Hillary Clinton is the most qualified and experienced candidate for the position of democratic nominee to become the President of the United States of America. I have reviewed articles written recently as well as both of the democratic nominees’ websites to broaden my knowledge of both nominees. My initial thought was that Hillary Clinton would be the best candidate for this position and my research has only strengthened this view in my opinion.
Mrs. Clinton has extensive experience working with Americans over the past two decades. This experience includes being a children and family advocate, transforming Arkansas schools as first lady of that state, and is a champion of women’s and human rights (Clinton, 2008). Mr. ABM’s advocate experience includes working as a community organizer for a short amount of time in Chicago (Obama, 2008).
Mrs. Clinton became the first lady of the United States of America in 1992 and transformed the role of first lady single handily. She has traveled extensively across globe advocating for children, working class, women, and families (Clinton, 2008). Mrs. Clinton is a respected attorney who has been voted most influential twice in her life (Clinton, 2008). Mr. Obama is also an attorney; however, he has not received any awards for this service (Obama, 2008).
Mrs. Clinton has been a United States Senator since 2000 right after President Clinton left office (Clinton, 2008); while Mr. Obama has only been a United States Senator since 2004 (Obama, 2008). When it comes to the issues, Mrs. Clinton’s website offers voters plans to fix the problems in America (Clinton, 2008). While Mr. Obama’s website states simple things that he would do without providing a plan to get there.
Mrs. Clinton is said to be ‘wooing’ the undecided super delegates through frequent telephone calls from someone in the Clinton campaign attempting to monitor the attitudes of those undecided voters (Walsh, 2008). Mr. Obama’s campaign will only state that they, “are in contact with the super delegates at many levels” (Walsh, 2008) without giving voters any sense of the tactics that his campaign is using to ‘woo’ these super delegates.
I know that there may be many people who do not agree that Hillary Clinton would be the best democratic nominee for President. There are several reasons for these voters’ beliefs; I will mention just a few of these positions today. First of all, supporters of Mr. Obama argue that living in other countries when growing up constitutes enough global experience to run our country as President.
It is stated in an article that a visit Mr. Obama made to Pakistan in 1981 molded his views of the globe that he still believes today (Hirsh, Kinetz, Kliff, 2008). To me this is fallacious reasoning on Mr. Obama’s part because our country has changed considerably in the past 27 years; how can his understanding of global relations not have changed with the changing of times.
These supporters will argue that through being mistreated as a child by children in other countries for being an affluent American, Mr. Obama was bred into a true blue patriot with an understanding of what America offers that many other countries do not offer (Hirsh, Kinetz, Kliff, 2008). This article also mentions that Mr. Obama can sympathize with Americans from broken homes and those from the lower and middle class because of his experiences as a child. If this were an allowable credential for the Presidency then ninety percent of Americans would qualify to be President.
There seems to be a lot of weight given to Mr. Obama’s foreign experience as a child which to me would constitute fallacious reasoning. If Mr. Obama could utilize his experiences as an elementary student to qualify him for President of the United States of America, we could validate nominating candidates whose political experience was culminated in high school.
Voters need to take a serious look at the type of experienced candidate they want running our government for the next four years. Based on readings and experience, I feel that Mr. Obama is an excellent senator for the United States and could expand his foreign experiences through continued service as a United States Senator. However, this editorial clearly points out the distinct difference in qualification and experience levels between these potential candidates.
It is my goal to have shown voters that we need to have a candidate who has previous experience in the White House at an intimate level. We need to have a candidate who has traveled the globe in recent years advocating for several causes. Based on the research that I have done, I feel that Hillary Clinton is the best candidate for democratic nominee to become President of the United States of America.
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