For registered Democrats, the choice for President basically comes down to 2 seasoned and intelligent politicians, Sanders and Clinton. I’ve followed the presidential primaries very closely, so these are my views on both candidates and why one edges out the other.
Hillary Clinton is an extremely intelligent and articulate person. She understands the issues deeply, speaking from a basis of facts and evidence rather than conjecture. She has been involved in public service for most of her career. Clinton understands how government operates. I agree with Clinton on many issues.
Bernie Sanders is likewise extremely intelligent and he addresses the issues clearly. A look at his website shows a very in-depth analysis of the issues and concrete ways he would address them. The issue he emphasizes most is wealth distribution although he has strong views on other domestic and foreign policy issues as well. Having spent 30 years in the Senate as an Independent, he has a good overarching grasp on government operations. He is an admitted “democratic socialist” and he seems to have the right mix of socialism in his policies and views. I believe Sanders to be very genuine, and I agree with his views on almost all issues.
To me, the edge goes to Sanders for predominantly one reason; he has funded his campaign with mostly small donations. He has no ties to big PACs or Lobbies. Hillary Clinton has ties to big money. She says that these ties don’t affect her decision-making. Even if that is true, there is the appearance that she could be influenced by big money. I believe big PACs and Lobbies are corrupting our system of government, and that Hillary Clinton is in fact influenced by their heavy involvement in government.
Like many Americans, I am not happy at all with our out-of-balance government. We need a political revolution based much more on ethics and much less on big money. Polarizing to extreme viewpoints isn't the way to float this political revolution. A strategic and reasonable approach is. I believe Bernie Sanders is the reasonable political revolutionary America needs. Getting him elected will require that many more people get involved in his campaign and in our government. Apathy will not help us start the political revolution America so desperately needs.
So it’s Sanders over Clinton in my view.