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each candidate's position on just three issues: immigration, marijuana, and minimum wage

Democrat Candidates for 2016 Presidential{/c} Race


The following article explores those running on the Democrat ticket for the President of the U.S.A. next year. Only three issues that are still undecided legally will be looked at: immigration, minimum wage increase, and legalization of marijuana either medically and/or recreationally. A similar article will follow focusing on the same issues from the top ten Republican candidates.
Lincoln Chafee

On Undecided Issues Former Senator; Former Rhode Island Governor
Immigration……………………………………PRO
Raise Minimum Wage……………………….... PRO
Marijuana Legalization ………………………?

RGValley Specific HistoryChafee as a Senator voted against the “Secure Fence” Act of 2006
Interesting FactChafee started off a Republican and switched parties to Independent then Democrat mostly because of his pro-Immigration stances
Chafee has not declared an official position on legalizing marijuana for medical or recreational use. While Governor of RI, Chafee signed legislation that decriminalized having an ounce or less of pot.
As a Senator Chafee voted for path to citizenship for illegal immigrants in the U.S.
As a Governor rose the minimum wage to $10
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Hillary Clinton
Former Secretary of State
On the Undecided Issues
PRO …………………………………… Immigration
PRO………………………....................Raise Minimum Wage
? …………………Marijuana Legalization Interesting History First Lady to former President Bill Clinton
“Immigration helped keep the US population young and dynamic at a time when many of our partners and competitors were aging,” Hard Choices, by Hillary Clinton, p.550 (2014)
Supports raising the minimum wage to a living wage “I put in legislation which said that Congress should not get a salary increase until they did raise the minimum wage, and I am putting that back in, because I agree that by the time we got it raised after 10 years, it was already out of date.” YouTube Democratic Primary debate, Charleston, SC (2007)
Marijuana, Clinton holds, should be medicinally available for "extreme conditions," and on legalizing it for recreational use, she said to CNN, “You know, states are the laboratories of democracy, we have at least two states that are experimenting with that right now. I want to wait and see what the evidence is." (2014)
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Martin O’Malley
Former Governor of Maryland
On Undecided Issues
Immigration……………………………………PRO
Raise Minimum Wage………………………. PRO
Marijuana Legalization ……………………… ?

Pro-immigrant voice during the child migrant refugee crisis of summer (2014) “For the sake of our country's security, and our country's well-being, and our country's economic growth …the enduring symbol of our nation is not the barbed wire fence: it is the Statue of Liberty. We are a nation of immigrants. We are a compassionate and generous people. [We should] act according to our principles--and the better angels of our nature.” (2015)
“Together, as one nation we must build an American economy that works again for all of us. That means, good jobs and wage policies that allow hardworking families to actually get ahead. That means a higher minimum wage, overtime pay for overtime work, and respect for the rights of all workers to organize and collectively bargain for better wages. If we take these actions, the American Dream will live again.” (2015)
O’Malley was against legalization in his state when governor of Maryland. Stated that decriminalizing marijuana, “That would be something only the nation could do.” CNN SOTU (2014)
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Bernie Sanders
{U.S. Senator from Virginia
On the Undecided Issues
PRO……………………………………Immigration
PRO………………………....Raise Minimum Wage
PRO………………………..Marijuana Legalization

“I’m a strong supporter of immigration reform, and of the need to provide a pathway to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants.” Washington Post (2013)
Supports moving minimum wage into a living wage of $15 an hour
Supports decriminalizing marijuana possession and legalization of medical marijuana; unofficially open to considering to recreational marijuana use
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Jim Webb Former Virginia Senator

On the Undecided Issues
PRO..…………………….………Immigration
PRO …………………………..Raise Minimum Wage
?………………..Marijuana Legalization
“I drifted away from the Democratic Party on national security issues but I never left on social issues and issues of economic fairness.” Webb’s platform holds three priorities: national defense; curbing presidential overreach; and economic fairness and social justice.” Jeanne Cummings, Wall Street Journal, p. A6 Supports path to citizenship for illegal immigrants and higher minimum wage (2008)
No official stance on legalization of marijuana
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Sources
abcnews.go.com/Politics/10-candidates; Americasvoice.com; ontheissues.org/2016/Jeb_Bush_Immigration.htm
www.factcheck.org; http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/;http://www.ontheissues.org/2016/; www.politifact.org
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