Where do the candidates stand?

Democratic candidates' policies on major campaign issues

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Assistant News Editors Melissa Dai and Claire Bai organize some of the major issues of each of the six biggest contenders for the Democratic Presidential Nomination.

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This year’s field of Democratic presidential candidates currently consists of 11 candidates running for the party nomination and hoping to remove President Trump from office. The primary elections begin in February and the general election will be in November 2020. These are the top six candidates and their stances on various campaign issues. The candidates not covered include Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, billionaire Tom Steyer, billionaire and former New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg, former Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick and Colorado Senator Michael Bennet

Former Vice President Joe Biden

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Official portrait of Vice President Joe Biden in his West Wing Office at the White House, Jan. 10, 2013.

Health Care: Build on Affordable Care Act and expand coverage to low-income Americans

Climate Change: Supports Green New Deal, wants to implement 100% clean energy and rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement

Gun Policy: Ban sale and distribution of assault weapons and institute universal background checks

Economy: Supports raising the federal minimum wage to $15 and wants to create union jobs to expand the middle class

Education: Supports equality of educational opportunity for all and wants to invest in better school resources

 

Former Mayor of South Bend, Ind Pete Buttigieg 

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Former Mayor of South Bend, Ind. Pete Buttigieg.

Health Care: Supports “Medicare for All who want it” and wants to decriminalize mental illness and addiction

Climate Change: Supports Green New Deal, establish Clean Electricity Standard and rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement

Gun Policy: Institute universal background checks and wants to prevent domestic abusers from owning firearms

Economy: Supports equality in entrepreneurship for minorities and invest in rural jobs, businesses and entrepreneurs

Education: Supports equality of educational opportunity for minorities and wants to increase teacher pay and funding

Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar

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Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar.

Health Care: Supports universal health care and would change Affordable Care Act

Climate Change: Supports Green New Deal, supports No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge and rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement

Gun Policy: Institute universal background checks and wants to prevent domestic abusers from owning firearms

Economy: Reduce disparities in wages and retirement savings and opposes monopoly power

Education: Supports tuition-free one- and two year- community college degrees and increase teacher pay and funding for public schools

 

 

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders

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Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

Health Care: Supports Medicare for All and would expand medical care to dental, hearing, etc.

Climate Change: Supports Green New Deal, would attempt to reduce carbon emissions and move away from fossil fuels and rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement

Gun Policy: Ban sale and distribution of assault weapons and institute universal background checks

Economy: Supports taxes on extreme wealth and would pass For the 99.8 Percent Act

Education: Supports free college for all, cancel student loan debt and invest in public schools

 

 

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren

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Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren.

Health Care: Supports Medicare for All and supports Behavioral Health Coverage Transparency Act

Climate Change: Supports Green New Deal, supports Blue New Deal (for oceans) and wants to implement 100% clean energy

Gun Policy: Wants to hold gun dealers and manufacturers accountable and supports gun violence prevention legislation

Economy: Supports “wealth taxes” and supports reducing income inequality

Education: Supports universally free public college and wants to cancel student loan debt

 

Entrepreneur Andrew Yang

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Entrepreneur Andrew Yang.

Health Care: Supports the “spirit of Medicare for All” and wants to control prescription drug cost

Climate Change: Supports Green New Deal and wants to transition away from fossil fuels to renewable energy

Gun Policy: Institute universal background checks and supports gun licensing program

Economy: Supports Universal Basic Income (UBI) and supports human capitalism

Education: Reduce student loan burden, control the cost of higher education and increase teacher pay

 

All information was collected from the candidates’ websites which can be visited by clicking on their names.