2016 



Former U.S. Secretary of State, U.S. Senator and First Lady
Born: October 26th, 1947  (age 69)


The sight of former president Bill Clinton wiping away tears of joy while standing silently behind his wife as she was making her victory speech in the 2000 Senate elections in New York may appear a little melodramatic for some. However, when one considers the sacrifices and extreme loyalty that Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton has shown to her husband over the previous 26 years, that gesture suddenly makes all the sense in world.

Secretary Clinton’s ascension to Senator, and thereafter, Secretary of State, is not something all that surprising for those that knew her, considering what a gifted child, student and political operative Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton was.

Born in Cook County and raised in suburban Park Ridge just outside of Chicago, Secretary Clinton grew up in a loving middle class family. Her early years were shaped by her Goldwater-Republican Navy veteran and business owner father and his tremendous work ethic, balanced against her mother’s Democratic leanings and harsh childhood.

At an age where young girls and boys were still too preoccupied with watching cartoons on TV, young Hillary was already busy demonstrating her leadership abilities and initiative with backyard carnivals and cookie and food drives for charity. When others her age were engrossed with the challenges of school and growing up, young Hillary was busy with the post-election canvassing of Chicago’s south side for the Republican Party. When children tread lightly around their parents and elders, she was engaged in delightfully spirited political debates with her family during dinner.

Her star continues to shine brightly at Wellesley, where her commencement address drew a seven-minute long standing ovation, and at Yale, where she was paid to intern at Washington every summer. She was already an experienced Democratic aide before even graduating from Yale, and was headhunted to be part of the Watergate impeachment inquiry team counseling House Democrats months after finishing college.

She was never a radical, beatnik or hippie, but neither was she a middle-of-the-road moderate. She is, above all, an idealist – an intelligent, disciplined, driven and practical idealist. Despite her image of a strong and uncompromising woman, people who she’s worked with reveal her to be a polite, considerate, consultative, and perhaps most surprisingly, religious individual. The latter perhaps is due to the influence of her mother and grandmother, both strong-willed Methodist women. She is also an exceptional public speaker, and can speak for an extended period of time without notes – done without pauses and filler syllables.

Over the years, many negative epithets have been used by the press and political opponents to describe her. As many have learned however, pigeonholing or underestimating Secretary Clinton often comes at a great cost.

The key to defeating Secretary Clinton lies in winning over her core support base - women, baby boomers and minorities. Meanwhile, her weakest demographic is the millennials, and this is clearly reflected in her underwhelming support online. And yet, one gets the impression that her opponents simply do not get this very simple equation. Will this prove costly in the end?




Hillary Clinton, the First Lady of Arkansas, in a 1979 TV interview
 
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Software Engineer
Born: February 1st, 1968  (age 49)


David Boarman was born and raised in Dallas County of Dallas, Texas, but now resides in Oceanside, California. Following high school, he enlisted for six years in the US Army. Though he spent more than half of that time stationed domestically, he was deployed for nearly three years in Berlin, Germany, where he was when news came down that the Berlin Wall was falling. Though he makes no mention of any higher education, he worked in various odd jobs and professional careers following his time in the military. When he relocated to California in 2011, it was to accept a role as a Software Engineer.

Boarman does not use the term himself, but he is what many would call a “born-again” Christian. That is to say, he was raised to believe in Christianity and he did, but he laments that he frequently did not live in accordance with his religious beliefs, until a family crisis on which he does not elaborate brought him to a spiritual awakening in 2012. Today, his Christian faith is extremely strong – in fact, he is running for President because he believes it is God's will that he do so.

Boarman is a solidly conservative presidential candidate. He is tough on immigration, supporting expedited arrest and deportation of illegal immigrants and the institution of English as the official language of the United States. He calls for removal of federal regulation from both health care and education, leaving those issues to be addressed by the states. He supports a “full reformation” of the tax code, with a federal sales tax for individuals and a flat tax rate for businesses and corporations. He is also extremely accommodating towards religion, declaring that no institution or organization may infringe on the people's religious liberties, while simultaneously, no private business should be required to provide services contrary to the spiritual beliefs of its owners.

Boarman is friendly towards the Tea Party, though he does not personally identify as a member of that group. On his official campaign website, he links to the “Tea Party Community”, a message board which he maintains and on which he is a frequent contributor.

With strong right-wing policies and at least an attraction to the Tea Party, Boarman is a solid pick for voters of a conservative political bent. His plans for deregulation and tax reform, however, are likely to make him unsuitable to anyone left of center.
 
 
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