The 2016 Presidential Race: Too Crowded or Not?


The amount of contenders that are now officially in the race for President in the
Republican primary is mind blowing. It now stands at 16 contenders, (I believe
unless I lost count). There is a question out there, if it is a good thing or
bad that the Republicans have so many contenders. I myself take the position
that while there might be a few downsides, overall the fact that we have so
many, especially ones with good résumés for the most part, is a very good thing.

At least for the Republican nomination, it does not appear to be a coronation like it may very well be for Hillary Clinton and the Democratic nomination.
Yes, it is a very crowded race so far and that will cause some problems
with each contender having trouble getting his or her message to the voters as
well as a crowded field for donations. Yet, at the same time as the weeks and months
go by the weaker contenders will be weeded out and those that have more promise
will be able to stand out more. Until then Republicans should celebrate the
fact that they have such a large field of people running for president, that is
a strength, not a weakness.

For those who are concerned about the fact that there may be too many Republican contenders for President, I have to ask how would you propose to limit the number? No matter what way you may come up with for making the whole process better, it would still be saying to someone “no you may not run for the nomination for President of the United States.” To do that is just plain un-American and against the whole premise of letting the
people choose their leaders.  Instead, we need to just bear with any small problems that may come up as a result of this crowded field and let the voters decide who is best not some backroom decision makers.

By having so many contenders in the Republican primary, not only does the party get choices in people, but ideas and philosophies for what direction the country needs to go
in. Thus, during this primary Republican voters will not only decide who their
nominee will be but what ideas a,nd policy issues they want taken to Washington
D.C. It is a good thing that we are having this process with so crowded a
field, for the more ideas that are presented the more likely the right ones
will get chosen. After all, is not the Republican Party referred to as the party
of ideas?

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