The Run for the White House

With the 2016 presidential election heating up with continued trash talk from the candidates you might want to know about the candidates and what they stand for.

There are around 20 candidates running for president; however, most Americans are only familiar with close to ten of the candidates. These are some of the top candidates what they are famous for and how they stand on certain issues.

The Major Players:

Hillary Clinton – Democrat

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What has she done? Secretary of State under President Barack Obama, 2009-2013, U.S. Senator from New York, 2001-2009, First Lady of the U.S., 1993-2001

What is she famous for? Wife of former President Bill Clinton, previously ran for president in 2008 when she lost the Democratic primary to Barack Obama, E-mail scandal in 2015 when it was revealed she used a private e-mail server during her time as secretary of state; investigation ongoing to whether she sent secret information through the private server.

What does she say about education? As a senator she voted for the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 which supported comprehensive standardized testing, and she supports the Common Core Standards which are regulated on a national level.

How popular is she? A recent Fox News poll shows 49 percent of people would vote for her in the Democratic primary.

Bernie Sanders – Democrat

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What has he done? U.S. Senator from Vermont since 2007, U.S. Representative from Vermont 1991-2007.

What is he famous for? He is a self-proclaimed socialist, and is known for the large crowds gathered at his campaign events, such as 19,000 in Portland, Oregon.

What does he have to say on education? He supports public funding of colleges with a new stock tax.

How popular is he? A recent Fox News poll shows 30 percent of voters would vote for him in the Democrat primary.

Donald Trump – Republican

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What has he done? CEO of the Trump Organization, and hosted The Apprentice and The Celebrity Apprentice, 2004-2015

What is he famous for? Having no political correctness in his speeches, calling out Fox News debate moderator Megyn Kelly, calling illegal immigrants criminals. His famous line is “You’re fired.”

What does he have to say on immigration? Besides calling illegal immigrants criminals, he has a plan to kick out the 11 million illegal immigrants living in the U.S. and build a wall between the U.S. and Mexican borders.

How popular is he? A recent Fox News poll shows 25 percent of people would vote for him in the Republican primary.

Derek Engram, a teacher at Woodstock High School, had this to say about Donald Trump had this to say about his odds “I gave up predicting Donald Trump’s success after his comments about immigrants and Megyn Kelly.”

Tim Rutz, a teacher at Woodstock High School, said this about Donald Trump’s chance “Yes, I believe he will win the primary, but it is too early to tell if he will win the general election.”

Dr. Ben Carson – Republican

Dr. Ben Carson, professor emeritus at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference annual meeting in National Harbor, Md., Saturday, March 8, 2014. Saturday marks the third and final day of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, which brings together prospective presidential candidates, conservative opinion leaders and tea party activists from coast to coast. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

What has he done? Neurosurgeon at a hospital near Washington, D.C.

What is he famous for? Being incredibly smart (he is a neurosurgeon) and saying he is the only person to “take out half of a brain” in the Fox News Republican Debate.

What does he have to say about education? He supports a nation-wide reform of the public school system and the elimination of Common Core Standards.

How popular is he? A recent Fox News poll shows 12 percent of people would vote for him in the Republican primary.

Ted Cruz – Republican

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What has he done? U.S. Senator from Texas since 2013.

What is he famous for? Leading a 21-hour Senate filibuster, or a one-man talk-a-thon about an issue, on Obamacare where he quoted Dr. Seuss books.

What does he have to say on education? He wants to repeal Common Core standards, and also supports school choice and charter schools.

How popular is he? A recent Fox News poll shows 10 percent of voters would vote for him in the Republican primary.

Jeb Bush – Republican

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What has he done? Governor of Florida 1999-2007.

What is he famous for? Being related to former presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush.

What does he have to say about education? He supports Common Core standards and high-stakes testing much like the CRCT and Milestones.

How popular is he? A recent Fox News poll shows 9 percent of voters would vote for him in the Republican primary

Marco Rubio – Republican

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What has he done? U.S. Senator from Florida since 2011, Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives 2006-2008.

What is he famous for? He played college football and earned a football scholarship from a college in Missouri.

What does he have to say about the economy? He wants to bring reforms to the U.S. Tax Code and reduce regulations on companies and bring jobs back to the U.S. from China.

How popular is he? A recent Fox News poll shows 4 percent of voters would vote for him in the Republican primary.

Engram said this about what the candidates must do to win the election: “The party that can pull the undecided and Hispanic vote will win.”

Rutz said this about the key issue in the election: “The economy because of what is going with the stock market and China.”

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