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Republican Candidates 2016
REPUBLICAN Candidates 2016 Presidential Race

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

Jeb Bush, Former Governor Florida

Immigration…………………………………PRO
Marijuana Legalization……………………. CON
Minimum Wage Increase…………………..CON

PRO Bush supported immigrant path to citizenship in 2012. "Yes, they broke the law, but it's not a felony. It's an act of love, an act of commitment to your family," he commented to Dana Davidsen on CNN Politicker (2014)

Interesting Facts: Bush Speaks Spanish; Wife is Hispanic and with has children her

CON Bush objects to marijuana legalization for recreational use and objects to legalizing for medical use; thinks states can legalize it AND STAY SAFE OF federal regulation

Interesting Facts: Bush used to smoke marijuana.

CON Bush believes the States should decide minimum wage not the federal government
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Ben Carson, Medical Doctor
Immigration………………………………...
Marijuana Legalization……………………
Minimum Wage Increase…………………...

Interesting Facts Movie Gifted Hands is based on Carson & Cuba Gooding, Jr.
plays Carson
CON Carson thinks marijuana is a gateway to other drugs

Carson said to CNBC, "I think, probably, it should be higher than now…In several states you can get as much or more on government assistance as you can by working on a minimum wage job, I don't necessarily blame people for saying, 'Look, I can stay home and make this money, or I can go and work this little chicken job that doesn't have many benefits.'" (2015)
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Chris Christie, New Jersey Governor

Immigration…………………………………
Marijuana Legalization……………………..
Minimum Wage Increase……………….…..

Had New Jersey join the lawsuit against Obama for not deporting child immigrants in March 2015; courted the Latino vote in last race for governor by not standing so far against immigration
CON Stands so far against marijuana legalization, Christie promised to override state policy choices in states that legalize
CON Chris Christie: “I'm tired of hearing about the minimum wage” Kos Labor (2014)
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Ted Cruz, Texas Senator

Immigration………………………………….CON
Marijuana Legalization……………………..CON
Minimum Wage Increase. .………………..CON

CONS Cruz filibustered [using floor time by reading from unrelated material] to prevent immigration tolerant legal procedures from being passed;CON Cruz voted against path to citizenship for illegal immigrants

Interesting Facts: Cruz was not born in the United States; he was born in Canada

CON Although Cruz said government should not interfere with states’ legalizing marijuana, he does not want federal legalization.
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Mike HuckabeeFormer Arkansas Governor
Immigration…………………………………..CON
Marijuana Legalization……………………...CON
Minimum Wage Increase.……………….….CON

CONHuckabee endorsed the use of immigrant labor for agricultural ends (2001); 9 point plan to keep illegal immigrants from further breaking the law and ultimately to gather them up and send them back to their home country

Interesting Facts"I tend to think that the rational approach is to find a way to give people a pathway to citizenship. You shouldn't ignore the law or ignore those who break it. But by the same token, I think it's a little disingenuous when I hear people say they [illegal immigrants] should experience the full weight of the law in every respect with no pathway, because that's not something we practice in any other area of criminal justice in this country.” Washington Post (2006)

CON Huckabee officially will not legalize marijuana;does not think states who do should be inhibited

Huckabee has recognized that the current minimum wage is a poverty wage [working full time at the current minimum wage is still at below poverty line], and does not seek to remedy this
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John Kasich,Ohio Governor
Immigration…………………………………CON
Marijuana Legalization…………………….CON
Minimum Wage Increase…….……………CON

CON Kasich holds that migrants if came to the U.S. illegally years ago and law-abiding should be granted legal status if they pay a fine; People who entered the U.S. illegally more recently should be sent back.

As a congressman, Kasich voted to provide visas to high-skill immigrants; voted to designate English the official language of the U.S.

CON Kasich is opposed to federal legalization of marijuana but doesn’t think states should be inhibited
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Rand Paul , Kentucky Senator
Immigration………………………………….CON PRO
Marijuana Legalization……………………..CON
Minimum Wage Increase…………….…....CON

CON PRO Paul said that his plan would first secure the border and then grant work visas to illegal aliens. CNS (2013)

CON Paul thinks the federal government shouldn’t interfere with states who have legalized marijuana; but is not in support of national legalization

Paul said minimum wage is like Trix, for kids. Paul believes that minimum wage pay are for starter jobs filled by teenagers and is therefore unnecessary to raise.

Interesting Facts Paul’s view of workers at minimum wage is not supported by the facts. The Bureau of Labor Statistics: nearly half of minimum wage earners are 25 and over 25, 585,000 (18 percent) are over 45. and only a quarter are actually teenagers
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Marco Rubio, Junior Senator of Florida
Immigration…………………………………CON PRO
Marijuana Legalization…………………….CON
Minimum Wage Increase.………………...CON


CON PRO Rubio supports a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants conditioned on “two things — secure the border (and set up e-verify [an Internet-based system that compares information from an employee's Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, to data from U.S. Department of Homeland Security]) and fix the legal immigration system…in the 21st century it must be based on what skills you have and what you have to contribute economically.”

Rubio would require a background check, a fine, and paying taxes for receipt of legal status but only after, “at least a decade.”

“I’m against the legalization of marijuana,” Rubio said. C-SPAN (2015) & on the Hugh Hewitt Radio Show, Rubio said that he would stop states that have already legalized it. (2015)

Rubio has been expressly against minimum wage increases since the President’s State of the Union encouragement to raise the minimum wage rate

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Donald Trump , Real Estate Mogul

Immigration…………………………………CON PRO
Marijuana Legalization……………………..CON
Minimum Wage Increase.……………….….PRO ?


PRO ? Trump Companies sponsored work visas to import 1100 foreign workers contrasting his promise to protect ‘American’ jobs and against Latin immigration; statistically many of the 1100 were from Mexico

CON Trump in June said to Sean Hannity that he opposes pot legalization, “I feel strongly about that,” (2015)

Interesting Facts “We’re losing badly the war on drugs,” Trump commented at a Miami luncheon. “You have to legalize drugs to win that war. You have to take the profit away from these drug czars.” (1990)

PRO Trump wants two minimum wages: one for the young worker and another for the elderly—if it does not drive down business, ? and has not specified the amounts of the minimum rates
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Scott Walker, Wisconsin Governor

Immigration…………………………..………CON
Marijuana Legalization…………….………..CON
Minimum Wage Increase.……………….….CON

CON Walker thinks the U.S. has too many legal immigrants.
CON Opposed Colorado's legalization of marijuana. (2015)

CON Walker said to Fox News, “The left claims they’re for American workers, and they’ve got lame ideas, things like minimum wage”
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Sources
Forbes.com; cnsnews.com/
Fact Sheet - April 26, 2006 Pew Hispanic Center
fortune.com/2015
www.medicaljane.com/2015/06/22/vote-with-knowledge-2016-presidential-candidates-and-their-stances-on-cannabis-2/
http://www.southerngovernors.org/publications/PDF/SGA%20AgFinal.pdf
WashingtonPost.com
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