CIMUN Chronicle / Article / 1994

Can We Keep US Candidates Safe?

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By Neha Kapur, Islamic Republic News Agency

With the recent deaths of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the concern grows over the safety of the presidential candidates and other respective delegates. Questions detailing the type, extent, and limits of protection are floating within the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Senate.

The political climate of our Senate and the DNC have been extremely tense, disputes over multiple resolutions and orders of subpoena have been mentioned. Nonetheless, both bodies have made it a priority to ensure the greater good of the United States. In this case, the necessity for protection is essential in keeping the faith of the U.S. citizens. The trust formed between the people and their government is of utmost importance, allowing the presidential candidates to be secure will further that trust.

The Democratic Party needs to make it a priority to commit to a certain party policy on the protection of the potential presidential candidates. As Congressman Hampton said, “I am fully in support of having fully armed police to escort our possible candidates”. While the safety of the candidates are still in question, Congressman Albert further reiterates that “There are presidential candidates that have a contentious state that all need the same level of security and protection as every single one of them is in danger." Giving maximum security to delegates and the presidential candidates will mitigate the effects of the social backlash while keeping the safety of the candidates intact. A delegate of the US Cabinet further addresses the idea of “relying heavily on peace talks with those who are protesting in order to help decrease the violence within the administration,” and believes that if we “send more police and the national guard to contain the protests peacefully, the public good safety will be ensured."

Allowing a firm commitment to the safety of the U.S. candidates will simply further the trust between the UN and the people. In doing so, both the safety and interest of the public good is put at priority amidst the tense political climate of 1968.