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Presidential candidates divided on important issues

by Jessie Lee, staff writer

Photo courtesy of: BU Rob13 and Gage Skidmore

The presidential candidates for this upcoming election have been linked to many scandals, rumors, and accusations that make it crucial for citizens to be informed. It is most important to note the policies and political stances that each candidate promotes in order to get an impression of who they are. While Republican candidate Donald Trump has a traditional conservative view, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton has a liberal view.

Trump’s main message is reinforcing law and order in America with strict immigration laws.

“Build a border wall and end sanctuary cities. Send criminal aliens home,” said Donald Trump during a speech in Phoenix.

He strongly supports traditional conservative values such as trickle-down economics – the idea that cutting taxes of the rich will benefit the entire society. In terms of gun violence, he is against gun control laws because he supports the second amendment in which the citizens have the right to bear arms. On marriage, Trump defines it as a union between a man and a woman and thus opposes same-sex marriage. He also opposes abortion and supports pro-life. His guarantees to violently destroy ISIS through completely new tactics than before also draw in voters.

Clinton uses her position as a woman to reach out to more potential voters by supporting women, minorities, and foreigners.

“America’s long struggle with race is far from finished,” said Hillary Clinton during a speech she gave in Springfield Illinois.  

She focuses on the issues of the minorities to make sure that she reaches a bigger demographic. She strongly supports democratic values such as protecting people’s rights to freely express themselves and redistributing power and economics to create equal opportunities. Unlike Trump, Clinton strongly supports both abortion as pro-choice and same-sex marriage. Clinton also supports a more extensive set of gun control laws than ones already enacted.

“We need comprehensive immigration reform with a pathway to full and equal citizenship,” said Clinton on her website.