2016 Election: Know your candidates

Recently, the news has been filled with stories about presidential debates and all the possible candidates. The question is how informed are Centennial students about the upcoming presidential elections? When asking Centennial Seniors about the elections Mashal Eikram said “If you have questions about the elections you should ask someone else. I don’t know very much about the candidates.”

Most Seniors and many Juniors will have the opportunity to vote in the 2016 election, so it is very important for us to have the information to make an educated decision about the future leader of our country. Regardless if you vote Democrat or Republican it is crucial to know the beliefs of the individual candidates and what policies they fight for. The Democratic candidates include Hilary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and possibly our current vice president Joe Biden. The Republican candidates include Jeb Bush, Donald Trump, Ben Carson, and Carly Fiorina.

The Democratic candidates share many views. Bernie Sanders and Hilary Clinton both support Planned Parenthood and are openly pro-choice. Joe Biden on the other hand is somewhat unclear about his views on Planned Parenthood but he has openly criticized abortion. Bernie Sanders supports a universal healthcare system. Hilary Clinton and Joe Biden support Obama Care. All Democratic candidates support undocumented immigrants path to citizenship but their policies differ. Sanders, Biden, and Clinton support the legalization of gay marriage.

The Republican candidates share many views but they also disagree on certain topics. Fiorina, Bush, Trump and Carson do not necessarily support Planned Parenthood but their views on abortions differ. Donald Trump and Carly Fiorina believe late term abortions should be banned and should only be allowed in cases of rape and incest. Bush and Carson are openly pro-life.  Jeb Bush aims to defund Planned Parenthood. Fiorina, Carson, Bush, and Trump would all vote to repeal Obama Care. Ben Carson commented that “Obama Care is the worst thing to happen since slavery.” Bush and Trump are in favor of immigration reform. Fiorina believes pathway to legalization should be easier, but full citizenship should not be granted. Carson would like to implement a guest worker program and enforce harsher punishments for undocumented immigrants. Carson, Trump, and Bush openly oppose same sex marriage. Fiorina believes the supreme court over stepped their bounds after ruling same sex marriage legal, but her views on gay marriage are still unclear.