The 2020 presidential candidates show us what America looks like 

By Alexa Shrake

Uncertainty looms over the health and wellness of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. 

During campaign activities in Las Vegas, Sanders was struck with a heart attack and quickly sent to his home to recover. Many were worried about how it would affect his campaign, but the ever stubborn Sanders has decided to continue the 2020 presidential election race. 

The United States was founded under a group of people fleeing tyrannical, priveleged leaders. So why must we, the citizens, always elect a privileged Caucasian male to lead us? There are many different candidates in this upcoming 2020 presidential election, and Sanders might not be the best fit. 

Almost throughout all U.S. history, we have elected heterosexual, male lawyers, businessmen and veterans for president. America will only stay the same or get worse if we continue this trend. 

Changes in government come slowly and citizens are beginning to notice it’s time to look at other options. 

For Allison Fetter-Harrott, associate professor of political science, one solution includes embracing bipartisanship. 

“What I see in the voices [of] my students and fellow citizens is a desire for political leaders across the aisle to work together to solve problems,” Fetter-Harrott said. 

Now is the moment to change history.

In the upcoming presidential race, there is considerable diversity between candidates. There are Democratic candidates of different races, genders and sexualities like Julian Castro, Pete Buttigieg, Kamala Harris, and Andrew Yang.

So far in history, the youngest president of the U.S. to ever be elected was Theodore Roosevelt at age 42. Currently, the youngest candidate campaigning is Mayor Pete Buttigieg at 37. The youngest woman campaigning is representative of Hawaii Tulsi Gabbard at 38. 

While it may appear reckless to vote for someone who is so young because they may not have as long of a resume as other candidates, they are still able to represent the 

American people. America needs someone who knows about business and politics. They also need someone who has experience being part of the working class. 

We need someone who knows what it is like to have to fight for their rights because we need someone who will make decisions about our rights should understand us. 

All the differences that define us and our candidates — race, gender, age and more — bring unique perspectives to what America is, what it is becoming and what it should be. 

“We need to find a way to find our commonalities again and to work together and understand the links that make us human,” said Benjamin Horner, professor of political science. 

America is its people, and they are women, men, African American, Asian- American, Hispanic, homosexual, transgender, heterosexual and much more. It is up to the American people to decide who represents America fully. 

It is up to the people to decide whether we want to be involved with a major change in history with our votes. 

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