If you're anything like me, your busy schedule keeps you from spending the time necessary to really watch and read what's going on in the country and the world. Sitting down to catch up on the news is a luxury that you may not always have the time for. With the Presidential election coming up in not too many months, making an informed choice is difficult! Here is a quick lesson on the four leading candidates to help you get up to speed.
The former First Lady may be the most well known candidate running. Clinton has served as Secretary of State, a N.Y. Senator, and ran for the presidency in 2008. Accusations of corruption have been made in the past against Clinton including charges of hiding emails while Secretary of State and for her campaign fund accepting foreign government donations. Running for the Democratic nomination, Clinton opposes the Keystone pipeline as well as the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement. She also is in favor of raising taxes on capital gains.
Prior to becoming a U.S. Senator from Texas in 2013, Ted Cruz worked as a lawyer and solicitor for the state. He has had the honor of arguing cases in front of the Supreme Court. Cruz caught the eye of the nation in the fall of 2013 by working to defund Obamacare. The 45 year old Southern Bapist is married with two children and was the first in the running to announce his presidential campaign. Cruz is opposed to subsidizing ethanol and the Export-Import Bank. He also proposes that states be able to have individual definitions of marriage. The Republican is currently running second to Donald Trump.
Democratic candidate for nomination Bernie Sanders is trailing behind Clinton in the polls. Sanders served as a U.S. Senator from Vermont since 2007 and was a member of the House of Representatives for 16 years before that. Sanders is known for championing liberal causes like expanding Social Security and opposing free trade. He has described himself as a democratic socialist and is technically an Independent. The oldest of the candidates at 75, he is also the only Jewish candidate. Sanders fights for payroll increases, to make public college tuition-free, and to create a healthcare system for all citizens through Medicare. He also wants to raise both corporate and estate income taxes.
Currently leading the Republican candidates for the presidential nomination, Trump is one of the most well known figures in America. A successful businessman, Trump has neither been elected or appointed to a public service position, nor has he ever served in the military. Every President of the United States had served in one of these three areas. Trump previously supported universal healthcare and presents himself as anti-immigrant. He is looking to reform tax brackets into four different percentages ranging from zero to 25, and will phase out all deductions with the exception of mortgage interest and charitable deductions. Trump is supporting mental health treatment programs in response to the slew of mass gun tragedies. He also has declared the desire to increase border crossing and temporary visa fees to fund the construction of a wall running the length of the Mexican border.
As Election Day draws ever nearer, we'll soon see who earns their party's support. With the variety of backgrounds, experience, and positions, the 2016 Presidential election proves to be a fight to the very end!