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Election 2020: U.S. : Candidates & Platforms

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This guide is to present all candidates and political parties without bias.  Please use "report a problem" link on bottom right to notify guide editor of any errors.

Represented on this page are Constitution Party, Democratic Party, Green Party, Libertarian Party, and Republican Party for President and Vice President of the United States of America.

The Democratic Ticket

The Democratic ticket consists of
former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris.

The Democratic Platform

The Democratic Platform was formally approved at the convention. The list below is a heading summary, indepth key ideas can be found at the link provided.

  • PROTECTING AMERICANS AND RECOVERING FROM THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
  • BUILDING A STRONGER, FAIRER ECONOMY
  • ACHIEVING UNIVERSAL, AFFORDABLE, QUALITY HEALTH CARE
  • PROTECTING COMMUNITIES AND BUILDING TRUST BY REFORMING OUR CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM
  • HEALING THE SOUL OF AMERICA
  • COMBATING THE CLIMATE CRISIS AND PURSUING ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE
  • RESTORING AND STRENGTHENING OUR DEMOCRACY
  • CREATING A 21ST CENTURY IMMIGRATION SYSTEM
  • PROVIDING A WORLD-CLASS EDUCATION IN EVERY ZIP CODE
  • RENEWING AMERICAN LEADERSHIP

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Constitution Party Ticket

Constitution Ticket consists of
Don Blankenship and William Mohr

*Brief summary, Click for Complete Constitution Party  Platform (2016 version, no update has yet to be provided)

We declare the platform of the Constitution Party to be predicated on the principles of

THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE, THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES, AND THE BILL OF RIGHTS,

according to the original intent of the Founding Fathers. These founding documents are the foundation of our Liberty and the Supreme Law of the Land.

The sole purpose of government, as stated in the Declaration of Independence, is to secure our unalienable rights given us by our Creator. When Government grows beyond this scope, it is usurpation, and liberty is compromised.

We believe the major issues we face today are best solved by a renewed allegiance to the original intent of these founding documents.

The Libertarian Party Ticket

The Libertarian Party ticket consists of
Jo Jorgensen and Jeremy “Spike” Cohen.

As its name suggests, the Libertarian Party endorses maximum individual freedom "without interference from government or any authoritarian power."

LP Platform

*Preamble, Click for Complete LP Platform

As adopted by convention, July 2018. No changes were made at the 2020 convention.

PREAMBLE

As Libertarians, we seek a world of liberty: a world in which all individuals are sovereign over their own lives and are not forced to sacrifice their values for the benefit of others.

We believe that respect for individual rights is the essential precondition for a free and prosperous world, that force and fraud must be banished from human relationships, and that only through freedom can peace and prosperity be realized.

Consequently, we defend each person’s right to engage in any activity that is peaceful and honest, and welcome the diversity that freedom brings. The world we seek to build is one where individuals are free to follow their own dreams in their own ways, without interference from government or any authoritarian power.

In the following pages we set forth our basic principles and enumerate various policy stands derived from those principles.

These specific policies are not our goal, however. Our goal is nothing more nor less than a world set free in our lifetime, and it is to this end that we take these stands.

The Republican Ticket

The Republican ticket consists of incumbents
President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence

The Republican Platform

The 2020 Republican National Convention will adjourn without adopting a new platform until the 2024 Republican National Convention and will continue to support the President’s America-first agenda. Below is an overview of some of its key planks. The links below will take you to the official platform as well as summaries of its major provisions.

  • Opposing Supreme Court decisions that upheld same-sex marriage and denied the people "their legitimate constitutional authority to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman."
  • Supporting a constitutional human life amendment and extending 14th Amendment protections to "children before birth."
  • "Raising or repealing contribution limits" in elections.
  • Building a wall along the Mexican border.
  • Instituting voter ID laws and proof of citizenship when registering to vote.
  • Opposing most restrictions on the ownership of guns and ammunition.
  • Encouraging economic growth by lowering the corporate tax rate and "relieving the burden and expense of punishing government regulations."
  • Reinstating the Glass-Steagall Act, a 1933 law, repealed during the Clinton administration, that separated commercial banks from investment banks.
  • Supporting the death penalty.
  • Repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).
  • Eliminating federal student loans.
  • Promoting "energy security for centuries to come" through measures such as greater use of coal, construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, hydraulic fracturing (fracking), and repeal of the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan.
  • Publicly displaying the Ten Commandments and teaching the Bible in public schools.

The Green Party Ticket

The Green Party ticket consists of
Howie Hawkins and Angela Walker

The Green Party describes itself as "grassroots activists, environmentalists, advocates for social justice, nonviolent resisters and regular citizens who’ve had enough of corporate-dominated politics."

Green Party Platform

*Brief summary, Click for Complete GP Platform

Preamble, Approved by the Green Party Presidential Nominating Convention, July 2020

Never has our country faced as many challenges and crises as we do now. Levels of federal revenue are the lowest they have been since 1950 because of tax cuts and breaks for the very rich and for corporations. Government agencies charged with safeguarding public health and safety are operating with slashed budgets that paralyze their efforts. Jobs are being permanently relocated outside the country, while social and educational programs are being gutted. Our food, water, air, and soil are increasingly found to bear toxins and debilitating pollution. Every single level of government—local, county, state, and federal—is operating in the red, running up crushing amounts of debt. Many of our allies and former friends around the world are disgusted with our imperialist foreign policy, militarism, and arrogant corporate behavior. Realizing that our actions will be judged by future generations, we ask how we can draw on the best of our traditions, calling forth a spirit of ingenuity and citizen participation to achieve a free, democratic, just, and responsible society, one that actively responds to the crucial ecological challenges of our time, rather than denying them.

We submit a bold vision of our country's future, a Platform on which we stand:

  • Our Ten Key Values as a guide to a politics of vision and action,
  • A creative, pragmatic plan for a prospering sustainable economy, and
  • A call to restore and protect a healthy, diverse environment and to cultivate a sense of community at all levels, from the local to the planetary.

Ten Key Values

1. Grassroots Democracy

2. Social Justice And Equal Opportunity

3. Ecological Wisdom

4. Non-Violence

5. Decentralization

6. Community-Based Economics

7. Feminism And Gender Equity

8. Respect For Diversity

9. Personal And Global Responsibility

10. Future Focus And Sustainability

Source

This Libguide adapted from http://libguides.adelphi.edu/election2016, by Robert Weiss, Reference Librarian,
Swirbul Library, Adelphi University, Garden City, NY 11530-0701, October 13, 2016.