Profiling presidential candidates

By Jakob S. Miller
Times-News correspondent

Jakob S. Miller / Times-News correspondent

This year’s presidential race is all the buzz, but what do we really know about the candidates? Here’s a political profile about how each would make history if elected:

Republican Party: Donald Trump and Mike Pence

This year, the Republican ticket consists of businessman Donald J. Trump for president and Gov. Michael R. Pence of Indiana for vice president. Donald Trump believes he is qualified to “make America great again” (similar to Reagan’s “Let’s make America great again” slogan) due to his extensive and successful career in business. Governor Pence has more experience in politics, serving as a House Representative for Indiana’s 6th congressional district (formerly Indiana’s 2nd congressional district) from 2000 to 2012 and is the current governor of Indiana.
How Donald Trump would make history if elected: First President with no prior political or military experience

Democratic Party: Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine

The 2016 Democratic ticket has former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton at the top of the ticket with U.S. Sen. Timothy M. Kaine of Virginia as her running mate for vice president. Clinton has a long track record in politics, serving as first lady of both Arkansas and the United States, U.S. senator of New York and President Obama’s first Secretary of State. She also had a strong showing in the 2008 democratic primaries for president, however lost the nomination to Barack Obama. Clinton’s campaign slogan is “stronger together,” suggesting that Americans are better when unified. As for the Democratic vice presidential candidate, Tim Kaine has served one term as governor of Virginia, a position once held by his father-in-law, Republican Linwood Holton. Kaine is also serves as a current senator of Virginia.
How Hillary Clinton would make history if elected: First female president


Libertarian Party: Gary Johnson and Bill Weld

This year, the Libertarian party has become a much more serious player in the presidential election than ever before, polling from 8 to 12 percent in national polls. The Libertarian presidential nominee is former two-term Republican governor of New Mexico Gary E. Johnson. Like Trump, Johnson also has a business background, building one of New Mexico’s largest construction companies, and was CEO of a marijuana company. His running mate, former two-term Republican governor of Massachusetts Bill Weld, served from 1991 to 1997. One of the defining ideas of their campaign is “keep government out of your bedroom, and out of your wallet,” meaning lower taxes and more civil liberties.
 How Gary Johnson would make history if elected: First third party to win the U.S. presidency

Jakob S. Miller is a sophomore at Southern Alamance High School and a Teens & 20s writer.

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