3) Endorse a candidate.
The New York Times editorial board recently endorsed two Democratic candidates: Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar. In its editorial, the board wrote of Senator Warren:
Senator Warren is a gifted storyteller. She speaks elegantly of how the economic system is rigged against all but the wealthiest Americans, and of “our chance to rewrite the rules of power in our country,” as she put it in a speech last month. In her hands, that story has the passion of a convert, a longtime Republican from Oklahoma and a middle-class family, whose work studying economic realities left her increasingly worried about the future of the country. The word “rigged” feels less bombastic than rooted in an informed assessment of what the nation needs to do to reassert its historic ideals like fairness, generosity and equality.
Of Senator Klobuchar, the board argued:
Ms. Klobuchar speaks about issues like climate change, the narrowing middle class, gun safety and trade with an empathy that connects to voters’ lived experiences, especially in the middle of the country. The senator talks, often with self-deprecating humor, about growing up the daughter of two union workers, her Uncle Dick’s deer stand, her father’s struggles with alcoholism and her Christian faith.
Which candidate would you endorse?
Be sure to justify your pick by describing the qualities you value most in your candidate, such as character, experience, accomplishments, stance on the issues and electability.
You might consider writing your ideas in the form of an editorial and then submitting your final draft to our Seventh Annual Student Editorial Contest.
4) Make a prediction (or two).
Who do you think will win the Iowa caucuses? Who do you think will win the Democratic nomination? Explain your reasoning.
Feel free to consider the latest polling information, but heed the warning from the article: “The only bulletproof prediction through political history is that people who make political predictions will keep getting things wrong sometimes.”