In the interest of space, included below are the policy positions, as stated on their websites, of the two frontrunners for President in the 2016 election, Hillary Clinton (D) and Donald J. Trump (R).



Clinton: Supports comprehensive immigration reform and a path to citizenship for illegal or undocumented immigrants. Proposes to expand access to healthcare purchased on exchanges to all people regardless of immigration status, and supports sanctuary cities and reduced detention of immigrants.

Trump: Supports enhanced vetting of immigrants, including refugees, a complete physical border wall between the United States and Mexico, as well as deporting illegal immigrants. Plans to end sanctuary cities and implement biometric tracking for all visas upon entry and exit of the country.

Healthcare and Childcare

Clinton: Supports Obamacare (Affordable Care Act) and universal health care. Proposes to expand Obamacare by introducing a public option and allowing more people to buy into Medicare, while using collective bargaining to reduce healthcare costs.

Trump: Repeal and replace Obamacare with health savings accounts, allow the sale of health insurance across state lines, and use block grants to allocate state health care funds. Supports tax deductions for child care and 6 weeks of paid leave for mothers.


Clinton: Opposes school choice (voucher) programs for K-12. Supports free community college tuition and debt-free public colleges and universities for families making less than $125,000 a year. Allow student loan borrowers to refinance.

Trump: Invest $20 billion in federal funds to school choice programs for K-12. Make efforts to control costs of universities, colleges, and community colleges through federal tax breaks and funding.

Economy and Taxation

Clinton: Supports a more sharply progressive tax, closing ‘loopholes’ for corporations, money managers, and offshore businesses while cutting taxes for working families. Wants to expand social security and opposes privatization. Invest $275 billion into infrastructure repair and development.

Trump: Proposes across-the-board tax cuts, targeted at middle-income earners. Eliminate tax loopholes for interest groups, eliminate the estate tax, and reduce corporate taxes. Attract private investment in infrastructure while supporting infrastructure investments by reallocating existing spending. Preserve current Medicare and social security benefits.

Foreign Policy

Clinton: Defeat ISIS through military coalitions and diplomacy. Supports Iran nuclear deal.

Trump: Defeat ISIS, increase military spending, and end the nuclear deal with Iran.

National Security and Gun Control

Clinton: Reduce gun violence by expanding background checks and eliminating private sale loopholes for background checks. End gun sales to the dangerously mentally ill, violent criminals, and potential terrorists.

Trump: Prioritize the second amendment and the rights of gun owners, while reducing gun violence by more severe enforcement of existing laws. Increase mental health treatment.

Environment and Science

Clinton: Believes climate change is driven by human actions. Invest in clean energy projects, reduce oil consumption, and increase renewable energy production. Cut subsidies for oil and gas companies.

Trump: Invest in utilizing American oil, shale, coal, and natural gas reserves. Allow offshore drilling and oppose executive actions increasing regulations on energy production.

For more information about each candidate’s policies, see their websites at and, as well as the platforms for the Republican and Democratic parties.