Marco Rubio, Hillary Clinton, and The Unanswered Ramblings of a Millennial

Apparently Marco Rubio is not the only person who believes he can beat Hillary Clinton in a Presidential run. A slew of political operatives behind the curtain believe that by the power of sheer youth, oratory skills, an attractive family, and his appeal to Latino voters, the 43-year-old Rubio could ride his rhetoric to the White House.

Source: Salon Magazine

Well, maybe. I am keenly waiting on those big time donors to announce their endorsements. Who will be brazen enough to vet a Rubio ticket to the White House shunning the Bush legacy, the ridiculousness of Ted Cruz taking the Magna Carta to the West Wing, the anti-union salesman Scott Walker, and the libertarian ballplayer Rand Paul?

Hillary Clinton is another story. I am a woman. I am Latina. And I am from Florida. Hillary Clinton needs to impress me. And from all the newsfeeds and Twitter updates, I am not convinced she’s convincing many people.

I’ll be honest. I really liked her presidential announcement campaign ad. I thought it was brilliant. Let others talk for you, let the social fabric of contemporary America distill what makes America so special inspire the audience while flashing a buildup of contextually driven policy issues that— Hillary Clinton could possibly absolve. It was heartfelt, it was upbeat, and it almost got me until she showed up, needless to say—it was underwhelming.

Marco Rubio is, depending on the kind of conservative you ask, seen as seemingly authentic and charismatic, but Hillary is not.

Rubio is a first-term senator who lacks executive experience and although I like his position on the American dream that I’m living and his values on the nuclear family, his foreign policy ideas scare me. His hawkish platforms make me cringe when it comes to ISIS, Putin or even the Castro brothers. Will we be intervening everywhere?

As much as I am a realist when it comes to international relations, we need to address the multitude of domestic issues that are displacing our standing in the world. Issues like public education, healthcare, taxation and immigration deserve the attention of both Democrats and Republicans as they continue to indefinitely recede our vitality as a nation.

During his presidential announcement, Rubio said: “Just yesterday, a leader from yesterday began a campaign for president by promising to take us back to yesterday.” Not the most elevating prose but the millennial generation got the picture. Millennials understand his strategy but don’t buy it. Point is —millennials are going to play a huge role in this election as both parties try to pander to our coveted base.

Just how candidates and their prospective political parties choose to position themselves rhetorically, millennials will accordingly carry these political messaging cues to the polls and to later generations of voters. The question is, how devastatingly polarized will the 2016 rhetoric evolve? And, how will Hillary continue to trod the brilliant messaging that her campaign operatives have concocted for her?

I can assure you that the candidate who can promise the millennial generation swift action to strengthen the American workforce, despite race or gender, with clear policy ideas, has my vote.