In 2016, business mogul Donald Trump of the Republican Party was elected as the 45th president of the United States. Trump seeks re-election for a second term in the 2020 United States Presidential Election, which is scheduled for Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020. Through the nomination process, voters will either re-elect Trump or a new president and vice-president. Senior Elizabeth Otero comments that, “… considering the current state of American politics, the 2020 election is going to be extremely contentious and may deepen the divide that exists in our country even more. However, I hope that new young voters don’t let it overwhelm them and choose to participate in the democratic process in hopes that the change they want to see will actually be attained.” The winner of the election will be sworn in on January 20th, 2021. Introducing the upcoming election, meet the 2020 presidential candidates to learn about some of the plans on their agendas.
The incumbent Donald Trump graduated from University of Pennsylvania with a business degree, earning millions of dollars through large real estate investHappy Women’s History Month! Flip to page 4 to read about some inspirational women! Check out page 6 to see the results of the Oscar Nomination Schoology poll! Varsity Lacrosse feature on page 10! ments. During his term, according to the Tax Policy Center, Trump passed a tax bill that lowered taxes for about 80 percent of Americans. The unemployment rate has dropped by more than half since the Great Recession. He has also appointed two conservative supreme court justices. However, the Trump-Russia scandal as well as other controversies have erupted from Trump’s tackling tweets and policies. Most recently, when his approach to immigration issues faced resistance, Trump responded with the longest government shutdown in history. Introducing the other Republican candidates, former governors William Weld of Massachusetts, John Kasich of Ohio, Larry Hogan of Maryland, and Jeff Flake of Arizona hope to win over the position in 2020. According to Time news, the Republican candidates have publicly questioned and criticized Trump’s presidency and the political climate of our country.
On the Democratic side, a historic number of women are running for president. The senator of California and prosecutor Kamala Harris announced during her campaign “For the People” that some of her efforts will work to pass legislation that taps into gun control, reverses Trump’s immigration policies, and provides the right to health care for American families – in addition to other costs.
According to The New York Times, the next female candidate, Amy Klobuchar, the U.S. Senator of Minnesota in 2006, discussed a range of topics, some issues dealing with health care, technology, and foreign policy. Senior Stephanie Goodrich will vote for the first time in the 2020 election, and she says, “I would love to support Kamala Harris or Amy Klobuchar for President. I think Klobuchar has an advantage of attracting Republicans who are disillusioned with the party under the Trump administration.” In addition to these two women who have gained a lot of attention from the media, Elizabeth Warren was the U.S. Senator from Massachusetts in 2013, and on her agenda, she addresses rebuilding the middle class (Times). According to The Washington Post, the current U.S. Senator of New York Kirsten Gillibrand strongly advocates for human rights issues and promises to pass publicly funded federal elections and Medicare for all U.S. citizens. Tulsi Gabbard, the U.S. Representative for Hawaii’s 2nd congressional district, served on the frontlines at war in Iraq, and she focuses on foreign policy.
As for male candidates from Democratic Party, Cory Booker from New Jersey will run in the 2020 race. Booker has been the U.S. Senator of New Jersey since 2013, and he promotes bills that will help alleviate poverty, raise the minimum wage, and reform the access to health care. Familiar to the election, democrat Bernie Sanders ran for the 2016 presidential election. Critics argued that his agenda was too extreme and represented Socialist ideals. He advocates for cutting costs for military spending, free education after high school, and universal healthcare. John Hickenlooper, the former governor of Colorado up until January 2019, supports gun control and the legalization for recreational use of marijuana, which he believes will draw in young voters (Times). The governor of Washington, Jay Inslee, announced his campaign over social media, and feels that the environment’s drastic climate changes is one of the major problems that needs immediate attention. Barack Obama’s former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro strongly opposes Trump’s plan to restrict on immigration at the Mexican-American border. Castro wants to approach national security in a different and effective manner. In his campaign announcement video, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana Pete Buttigieg said, “Right now, our country needs a fresh start.” If Buttigieg wins, he will be the first openly gay president. According to ABC News, Maryland Congressman John Delaney said he would only pursue policies that both parties could agree upon.
Computer programmer John McAfee and CEO of Starbucks Howard Schultz will run in the presidential race as Independents. The senator of Ohio Sherrod Brown and the former senator of West Virginia state Richard Ojeda made the decision to drop out of the race.
Law & Human Rights teacher Mr. Laner says, “If you’re eligible to vote, then vote! It would be great if you researched the candidates to figure out who you should support but don’t let a lack of information scare you away. Voting is habit forming and you might get a sticker.” Casting a ballot is a civil duty, and the future of government and the country is dependent on its voters. If eligible, Ramapo High School encourages students to get to the polls next year to vote!
By: Caroline Kinkella, Editor-in-Chief
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