Know Your Candidate: How each presidential candidate responds to the issues

Know Your Candidate: How each presidential candidate responds to the issues

(KLTV/KTRE) – Beginning Tuesday, Oct. 13, Americans will head to the polls to cast their vote in what could be one of the most divisive elections in our nation’s history. Voters will decide between four presidential candidates who are vying for 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency. Know Your Candidate is a weekly digital series published every Monday in October that will explore issues that are important to voters, as well as the position each candidate holds. Data collected by the Britannica ProCon graded candidates with a ‘YES’ if they responded in favor of an issue, ‘NO’ if they opposed, ‘NC’ if it’s not clear whether they oppose or support, and ‘?’ if their position on an issue could not be found. One of the most timely issues addressed by candidates will be the topic of police reform; notably, how to approach calls to defund police departments across the country. In many cases, funds would instead go toward social services that would work in conjunction with law enforcement to help address issues like homelessness, substance abuse, and mental health crises. “I don’t support defunding the police. I support conditioning federal aid to police based on whether or not they meet certain basic standards of decency, honorableness, and, in fact, are able to demonstrate they can protect the community; everybody in the community,” Biden said. President Trump echoed similar sentiments in an interview just days before, saying, “there won’t be defunding, there won’t be dismantling of our police […]

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