As a millennial, this will be the first Presidential election that I will vote in. And while neither candidate aligns with my values 100 percent, they have opinions on issues important to me that I agree with more than others.
I will focus on three issues that are most important to my generation according to a poll by USA Today in order of importance: stricter background checks for gun purchases, transitioning to clean energy and alleviating extreme poverty in other countries to combat extremism.
When it comes to gun purchases, Hillary Clinton does not believe you should have the absolute right to gun ownership, specifically referring to automatic weapons like an AK-47, but Donald Trump disagrees and even has his own concealed carry permit.
In the last two years there have been 16 mass shootings, where in all but one instance the guns used were legally obtained.
Another hot topic, pun intended, is climate change and protecting the environment. Clinton wants to invest in clean energy, but says there needs to be more research done before it is banned completely.
Trump is for fracking and the oil industry, specifically keeping those with jobs in the industry in mind.
However he has also said that towns and states should be able to ban it on their own.
Poverty has been a tumultuous topic that Donald Trump hasn’t spoken much about, but his tax reform plan includes tax relief for low-income Americans who make less than $25,000 a year on their own or $50,000 in a joint household.
Trump’s campaign site claims that his tax plan includes “reducing or eliminating most deductions and loopholes available to the very rich,” but there’s not much detail about how he would actually make that happen.
On the other hand, Clinton once gave a speech on income inequality wearing a $12,495 Armani jacket, but has taken aim at hedge fund managers and CEO’s saying they are the ones reaping the befits and must be stopped. How, exactly, has not necessarily been determined.