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2016 Presidential Candidates: An Overview

With the national election fast approaching, Spinnaker is working hard to equip UNF students with the knowledge they need to get out and vote.

We’re starting with an overview of who’s running, and we’ll be providing everything from information on where and how to vote to debate coverage and breaking downs of individual candidate’s policies as we get closer to election day.

The Candidates

Hillary Clinton: Democratic nominee, former U.S. Secretary of State, U.S. Senate, former first lady

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
Graphics by Mariana Martins

Fun fact: Wellesley is an all girl’s school. Yale is where she met Bill.

Hometown: Park Ridge, IL

Education: Wellesley College, Yale Law School


  • U.S. Secretary of State
  • First female U.S. senator from NY
  • First Lady
  • Children’s rights advocate and practicing lawyer


Donald Trump: Republican nominee, business mogul, reality star

Presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Graphics by Mariana Martins

Fun Fact: He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2013.

Hometown: New York, NY

Education: Fordham University, Wharton School of Finance


  • Trump organization chairman and president
  • Best-selling author
  • Real estate empire


Gary Johnson: Libertarian nominee, businessman, SAE Alumni, accomplished athlete

Presidential candidate Gary Johnson.
Graphics by Mariana Martins

Fun fact: Gary Johnson summited Mt. Everest in 2003.

Hometown: Minot, ND

Education: University of New Mexico


  • Governor of New Mexico
  • Founder of Big J Enterprises, a NM construction company
  • Libertarian nominee in 2012 presidential election


Jill Stein: Green Party nominee, Mother, Physician, Environmental-health advocate

Presidential candidate Jill Stein.
Graphics by Mariana Martins

Fun fact: Was the lead singer of Somebody’s Sister, a 1990s folk-rock band.

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Education: Harvard University, Harvard Medical School


  • Physician
  • Instructor of medicine at Harvard Medical School
  • Co-Founder of Mass. Coalition for Healthy Communities
  • Environmental research and activism


  • Create jobs by transitioning to renewable energy
  • Abolish student debt
  • Raise minimum wage to $15
  • Focus on human and environmental rights


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    ad2016Nov 7, 2016 at 10:27 am

    The ugly, the bad, and the good: Trump reality. Great for Dems and Repubs

    The Republican candidate is flawed partly because he has never been a politician so has seen no need to cover things up. He is a 60’s pagan.
    • He’s had bad marriages
    • And a bad demeanor . . . like a hard pragmatic businessman. I think that’s why he’s popular.
    Because, he’s not a politician and can tend to hold politics in contempt. He’s one of us in that we are tired of politicians, of political correctness, of playing to the media, and weakness in leaders. But he has rough edges. Each week brings new surprises, because he just does not care! Things that make you good in business can make you bad in politics.
    Ten years ago he was immoral and employed filthy, unguarded and suggestive language. But then bad language did not kill 60 million babies, enforce sodomy, take your firearm or take your religious freedom.
    He is as unpopular for his directness and assertiveness as the Democratic hopeful for her liberality.
    But if elected, has submitted 11 possibles for Supreme Court nominations that have been called by fundamentalist theologian Wayne Grudem “a conservative dream team.”
    And he has chosen as a running mate, Michael Pence, the poster boy for conservative values.
    • He has plans for Islamic immigration and illegal immigration so decisive that they have drawn criticism. And some of his references, his generalizations, have been offensive to the Hispanic community.
    He does not weigh his words.

    • He plans to create jobs by freeing up businesses to expand by lessening taxation. Our government punishes successful businessmen . . . to the tune of 40%.
    We have the highest taxation of business in the world. Government need not create jobs.

    I know that much.

    Business does, but they won’t when they are continually punished for succeeding.
    Like communism, our government stifles ambition. Government should protect business.
    • He also plans to get the government out of the church’s business and to restore religious freedom and to protect the 2nd amendment.
    • And to halt the Democratic trajectory on abortion and same-sex marriage which demands Supreme Court decisions.

    Pence has been quoted as saying,
    1. “Let me assure you, the Trump-Pence administration will stand for sanctity of life and defend
    the unborn from the first day we take office.”
    2. “We will end late term abortions nationwide. As my running mate said not so long ago, ‘We should not be one of the few countries that allow elective abortion after 20 weeks.’”
    3. “The days of public funding for Planned Parenthood are over when the Trump-Pence
    Administration arrives in D.C.”
    The issues of abortion and same sex are not political.
    They are spiritual; revealed in scripture.
    When violated they summon God’s wrath. And I believe they have done so already in our society full of perversion, racial unrest, and violence within as well as ISIS and terrorism without. We have been, as Paul said, “given over to a depraved mind to do those things which are not proper.”

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