Discussions

"This fall, Hawk The Vote lab students at Roger Williams University have focused on three distinct policy areas that face our nation in the 2016 election year. These include the economy, immigration and social justice, as well as the two presidential candidates' positions on these issues. Each of these areas of focus will have an effect on the future lives of college students today."

ECONOMY

 

Trump

If we do what we have to do correctly, we can create the biggest economic boom in this country since the New Deal when our vast infrastructure was first put into place. It’s a no-brainer. It’s so obvious that even the Democrats can figure it out.
— November 2015, in his book “Crippled America” »

Clinton

Previous generations of Americans built the greatest economy and strongest middle class the world has ever known on the promise of a basic bargain: if you work hard and do your part, you should be able to get ahead. And when you get ahead, America gets ahead. But over the past several decades, that bargain has eroded. Our job is to make it strong again.
— July 13, 2015, speech in New York City »

IMMIGRATION

Trump

We must build a great wall between Mexico and the United States!
— April 1 on Twitter »

Clinton

The most beautiful tall wall, better than the Great Wall of China, that would run the entire border. That he would somehow magically get the Mexican government to pay for. And, you know, it’s just fantasy.
— Democratic presidential debate, March 10

SOCIAL JUSTICE

Trump

We’re going to save your Social Security without killing it like so many people want to do, and your Medicare.
— June 18 rally in Phoenix »

Clinton

I want to enhance the benefits for the poorest recipients of Social Security. We have a lot of women on Social Security, particularly widowed and single women who didn’t make a lot of money during their careers.
— October 13, 2015, candidate debate in Las Vegas »