“Real. Honest. Direct. Tell It Like It Is.” Those were the words on a banner at a recent campaign event by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Christie is one of the latest entrants in the crowded 2016 presidential field, and political observers say that he’s trying to distinguish himself by telling voters the truth, even when it’s tough to hear. The trouble is, Christie doesn’t seem willing to tell the truth when it comes to climate action, clean energy and the environment.
Former Governor Jeb Bush made it official: he finally announced he is running for president. In his speech and media appearances, he declared it's time for solutions. "We can fix the problems that people think are intractable. With leadership we can move forward again. We can be the greatest country on the face of the Earth again."
I'm taking a break from writing "absurd things radical presidential candidates say" to bring you some promising news instead. In addition to Hillary Clinton, there are three new candidates who've joined the race for the Democratic nomination for president, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley and former Rhode Island Governor and Senator Lincoln Chafee. Many pundits want to talk about whether any of these men have a chance to beat Secretary Clinton, but I think that conversation misses a more important point.
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As the 2016 presidential candidates are declaring themselves, we here at the NRDC Action Fund and the Markup blog are trying to keep up. We've run down Hillary Clinton's strong record on the environment, reflected on Ted Cruz's failure to connect his Christian faith with the imperative to act on climate, and profiled Marco Rubio as a "dirty denier." Next up is Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky), who announced his presidential run in early April.