A new book that examines the future of U.S. politics says the next presidential candidate should not be one of the most polarizing figures in American history, but instead, a liberal.
The book, Moral Development: Who Will Win the 2016 Election?, is a collection of essays and interviews by former President Bill Clinton, former Vice President Joe Biden and others.
It will be released Wednesday, Nov. 9, by the University of North Carolina Press, which is owned by Pearson Education Group.
The authors wrote that Clinton and Biden were both in favor of abortion rights in the 1980s and early 1990s, and both would have been considered “liberal” by today’s standards.
But the book says the Clintons’ views on gay rights, abortion rights and other social issues changed dramatically in the 1990s.
The Clintons were also among the first presidential candidates to support gay rights in recent years.
They came out against Proposition 8 in California in 2004, and in 2008 they supported a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.
“We need to look to the future,” said author and political science professor Michael Cohen, in a statement to USA TODAY.
“If we want to see a president who can truly represent the people of this country, we need to understand the changing dynamics of our country, and that is where Clinton comes in.”
“We’ve never had a more polarizing figure in the history of American politics than now,” Cohen said.
“We need the most diverse and inclusive president possible.”
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