Boomer with caricatures of the main four presidential candidates
Caricatures by Marc Sanchez

 

What do you know about the four people who want to be the next president? Here are some information GLEANED from the candidates’official websites.
What are the issues that are important to you?

Who would you choose if you could vote in this year’s presidential election? Go online at BearEssentialNews.com and cast your vote for president of the United States. After your choice is made, find out who kids would pick to be the next president!

 

Donald Trump, Republican Party

V.P. running mate: Mike Pence

Donald J. Trump is the chairman and president of the Trump Organization. He has interests in real estate, sports and entertainment. He is a graduate of the Wharton School of Finance. He is the author of several bestselling books. His first book, “The Art of the Deal,” is one of the most successful business books of all time.

Trump is married to Melania Trump. He is a father of five (two daughters and three sons) and grandfather to seven children.

Environment:

Trump’s official website does not list the environment under issues or positions.

Education:

Trump says he will end Common Core. He calls it a “disaster.”

Other Top Issues for this candidate:

The establishment, the trade war, veteran’s issues and dealing with Congress.

Official website:

Donaldjtrump.com

 

Hillary Clinton, Democratic Party

V.P. running mate: Tim Kaine

Hillary Clinton has served as Secretary of State, U.S. senator from New York, first lady of the United States and first lady of Arkansas. She has also been a practicing lawyer, law professor, and an activist. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and Harvard Law School.

Clinton is married to former president Bill Clinton. They have one daughter and two grandchildren.

Environment:

Clinton plans to expand an invest in clean energy development. She has said she does not want “children to endure the catastrophe that would result from unchecked climate change.”

Education:

Clinton wants to make college debt-free. She believes that “strong public education” is important for children’s futures.

Other Top Issues for this candidate:

The economy and jobs, a fair tax system and disability rights.

Official website:

Hillaryclinton.com

 

Gary Johnson, Libertarian Party

V.P. running mate: William Weld

Gary Johnson is a two-term governor from the state of New Mexico. He is also an author and businessman—he founded his own construction company. Johnson is a graduate of the University of New Mexico. He has two grown children, a daughter and a son.

Environment:

Johnson believes that government should “enforce reasonable environmental protections.” But he feels that politicians should not decide on the future of clean energy or regulate or tax companies in an effort to prevent climate change.

Education:

Johnson thinks “state and local governments should have more control over education policy.” He believes in competition between private and public schools to improve both.

Other Top Issues for this candidate:

Wasteful spending, taxes and term limits.

Official website:

Johnsonweld.com

 

Jill Stein, Green Party

V.P. running mate: Ajamu Baraka

Dr. Jill Stein is a practicing physician and was the Green Party’s 2012 candidate for president. She is a mother, an organizer, and a pioneering environmental-health advocate. She is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School. 

Stein is married to Richard Rohrer, who is also a physician. They have two grown sons.

Environment:

Stein wants to “avert climate catastrophe,” and wants the U.S. to move to 100 percent clean renewable energy by 2030 and invest in public transit to start.

Education:

Stein calls for tuition free education from preschool to college. She wants to end “high stakes testing.”

Other Top Issues for this candidate:

A Green New Deal, jobs and ending poverty

Official website:

Jill2016.com

 

“The vote is the most powerful
instrument ever devised by man
for breaking down injustice and
destroying the terrible walls
which imprison men because
they are different from
other men.” —President
Lyndon B. Johnson

 

Adults will head to the polls on Nov. 8 to vote in local and state elections, and a presidential election, too!

Presidential elections happen every four years and have a higher voter turnout than midterm elections when representatives, senators and state officials are on the ballot but not presidential picks.

According to the Arizona Secretary of State’s website, only 50% of the people in our state will take the OPPORTUNITY to vote. Will you vote when you are old enough? Well, here’s a chance to vote now.

 

 

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