2016 PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES
HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON
Having previously served in the U.S. Senate (2001-2009) and as Secretary of State (2009-2013), Hillary Clinton has a substantial amount of experience in politics. After losing the 2008 presidential election, Secretary Clinton announced her second campaign for the presidency of the United States on April 12, 2015. Among her many liberal political beliefs, Secretary Clinton opposes the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement, opposes the Keystone XL pipeline, and intends to tax the wealthy at higher rates.
Crowdpac ranking: 6.5L (L being liberal) on a scale ranging from 10L to 10C
- Healthcare: Secretary Clinton announced her plan to spend $2 billion a year to find a cure for Alzheimer's Disease by 2025, and has stressed the importance of expanding on the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare). To learn more about Secretary Clinton's health care policies, click here.
- Climate Change: If elected to office, Secretary Clinton proposes installing more than 500 million solar panels nation-wide. Secretary Clinton is concerned about the long-term effects of harmful emissions, and plans to take a robust stance against companies that contribute to global warming. Read more about Secretary Clinton's proposals on climate change, here.
- Labor and Employment Reform: In November 2015, Secretary Clinton proposed a $275 billion plan to increase the amount of U.S. jobs. As of 2016, Secretary Clinton advocates for increasing the minimum wage to $15 each hour. To learn more about Secretary Clinton's plan to increase jobs, click here.
DONALD J. TRUMP
Most commonly identified as a successful real estate developer, Donald Trump announced his candidacy for the presidency on June 16th, 2015. Donald Trump attended Fordham University and University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Finance, where he graduated with a degree in Economics. Since then, Trump joined his father's business in real estate and eventually took over the business, renaming it The Trump Organization. After announcing his candidacy, Donald Trump has attracted a mass wave of media attention promoting his political proposals to "Make America Great Again."
Crowdpac ranking: 5.1C (C being Conservative) on a scale ranging from 10L to 10C
- Immigration: If elected president, Mr. Trump wants to create a wall along the Mexican border and increase border fees. According to Mr. Trump, the United States economy suffers when illegal immigrants enter the United States and hold jobs that would otherwise go to American citizens. To learn more about Donald Trump's stance on immigration, click here.
- Health Care: Mr. Trump has proposed to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare), and give power back to the states to determine the appropriate relationship between government and insurers. However, Mr. Trump has articulated that he will not allow sick people to "die on the streets," indicating some level of government presence in his health care plan. To learn more about Mr. Trump's health care proposals, click here.
- Labor and Employment: As of 2016, Mr. Trump publicly announced that he supports increasing the federal minimum wage to a livable standard. Although Mr. Trump once articulated that the minimum wage is too low, he now believes that it must be increased. Find out more about Donald Trump's views on labor and employment here.
- Foreign Policy: Mr. Trump has repeatedly stressed the importance of renegotiating treaties and agreements with other countries that he considers unconscionable to the United States. In addition, Mr. Trump has emphasized a strong stance against ISIS, and pledges to dismantle their terrorist operations in the Middle East with a strong response by the United States armed forces.
Having served as New Mexico's governor from 1995 to 2003, Gary Johnson is currently the Libertarian nominee for President of the United States in the 2016 election. Before his life in politics, Johnson created his own business called Big J Enterprises, which grew into a multi-billion dollar cooperation. Johnson previously ran for presidential office as a Republican, and his platform focused on the public debt and other economic issues. He has selected former Governor of Massachusetts William Weld as his running mate.
Crowdpac ranking: 6.5C (C being Conservative) on a scale ranging from 10L to 10C
- Free Market: If elected president, Governor Johnson will move the United States toward a free market economy by eliminating constrains on businesses such as double taxation. American citizens benefit when government does not intervene with the free market economy. To learn more about Governor Johnson's economic plan, click here.
- Immigration: According to Governor Johnson, construction of a border wall is futile, since it fails to address the root causes of immigration to the United States. Moreover, construction of a massive wall would be an exorbitant expenditure of the federal government. To learn more about Governor Johnson's stance on immigration, click here.
- Government Reform: If elected president, Governor Johnson will seek strict term limits on members of Congress, as he believes many career politicians contribute to government inefficiency. Further, congressional term limits may mitigate the possibility of politicians legalizing the act of crony capitalism. To learn more about Governor Johnson's ideas to reform the United States government, click here.
- Non-interventionist Foreign Policy: Governor Johnson believes that the United States should not concern itself with the affairs of foreign countries. Additionally, Governor Johnson fiercely disagrees with the idea of nation building in foreign regions. Governor Johnson notably points to Iraq and Afghanistan as cases where nation building ultimately did not work.
- Liberty: According to Governor Johnson, the United States government must prioritize the liberty of its citizens, as the power of the government ultimately derives from its people. Government must be aware that it is not only beholden to the will of the people, but also that the people can revoke power as they see fit.
Currently the Green Party's nomination for the 2016 Presidential Election, Jill Stein is a high-achieving doctor, environmental activist, and politician. After graduating from Harvard Medical School, Stein practiced internal medicine for twenty-five years before retiring and dedicating her time to realm of politics. Since then, Stein has contributed immensely to state-wide issues in Massachusetts and was also the Green Party's nominee for the 2012 Presidential Election. Since her announced candidacy, Stein has selected international human rights activist Ajamu Baraka as her running mate.
Crowdpac ranking: 10L (L being Liberal) on a scale ranging from 10L to 10C
- Education: Dr. Stein firmly believes that public college education, at all levels, must be tuition-free. In the place of students, government would pay tuition, as seen in many European countries. To learn more about Dr. Stein's education plan, click here.
- Climate Change: According to Dr. Stein, current practices that contribute to global warming require immediate emergency action. In fact, Dr. Stein believes that the United States has waited to resolve this serious issue, which can notably reduce the age of our planet. Learn more about Dr. Stein's climate change agenda here.
- Free Trade: Dr. Stein finds that free trade deals, such as the The Trans-Pacific Partnership, "attack our basic national sovereignty." According to Dr. Stein, the government must do all it can to ensure that jobs are not lost overseas. In particular, the Trans-Pacific Partnership is concerning due to its mandates that severely weaken the rights of many workers To learn more about Dr. Stein's economic plans, click here.