A Student’s Guide to 2020 Presidential Candidates

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Many people are eagerly awaiting the upcoming 2020 presidential election. With the possibility of a Trump re-election looming on the horizon, Republicans and Democrats alike are pushing for their candidates of choice. The election will certainly be an interesting and divisive one, so how can you know who to vote for? VALLEY is here to break down the top candidates for you, focusing on the policies that affect students most.

Joe Biden (D)

Biden wants to improve the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program to help people out with their student loans. He supports efforts to combat climate change and wants to improve gun laws and regulation in order to keep students safer.

Bernie Sanders (D)

Sanders wants to make college and the associated fees free for all students. He wants to cancel student debt. He would like to utilize renewable energy and decarbonization in order to help with climate change. He also would like to expand background checks required to purchase firearms and ban high-capacity ammunition magazines.

Kamala Harris (D)

Harris wants to help students manage their debt and make college more affordable for all. She would like to make even more drastic improvements than those listed in the Paris Agreement.  She supports more comprehensive gun control laws.

Elizabeth Warren (D)

Warren would like to cancel student debt and eliminate tuition at two and four-year colleges.  She supports changes that will help America lead the way in environmental improvements. She supports more comprehensive gun control laws.

Pete Buttigieg (D)

Buttigieg supports debt-free college for low-income families. He supports movements that will help prevent any further damage to the environment. He wants to prevent gun violence by making it more difficult to acquire guns.

Donald Trump (R)

Trump has proposed greater financial aid counseling and implementing limits on student loans provided by the government. Trump removed America from the Paris Agreement during his presidency. He also supports the removal of illegal guns from American streets.

Joe Walsh (R)

Walsh does not have a public stance on student debt. He recognizes that climate change is an issue that needs to be solved. He wants to open up the conversation about mental health in order to avoid gun violence.

Mark Sanford (R)

Sanford does not have a public stance on student debt. He recognizes that climate change is an issue that needs to be solved. He is a supporter of the second amendment but recognizes its limits.

Bill Weld (R)

Weld supports renegotiation of student debt. He recognizes that climate change is an issue that needs to be solved. He does not support stronger background checks but does support red flag laws.

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