Meet the Candidates Presidential Election 2016

Inklings News Online By: Nicole Dienst '18 & Daniel Harizman '19

Gary Johnson: As a member of the Libertarian party, Johnson, 63 years of age, first rose to elective office in 1995, and stepped down in 2003. His eight years in an elected position, are 7 less than the average 2016 presidential candidate (15 Years). Johnson received his BA from the University of New Mexico. Gary Johnson has raised 7.94 million dollars for his campaign, the third most among all active candidates running for office. Despite classifying as classic Liberal, Johnson is profoundly known to support the philosophies of limited government, which proves he underpins a few definitive conservative views.

Donald J. Trump is the 2016 Republican Party presidential nominee, despite the fact that he has no political experience. Trump, 70 years of age, is the Founder/Chairman/President/Chief Executive Officer of the Trump Organization (1975-today) and Chairman of Trump Hotels and Casino Resorts (Inc.). Trump has reached tremendous success economically in his lifetime, net worthing 3.7 billion dollars. Trump attended Fordham University for his undergraduate education, and Wharton School of finance (Penn) for his postgraduate degree. Trump has raised 185 millions dollars for his campaign, second most among all active candidates running for president. Trump's political views have frequently changed. Often times the statements he gives are indistinct and conflicting. The political race for presidency has proven Trump's standpoints on major issues to be conservative. One of Trump's most distinguished political issues is illegal immigration. Upon being selected president, Trump plans to build a wall bordering the United States and Mexico.

Hillary Clinton is the Democratic Party's presidential nominee for the 2016 election. Clinton, 68 years of age, first showcased her political views as First Lady of the United States from 1993-2001, then as a U.S. senator from New York (2001-2009), and finally as the United States Secretary of State from 2009-2013. Clinton was secretary of state for 4 years, and a candidate of the 2008 presidential election, losing the Democratic Party nomination to Barack Obama (United states President 2008-2016). Clinton received her BA from Wellesley College in 1969, and her JD from Yale University in 1973. Clinton describes her political standing in an interview with CNN anchor and author, Anderson Cooper; "I’m a progressive. But I'm a progressive who likes to get things done. And I know how to find common ground, and I know how to stand my ground, and I have proved that in every position that I've had, even dealing with Republicans who never had a good word to say about me, honestly."

Jill Stein is a member of the Green party, and at 66 years of age, running for presidency alongside Ajamu Baraka under the Green party. Despite Stein's lack of elected official experience, she hopes to bring improvement to the environment and the everyday lives of American citizens across the country. Stein ran for 2012 presidential candidacy, losing out to Barack Obama. Stein hopes her values and beliefs can throw her to the top of the upcoming election in November. Stein received her BA from Harvard in Psychology/Sociology/Anthropology in 1973, and later received her MD from Harvard Medical school 1979. As described by her self, Stein's political views revolve around much of the following, “My Power to the People Plan creates deep system change, moving from the greed and exploitation of corporate capitalism to a human-centered economy that puts people, planet and peace over profit."

Presidential Debates 2016:

In the past two presidential debates, only candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump participated. In order to participate in the debates, a candidate must be polling over 15%. Neither Gary Johnson (Libertarian party) or Jill Stein (Green party) have been invited to the debates primarily because both are not polling at a high enough percentage. This has caused unrest as a hashtag on twitter has become popular, "#letgarydebate".

Hillary Clinton, Democratic party candidate, currently leading in the polls.
Gary Johnson, Libertarian party candidate.
Jill Stein, Green party candidate.
Donald J. Trump, Republican party candidate.

Student opinions:

"BOTH HILLARY AND TRUMP ARE EXTREMELY FLAWED CANDIDATES. THEY HAVE BOTH BEEN INVOLVED IN MANY SCANDALS, AND SAID SOME VERY UNPRESIDENTIAL THINGS WHICH SCARE ME FOR THE NEXT FOUR YEARS," KION BRUNO '18 SAID.
"AS THIS IS STEIN'S SECOND TIME RUNNING FOR PRESIDENCY AS A PART OF THE GREEN PARTY, I FEEL AS THOUGH HER CHANCES OF WINNING ARE VERY MINIMAL. HER NAME HAS NOT MADE ENOUGH HEADLINES AND HER PRESENCE IS NOT AS STRONGLY FELT," LUKE WELCH '19 SAID.
"I think Gary Johnson is a decent candidate but has a lack of knowledge," Matthew Tanzer '19 said.
"I FEEL VERY STRONGLY ABOUT HILLARY CLINTON. I FIND THAT A LOT OF MY PERSONAL POLITICAL OPINIONS MATCH UP WITH HERS...SHE’S ALSO THE MOST QUALIFIED PERSON TO EVER RUN FOR PRESIDENT...ALL THAT AND SHE'S NEVER BRAGGED ABOUT SEXUALLY ASSAULTING WOMEN," OLIVIA PAYNE '18 SAID.

Credits:

Created with images by MikeFZiethlow - "gary johnson president election" • david_shankbone - "Donald Trump by David Shankbone 1" • kakissel - "Clinton Rally 55" • cornstalker - "Jill Stein" • veni markovski - "Hillary Talks" • MikeFZiethlow - "gary johnson president election" • cornstalker - "Jill Stein" • Ninian Reid - "Half-Scot Donald Trump, on course to win back the White House for the GOP"

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