Hillary has strong voice needed to win

Derek Thurber

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Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has the strong dedication and experience to take the United States from being the laughingstock that it is today to a renewed position as the morally upright and powerful nation that it was not long ago. She is the voice of power and commitment in the 2008 presidential election. And, perhaps most of all, she is the experienced candidate who knows how to deal with the tense politics of the crippled world as is needed in order to be the leader of the free world.

Clinton holds the ideals of real politics firmly in her mind, not the promises of unattainable desired politics.

Many of the policies of Obama and Clinton are similar, but Obama supports more of the ideal than what can actually be accomplished. In Iraq, for example, Obama promises to set a permanent deadline for troop removal. However, Clinton makes no such fake promise. She said that the situation is not a static problem that can be solved by a single deadline but, instead, a very dynamic issue that will need reassessing and adapting as the situation evolves.
Her position on health care is also very practical. She proposed the introduction of a universal health care system. This new policy would ensure that all Americans can get the health care that they deserve no matter their status, gender, racial background or any other reason. She will not leave the voters to find their own security in health care like many of the other candidates.

Beyond her policies, though, Clinton is the most capable of the Democratic candidates to run this country at this time. The United States is not in a time of peace and comfort. It is quite the opposite. We live in a time of turmoil, both domestically and in the greater world internationally. In order to deal with this difficult situation it is important that a candidate with experience take hold of the Oval Office.

Clinton knows what it is like to be president through her husband and she knows what it is like to be a strong leader through her own extensive political experience. She can lead through this rough period, unlike the other candidates on the field.

So she has the policies and she has the experience, but many people in this country still fear her “electability.” Electability is a strange concept to begin with: Why should somebody not be elected if they have good policies and the experience necessary? What else plays into the situation?

The most obvious problem Clinton will face is her gender. It is, obviously, true that there has never been a woman president, but that does not mean that there cannot be. This country is ready for change. That can be seen by the surprising turnout of people at the early primaries, it can be seen by the increased following of the election by the general population and it can be seen by the young people’s newfound interest in the election, especially with the youth turnout for Clinton in New Hampshire, unlike Obama’s low turnout of young voters in South Carolina. We are ready to see something happen and Clinton can make that happen regardless of her sex.

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