The Election: A look at the Candidates


For the last eighteen months Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have been locked in a gruelling campaign for the Presidency; in order to avoid being sidetracked by “draining political talk,” let’s review what each candidate stands for.

Hillary Clinton has been employing a strategy of running out the clock with Trump as well as  continuing to target Trump with surrogates. Some saw this as due to many of her supporters voting out of fear of Trump, however others are more enthusiastic

“She’s qualified, champions women’s rights, and I agree with the majority of her stances on issues,” said Jr. Abby Scott.

Despite these redeeming qualities, many support her because the alternative is worse in their opinion.

One of Clinton’s biggest talking points since the beginning of the primaries is that she is qualified.  This will allow her to spend less time adjusting to the job and more time effectively bringing change. However, opposing viewpoints reference Clinton’s email scandal as a red flag.

Clinton has continued to argue that we need a more progressive tax system. In an attempt to eliminate wage gaps and raise funding for programs, Clinton seeks to increase the income taxes on the top 1 percent.

Healthcare was a focus in the primaries with Bernie Sanders calling for a single-payer system and Clinton campaigning for universal healthcare. Clinton has continued to advocate for universal healthcare in her campaign via expanding the Affordable Care Act and targeting pharmaceutical companies that price goug.

It is yet to be seen if Clinton’s run out the clock strategy will work, but since her recent falling in the polls more of her policies, or her scandals, may come to front.

Donald Trump has seen a turbulent and controversial campaign as the Republican Nominee.

Supporters such as So. Joe Pope said, “It is very hard for me to defend Trump but overall I agree with the Republican platform.”

With frequent gaffes and other campaign drama, many of his policies have been somewhat pushed aside and forgotten, so what are Trumps more detailed policies?

The answer is they still remain unclear. Trump has and continues to make broad statements and only has seven detailed policy positions on his website, whilst Clinton has roughly 40.

One of his most toted policies is that of immigration. With the ever infamous “build the wall,” Trump believes that “a nation without borders is not a nation.” Trump has made it a top priority to secure borders as well as deport illegal immigrants or  criminal illegal aliens.

Trade is another area Trump emphasizes, calling for a more protectionist model. Trump proposes imposing tariffs on international companies, reducing the trade deficit, and renegotiating free trade agreements..

Overall, Trump has run a very insurgent campaign implicating the need for America to change its systematic ways. . He is dissatisfied with the status quo and believes change is needed, but some question if it is the change we want.

Gary Johnson has been seeing far more success this year than in elections past; as a libertarian he is still fiscally conservative, attracting disenfranchised Republican voters..

As Sr. Leifdon Pratchett said “People who don’t like the two major party candidates think of him as another option.”

As a libertarian, Gary Johnson supports the lowering of corporate taxes and the replacement of income tax with a consumption tax. His argument is that we should tax people based on what they spend not what they earn. However, opponents claim that this would lead to worse economic inequality.

To compensate for the change in the tax code Johnson is adamant about a balanced budget. His plan calls for cutting spending on military, entitlements, and other forms of spending.

With this reduced military spending Johnson also calls for an overhaul of United States foreign policy. Believing the United States should return to a more isolationist policy. Opponents argue that this is an outdated view on foreign policy.

Johnson is hoping to bring these ideas along with many more to the national stage with the presidential debates. Though it is unclear if he will be able to with an average of 10% in the polls, when he needs at least 15% to debate.