President Obama is barely into his second term, so what better time to start talking about the 2016 election? Although it is obviously way too early to predict who our next president is going to be, there are a few people who are rumored to run for their party’s nomination. On the Democrat’s side, the top two contenders, despite neither of them announcing that they will run, seem to be Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden.
Both of these potential candidates seem very qualified for the office. Both are former senators and both are a part of the Obama Administration (if they run, I’m curious to see who President Obama would support). Hillary Clinton has interesting potential qualifications, though. As a former (by the time 2016 rolls around) Secretary of State, she’ll have a unique know-how regarding foreign policy and as a former First Lady, she knows well the pressure that comes with occupying the White House. She is also incredibly popular and will leave her post as Secretary of State with a 69 percent approval rating (according to a Wall Street Journal/NBC news poll).
Joe Biden, however, has also built up an impressive résumé. He has served thirty-six years in the Senate and is entering his second term as Vice President. In addition to his impressive political career, he has also proven himself to be a competitive campaigner in this past election, showing particular skill in his debate against Republican VP candidate Paul Ryan. His approval rating is currently 49 percent, much lower than Clinton, but still fairly good.
Both contenders also have drawbacks. Their ages (69 for Clinton and 73 for Biden by the time Election Day comes around) would place both of them among the oldest people to be elected (Biden would be the oldest and Clinton would almost tie with current record holder Ronald Reagan). Recently, Clinton’s health problems have entered the spotlight and even if they are not an issue for her in 2016, they might be an issue for certain voters. Biden may also ward off some voters who don’t take him seriously due to his multiple gaffes.
Despite those drawbacks, I wouldn’t rule out either candidate. Both have proven themselves during the first term of the Obama Administration and both would make fine candidates.