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Politics 101: your cheat sheet to the 2016 presidential candidates.

Story by Anna Musiyenko, News Editor
Photo Courtesy of DAILYORANGE

It is easy to get lost in the 2016 presidential election when media presents an endless amount of information about candidate. As the fight to win this upcoming presidential election approaches, here is a cheat sheet for you about who might be the next US president.

There are only two candidates from the Democratic party, while nine Republicans are still running for their party, according to The New York Times.

Democrats

Hillary ClintonHillary_Clinton_official_Secretary_of_State_portrait_crop

Who is she?She is probably one of the best known candidates in the 2016 presidential election. She is a former Secretary of the State, former New York Senator, and former First Lady.

Policy positions: Expand Obamacare, higher taxes on the wealthy, more gun control laws, opposes the Trans-Pacific partnership agreement, believes abortion is woman’s unrestricted right.

Why she might win: She has a lot of recognition and respect among working-class women. She has enormous financial advantage with the help of Democratic establishment and “super PAC” donations.

Age: 69

Education:Wellesley College (Political Science), Yale University Law School (J.D.)

Family: Married, one child.

Iowa primarily results: 1st

New Hampshire results: 2nd

 

MTI5ODcyMjQ1NDQ2MjA5NTA2Bernie Sanders

Who is he? He is a Senator of Vermont since 2007. Sanders served in House of Representatives for 16 years. He is the most liberal candidate in the race. Sanders described himself as a Democratic Socialist.

Policy positions: Free college for students, enact a single-payer health care system for all, raise estate and corporate income taxes, abortion is woman’s unrestricted right, favors immigration reforms, opposition to free trade.

Why he might win: He has a lot of support from far-left democrats who are afraid that Clinton’s administration would be too welcoming to the wealthy. In addition, he is popular among young people who desire free college and stricter rules for the wealthy.

Age: 74

Education: University of Chicago (Political Science)

Family: Married, four children.

Iowa primarily results: 2nd

New Hampshire results: 1st

Republicans

 

ted-cruz-hillary-clintons-mass-email-deletion-could-be-criminal-conductTed Cruz

Who is he? He became a  US Senator from Texas in 2013. He served Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the George W. Bush administration.  Cruz was born in Canada, but he was born to an American mother. 

Policy positions: Very strongly in support of pro-life, wants states to be able to have their own definition of marriage, gun ownership should not be restricted, does not favor Obamacare, opposes the Export-Import bank

Why might he win: He has a major support of strong conservatives. A lot of people like Cruz for his good rhetorical skills, biographical appeal, and uncompromising conservatism.

Age: 45

Education: Princeton University (Public Policy), Harvard Law School (J.D.)

Family: Married, two children

Iowa primarily results: 1st

New Hampshire results: 3rd

 

Donald_Trump_by_Gage_SkidmoreDonald Trump

Who is he?: He is a real estate developer and reality television star on NBC

Policy positions: Build a wall around Mexican borders, does not favor same-sex marriages, does not favor women’s rights on abortion, wants a single-payer system in healthcare, leave gun rights as they are, privatize Social Security, expand military, avoid foreign entanglements.

Why he might win: He has support from some Republican primary electorate. He has an endless amount of money to spend on the 2016 presidential election.

Age: 70

Education:Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (Economics)

Family: Married, two previous divorces, five children.

Iowa primarily results: 2nd

New Hampshire results: 1st

 

rubio2-gageskidmore-640x480Marco Rubio

Who is he? He is a former Speaker of the Florida House. He is a second-generation Cuban American, and he has a strong support for conservative immigration reform.

Policy positions: Wants to eliminate a lot of taxes and deductions; however, add a child tax credit of $ 2,500, repeal Obamacare and would let insurance be sold across state line, wants to use funds to modernize American forces, underrepresented groups should be favored, guns ownership should not be restricted, strongly opposes higher taxes on wealthy, expand military.

Why he might win: He has a solid support of minorities and people who desire to change foreign policy.

Age: 45

Education: University of Florida (Political Science), University of Miami School of Law (J.D.)

Family: Married, four children

Iowa primarily results: 3rd

New Hampshire results: 5th

 

About the Writer…

10268573_735520826485854_7078871992900041361_nAnna Musiyenko is a Communication major with minor in Journalism. She is the News Editor of the Saint and a part of AQ women’s tennis team. She enjoys traveling, meeting new people, and writing about her experience.

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