Much talk and debate has come forward about the possible running for the seat in the White House by both Hilary Clinton and Condoleeza Rice.
Both pose impressive resumes and have shown signs of being dominate forceful figures in their respective roles within the U.S. Government, but, would U.S. Citizens vote a woman into office?
Clearly each have their own distinctive qualities,credentials and experience to make a strong run in becoming the first U.S. “woman” President.
However, one must think about the down spiraling U.S. support for the Republican party as of late, with the much talked about Iraq war still on the tongues of American Citizens, and with rising nuclear issues coming out of Iran, leftist leaning Latin America as well as other problems being faced by Republican house members, Rice’s chance of sitting in the oval office as commander and chief has become very slim.
Hilary on the other hand is being praised on many levels by many, including Republican members, her background as a strong First Lady and public figure for nearly two decades now, would give her an edge over Rice, in this writers opinion.
Then there’s the Bill factor, now while no President has been or probably will ever be, perfect, one cannot deny Bill’s work in the U.S. economic area while serving as President, under Bill the U.S. had eliminated the deficit,with funds to spare, funds which have now completely disappeared under the Bush administration, funds, that will most likely have to be paid for by generations to come and with the U.S. dollar slipping at a global scale, I feel Bill’s presence in the White House as “First Gentlemen” could be the clincher to a Hilary victory in 2008.
It is no secret that Florida is the “hot bed” for any candidate to conquer during a Presidential campaign, but as recent history has shown, any candidate must win the majority votes of Cuban American Citizens.
The approach to such campaigns in the past of gaining the votes of Cuban American’s had been simple, just denounce Cuba and it’s government and continue to support the embargo and promise tighter restrictions against our neighboring island.
That “use” to almost guarantee a victory in campaigns gone by, but as of late the Cuban American support has been also slipping out of the hands of Republicans, mostly do to tighter travel restrictions placed on Cuban Americans, which denies them the right to visit their family in Cuba to once every three years and not to mention the fiasco of the “wet foot- dry foot” policy we have seen covered by the media heavily, a policy that ironically “Bill Clinton” set in place, a policy that could turn out to be an enemy of Mrs.Clinton in the state of Florida.
So who would win Florida? A must wait and see answer for sure!
Rice, has publicly made her opinions on Cuba-U.S. issues, so her approach to how she would campaign for the voting power of Cuban American’s, is no secret, same strategic campaign as past Republican campaigns, “promise to strangle Castro”.
But, would a “promise to strangle Castro” type of campaign work in 2008?
Again, a must wait and see answer, though a large number of aging Cuban American’s seems to be slowly disappearing by either not going to the ballot box or simply dying, has given way to the “New Cuban American Order” in the states, young Cuban American’s could be the missing link and key target to any candidate winning a Florida campaign on 2008.
The problem is, how does one target the young Cuban American voters?
Many are Cuban American’s born in the U.S. whom have never been to Cuba or fully understand Cuban - American policies or politics, many have the “I still have family there I wish to meet” attitude, while on the other hand one has young Cuban American’s who fled Cuba to the U.S., a growing Cuban community that seems to lean towards and favor less travel restrictions and more family contact as their attitude is more of a “I have my family in Cuba”.
Personally, I cannot wait for 2008 to roll around, as I will be sitting back and watching all Presidential candidates campaign strategies, it should be interesting to say the least.
Please post your opinions.