U.S. Presidential Candidate Statements
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JILL STEIN | Green
AJAMU BARAKA, Vice President
After a career in clinical medicine, I am now practicing political medicine, running for President to help heal our ailing nation.
In this historic moment, people are standing up like we haven’t seen for generations, calling for an America and a world that works for us all. We face unprecedented crises that need transformational solutions that put people, planet and peace over profit. We must break the stranglehold of billionaires and their parties that have thrown us under the bus.
We the people have the power to end unemployment, poverty, and rampant inequality; to liberate a generation trapped in predatory student debt; create a welcoming path to citizenship; and end racism in policing and beyond.
We can create a Green New Deal establishing 20 million living wage jobs that provide 100% clean renewable energy by 2030 - reviving the economy, halting climate change, and making wars for oil obsolete. We can create an improved Medicare for All system, free public higher education, and save trillions ending corporate welfare, catastrophic wars, and tax favors for the wealthy. Protect women’s rights, Indigenous and LGBT people, our civil liberties and the Internet.
And create a foreign policy based on international law and human rights.
It’s time to vote for what we believe, not against what we fear. To reject the lesser evil and fight for the greater good, like our lives depend on it. Because they do.
The power to create this new world is in our hands! Learn more at Jill2016.com.
Jill Stein for President
22 Kendall Road
Lexington, MA 02421
HILLARY CLINTON | Democratic
TIM KAINE, Vice President
My campaign with Tim Kaine is based on the notion that Americans are stronger together. We’re stronger when everyone can contribute to the economy and share in its growth. We’re stronger when we work with each other and our allies to keep America secure. And we’re stronger when we’re united, not divided.
If we win this November, in our first 100 days, we’ll make the biggest investment in good-paying jobs since World War II. We’ll invest in infrastructure, manufacturing, clean energy, and small businesses. And we’ll pay for our plans by making Wall Street, corporations, and the super-wealthy pay their fair share in taxes.
We’ll make college debt-free for all and tuition-free for the middle class. We’ll crack down on companies that ship jobs overseas, and reward companies that share profits with their employees. We’ll create policies that help people balance work and family. And we’ll bring opportunity to communities that have been left out and left behind.
Beyond the economy, we’ll take on other urgent challenges—from reforming our broken criminal justice and immigration systems to ending the epidemic of gun violence to getting unaccountable money out of politics.
Americans aren’t just electing a president; we’re also choosing a Commander-in-Chief. We’ve laid out a comprehensive strategy to keep America safe by defeating ISIS, standing with our allies, and respecting those who serve our country.
We know that America’s best days are still ahead of us. When Americans come together as one nation, there’s nothing we can’t do.
GLORIA ESTELA LA RIVA | Peace and Freedom
DENNIS J. BANKS, Vice President
62% of the U.S. population is living paycheck to paycheck, yet in 2008, the federal government bailed out the bankers with trillions of dollars of our money. Today, those bankers are richer than ever, while millions of working people are poorer.
Capitalism cannot be fixed. The crises of poverty, racism, injustice, endless war and environmental destruction can only be resolved by replacing capitalism with socialism, a system based on meeting people's needs in a long-term, sustainable way.
We say: For the earth to live, capitalism must end. A job, free healthcare, free education through university, adequate food and truly affordable housing - all should be Constitutional rights. We call for shutting down U.S. military bases worldwide and bringing U.S. forces home; end U.S. aid to Israel; self-determination for Palestinians; lift the blockade on Cuba; independence for Puerto Rico; end racism, police brutality, mass incarceration and the death penalty: Yes on 62, No on 66; Free Leonard Peltier, Mumia Abu Jamal, and all political prisoners; honor Native treaties; defend unions; $20/hour minimum wage; equal rights for women including full reproductive rights; full equality for LGBTQ people; full rights for all immigrants.
I am a community and anti-war activist. Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, my father was a letter carrier, my mother, a Mexican immigrant garment worker. I am a union vice-president and delegate to San Francisco Labor Council. My running mate is Dennis Banks, American Indian Movement co-founder and longtime Native leader.
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DONALD J. TRUMP | Republican*
MICHAEL R. PENCE, Vice President
California, and the nation, face one of the most important elections in our lifetime. After eight years adrift, we need to make America great again by supporting our law enforcement, ending illegal immigration, defeating ISIS, and bringing jobs back to America.
Under the current administration, lawlessness has run rampant and we have witnessed the tragic murder of police officers. The brave men and women who put themselves on the front lines of defending our communities deserve better. When I become president, we will work with law enforcement to restore law and order.
While we embrace our nation’s history of legal immigration, we cannot allow illegal immigration to continue. We will build a wall on our southern border to end the inflow of drugs and crime that puts communities all across our nation at risk.
Radical Islamic terrorists continue spreading their warped ideology through the brutal murder of innocent people. When I’m president, America will take more aggressive action to stop these murderers before they commit more atrocities.
We will also make smarter trade deals and bring back good paying jobs that will reignite the engine of America’s economy.
A lot of things are said in political campaigns, but through all the noise, I want you to know two simple truths about how I will govern as your president: I will be honest with you, regardless of the political consequences, and I will wake up every morning and do everything in my power to make America great again for all Americans.
*The American Independent Party has also nominated Donald J. Trump and Michael R. Pence as their candidates for President and Vice President.
GARY JOHNSON | Libertarian
BILL WELD, Vice President
I believe the majority of Americans share the simple notions of financial responsibility and personal freedom. Government should leave us alone to pursue our dreams, live our lives and make our own choices -- as long as those choices do not harm or endanger others. And government should do less, spend less and cost less.
I’m no stranger to taking on partisan political forces. I was elected Governor of New Mexico as a Republican in an overwhelming Democratic state – and re-elected to a second term by a wide margin.
Despite having served as Governor, I still prefer to call myself an entrepreneur. To pay for college, I started a door-to-door handyman business. Twenty years later, that business had grown into one of the largest construction companies in New Mexico.
I am perhaps best known for resisting the temptation to solve every problem with government spending and regulation, having vetoed more than 750 bills during my time as Governor. I cut taxes 14 times while never raising them. I balanced the state’s budget.
Yet, despite cutting taxes and the size of government, we improved New Mexico schools, made long overdue infrastructure enhancements, and created an environment in which entrepreneurs and employers could grow and put people to work.
As President, I would approach governing in the same way.
I am an avid skier, adventurer, and bicyclist, having climbed the highest peak on each of the seven continents, including Mt. Everest.
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