First, in my humble opinion, there are only four legitimate candidates for the Democratic Nomination; five if you believe Joe Biden would be a strong and progressive leader. I do not.
Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg, and Amy Klobuchar could win the nomination, and all would be exceptional presidents. I am aware I eliminated Tom Steyer. It’s not that I do not think he would be a far, far better American president than Trump, I believe that without any experience in government he would be unable to ‘hit the ground running,’ and our 46th president must be similar to our 44th. President Obama faced an extremely challenging economic situation and two unwinnable wars. Our next president will face challenges to unite our nation and restore the principles of the great men who preceded her or him. Trump continues to make efforts to destroy my country and the next president must have experience in Washington.
The other candidate I excluded is Mike Bloomberg. He has more baggage than Joe Biden. His history forces me to question where he stands on women’s rights, minorities, and the LGBTQ community.
In case you do not know, the rules were recently changed to allow Bloomberg a spot on tonight’s Democratic debate in Las Vegas. Senator Warren tweeted my feelings about this particular situation.
“It’s a shame Mike Bloomberg can buy his way into the debate. But at least now primary voters curious about how each candidate will take on Donald Trump can get a live demonstration of how we each take on an egomaniac billionaire.”
Three of the men and women I believe to be legitimate candidates are currently United States Senators. Pete Buttigieg is a former mayor. We have suffered through three years of a narcissistic egomaniac who continues to have zero experience in government. He has done nothing but live the life of a billionaire since January 20, 2017.
I had three requirements for the man or woman I supported for the presidency. First, is experience. Whoever replaces the worst illegitimate president in history will face enormous challenges. Second, he or she must be a progressive. Over the last 30 years both parties have moved to the right. The result is our nation is moving backwards. Third, age. I originally supported Kamala Harris. Her age was a factor. With a nation averaging 38.1 years of age, she would have been more relatable to the people of our country. She also had the advantage of being a woman, and is a member of our growing diverse population.
However, my age requirement has disappeared with the exception of “Mayor Pete,” and Senator Klobuchar. Buttigieg is 38 years of age; just three years over the minimum. Senator Klobuchar will be 60 on election day.
Although I do like both candidates, I have concerns. Mayor Pete’s experience is in a small city and I fear insufficient to deal with the extremely ugly situation in Washington. I doubt that Senator Klobuchar is aggressive enough to defeat the “do nothing party” on the right side of the aisle.
On Saturday my state of Nevada will hold its caucus. Of course I will attend, but I continue to vacillate between Senator Warren and Senator Sanders. The polls show Bernie leading and the most recent national poll shows him leading all candidates nationwide. Both candidates support the issues most important to me, and both would encourage younger voters and women to go to the polls.
Although I continue to believe that the American people are in desperate need of a woman president, I believe Bernie’s base is growing. He may become as popular as Barrack Obama in 2008.
I have one additional concern for both senators. The woman or man they choose as their running mate must be younger; hopefully under the age of sixty. And I continue to support a woman for vice-president.
I am usually very good at making decisions; not at the moment; but I will. On Saturday I will stand for the woman or man who will defeat Trumpenstein and become our 46th president.
“The Truth Lives Here”
Op-ed by James Turnage
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