2024 United States President Voters Guide

Joe Biden (D) vs Donald Trump (R)

President | Election | Nov 5, 2024

The Candidates

Joe Biden

Joe Biden

Democrat

Incumbent
Donald Trump

Donald Trump

Republican

The Issues

Abortion

Ban or legal?

Biden

Legal. “Roe v. Wade was right.” “Stop playing politics with the women’s lives and freedom.” Expanded access to contraception and abortion, including abortion pills. Strengthened privacy rules protecting abortion patients and providers. Overturned a Trump ban on federal funding for Planned Parenthood.

Trump

Ban. “After 50 years of failure, I was able to kill Roe v. Wade.” Did so by appointing three anti-abortion  Supreme Court Justices. It was “a miracle.” States should decide for themselves, potentially monitoring women’s pregnancies and prosecuting women for getting abortions. Abortion is “really not that big of an issue.”

Climate Change

Should climate change be a top priority?

Biden

Yes. Committed $369 billion to climate & clean energy, the biggest investment in US history. Also $1.2 trillion in infrastructure, part of which reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Rejoined Paris climate pact. Revoked Keystone Pipeline permit. Paused natural gas export approvals.

Trump

No. Climate change is a “hoax.” The world will “start getting cooler.” Withdrew from the Paris climate pact. Will expand coal and oil production. “I want to drill, baby, drill.” Asked oil and gas executives to donate $1 billion so he could reverse Biden’s climate initiatives.

Criminal Justice

How to ensure effectiveness and fairness in law enforcement?

Biden

Banned chokeholds, curbed no-knock entries, implemented anti-bias training. Increased police funding, including community programs. Must “reform our broader criminal justice system so that it protects and serves all people equally.”

Trump

Police are “under siege.” Cut back active federal oversight of excess force, though supported a database to track it. Admires Chinese approach of quick trials and a death penalty for drug dealers so there will be a “zero drug problem.”

Education

Limit teaching about racism and gender identity?

Biden

No. Wouldn’t “ban books” or “bury history.” “We should know everything: the good, the bad, the truth of who we are.” “All students should be guaranteed an educational environment free from discrimination.”

Trump

Yes. Certify teachers who “embrace patriotic values.” Would “cut federal funding” for any school “pushing critical race theory, gender ideology.” Restricted diversity training for federal employees and contractors.

Elections

Did Joe Biden win the 2020 Presidential election?

Biden

Yes. On Jan 6 “a violent mob of insurrectionists” tried “to overthrow the will of the people,… fueled by lies about the 2020 election.” “You can’t love your country only when you win.” “In more than 60 cases,” judges found Trump’s challenges “without any merit.”

Trump

No. Called the election a “Big Lie” and a ”Massive Fraud” that would justify “termination” of parts the Constitution. Called those who stormed U.S. Capitol “unbelievable patriots.” Would pardon them fully.

Environment

Loosen or tighten environmental regulations?

Biden

Tighten. Issued more than 100 environmental regulations; targeted or overturned three-quarters of Trump’s deregulatory actions.

Trump

Loosen. Weakened or ended more than 125 environmental protections, including wetlands and wildlife. Will reverse Biden policies.

Gun Laws

Loosen or tighten gun regulations?

Biden

Tighten.When in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby?” Signed the bipartisan gun safety bill. Required background checks in online and gun show sales.

Trump

Loosen. To NRA, “no one will lay a finger on your firearms.” Plans to roll back Biden gun restrictions. Reversed Obama-era background checks for those with mental illnesses.

Health Care

Repeal or expand the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare?

Biden

Expanded ACA enrollment and made it more affordable. Increased Medicaid funding. Helped states expand Medicaid. Worked on lowering Medicare drug prices, including capping insulin cost at $35.

Trump

Repeal. Terminate.” “Obamacare is a catastrophe.” As President, promised to replace it with “something terrific,” but repeal failed in the Senate by one vote. Supported an unsuccessful lawsuit to overturn it.

Immigration

How to handle immigration? Support a path to citizenship for “DACA” participants brought to the US as children?

Biden

Pushed for an “earned roadmap to citizenship for undocumented individuals,” including DACA. Supported a bipartisan Senate bill to tighten the border and speed case processing. Reversed Trump bans on travel from Muslim countries. Allowed DACA participants to access federally run health insurance. Limited the daily numbers of asylum seekers.

Trump

Illegal immigrants are “poisoning the blood of our country.” Will use the National Guard and local police, with possible detention camps, to deport 15 to 20 million illegal immigrants. Opposed the bipartisan Senate immigration bill. Tried to end DACA; Supreme Court overruled. Would renew his Muslim ban and end automatic citizenship for everyone born in US.

Israel / Gaza

Response to Israel’s invasion of Gaza following October Hamas attack?

Biden

Has supported Israel militarily. Criticized civilian deaths in Gaza and a lack of post-invasion planning. Called for a ceasefire and withheld some weapons over Israel attacking Rafah. Supports a “transition to a two-state solution.”

Trump

Has supported Israeli action, “get the job done.” Says Israel releasing images of bombed Gaza buildings loses “the PR war.” Gaza protesters are “raging lunatics and Hamas sympathizers.” Would deport student protesters.

Labor

Make it easier or harder for unions to organize?

Biden

Easier. The first President to walk a union picket line. Appointed labor leaders to head the Department of Labor and the National Labor Relations Board. Revoked a Trump order curbing federal employee collective bargaining.

Trump

Harder. Made it harder for unions to win representation and organize on an employer’s property. Restricted federal employee collective bargaining. Striking Auto Workers were “sold down the river by their leadership.”

LGBT Rights

Limit or expand LGBTQ rights?

Biden

Expand. Signed same-sex and interracial marriages into federal law. Protected LGBTQ medical patients from discrimination. Reversed the Trump ban on transgender servicemembers in the military.

Trump

Limit. Weakened an Obama order protecting LGBTQ federal contractors from discrimination. Banned transgender military servicemembers and ended anti-discrimination protections for transgender patients.

Marijuana

Ban or legal?

Biden

Mostly legal. Pardoned people convicted of federal possession. “No one should be jailed” for possession. Reclassified as less dangerous drug.

Trump

Unclear. It does “significant damage.” Reversed Obama rule to not prosecute in states where legal, but ultimately didn’t prosecute.

Minimum Wage

Raise federal minimum from $7.25 an hour?

Biden

Yes. “$15 an hour minimum wage is long overdue.” Raised the minimum wage paid by federal contractors to $15 an hour.

Trump

No. A $15 minimum wage would “eliminate jobs.” Threatened to veto. Questioned need for a federal minimum wage: let the states decide.

Social Security

Cut Social Security or raise retirement age to stabilize program?

Biden

No.We will not cut Social Security. We will not cut Medicare.” Proposes higher taxes on wealthy Americans to help pay for Social Security and Medicare.

Trump

Mostly yes. There’s “a lot you can do in… cutting.” Also flags bad management. Proposed $35 billion cuts in Social Security disability programs. But “will never do anything” to “hurt Social Security.”

Student Financial Aid

Support lowering interest on student loans and/or forgiving them?

Biden

Yes. Forgave $160 billion for nearly 4.6 million borrowers, after the Supreme Court blocked his $430 billion forgiveness plan. His new plan caps repayment amounts by income.

Trump

No. Called student loan forgiveness “unfair” to those not attending college. Vetoed forgiving loans of defrauded students. Proposed cutting support programs for student borrowers.

Taxes

Raise or lower taxes on the wealthy and corporations?

Biden

Raise. Increase taxes on the wealthy. “No billionaire should be paying a lower tax rate than a school teacher or a firefighter.” Extend Trump tax cuts for the middle class, but not for the wealthy or corporations.

Trump

Lower. His 2017 tax cut included the largest corporate cuts in US history and major tax cuts for the wealthy. Would extend them when they expire in 2025. Raising business taxes “will lead to the destruction of your jobs.”

Ukraine / Russia

Support defending Ukraine against Russian invasion?

Biden

Yes. Supporting Ukraine aid is “standing up to Putin, opposing it is playing into Putin’s hands.”

Trump

Mostly no. To end the war, will push Ukraine to give up territory to Russia. Russia should “do whatever the hell they want” to NATO countries that don’t pay enough.

Voting Rules

Make voting harder or easier?

Biden

Easier. The right to vote is “fundamental” and “under assault.” Directed federal agencies to encourage voting. Pass voting rights bills, “it’s time for more than just talk.”

Trump

Harder. Has long supported stronger voter ID requirements. Sued to bar ballot drop boxes. Encouraged Republicans to vote early but said early ballots “get lost” or are “phony.”

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