In order to keep you, the voters, as informed as possible, here is a list of key issues and where each candidate stands on these issues. See you at the Caucuses!

Campaign Finance

CLINTON’s VIEW:

  • Supports overturning Citizens United
  • Would require companies to disclose donations to super PACs

SANDERS’s VIEW:

  • Supports overturning Citizens United
  • Would require companies to disclose donations to super PACs

Minimum Wage

CLINTON’s VIEW:

  • Supports raising the federal minimum wage to $12 an hour.

SANDERS’s VIEW:

  • Supports raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Immigration

CLINTON’s VIEW:

  • Supports path to citizenship
  • Supports the DREAM act
  • Supports enforcing President Obama’s executive actions on immigration

SANDERS’s VIEW:

  • Supports path to citizenship
  • Supports the DREAM act
  • Supports expanding President Obama’s executive actions on immigration

Family Leave

CLINTON’s VIEW:

  • Supports 3 months of paid family leave as 2/3rds wage replacement, paid for by raising taxes on wealthy

SANDERS’s VIEW:

  • Supports 3 months of paid family leave paid for by payroll tax on workers and their employers at rate of $1.61/wk, similar to Medicare and Social Security

Taxing Capital Gains

CLINTON’s VIEW:

  • Revealed a plan to tax short-term capital gains the same as income from labor
  • Supports keeping long-term capital gains tax at 23.8%

SANDERS’s VIEW:

  • Voted against upholding reduction of capital gains, says it’s helping people who don’t need it
  • Would tax all capital gains and dividends the same as work

Building Border Fence

CLINTON’s VIEW:

  • Voted for building a fence along the Mexican border in 2006

SANDERS’s VIEW:

  • Voted against building a fence in 2006

Patriot Act

CLINTON’s VIEW:

  • Supports the Patriot Act as a way to help America put in place the security needed to keep the country safe

SANDERS’s VIEW:

  • Voted against the Patriot Act in 2001 and still opposes
  • Americans must find a way to protect America from terrorists without undermining the constitutional rights that keep us free

Plan to Reduce Effects of Climate Change

CLINTON’s VIEW:

  • Wants renewable energy to account for 33% of all energy produced in the US by 2027
  • Proposes installing half a billion solar panels by 2020

SANDERS’s VIEW:

  • Proposes elimination tax breaks for fossil-fuel companies
  • Wants to tax coal-powered plants
  • In 2010, proposed providing incentives to create 10 million roofs with solar panels by 2020

Health Care

CLINTON’s VIEW:

  • Supports leaving Obamacare in place
  • Calls for allowing the government to negotiate drug prices with pharmaceutical companies
  • Proposes capping out-of-pocket charges for drugs at $250
  • Wants to place more restriction on drug advertising

SANDERS’s VIEW:

  • Supports replacing Obamacare with a single-payer healthcare system
  • Calls for allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices with pharmaceutical companies
  • Calls for restoring prescription-drug discounts for seniors
  • Would allow drug imports from Canada

Gun Control

CLINTON’s VIEW:

  • Supports background checks 
  • Has supported legislation that allows victims of gun violence to sue manufacturers 

SANDERS’s VIEW:

  • Supports background checks
  • Has opposed legislation that allows victims of gun violence to sue manufacturers

College Affordability 

CLINTON’s VIEW:

  • Wants to eliminate federal government profit on student-debt repayment
  • Supports plan to help students graduate debt free, but would require family financial contribution and student employment

SANDERS’s VIEW:

  • Wants to eliminate federal government profit on student-debt repayment
  • Wants to eliminate tuition at 4-year public colleges and universities

Marijuana

CLINTON’s VIEW:

  • Supports rescheduling marijuana to a lower drug classification, but does not support legalization

SANDERS’s VIEW:

  • Supports states right to legalized marijuana without federal intervention

Criminal Justice

CLINTON’s VIEW:

  • Calls for equal sentences for powder crack-cocaine convictions
  • Wants to abolish private prisons

SANDERS’s VIEW:

  • Wants to require public reports on police shooting or deaths that happen while in police custody
  • Wants new rules on “allowable use of force” by the police
  • Wants to abolish private prisons 

Body Cameras

CLINTON’s VIEW:

  • Supports mandating body cameras for all officers

SANDERS’s VIEW:

  • Supports mandating body cameras for all officers

Social Security

CLINTON’s VIEW:

  • Wants to protect Social Security, but is vague on plans to expand the program

SANDERS’s VIEW:

  • Wants to expand Social Security by raising the marginal income-tax rate

Wall Street Reform

CLINTON’s VIEW:

  • Supports charging banks a “risk fee” for short-term, high-risk loans
  • Wants to tax high-frequency trading

SANDERS’s VIEW:

  • Supports taxing speculative trading to fund tuition-free college
  • Supports breaking up major financial institutions

ISIS

CLINTON’s VIEW:

  • Advocates for strong US involvement to defeat ISIS, but does not support deploying ground troops

SANDERS’s VIEW:

  • Has said that the onus in on countries in the region to deal with the problem 

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