An overview of the presidential candidates that made it on the ballot in Alabama

The Chanticleer has provided an overview of each candidate for President of the United States who made the ballot in the state of Alabama. (Courtesy of Reason Magazine)The Chanticleer has provided an overview of each candidate for President of the United States who made the ballot in the state of Alabama. (Courtesy of Reason Magazine)

Madison Bailey, Correspondent

The United States presidential election will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 3. The polls in Alabama will open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

This election looks very different in comparison to past general elections due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Aspects of campaigning, political conventions, rallies and presidential debates have been canceled or altered as a result of the pandemic.

The voter registration deadline in Alabama is set for Monday, Oct. 19. The deadline to submit an absentee ballot application is Thursday, Oct. 29 and the absentee ballot hand delivery/postmark deadline is set for Nov. 2 — the day before the election. 

There are three presidential candidates that made it on the ballot in Alabama: Democrat Joe Biden, Republican Donald Trump and Libertarian Jo Jorgensen.

Joe Biden (Democrat)

“Restore The Soul of America”

Joe Biden has been an American politician for a large portion of his life. He graduated from the University of Delaware with a bachelor’s degree in both history and political science in 1965. 

He then earned a law degree from Syracuse University in 1968. Following graduation, Biden practiced law at a firm in Wilmington, Delaware, while also becoming active in the Democratic Party. He was elected to the New Castle County Council in 1970 and, soon after, established his own law firm. 

In 1972, Biden ran for the United States Senate as a Democratic candidate for the state of Delaware. He won the position and, at the age of 29, became the fifth youngest U.S. Senator in history. Biden served as a United States Senator for 36 years. During that time, he held the title of Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for twelve years and Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee for sixteen years. 

Most notably in his political career, Biden served as the 47th Vice President of the United States for two terms with President Barack Obama from 2009 to 2017. At the end of their final term in office, President Obama awarded Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom with Distinction, America’s highest civilian honor. 

After fulfilling his second and final term as Vice President, Biden developed the Biden Foundation, the Biden Cancer Initiative, the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement and the Biden Institute at the University of Delaware. 

Biden’s platform:

  • Raising the living standard of middle-class Americans.
  • Modernizing America’s immigration system, reclaiming America’s commitment to asylum-seekers and refugees, addressing the root causes of irregular migration, implementing effective border screening, etc.
  • Making the wealthy and corporations pay their fair share and providing tax relief for working families.
  • Advocating for women’s rights: economic security, equal pay, access to reproductive health care, ending violence and discrimination against women, etc.
  • Developing the Affordable Care Act by giving Americans more options, lowering health care costs and reforming the American health care system to minimize its complexity — “Health care is a right for all, not a privilege for just a few.”
  • Ensuring that America achieves a 100% clean energy economy no later than 2050.
  • Equality for the LGBTQ community: protecting the LGBTQ community against violence and discrimination, ensuring fair treatment of LGBTQ individuals in the criminal justice system, gathering and analyzing data to fully support the LGBTQ community, etc.

Donald Trump (Republican)

“Keep America Great”

Donald Trump is seeking re-election and currently serves as the 45th President of the United States. Trump attended Fordham University before transferring to the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Finance and Commerce, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in economics in 1968. 

After graduating from college, Trump worked for his father’s company before officially taking over the real-estate business in 1974. He rebranded the company by giving it a new name: the Trump Organization. 

The Trump Organization quickly became invested in a variety of hotels, casinos, residential housing, golf courses, estates, and resorts, among many other properties. From there, it was all uphill for the New York City real-estate developer and businessman. 

In 1984, Trump was honored as the Entrepreneur of the Year at his alma mater, the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce. He has authored and co-authored many books over the years, but his first and most successful book was “The Art of the Deal,” which was published in 1987. 

He also produced a reality television show called “The Apprentice” in 2004 that aired until 2015. In 2015, Trump announced his candidacy for President and accepted the Republican nomination for the general election of 2016 a year later, where he went on to defeat Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

Trump is the third President to be impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives; however, he was acquitted by the U.S. Senate.

Trump’s platform:

  • Bettering the job market by creating 10 million new jobs in 10 months, creating one million new small businesses, cutting taxes to increase take-home pay, enacting fair trade deals that protect American jobs, expanding opportunity zones, etc. 
  • Ending illegal immigration: continuing the construction of the border wall, closing sanctuary cities, requiring new immigrants to financially support themselves, blocking illegal immigrants from eligibility for taxpayer-funded welfare and healthcare, etc.
  • Defending American values by protecting the freedoms of religious believers and organizations, supporting Second Amendment rights, protecting unborn life, etc.
  • An “America First” foreign policy in which allies pay their fair share, military strength is maintained and expanded, a cybersecurity defense system and missile defense system are built, and troops are brought home after ending wars
  • Improving healthcare by cutting prescription drug prices and healthcare insurance premiums, ending surprise billing, protecting social security and medicare, covering all pre-existing conditions, and ending the Affordable Care Act

Jo Jorgensen (Libertarian)

“Let Her Speak”

Joanne Jorgensen is an academic and an activist in the Libertarian Party. She graduated from Baylor University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1979 and earned her master’s degree in business administration from Southern Methodist University in 1980. 

For a couple of years, Jorgensen worked as a marketing representative for the International Business Machines Corporation. 

In 1983, she officially joined the Libertarian Party and also self-started a software sales business. Eventually, she became a partner of a software duplication company called Digitech and, at a later point, took on the role of Digitech’s president. 

Throughout her working career, Jorgensen also remained active in politics. She served as the state vice chair as well as the national marketing director for the Libertarian Party. She ran for South Carolina’s 4th Congressional district as a Libertarian candidate in 1992, and she was the Libertarian Vice-Presidential nominee with Presidential nominee Harry Browne in the 1996 general election. 

Jorgensen obtained her doctorate in industrial and organizational psychology from Clemson University in 2002. That same year, she also founded a business consulting company. She has worked at Clemson University as a full-time Senior Lecturer of Psychology since 2006. Jorgensen has always been active in the Libertarian party, but she is officially the first woman to be selected as the Libertarian Party’s Presidential nominee.

Jorgensen’s platform:

  • Making the government much smaller and eliminating the federal income tax “so you can keep what you earn”
  • Minimizing all aspects of federal spending by vetoing spending bills, ending the Federal Reserve, and cutting government spending “across my entire agenda, whether it is in health care, military, criminal justice, or education”
  • Pro-immigration: reforming the immigration process and creating a clear pathway to citizenship, expanding visas, repealing arbitrary quotas on the number of people who can legally enter the United States to work, visit, or reside, etc. 
  • Free market healthcare in which real price competition lowers the cost of healthcare and the overall reduction of paperwork makes new medicines/procedures available to patients as quickly and safely as possible 
  • Bridging the gap between fiscal responsibility and environmental conservation as well as reducing barriers that harbor existing energy sources such as fossil fuels and ultimately impede competition and innovation
  • Non-interventionism: shaping America into “one giant Switzerland” that is neutral and protected by both an armed citizenry and a military force to defend America against any foreign attackers or invaders
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