A Look at the Presidential Candidates’ Positions

Though there are four candidates running for presidency, only Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will be in the first debate on Sep. 26th.  The following details their positions on immigration, taxation, healthcare, as well as topics like abortion and gun control.


Donald Trump is the Republican candidate for President. Trump’s running mate is Mike Pence. Trump is perhaps best known for his immigration plan: he intends to build a wall on the border with Mexico. Trump also supports ending sanctuary cities. Trump’s tax plan rate has three brackets: those who make less than $75,000 will have a tax rate of 12 percent. Those who make more than $75,000, but less than $225,000 will have a tax rate of 25 percent. Those who make more than $225,000 will have a tax rate of 33 percent.

Trump also plans to lower the business tax rate from 35 to 15 percent and to abolish the death tax. On healthcare, Trump seeks to repeal Obamacare. Trump has not released a detailed foreign policy plan to combat ISIS, as he believes that he would lose the valuable element of surprise. Trump is pro-life and opposes gun control laws.


Hillary Clinton is the Democratic candidate for President. Clinton’s running mate is Tim Kaine. On immigration, Clinton supports amnesty and a path to citizenship. Clinton supports a 4 percent “fair share surcharge” tax on those who make more than 5 million per year and an estate tax on multi-million dollar estates. Clinton supports an effective tax rate of at least 30 percent on those who make more than 1 million per year.

Clinton supports and seeks to expand Obamacare. On foreign policy, Clinton believes that ISIS can be defeated with increased air strikes and by supporting Arab and Kurdish ground forces. Clinton is pro-choice and supports gun control.


Gary Johnson is the Libertarian candidate for President. Johnson’s running mate is Bill Weld.  On immigration, Johnson supports amnesty and would focus on fixing the visa system, and would conduct background checks on illegal immigrants. Johnson supports ending tax loopholes and double taxes on small businesses, supporting a single tax based on how much one spends and not one’s earnings.

On foreign policy, Johnson believes that the wars in the Middle East have made the region less safe and would only go to war when authorized by Congress. Johnson would also focus on repairing our relationships with our allies and on security within the U.S. Although Johnson is personally pro-life, he recognizes a woman’s right to choose and believes that the decision is best left up to women and families and not the government. Johnson opposes gun control laws.


Jill Stein is the Green Party candidate for President. Stein’s running mate is Ajamu Baraka. On immigration, Stein supports amnesty and would grant citizenship to all of those who are here illegally, with the exception of criminals. Stein believes that healthcare is a right: in place of Obamacare, Stein advocates for a single-payer system.

Stein would end the drone strikes and wars in the Middle East and would cut military spending by 50 percent, if not more. Stein is pro-choice and supports gun control laws.