Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

Cream of the Crop: How the 2016 Field Is Shaping Up

Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

Cream of the Crop: How the 2016 Field Is Shaping Up

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THE DEMOCRATS

Hillary Clinton

The former secretary of state and first lady, 67, has long been considered the inevitable Democratic nominee. Her early campaign has been marked by a focus on inequality and an apparent shift to the left on economics.

Bernie Sanders

The 73-year-old senator for Vermont calls himself a "democratic socialist" and harnesses the party's old populist traditions. He will attack Clinton for her links to corporate finance--and maybe move her a little further to the left.

Martin O'Malley

The 52-year-old Maryland governor is running to argue for greater gun control and to criticise the Obama administration's policies on detention and deportation.

Lincoln Chafee

The former governor of Rhode Island, now 62, was a Republican and independent before joining the Democrats. His message is "aversion to foreign entanglements"--in contrast to Clinton, who voted for the Iraq war.

THE REPUBLICANS

Jeb Bush

The 62-year-old former governor of Florida is the current Republican favourite. Combines conventional conservative views on abortion, school reform and fiscal policy with a more consensual style than many of his rivals.

Ted Cruz

Cruz, the junior senator for Texas at 44, is the purest Tea Party candidate. An ardent supporter of a flat tax and gun rights, he is courting the evangelical vote, favouring abortion only in cases where pregnancy endangers the mother's life.

Rand Paul

The junior senator from Kentucky is a libertarian. …

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