Decision 2016

Election day is Tuesday, Nov. 8 and the 45th President of the U.S. will be nominated by citizens like you. Check out The Leader’s guide on the 2016 U.S. presidential candidates and their positions on issues important to EC students. For additional topics and issues, visit isidewith.com

Jill Stein 

Student debt:

Stein believes that the government should increase funding to ensure every student receives a free college education. She also believes that taxes on the upper-class should be increased in order to reduce interest rates on student loans.

Women’s health care:

Stein is pro-choice. She does not believe Planned Parenthood, a women’s health care organization that provides contraceptives, abortions, cancer screenings, tests and treatments for sexually transmitted infections, and other health care services for both men and women, should be defunded.

Immigration:

Stein believes that children of undocumented immigrants should be granted citizenship. She also believes in abolishing all national borders and that the federal government should make it easier for immigrants to access temporary work visas.

Economy:

Stein believes that employers should be required to pay both men and women the same salary for the same job. She also believes the federal government should be responsible for paid sick and family leave for full-time employees. Stein supports raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Marijuana:

Stein supports the legalization of marijuana.

LGBTQ+ issues:

Stein supports gay marriage. She believes that “gender identity” should be added to anti-discrimination laws. Stein also believes that gay couples should have the same adoption rights as straight couples.

Donald Trump

Student debt:

Trump does not believe taxes should be increased on the wealthy in order to reduce interest on student loans. If Trump was president, he says he would have only private banks lending loans to college students; he opposes government involvement in the student loan system.

Women’s health care:

Trump is pro-life and supports overturning Roe vs. Wade, a 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the U.S. Trump also does not support government funding of Planned Parenthood.

Immigration:

Trump supports banning immigrants from “high-risk” countries until proper vetting procedures are implemented. Trump also supports the construction of a wall between the U.S. and Mexico. In addition, he does not believe that U.S. born children of undocumented immigrants should be granted legal citizenship.

Economy:

Trump believes the government should raise the federal minimum wage to $10 an hour. He does not support requiring employers to pay the same salary to men and women for the same job. He also believes that employers should be required to provide paid sick and family leave to their employees.

Marijuana:

Trump supports the legalization of marijuana for medical use only.

LGBTQ+ issues:

Trump does not support the legalization of gay marriage. He also does not support adding “gender identity” to anti-discrimination laws. He does not believe gay couples should be able to adopt children.

Hillary Clinton

Student Debt:

Clinton supports raising taxes on the wealthy in order to reduce student loan debt. In addition, she supports free community college education and free public college or university education for those making $125,000 or less.

Immigration:

Clinton believes that undocumented immigrants should be given amnesty, and that the path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants should be made easi- er.

Women’s health care:

Clinton supports pro-choice and that Planned Parenthood should not be de-funded.

Economy:

Clinton believes that employers should be required to pay both men and wom- en the same salary for the same job. Clinton believes the federal government should be responsible for paid sick and family leave for full-time employees. She also supports raising the federal minimum wage to $12 an hour.

Marijuana:

Clinton supports the legalization of only medical, not recreational, marijuana.

LGBTQ+ issues:

Clinton supports the legalization of gay marriage, and believes that “gender identity” should be added to anti-discrimination laws. Clinton also believes that gay couples should have the same adoption rights as straight couples.

Gary Johnson

Student debt:

Johnson says that he believes that the federal government should have no role in education. He has said he would abolish the Department of Education, which is in charge of administering student loans, federal student grants and FAFSA.

Immigration:

Johnson believes that it should be easier for immigrants to obtain temporary work visas, and that undocumented immigrants should be given temporary amnesty and a path to citizenship.

Women’s health care:

Johnson does not support government legislation banning abortion and he does not support defunding planned parenthood.

Economy:

Johnson supports cutting federal government spending by 22 percent, and he also believes that the federal minimum wage should be abolished. He does not believe that employers should be required to pay both men and women the same salary for the same job. In addition, he does not support requiring employers to provide paid sick or family leave to full-time employees.

Marijuana:

Johnson supports the legalization of marijuana.

LGBTQ+ issues:

Johnson supports same-sex marriage, but believes churches should be permitted to deny same-sex ceremonies. He supports “gender identity” being included in anti-discrimination laws. Johnson also believes that gay couples should have the same adoption rights as straight couples.