Profiled: 2016 US Presidential Election candidates

The Republicans

Donald Trump has had a fired up and outspoken campaign, putting immigration as the key issue in his drive to be Republican candidate. The TV personality and billionaire businessman is polling well ahead at over 25%.

Trump is standing as the anti-establishment ticket, regularly criticising fellow Republican nominees for their voting histories and their corporate connections. Amongst his policies, Trump has called for a radical cut down on immigration, particularly illegal migration. The position includes the building of a wall between Mexico and America, which a President Trump would call the Mexican government to pay for.

Additionally, like many other Republican candidates, he’s called for a stronger American military. Though he has described the Iraq and Afghan wars as a mistake, he wishes to spend more on nuclear weapon updates so “nobody will mess with America”.

Jeb Bush, younger brother of former President George Bush Jnr and son of George Bush Snr, is currently one of the closest rivals to Trump, and is polling at 9.3%. With the US economy growing, Bush has called for greater cutting of the deficit through defunding policies such as Planned Parenthood – this is a commitment made by all Republican contenders, who consistently dispute over social issues.

Rand Paul, the Libertarian leaning nominee, is the only candidate who differs in rejecting the ‘war on drugs’ and is supportive of cutting military expenditure. However, the general consensus from all the nominees is that the party is socially and fiscally conservative – being pro-life, anti-gay marriage and committed to cutting immigration; while also aiming to reduce Federal government spending.

The Democrats

Hillary Clinton is the polls’ favourite to be the Democrat candidate for president.

Setting off her campaign with a video online, Clinton has supported the Supreme Court’s decision that legalised gay marriage, she has campaigned for a higher minimum wage, lower student debt and extending state supported child care.

Additionally, Clinton has put feminism as a priority in her campaign. She has highlighted the pay gap between men and women in America, calling for it to be abolished and has defended women’s right to choose; opposing the Republican nominees.

Bernie Sanders has offered surprise competition to Clinton though. The Democratic Socialist is filling out venues making speeches about inequality, working conditions and the middle class.

The candidate is running as he does not believe Clinton is near radical enough to tackle America’s problems.

However, as it stands, the polls are predicting a Trump and Clinton race to be President. Nevertheless, what we learnt from the 2015 UK election is that polls are not always right. Therefore, there is still all to fight for to be nominee for both the Republicans and Democrats.

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