In Case You Missed It: The 2016 Presidential Race

Senator Marco Rubio Hillary Clinton Jeb Bush

Two Republicans and one Democrat, this is the power of three potential presidential candidates for 2016.

Former Governor Jeb Bush, Senator Marco Rubio, and the former 67th U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton are the three names that have been thrown around to be in the running for president in 2016.

Former Gov. of Florida, Jeb Bush – who is a GOP member – and Senator Hillary Clinton – a Democrat – seem to have closer familial ties than just the political process. Meanwhile, Sen. of Florida, Marco Rubio, also a GOP member, has changed his stance on immigration, and he has made a bold prediction for his run to the White House.

But first on the Cuban-American Senator Rubio. Rubio boasts on his website (rubio.senate.gov) that his intent is to “bring back the American dream.” Rubio has lived it himself. The Rubio family first came to the U.S. in 1956; when the family arrived his father became a bartender at hotels, and his mother a maid, cashier, and store clerk. Marco’s parents’ sacrifice helped to shape the future of his career and education.

From the past to the present, Marco’s parents might have influenced his views on immigration reform. Rubio has had strong views about immigration: he has pushed for a complete overhaul with a pathway to citizenship. Rubio’s previous six point plan for immigration reform had included the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) create, fund and initiate a border fence; enforce employment verification (E-Verify); and create an exit system to stop Visa overstays.

In a recent interview with The New York Times Magazine, he amends his plans a bit: he says that “once you have a permanent residency, a green card, existing laws allows you to apply for citizenship.” Despite his amendment, and the glaring lack of support for immigration reform by the GOP, Rubio contends that the GOP should not change their stance.

Jeb Bush versus Marco Rubio. In The New York Times interview, Rubio says running against Bush is like competing against a friend and mentor. But in most recent news, Rubio has stated that if he runs that he would win the presidency in 2016 and even beat Bush.

While that sounds like a head-scratcher in terms of Rubio saying that it would be hard for him to run against his friend and then doing the opposite, Bush has more political experience than that of Rubio. Jeb Bush comes from a presidential and politically powerful legacy.

Jeb is the second of son of former U.S. President George H. Bush; Jeb is the brother of the former 43rd U.S. President George W. Bush. George W. Bush was president for two terms. But Jeb’s family is not the only one with political prowess, they are the Clintons.

Former President Bill Clinton was the 42nd U.S. president (POTUS). Bill Clinton was POTUS for two terms. Hillary Rodham Clinton was the first lady at the time. Then Hillary Clinton later became the Secretary of State for four years.

What does this mean? It means that both families are awash in money and because of this both families have the political and financial stamina to run a strong campaign.

But voting for either Jeb Bush or Hillary Clinton might be like voting for the same person. It has been reported that former POTUS Bill Clinton is close with George H. Bush. In fact, Bill Clinton looks up to him like a father figure. So the Clintons and Bushs are very close.

In the 2016 presidential election, at least Rubio is confident enough that he believes he could win. Voting for either the Bush’s or the Clinton’s might be electing and supporting these political dynasties.