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Edit this comparison chartBernie SandersDonald Trump
Political Party Democratic (2015–present); Independent (1979–2015; caucused with the Democratic Party) Republican
Date of birth September 8, 1941 June 19, 1946 (age 74)
Position on Abortion Protects the reproductive rights of women; supports emergency contraceptives to rape victims; voted to protect funding for Family Planning; ensure access to and funding for contraception, focus on preventing pregnancy; rated 100% by NARAL Changed stance. Now in favor of outlawing abortions, except in cases of rape, incest, or life of mother; supportive of non-abortion services provided by Planned Parenthood.
Alma Mater Brooklyn College, University of Chicago Fordham University, University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School
Place of Birth Brooklyn, New York Queens, New York City
Position on Healthcare Supports Universal Healthcare for all; believes healthcare should be a human right, not a privilege; as senator has consistently voted to improve healthcare; rated 100% by APHA, indicating a pro-public health record Get rid of Affordable Care Act aka Obamacare; Let insurance be sold across state lines. Premiums should be tax deductible. Allow HSAs for individuals. Block grants to states for Medicaid instead of cost sharing
Position on Global Warming Believes US must lead in tackling climate changes; Secured $3.2 billion economic stimulus to reduce greenhouse gases funding upgrades for over 86,000 buildings and almost 10,000 solar energy systems; Replace all old energy infrastructure w renewables Trump has tweeted "The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive." He has said he would renegotiate America’s role and obligations under the U.N. global climate accord.
Position on Iran Supports Obama administration's diplomatic effort to address Iran's nuclear program; Will vote in favor of Iran agreement Trump rejected the Iran nuclear deal that the Obama administration had negotiated.
Position on Iraq Sanders voted NO on authorizing military force in Iraq; Supports nuclear agreement with Iran Trump claims he opposed Iraq war before the invasion. However, is on record for hesitatingly supporting it in Sep '12. Expressed early concerns about the cost and direction of the war a few months after it started.
Website Senate website:, Presidential campaign website:
Position on Immigration Supports the DREAM act and a path to legalization for illegal immigrants. Supports president Obama's executive actions on immigration and wants to expand them. Build wall on Mexican border; triple number of ICE officers; deport all "criminal" aliens; defund sanctuary cities; end birthright citizenship; increase prevailing wage for H1-B visas.
Religion Jewish Protestant (Presbyterian)
Books Authored The Speech: A Historic Filibuster on Corporate Greed and the Decline of Our Middle Class (2011); Outsider in the House (1998) The Art of the Deal (1987), Never Give Up (2008), Think BIG and Kick Ass in Business and Life (2007); Trump 101: The Way to Success (2007); Why We Want You to Be Rich (2006); Think Like a Billionaire (2004); and others
Position on Death Penalty Sanders opposes the death penalty. Supports the death penalty; and advocates mandatory death sentences for those who kill police officers.
Spouse(s) Deborah Shiling (1964-1966), Jane (O'Meara) Driscoll (1988–present) Melania Trump (m. 2005), Marla Maples (m. 1993–1999), Ivana Trump (m. 1977–1992)
Children Levi, Heather, Carina, David Donald Trump, Jr., Ivanka Trump, Eric Trump, Tiffany Trump, Barron Trump
Position on the Keystone XL Pipeline Sanders has repeatedly opposed the pipeline. Initially Trump said he would approve the Keystone XL pipeline "immediately". His new position is that he would reject the pipeline unless TransCanada Corp. gave the U.S. a “big, big chunk of the profits, or even ownership rights.”
Other political affiliations Liberty Union (1971–1979), Vermont Progressive (affiliated) Democratic (before 1987; 2001–09); Independent (2011–12)
Position on Minimum Wage Sanders proposes to increase the minimum wage to $15 nationwide. Comments all over the map. In Republican debate said wages are "too high", but later said $7.25 an hour is too low. "I think people should get more". Wants to let states set the minimum.
Position on Afghanistan Sanders has called for a complete withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. Afghanistan War was necessary. Maintaining a presence there is necessary because of proximity to nuclear-armed Pakistan. Maintain troop strength to about 5,000 soldiers.
Position on Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Sanders has consistently opposed the TPP from the beginning. Trump has lambasted all trade deals — including the TPP —saying they weren't negotiated well and the terms should have been made more favorable for the United States.
Position on Marijuana Legalization Should be purely a state-level issue. States must have the right to legalize marijuana without interference from the federal government. Has said: "[marijuana for] medical purposes for medicinal purposes it’s absolutely fine." Donald Trump is on record claiming (in 1990) US drug enforcement is ‘a joke’ and all drugs should be legalized to ‘take the profit away from these drug
Position on Syria and ISIS (Daesh) Sanders opposed setting up a no-fly zone in Syria, or arming Syrian rebels. Believes the responsibility for fighting ISIS lies primarily with the nations in the Middle East. Prefer not to have boots on the ground; rather eliminate ISIS main funding; that is to destroy the oil extraction, refineries, etc. "Bomb the s**t out of them[ISIS controlled oil fields]"

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