Choose either the 2004, 2008, or 2012 presidential election, and research the campaign of the winning candidate. Then, research the current presidential campaigns for the 2016 presidential election. Choose a candidate from this election. You may choose any legitimate, declared candidate from any party, including candidates who have already dropped out. Think about their platforms, the time period, the most pressing issues in society during the election, and how this candidate presented themselves as the best candidate to address them.
In an essay of at least 500 words, explain how the 2016 candidate you have chosen could learn from the successful candidate you chose from 2004, 2008, or 2012. How might the lessons of the previous election you chose to research be used to help a current candidate? Consider the issues that were prominent during the election that has already happened and how the winning candidate used those issues to their advantage when you are writing your essay.