The 10 Most Important Questions For Any US Presidential Candidate in 2021

April 21, 2021 Leave a comment Presidential Election

U.S. presidential elections unite and divide Americans every four years as the nation’s most popular event involving the most active participants. One fact that connects all candidates is they must use mass media to reach a national audience. Here are ten key questions that every potential 2024 presidential candidate should already be thinking about in 2021.

1. What role should government play in creating new jobs?

Clearly, the pandemic has created mass unemployment while many businesses have survived by allowing employees to work remotely. Technology keeps improving to the point robots and automation software can replace many existing jobs in the future. Biden’s $2 trillion stimulus plan is set to create thousands of new green jobs.

2. How can the United States improve its healthcare system?

Even though the most talked about healthcare issue revolves around universal versus private healthcare funding, enormous problems still surround medical supply chains. The opioid epidemic of the past few decades has not been mentioned as much in the media, but stronger regulations and penalties must be put in place to prevent further exploitation of healthcare patients.

3. What are the steps necessary to achieve a carbon-neutral future?

America naturally needs a presidential candidate who sounds knowledgeable about renewable energy and what it will take to reverse the effects of climate change. The debate is no longer about whether or not climate change is real, it’s about ways to reduce pollution and clean the environment.

4. How can the government make housing more affordable?

Wall Street firms have been busy buying up homes in recent years, which has contributed to driving up costs for home buyers and renters. Many people are leaving states like New York and California to avoid high costs. Lawmakers must find ways to make homes more affordable for middle-class families and individuals.

5. What should be done about student loan debt?

Today millions of former students are still deep in debt after their college experiences for various reasons. The Biden Administration has pledged to forgive debt in cases in which the student was defrauded. Should all student debt be forgiven or just certain types?

6. Which institutions must address fixing the problem of systemic racism?

Federal legislation was passed in 1968 to outlaw “redlining,” a form of systemic racism practiced since the Great Depression era that led to the segregation of ethnic communities. Yet the practice still persists while several law enforcement agencies have been exposed for racial targeting.

7. How should the federal government handle cannabis legalization?

Cannabis has now been legalized at least for medicinal use in well over half the states. Legislation continues to move in the direction of legalization for both medicinal and recreational use. The cannabis industry is poised for strong growth once the plant is completely decriminalized at the federal level.

8. What should the tax rate be for billionaires?

One of the main issues that made Bernie Sanders competitive in primary elections was wealth inequality. Many large corporations pay zero taxes. Biden has talked about raising capital gains taxes on high-income earners.

9. How will the United States be prepared for the next major health epidemic?

The federal government seemed caught off guard when the pandemic hit in early 2020, raising questions on how much preparedness is necessary for such a rare disaster. While many other nations provide free or affordable healthcare, the United States still has a high number of citizens who have no health insurance.

10. What steps are necessary to reduce foreign economic and military conflicts?

The U.S. has spent trillions of dollars on war in the Middle East with not much to show for it but massive damage. Even though the foreign policy has been consistent throughout the past several administrations, the U.S. must reduce its dependence on other nations for natural resources, which is the root of many conflicts.

How Are Candidates For The US Presidency Chosen?

April 8, 2021 Leave a comment Presidential Election

Every four years, candidates for the US presidency emerge from various political parties, including the Republican Party and the Democratic Party. Typically, US presidential candidates must successfully compete in a series of state-level elections to gain their party’s nomination. It’s also worth noting that the United States presidential nominating process is lengthy, complex, and expensive

Declaring a Candidacy

Americans wishing to become president must first of all be natural-born citizens of the United States. In most cases, US presidential candidates announce their candidacy at least one or two years in advance of presidential election day. Some candidates even start running for president three or even more years before Election Day.

State Primaries

US presidential candidates tend to announce their candidacy well before the election because they have to assemble a campaign and be successful at state primaries or caucuses. These state contests take place in the winter and spring before presidential election day. The goal of presidential candidates is to win enough of these state contests and the delegates available to secure their party’s nomination for president. 

State Delegates

Each state presidential primary election or caucus features a certain number of delegates from each political party that the candidates running for their party’s nomination can win. These delegates are chosen from their respective parties to represent their states at their party’s national nominating conventions, usually in late summer. 

Primary States

State presidential primaries are direct elections, and presidential candidates who win the most votes cast by eligible voters win their respective state primaries and delegates. While most US states hold presidential primary elections, a handful of states prefer to have “caucuses,” which aren’t direct elections like primaries. 

Caucus States 

In a presidential caucus state such as Iowa, caucus participants are just like the voters in primary states. These caucus-goers assemble locally at designated sites within their counties that their parties have set up. Then they “caucus” or meet and discuss candidates. At these caucuses, participants choose delegates to represent them and vote for their preferred candidate at the designated congressional district and state-level conventions. All of this caucusing and voting takes place in a single day.  

Generally, a caucus state’s delegates for their national conventions come out of their states’ congressional district and state-level conventions. Those caucus delegates pledge to support the presidential candidates of their political party that entered the caucuses and sought, or “stumped for,” delegates. 

State presidential primaries tend to be “winner take all” when awarding delegates to a candidate. Caucus states, however, generally allot delegates to presidential candidates based on their success at the many caucuses held on that state’s caucus day. In a caucus state, it’s not unusual for several presidential candidates to come away with delegate votes at the end, rather than a single winner taking all such delegates. 

National Nominating Conventions

Both major political parties (Republican and Democratic) hold mostly-ceremonial national nominating conventions in late summer before November’s general election day. These days, Republican and Democratic presidential candidates usually secure their party’s nomination at some point during the primaries or caucuses after gaining the required majority of delegates. 

The “Old Days”  

In an older era, Republican and Democratic presidential candidates would often head into their conventions without the majority of delegates needed to win the nomination. Every political party has a mechanism for selecting its presidential nominees if none of the candidates has enough delegates after the first or initial round of delegate voting. In some cases, the nominating convention might need several or more rounds of voting by delegates before the party’s presidential nominee is chosen. A great deal of bargaining in so-called “smoke-filled rooms” might take place as well.