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Bush and Clinton:
Here We Go Again?
  1. For the 2016 Presidential Election, Hillary Clinton, who is married to former President Bill Clinton, is seen as a likely contender for the Democratic nomination. Jeb Bush, son of former President George H. W. Bush and brother of former President George W. Bush, may run for the Republican nomination. What is the teacher asking, and why does the girl respond the way she does?
  2. What point does the cartoonist seem to be making about Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush running for president?
  3. Several U.S. presidents were related to one another: John Quincy Adams (the sixth president) was the son of John Adams (the second president); Franklin D. Roosevelt (the 32nd president) was the fifth cousin of Theodore Roosevelt (the 26th president). What advantages might candidates with political pedigrees have? Might their backgrounds sometimes be a liability? Explain.
  4. What do you think should be the requirements to run for president? Who, if anyone, should be disqualified?
  5. If Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush are the major-party nominees for president in 2016, which would you vote for? Why?