By: Sharon Aron Baron
Now that the Democratic National Convention is over, let’s see where our residents stand on the presidential candidates.
In our poll last week, taken during the height of the Republican National Convention, Donald Trump won by 45.9 percent. Hillary Clinton 40.6 percent and third party candidates received 13.4 percent.
Were you swayed by Trump’s message and his plans for the future? Last Thursday, Trump told the American people that they will come first once again and his plan will begin with safety at home. “…which means safe neighborhoods, secure borders and protection from terrorism. There can be no prosperity without law and order.”
Trump said he will use his expertise to fix the system and he alone can fix it.
“I have joined the political arena so that the powerful can no longer beat up on people that cannot defend themselves. Nobody knows the system better than me, which is why I alone can fix it.” he said.
On the economy, Trump reminded the audience that he had made billions of dollars in business making deals and now he was going to make our country rich again and said he will outline reforms to add millions of new jobs and trillions in new wealth that can be used to rebuild America.”
“I am going to turn our bad trade agreements into great ones. America has lost nearly-one third of its manufacturing jobs since 1997, following the enactment of disastrous trade deals supported by Bill and Hillary Clinton.”
He proposed one of the largest tax reductions which will help middle class citizens and reduce business taxes which will bring more companies here. “Then we are going to deal with the issue of regulation, one of the greatest job-killers of them all. Excessive regulation is costing our country as much as $2 trillion a year, and we will end it.”
He also wants to open free speech for everyone by letting religious institutions openly advocate their political views without losing their tax-exempt status.
Hillary Clinton’s acceptance speech was given on Thursday and from the transcript she says this about Trump:
“Donald Trump says he wants to make America great again. Well he could start by actually making things in America again.”
Clinton brought up the question of Trump’s ability to handle the pressure of being President of the United States.
“We entrust our commander-in-chief to make the hardest decisions our nation faces. Decisions about war and peace. Life and death. A president should respect the men and women who risk their lives to serve our country — including the sons of Tim Kaine and Mike Pence, both Marines. Ask yourself: Does Donald Trump have the temperament to be Commander-in-Chief? Donald Trump can’t even handle the rough-and-tumble of a presidential campaign. He loses his cool at the slightest provocation. When he’s gotten a tough question from a reporter. When he’s challenged in a debate. When he sees a protestor at a rally. Imagine him in the Oval Office facing a real crisis. A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons.”
So what’s her plan? In the first 100 days she said they will work with both parties to pass the biggest investment in new, good-paying jobs since World War II. Jobs in manufacturing, clean energy, technology and innovation, small business, and infrastructure. She said that she will work with Bernie Sanders to make college tuition-free for the middle class and debt-free for all as well as liberate millions of people who already have student debt and appoint Supreme Court justices who will get money out of politics and expand voting rights, not restrict them by passing a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.
Clinton said that if we want to keep America safe, we also can’t afford to have a President who’s in the pocket of the gun lobby.
“I’m not here to repeal the 2nd Amendment. I’m not here to take away your guns. I just don’t want you to be shot by someone who shouldn’t have a gun in the first place.”
Clinton said we should be working with responsible gun owners to pass common-sense reforms to keep guns out of the hands of criminals, terrorists and all others who would do us harm.
How Did Coral Springs Residents Vote in the past?
Let’s look back to see how Coral Springs residents voted in the 2012 election between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. Out of 33 precincts, Obama won in 31 of them. In 2008 between Barack Obama and John McCain, Obama won in 32 out of 33 precincts.
Are the past two elections any indication how residents will vote? More importantly, are they any indication how Floridians will vote. Who will you vote for in November: Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump or someone else?