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2016 Presidential Race Highlights Cultural Shifts

Bernie Sanders is the first Jewish candidate – in fact the first non-Christian ever – to win a primary.

Sanders would also be the oldest president. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, both in their late 60s, would be second-oldest after Ronald Reagan, who was 69 when he took office.

Clinton is also the closest a woman has come to being president, but it was Sanders who won 55 percent of the women’s vote in New Hampshire.

There are also two Latino candidates in this presidential race, Sen. Ted Cruz and Sen. Marco Rubio, thought that has barely been raised.

In addition to watching a presidential campaign, are we watching a unique cultural moment?

Professor Jane Dailey from the University of Chicago’s Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture joins Here & Now’s Robin Young to discuss the election from a cultural perspective.

Editor’s Note: In the interview audio above, Jane Dailey, misspoke when she said that Gov. Jeb Bush is the only Republican candidate who speaks fluent Spanish. Sen. Marco Rubio is also fluent.


  • Jane Dailey, associate professor in the Department of History for the University of Chicago and the University of Chicago Law School.

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