Candidates for President from the Republican party are a very diverse group, unlike the democrat hopefuls, one white woman, Hillary Clinton, and two middle age white guys, former Senator Jim Webb and former Governor Martin O’Malley. Contrast those candidates with Republican candidates for President, two Latino candidates, Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, a Black candidate, Dr. Ben Carson, and a woman, Carly Fiorino. [read_more] From the Richmond Times Dispatch.com,
“The Democrats don’t really seem to be producing much diversity this time around. I think Republicans are a lot more diverse in the field,” said Dan Palazzolo, a political science professor at the University of Richmond.
According to Virginia Republican Party Chair John Whitbeck, “the face of the party is changing”.
Dr. Carson’s candidacy is a testament to the efforts that we are making that African-Americans feel like they can compete in a GOP field for president despite the Democratic Party trying to portray that we are exclusionary for those communities,” Whitbeck said.
Candidate Carly Fiorina and Dr. Ben Carson are both considered ‘outsiders’ although Fiorina lives in Northern Virginia and Dr. Carson lives in the Maryland suburbs of Washington DC.