The GOP buckles down

With all the attention given to the Democratic Party at Guilford, we must also look into the Republican Party.

There is no doubt that Republican primary candidate Donald Trump is using both his wealth and his audacity to say anything and everything that comes to mind as a way to capture the majority of the spotlight and media coverage.

But while some people find him bombastic and extreme, others praise him for his grit and determination towards bringing up important issues that other politicians have avoided in the name of political correctness.   

“The current presidential race seems like even more of a media circus due to Trump’s early success and extreme viewpoints and statements,” said Brian Bolling, Early College junior.

Two of the important issues at this point in the election are immigration and women’s issues.

Trump has addressed immigration problems in the U.S. several times. He wants to have Mexico pay to build a wall and deport illegal immigrants. Many Republican candidates including Trump say they believe in legal immigration, however, and Trump has stated that a large door in the wall should allow people to enter America the proper and legal way.

While Trump has made questionable comments regarding women, former CEO Carly Fiorina has been a big advocate in the GOP for women’s issues. She talks about equal pay for women as well as equal treatment in the workplace, and she wants women to be acknowledged for their accomplishments as humans rather than just as women.

We all know about Trump and his pompous rhetoric, but has anyone actually considered the more moderate and perhaps likable prospects of the Grand Old Party?

“Extremists don’t win elections, and so they’ll pick a more moderate one,” said Assistant Professor of Political Science Robert Duncan. “Of course this is why everyone’s beating up on Jeb Bush, because he tends to be the more moderate one.”

A Huffington Post Pollster chart from Sept. 16 shows Trump in the lead, polling an average of 34.2 percent of the vote among 30 pollsters. Behind him are neurosurgeon Ben Carson, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio in that order.

Despite being a doctor rather than a politician, Carson has continued to rival Trump in the race. He speaks from experience when he lays out plans to repeal Obamacare and his rags-to-riches story appeals to both Democrats and Republicans. Like Trump, though, his lack of experience in public office may deter some voters as the race continues.

“The candidate who’s going to win (the Republican nomination) will be the candidate who raises the most money,” said senior Kiernan Colby, who founded the campus chapter of the nonpartisan group Democracy Matters. “Right now that’s Jeb Bush. Not because he has better values or connects better with voters, but because he’s raising the most money.”

The Republican Party is looking for a candidate who will uphold the values of the GOP: small government, lower taxes, strong immigration policies, traditional family values and Conservative views on abortion and gay rights. The question is, which candidate will prove to Republican voters that he or she can defend these values and do what is best for America in 2016?

“The secret to an effective presidency is having a cooperative Congress,” said Duncan. “The president by himself has very limited powers, as we have seen with Obama.”

While Hillary Clinton, who was once considered a shoo-in for the Democratic nomination, is being rivaled by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and a potential bid from Vice President Joe Biden, the Republicans will continue to use their control of Congress and the wavering popularity of the current president to gain support.

With so many outspoken and dynamic candidates running for the GOP nomination, the Democratic Party has an uphill battle to find the right candidate who can stand a chance of winning the election.