During their panel discussion in the Tavern last week, CNN commentators Ana Navarro and Patti Solis Doyle discussed working in a political field dominated by men and how there is room for more women in politics. 

-- This post is in response to Patti Solis Doyle.

Ana Navarro, a political strategist and commentator, and Patti Solis Doyle, a political operative, were part of a discussion panel hosted by KPU and co-sponsored by LASO, AU Dems, LULAC, NeW, AU CRs and the School of Communications this past week. Navarro and Doyle brought diversity and insight to our current political environment and the role of minority groups through their plethora of experience and difference in opinions.

For most of the discussion, Doyle mentioned Hillary Clinton, past Clinton campaigns, the presidential election and the danger Donald Trump is to this country. Doyle started by clarifying on the idea that Clinton is not a trustworthy candidate as the media has portrayed her. She also stated that Clinton has come across as very guarded but this is due to Clinton being a cautious candidate that does her research and thinks about her words. Doyle discussed voter turnout and how there is a lack of enthusiasm for both candidates, but Donald Trump is a great tool to get people to vote as he has proven to be a danger to this country. “He is a danger to our country, our security and our people,” said Doyle. Finally, Doyle mentioned her time working on Bill Clinton’s campaign in 1992. At the time she was the only Hispanic working on the campaign, and as the campaign staff would grow, she would still remain the only Hispanic employee. When Bill Clinton won in 1992, Doyle was excited because she now had the power to do more things. She was hired as Hillary Clinton’s Director of Scheduling and would one day be the first Hispanic woman to run a presidential campaign. “It can be very isolating when you are the only different person in the room but when you are given power to hire people there’s an obligation to hire people that talk and look like you,” said Doyle.

Being a conservative there is not much that Patti Solis Doyle and I would agree on, but as a Hispanic, it is very encouraging to see other Hispanic women have such an influential role in politics. These women, Navarro and Doyle, are paving the way for future Hispanics and Hispanic women to have a larger role in American politics. I don’t believe that we should let any differences impede us from reaching our goals as Navarro said, but instead, we should use it as a tool and motivator that sets up apart from the rest.

-- Alexandra Torres, Class of 2018