With less than 73 days till the Presidential election in November it seems like neither candidate has been capable of cementing themselves as the best candidate for the job. In the history of the United States Presidential elections, we have never had candidates who are as unpopular as Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump. According to RealClearPolitics, “53.5 percent of Americans view Clinton unfavorably, compared to 43 percent who view her favorably while, 62.7 percent of Americans view Donald Trump unfavorably, compared to 33 percent who see him as favorable.”
The Trump campaign continues to struggle to change and pivot from the racist, xenophobic and nationalist message and tone it has been peddling since the primaries, not only that, he’s also gone through extensive changes within his campaign leadership which some political analyst see as a desperate move to save the campaign, his attempts to garner the black votes also seem to have fallen on deaf ears, recent polls show that he has close to 1% of black support while Hilary Clinton is in the mid 90s. His recent flip-flopping on his Immigration policy has also raised some eyebrows within the right-wing and amongst his supporters. Although most national polls have Hilary Clinton ahead of Donald Trump she still faces a myriad of issues plaguing her campaign. Her irresponsible use of emails during her time as secretary of state are still a hot topic during the campaign trail, investigations led by the congress and law enforcement agencies are still ongoing, revelations of a possible quip-quo-pro situation between the Clinton foundation and the state department leave many with more questions than answers.
The fact is Hilary Clinton is still perceived to be untrustworthy and having no personality and Donald Trump is seen as un-presidential, and a borderline racist. This fact leaves me with one thought, WHO ELSE IS RUNNING? With that said I present you with 3 other candidate who are running for President.
1) Dr. Jill Stein (Green Party)
Similar to former Democratic Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders, Dr Stein’s policies include a 100 percent renewable energy plan; a “Medicare-for-all” single-payer health plan; debt-free higher public education; a $15/hour federal minimum wage; Support development of worker and community cooperatives and small businesses; Make Wall Street, big corporations, and the rich pay their fair share of taxes; Expand women’s rights, protect LGBTQIA+ people from discrimination; protect the free Internet, legalize marijuana/hemp, and treat substance abuse as a public health problem.
Unfortunately for Dr. Stein to qualify for the presidential debates at the end of September she needs to be polling at least 15% nationally, she is currently at 3.98%, if she is to be taken seriously she has an uphill battle to be a true contender of the Presidency.
To read more on Dr. Jill Stein’s agenda click here .
2) Gary Johnson (Libertarian Party)
Johnson’s presidential agenda includes Protecting the Environment but also promoting competition and incentivize Innovation; End the War on Drugs, reduce recidivism, support law enforcement; Practical immigration reform, no walls, incentivize assimilation; increase job growth by regulatory and tax environment that incentives fairness.
Due to the immense unpopularity of both Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump, third-party candidates like Gary Johnson has certainly made the campaigns a lot more interesting. In the past month Gary Johnson has benefited from significant media exposure and traction. If he can poll above 15% he will certainly be invited to join the two main candidates during the debates.
To read more on Gary Johnson’s agenda click here
Need I say more?
Now, I’m not saying any of these third-party candidates are perfect, they are far from it, but in order for us to stay true to our democratic principles it is important that we have options that will push each other to continue to make this country great.