Trump and Clinton: The Issues

John Eberhard

This presidential election is shaping up to be one of the most contentious political battles in my lifetime.

Instead of commenting on the various scandals of the Clintons or what Trump has said, I’ve decided to just list out where both candidates stand on the various issues. This alone, I think, should allow people to strongly differentiate between the two candidates.

CFR.org

The CFR.org website has some good comparison information on the two candidates:

Immigration

Clinton

  • Defend and potentially expand on President Obama’s deportation relief actions
  • Allow a path to citizenship for the undocumented
  • Allow the undocumented to purchase health insurance
  • Focus enforcement on the detention/deportation of violent criminals

Trump

  • Expand fencing and increase aerial surveillance and border patrols
  • Organize a mass deportation of the undocumented
  • Expand e-verify
  • Withhold funding from so-called sanctuary cities

Energy and Climate

Clinton

  • Abide by the Paris accord limiting global carbon emissions
  • Expand investment in renewable energy
  • Ban drilling in the U.S. Arctic
  • Block attempts to resurrect construction of the Keystone XL pipeline

Trump

  • Withdraw from the Paris accord limiting global carbon emissions
  • Increase production of fossil fuels, including offshore drilling
  • Remove carbon emissions limits on U.S. power plants
  • Finish construction of the Keystone XL pipeline

Defense

Clinton

  • Strengthen military alliances

Trump

  • Lift caps on the defense budget
  • Expand the armed services

Iran

Clinton

  • Abide by the multinational nuclear deal
  • Reimpose sanctions on Iran for any failure to comply
  • Maintain Israel’s military superiority in the region

Trump

  • Renegotiate the multinational nuclear deal

National security

Clinton

  • Maintain current restrictions (under the USA Freedom Act) on NSA surveillance
  • Close the Guantanamo Bay detention center
  • Prohibit the use of harsh interrogation techniques, like waterboarding, on terrorism suspects
  • Tighten screening of people who have traveled to countries facing “problems with terrorism”

Trump

  • Reinstate the NSA’s bulk surveillance program
  • Keep the Guantanamo Bay detention center open
  • Approve the use of harsh interrogation techniques, like waterboarding, on terrorism suspects
  • Ban Muslims from entering the United States

Trump website

These are all direct quotes from Trump’s website.
https://www.donaldjtrump.com/issues

Guns
“Politicians are trying to chip away at the 2nd Amendment. I won’t let them take away our guns!!”

Immigration
“If we don’t have borders, we don’t have a country. We need to BUILD A WALL that will keep illegal immigrants out.”

Education
“I will end common core. It’s a disaster.”

Defense
“I will make our Military so big, powerful and strong that no one will mess with us.”

Jobs
“I will be the greatest job-producing president in American history.”

Economy
“$19 trillion of debt and growing is a crushing burden to leave young Americans.”

Hillary Clinton Website

These are all direct quotes from Hillary Clinton’s website”
https://www.hillaryclinton.com/issues/

Taxes
"The wealthiest pay too little in taxes while the middle class needs more relief. I’m going to fix that."

Criminal Justice System
"African American men are far more likely to be stopped and searched by police, charged with crimes, and sentenced to longer prison terms than white men found guilty of the same offenses."

Unions
"Labor unions helped build America’s middle class, and organized labor remains critical to fulfilling America’s basic bargain."

LGBT
"There are still too many places where lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans are targeted for harassment and violence."

Racial Justice
"America’s long struggle with race is far from finished."

Colleges
"Every student should have the option to graduate from a public college or university in their state without taking on any student debt."

Mental Health
"Hillary will strengthen federal monitoring to make sure insurers are complying with the mental health parity law."

2nd Amendment

  • "Expand background checks to more gun sales—including by closing the gun show and internet sales loopholes.
  • "Take on the gun lobby.
  • "Keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers, other violent criminals, and the severely mentally ill.

Health Care
"Defend and expand the Affordable Care Act, which covers 20 million people… and make a “public option” possible."

Immigration
"Hillary will introduce comprehensive immigration reform with a pathway to full and equal citizenship within her first 100 days in office."

Climate Change
"We can tackle it by making America the world’s clean energy superpower and creating millions of good-paying jobs, taking bold steps to slash carbon pollution at home and around the world."

Education
"Hillary Clinton says she has always supported national education standards and that she wants to see the same set of common standards for all public schools across the nation."

Other Sources on Clinton

Abortion

Clinton Supprts Unlimited Abortions Up to Birth

Religious Freedom

Clinton: Christians in America Must Deny Their Faith and Adhere to Liberal Laws

Tim Kaine: Catholic Church Will Change its Same-Sex Marriage Stance or it will be Banned from US

Education

Clinton Always Supported National Standards in Education

Immigration and Borders

Leaked Hillary Speech: I have Dream of Open Borders

Wikileaks Release: Hillary Calls for End of US and One Hemispheric Government

2nd Amendment

Hillary to Implement Gun Control by Executive Order

Hillary Wants to Abolish the Second Amendment

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