Republican candidates overflowing

By our count, there are at least 17 Republicans now in the mix for the GOP slot in the next presidential race. Here they are in alphabetical order: John Bolton, Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee, John Kasich, George Pataki, Rand Paul, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, Marco Rubio, Rick Santorum, Donald Trump, and Scott Walker. Sarah Palin has teased that she’s interested in running in 2016.

What are Republicans to do? Who will be the frontrunner (s)?

Is Hillary Clinton the only serious candidate for the Democratic Party? Let’s hope the party will at least give their constituents a couple of choices to pick from.

Would this finally be the time for a third party candidate to make a serious challenge over the two longtime major parties? Many political experts think so.

Even though the Primary Elections are not until 2016, these candidates are already making big news.

It makes our head dizzy listening to all of these Republicans that have literally thrown their hats into the ring.

There are many interesting candidates. We have one from our neighboring state of Kentucky in Rand Paul.

Then there has been talk of U.S. Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia possibly becoming a vice presidential running mate of Clinton. That could be interesting for Mountain State voters, who have gone with the GOP the last few elections.

Regardless of the party, let’s hope that the next president can turn this country around. There have been some tough economic times that have hit certain regions. Appalachia is one of the hardest hit areas in the United States.

Our particular region has hit tough times with the EPA regulations and the current administration’s stance on coal. When coal jobs are lost there is a ripple effect on our local economy. Many other related jobs in the industry also suffer and jobs are lost.

There needs to be a balance between environmental issues and being able to mine and burn coal for energy.

Why can’t the two sides ever seem to compromise? It seems like it is all or nothing in regards to the issues they believe in.

Voters need to listen to the candidates and the future debates. Make the choice they believe in and cast their votes in both Primary and General Election.

It will be important for voters to study the candidates in 2016 and hopefully make a good choice.

Let the race begin.

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