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Political positions of the Democratic Party presidential primary candidates, 2016

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Political positions of the Democratic Party presidential primary candidates, 2016

The Democratic candidates in the 2016 United States presidential election hold a wide variety of stances on issues related to domestic and foreign policy and their political ideological views.


  • Domestic policy 1
  • Foreign policy 2
  • Political ideologies 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5

Domestic policy

Jeff Boss Harry Braun Lincoln Chafee (Suspended campaign) Hillary Clinton Keith Judd Lawrence Lessig (Suspended campaign) Martin O'Malley Bernie Sanders Sam Sloan Jim Webb (Suspended campaign) Robby Wells Willie Wilson
$15 federal minimum wage Yes[1] Unknown[1] Unknown[1] No[2] Unknown Unknown Yes[1] Yes[1] Unknown Unknown[1] No[3] Unknown[1]
American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 Unknown Unknown Unknown[4] Yes[5] Unknown Unknown Unknown Yes[6] Unknown Yes[6] Unknown[7] Unknown
Cannabis legalization Yes[8] Unknown Yes[9] Unknown[10] Unknown Yes[11] Unknown[12] Yes[13] Unknown Unknown[14] Unknown[3] Yes[15]
Capital punishment No[16] Yes[17] No[18] Yes[19] Yes[20] No[21] No[22] No[19] Unknown Yes[23] No[3] Unknown
DREAM Act Unknown No[24] Yes[25] Yes[26] Unknown Yes[27] Yes[28] Yes[29] Unknown Yes[30] Unknown Unknown
Equality Act of 2015 Unknown Unknown Yes[31] Yes[32] Unknown Yes[33] Yes[34] Yes[35] Unknown Unknown[36] Unknown Unknown
Expand Social security Unknown Unknown Unknown No[37] Unknown Yes[38] Yes[39] Yes[40] Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 Unknown Unknown[41] Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown No[42] Unknown Yes[42] Unknown Unknown
Pro-choice Yes[16] Yes[17] Yes[43] Yes[44] No[20] Unknown[45] Yes[46] Yes[47] Unknown Yes[48] No[3] Unknown
Reinstating Glass–Steagall Legislation Unknown Unknown Yes
(previously againist until October 13, 2015)[49]
No[50] Unknown Yes[51] Yes[52] Yes[53] Unknown Unknown[54] Unknown Unknown
Repeal ban on transexual military service Unknown Unknown Unknown Yes[55] Unknown Yes[33] Unknown Yes[56] Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Repeal of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 Amendments Act of 2008 Unknown Unknown Unknown Yes[57] Unknown Yes[58] Unknown Yes[59] Unknown No[59] Unknown Unknown
Repeal of USA PATRIOT Act Yes[60] Unknown[61] Yes
(previously aganist until October 13, 2015)[62]
No[63] Unknown Yes[64] No[65] Yes[66] Unknown No[67] Yes[68] Unknown
Single-payer health care Unknown[69] Yes[17] Unknown[70] No[71] Unknown Yes[72] Yes[70] Yes[73] Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2015 Unknown Unknown Unknown Yes[74] Unknown Unknown Unknown No[75] Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Tuition-free public college Unknown Unknown Unknown[76] No[76] Unknown Unknown No[76] Yes[76] Unknown Unknown[76] Yes[77] Unknown
USA Freedom Act Unknown Unknown Unknown Yes[78] Unknown Unknown Yes[79] No
(previously supported until June 1, 2015)[80]
Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Universal background checks No[16] No[17] Unknown Yes[81] Unknown[20] Unknown Yes[81] Yes[81] Unknown Unknown[82] No[3] Unknown

Foreign policy

Jeff Boss Harry Braun Lincoln Chafee (Suspended campaign) Hillary Clinton Keith Judd Lawrence Lessig (Suspended campaign) Martin O'Malley Bernie Sanders Sam Sloan Jim Webb (Suspended campaign) Robby Wells Willie Wilson
Asylum for Syrian Civil War refugees Unknown Unknown Unknown[83] Yes[84] Unknown Unknown Yes[84] Unknown[84] Unknown Unknown[85] Unknown Unknown
Drone strikes on suspected enemy combatants Yes[16] No[17] No[18] Yes[86] Yes[20] Unknown Unknown[87] Yes[88] Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Ending the United States embargo against Cuba Unknown Unknown Yes[89] Yes[90] Unknown Unknown Yes[91] Yes[91] Unknown Yes[92] Unknown Unknown
Enlargement of NATO Unknown Unknown Yes[93] Yes[94] Unknown Unknown Unknown No[95] Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Iran Nuclear Deal Unknown Unknown Yes[96] Yes[96] Unknown Yes[97] Yes[96] Yes[96] Yes[98] No[96] Unknown Yes[99]
Keystone Pipeline System Unknown No[100] Unknown[101] No
(previously undecided until September 22, 2015)[102]
Yes[20] Unknown No[103] No[104] Unknown Yes[105] Unknown Unknown
Maintain some troops in Afghanistan No[106] No[17] Unknown Yes[107] Unknown Yes[97] Unknown Yes[107] Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Military intervention against ISIL Unknown Unknown[108] No[109] Yes[110] Unknown Unknown Unknown Yes[111] Unknown Unknown[112] Unknown Unknown
Military funding for the Free Syrian Army Unknown Unknown Unknown Yes[113] Unknown Unknown Unknown No[114] Unknown Unknown[115] Unknown Unknown
No-fly zone in Syria Unknown Unknown Unknown Yes[116] Unknown Yes[97] No[116] No[117] Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Sanctions against Iran Unknown Unknown Yes[118] Yes[119] Unknown Unknown Yes[120] Yes[121] Unknown Yes[121] Unknown Unknown
Trans-Pacific Partnership Unknown Unknown[108] Yes[122] No
(previously supported until October 7, 2015)[123]
Unknown No[124] No[125] No[126] Unknown Unknown[127][128] Unknown Unknown
Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Unknown Unknown Yes[129] Unknown[130] Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown[131] Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Two-state solution Unknown[132] Unknown Yes[133] Yes[134] Unknown Unknown Yes[135] Yes[136] Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown

Political ideologies

Note that some of these terms are self-identifiers (in quotation marks): the views linked to may not adequately represent all of their policy stances.

Jeff Boss Harry Braun Lincoln Chafee (Suspended campaign) Hillary Clinton Keith Judd Lawrence Lessig (Suspended campaign) Martin O'Malley Bernie Sanders Sam Sloan Jim Webb (Suspended campaign) Robby Wells Willie Wilson
truther[8] direct democrat[137] libertarian-leaning progressive[138] "progressive"[139] Unknown "liberal"[140] "progressive"[141] "democratic socialist"[142] Unknown moderate liberal[143] "eaglist"[144] social liberal[145]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Minimum Wage and the Presidential Hopefuls
  2. ^ Hillary Clinton Just Endorsed a $15 Minimum Wage. But Not For Everyone.
  3. ^ a b c d e Robert "Robby" Wells (born April 10, 1968)
  4. ^ Lincoln Chafee on Budget & Economy
  5. ^ Hillary Clinton on Tax Reform
  6. ^ a b H.R. 8 (112th): American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012
  7. ^ Wells, Robert "Robby"
  8. ^ a b Declared 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate Jeff Boss
  9. ^ Lincoln Chafee’s View on Cannabis
  10. ^ Hillary Clinton: Feds shouldn't 'interfere with' legal pot
  11. ^ The So-Called “War on Drugs”
  12. ^ O’Malley, on recreational marijuana everywhere: ‘I’m not there yet’
  13. ^ Bernie Sanders vs. Hillary Clinton on Marijuana Legalization [CC]
  14. ^ 3 Presidential Candidates Most Likely to Legalize or Decriminalize Marijuana
  15. ^ Is it time to legalize recreational marijuana in Chicago?
  16. ^ a b c d Jeff Boss' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)
  17. ^ a b c d e f Harry Braun III's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)
  18. ^ a b 7 Ways Lincoln Chafee Wants to Change the US, and the World
  19. ^ a b Bernie Sanders Wants to End Death Penalty, Hillary Clinton Wants to Keep It
  20. ^ a b c d e Keith Judd's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)
  21. ^ The Death Penalty in Practice
  22. ^ O'Malley's criminal justice plan: Abolish death penalty, reclassify marijuana
  23. ^ Webb Watch
  24. ^ Debate 4 DREAM Act
  25. ^ Prosperity through Peace
  26. ^ Hillary Clinton And Immigration
  27. ^ Immigration Reform
  28. ^ 2016 Presidential Candidates Martin O`Malley On the issues
  29. ^ Immigration Reform
  30. ^ Jim Webb’s Record on Immigration Policy
  31. ^ On HBO’s Last Week Tonight: GOP Candidates Duck on the Equality Act
  32. ^ Hillary Clinton Endorses LGBT Nondiscrimination Bill
  33. ^ a b Achieving Equality
  34. ^ O’Malley first 2016 candidate to endorse Equality Act
  35. ^ S. 1858: Equality Act
  36. ^ How the Democratic candidates differ: longevity, courage, and electability
  37. ^ Hillary Clinton Hesitates On Expanding Social Security
  38. ^
  39. ^ Martin O'Malley Explains How He'd Expand Social Security As Progressives Wait On Hillary Clinton
  40. ^ Sanders Files Bill to Strengthen, Expand Social Security
  41. ^ Debate 3 NDAA Indefinite Detention
  42. ^ a b H.R. 1540 (112th): National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012
  43. ^ Lincoln Chafee's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)
  44. ^ Hillary Clinton's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)
  45. ^ Lawrence Lessig on Abortion
  46. ^ Martin O'Malley's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)
  47. ^ Bernie Sanders' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)
  48. ^ Jim Webb, Jr.'s Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)
  49. ^ (Democratic Debate) Lincoln Chafee explains Glass-Steagall vote
  50. ^ 2015 Dem Debate - Hillary Clinton rejecting Glass Steagall like an idiot.
  51. ^ EXCLUSIVE: Democratic Challenger Larry Lessig: DNC Canceled My Campaign Talks
  52. ^ Martin O'Malley on Glass Steagall
  53. ^ Sanders backs reviving Glass-Steagall
  54. ^ Hillary’s Rivals Back the Return of Glass-Steagall
  55. ^ Hillary Clinton Promotes Gay Rights As Pillar Of 2016 Bid
  56. ^ Bernie Sanders Did A Reddit AMA And He Really
  57. ^ H.R. 6304 (110th): FISA Amendments Act of 2008
  58. ^ focus
  59. ^ a b H.R. 5949 (112th): FISA Amendments Act Reauthorization Act of 2012
  60. ^ Current Campaign Literature
  61. ^ Debate 3 Patriot Act
  62. ^ At debate, Chafee struggles with questions about Senate votes
  63. ^ Clinton & Sanders debate the Patriot Act
  64. ^ This is clear from in the context of
  65. ^ Martin O’Malley Warns Rand Paul’s Patriot Act Moves Could Make America Less Safe
  66. ^ Bernie Sanders: It’s Time To End Orwellian Surveillance of Every American
  67. ^ James Webb on Homeland Security
  68. ^ Meet Outsider Presidential Candidate Robby Wells
  69. ^ Jeff Boss for President – NSA Conspiracy Theorist, 9/11 Truther and Birther
  70. ^ a b PBS News Hour: on Health Care
  71. ^ Hillary Clinton Likes Obamacare, And Opposes Single-Payer Health Insurance
  72. ^
  73. ^ %22Bernie+Sanders%22} S.1782 - American Health Security Act of 2013]
  74. ^ H.R. 3210 (107th): Terrorism Risk Insurance Act of 2002
  75. ^ H.R. 26: Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2015
  76. ^ a b c d e Where the 2016 Democratic Candidates Stand on College Affordability
  77. ^ Free College Tuition
  78. ^ Hillary Clinton endorses NSA reform bill
  79. ^ Martin O’Malley Calls For More Restrictions on NSA Surveillance
  80. ^ H.R. 2048: Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ensuring Effective Discipline Over Monitoring Act of 2015
  81. ^ a b c The Democratic Presidential Candidates' Records on Gun Control
  82. ^ Democratic Presidential Candidates Battle Over Gun Control, Only One Makes Valid Argument
  83. ^ We asked all 22 presidential candidates to define a US refugee policy. Few had clear answers
  84. ^ a b c Here's What The 2016 Candidates Think About The Refugee Crisis
  85. ^ Jim Webb: U.S. needs to be careful with Syrian refugees
  86. ^ Hillary Clinton says by 2009, U.S. drones had killed 'dozens' of senior terrorists
  87. ^ O'Malley calls for discussion on drone use following hostage deaths
  88. ^ Sanders: I wouldn’t end drone program
  89. ^ Lincoln Chafee's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)
  90. ^ Hillary Clinton calls for end to Cuba embargo in attack on 'outdated' policy
  91. ^ a b Where the 2016 crowd stands on Cuba
  92. ^ Jim Webb on the Issues
  93. ^ Lincoln Chafee on Foreign Policy
  94. ^ Clinton Says NATO Membership Should Grow At Next Summit
  95. ^ Bernie Sanders on NATO
  96. ^ a b c d e Where the 2016 Candidates Stand on the Iran Nuclear Deal
  97. ^ a b c
  98. ^ Sam Sloan Runs for President, here is his platform
  99. ^ Dr. Willie Wilson says the deal reached today is a godsend, which will send a message of peace throughout the world. #IranDeal #WillieWilson2016 #WeStillBelieve
  100. ^ Prepared for the Citizens of the United States
  101. ^ Chafee on some issues of 2016 campaign
  102. ^ Hillary Clinton opposes Keystone XL pipeline
  103. ^ O’Malley urges Senate to reject Keystone pipeline
  104. ^ Bernie Sanders Is Against Keystone XL. Hillary Clinton Was 'Inclined' to Approve It. Why the Difference?
  105. ^ What does Jim Webb believe? Where the candidate stands on 10 issues
  106. ^ Guttenberg's Jeff Boss to run for governor
  107. ^ a b Bernie Sanders Supports Keeping Troops In Afghanistan
  108. ^ a b Debate 6 TPP & SOPA
  109. ^ Ambitious Obscurity: The Lincoln Chafee Story
  110. ^ Bill, Hillary Clinton back Obama's ISIS strategy
  111. ^ Sanders Statement on War Powers Resolution
  112. ^ Jim Webb on the Iraq Crisis
  113. ^ Hillary Clinton still wouldn't give up on training Syrian rebels
  114. ^ Senate Votes to Fund Syrian Rebels Against ISIS, Avert Government Shutdown (Updated) (Video)
  115. ^ Jim Webb: 'Willing to Bet' Some Top ISIS Fighters Have Been Trained by US
  116. ^ a b Martin O'Malley breaks with Hillary Clinton on Syrian no-fly zone
  117. ^ "In contrast to Clinton, Sanders opposes no-fly zone in Syria". CNN. 5 October 2015. Retrieved 20 October 2015. 
  118. ^ Actions Overview: H.R.6198 — 109th Congress (2005-2006)
  119. ^ How Hillary Clinton helped enact the toughest sanctions in history on Iran
  120. ^ O’Malley Says He Hopes Congress Will Support a ‘Verifiable and Enforceable’ Iran Deal
  121. ^ a b H.R. 2194 (111th): Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act of 2010
  122. ^ Lincoln Chafee on Free Trade
  123. ^ Hillary Clinton Opposes Trans-Pacific Partnership
  124. ^ Prominent Academics Respond to the TPP
  125. ^ Martin O’Malley on the Issues
  126. ^ Defeat the Trans-Pacific Partnership
  128. ^ Trans-Pacific Partnership
  129. ^ Governor Chafee and 14 Other Governors Express Support for Advancing ‘Robust’ Trade Agreements
  130. ^ US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks out against Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal
  131. ^ Trade Policy
  132. ^ Debate 9 Two State Solution
  133. ^ What does Lincoln Chafee believe? Where the candidate stands on 10 issues
  134. ^ Hillary Clinton: Two-state solution to Israeli-Palestinian conflict is an 'essential concept'
  135. ^ Martin O`Malley on War & Peace
  136. ^ Bernie Sanders on Israel and the Palestinians
  137. ^ Declared 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate Harry Braun
  138. ^ Lincoln Chafee On the issues
  139. ^ Hillary Clinton: 'I'm A Progressive, But I'm A Progressive Who Likes To Get Things Done'
  140. ^
  141. ^ Donate for Progressive Issues - Martin O'Malley for President
  142. ^ Sanders: ‘No’ I’m Not A Capitalist, ‘I’m a Democratic Socialist’ [VIDEO]
  143. ^ Jim Webb On the issues
  144. ^ Eaglenomics
  145. ^ Declared 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate Willie Wilson
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