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Opinion: Why is one person “trumping” the polls?

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There are only three qualifications to run for president: you must be at least 35 years old, you must be a natural-born citizen and you must have lived in the United States for the past 14 years. Notice political experience is not a requirement.

Donald John Trump is a name known in most American households for his large ego, lack of verbal filter and love for telling people they are fired. He has also managed to make himself known as a top presidential candidate in the 2016 election; Trump is leading by 12-points over neurosurgeon Ben Carson in the latest polls.

Trump is basing his campaign on one single issue: immigration. If you take a look at the top five Republican presidential candidates (Trump, Carson, former Gov. Jeb Bush, Sen. Ted Cruz and Sen. Marco Rubio) and the number of issues that they have written stances on, all but two candidates have five or more issues. Bush mentions many issues but never gives a solid stance on an issue and Trump just speaks on immigration, which is a risky move.

Single-issue campaigns for president normally don’t work. Why? When you are president of the United States, you generally have to deal with more than one thing. In addition, most voters care about more than a single issue. Immigration is a hot topic for the 2016 election for both Democrats and Republicans, but it doesn’t seem like a big enough issue to create such a large gap in the polls, which poses the question: Why is Trump even running for president, let alone leading the polls with a 12-point lead over Ben Carson?

“I think that Trump is running for president just because he can. He has the money so why not,” Joe Persico, a freshman in the University College, said. “He is doing so well because he is familiar to people, they know him from TV so they think that he can be president.”

Persico does make a point; familiarity is such a big part due to the fact that media and technology are such huge parts of our lives. Surprisingly enough, Trump’s numbers have grown even though he has been called out for distasteful comments he has made about the Latino community, which caused NBC to cut all ties with him, canceling his show “The Apprentice” after 14 seasons. But according to his Twitter, “To all my fans, sorry I couldn’t do The Apprentice any longer — but equal time (presidential run) prohibits me from doing so. Love!”

Who knows, there could be a 15th season of “The Apprentice,” but instead of “you’re fired,” it could feature the phrase “that’s vetoed” and be filmed at the White House instead of Trump Towers. Hopefully not, but we will see what happens in the next 13 months until election day.

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