal. The policy is now a part of American law.

Despite Ted Cruz’s Moby Dick strategy for same-sex marriage, the vast majority of the candidates, along with most of the republican candidates, will be looking to engage and inspire as many primary voters as possible and as many national voters as possible. They will be presenting their ideas, positions, and vision for the future of the United States in hopes of connecting with the voters. All of this will give the reader, potential voters and curious observers, a lot to chew on and digest.


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