Election Central: Learn About the Republican Candidates
As the 2016 presidential election draws ever closer, it will be up to the Republican side of the American public to narrow their votes down to one candidate. However, with the number of Republican candidates running, it can be difficult to know who’s who and what they stand for—and how their politics will benefit the nation. To help you stay informed, we’ve compiled a list of all of the 2016 presidential election candidates running under the Republican party.
You likely already know Donald Trump from his two reality shows—The Celebrity Apprentice and The Apprentice—as well as his notorious real estate ventures. He began entering the political scene in the late 1980s. He is the go-to candidate if you are concerned with border issues because he aims to up the ante on border security. The rest of his beliefs are either unclear in their conveyance or lean more toward liberal thinking.
As both a member of the Bush family and the former governor of Florida, Jeb Bush has a strong background in politics. He grew Florida’s population and fought for gun rights during his governorship, but his conservative stance has lost some of its teeth as the years have worn on. He leans toward raising taxes and how much the government spends on public welfare.
Rick Santorum leans more toward the social side of conservative thought than anywhere else. He speaks up against the push for same-sex marriage and abortion law reform. However, his stance on governmental economics is weak. While he appeals quite strongly to the middle class, he verges upon being against free-market trade.
Dr. Ben Carson
Thanks to his exemplary career as a pediatric neurosurgeon, Ben Carson’s politics stem mostly from his experiences with and knowledge of human anatomy. He is severely against Obamacare, same-sex marriage and abortion law reform. However, where he stands on other issues, such as Israel and gun control, remains ambiguous.
Marco Rubio also hails from Florida, where he served as a junior senator. He is a powerful conservative candidate on nearly all fronts, save for being pro-Obamacare and pro-amnesty.
Chris Christie is one of the strongest supporters of school choice. However, he remains weak when it comes to other political matters, such as foreign policy and gun control.
Rand Paul is another junior senator, hailing from Kentucky. However, because of his father’s reputation, Paul has sought to create a separate political identity for himself. He shines in the realm of budgeting, privacy and federalism. However, when it comes to moral concerns or foreign issues, his opinions muddle.
Ted Cruz is a newbie to politics and is known for his extremely strong stance on almost every issue. His weakest subject is free market.
As Ohio’s governor, Kasich has an ample political background, yet his ideals have weakened over the decades. His only remaining strength is his stance on foreign policy.
Huckabee is one of the famous candidates, whose strengths lie predominantly in moral and social concerns. His other values, as well as his ethical behavior throughout his career, leave much to be desired.
As the only woman out of the Republican candidates, Fiorina is in a unique position that’s only exacerbated by her lack of political experience. She is actually Hewlett-Packard’s ex-president. Her politics rely more on her personal background than her political stances, which all lean toward the weaker end.
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