On the Issues: Sanders, Carson

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson.
Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders and Ben Carson have rapidly gained ground in the early stages of the presidential race.

Sanders, a Democrat senator from Vermont, has been gaining on the Democratic Party’s front-runner, Hillary Clinton, since April and most recently estimated to have approximately 25 percent of his party’s support, according to a poll by Real Clear Politics. Clinton has nearly 41 percent of Democratic support.

Carson, a retired neurosurgeon, is in second place for the Republican presidential nomination. He has slowly taken away ground from Donald Trump, the party’s front-runner, and is estimated to have about 17 percent of the Republican Party’s support against Trump’s 23 percent, according to a poll by Real Clear Politics.

The PHOENIX takes a look at the candidates’ stances.




– Wants to make tuition free at public colleges and universities by taxing Wall Street speculators

– Wants to cut student loan interest rates

– Said he will not allow the government to make a profit from student loans



Supports ending the Common Core program, a standardized curriculum for schools

Wants schools to be run locally by community members without federal intervention

Supports competition between public schools and charter schools, which will hypothetically improve education options




– Proposes disallowing tax inversion, in which a U.S. company moves its headquarters overseas to avoid paying U.S. income taxes

– Wants to increase the federal minimum wage (currently $7.25) to $15 per hour by 2020

– Desires to end trade agreements that make U.S. companies reliant on China or “other low-wage countries” for goods

– Plans to separate big banks but hasn’t released any plans on how to achieve this



Primarily supports free market economics, but said he believes in the need for governmental regulation, especially in public financial markets

Wants each government agency to cut spending by a minimum of 10 percent

Promotes adding a “Balanced Budget Amendment” to the Constitution to force the government to address its massive debt

Desires a simpler tax code that’s “able to be completed in less than 15 minutes”




– Wants to expand the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to include the parents of legal permanent residents

– Plans to require employers to pay guest workers (temporary immigrant workers) minimum wage

– Wants to sign the DREAM Act into law



Wants to imitate Canada’s guest worker program that accepts applications from foreign workers who want to come to the U.S. to work

Desires better border security to decrease any unauthorized, unapproved immigration

– Is Ready to enforce current immigration laws


Diplomatic Relations


– Voted against entering the Iraq War and said war “must be a last resort”

– Plans to be “relentless in combatting terrorists who do us harm”

– Supports preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons

– Wants to limit the powers of the National Security Agency and end the use of torture

– Promotes adopting international fair trade and addressing global environmental issues such as climate change



Wants the U.S. to take an active role in “ethical world leadership”

Supports using “every means available” to stop those who advocate violence

Will not allow the U.S. to ignore international religious persecutions

Promotes being “proactive in safeguarding our interests and not reactive”

Wants allies to know they can count on the U.S. to come to their aid in times of need

(Visited 51 times, 2 visits today)
Next Story