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Looking ahead to 2016: candidate updates

March 26th, 2015

 

Ted Cruz

 

First-term Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)officially announced his plans to run for the presidency in 2016. At midnight on Monday, March 2, he tweeted, “I’m running for President and I hope to earn your support!”

 

Cruz officially announced on Monday, March 23 at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia that he is seeking the Republican presidential nomination.

 

This announcement makes him the first candidate to confirm his plans to seek the presidency.

 

Hillary Clinton

Despite facing controversy as a result of using a private email account during her time as secretary of state, potential Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton still remains strong in the polls.  A Reuters/Ipsos poll showed that 66 percent of Americans surveyed still approved of Clinton despite the controversy, as of March 19.

 

Additionally, CNN polls still show Clinton several points ahead of several likely Republican contenders, including Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Rand Paul, Scott Walker and Marco Rubio.

 

Clinton is now focusing on discrediting congressional Republicans. According to The Washington Post, she took to Twitter last week, saying there had been a “congressional trifecta against women,” as Congress has yet to confirm Loretta Lynch’s appointment to the position of attorney general. Lynch was nominated by President Barack Obama nearly six months ago.

 

Clinton has not formally announced any plans to run for president in 2016. According to The Washington Post, she is expected to announce this in April.

Jeb Bush

Although he hasn’t announced his plans to seek presidential election, former Florida governor Jeb Bush hit the campaign trail last week.

 

This is his first time campaigning since running for reelection in the Florida governor’s race in 2002.

 

Bush traveled to South Carolina and appeared at a Chamber of Commerce meeting on Tuesday, March 17.

 

Although Bush was questioned primarily about his policy, he used the time to level attacks against President Barack Obama.

 

According to The Washington Post, Bush criticized Obama’s failure to improve bipartisanship within Congress.

 

“Leadership is not about pulling out a teleprompter and giving a great speech and dividing the country,” he said. “Leadership is about figuring out ways where people that don’t have complete agreement on something figure out a way to get to ‘yes’ so problems can be solved.”

 

In a CNN poll, Bush remains the top contender for the Republican primary, receiving 16 percent of votes.