The 45th President of the United States will be elected on November 8, 2016. That is roughly 570 days from now, but it seems as though the long and winding march to that day has officially begun. On Sunday, Hillary Clinton – former First Lady, Secretary of State, and Senator from New York – officially announced her candidacy.
Clinton is the first high-profile Democrat to enter the race and joins three Republicans who have taken the plunge:
- Texas Senator Ted Cruz kicked off the festivities on March 23
- Kentucky Senator Rand Paul announced on April 7, and
- Florida Senator Marco Rubio announced April 13
While the timing of these announcements may seem premature, with so much time from now until Election Day, the calendar of events for this election cycle is more or less par for the course. In 2012, Republican candidates including Tim Pawlenty, Newt Gingrich, Michele Bachmann and the eventual nominee Mitt Romney all announced their candidacies between early May and late June of 2011. In 2008, then-Senators Obama, Clinton and Joe Biden began their conventions between January and February of 2007. Taken in the context of these two extremes, the recent announcements fall in a happy medium.
But does that mean our new election is on the right track, just because it is following precedent? Does the country really need almost 600 days to pick the next Commander-in-Chief? These are just the first in a long series of important questions the United States will have to debate and answer between now and November 8, 2016. Make sure to download EAGLE and ensure your voice is heard all along the journey.