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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Conservative Christian and 2012 presidential candidate
Born: April 12th, 1975  (age 41)


David Christopher Holcomb was born in Denver, Colorado and raised by his parents, Richard and Lorraine, in Nebraska. Interestingly, David has ten adopted siblings from four different countries, in addition to six more biological siblings. David has a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and then earned his Juris Doctor in law from Creighton University. He now specializes in family law, running his own law office from his house. David is been married to his wife of two years, Victoria, and has no children.

Holcomb portrays himself as a calm and compassionate Christian; however his political and social agenda is probably one that not all Christians agree with. He says that he and “We the People” are all “Anti-Islam,” and “it is time now for immediate, full force military strikes by the international Christian Crusade on Iran’s nuclear capabilities.” He gives no reason for his hatred of Islam except for the fact that he wants to return the United States to the Judeo-Christian values it was built on.

If Holcomb is serious in his quest for the White House, he will definitely need to appear as less provocative and extreme, and more informed and presidential. His website failed to provide his beliefs and ideas on the economy, taxes, and the serious issues of our country. He also refuses to use social media of any kind, a choice which will restrict his reach to the electorate. If David Christopher Holcomb wants to win any votes in 2016, he should probably start by clarifying where he stands on the issues. He claims to also be running for the United States Senate as an independent candidate in 2014.
 
 
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