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Month: May 2016 - The Bank Teller

Presidential Scorecard

It’s finally here… a simple way to learn where the Presidential candidates stand on the issues. Consistent PoliticalBank’s philosophy, we are telling you what the candidates have said in their own words! No spin, no negativity… just their words – plain and simple.

Using software that’s available to any candidate or elected official who wants to establish a free profile, we created PoliticalBank.com profiles for each candidate still in the race for the White House.

Users have two options:

(1) Click on an issue below to compare the candidates’ respective positions; OR

(2) Click on any of the following candidates to review the candidate’s profile (in alphabetical order): Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz, John Kasich, Bernie Sanders, and Donald Trump.

Each candidate’s “Quick Bio” uses the first 600 characters from the candidate’s official campaign website, edited only to reflect first-person phrasing (e.g., “his” is now “my”; “she” is now “I,” etc.) or to squeeze the last sentence into the 600 character limit.

Under “My Positions,” we used either verbatim text from the candidates’ official campaign websites or quotes straight from the candidates’ mouths. We carefully cited each position in the table below. However, we used our sole discretion to determine where the positions fall on our proprietary “Ideology Spectrum,” which ranges from “Strongly Oppose” to “Strongly Support.”

We will update the candidates’ positions throughout the remainder of the 2016 election cycle and add the eventual Vice Presidential candidates as well. We’ll also make sure to highlight when candidates’ positions “evolve” between now and the general election (November 8, 2016.)

After you play around for a little bit, we’d love to hear what you think: email us at Support@PoliticalBank.com.

Issue: Abortion

Whether one opposes or supports laws that permit the termination of a pregnancy, including awarding government funds to entities that perform abortion related services.

Clinton / NBC News, Meet the Press (April 3, 2016)
Cruz / The Kelly File (April 4, 2016)
Kasich / ABC News This Week (April 3, 2016)
Sanders / BernieSanders.com
Trump / DonaldJTrump.com

Issue: Civil Liberties & Civil Rights

Whether one opposes or supports laws that benefit minorities, including same-sex marriage and gender equality in the workplace.

Clinton / C-SPAN Town Hall (October 16, 2015)
Cruz / TedCruz.org
Kasich / CNN Debate (Feb 25, 2016); Fox News Debate (Aug. 6, 2015)
Sanders / BernieSanders.com
Trump / Fox News Sunday (January 31, 2016); NBC News, Today Show (April 21, 2016)

Issue: Energy Technology & Coal

Whether one opposes or supports laws that permit any form of energy supply, including solar, wind, nuclear, oil, natural gas, and coal.

Clinton / CNN Town Hall (March 13, 2016)
Cruz / TedCruz.org
Kasich / CNN Debate (March 10, 2016)
Sanders / Press Conference (November 4, 2015)
Trump / Rally in Louisville, KY (March 1, 2016)

Issue: Guns & Ammunition

Whether one opposes or supports laws that permit individuals to own, possess, and carry legal weapons.

Clinton / MSNBC, Hardball with Chris Mathews (January 5, 2016)
Cruz / TedCruz.org
Kasich / Interview with Wolf Blitzer (October 6, 2015)
Sanders / All In with Chris Hayes (October 1, 2015)
Trump / DonaldJTrump.com

Issue: Immigration & Deportation

Whether one opposes or supports laws allowing individuals from other countries to live and work in the United States, which includes policies like path to citizenship or amnesty, legal residency, “anchor babies,” the Dream Act, work visas, and deportation of those who are in the country illegally.

Clinton / The Rachel Maddow Show (March 10, 2016)
Cruz / TedCruz.org
Kasich / ABC News Debate (February 6, 2016)
Sanders / BernieSanders.com
Trump / Jimmy Kimmel Live (December 16, 2015)

Issue: Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Happiness

Whether one opposes or supports laws that promote economic and individual liberties (i.e. personal freedom) with little or no support from or regulation by the government except what is required constitutionally.

Clinton / HillaryClinton.com
Cruz / Candidate Conversation 2016 with Robert George (Interview, November 25; Aired, November 29, 2015)
Kasich / Town Hall with Anderson Cooper (March 29, 2016)
Sanders / Killer Mike Interview (November 23, 2015)
Trump / DonaldJTrump.com

Issue: Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll

Whether one opposes or supports laws that increase personal liberties, even if it means allowing individuals to act in ways that are currently considered illegal.

Clinton / ABC’s Good Morning America (April 21, 2016)
Cruz / The Hugh Hewitt Show (April 16, 2015)
Kasich / Town Hall in Springfield, Mass. (February 28, 2016); The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (November 7, 2015)
Sanders / Jimmy Kimmel Live (October 21, 2105)
Trump / Fox News (November 8, 2015)

Issue: Tax & Spend

Whether one opposes or supports laws that increase the amount government collects from taxpayers in order to spend more on projects and services, including infrastructure, special tax districts for new buildings, and benefit programs for the disadvantaged (e.g., sick, poor, and elderly)

Clinton / CNBC’s Speakeasy (March 7, 2016)
Cruz / TedCruz.org
Kasich / Fox Business Debate (January 14, 2016)
Sanders / BernieSanders.com
Trump / DonaldJTrump.com

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