What Do the U.S. Presidential Candidates Really Think?
Michigan's presidential primary is on Tuesday, March 8. "Super Tuesday," now past, often determines who the nominees will be from each party. This year it did not.
As of this writing, who is still in the race? On the Republican side, we have Florida Senator, Marco Rubio, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Ohio Governor, John Kasich, retired neurosurgeon, Ben Carson, and businessman Donald Trump. For Democrats it's former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.
And where might a conscientious voter go for an honest and, as much as possible, unbiased report of the candidates on important issues? Media coverage, after all, can be such a circus! Here are some helpful suggestions:
- On the issues: see the view of every candidate on every issue.
- Major U.S. newspapers, such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post, to name a few. Read several and compare, because each has its own bias.
- InsideGov: a government research website that provides detailed information on national and state-level politics and government activities.
- Search for candidates' names in CQ Researcher, a library research database. You will get results from multiple reports, each one a thorough investigation on an important issue in the news written by a seasoned journalist.
- A dependable website for checking a candidate's truthfulness is factcheck.org, a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania.
Don't make your choice of nominee based purely on emotion or hearsay. Be an informed citizen!