US President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden are battling for the presidency in a sharply divided United States.
Trump has been specializing in “law and order”, whereas Biden has been making an attempt to strike a conciliatory notice. The Black Lives Matter motion and whether or not Trump will launch his taxes are among the many many points Americans will take into account when selecting their president.
As the hotly contested election approaches, Al Jazeera has been chatting with voters throughout the US, asking 9 questions to grasp who they’re supporting and why.
American Voter Paul Gessing [Courtesy of Paul Gessing]Age: 45
Occupation: Non-Profit Executive
Residence: Bernalillo, New Mexico
Voted in 2016: Gary Johnson
Will vote in 2020: Donald Trump
Top election situation: Foreign Policy
Will you vote? Why or why not?
“Well, I already have voted. We have early voting here in New Mexico and I vote in every election because it’s one of the ways that we can impact the political system and the policies which we live under in the United States, in the state of New Mexico. And, of course, at the local levels, as well.”
What is your primary situation?
“Foreign policy is really a top issue for me, it’s probably my single biggest issue when it comes to presidential elections. Presidents have a tremendous impact on foreign policy, especially since, to my dismay, Congress in the United States has kind of lessened its role. They’ve abdicated their role in a lot of foreign policy decisions. So, when you’re voting for a president, you really need to focus, I think, on their foreign policy stances and approaches. And while no president is perfect, I think that’s one of the two candidates certainly reflects my values more than the other. ”
Who will you vote for?
“I’ll be voting for President Trump. He’s much more judicious in his approach to foreign policy, which I guess that’s not a thing you often ascribe to President Trump. But he’s been more reluctant to get the United States into foreign entanglements than either of his predecessors. Whether it’s George W Bush or President Obama, both of them had what I would consider rather aggressive foreign policy stances. President Trump has been more reluctant to use force abroad than either of those two people even getting back to the Clinton administration as well, so I’ve been pleased with the president in that area.”
Is there a principal purpose you selected your candidate?
“I consider that laws, and particularly deregulation, has large constructive impacts on our economic system and that’s one thing that the president is concentrated on, as effectively. I worth these sorts of strikes that he has undertaken, particularly within the wake of President Obama’s administration, the place he tried to impose many, many laws, not by Congress and what I’d take into account the suitable venue of creating legal guidelines, however primarily by the chief order course of. So, President Trump has finished quite a bit to take away these laws.
“The other one is the tax cut issue. While the problem, unfortunately, with President Trump – but quite frankly, with both political parties and politicians for many years, is that they have spent too much money, I still think the tax cuts were a positive move economically. I wish President Trump or any of the political parties in Washington were more serious about reining in spending and addressing the federal debt. But given that neither party is talking about that, given that Biden’s spending agenda is even more aggressive than the president’s, there’s kind of a no-win situation there. But it’s still enough for me to vote for President Trump based on those three big issues, foreign policy, regulatory reform, as well as the tax cuts. ”
Are you pleased with the state of the nation?
“Well, clearly, there’s a variety of frustration concerning the lockdowns and COVID-19. There is racial unrest and frustration however within the areas that I feel he (Trump) can really management, I feel I’m fairly pleased with the general scenario by way of the insurance policies applied on the federal degree. Washington is actually not the avenue for the actual response to COVID-19 and that’s very a lot coming in keeping with the founding fathers and their federalist view of the system, the federal authorities, and extra of a assist position.
“Governors are the prime responders to the virus and the outbreak and setting insurance policies for his or her particular person states and I feel that has been clever. Joe Biden is speaking a couple of nationwide masks mandate and he actually can’t implement it. Getting enforcement from not simply state police, however in the end native police and sheriff’s places of work that he must persuade as a result of he can’t mandate that they do that. I simply don’t assume that Biden or anyone else has a very good approach. The virus is the virus, and no one in any a part of the world has actually give you an awesome answer to it and the way it spreads and who will get it, who dies from it or has severe well being issues. Those are all challenges that I feel even the highest well being specialists within the nation don’t get.
“The decline of the economy relating to that has been an issue. But overall, in terms of what government can actually impact, I think it’s been pretty good on the racial front. Yeah, I mean, unrest is is always challenging. It’s always frustrating for people who are frustrated, but also for people who are experiencing riots or burned buildings or whatever issues are developing. This is nothing new in the United States.”
What would you wish to see change?
“The debt deficit, entitlement reform, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid undoubtedly should be addressed. I don’t know when issues will begin to go badly for us by piling up an excessive amount of debt however I actually do have a look at that as a really severe situation.
“We do need to kind of to have a discussion both about the appropriate uses of law enforcement, as well as race relations and reforming those with respect to the police. It’s a very complicated issue with justifications and wrong actions on all different sides. I really think the drug war needs to be gotten rid of, and that could be a federal initiative, as well. But we’ve already seen states legalise marijuana. States can certainly push back against Washington on a variety of those issues but having a conversation about racism and solving that is a problem is very, very difficult. It’s not going to happen overnight, even if you had something kind of radical – like reparations. But if you had a reform of drug wars – limiting that and police practices, et cetera, you might get to a better place in real terms than where we are now.”
Do you assume the election will change something?
“It’ll change lots. I’ve had an extended historical past of voting for third social gathering candidates, for libertarians as a rule. But the distinction of visions supplied by Trump and Biden are ample that I voted for a significant social gathering candidate this time round for the primary time in 20 years. I actually assume that we’ve got one group that largely is making an attempt to embrace the American very best, restore American values, sadly not on the rhetoric facet of issues however, usually talking, the precise concept of America that there’s one other group that’s making an attempt to push in a way more aggressive approach in the direction of increasing America’s reliance on authorities.
“I just don’t see a lot of positives with Joe Biden’s approach to governance. His foreign policy has always been much more aggressive. He supported the Iraq war, Obama’s administration, for all its kind of liberal aspects, was pretty aggressive in its foreign policy stance and I think Biden was part of that.”
What’s your greatest concern for the US?
“I do assume that there’s a basic mistrust for establishments which have lengthy been round – police have their flaws, however defunding the police goes to be a stable answer going ahead. Same approach for the Electoral College. The media have in some ways been so partisan on this election blatantly selecting sides and selecting one candidate over the opposite. We want to enhance these establishments, not simply abandon them and attempt to work to generally present options the place media shops or policing aren’t succeeding.
“Unfortunately, Trump also makes mistakes when he complains unnecessarily about the voting situation, saying often without justification that there’s widespread voting voter fraud. Definitely, we need to do a better job of combating voter fraud, improving the accuracy of voter rolls, et cetera. But, you know, I think the system overall works pretty well. It’s another decentralised system.”
“Considering the Supreme Court, President Trump obviously just confirmed Amy Cody Barrett. That’s great. I think she’s going to be a fantastic justice. I think the talk of expanding the court, packing it as FDR attempted back in 1937, is unwise, as well. If we don’t like the way the court is configured, I don’t like the idea that the Democrats go ahead and just add new members. They will have their chances.”
Is there something we haven’t requested concerning the election that you simply want to say?
“Looking at legislators and candidates for governor and those kinds of folks, those are really the elections that people need to take a careful look at. I realise that President Trump is a very polarising figure and there’s a lot of Republicans who don’t necessarily care for his approach, but he also attracts some Democrats to the fold, as well. But I just think that when it comes to educating yourself and voters educating themselves about political issues and candidates – Don’t sleep on all those legislative races, state senators, mayors and city councillors, and those kinds of folks in the statewide ballot initiatives, as well.”