With the primaries for the next presidential election growing increasingly closer, candidates in both parties have experienced several twists and turns in their race to the oval office.

Perhaps one of the most important developments to occur this month in any of the candidates campaigns was Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s endorsement of Republican front-runner Donald Trump.

Trump invited Palin to join him onstage at a rally in Iowa; she announced her support for the presidential hopeful whom she was quick to name as “the next President of the United States.”

No stranger to the political arena, Palin herself ran for vice president in 2008 alongside John McCain in his presidential campaign.

She praised Trump for his business experience and skill at negotiation, calling him the one candidate who has proven to be a master at “the art of the deal.”

She also called for an enthusiastic “hallelujah” when mentioning that Trump was a member of the private sector and not a politician.

She argued that Trump’s experience with business practices, such as balancing budgets, would be invaluable to a U.S. president.

Palin also expressed her belief that Trump would be a strong military leader, and would allow U.S. soldiers to “kick ISIS’s ass.”

Throughout her endorsement she also talked about her respect for Trump’s shaking up of “the status quo,” and argued that he knows “the main thing,” which she described as being able to protect Americans economically and militarily.

However, Trump hasn’t been the only GOP candidate in the news lately. Texas Senator Ted Cruz recently drew fire from some of the comments that he made concerning the state of New York.

Cruz criticized Donald Trump for having “New York values.” Cruz later elaborated on what he meant when questioned at the sixth republican debate. He stated that New York City views are socially liberal, and include pro-abortion and pro-gay marriage stances.

He supported his statement by arguing that “not a lot of conservatives come out of Manhattan.”

This provoked a response from Trump during the debate, and the anger of many New Yorkers, many of whom expressed their disapproval in articles and on social media sites.

According to the New York Times, #newyorkvalues began trending on Twitter with an estimated more than 25,000 people weighing in on Cruz’s comments.

Cruz later issued an apology to the “millions of New Yorkers who have been let down by liberal politicians in that state,” but has since aired a campaign ad that continues to echo his concerns over Donald Trump’s “New York values.”

The presidential candidates in the Democratic Party have also been in the spotlight throughout the past few weeks.

While former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton has been widely considered to be the front-runner among the Democratic candidates, a recent CNN poll shows her lead over Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont is beginning to shrink.

According to CNN’s most recent poll, Clinton is at around 52 percent while Sanders is sitting at around 38 percent. The two candidates recently presented their final appeals to Iowa voters alongside fellow candidate Martin O’Malley at a CNN-hosted town hall in the state.

The three addressed various issues including foreign policy and inequality. One of the big takeaways from the town hall was Bernie Sander’s statement that “we will raise taxes” in order to pay for health care.

The candidates in both parties are just beginning to gear up for the primaries and caucuses that will be taking place in the coming months, and there are likely many more changes in store for the political landscape before the elections take place.

Alexander Cooper
Staff Reporter

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