The US Senator Elizabeth Warren is proving herself to be a suitable candidate for the presidential election. Warren’s stance on increasing the minimum wage, not only resonates to her own background, but to many Americans that are working to make ends meet. In her recent autobiography, Warren describes her family life in Oklahoma, with her father as a maintenance man and her mother who answered calls for a Sears’ store. Warren goes on to say that, ‘today the game is rigged — rigged to work for those who have money and power’. Her support is derived from the very fact that she is being honest with the American people and not saying things that could only benefit her own political status.

Warren is also gaining the support of many young people in America, as the prospect of paying off university fees is something that an individual has to consider for the rest of their lives. In a recent interview, Warren stated: ‘The federal government is going to charge (students) interest rates that are nine times higher than the rates for the biggest banks’. It has been reported that President Obama is set to back Warren’s student loan bill, which will potentially save students and graduates thousands of dollars. The Senator’s influence is a prominent force in office, with the backing of the current President; she has the approval and the vigour to potentially take office in 2016. Warren’s influence will be put to the test during the mid-term elections.

But the sad reality of this is that Warren has stated that she does not want to run in the 2016 presidential election, leaving the space for a democratic representative. The Democrats’ favourite is Hillary Clinton that has won 58 per cent support in a recent poll. Clinton is ideologically less liberal than the majority of her party, displayed in her support for the Iraq War in 2003 and her delayed stance on same-sex marriage.

Despite this, Clinton is a strong candidate to beat the Republicans for office, as her widespread support from middle-aged women leaves her at an advantage. Clinton is also a popular figure in American households; she continues to influence public policy and political discourse. Since Clinton ran against Obama in 2008, she has the know-how to run a long and arduous campaign.

The presidential primaries are 18 months away and anything can happen, but the candidate that does take office in 2016 will be faced with an economy that has yet to recover.

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