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Duties: The President is: the head of state of the United States of America; the Chief Executive Officer; and, the Commander in Chief of all military forces. The powers of the President are prescribed in the Constitution and federal law. The President appoints the members of the Cabinet, ambassadors to other nations and the United Nations, Supreme Court Justices, and federal judges, subject to Senate approval. The President, along with the Cabinet and its agencies, is responsible for carrying out and enforcing the laws of the United States. The President may also recommend legislation to the United States Congress. Term: Four years. Limit of two terms. Base Salary: $400,000 per year.Note: All candidates who will appear on your state’s ballot are listed below but only those that meet the following criteria were invited to respond to the League’s questions in this guide. 1. The candidate must have made a public announcement of her/his intention to run for President.2. The candidate must meet the Presidential Election Campaign Fund Act's minimum contribution threshold requirements for qualifying for matching funds, based on the most recent data publicly available on the Federal Elections Commission website.3. The candidate must qualify for the ballot in enough states to win a majority of electoral votes.Descripción de primaria presidencial:Deberes: El presidente es: el jefe de estado de los Estados Unidos de América; el director ejecutivo; y, el comandante en jefe de todas las fuerzas militares. Los poderes del presidente están prescritos en la constitución y la ley federal. El presidente nombra a los miembros del gabinete, embajadores ante otras naciones y las Naciones Unidas, jueces de la Corte Suprema y jueces federales, sujetos a la aprobación del Senado. El presidente, junto con el gabinete y sus agencias, es responsable de llevar a cabo y hacer cumplir las leyes de los Estados Unidos. El presidente también puede recomendar legislación al Congreso de los Estados Unidos.Plazo: cuatro años. Límite de dos términos.Salario base: $ 400,000 por año.Nota: Todos los candidatos que aparecerán en la papeleta electoral de su estado se enumeran a continuación, pero solo aquellos que cumplen con los siguientes criterios fueron invitados a responder las preguntas de la Liga en esta guía.1. El candidato debe haber hecho un anuncio público de su intención de postularse para la nominación de su partido para presidente; y,2. El candidato debe haber cumplido con los requisitos de contribución mínima de la ley de fondos para la campaña de elecciones presidenciales para poder calificar para fondos complementarios, según los datos más recientes disponibles públicamente en la página web de la Comisión Federal de Elecciones.3. El candidato debe calificar para estar en la boleta de votación en suficientes estados para ganar una mayoría de votos electorales.

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    Joe Biden
    (Dem)

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    Jo Jorgensen
    (Lib)

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    Donald J. Trump
    (Rep)

  • Brock Pierce
    (Ind)

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What actions would you take to balance public health and economic recovery in the US, both in light of COVID-19 and for the long term?

What is the most important issue facing our country and how do you plan to address it during your first 100 days in office?

How will you address racial injustice in our country on day one of your administration?

What aspects of our current immigration policy will your administration address first?

What will you do over the long term to ensure access to quality healthcare for all?

It’s a false choice to think we have to choose between our public health and economy; they’re linked. On Day One, I’ll implement the COVID strategy I’ve laid out since March – surging testing and protective gear; distributing vaccines safely and free of politics; helping schools and small businesses cover costs; and getting state and local governments resources to keep educators, cops, and firefighters on the job. I’ll respect science and tell the truth, period. And I’ll build our economy back better, creating millions of good-paying jobs. I’ll revitalize manufacturing, build a clean energy economy, and boost caregiving – easing the squeeze on working families, providing paid leave, and getting caregivers the respect and pay they deserve.
Pandemic. Recession. Racial injustice. Climate change. We’re facing historic crises; we have to tackle them all at once. Character and experience count. I’ll listen to scientists, tell the truth, and make sure we’re never so unprepared for a pandemic again. I’ll expand the Affordable Care Act, lowering costs and making health care a right for all. I’ll build our economy back better, and make racial equity central to recovery. In these crises, we have an enormous opportunity, if we come together. As President, I’ll draw on the best of us, not the worst. I’ll work as hard for those who don’t support me as for those who do. That's a president’s job: to represent us all. To take responsibility. To protect the nation. To unite and to heal.
America is at an inflection point. It’s past time to end our inequities and deal with the denial of our nation’s promise to too many for too long. I’ll fight to end the health inequities that COVID-19 amplifies; and give every child the same strong start in life by offering universal Pre-K, tripling funding for Title I schools, and making public college debt-free for most families. I’ll make racial equity central to our recovery, closing the racial wealth and income gaps, boosting home ownership, and investing in communities and entrepreneurs of color – building a stronger, more inclusive middle class for the future. And, I’ll work for real police reform and invest in shifting our criminal justice focus from incarceration to prevention.
My immigration policy is built around keeping families together. It’s past time to reform our broken system, restoring family unification and diversity as its core pillars. As President, I’ll reverse Trump’s assault on our values on Day One, ending his cruel border policies that rip children from their mothers’ arms. I’ll act immediately to protect Dreamers and their families, and invest real political capital in finally delivering legislative immigration reform, with a roadmap to citizenship for the nearly 11 million undocumented people who already do so much to make our communities strong. We have to enforce our laws, but in a way that’s humane, respects due process, honors our values, and sees the big picture.
This pandemic makes clear: All Americans need access to quality, affordable health insurance. That’s why I’ll protect and build on the Affordable Care Act. I helped to secure the final key votes to pass that landmark law, protecting 100 million Americans who can no longer be turned away or denied coverage for pre-existing conditions, and bringing coverage to 20 million more. As President, I’ll build on that progress with a public option and lower health care and prescription drug costs. I’ll make all COVID-19 testing, treatment, and vaccines free; double funding for community health centers that are so often on the frontlines of care; and much more.
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Top 3 Priorities · Make health care easily affordable by removing barriers to free market competition, reducing red tape, and legalizing free clinics for the poor. · Bring our troops home and make America one like Switzerland: armed and neutral. We’ll be at peace while being trained and ready to defend American soil and shores. · Protect our communities while preserving our freedom by ending civil asset forfeiture, militarization of police, no-knock raids, qualified immunity, and the failed War on Drugs.
Political Philosophy Government is too big, too bossy, too nosy, and it often hurts the people it's supposed to help. Generations of Republican and Democrat politicians have failed the people of America. Big government mandates and programs made our problems worse. To solve them, we need to make the federal government smaller – much, much smaller. Voting Libertarian means individual freedom, real criminal justice reform, deregulation, slashing of taxation, and peaceful foreign policy that will benefit everyone.
The virus was worrisome enough, without the problems politicians created in response to demands to “do something.” The shutdown came with huge economic and health costs, which may in the long term cost as many lives as the disease.

The CARES Act, while it provided $1200 support to many taxpayers, also ran up our national debt and gave away billions of dollars away to the biggest companies. The American people would be far better off keeping more of their paychecks, than begging for some of it back through a pork barrel political process.

In general, we saw positive results from removing regulatory and bureaucratic barriers that prevented people from accessing testing and providers. Where those regulations remained, lives were lost.
As president, I will make America like One Giant Switzerland: Armed and Neutral. Our military will be armed, trained, able, and ready to defend the life, liberty, and property of Americans against foreign aggressors.

For the last 70 years, Democratic and Republican politicians have dragged us into war after war when there was no clear and present danger to America, causing millions of deaths and injuries among our soldiers and sailors, and cost untold civilian lives in countries where the U.S. interfered.

These wars have also caused massive property destruction, wasted trillions of your tax dollars, and needlessly created enemies of the United States.

It’s time to bring our troops home.
The War on Drugs provides a pretense to target and harass the poor and people of color, to violate our civil liberties, ruin lives and corrupt our police and courts. Neither Republicans nor Democrats have the courage to change the status-quo. The War on Drugs has led directly to no-knock raids, Stop and Frisk, civil asset forfeiture abuses, federally sponsored militarization of local police, and other violations of our sacred liberties. Each has disproportionately victimized people of color and devalued their lives.

On Day One, I will pardon the 80,000 people serving federal time for nonviolent drug convictions and send them home to their families. I will dismantle the racist War on Drugs by federally decriminalizing all substances.
The freedom to travel is fundamental to human liberty. We should be free to travel anywhere we choose, and free to host, house, or employ peaceful people on our own private property.

I would abolish ICE. It was not needed 40 years ago, and is not needed now. As President, I will work to repeal arbitrary quotas on the number of people who can legally enter the United States to work, visit, or reside.

Separating peaceful people from their children - as has been done by administrations from both old parties - is inhumane and beneath us as a nation. As President, I would end this practice immediately. Treating peaceful people humanely is the only ethical way for us to greet those who come to the U.S. in search of a better life.
If you could know the price of a visit, or a surgery, or medication, providers would have to compete on price like they do for cars or contact lenses. They'd offer customer service, not more paperwork. That means we need fewer political mandates, not more. We also have too much healthcare spending funneled through expensive third-party payment systems such as tax collectors and insurance companies. More direct payments by consumers would lower prices and restore consumer control and increase access for everyone.

We should expect the cost of care would drop 75% while improving quality. That would make healthcare affordable for most Americans, and bring down the cost of supplying Medicare and Medicaid to those who need them.
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