America’s 2016 Presidential Candidates

By Abby Hay, Ashley Lee and Kjersten Johnson

Hillary Clinton

Donald Trump

Quick facts

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Birth: Oct. 26, 1947

Born in: Chicago, Illinois

Religion: Methodist

Education: Wellesley College, Yale Law School

Bachelor of Arts, with departmental honors in political science

First student in Wellesley history to speak at the commencement ceremony

Former U.S. First Lady

First female senator from New York

Secretary of State 2009-2013

Birth: June 14, 1946

Born in: Queens, New York

Religion: Presbyterian

Education: New York Military Academy, Fordham University, Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania

Bachelor of Economics

Executive producer and host of American reality television show “The Apprentice”

President of The Trump Organization

New York real estate developer

Former owner of Miss USA Pageant

Waldo’s father in “Little Rascals”

“People can judge me for what I’ve done. And I think when somebody’s out in the public eye, that’s what they do. So I’m fully comfortable with who I am, what I stand for, and what I’ve always stood for.” -Hillary R. Clinton, June 25, 2014

“Sadly, the American dream is dead, but if I get elected president, I will bring it back; bigger and better and stronger than ever before and we will make America great again.” -Donald J. Trump, June 16, 2016

David Goldman
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton talks with Chelsea Clinton, daughter of Hillary Clinton after the presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. (AP Photo)
Manuel Balce Ceneta
Donald Trump, his wife and his children host an official ribbon cutting ceremony and press conference to celebrate the grand opening of his new hotel. (AP Photo)


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Spouse: Former U.S. president Bill Clinton

Daughter: Chelsea Clinton (married to Marc Mezvinsky, has two children)

Spouse: Melania Trump

  • Child: Barron Trump

Ex-wife: Marla Ann Maples

  • Child: Tiffany Trump

Ex-wife: Ivana Marie Trump

  • Children: Donald Trump Jr. (married to Vanessa Haydon, has five children), Ivanka Trump (married to Jared Kushne, has three children), Eric Trump (married to Lara Yunaska)

“If a country doesn’t recognize minority rights and human rights, including women’s rights, you will not have the kind of stability and prosperity that is possible.” -Hillary R. Clinton, Feb. 23, 2011

“I would build a great wall. And nobody builds walls better than me, believe me. And I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border and I will have Mexico pay for that wall.” -Donald J. Trump, June 16, 2015

Influenced by

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Marian Wright Edelman: activist who founded the Children’s Defense Fund to fight for the rights of underprivileged American children, former boss of Clinton

Don Jones: Methodist youth pastor who organized Clinton’s trip to see and meet Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr.: civil rights activist and minister

Dorothy Rodham: her mother, who survived a devastating childhood

Eleanor Roosevelt: inspired Clinton to have thick skin in politics

Roy Cohn: Trump’s attorney who represented him during a racial discrimination lawsuit in the 1970s. Cohn is also famous for investigations into Sen. Joseph McCarthy’s Communist activity during the Second Red Scare

Hugh Hefner: founder and chief creative officer of Playboy Enterprises

Norman Vincent Peale: Trump’s childhood pastor and author of “The Power of Positive Thinking,” which teaches ideologies very influential in Trump’s life

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Vice presidential candidates

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Andrew Harnik
Hillary Clinton and Democratic vice presidential candidate, Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., look to the audience as they finish speaking during a rally at Temple University in Philadelphia. (AP Photo)

Sen. Tim Kaine:

United States Senator from Virginia

Born in: St. Paul, Minnesota

Religion: Catholic

One of 30 people in history to have served as a mayor, governor and a U.S. Senator

Volunteered with Jesuit missionaries in Honduras at age 22; speaks Spanish

B.A. in economics from the University of Missouri

J.D. degree from Harvard Law School

Married to Anne Holton and father of three children

Evan Vucci
Donald Trump shakes hands with his running mate, Republican vice presidential candidate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as he arrives to give an economic policy speech in Detroit. (AP Photo)

Gov. Mike Pence:

50th governor of Indiana

Born in: Columbus, Indiana

Religion: Raised Catholic but now identifies as an evangelical Christian

Successfully advocated the largest tax cut in Indiana history

B.A. in history at Hanover College

J.D. degree from McKinney School of Law

Married to Karen Pence and father of three children

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  • Defend and expand the Affordable Care Act, which covers 20 million people.
  • Bring down out-of-pocket costs like copays and deductibles.
  • Reduce the cost of prescription drugs.
  • Incentivize states to expand Medicaid.
  • Expand access to rural Americans and families regardless of immigration status.
  • Double funding for community health centers and support the health care work force.
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  • Strengthen American manufacturing through a $10 billion investment in “Make it in America” partnerships that bring together workers and labor, business, universities, community colleges and government
  • Prevent countries like China from abusing global trade rules and reject trade agreements not meeting high standards.
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  • Modernize and elevate K-12 teaching.
  • Every K-12 student learns computer science.
  • Free tuition at in-state, four-year public colleges (for families with income up to $125,000); free tuition at community colleges.
  • College students who are parents will get support and resources.
  • End campus sexual assault.
  • Provide more robust, accessible training programs and resources for workforce jobs.
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  • Introduce comprehensive immigration reform.
  • Do everything possible under the law to protect families.
  • Expand access to affordable health care to all families.
  • End the three- and 10-year bars, which keep formerly illegal immigrants from being re-admitted or re-entering the U.S. for three years.
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  • Fundamentally reform veterans’ health care to ensure access to timely and high quality care and block efforts to privatize the VA.
  • Build a 21st-century Department of Veterans Affairs to deliver world-class care.
  • Make the post-9/11 G.I. bill a lasting part of contract with veterans.
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  • Ensure we are stronger at home.
  • Stick with our allies.
  • Prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.
  • Build stronger ties between Cubans and Americans.
  • Be firm but wise with our rivals: stand up to Vladimir Putin, hold China accountable
  • Take out ISIS strongholds in Iraq and Syria, work with allies to dismantle global terror networks, harden defenses at home.
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  • Expand background checks.
  • Keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers, other violent criminals and the severely mentally ill.
  • Take on the gun lobby by removing the industry’s sweeping legal protection for illegal and irresponsible actions and revoking licenses from dealers who break the laws.
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  • Paid leave for fathers and mothers.
  • Guarantee up to 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave to care for a new child or a seriously ill family member, and up to 12 weeks of medical leave to recover from a serious illness or injury of their own.
  • Close the pay gap.
  • Women’s personal health decisions should be made by a woman, her family and her faith, with the counsel of her doctor.
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  • Defend, implement and extend smart pollution and efficiency standards.
  • Launch a $60 billion Clean Energy Challenge.
  • Invest in clean energy infrastructure, innovation, manufacturing and workforce development.
  • Cut methane emissions across the economy.
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  • Restore basic fairness to our tax code. Implement a “fair share surcharge” on multi-millionaires and billionaires and fight for measures like the Buffett Rule to ensure the wealthiest Americans do not pay a lower tax rate than hardworking middle-class families.
  • Close corporate and Wall Street tax loopholes and invest in America. Close tax loopholes like inversions that reward companies for shifting profits and jobs overseas.
  • Simplify and cut taxes for small businesses so they can hire and grow.
  • Provide tax relief to working families from the rising costs they face.
  • Pay for ambitious investments in a fiscally responsible way.
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  • Repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace with Health Savings Accounts (HSAs).
  • Allow people to purchase insurance across state lines to create a dynamic market.
  • Create a patient-centered healthcare system promoting choice, quality and affordability.
  • Ensure access to coverage for individuals who have not maintained continuous coverage.
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  • Withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership
  • Appoint “tough and smart” trade negotiators to fight on behalf of American workers.
  • Identify every foreign country’s violation of trade agreements which harm U.S. workers and end abuses.
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  • Add an additional federal investment of $20 billion toward K-12 school choice for all children — including those from low-income families — by reprioritizing existing federal dollars.
  • Incentivize universities through federal tax breaks and tax dollars to reduce the cost of college and student debt.
  • Ensure the opportunity to attend colleges or vocational/technical education will be easier to access, pay for and finish.
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  • Make Mexico pay for a wall on the southern U.S. border to keep out illegal aliens.
  • Enforce U.S. immigration laws by ending catch-and-release, tripling the number of ICE agents and ending sanctuary cities.
  • Enforce deportation.
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  • Meet needs of 21st-century service members, female veterans; supporting their physical and psychological health.
  • Improve the VA by firing the “corrupt and incompetent” VA executives, modernizing the VA and by empowering medical providers to ensure U.S. veterans receive the best care available in a timely manner.
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  • Build up the military by auditing the Pentagon, collecting unpaid taxes and ending unauthorized federal programs.
  • Increase the size of the U.S. Army to 540,000 active duty soldiers, rebuild the U.S. Navy toward a goal of 350 ship, provide the U.S. Air Force with the 1,200 fighter aircraft they need and grow the U.S. Marine Corps to 36 battalions.
  • Invest in a serious missile defense system to meet growing threats.
  • Emphasize cyber warfare.
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  • “The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed upon. Period.” (Donald Trump official website)
  • Legalize right to carry in all 50 states.
  • Fix current system regarding background checks.
  • No gun and magazine bans.
  • Expand mental health treatment centers.
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  • Six weeks paid leave for new mothers and a tax deduction for parents and those with elderly dependents.
  • Incentivize employers to provide family friendly workplaces.
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  • Create millions of jobs by unleashing America’s shale, oil, clean coal and natural gas reserves.
  • Make America energy independent, preserving clean air and water.
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  • Reduce taxes across the board, especially for working and middle-income Americans.
  • Ensure the rich will pay their “fair share,” but not so much it makes it difficult to compete and eliminate special interest loopholes.
  • Collapse the current seven brackets & rates to three:
    • Less than $75,000: 12 percent
    • More than $75,000 but less than $225,000: 25 percent
    • More than $225,000: 33 percent
  • Allow parents and those who care for elderly relatives to enroll in tax-free dependent care savings accounts and rewrite the tax code allowing working parents to deduct child care expenses for up to four children and elderly dependents from their income.

Gary Johnson – Libertarian Party

Libertarian candidate for president Gary Johnson gestures while delivering remarks at Liberty University on Monday, Oct. 17, 2016 in Lynchburg, Va. (Jay Westcott/The News & Advance via AP)
Libertarian candidate for president Gary Johnson gestures while delivering remarks at Liberty University on Monday, Oct. 17, 2016 in Lynchburg, Va. (AP Photo)

Evan McMullin – Independent

Rick Bowmer
Independent candidate Evan McMullin speaks during a rally Friday, Oct. 21, 2016, in Draper, Utah. (AP Photo)

Jill Stein – Green Party

Green party presidential candidate Jill Stein answers questions from members of the media during a campaign stop at Humanist Hall in Oakland, Calif. on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016. (AP Photo)
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  • Keep abortion legal, despite personally not believing in abortion.
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  • Opposes the Clean Power Plan.
  • Protect the environment through private innovation rather than government regulation.
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  • Replace the Affordable Care Act with a “free-market approach to health care.”
  • Insurance should only cover catastrophic injury and illness.
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  • Allow Muslim immigrants to enter the country.
  • Create a better system to provide work visas and conduct background checks.
  • Incentivize non-citizens to pay taxes and obtain proof of employment.
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  • Don’t ban people on the “no-fly list” from buying guns and ammunition.
  • Supports additional restrictions on buying guns only for people who are criminals or mentally ill.
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  • Base taxes on spending instead of earning.
  • Eliminate special interest tax loopholes.
  • Insure no one’s tax burden for the purchase of basic family necessities will increase.
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  • Opposes abortion.
  • Supports reducing unintended pregnancies and encouraging adoption.
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  • Opposes the Clean Power Plan.
  • Supports protecting the environment through private innovation rather than government regulation.
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  • Replace the Affordable Care Act with a “pro-market approach to insurance.”
  • Give a tax credit to households that don’t get insurance through an employer.
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  • Enforce immigration laws.
  • Opposes sanctuary cities refusing to cooperate with federal immigration enforcement efforts.
  • Implement immigration reform prioritizing American interests and security.
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  • Don’t ban people on the “no-fly list” from buying guns and ammunition.
  • Give the attorney general three days to prove there is probably cause to not allow a suspected terrorist to buy a gun.
  • Supports mental health reform in order to reduce gun violence.
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  • Lower income taxes for all.
  • Lower taxes for corporations and small businesses.
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  • Keep abortion legal.
  • Provide birth control and sex education to reduce the number of abortions.
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  • End fracking, offshore drilling, oil trains, mountaintop removal and uranium mines.
  • Ban pesticides and genetically modified foods until they can be proven safe.
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  • Replace the Affordable Care Act with “Medicare for all” single-payer public health program.
  • Require vaccines to protect other children.
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  • Make the process of becoming a citizen easier for immigrants.
  • Fix the immigration crisis, including NAFTA and the war on drugs.
  • Don’t ban immigrants based on their religion.
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  • Implement universal background checks.
  • Ban assault weapons.
  • Allow victims of gun violence to sue gun dealers and manufacturers.
  • Ban people on the “no-fly list” from buying guns and ammunition.
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  • Rewrite the tax code to raise taxes for wealthy Americans and cut taxes for lower income families.
  • Increase inheritance taxes.