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What are the political positions of the Trump-Pence ticket?

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What are the political positions of the Trump-Pence ticket?

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What are the political positions of the US presidential candidates on some the main campaign issues?

Donald Trump

  • - Businessman
  • - 70 years old
  • - Republican candidate for US presidency

Economy

For a major tax reform:

  • - mainly tax cuts (but fewer that Pence)
  • - mainly for middle classes
  • - cuts for businesses to avoid corporate inversions
  • - an end to death tax
  • - reducing deductions for richest
  • - reduce the debt, but with no programme defined
  • - high tariffs on goods coming from China, Mexico and other places
  • - renegotiations for better international trade deals but against TTP (Trans-Pacific Partnership)
  • - against raising the minimum wage

Health

  • - repeal of Obamacare but not of Medicare or Social security
  • - reform of Medicaid, essentially making it state-run, rather than at a federal level
  • - full competition for health insurance across states
  • - deregulation of the medicine market
  • - free market for imported drugs

Foreign policy

  • - supporter of Israel
  • - for tough interrogation measures in Guatanamo
  • - against the Iranian nuclear deal and for tougher sanctions against Iran
  • - for a revaluation of the financial participation of NATO members
  • - against the war in Iraq (2003)

Education

  • - for a decentralisation of education
  • - thinks too much money is spent on education for poor results
  • - against the “Common Core” programme

Immigration

  • - for building a fence at the Mexican border, paid for by Mexico
  • - for the deportation of immigrants convicted of a crime
  • - for detention and deportaion of illegal migrants caught crossing the border
  • - for increasing tracking and penalties of expired visas
  • - against citizenship for children born in the US to illegal migrants

Climate

  • - doubts climate change (notably because the winter was cold)
  • - for protecting fossil fuel energy (coal, oil, gas)
  • - against any CO2 emissions cut
  • - believes wind turbines are dangerous for birds
  • - has said: “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make US manufacturing non-competitive”

Religion

  • - says he is Presbyterian (Protestant)
  • - thinks there is a “Muslim problem” and has said foreign Muslims should be banned from entering the US

Abortion

  • - was previously a supporter of pro-choice abortion rights, now against abortion, except in cases of rape, incest and threat to the life of the mother
  • - against subsidising Planned Parenthood
  • - in March 2016 he said that women who seek abortion should be punished somehow but later retracted this statement

LGBT

  • - has declared several times that he has many gay friends
  • - against legal rights, such as gay marriage, for LGBT people
  • - believes transgender people should be able to use whichever toilet they feel most comfortable with
  • - wants to protect LGBT individuals from radical Islam by stopping Muslim immigration

Tobacco and cannabis

  • - doesn’t consume drugs, alcohol or cigarettes
  • against legalising and regulating cannabis use (used to be in favour of this in the 90s)
  • - for using cannabis for medical reasons and state legislation regarding cannabis

Guns

  • - for the carrying of arms, with restrictions for terrorists

Mike Pence

  • - 57 years old
  • - Indiana governor (since 2012)
  • - Member of the US House of Representatives for Indiana (2001-2012)
  • - Republican vice-president candidate
  • - Previously endorsed Ted Cruz
  • - Describes himself as: “A Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order”

Economy

  • - against raising the minimum wage
  • - for cutting tax
  • - for free trade and TTP (Trans-Pacific Partnership)

Health

  • - supported the extension of Medicaid, but spoke out against health programs while he was a member of the House of Representatives
  • - has cut the health budget in Indiana

Foreign policy

  • - supporter of Israel
  • - for increasing the size of the military to build a strong America
  • - for tough interrogation measures in Guantanamo Bay detention camp
  • - has expressed support for the war in Iraq (2003)

Education

  • - against federal plans for education and for programs at a local level
  • - voted against No Child Left Behind Act (George W Bush)

Immigration

  • - for building a fence along the Mexico-United States border
  • - for deporting all undocumented individuals including children and sick people
  • - against automatic citizenship for children born on US soil to undocumented parents

Climate

  • - is a climate change denier, has called climate change a hoax
  • - against the Clean Power Plan

Religion

  • - Christian, devoutly religious
  • - passed the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act in Indiana, that could have allowed discrimination against LGBT people but later amended it

Abortion

  • - against abortion even when the fetus has a genetic abnormality
  • - pushed to cut funding for Planned Parenthood leading to the closure of small clinics

LGBT

  • - against same-sex marriage
  • - thinks homosexuality is an illness and backs medical treatment for homosexuals
  • - wanted to ban homosexuals from the army

Tobacco and cannabis

  • - claimed that “tobacco doesn’t kill” (1998)
  • - sees cannabis as a “gateway drug”

Guns

  • - for gun ownership and carrying a gun in public
  • - his political campaigns are financially supported by the NRA

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