Local reaction to Rubio and Clinton entering the presidential race

The number of people running for president is growing to four. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio officially announced his bid to seek the Republican nomination Monday evening.

The Republican is best known for championing Tea Party values. It’s something he has in common with the other presidential candidates on the Republican side: Ted Cruz and Rand Paul. West Kentucky Young Democrats and Board of Elections Democratic Representative Matthew Schultz said, “I think that might be popular in a primary race, but I don’t know if any of those candidates are gonna’ have a leg to stand on when it comes to the general election with all the things they’re gonna’ have to say in the primary to win coming at it from a Tea Party perspective.”

Supporters say the Tea Party represents middle America, and sticking to those values of limited government may create a direct path to the White House. “I think that in reality, the Tea Party does stand for a lot more people than you would expect… He would be a great president. He really encompasses the American dream that you can come here — his parents were from Cuba — and be successful and rise to the highest office in the nation,” said McCracken County Republican Women President Joni Hogancamp.

Rubio is already taking swipes at rival Hillary Rodham Clinton. He said the former first lady “is a leader from yesterday.” She officially announced her candidacy for president Monday afternoon.

After making the announcement that almost everyone expected, Clinton is on her way to Iowa. She’s scheduled to make her first campaign appearance Tuesday at a community college, but she’s also making an impact in the Local 6 area. Local Democrats and Republicans are both talking about the possibility of having a woman run the White House.

This is the second time Clinton has run for president.  

“I think it’s not too unexpected that she announced early and first. I think that was a good idea,” Schultz said. He said he thinks she has a chance. “Obviously, everybody is excited to see what Hillary says next. I think this video sets the tone of the campaign, but it’s gonna’ depend on the specifics of what she has to say.”

“Women will be drawn to her, but, the bottom line is: What does she stand for, and how is she going to make America better?” Hogancamp said.  

Though Hogancamp and Schultz are affiliated with different political parties, they share a similar stance. They say voters will focus on integrity and issues instead of gender. 

“For a woman to be president would be great, but you really have to look at their values and what policies they’re going to put forward for the people,” Hogancamp said. 

As for the scandals associated with the Clinton name, Hogancamp said she doesn’t think Hillary can overcome things like Benghazi or those deleted emails. Schultz said scandals are just part of politics now. Neither one of the groups they represent have officially endorsed a candidate yet.
Polls show American women are more likely to vote for democratic candidates.

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