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Presidential Fact Sheet

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Presidential Fact Sheet

Delanie Medina and Meilinda Sun

Republicans:  
Ted Cruz
John Kasich
Marco Rubio
Donald Trump

Democrats: 
Hillary Clinton
Bernie Sanders 

 

 


Hillary Clinton 

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Education: Supports Common Core and charter schools, supports free pre-K, believes that college should not be free but should be affordable. Wants a no-fly zone in Syria

Foreign policy: Support Iraqis in the fight against ISIS, giving US troops non-combat roles but “greater flexibility” on the battlefield.

Economic Policy: Raises capital gains tax, opposes TPP, tax cuts to the middle class, paid family leave

Health Care: Supports Obamacare and funding for Planned Parenthood
Climate Change: Supports the Clean Power Act, wants to increase the frequency of renewable energy. Wants either a carbon tax or a cap-and-trade system

Same-sex marriage: Supports SCOTUS’s decision to make same-sex marriage legal across the nation

Abortion: Pro-choice

Gun control: Comprehensive federal background checks, assault weapons ban

Criminal Justice: Reducing mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug offenders, loosen marijuana restrictions, end private prisons

Race relations in America: Supports funding law enforcement training, ending racial profiling, making body cameras universal, and creating national guidelines for use of force

Equal pay: Wants pay transparency and to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act

Refugee crisis: Current refugee vetting process is enough, accept refugees who pass

Minimum wage: Supports raising the minimum wage to $12
Immigration: Supports Obama’s executive action on immigration and DACA

 

Bernie Sanders 

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Education: Free early childhood education, make all four-year public colleges and universities free, pay for it with a tax on “Wall Street speculation”

Military: Cut the budget

Foreign policy: The US should be involved, but Muslim countries must spearhead the fight against ISIS, does not support US ground troops fighting ISIS. Russia should join NATO, supports sanctions on Russia

Economic policy: Very outspoken on income and wealth inequality, wants to raise the minimum wage to $15.00 an hour, break up banks that are “too big to fail”, reinstate Glass-Steagall, opposes TPP, NAFTA, and CAFTA. Create jobs by building infrastructure (roads, bridges)

Health care: Obamacare is a good first step, but it doesn’t go far enough –– advocates a single-payer public health-care system, expand Medicare

Climate change: caused mainly by emissions released from burning fossil fuels, calls for putting a tax on carbon pollution, repealing fossil fuel subsidies, and making investments in energy efficiency and clean, sustainable energy

Same-sex marriage: Legalize it nationally

Abortion: Pro-choice

Gun control: Assault-weapons ban, close “gun show loophole”

Criminal justice: Legalize marijuana, close private prisons, end the death penalty

Race relations in America: Strengthen police-community bonds, new national police training program, make police departments release police shootings and deaths data

Equal pay: Pass Paycheck Fairness Act

Refugee crisis: Current refugee vetting process is enough, accept refugees who pass

Minimum wage: $15.00 per hour

Immigration: provide illegal immigrants with a pathway to citizenship or legal status, don’t build a fence, let DREAMers stay

 

Ted Cruz

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Education: Wants to abolish the US Department of education, giving more opportunity to states and localities. Opposes common core

Military: Expand funding for the military

Foreign policy: End the Iranian nuclear deal and undertake more aggressive action to fight ISIS. Believes in a stronger American presence in global affairs

Economic policy: Advocates a flat tax, approve the Keystone pipeline. Wants the US to become energy independent by capitalizing on the US’s energy resources

Health care: Repeal and replace Obamacare

Climate change: Does not believe climate change is caused by human action

Same-sex marriage: Believes marriage is between a man and a woman, and supports religious freedom laws

Abortion: Defund Planned Parenthood and ban partial-birth abortions. Supports parental-notification laws and is pro-life in general.

Gun control: Defends the second amendment and has been praised by the NRA

Refugee crisis: Does not support allowing Syrian asylum seekers into the US

Minimum wage: Don’t raise the wage

Immigration: Stop funding for sanctuary cities, increase deportations, and prevent visa overstays for illegal immigrants. End Obama’s immigration executive order. Also wants to decrease the number of legal immigration and cites unemployment as a factor in this decision.

 

 

John Kasich

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Education: Believes that more power should be handed to the states and localities and supports school choice/voucher programs and expanding charter schools. In Ohio, Kasich capped tuition increases and froze them for 2017. 

Foreign policy: Wants to train and arm Ukrainian troops to counter Russian aggression. Supports “Freedom of Navigation” operations to counter China’s presence in the South China Sea. Supports helping the Kurds fight ISIS.

Economic policy: Opposes a capital

Health care: Believes that Obamacare drives up the cost of health care. Wants to repeal and replace Obamacare. Opposes “episode-based payments”, in which individuals pay for the different aspects of treatment separately

Climate change: While Kasich believes that climate change is caused by human activity, but that Americans should not “overreact” to it

Same-sex marriage: Believes that marriage is between a man and a woman, but has stated that “the Supreme Court has ruled and it’s time to move on.”

Abortion: Defunded planned parenthood in Ohio. Opposes abortion except in cases of rape, incest, or danger to the life of the mother

Gun control: Supports concealed-carry laws and opposes Obama’s recent executive actions. He has called upon legislators to ban the sale of guns to individuals on the “no-fly list”

Minimum wage: supports “reasonable” wage raises

Immigration: Opposes mass deportation and wants to give law-abiding illegal immigrants the ability to remain in the country, allowing a path to legalization. Kasich wants to secure the border and expand guest-worker programs

 

 

Marco Rubio

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Education: Opposes common core, believes that more power should be handed to the states and localities. Wants to expand vocational training programs and to require colleges to release information regarding average income of students who graduate (“Student Right to Know Before You Go Act”). Student loan payments should be contingent on income.

Foreign policy: Opposes the Iran Nuclear Deal and wants to assemble a Sunni coalition to fight ISIS.

Economic policy: Opposes a tax on capital gains and dividends. Proposes a 25% cap on corporate income tax and small business rate (instead of 35% under the current law for corporations and 39.6% for small businesses). He also proposes a 35% cap on individual taxes.

Health care: Wants to repeal and replace Obamacare

Climate change: Doesn’t believe that climate change is caused by human activity, and environmental regulation hurts the economy

Same-sex marriage: Opposes it

Abortion: Nominally opposes abortion without exceptions, although his position is disputed

Gun control: Does not believe gun control will reduce gun violence

Refugee crisis: Opposes taking in Syrian refugees because the background check process is insufficient

Minimum wage: Opposes raising the minimum wage

Immigration: Opposes amnesty and mass deportation. His plan allows illegal immigrants to stay, but does not grant them citizenship

 

 

Donald Trump

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Education: Pledges to end common core, believes education should be handled at a local level. 

Military: Wants to expand the military to unprecedented sizes

Foreign policy: Would be willing to work with Russia to fight ISIS

Economic policy: Value-added tax

Health care: Wants to repeal and replace Obamacare with a planning giving states more autonomy and increasing the amount of insurance plans for sale to increase competition

Climate change: Does not believe that climate change is caused by human activity

Same-sex marriage: Believes marriage is between a man and a woman

Abortion: Is pro-life and has defended Planned Parenthood

Gun control: Opposes gun control in the name of the Second Amendment

Refugee crisis: Wants to create “safe zones” in Syria so that refugees do not need to leave their country. He opposes accepting Syrian refugees into the US

Minimum wage: Opposes raising the minimum wage

Immigration: Has advocated building a wall between Mexico and the US –– a wall that Mexico will pay for. He wants to eliminate H1B Visa (guest-worker program) abuse but has stressed the need for more skilled workers in America

 

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