Let the Record Show
On television dramas lawyers would begin with “Let the record show” in order to place evidence OFFICIALLY ON THE RECORD. So it is only fitting to let the 2020 Presidential Candidates stand on their political records.
President Trump has a political record of 3 years, 7 months in office.
Mr. Trump announced his candidacy for the Presidency on June 16, 2015. He then accepted the Republican nomination for President of the United States in July of 2016, having defeated seventeen other contenders during the Republican primaries. On November 8, 2016, Mr. Trump was elected President in the largest Electoral College landslide for a Republican in 28 years. Mr. Trump won more than 2,600 counties nationwide, the most since President Ronald Reagan in 1984. And he received the votes of more than 62 million Americans, the most ever for a Republican candidate. These voters, in delivering a truly national victory and historic moment, rallied behind Mr. Trump’s commitment to rebuilding our country and disrupting the political status quo that had failed to deliver results. Mr. Trump won, in part, because he campaigned in places Republicans have had difficulty winning—Flint, Michigan, charter schools in inner-city Cleveland, and Hispanic churches in Florida. He went there because he wanted to bring his message of economic empowerment to all Americans. Millions of new Republicans trusted Mr. Trump with their vote because of his commitment to delivering prosperity through a reformed tax code, an improved regulatory environment, and better trade deals. President Trump’s victory has brought Americans of all backgrounds together, and he is committed to delivering results for the Nation every day he serves in office. President Trump has been married to his wife, Melania, for twelve years, and they are parents to their son, Barron. Mr. Trump also has four adult children, Don Jr., Ivanka, Eric, and Tiffany, as well as ten grandchildren.
Vice President Pence has a political record of 12 years as an Indiana Representative in the House, 3 years as Governor of Indiana and 3 years, 7 months in office.
Vice President Pence set off for Hanover College, earning his bachelor’s degree in history in 1981. While there, he renewed his Christian faith which remains the driving force in his life. He later attended Indiana University School of Law and met the love of his life, Second Lady Karen Pence. After graduating, Vice President Pence practiced law, led the Indiana Policy Review Foundation, and began hosting The Mike Pence Show, a syndicated talk radio show and a weekly television public affairs program in Indiana. Along the way he became the proud father to three children, Michael, Charlotte, and Audrey. Growing up in Indiana, surrounded by good, hardworking Hoosiers, Vice President Pence always knew that he needed to give back to the state and the country that had given him so much. In 2000, he launched a successful bid for his local congressional seat, entering the United States House of Representatives at the age of 40. The people of East-Central Indiana elected Vice President Pence six times to represent them in Congress. On Capitol Hill he established himself as a champion of limited government, fiscal responsibility, economic development, educational opportunity, and the U.S. Constitution. His colleagues quickly recognized his leadership ability and unanimously elected him to serve as Chairman of the House Republican Study Committee and House Republican Conference Chairman. In this role, the Vice President helped make government smaller and more effective, reduce spending, and return power to state and local governments. In 2013, Vice President Pence left the nation’s capital when Hoosiers elected him the 50th Governor of Indiana. He brought the same limited government and low tax philosophy to the Indiana Statehouse. As Governor, he enacted the largest income tax cut in Indiana history, lowering individual income tax rates, the business personal property tax, and the corporate income tax in order to strengthen the State’s competitive edge and attract new investment and good-paying jobs. Due to his relentless focus on jobs, the state’s unemployment rate fell by half during his four years in office, and at the end of his term, more Hoosiers were working than at any point in the state’s 200-year history. As Governor of Indiana, Vice President Pence increased school funding, expanded school choice, and created the first state-funded Pre-K plan in Indiana history. He made career and technical education a priority in every high school. Under Vice President Pence’s leadership, Indiana, known as “The Crossroads of America,” invested more than $800 million in new money for roads and bridges across the state. Despite the record tax cuts and new investments in roads and schools, the state remained fiscally responsible, as the Vice President worked with members of the Indiana General Assembly to pass two honestly balanced budgets that left the state with strong reserves and AAA credit ratings that were the envy of the nation. It was Indiana’s success story, Vice President Pence’s record of legislative and executive experience, and his strong family values that prompted President Donald Trump to select Mike Pence as his running mate in July 2016. The American people elected President Donald Trump and Vice President Pence on November 8, 2016. President Donald Trump and Vice President Pence entered office on January 20, 2017.
Former Vice President Biden has a political record as of 1-24-2017 he ranked #18 out of 25 Longest Serving Senators with 36 years, 13 days in Congress and 8 years in office.
He graduated, University of Delaware, Newark, 1965, and Syracuse (N.Y.) University College of Law 1968; admitted to the Delaware bar in 1969 and commenced practice in Wilmington; served on the New Castle County Council 1970-1972; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1972 and reelected in 1978, 1984, 1990, 1996, 2002, and again in 2008 and served from January 3, 1973, until January 15, 2009, when he resigned to become Vice President; chair, Committee on the Judiciary (One Hundredth through One Hundred Third Congresses), Committee on Foreign Relations (One Hundred Seventh Congress [January 3-20, 2001; June 6, 2001-January 3, 2003], One Hundred Tenth Congress); was an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination for president in 2008, but was elected Vice President of the United States on the Democratic ticket headed by Barack Obama in 2008; reelected in 2012, and served from January 20, 2009, until January 20, 2017.
Senator Harris’ political record of 3 years, 7 months in office:
After earning an undergraduate degree from Howard University and a law degree from the University of California, Hastings, she began her career in the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office. In 2003, Kamala became the District Attorney of the City and County of San Francisco. Among her achievements as District Attorney, Harris started a program that gives first-time drug offenders the chance to earn a high school diploma and find employment. Having completed two terms as the District Attorney of San Francisco, Kamala was elected as the first African-American and first woman to serve as California’s Attorney General. In this role, she worked tirelessly to hold corporations accountable and protect the state’s most vulnerable people. Over the course of her nearly two terms in office, Kamala won a $25-billion settlement for California homeowners hit by the foreclosure crisis, defended California’s landmark climate change law, protected the Affordable Care Act, helped win marriage equality for all Californians, and prosecuted transnational gangs that trafficked in guns, drugs, and human beings. In 2017, Kamala D. Harris was sworn in as a United States Senator for California, the second African-American woman and first South Asian-American senator in history. She serves on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, the Select Committee on Intelligence, the Committee on the Judiciary, and the Committee on the Budget. Kamala has spent her life fighting injustice. On 8-11-2020 she became the VP running mate on the Biden/Harris democratic ticket for 2020.
In order to be fair to all candidates I used their official biographies unedited.
The 2020 Presidential Campaign is not about what they have listed in their biographies, it is about what they promise to do moving forward – if elected.
What have they said they would do to and for the American people?
President Trump recently made six promises to American workers for his second term 8-7-2020:
Defeat the China Virus:
“First and foremost, we will defeat the China virus,” Trump said to the workers gathered for his speech.
“It’s bad, and we have made tremendous strides. We are attacking the virus from every angle and through this aggressive strategy, we will win the war and it will happen sooner than people think,” he added…
Rebuild American manufacturing:
“My second promise to you is this,” Trump said. “We will rise from the current adversity of this horrible invisible enemy and we will be more prosperous and resilient than ever before.”…
Build America into a Center of Medical Manufacturing:
“My third promise is to build on these gains to turn America into the premier medical manufacturing, pharmacy, and drugstore of the world,” Trump said…
Move Millions of Manufacturing Jobs Back to America:
“My fourth promise to American workers: Beyond our medical supply chains over the next four years, we will onshore millions of new manufacturing jobs, across many other critical sectors that are vital to our national security and prosperity,” he said…
Using Tariffs to Fight for Fair Trade:
“My fifth promise to American workers is to bring back American jobs and factories using every tool at my disposal, including tariffs,” Trump said.
Put Workers First:
“My sixth and final promise today is to forever uphold the commitment I made from the beginning,” he said. “I will always put American workers first, always.”
Presidential Candidate Biden’s positions on the following as of 3-5-2020:
Capital Punishment/Death Penalty – Abolish it
Cash Bail Reform – End it
Cocaine Sentencing Disparities – Scrap the disparity
Mandatory Minimum Sentence Reform – Eliminate them
Private Prisons – Eliminate them
Minimum Wage – Raise the federal minimum wage to $15/hour
Paid Leave – Indicates support for paid family and sick leave
Reparations – Study reparations
Charter Schools – Against for-profit charter schools
Cost of College – Two years should be free
Student Debt – Expand or fix existing debt-relief programs
Teacher Pay – Boost teacher pay
Campaign Finance – Unlimited spending should not be allowed in politics
Nuclear Power – Support developing new nuclear technologies as part of an effort to fight climate change
Oil and Gas Drilling – End new oil and gas leases on federal land and end offshore drilling
Reduce Carbon Emissions – Tax carbon emissions
Farm Economy – Strengthen enforcement, but stop short of trust-busting
Farming and Climate Change – Pay farmers to adopt climate-friendly practices
Rights for Farm Owners and Workers – Expand farm worker protections, but no specific plans for USDA civil rights
Assault Weapons – Support a voluntary buyback program
Background Checks – In favor of universal background checks
Weapon Registry – In favor of a national firearm registry
Abortion – Some limits
ACA/Coverage Expansion – Build on the ACA’s foundation
Drug Costs – Linking to overseas prices
Medicare of All – Opposes Medicare for All, but would expand coverage
DACA – Citizenship for Dreamers
Illegal Entry – Leave the statute in place
Transportation – Pay for infrastructure through changing taxes on corporations, the wealthy
Legalizing Marijuana – Let the states decide
Marijuana Convictions – Scrapping past pot convictions
Defense Spending – Boost defense budget
Overseas Deployments – Keep the troops deployed
Capital Gains Taxes – Increase the capital gains tax rate
Corporate Income Taxes – Raise corporate taxes, but keep rates lower than before 2017
Wealth Tax – Increase existing taxes on upper-income Americans
Rural Broadband – Dedicate open-ended federal funding to support rural broadband
Social Media – We should consider holding companies legally liable for user posts
Tech Competition & Antitrust – We need more investigations first
China – Don’t worry so much about China
NAFTA/USMCA – Support revised USMCA
Tariffs – Don’t use tariffs to pressure countries
TPP 2.0 – Support joining CPTPP
Judge for yourself whether returning the politics of the past on steroids will benefit American, Politicians or help to sustain the economy. Will raising taxes without reduced federal spending do anything but hurt the middle class and lower income Americans by driving corporations overseas – again? Pay attention to what the candidates are saying today during the pandemic? Do they make a valid case for or against opening up the country to build a stronger economy?
Or does anything they say make sense to you? – I am the Real Truckmaster!