Race to White House: Where candidates stood, what constituents have to gain

Sydney Chin, Section Editor

As the 2020 election has yet to be officially called, Democratic candidate Joe Biden and Republican candidate Donald Trump faced a tight, tumultuous race for the White House. As Americans cast their votes on November 4, they faced unexpected anticipation as ballots in states such as Georgia, Alaska, Arizona, and North Carolina took extra time to be counted.  From the unofficial count, Joe Biden has been declared the President-elect, however this will not be made official until the electoral college votes on December 14.

Here is a quick guide to where the candidates stand on policies:

Joe Biden:

  • Democratic candidate
  • Running mate is Kamala Harris
  • Born on November 20, 1942 in Scranton Pennsylvania
  • He has a law degree from Syracuse University
  • Regarding Coronavirus, he wants promotes national mask use and expanded testing
  • He also announced a two trillion dollar climate plan that emphasizes fossil fuel reduction
  • Biden’s tax plan raises the corporate tax rate and increases taxes on American’s making over $400,000 a year
  • Immigration wise, he wants to roll back Trump’s policies and provide a more accessible path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants
  • Biden plans to rebuild foreign alliances starting with rejoining the Paris climate accord, the Iran Nuclear deal, and the World Health Organization
  • He promotes a “Build Back Better” plan which is said to give relief to families and small businesses affected by the pandemic. His plan also focuses on investing in American manufacturing and innovation
  • His education plan includes investing in community and minority-serving institutions
  • Promotes the SAFE Justice act that pushes criminal justice system reform
  • Opposes capital punishment
  • Pro-choice


Donald Trump:

  • Republican candidate
  • Running mate is Mike Pence
  • Born on June 14, 1946 in Queens, New York
  • He has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania
  • He supports tax cuts and harsher tariffs on foreign competitors like China
  • Opposes national mask mandates and instead leaves it to the local government
  • Trump supports decreased environmental regulations with the withdrawal from the Paris agreement and support for the oil and gas industry 
  • Supports a replacement to the Affordable Care Act
  • Supports strong immigration policies 
  • Signed the First Step Act which worked toward decreasing the overincarceration of black people and reducing some mandatory minimum sentences
  • Supports capital punishment
  • Anti-abortion with exceptions for rape, incest, or danger to a mother’s life

Joanne Marie Jorgensen:

  • Libertarian candidate
  • Running mate is Spike Cohen
  • Born on May 1, 1957 in Libertyville Illinois
  • She has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Baylor University, a master’s degree in Business Administration from Southern Methodist University, and a Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Clemson University
  • Vouches for less government intervention and less federal borrowing
  • Opposes the national lockdowns and economic shutdowns due to the pandemic
  • Promotes individual choice
  • Supports alternative energy, favoring nuclear energy development and expanded offshore drilling
  • Believes in free-market healthcare and demilitarization of the police