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Guide: the 2016 presidential candidates and the issues

Guide: the 2016 presidential candidates and the issues

January 21
00:07 2016

Here is our guide to the 2016 presidential candidates election. We list the candidates and explain where they stand on some of the issues that matter most to students in North Texas.

Candidates are dropping like flies. As the primaries continue, more candidates will follow. We’ll update the list to narrow the field for you. Enjoy.

Hillary Clinton – Democrat, former Secretary of State clinton

Hillary Clinton, the wife of former President Bill Clinton, and a former Secretary of State under President Barack Obama. Clinton has proposed cuts to the interest rates on student loans and wants to make tuition more affordable. Secretary Clinton has emphasized her desire to tighten control on guns by increasing background checks and putting restrictions on who can and cannot purchase firearms. Clinton has touched on women’s rights and LGBT issues, but not very much in recent months. A major issue in the Clinton campaign is the prevention and elimination of campus sexual assault. She proposes comprehensive support to survivors, a fair process for all and the increase of prevention efforts. The rest of Clinton’s campaign issues can be found here.

Ted Cruz – Republican, Texas Senator 

Ted Cruz’s platform aims to rile up the more evangelical voters fearful of progressive teddy-2change who think their country has been “taken over” by immigrants and liberal ideals. He often stumps on the protection of Second Amendment rights and the defense of religious liberties. Cruz would not increase gun control and believes the Second Amendment protects law-abiding citizens. Cruz will create a flat tax at 10 percent, he has said, promising a double-digit increase in after-tax income. He has also taken a stand against Net Neutrality and regulation of the Internet. A major key in the Cruz campaign is to stand by Israel. Cruz wishes to support Israel and make the U.S.-Israel alliance a forefront of foreign policy. See more about his campaign here.

Marco Rubio – Republican, Florida Senator

rrubio-3Marco Rubio is descended from Cuban immigrants and has shown sympathy toward immigration issues. He’s the more traditional Republican candidate. Rubio wants to secure the border, but he also supports amnesty. When it comes to higher education, Rubio wants to reduce the burden of student debt by implementing Automatic Income-Based Repayment, allowing graduates to consolidate existing loans. He also wants to modernize higher education to fit the 21st century economy. Rubio would protect Europe and Asia from Russian aggression, such as the incidents in the Ukraine and Georgia. He would also advocate for Russian journalists, defectors and democracy activists. Read more about his campaign here.

Donald Trump – Republican, The Donald dump truck trump

Donald Trump is a marketing and entertainment mogul. He is known for his
controversial comments, including on his stance on immigration, especially Mexican immigrants, calling them rapists and thugs. He has captivated the news media and white, evangelical voters. Learn about what he says he wants to do here.

Bernie Sanders – Democrat, Vermont Senator

Sanders’ platform wants to make tuition free at public colleges and universities and cut student loan interest rates. bernieHis routine stump speech calls for a political revolution to put alter the balance of power in favor of the people. He also proposes a national $15 per hour minimum wage and to strengthen the role of labor unions. Sanders’ campaign emphasizes heavily on social change, especially LGBT equality, women’s rights and racial justice. Bernie Sanders’ main focus is to reform Wall Street by “breaking up big banks” and preventing big bonuses being paid to Wall Street executives. More of his platform can be found here.

John Kasich – Republican Gov. of Ohio

He wants decisions pertaining to public schools to be determined by state and local kasich.levels instead of federal. When it comes to higher education, Kasich wants to freeze tuition rates and encourage students to earn college credit while in high school in order to lower college costs. Kasich has taken a strong stance on protecting the Second Amendment by making the process of obtaining firearms easier for law-abiding citizens. He would also renew our alliances with certain countries, specifically Egypt. Find out more here.

Guide prepared by senior staff writer Sarah Lagro and illustrator Jake Bowerman.

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