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What are the political positions of the Clinton-Kaine ticket?

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What are the political positions of the Clinton-Kaine ticket?

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

Hillary Clinton

  • - Lawyer
  • - 68 years old
  • - Democrat candidate for US presidency
  • - Secretary of State 2009-2013
  • - New York Senator 2001-2009
  • - US First Lady 1993-2001

Economy

For:

  • - raising the federal minimum wage
  • - tax breaks for companies that improve employee profit-sharing or have apprenticeship programs
  • - raising tax on higher-incomes
  • - encouraging long-term investment by increasing capital gains for assets held between one and six years
  • - was formerly in favour of TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) but no longer supports it

Health

  • - will protect and expand social security
  • - wants paid leave for families and medical leave
  • - supports all health programs (Obamacare, Medicare, Medicaid…) and wants to expand some parts of them
  • - will reduce the price of prescription drugs
  • - will allow access to health insurance regardless of immigration status

Foreign policy

  • - strong supporter of Israel
  • - for a nuclear deal with Iran
  • - for coalition air campaign and an intelligence war against ISIS
  • - for investing in reform and innovation in military
  • - for Iraq war in 2003 but now expresses regret

Education

  • - for access to a public university in own state without taking on any student debt
  • - wants all community colleges to offer free tuition
  • - creation of a fund to help minority-serving institutions
  • - for helping student parents
  • - for a national plan to modernise the teaching profession
  • - for making computer science available to all students
  • - Wants to rebuild old, damaged schools
  • - for universal pre-school and increased access to child care

Immigration

  • - creation of a “pathway to full and equal citizenship”
  • - against family detention
  • - for closing private immigration detention centers
  • - for promoting naturalisation
  • - against the three and 10-year bars

Climate

  • - sees climate change as an urgent threat
  • - for boosting the production and use of renewable energy, natural gas and nuclear energy
  • - for energy waste cuts
  • - for oil consumption cuts and for cutting tax subsidies to oil and gas companies
  • - for extending the Clean Power Plan (Barack Obama)

Religion

  • - Methodist (Protestant)

Abortion

  • - for safe and legal abortion
  • - for protecting access to contraception and reproductive healthcare for women

LGBT

  • - for full equality for LGBT Americans, including marriage
  • - will upgrade service records of Americans in the military who were dismissed due to their sexual orientation
  • - vows to make it easier for transgender Americans to change their gender marker on identification documents
  • - will end so-called conversion therapy for minors, combat youth homelessness by ensuring adequate funding for shelters

Tobacco and cannabis

  • - for medical marijuana and for allowing medical research on the medical benefits of cannabis
  • - for focusing “federal enforcement resources on violent crime, not simple marijuana possession”
  • - will allow any States who have legalised marijuana to keep on doing so

Guns

  • - for expanding background checks to more gun sales
  • - wants to take on the gun lobby by removing legal protection for illegal and irresponsible actions
  • - against gun sales to terrorists, criminals, domestic abusers, the severely mentally ill

Tim Kaine

  • - 58 years old
  • - Virginia Senator since 2013
  • - Governor of Virginia from 2006 to 2010
  • - Democratic vice-president candidate
  • - He endorsed Barack Obama in the 2008 campaign, announcing his support as early as February 2007
  • - A fluent Spanish speaker, he is the first US senator to deliver a speech in Spanish in front of the Senate

Economy

  • - in favour of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TTP) until recently, but then changed his stance and declared that he could not support the agreement in its current form
  • - for a nuclear deal with Iran
  • - for the regulation of the financial industry, notably through the Consumer Protection Act and the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform
  • - defended the extension of emergency unemployment insurance benefits in Virginia

Health

  • - in favour of Medicare and Medicaid
  • - puts particular emphasis on preventive care: “maybe we should be a little more focused on health and a little less on the hospitals”

Foreign policy

  • - pro-Israel but boycotted Netanyahu’s 2015 speech to congress over the Iran nuclear deal
  • - for the normalisation of US-Cuban relations
  • - called for the creation of safe zones to protect Syrian civilians in the war against the Islamic State
  • - for the international nuclear agreement with Iran

Education

  • - supported the Every Student Succeeds Act, which is aimed at giving states more flexibility to set education policies and at de-emphasising standardised testing without taking on any student debt
  • - for making college “debt-free for everybody”
  • - for all children starting school at age four

Immigration

  • - for the expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, offering temporary relief from deportation to children immigrants
  • - defends a comprehensive immigration reform, allowing persons illegally living in the US to obtain legal status by paying taxes and a fine
  • - wishes to promote the immigration of foreign students by making it easier for them to obtain Green Cards

Climate

  • - acknowledges the scientific consensus on climate change
  • - condemns those who claim that there is an opposition between economic and environmental concerns, arguing that “protecting the environment is good for the economy”
  • - for the development of offshore wind turbines and solar energy
  • - for the use of fracking to harvest natural gas

Religion

  • - raised catholic and educated by Jesuits
  • - speaks openly about his faith: “My faith is central to everything I do”
  • - believes women should be allowed to become priests

Abortion

  • - personally against abortion but does not believe it should be outlawed
  • - for legal restrictions on abortion, such as requiring parental consent for minors

LGBT

  • - for gay marriage: “I believe all people, regardless of sexual orientation, should be guaranteed equal rights, including the legal benefits and responsibilities of marriage”
  • - co-sponsored the Employment Non-Discrimination Act in the Senate, aiming at barring employment discrimination on sexual orientation grounds
  • - for homosexual couples being allowed to adopt children, providing a “judge deems it is in the best interests of the child”

Tobacco and cannabis

  • - against the decriminalisation or legalisation of marijuana: “I wouldn’t vote for a law at the federal or state level that would decriminalise marijuana”
  • - received an “F” in the grades given to members of congress by the National Organization for Reforming Marijuana Laws (NORML)

Guns

  • - supporter of the right to bear arms guaranteed by the Second Amendment
  • - believes nonetheless that concrete steps should be taken to reduce gun violence, such as mental health services and background record checks prior to gun purchases

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