Alabama's Guide to the Upcoming Presidential Race: A Closer Look at Each Candidate

Ashleigh Nicole

Understanding the Presidential Candidates and their Policies

As we approach the momentous presidential race, Alabama residents are keen to know who will be vying for the coveted seat in the Oval Office. This article is your essential guide to understanding each candidate, their policies, and what they could mean for Alabama.

The Democratic Candidates
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Joe Biden Joe Biden, the 46th president of the United States, announced his candidacy for re-election on April 25, 2023, with Kamala Harris continuing as his running mate. This is Biden's fourth presidential campaign and his first as an incumbent. His previous campaigns highlighted his plans and strategies across different periods, and the 2024 campaign is expected to draw on his experience and policy priorities from his current term as president. Biden's 2024 campaign is managed by Julie Chávez Rodriguez with Quentin Fulks serving as the principal deputy campaign manager​​.
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Robert Kennedy Jr. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. launched his 2024 presidential campaign on April 19, 2023. As a member of the esteemed Kennedy family, an environmental lawyer, an author, and a controversial figure in the anti-vaccine movement, Kennedy brings a unique perspective to the race. Before announcing his bid for the presidency, Kennedy made headlines for comparing President Biden's COVID-19 vaccination policies to the Holocaust, a statement he later apologized for and claimed was taken out of context.

In launching his campaign, Kennedy stated that his priority would be

to end the corrupt merger of state and corporate power that is threatening now to impose a new kind of corporate feudalism in our country.
Marianne Williamson. (2023, June 8).Photo byIn Wikipedia.

Marianne Williamson: The author and spiritual lecturer, known for her New Age approach to politics, announced her candidacy on February 14, 2023. Williamson has been a critic of the American political establishment and has called for a "politics of love". Her platform includes universal healthcare, a Green New Deal, and reparations for slavery

The Republican Candidates
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Former President Donald J. Trump is making a bid to reclaim the presidency after losing in 2020, despite denying the loss and inciting a mob to attack the U.S. Capitol. While his influence within the Republican Party has somewhat diminished, he still maintains a dedicated and sizable base of supporters. Multiple challengers in the 2024 primary could split the anti-Trump vote, potentially aiding his candidacy.
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Nikki Haley, a former governor of South Carolina and UN ambassador under Trump, positioned herself as a new generation leader and emphasized her background as the daughter of Indian immigrants. Initially viewed as a rising star in the Republican Party, her popularity has waned due to her inconsistent support for Trump.
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Vivek Ramaswamy, a multimillionaire entrepreneur, and author, is known for opposing corporate efforts to advance political causes and is described as "anti-woke." While not holding elected office before, he has gained recognition among some conservatives.
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Asa Hutchinson, a former Arkansas governor, openly criticized Trump's attempts to overturn the 2020 election and called for him to withdraw from the presidential race. Hutchinson brings extensive federal government experience, including serving in the House and leading the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Department of Homeland Security's Border and Transportation Security Directorate.
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Chris Christie, former governor of New Jersey, gained praise for managing the state's recovery from Hurricane Sandy but faced condemnation for a bridge closure scandal. Running for president for the second time, Christie has become one of Trump's most vocal Republican critics.
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Doug Burgum, in his second term as governor of North Dakota, implemented significant tax cuts and an almost complete ban on abortion. As a former software entrepreneur who sold his company to Microsoft for over $1 billion, he is one of the wealthier candidates in the race and may rely on his personal funds to finance his campaign due to low name recognition compared to other candidates.
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Larry Elder is a prominent conservative talk radio host. He entered into the 2021 California recall election against Governor Gavin Newsom, but he did not succeed. Elder has been associated with far-right viewpoints, including advocating for the elimination of the minimum wage. Elder's campaign focused on issues such as crime, school choice, and opposition to pandemic-related measures.
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Tim Scott, the first Black Republican senator from the South in over a century, is a prominent voice on matters of race within his party. He has supported some police reforms while disagreeing with Democrats on the extent of structural racism in the United States. Raised by a single mother, Scott credits a Chick-fil-A owner for mentoring him and instilling conservative values.
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Ron DeSantis, as Florida's governor, has gained national attention for his confrontational conservatism. He has pursued a hands-off approach to the COVID-19 pandemic, restricted the teaching of racial history in schools, and enacted policies affecting the rights of L.G.B.T.Q. individuals. DeSantis has also utilized executive power against political opponents, including a Democratic prosecutor and Disney.
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Mike Pence, a former governor of Indiana and vice president under Donald J. Trump, went from being a loyal ally to facing violent backlash from Trump supporters when he refused to help overturn the 2020 election results. Pence's strong evangelical Christian faith guides his politics, particularly his unwavering support for a national abortion ban, despite growing public opposition and Republican caution on the issue.

Third Party
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Cornel West, a renowned professor of philosophy at Union Theological Seminary, has an impressive academic background, having taught at prestigious institutions such as Yale, Princeton, and Harvard. He is recognized for his progressive activism and has been notably critical of former President Barack Obama.

Currently, Dr. West is running for office as a member of the People's Party, a third party founded by a former campaign staff member of Senator Bernie Sanders. In his campaign announcement video, he denounced both Democrats and Republicans, accusing them of dishonesty.

Your Voice, Your Vote

As Alabama residents, your votes can shape the future of our state and nation. Keep informed about each candidate's policies and how they could impact Alabama. Remember, every vote counts in this crucial presidential race.

I've provided a brief overview of each candidate's key policies. For more detailed information about each candidate, their platforms, and their plans for Alabama, stay tuned in and I'll be updating to the end.

As we near the presidential race, let us remember the power that lies within each vote. Alabama, your voice matters. Let it be heard this election season.

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