Donald Trump and Joe Biden are both attempting to position themselves as moderates in a tight race for the presidential nomination. In recent days, Trump has met with both Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden in an effort to appeal to undecided voters. In the past, President Obama had criticized Trump’s moderate stance on immigration and other issues, but has remained neutral in the race. This may be a risky strategy, as many voters have mixed feelings about Clinton and Obama and view a two-fronted party with one candidate as unacceptable.
Two years ago, Clinton became the first female U.S. Senator from New York since George Washington. Her opponent was Sen. Obama, a black man from Illinois with strong views against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. During the primary, Obama portrayed Clinton as a Wall Street insider and claimed that she would be a puppet for Wall Street if she were elected president. As the race wore on throughout the summer, Obama began to soften his attacks on Clinton, saying that she had been a “longtime friend.” A week before the crucial July primary, Clinton received the bulk of the democratic votes, making her the overwhelming favorite to win the Democratic nomination.
On the other hand, Trump is painting a dire picture of a nation at risk if he is elected president. He claims that “disaster” will occur if he is allowed to become president, promising to create “so much economic trouble and chaos that no one will ever again buy into the American dream.” Although there is no real evidence of an impending catastrophe, many Americans have become fearful of a Trump win. “There’s something scary about this guy,” said conservative talk radio host Hugh Hewitt. “He’s not a guy I want to be around.” Trump’s competitors for the Republican nomination are Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich.
In order to stop Trump and prevent a major political crisis, the party establishment must find a way to unite against him. The question is how? How can the party achieve a united front against a candidate who has openly promised to tear the party apart and unite it in its place?
Many in the Republican Party believe that the solution is to choose two separate tickets. Each ticket could be run by a different candidate. These two ticket options would then represent the two most popular figures in the party. Each ticket would need to attract enough votes to win the presidential nomination. If no candidate was able to win a majority of the convention votes, the party leaders and supporters would decide upon a new nominee, regardless of who had won the first two contests.
This way, the party leaders would still have an option should Trump or Cruz fail to garner enough delegates to win the national election. Cruz would then drop out and the party leadership would select a different candidate to run in the presidential election. Should Trump win the election, no one would step forward to stand for the party in the upcoming presidential election.
In a way, this choice is similar to a marriage proposal. One man proposes to his girlfriend, while the other man is holding a “No!” sign. The proposal is not going to work out because there is no match between the personalities. Choosing to have two tickets for the national election instead of one, will ensure that there is a balance of power and stability.
Electing a president without a majority at the convention is risky. Electing a president with a large majority at the convention also poses a threat. Electing a candidate with a popular majority will give the party members and leaders a sense of stability. Electing a candidate with an unpopular minority ticket will give the minority the opportunity to dislodge the incumbent. It may be wise to consider the best of both worlds when choosing a candidate for president.
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