Start of the race for the potential candidates of the 2016 U.S. presidential elections

The Republicans and Democrats potential candidates for the 2016 presidential campaign are already facing about both internal and external issues further to the debates concerning measles vaccination and the fight of the Islamic State.

Charles and David Koch, the fifth and sixth world richest persons and supporters of the Republicans are now the worst threat for the Democrat Party, since they plan to spend almost $900 million in the 2016 Republican campaign. This amount represents more than twice the money spent in the Republican presidential campaign of 2012. Koch brothers have used their network to find 300 donors willing to finance the Republican campaign. David Koch explained: “What I want these candidates to do is support a balanced budget”. He added: “I’m very worried that if the budget is not balanced that inflation could occur and the economy of our country could suffer terribly”.

In addition to this donors’ race, Democrats and Republicans are currently clashing about the vaccination issue. In January, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced a revival of measles mainly due to the decrease of vaccinations.


The cases of measles in the United States in January 2015 according to CNN

Indeed, some persons believe that vaccines can develop autism since the publication of an unfounded study in 1998. Obama urged parents to get their children immunized because “There is every reason to get vaccinated, but there aren’t reasons to not”. Two potential Republican candidates have shared a different view. Rand Paul affirmed that most vaccinations should be “voluntary” since it is “an issue of freedom” and Chris Christie declared that parents should have “some measure of choice”. Other Republican candidates such as Ted Cruz, Bobby Jindal and Marco Rubio strongly support vaccination. Amongst the Democrats, Hillary Clinton posted on Twitter that “The science is clear: The earth is round, the sky is blue, and #vaccineswork. Let’s protect all our kids”. A recent study of the Pew Research Center indicates that 68% of U.S. adults support a compulsory vaccination, as well as 76% of Democrats and 65% of Republicans and independents. Moreover, Republicans and independents tend more than Democrats to believe that parents should decide.

The statistics of the Pew Research Center’s study concerning vaccination

The statistics of the Pew Research Center’s study concerning vaccination

Even though the American elections are usually based on domestic issues, given the global situation, the controversy about the role of the U.S. in the fight against the Islamic State will make its way in the presidential campaign, especially concerning the question of the ground troops. Some analysts and Republicans blame the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq because of the progress of the jihadists, and warn that the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan could also give the Taliban more power. A recent study of the Pew Research Center shows that the first public’s policy priority for Americans is the fight against terrorism. Moreover, defending against terrorism should be the top priority for Republicans whereas it is the second priority for independents and the forth priority for Democrats.

The statistics of the Pew Research Center’s study concerning the public’s policy priorities

The statistics of the Pew Research Center’s study concerning the public’s policy priorities

Rick Perry, Ben Carson, Scott Walker, Marco Rubio, Lindsey Graham and Rand Paul, who are six potential Republican candidates, have already expressed their support of a return of ground troops. Amongst the Democrats, Hillary Clinton stated that military action against jihadists is “essential” to stop the growth of ISIS but “not sufficient” since we should also ruin the extremist propaganda and support Middle Eastern governments in their process of political and economic reforms.

  Romane Goy, Cristina Hernando & Rita Soriano


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