Do You Agree with the Presidential Candidates?


The election of the next president of the United States of America gets closer, and the race for the presidency intensifies. It’s important to know your options if you’re eligible to vote

Andrew Willings, Staff Writer

With the upcoming presidential election in November, it would be wise to learn everything about each presidential nominee and what they stand for, not just basing your vote off their behavior. If you don’t have time to do extensive research on each nominee, here is a brief overview of who the major candidates are and what their stance is on important issues. The following topics will be included for each candidate: planned parenthood, immigration, gun control, legalization of marijuana, climate change and welfare restrictions

Hillary Clinton: Democratic Party Nominee

Clinton believes that the government should fund planned parenthood. For immigration, Clinton feels Muslim immigrants should not be banned, illegal immigrants should have access to government-subsidized health care, and most importantly, illegal immigrants should be granted citizenship. She also believes in stricter gun control and the legalization of marijuana for medical use. Clinton also wants an increased oversight for fracking and more incentives for clean energy production.

Donald Trump: Republican Party Nominee

Trump thinks that planned parenthood should no longer be funded by the government. Additionally, he believes that immigrants should be banned from high risk countries and is against government-subsidized healthcare for illegal immigrants. He does not agree with Clinton’s stance on gun control, feeling it should remain the same, but Trump agrees with Clinton’s opinion that marijuana use should be legal for medical purposes. Trump supports fracking and considers global warming as a natural occurrence and not a result of pollution.

Gary Johnson: Libertarian Party Nominee

Johnson does not believe in government funding for planned parenthood. He does not think that immigrants or anyone should have access to government-subsidized healthcare, but Johnson does not seem to have any conflicting views with the current immigration policies. He feels that gun purchasing should not be made stricter, instead it should not be an option for criminals or the mentally ill. Johnson is for the legalization and taxing of marijuana and does not feel that environmental regulations to prevent global warming is necessary.

Jill Stein: Green Party Candidate

Stein whom supports the funding of planned parenthood and has similar opinions on immigration as Clinton. She believes in stricter gun control and feels that marijuana should be legalized and taxed. Stein is against fracking and wants more incentives for clean energy.


This is just a general overview of the candidates’ beliefs and everyone should do in depth research on the nominees and the issues they see as important before deciding who has earned their vote. It is also important to remember that while the president is the figurehead of our country their powers are mainly as heads of the military and diplomacy. And while they can suggest laws and ideas for implementation, they do not have control over the other two branches of government.