September 26, 2016: The first presidential debate for the 2016 presidential elections. Republican candidate, Donald Trump, and Democratic candidate, Hilary Clinton, faced off at Hofstra University that Monday night to discuss the most important issues pressing the U.S. As most political debates go, it is easy to choose a side based on candidate reactions to questions and comments from their opponents. However, what if that’s not enough? If the debate isn’t enough for you to decide who our nation’s next president could be, here is a brief summary on where each candidate stands on important issues.
|Key Issue||Hillary Clinton||Donald Trump|
|Immigration||Stop deporting illegal immigrants, with the exception of violent criminals and terrorists. All current immigrants should be provided with the means of becoming a legal citizen.||Stricter immigration laws; wants to start mass deporting illegal immigrants while only allowing vetted legal immigrants in.|
|Gun Control||Require an increased comprehensive background checks to own a gun.||Expand conceal-carry permits in all 50 states.|
|War on Terror||Intensify coalition air strike against ISIS; pursue a diplomatic resolution for Syria.||Significant increase in military spending; Design an unpredictable plan to defeat ISIS.|
|Abortion||Protect women’s access to safe and legal abortions.||Abortion shouldn’t be legal with exceptions in the case of rape, incest, and life of mother.|
|LGBT Rights||Supporter of same-sex marriage||Does not support same-sex marriage|
|Energy and the Environment||Ban off-shore drilling; create a clean-energy economy||Retain off-shore drilling; construction of Keystone XL Pipeline should resume because U.S should be energy independent.|
|Economy||Raise federal minimum wage and support local increases in wage, while raising taxes on wealthy Americans.||Leave minimum wage where it is and cut taxes for large corporations and businesses.|
|Health Care||Expand Medicaid and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)||Repeal Obamacare and replace it with an alternative healthcare plan; do not expand Medicaid|
|Education||Create a loan-forgiveness plan; Allow free tuition for low-income families.||Loan extensions and lower interest rates; Does not support free education.|
So, who do you think is the next president of the United States?