There’s no doubt about it – Hillary Clinton will be running for the Democrat nomination for the presidency, as of April 12, 2015. The former Secretary of State, 2008 presidential candidate, and First Lady announced her campaign via email and a video featuring ordinary workers, mothers, and children. Despite being the long-running Democrat favorite for the candidacy, Clinton will have to work through a lot of controversy and a tough audience to gain voters’ favor.
In recent events, Clinton has been the target of major scandals like events in Benghazi and “Emailgate.” When the diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya was attacked three years ago, Clinton took personal responsibility for the security lapses that led to the deaths of four Americans, including ambassador J. Christopher Stevens. In her testimonials to Congress, she was adamant in saying that she did not have direct influence on the security discussions, and stood by her actions. The heat from Benghazi, often misconstrued by the public, showcased ignorance of what was supposed to be incredibly vital security measures, especially in a situation where hostilities against the American government were starting to grow.
“Emailgate,” a controversy that came to light in March 2015, concerned Clinton’s practice of using her own private email address and server while serving as Secretary of State. This was particularly concerning because private email addresses don’t fall under the Freedom of Information Act that lets citizens see part or all of the information transferred by the U.S. government. Additionally, since private email addresses and servers don’t have the same level of protection and security that federal ones do, it’s possible that hackers may have been able to read her emails. Clinton said that she had turned over the 30,000 work-related emails that she had sent and received, but did not provide personal emails, as they had already been deleted.
Aside from that, the former First Lady of Arkansas and the United States will have to work a tough crowd to curry popular favor. She plans to travel to states like Iowa, New Hampshire, and other early primary areas to speak to independent voters. Following discontent with President Barack Obama’s time in office, some voters may be dissuaded by what they think will be another four-year term of his policies, and other Democratic goals.
Something that may be as concerning is the role that gender plays in the run for President. Unfortunately, many think that women aren’t fit to be President, citing a number of reasons. Women don’t have the leadership skills necessary, are incapable of making rational decisions, and as some extremists have said, are subject to wild emotional mood swings, because we undergo PMS and menopause. And that’s just some of a number of misconceptions waiting to be debunked. (Anyone who thinks women are dramatic should try reading a history textbook.)
However, we should really consider Clinton as the Democratic choice for candidacy. She’s the first presidential candidate to make a statement supporting same-sex marriage, and if her work as President will mirror some of her work as Secretary of State, we will see a well-traveled head of state who will have further opportunity to improve diplomatic relations. Her political experience goes back more than 30 years, and previous work done as First Lady shows an interest in improving healthcare and domestic issues. Ultimately, while not much has been announced by Clinton’s candidacy, she’s shaping up to be a strong contender, despite previous controversies.
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