Five US candidates, five pledges
On 5 February or 'Super Tuesday', 24 US states vote for their Democrat or Republican candidate. Spotlight on what five main leaders of the race for the American presidency are pledging
Hillary Clinton (Democrat) – girl power
Winner: Nevada, New Hampshire, Michigan
Personal profile: Wife of Bill Clinton, former US president. Born in 1947, she served as the senator of the state of New York
Women’s rights, including aspects such as a pro-choice policy.
In the light of raising income inequalities she wants to strengthen the middle classes through a combination of tax and social policy (including aspects such as facilitating access to education, housing and postulates for universal healthcare)
See America remain the stronghold of innovation, by investing even more funds in research and development
(Photos: seiu_international/ radiospike_photography/ Flickr)
Barack Obama (Democrat) – the visionary
Personal profile: Youngest candidate in the race, born 1961 of a Kenyan father and an American mother. Former senator of Illinois
Programme: inspiring, idealistic.
He relates to the values and mores at the heart of the American nation. He wants to further the civil rights, help people with disabilities participate equally in the society, help the veterans as well as reopen the debate about ethics and the role of religion for the American federation
Economy, education, social security and poverty high on his list of priorities
Clinton-Obama: points in common:
Iraq: end the war in Iraq, restore America’s standing in the world
Economy: lead America to become a greener, energy independent country
Foreign policy and homeland security: important role for both he and Clinton. Both are very much pro family reunification
and points opposed:
Obama is liberal about legal immigration satisfying the demands of the labour market. Hillary supports the view that immigrants would dump the salaries of many people in the US and as such is against expanding immigration
Mitt Romney (Republican) – the businessman
Romney 'has the best looking Republican hair' says Flickr photoblogger 'Jake of 8bitjoystick.com' (Photos: pingnews.com/ Daniella Zalcman/ Flickr)
Winner: Michigan, Nevada, Wyoming
Personal profile: Born in 1947, in Michigan, former governor of Massachusetts. He has had a brilliant business career as the co-founder of Bain Capital. CEO of 2002 Winter Olympics in salt Lake City, Utah
Programme: conservative on social issues
He supports pro-life policies, which does not prevent him from supporting the anti-life capital punishment
Iraq: wants to see the American troops stay
Immigration: He welcomes increased immigration to the United States. Firm believer of low taxes, especially for the middle classes.
John McCain (Republican) – strongest supporter of legal immigration
McCain in 1973 and 2007 (Photos: pingnews.com/ Wigwam Jones/ Flickr)
Winner: New Hampshire, South Carolina
Personal profile: Born in the US controlled Panama Canal zone in 1936. Former senator in Arizona. In 2000 he tried to prevent George W. Bush from receiving the Republican Party nomination
Programme: pro-life, free trade
Believes in private social security accounts and opposes a national healthcare system. Believes that school vouchers are the most efficient way to pay for education.
Like Romney, he is a strong supporter of the capital punishment
Immigration: most defined stance. In 2007 he co-sponsored the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007, which if adopted, would have allowed the illegal immigrants already residing in the US to regulate their legal situation by applying for citizenship
Mike Huckabee (Republican) – let’s build the fence
Personal profile: Ex-governor of Arkansas, born 1955
Programme: conservative on social issues
Endorses fiscal conservatism and is a strong supporter of the war on terror
Immigration: Clearly does not like immigrants. Supports the building of the fence between the United States and Mexico, increase border control, enforce severe punishments on employers who give work to illigal immigrants and even discourage dual citizenship, among others
Opposes abortion and same-sex marriage
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In-text photos: Democrats Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama (seiu_international/ radiospike_photography/ Flickr), immigration ((Poppyseed Bandits/ Flickr) Republicans Mitt Romney in Peterborough, John McCain in Michigan and Mike Huckabee plays bass guitar in New Hampshire (Tim Somero/ Wigwam Jones/ VictoryNH: Protect Our Primary/ marcn/ Flickr)