A lot of people want to be the president of the United States. There are sixteen people to be exact. Thirteen of them are Republicans and three of them are Democrats.
Why are there only three Democrats? It is mostly because one of them is Hillary Clinton. She has a strong claim to the nomination. She was the wife of President Bill Clinton, who was president from 1992 to 1980. She was a U.S. Senator from New York from 2000 to 2008. She was U.S. Secretary of State from 2008 to 2012.
In 2008, she ran to be the Democratic nominee for president. She lost to Barack Obama.
Another candidate is Bernie Sanders. He is a U.S. Senator from the state of Vermont. He is running as a person who supports lower and middle-income families. He says he is a Socialist. He cites Norway and Sweden as countries he admires.
The third candidate is Martin O’Malley. He was the governor of the state of Maryland. Most experts say he is not likely to be the Democratic candidate for president.
It is easy for these three to have a debate. They do not have to fight for center stage in the way the thirteen Republicans have to fight. This may be one reason the Republicans are saying some extreme things. Republicans also are trying to win the votes of very conservative primary voters.
The Democrats had a debate last Saturday. The economy and the threat of Islamic terrorism are the big issues. It is very hard to change the way the economy works. It is easy to promise to make the economy fairer to lower-income families.
All the Democrats agree they want to fight the Islamic terrorists in Syria and Iraq. They do not say all Muslims or all Syrian refugees should not be allowed to enter the U.S.
So far, the Democrats are being moderate in their positions. This is not true of the Republicans.
Source: The Washington Post December 19, 2015