Politics

Reviewing the Applicants

By: Christopher Pope, Staff Reporter | Staff Reporter

A Non-Definitive Look at the Presidential Candidates

With Nov. 6 just around the corner, the CNM Chronicle has provided a short look at the presidential candidates who will be on the New Mexico ballot. All answers for President Barack Obama came from Chairman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico Javier Gonzales. All answers for Libertarian Candidate Gary Johnson came from Johnson. Representatives for Republican candidate Mitt Romney and Green candidate Jill Stein did not respond to interview requests, so all information provided is from their websites, mittromney.com and jillstein.org, respectively.

Why are you running for president, and if you were elected what would be the most important issue on your agenda? 

President Barack Obama

He is running because he believes in the promise of the future of this country. He knows that there are incredible opportunties not only for those Americans who are middle aged, but also for younger Americans to be part of a country that gives them an opportunity to live in a free society where everyone cares for one another.”

Governor Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney believes in America. He believes that liberty, opportunity, and free enterprise have led to prosperity and strength before and will do so again. America, however, must take decisive action to roll back the misguided policies of the last three years, empower our citizens, and restore the foundations of our nation’s strength.”

Jill Stein

The Green New Deal is an emergency four-part program of specific solutions for moving America quickly out of crisis into the secure green future. We call these solutions a Green New Deal, because they are inspired by the New Deal programs that helped us out of the Great Depression of the 1930s. And these solutions are ‘Green’ because they create an economy that makes our communities sustainable and healthy.”

Governor Garry Johnson

I bring a distinctly business-like mentality to governing, and believe that decisions should be made based on cost-benefit analysis rather than strict ideology.”

If you were president what would be your plans for higher education, i.e. community colleges

President Barack Obama

The president has doubled the amount of Pell Grants made possible since he has been in office. The president has worked very hard to make sure Pell grants are plentiful. He has made the cost of borrowing for students lower. He is committed to reduce the cost of higher education. The president thinks you should expect to obtain a job right out of college when you graduate.”

Governor Mitt Romney

Strengthen and simplify the financial aid system. Welcome private sector participation instead of pushing it away and replace burdensome regulation with innovation and competition.”

Jill Stein

Forgive existing student debt. Provide tuition-free education from kindergarten through college, thus eliminating the student debt crisis.”

Governor Garry Johnson

To give it up to the states. So I would abolish the federal education. People don’t understand the department of federal education gives each state about 11 cents out of every dollar that every state spends, that it comes with 16 cents worth of strings attached to it. I think the federal government should totally get out of education.”

Do you think it is right that children of illegal immigrants receive the same educational benefits as a natural born citizen?

President Barack Obama

The president has come out in support of the ‘Dream Act’. He absolutely believes that young adult who were brought here by their parents, who have been productive members of their communities, who have kids that want to go to college, or to serve in the military should have a pathway to citizenship.”

Governor Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney believes that young illegal immigrants who were brought to the United States as children should have the chance to become permanent residents, and eventually citizens, by serving honorably in the United States military.”

Jill Stein

Grant undocumented immigrants who are already residing and working in the United States a legal status which includes the chance to become U.S. citizens.”

Governor Garry Johnson

America is a land of immigrants. Legal immigration should focus on making it easier and simpler for willing workers to come here with a temporary work visa, pay taxes, contribute to society and fill jobs as the market demands.”

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