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If we're honest, the Democratic primary debates are looking to be a lot quieter than their counterparts across the aisle. Republicans have a heated contest coming up, between several powerful juggernauts who all enjoy real chances of getting the GOP's nod. Chris Christie, Scott Walker, and Jeb Bush are all names that no one can afford to discount. And of course, the inclusion of Donald Trump promises to be nothing if not entertaining. The Republicans are planning 12 mudslinging showdowns between their various heavy hitters, while Democrats are only looking at 6 debates. And the reason things seem like they're going to be less volatile for Democrats is a bit anticlimactic, but it's also very simple: Hillary Clinton is running the show.

Having been on the political scene since her husband was President in the 1990's, Hillary has amassed an impressive and very loyal following. Millions clamor to see her win the White House, among not only the political left, but women across the spectrum. Hillary is so admired and respected by female voters, in fact, that it's generally understood that Republican John McCain chose his running mate in 2008 – Sarah Palin – in part because of her gender, in a race in which Hillary had been firing up the female electorate. Today, she is still the darling of the Democratic party, and while others within that tent have expressed an interest in running, it's not unusual for Clinton to poll in at over twice their numbers.





But while demanding mention, Hillary's chances shouldn't be overstated. If there's one thing American politics punishes, it's the assumption of a sure thing. Clinton's e-mail scandal has hurt her politically, with polls showing her fervent support – even among Democrats – seems to be cooling despite remaining strong. And with her candidacy now a reality and a daunting challenge for other Democrats, the pressure is on her opponents to dig up more dirt that could sink her. In fact, while she says she is looking forward to the debates, bringing Clinton out onto the national stage where she'll be endlessly questioned about the skeletons in her closet – known and unknown – could itself cause her image to suffer, especially when her motivated opponents will often be the ones raising the issues.

For that matter, Hillary's Democratic competition, while currently posing threats to her in no way comparable to those of the Republican hopefuls against one another, are no slouches at debating. Former Governor of Maryland Martin O'Malley, former Governor of Rhode Island Lincoln Chafee, and former Virginia Senator Jim Webb are among the Davids with whom Clinton's Goliath must deal, and they've all got some mighty powerful slings. Add in sitting Vice President Joe Biden and beloved Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders (an Independent, actually, but he's running Democrat), and Hillary is well-advised indeed not to count her debate eggs before they're hatched.



 
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Hillary Clintons’ entry into the 2016 presidential election was never in doubt. While her defeat to President Obama in the 2008 nomination race is a distant memory now, her subsequent gracious and powerful endorsement speech lingers in the minds of many. With her extensive frontline and behind-the-scenes political experience, Secretary Clinton has virtually, and quite comfortably, sealed her status as the presidential nominee for the Democratic Party.

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The former Jesuit missionary, law professor and attorney once won a record $100 million judgement against an insurance company for discriminatory lending practices. Despite his successful private practice, the call of public service ultimately proved to be too strong for Sen. Kaine, and he was elected to serve as the Mayor of Richmond in 1998. The father of three would go on to serve as the Lt. Governor of Virginia and Governor of Virginia. Today, Sen. Kaine serves in the U.S. Senate and sits on four committees.

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