In December, a host of candidates filed for the 2016 Presidential Preferential Primary with the Oklahoma State Election Board. It’s quite a list. Most names should be familiar right now but some are totally obscure.
Here are the Democrats.
Mrs. Hillary Clinton
Mrs. Clinton is a former U.S. Senator from New York, former Secretary of State under Barack Obama and former First Lady (her husband is Bill Clinton).Mrs. Clinton is all for empowering women (they need power to deal with her philandering husband). She is all for national security (except when it comes to protecting our ambassador in Libya). And she is all for disclosure (except for the thousands of secret e-mails she deleted while at the State Department). She represents the third term for Obama and the fifth terms for the Clinton Dynasty. She will not win in Oklahoma.
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders
This Vermont senator is an unabashed socialist who wants to redistribute wealth by stealing assets from the wealthy and giving to the “poor.” He was a conscientious objector during the War in Vietnam but now he thinks he is qualified to be commander in chief of the strongest military in the world. Is there a single state in the Union Sanders could win?
Martin J. O’Malley
The former governor of Maryland, he’s really just running for vice president.
Roque Rocky De La Fuent of San Diego, California; Keith Judge of Midland, Texas; Michael A. Steinberg of Tampa, Florida; and Star Locke of Port Aransas, Texas.
None of these are serious but at least they can tell their grandkids they ran for president and maybe got 10,000 votes.
Here are the Republicans
This Florida senator is from Miami. A former Speaker of the Florida Senate, he is in his first term in the U.S. Senate.
One of the non-politicians in the race, Dr. Carson is a retired neurosurgeon who lives in Alexandria, Virginia. A devout Christian, his success so far has been a surprise.
Gov. Chris Christie
The governor of New Jersey, Christie is a former federal prosecutor who was a favorite of some conservatives until he got friendly with Obama right before the 2012 election.
A former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania, Santorum won the Oklahoma GOP primary in 2012. He is battling to get in the top tier this time.
The former governor of Arkansas, Huckabee is a former Southern Baptist minister. Perhaps his biggest asset is that he has beaten the Clintons in their home state.
From Alexandria, Virginia, Fiorina is another non-politician with a remarkable business background.
Bush is the former governor of Florida, the brother of George W. Bush and the son of George H.W. Bush (both former presidents). Bush is generally seen as the choice of the Republican Establishment but he is not doing well in the polls.
Gov. John Kasich
Kasich is the governor of Ohio, a key state in winning the presidency. He formerly served in the U.S. House and worked for Fox TV previously.
Donald J. Trump
Perhaps the richest man to ever run for president, Trump is an enormously successful businessman who was the host of a TV show, The Apprentice. Many polls show him as the frontrunner for the nomination.
Sen. Rand Paul
The son of former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, Paul represents Kentucky. He is the closest to being a Libertarian of anyone in the GOP field.
Sen. Lindsey Graham
This South Carolina senator withdrew after filing with Oklahoma.
Sen. Ted Cruz
Cruz is in his first term in representing Texas in the U.S. Senate. He has drawn the endorsement of U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Oklahoma – one of the most conservative congressman in the nation. Cruz is from Houston.
The Tulsa Beacon (that’s pretty much me) has endorsed Cruz while Tulsa Beacon columnist Dan Keating is working in the campaign for Trump in Oklahoma.
Both Cruz and Trump would be better presidents than what we have now and much better than Mrs. Clinton.
Several of the other GOP candidates would probably do a good job. I voted for Santorum in 2012 and have no regrets. Huckabee is perhaps the most devout Christian of the group. I would be disappointed if Bush, Kasich or Graham would somehow win the nomination.
The future of our country is at risk. These are people who will be on our ballot in Oklahoma on Super Tuesday.
Find out all you can and vote your conscience.