Each presidential election year, states across the country hold primary elections to select their party’s candidate in an event known as Super Tuesday. This year, 15 states, including Tennessee, will participate in Super Tuesday on March 1, 2016 as voters cast their ballots for their presidential choice. Tennessee is one of 14 states that holds an open primary where any registered voter can vote in any party’s primary, despite any party allegiance or affiliation. The event tests how a candidate could potentially do in a national election.
The Tomahawk staff has taken a look at the candidates from both parties in order to give a brief synopsis on their backgrounds and political stances for its readers. All statistics are provided by presidential-candidate.inside.gov.
There are three candidates vying for the Democratic nod as the party’s nominee for president. Martin O’Malley is the former governor of Maryland. Born in Washington, D.C., O’Malley received his law degree from the University of Maryland in 1988. He was the mayor of Baltimore City from 1999-2007. His work experience also includes assistant state attorney for Baltimore.
According to statistics provided by presidential-candidates.insidegov.com, O’Malley is considered very liberal when it comes to individual rights. He strongly agrees that abortion is a woman’s right; he supports legally requiring hiring women and minorities and he is comfortable with same-sex marriage. O’Malley is considered moderately liberal when it comes to domestic issues. He disagrees with stricter punishment to reduce crime, strongly disagrees on an absolute right to gun ownership, is against vouchers for school choices and strongly agrees on expanding ObamaCare.
O’Malley believes in higher taxes on the rich, agrees a stimulus is better than market-led recovery,strongly agrees with a pathway to citizenship for illegal residents and does not believe in privatizing Social Security. He is considered moderately conservative when it comes to defense and international issues. He agrees the country needs to expand the military.
Bernie Sanders has been a United States senator from Vermont from 2006 to the present time. Before that, he was a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1990 to 2006. He was the mayor of Burlington, Vermont for eight years from 1981 to 1989. He has served in an elected office for more than 34 years. According to statistics once again provided by presidentialcandidates.insidegov.com, Sanders is considered very liberal regarding individual rights. He strongly agrees abortion is a women’s unrestricted right; he strongly agrees on legally requiring women and minorities. He strongly agrees he is comfortable with same sex marriage, and he strongly disagrees that God needs to be kept in the public sphere. When it comes to domestic issues, Sanders is very liberal. He strongly disagrees that stricter punishment reduces crime. He remains neutral as to an absolute right to gun ownership. Sanders strongly agrees ObamaCare should be expanded and is strongly against vouchers for school choices.
Sanders is considered very liberal with regard to economic issues. He strongly agrees a stimulus is better than a market-led recovery and there should be higher taxes on the wealthy. Sanders agrees there should be a pathway to citizenship for illegal residents and does not believe in privatizing Social Security. With regard to defense and international issues, Sanders is once again more liberal than other candidates. He strongly disagrees on supporting and expanding free trade and supporting American exceptionalism. He strongly disagrees on expanding the military, but strongly agrees on avoiding foreign entanglements.
Hillary Clinton received her law degree from Yale University. She has served as a First Lady, a United States senator from New York and as United States Secretary of State. According to statistics once again from presidentialcandidates.insidegov.com. Clinton is very liberal when it comes to individual rights. She strongly agrees that abortion is an unrestricted right and strongly agrees in legally hiring women and minorities. She also strongly agrees she is comfortable with same-sex marriage and disagrees on keeping God in the public arena. Clinton is considered very liberal when it comes to domestic issues. She strongly disagrees stricter punishment reduces crimes; she strongly disagrees to an absolute right to gun ownership and strongly disagrees on vouchers for school choices. Clinton strongly agrees ObamaCare should be expanded. On the issue of the economy, she strongly agrees a stimulus is better than a market-led recovery; she strongly agrees there should be higher taxes on the wealthy. She agrees there should be a way for illegal aliens to become citizens and very much does not believe in privatization of Social Security. Clinton is considered moderately liberal when it comes to defense and international issues. She disagrees on supporting and expanding free trade and supporting American exceptionalism. She also disagrees on expanding the military and disagrees on the country avoiding foreign entanglements.
At this time, there are 12 Republican candidates. Again, all statistics are provided by presidential-candidate.inside.gov.
Donald Trump is chairman of Trump Hotels and Casino Resorts and founder of The Trump organization. On the topic of individual rights, Trump disagrees that abortion is a woman’s unrestricted right. He disagrees with legally requiring hiring women and minorities and he is not comfortable with same-sex marriage. He does strongly agree that God should be kept in the public sphere. Trump strongly agrees that stricter punishment reduces crime and there should be an absolute right to gun ownership. He strongly disagrees on expanding Obamacare and strongly agrees on vouchers for school choices. Trump also strongly disagrees that a stimulus would be better than a market-led recovery. He agrees there should be higher taxes on the wealthy and strongly disagrees there should be a pathway to citizenship. Trump also agrees Social Security should be privatized. He does not support or want to expand free trade; he strongly agrees the military should be expanded but agrees the country should avoid foreign entanglements. He also supports American exceptionalism.
Ted Cruz, who received his law degree from Harvard, has been a United States Senator since 2012. His political experience also includes serving as a domestic policy advisor for the George Bush presidential campaign from 1999 to 2000. His career also includes law clerk, Solicitor General of Texas for the Office of the Attorney General, Director of Office Planning for the Federal Trade Commission, Coordination for the Department of Justice for the Bush and Cheney transition team, and Associate Deputy Attorney General for the United States Department of Justice. Cruz was also an adjunct professor of law at the University of Texas School of Law. All statistics are provided by presidential-candidate.inside.gov. On the topic of individual rights, Cruz strongly disagrees that abortion is a woman’s unrestricted right and also strongly disagrees with same-sex marriage. He disagrees with legally requiring hiring women and minorities and strongly agrees God should be kept in the public sphere. On the topic of domestic issues, Cruz strongly agrees that stricter punishment will reduce crime and also in an absolute right to gun ownership, as well as vouchers for school choice. He strong disagrees on expanding ObamaCare. On economic issues, Cruz strongly disagrees that a stimulus is better than market-led recovery, and holds that same opinion for higher taxes for the wealthy. He strongly disagrees on a pathway to citizenship for illegals in the country, and feels strongly that Social Security should be privatized. On the topic of defense and international concerns, Cruz disagrees on avoiding foreign entanglements, but strongly agrees on supporting and expanding free trade, expanding the military and supporting American Exceptionalism.

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