In this discussion, you will analyze a politician as well as policies she or he endorses. The following resources can help you in this endeavor: Ballotpedia’s website on political parties, candidates, ballots, and elections. A candidate’s official website, which you can find by Googling the candidate’s name + official website On the Issues’ website about candidates and elected officials’ political positions. Pew Research Center’s website on public opinion polling and data-driven political research. Vote Smart’s website database on candidates and elected officials. As you prepare for this discussion, consider this important quote by President Dwight D. Eisenhower: “The future of this republic is in the hands of the American voter.” Directions: Using the required, academic readings, and supplemental academic research, please address the following while adhering to the Discussion Board Rubric: (**Republic Candidate from Missouri**) Select a recent candidate or officeholder at the federal level that you considered supporting with your vote. Please analyze this person based on the following criteria: The Individual Does this person’s moral and professional capacity make this individual capable of serving “we the people” ethically and well? Political Party How does this person’s gender, race, ethnicity, age, education, and professed religion align with their political party? How does the person’s gender, race, ethnicity, age, education, and religion align with the electorate (those U.S. citizens within the district and or state who will either vote for or against this person)? How do you understand this person’s political ideology? Is this person politically polarizing? Why or why not? Does this person have an advantage over his or her political adversaries? Public Policy Select two specific examples of public policy that your person advocates from the following fields: Economic policy – for example, U.S. budget deficit spending. Education policy – for example, the implementation of charter schools. Environmental policy – for example, the Clean Air Act. Foreign policy – for example, the interplay between civil liberties and the Patriot Act. Healthcare policy – for example, the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). Welfare policy – for example, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). Why are these public policies important to this person and the potential voters? Not Required/Optional: Based on the above research, why did you consider voting for this person? References About Pew Research Center. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.pewresearch.org/about/. Ballotpedia. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://ballotpedia.org/Main_Page. Official Guide to Government Information and Services: USAGov. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.usa.gov/. OnTheIssues.org. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.ontheissues.org/default.htm. The Voter's Self Defense System. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://votesmart.org/.