By: Abigail DesVergnes

In recent weeks, Americans have watched the presidential campaign unravel as Republican candidates have utilized social media to exploit themselves and their personal lives to voters.

 Texas Senator Ted Cruz and billionaire businessman Donald Trump have gone back and forth on issues and even brought their wives into the argument.

After a recent half-nude photo of Melania Trump was shared among Facebookers, Trump accused Cruz of resurfacing the photo, then he followed up by retweeting a side-by-side meme of Heidi Cruz caught off guard while the other image was of Melania modeling.

The caption under the meme states, “The images are worth a thousand words.” To Trump’s misfortune, negative reactions from the public were also worth much more than just “a thousand words.”

It didn’t help that in his recent MSNBC Town Hall Trump explained, “There has to be some form of punishment,” for women who undergo abortions. His campaign has already faced previous criticism for the comments he made on women’s looks and actions, starting with Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly then Carly Fiorina and now Cruz’s wife.

These back and forth arguments are starting to become “extremely childish” but maybe Ohio Gov. John Kasich is taking the parental role in the situation, as he simply said he  “wouldn’t go there.”

The belittling statements made are fueling a tough road ahead, leaving many voters concerned about how these candidates, if elected, will adapt to being President of the U.S. What has been lost throughout this entire process is the substance and how each candidate really stands on the issues.

In part two of “STUDENTS NEED SUBSTANCE” (Part I on the Democratic candidates can be found here) readers will see how the three remaining Republican candidates stand on these issues: education, immigration, health care, climate change, and gun control.

It’s safe to say that as of early April Trump is the victor over the two other candidates among the popular vote as well as delegates, currently 743 of the 1237 needed. His out-of-the-box attitude toward politics has attracted many, leaving the Republican establishment wondering how the “outsider” can be handled.

Twenty states plus Puerto Rico still need to vote. Cruz currently has 517 delegates and Kasich has 143.

While the democratic candidates share similar opinions on issues, Republicans vary. Trump and Cruz are strong advocates of securing the border and deporting illegal immigrants, Kasich’s approach differs though. “It is not going to happen that we’re going to run around and try to drag 11 and a half million people out of their homes,” said Kasich at the Republican primary debate in S.C.

When it comes to climate change both Trump and Cruz believe that the change in weather is not “man- made” and offer very few ways for improvement.

In a Washington Post  transcript Trump said, “There is certainly a change in weather that goes — if you look, they had global cooling in the 1920s and now they have global warming, although now they don’t know if they have global warming.”

Cruz Voted NO on protecting the ocean, coastal and Great Lakes ecosystems due to his belief that climate change is controlled by God.

Kasich has a similar outlook. In an interview with the Hill, he said, “I respect the creation that the Lord has given us,” but he wants to “make sure we protect it,” by strengthening the Clean Water Act. He is an advocate for “clean coal” technology in Ohio.

Although their outlook on issues vary, all Republican candidates want a change in the way America has been run in the past eight years under the Obama administration.

All three candidates advocate to repeal Obamacare, because  they say it will destroy the country. They rarely explain that assertion, making it difficult to know what they actually mean.

Some Republicans, such as Cruz, believe Obamacare is unconstitutional while Kasich and Trump want to repeal and replace it, but with what, is never shared.

On Kasich’s website it explained that he wants to “repeal and replace” Obamacare with a primary care system that helps promote long term good health instead of just reacting when someone becomes sick. See Kasich’s website for more details.

In a 60 Minutes episode on CBS on September 28, 2015, Trump optimistically stated, “I am going to take care of everybody. I don’t care if it costs me votes or not. Everybody’s going to be taken care of much better than they’re taken care of now.”

Although the details to Trump’s plan are vague his website states that his healthcare reform will “Make America Great Again.”

As the weeks continue and the final voter decisions may reach into late June, it’s important that students, parents, and especially voters understand that no matter what the fighting is about; one of these candidates may be elected President.

Although the list of issues continues, voters must fully delve into the truth behind what each candidate says.The graph below shows the candidates’ views on the issues and how they plan to implement them if elected President.


Issues John Kasich

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Education Keeping education local

Believes education should be managed at a local level and should not be micro-managed by the government.
Maintaining local standards

States should develop, adopt and maintain their own rigorous standards, not impose federally mandated learning standards on local schools.
Keeping college affordable

Wants an improved system to help high schools encourage more students to earn college credit while completing their high school courses (AP classes). He wants to give students a jump on their college careers to help reduce college costs for them and their families.

As governor he has been a national leader in holding the line on tuition increases and college tuition and fees. State college tuition will be frozen for the next two years while a new state task force helps schools identify ways to control their costs.

Cut Department of Education and Common Core.

Wants to cut spending for the department of education and eliminate common core.
Comprehensive learning instead of limiting subjects

Comprehensive education dissolves the lines between knowing too much and knowing too little on a variety of subjects. Wants a variety of classes for well rounded students.
Government makes to much money with students loans

“Well the only way you can do it is you have to start some governmental program and you have governmental programs right now,” Trump said at his town hall meeting in Iowa.

He wants to eliminate the profit the government is making off of student loans.

Repeal Common Core state standards.

Wants to stop all funding for common core and stop the federal government’s involvement with education standards.
Right to Education

At Liberty University in March 2015, Cruz said, “Imagine embracing school choice as the civil rights issue of the next generation. That every single child, regardless of race, regardless of ethnicity, regardless of wealth or zip code, every child in America has a right to a quality education. And that’s true from all of the above, whether it is public schools or charter schools or private schools or Christian schools or parochial schools or homeschooled. Every child.”

Immigration “Nuts to deport 11M people” — legalize with fine & back taxes

Believes that there is no way the government can deport the 11 million people living in America illegally. If they haven’t committed a crime, illegal immigrants will be able to stay in the country if they pay a fine and a tax, which will provide a path to citizenship.
Focus of immigration should be to keep families together

Latinos are a very important part the fabric of America. “My position on immigration has been that it is intended to keep families together and to give them a good place in American society.”

Mandatory return of all criminal aliens.

Wants criminal aliens to be returned to their home countries; a process which can be aided by canceling any visas to foreign countries, which will not accept their own criminals, and making it a separate and additional crime to commit an offense while here illegally.

Penalties for overstaying visa Individuals who refuse to leave at the time their visa expires will be subject to criminal penalties; this will also give local jurisdictions the power to hold visa overstays until federal authorities arrive.

End birthright citizenship  Believes it is the biggest magnet of illegal immigration.

Requirement to hire American workers first                         Wants to hire unemployed Americans, not illegal immigrants.Before any new green cards are issued to foreign workers abroad, there will be a pause where employers will have to hire from the domestic pool of unemployed immigrant and native workers.

Make Mexico pay for the wall Believes Mexico’s leaders are taking advantage of the United States and until they pay he plans to impound all remittance payments derived from illegal wages; increase fees on all temporary visas issued to Mexican CEOs and diplomats. Increase fees at ports of entry to the United States from Mexico.

Secure the Border

Build a wall that works: Will complete all 700 miles of priority fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Triple the number of border patrol agents.
Provide additional technology along the border

Increasing the number of cameras, sensors, and monitors will allow officials to patrol the border continuously and identify and apprehend illegal entrants efficiently and safely.

Hold DHS accountable to the American people.

Appoint a no-nonsense, security-focused leader as Secretary of Homeland Security, and instruct the Secretary to transfer DHS personnel and resources as needed to best protect the American people.
Follow the Constitution

Use every ounce of his constitutional authority and executive discretion to ensure DHS enforces the law instead of violating it.

Add detention space for interior enforcement

Support ICE agents and their enforcement efforts by significantly increasing permanent detention capacity for illegal immigrants in the interior of the United States, and give ICE leadership the flexibility to procure additional, temporary detention space from the General Services Administration, state and local law enforcement on an as-needed basis.

Healthcare Obamacare is the Wrong Diagnosis and Must Be Repealed and Replaced

Kasich believes Obamacare must be repealed and replaced by lowering healthcare costs without interfering with Americans’ personal health care decisions or imposing punishing burdens on job creators.
Better primary care (patient-centered primary care)

To have a primary care system that helps promote long term good health instead of just reacting when someone gets sick.

Completely repeal Obamacare

“I am going to take care of everybody. I don’t care if it costs me votes or not. Everybody’s going to be taken care of much better than they’re taken care of now.”
Modify existing law that inhibits the sale of health insurance across state lines.

As long as the plan purchased complies with state requirements, he believes any vendor should be able to offer insurance in any state.
Allow individuals to use Health Savings Accounts (HSAs)

Believes contributions into HSAs should be tax-free and should be allowed to accumulate. These accounts would become part of the estate of the individual and could be passed on to heirs without fear of any death penalty.

Block-grant Medicaid to the states.

Nearly every state already offers benefits beyond what is required in the current Medicaid structure. Believes that the state governments know their people best and can manage the administration of Medicaid far better without federal overhead.

Defeat ObamaCare; rein in the federal government

Pioneered a leading proposal to defeat ObamaCare, restore state authority, and fight federal overreach through interstate compacts. Sued the federal government, on behalf of Texas and four other states, to strike down portions of the Medicare Prescription Drug program as an unconstitutional intrusion in the sovereign authority of the States.

Climate Change Believes in Climate Change

“I happen to believe there is a problem with climate change,” he told the Hill in 2012. “I don’t want to overreact to it, I can’t measure it all, but I respect the creation that the Lord has given us and I want to make sure we protect it.”
Advocate for “clean coal” technology in Ohio.

Strengthen Clean Water Act; increase federal grazing fees

Require the federal government to reimburse citizens when environmental regulations limit use of privately owned lands.
Strengthen the Clean Water Act.
Increase fees charged to ranchers who graze cattle on federal lands.

From the Washington Post editorial board published a transcript of its meeting with Donald Trump.

“I think there’s a change in weather. I am not a great believer in man-made climate change. I’m not a great believer. There is certainly a change in weather that goes—if you look, they had global cooling in the 1920s and now they have global warming, although now they don’t know if they have global warming.”

Doesn’t believe in man-made climate change or the science behind it.

Voted NO on protecting ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems.

“Climate Change Is Not Science. It’s Religion.”

Gun Control Opposing Barack Obama’s Gun Control Efforts

Kasich opposes President Obama’s gun control executive orders. The Second Amendment he believes is important to follow. He believes it is wrong that Obama is fighting against Americans’ Right to Keep and Bear Arms..
Removing Burdensome Restrictions for Law-Abiding Concealed Carry Licensees

John Kasich enacted legislation protecting Ohio’s concealed carry laws, including protecting the privacy of permit holders and allowing for reciprocity licenses with other states where permit holders can carry their firearms.

No limits on guns; they save lives

Trump strongly follows the second amendment.
Mass shootings are due to a huge mental health problem

Jan 14, 2016 debate: “We have a huge mental health problem in this country. We’re closing hospitals, we’re closing wards, we’re closing so many because the states want to save money. We have to get back into looking at what’s causing it. The guns don’t pull the trigger. It’s the people that pull the trigger and we have to find out what is going on. You get the Congress. You get the Senate. You get together. You do legislation.”
Enforce The Laws On The Books

Believes America needs to get serious about prosecuting violent criminals. He also believes the Obama administration’s record on that is abysmal. Violent crime in cities like Baltimore, Chicago and many others is out of control.

Second Amendment Rights

Cruz strongly believes that the Second Amendment is not simply about hunting or target practice. It’s about protecting our lives, families, and homes.
Led the fight against Congress’ legislation to restrict the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans.

Awarded the NRA’s 2010 Carter-Knight Freedom Fund, which “rewards exemplary activities in the support and protection of the right to Keep and Bear Arms” for his work in the Heller and McDonald cases.