Who will be our next President?

Ashley Gadke, Opinions Editor

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The 2016 presidential campaign has been, for many, one of the most interesting campaigns of U.S. history, with presidential candidates such as Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders our next president is sure to be an influential one in America’s growth.

With the Republican front runners Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, and the Democratic front runners Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders our next president will make presidential history. If Donald Trump won the presidency he would be among one of few to be a non-politician president of the United States. If Ted Cruz won the presidency he would be the first Hispanic president of the United States. If Hillary Clinton won the presidency she would be the first female president of the United States. If Bernie Sanders won presidency he would be among one of the oldest elected presidents in the United States at age of 74 years old.

The highly controversial candidate of the Republican Party, Donald Trump is a financially successful New Yorker who has become an American celebrity through his public activity and success in the public eye. Trump became a successful real estate magnate after earning his Bachelor of Science degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania. Trump’s talent for business as well as continuing to be an active player in the industry would allow Trump to build his fortune. Trump has never been one to shy away from controversy and has thought about running for President many times before.

Trump’s stance on some of the highly debated issues are:

Healthcare- Disagrees with Obamacare

Immigration- Wants to demolish illegal immigration

Jobs/Wages- Wants to create more jobs

Marijuana- Would legalize the drug with taxes

Social issues- Disagrees with abortion and same sex marriage

Taxes- Supports lower taxes, would start off by simplifying our current system

Islamic State- Promises to destroy ISIS

Trade- Supports free trade

“Sadly, the American dream is dead. But if I get elected President, I will bring it back, bigger and better than ever.” -Donald Trump

Ted Cruz, is a U.S. Senator for the state of Texas who graduated from Princeton University and Harvard Law School. Cruz’s father was a Cuban immigrant who worked in Canada, where Cruz was born. Cruz’s inspiration to public service has been his first-hand observation of the pursuit of freedom and opportunity in America. Cruz has proven to be a passionate and effective fighter for limited government, economic growth and the Constitution.

Cruz’s stance on some of the highly debated issues are:

Healthcare- Will repeal Obamacare and propose common sense reform

Immigration- Plans to stop illegal immigration

Jobs/Wages- Plans to create job growth and opportunity

Marijuana- Opposes marijuana use, but believes states should set their own policy

Social issues- Does not support abortion and same-sex marriage

Taxes- Seeks a 10% flat tax

Islamic State- Plans to create border security

Trade- Adopt a new foreign policy strategy

“What Washington needs is more common sense and more principal.” –Ted Cruz

Nationally Trump is in the lead for delegates but Cruz is slowly gaining.

Hillary Clinton is the former first lady of the 42nd United States President Bill Clinton, and a former presidential candidate for the Democrat Party who ran against the current 44th president Barak Obama in the 2008 elections. Clinton is also a former New York Senator and served on four Senate committees. In 2009 she became the 67th Secretary of State, the third woman and only former First Lady to hold this position. Clinton’s stance on some of the highly debated issues are:

Healthcare- Supports Obamacare

Immigration- Supports the path to legal status for undocumented immigrants

Jobs/Wages- Plans to raise the minimum wage to $12 an hour

Marijuana-“Wait and see”

Social issues- Disagrees with abortion and same-sex marriage

Taxes- Proposes a series of tax cuts

Islamic State- “No boots on the ground” use of regional troops

Trade- Does not support the Transpacific Partnership

“The difference between a politician and a statesman is that a politician thinks about the next election while the statesman think about the next generation.” –Hillary Clinton

Bernie Sanders is the longest-serving independent in Congressional history of the United States Senate, serving for his second terms as a representative of Vermont. Prior to becoming a Senator, Sanders was Vermont’s sole Congressman in the House of Representative for 16 years. This is Sanders’ first presidential candidacy.

Sanders’ stance on some of the highly debated issues are:

Healthcare- Supports Obamacare

Immigration- Supports immigration reform

Jobs/Wages- Plans to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour

Marijuana- Supports the use of the drug for recreational use

Social issues- Supports abortion and same sex-marriage

Taxes- Supports taxes on the higher class

Islamic State- Promises to relentlessly combat terrorism

Trade- Does not support any form of free trade

“Nobody who works 40 hours a week should be living in poverty.”-Bernie Sanders

Nationally Clinton is in the lead with Bernie close behind.

 

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Who will be our next President?