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  1. I've use our list from the previous poll to help rank the potential Democratic candidates. Here's the top 10. A. Frontrunner none B. Initial Competitors 1. VP Joe Biden (DE) - Has name recognition and personality to appeal to voters. His issues are his age, his ties to the establishment, and the fear that some sort of MeToo scandal could erupt at some point, considering how touchy-feely Biden is. Nevertheless, he has the personality to combat Trump, and he's the person to save Obama's legacy. ***Most likely going to run*** 2. Sen. Bernie Sanders (VT) - Easily the most exciting candidate for the Democratic Party. He routinely scores as the most popular sitting politician in polls. He's made Democratic Socialistic Progressivism popular again for the first time since the 1960s. He could bring the Liberal voters out in large numbers. The downside is that he's nearing 80 years old. Despite his popularity, he probably has a ceiling of support. He could send moderates looking for a 3rd party. The African-American vote might not come out for him. ***Most likely going to run, unless the Democrats prevent it, or unless he is happy with another progressive candidate*** 3. Sen. Booker (NJ) - The most president ready Democrat under the age of 60. While he hasn't the eloquence of Obama, he is has charismatic moments, and he's energetic. He's moved swiftly further left in an effort to energize the base in the primaries. He used to live in public housing as mayor of Newark, and so he can make an appeal to being a politician of the people much better than Trump can. He will bring out the African-American vote. On the downside, he's never been married, which may matter for some people and spark rumors about his sexuality. He comes from a state that is known to have a high level of corruption, so dirt might be easy to find on Booker. ***Most likely going to run*** 4. Sen. Warren (MA) - The most vocal anti-Trump politician with name recognition. She's the default leader of the Progressive Wing of the Democratic Party, and she will excite the base and bring out the vote in a way that Clinton could not. However, she admits to a social anxiety that is unlikely to be helpful on campaign and on debates. It is noticeable as her voice sometimes shakes when she speaks. She's will be 71 in 2020. She has been the primary target of Trump, who probably sees her as the most likely nominee. It is to be seen whether or not his "Pocahontas" tactic has any real effect on Warren's appeal. Some argue that Warren isn't interested in the presidency, so she may just be tricking Trump into directing his attacks on her, rather than only other candidates. ***Most likely not going to run*** C. Potential Competitors if the top 4 collapse 5. Sen. Harris (CA) - For those wishing for a minority candidate, she checks off several boxes. She's a very aggressive debater, and she may be able to press attacks on Trump in a way that doesn't look scripted. She's relatively a fresh face, but she's also less experienced than a candidate facing Trump should be. She's having a hard time convincing progressives that she's one of them. ***Seems likely that she will run*** 6. Gov. Hickenlooper (CO) - If any moderate has a chance, it's going to be Hickenlooper. He's got a strong record in Colorado, a state that is sometimes considered a battleground state, even though it routinely goes Blue. He could help keep Nevada, and earn wins among White Voters in the Midwest and in Arizona. In short, he's a strong General Election candidate. The downside for him is that he's not a strong primary candidate and he may not bring out the vote among the progressive base or among African-American voters. In the primaries, he will have to show both a genuine sense of humor and a combative style that shows he can take on Trump. ***May or may not run*** D. Potential Competitors with some flaws. 7. Sen. Merkley (OR) - Merkley has the benefit of seeming like a fresh face, since no one knows who he is. This is also a flaw. No one knows who he is. He will appeal to those most excited about Warren and Sanders, but he lacks their combative nature. He wins if a large portion of Trump voters are tired of Trump, otherwise Merkley might get shoved aside in the General Election by a more aggressive opponent. Merkley will have to adjust his body language to appear like he really wants to fight Trump and save the country. He's always appeared too nice to me. ***May or may not run*** 8. Sen. Gillibrand (NY) -- She states that she isn't interested, but no Senator has a more anti-Trump voting record--not Warren or Sanders. This makes it seem as if she's gearing up for a run. However, as she was the Senator that took over Hillary Clinton's seat, she could be tagged as "Hillary 2.0" Trump could keep referring her as that, and it may do enough to drive voters away. Voters also tend to not like politicians labeled as flip-floppers. Gillibrand used to be a moderate. Voters may tire of another NY politician as the nominee (Clinton and Trump are from NY). ***Seems like she's running*** 9. Gov. Cuomo (NY) - No one has more executive government experience than Cuomo. He could likely take Trump on in a debate. However, like NJ and IL, NY is a state that is often labeled as having a high corruption level. It might be easy to find some dirt on him. Additionally, his brother works for CNN, which may cause Trump to call Cuomo "the Fake News Candidate." For some dumb reason, Trump's school-yard-bully nicknames work on voters. ***May choose to continue leading NY*** 10. Gov. Bullock (MT) - He's the moderate option if Hickenlooper doesn't run. Bullock has the George W. Bush good ol' boy factor, but he also looks intelligent as well. Bullock may not be able to win his own state, and he almost didn't win reelection. However, his appeal is likely to help him in many battleground states. He is an outsider of both the Washington establishment. The great fear is that Progressive will look elsewhere or not vote at all if he run. He's unlikely to build an exciting platform. ***May not run*** Missed the top 10: Sen. Klobuchar, Gov. McAuliffe, CEO Steyer, Gov. Patrick, Gov. O'Malley, CEO Schultz, CEO Bloomberg, Rep. Delaney.
  2. vcczar

    2020 Scenario Update

    Here's a minor update to the 2020 Scenario: I've improved Trump's corruption by 1, since I had it at the highest level. This will revert back only if he start to face trial or conviction for issues regarding corruption and collusion. Flake has been turned OFF; Only Kasich remains as a challenger. Numerous Democrats have been turned ON and OFF. I am using the recent Washington Post article for this update to determine which Democrats are likely running. I don't expect as many power players to run, but it makes for an interesting scenario for the time being. Here is the update (it will not be posted on the campaign page until a major well-known candidate declares): United States - 2020-May2018.zip
  3. vcczar

    2020 Scenario Issue: Free Trade

    I need some help with the Free Trade Platform Stances. I will show you what I currently have, and then show you two of @thr33's suggested alternatives. Default stance (from December 2016 when I made the scenario): Far-Left: Protect American Labor; punish companies that send jobs overseas Left: Increase taxes on companies that send jobs overseas; free trade must include labor and environmental conditions. Center-Left: Consider new free trade deals carefully, and create incentives to keep jobs in America. Center: Free Trade is doing fine as is. The American corporate and labor culture is coping. Center-Right: Outsourcing is not a problem, it is part of a globalized world and helps America. Additional free trade agreements. Right: By outsourcing the U.S. frees up a lot of laborers to go on to better jobs. Global free trade would only help America. Far-RIght: We need to encourage businesses to do whatever is necessary to generate profit. @thr33 first alternative: Far-Left: Protect the American labor market. Punish companies that send jobs overseas and end free trade. Consider tariffs as often as necessary. Left: Consider new Free Trade deals carefully, and create incentives to keep jobs in America. Free trade must include labour conditions. Use tariffs as a last resort. Center-Left: Free Trade both makes products cheaper to Americans by giving access to new markets, but it helps raise other countries out of poverty. Center: Free Trade is doing fine as is. The American corporate and labor culture is coping. Center-Right: Outsourcing is not a problem, it is part of a globalized world and helps America. Additional free trade agreements should be pursued, even with concessions. Right: By outsourcing the U.S. frees up a lot of laborers to go on to better jobs. Global free trade would only help America and her partners, and multilateral deals will help the most. Far-Right: The more Free Trade, the better. If we remove barriers, it makes the free market freer. We should actively seek out opportunities for trading blocs. @thr33 second alternative: Far-Left: Free Trade often hurts the working class and is at odds with organized labour. Prioritize the needs of our workers, not multinational corporations, and demand language protecting the environment. Left: Consider new Free Trade deals carefully. We should pursue agreements that improve labour and environmental conditions for both the American and foreign worker. Center-Left: Free Trade both makes products cheaper to Americans by giving access to new markets, but it helps raise other countries out of poverty. Center: Free Trade is of benefit to the worker, the consumer, and the market. It also improves standard of living in developing countries with which we partner. Center-Right: Outsourcing is not a problem, it is part of a globalized world and helps America. If we remove barriers, it makes the free market freer. Join trading blocs when possible. Right: We should have Free Trade, on our terms. Our goal should be to pursue tough agreements that benefit the American worker and consumer. Tariffs as a last resort. Far-Right: Other countries are ripping us off, Free Trade has failed the American worker and business. We should pursue Fair Trade. Only accept bilateral agreements, and consider tariffs often.
  4. vcczar

    2020 Election update

    I've decided to update the endorsers in my 2020 election, since I hadn't done so since November or December 2016, which has allowed for some Governors and Senators that are unlikely to serve in those positions, since rumors have changed. I'd say I changed about 15 of the endorsers. This will be included in the update, whenever I post it.
  5. The Historical Scenario Commission updates for 1992-2020 are now completed! The HSC has updated 1788-2020; thus, all of our elections are now playable with many what-if options, events, endorsers, etc. This concludes this round of updates. *Note: There will be one last "Final" update, which will likely take up all of 2018 to finish. This final update will go over every minute detail of these scenarios, perfecting and improving them. Your feedback will help towards this update. I hope some of you will volunteer. Only fully committed, determined forum users apply.
  6. Here are the Democrats: Number system for traits 5 - Legendary 4 - Great 3 - Average 2 - Sub-par 1 - Abysmal Joe Biden Lead: 4 Exp: 4 Int: 4 IF: 4 Cha: 3 Sta: 2 Deb: 4 Idealogue: 3 Ambition: 2 Overall Campaign: Strong -- 3's and 2's Bernie Sanders Lead: 3 Exp: 4 Int: 5 IF: 4 Cha: 3 Sta: 2 Deb: 4 Idealogue: 5 Ambition: 4 Overall Campaign: Strong -- 3's and 2's, but a 5 in ground Terry McAuliffe Lead: 3 Exp: 3 Int: 3 IF: 3 Cha: 3 Sta: 3 Deb: 3 Idealogue: 3 Ambition: 4 Overall Campaign: Competitive - mostly 2's with two 3's Martin O'Malley Lead: 3 Exp: 3 Int: 3 IF: 4 Cha: 3 Sta: 4 Deb: 2 Idealogue: 2 Ambition: 2 Overall Campaign: Weak -- 2's and 1's Lincoln Chafee Lead: 3 Exp: 3 Int: 3 IF: 3 Cha: 2 Sta: 2 Deb: 3 Idealogue: 1 Ambition: 1 Overall Campaign: Weak -- 2's and 1's Kamala Harris Lead: 3 Exp: 2 Int: 3 IF: 4 Cha: 4 Sta: 4 Deb: 3 Idealogue: 3 Ambition: 2 Overall Campaign: Somewhat competitive -- all 2's
  7. I'm opening up a discussion on candidate abilities. Remember this scenario assume Trump is facing impeachment proceedings while on campaign. Please offer your feedback and suggestions on candidate abilities: Number system for traits 5 - Legendary 4 - Great 3 - Average 2 - Sub-par 1 - Abysmal Donald Trump Lead: 3 Exp: 4 Int: 1 IF: 4 Cha: 4 Sta: 4 Deb: 2 Idealogue: 2 Ambition: 5 Overall Campaign: Strong -- 3's and 2's, except for a 5 in spin. Is hurt by a 5 in corruption. John Kasich Lead: 4 Exp: 4 Int: 4 IF: 4 Cha: 3 Sta: 3 Deb: 4 Idealogue: 3 Ambition: 4 Overall Campaign: Possibly Competitive -- 2 in everything, but a 3 in fundraising, and 1 in ground Lindsey Graham Lead: 3 Exp: 4 Int: 4 IF: 4 Cha: 3 Sta: 3 Deb: 4 Idealogue: 3 Ambition: 2 Overall Campaign: Weak--mostly 2 and 1 in everything Rand Paul Lead: 3 Exp: 3 Int: 4 IF: 4 Cha: 2 Sta: 3 Deb: 3 Idealogue: 4 Ambition: 2 Overall Campaign: Possibly competitive -- all 2, but a 1 in polling and a 3 in ground Ted Cruz Lead: 4 Exp: 3 Int: 3 IF: 4 Cha: 2 Sta: 4 Deb: 4 Idealogue: 5 Ambition: 4 Overall Campaign: possibly competitive -- 2 in everything Marco Rubio Lead: 4 Exp: 3 Int: 3 IF: 4 Cha: 3 Sta: 3 Deb: 4 Idealogue: 3 Ambition: 2 Overall Campaign: possibly competitive -- 2 in everything Susana Martinez Lead: 4 Exp: 3 Int: 4 IF: 4 Cha: 3 Sta: 3 Deb: 3 Idealogue: 3 Ambition: 1 Overall Campaign: Weak--mostly 2 and 1 in everything Jon Huntsman Lead: 3 Exp: 3 Int: 4 IF: 4 Cha: 3 Sta: 3 Deb: 3 Idealogue: 2 Ambition: 1 Overall Campaign: Mostly Weak--mostly 2 and 1 in everything, except a 4 in fundraising Tom Cotton Lead: 4 Exp: 3 Int: 3 IF: 4 Cha: 3 Sta: 3 Deb: 3 Idealogue: 4 Ambition: 1 Overall Campaign: Weak--mostly 2 and 1 in everything Ben Sasse Lead: 3 Exp: 3 Int: 3 IF: 3 Cha: 3 Sta: 4 Deb: 3 Idealogue: 4 Ambition: 1 Overall Campaign: Weak--mostly 2 and 1 in everything Susan Collins Lead: 4 Exp: 4 Int: 4 IF: 4 Cha: 3 Sta: 3 Deb: 4 Idealogue: 2 Ambition: 1 Overall Campaign: Weak--mostly 2 and 1 in everything Mike Pence Lead: 3 Exp: 4 Int: 3 IF: 4 Cha: 3 Sta: 3 Deb: 3 Idealogue: 4 Ambition: 3 Overall Campaign: competitive -- 2 in everything, except command and strategic where he has a 3 Jeff Flake Lead: 2 Exp: 3 Int: 4 IF: 3 Cha: 3 Sta: 3 Deb: 3 Idealogue: 4 Ambition: 1 Overall Campaign: Weak--mostly 2 and 1 in everything Lisa Murkowski Lead: 3 Exp: 4 Int: 4 IF: 4 Cha: 3 Sta: 3 Deb: 3 Idealogue: 2 Ambition: 1 Overall Campaign: Weak--mostly 2 and 1 in everything
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  9. vcczar

    2020 Election Updates

    As you know, I posted my updated 2020 Election, which I will continue to update. Please post your feedback and suggestions for improvement here. I know, for instance, that I should update the campaign issues, and some of the potential endorsers, as well as add some candidate. Currently, I've been adding some more Events. I will probably have one event per day to make it appear like a real Trump-era news cycle. What's funny is one of my events-to-add was "Trump fires Bannon" on July 19, 2019. I've since changed that to, "Bannon's Back! Trump makes controversial Steve Bannon as new Chief of Staff!," Since I have him firing his Chief of Staff a few days before. As the establishment GOP is attacking Trump at this point, I have Trump going full populist, for the most part. If things appear worse for Trump in real life, I may make the possibility that he runs 3rd party. I'm not sure how this happens. 1) He doesn't gain the nomination. 2) He voluntarily creates his Nationalist Populists Party. 3) He gets evicted by Republicans that feel their attachment to Trump will ruin their careers or chances of a 2020 victory. I'm not sure how I would program this in a single scenario, but I will attempt to do so through events. However, I won't add this into the scenario unless Trump's approval drops below 30% in the polls, and more Republicans other than Kasich, Sasse, Collins, Murkowski, McCain, Graham, Corker, Hatch, Rubio, etc. speak out against him. You'll notice I have Jon Huntsman as a Senator. I don't expect him to accept Trump's offer as Ambassador to Russia, except maybe as a means to investigate Trump himself. I think if he does take it, he won't stay long, and he will still run for the Utah senate seat by January or February 2018. He and his family are popular in Utah, and I think he could win any primary or election for that seat rather easily.
  10. 2020 Election The likely to be impeached, but not convicted, Donald Trump goes into full campaign mode for reelection. However, unlike most incumbent presidents, Trump faces a tough primary challenges as constant inter-party foe John Kasich has been creating a campaign apparatus since 2017. Ben Sasse, another vocal critic, aims to hold Nebraska delegates from Trump, as Lindsey Graham hopes to do the same with South Carolina. Susan Collins has a chance of holding the entirety of New England from Trump. Jon Huntsman enters to hold Utah's votes. Collectively these favorite-son candidates are hoping to hold enough delegates to throw the election to John Kasich in the convention. Rand Paul, despite some approval of Trump, is hoping the field is so split that a Libertarian Republican nomination can finally win. For Democrats, supposed front-runners Joe Biden, and Elizabeth Warren have decided not to run. Bernie Sanders is hoping to increase his influence from 2016. Terry McAuliffe, who gained national attention during the Charlottesville protests, runs as a much more moderate Democratic candidate. Even more moderate, red-state Democrats Steve Bullock and John Bel Edwards enter the race. Cory Booker, who has made some inroads among progressive of late, also enters. New California governor Gavin Newsom runs as a progressive alternative to Sanders. John Delaney, the first Democratic candidate to declare is still in the race. Finally, in a shocker, Hillary Clinton has vowed revenge on Donald Trump, saying as the winner of the popular vote in 2016, that she has a right to attempt for the nomination again. The Libertarian Party and Green Party will be the major 3rd parties.
  11. http://campaigns.270soft.com/2017/08/09/2020-presidential-election/ If you downloaded my new scenario under the earlier post, please go back and download the updated version. There was a glitch that made Cory Booker give Donald Trump 99% of the Wisconsin vote. I've fixed this. Thanks to @NYrepublican for catching it.
  12. You can download it here: http://campaigns.270soft.com/2016/12/11/2020-presidential-election/ It is still a work in progress, but is highly playable. Feedback is desired.
  13. The following are the start-off general election positions for Trump vs. random Democrats, according to my 2020 scenario: 1. Trump/Pence vs. Biden/Castro = Trump advantage 270 EVs to 252 EVs (16 tossup from Michigan). Biden leads with 3% in PV, and has PA and NC. 2. Trump/Pence vs. Sanders/ShBrown = Trump advantage 279 EVs to 227 EVs (32 tossups from MI, MN, NV). Sanders leads with 2% in PV, and has WI. 3.Trump/Pence vs. Warren/ShBrown = Trump advantage 266 EVs to 233 EVs (39 tossups from FL and MI). Warren leads with 1% in PV. 4. Trump/Pence vs. Booker/Sanders = Trump advantage 274 EVs to 217 EVs (47 tossups from NV, MN, MI, NC). Booker leads with 1% in the PV. 5. Trump/Pence vs. ShBrown/Sinema = Trump advantage 264 EVs to 217 EVs (57 tossups from NV, MN, MI, WI, NC). Brown lead with 3% in the PV. 6. Trump/Pence vs. Clinton/Moulton = Trump advantage 300 EVs to 217 EVs (21 tossups from NV and NC). Clinton leads with 2% in the PV. Trump has MN. 7. Trump/Pence vs. Franken/Sinema = Trump advantage 290 EVs to 227 EVs (21 tossups from NC and NV). Franken leads with 3% in the PV. In all cases, Trump leads in the EV, but loses in the PV. A lack of exciting candidates that can take WI, MI, PA, OH, NC, and FL is what's hurting Democrats, while many of the candidates maintain large support in high population states that will definitely go Blue. It should also be noted that in my scenarios, the primary season is really rough with Trump, leading to what appears to be a Democratic landslide. However, during the general election, he earns back a lot of his support (if he wins nomination, which he usually does) by spinning history/his record, attacking criticism, and making all sorts of bold promises that he may or may not intend to fulfill. Other Republicans: Kasich/Huntsman vs. Biden/Castro = Biden advantage 247 to 215 EVs (76 tossups). Biden leads with 2% PV, and controls WI and PA. Paul/Lee vs. Biden/Castro = Biden advantage 302 to 221 EVs (15 tossups). Biden leads with 4% PV, and controls MN, WI, MI, PA, and FL. Paul controls NV. Cruz/Rubio vs. Biden/Castro = Biden advantage 247 to 244 EVs (47 tossups). Biden leads with 7% PV, and controls PA and WI. In all cases, the other major Republicans lack the same support power in MI, PA, and WI, a total of 46 EVs. Additionally, Trump gets a bonus in MN and in FL (for his frequent trips to Mar-o-Lago). Also in all cases, Democrats are more popularly supported as they always win the PV. Paul, Cruz, and to a lesser degree, Trump do especially poorly in the highly populated states that generally go Blue.
  14. Here's another thing that could use your feedback -- candidate strengths! My 2020 election assumes that even Republicans are getting tired of Trump and, since Democrats are nearly as unpopular as Republicans as a whole, that Republicans challenging Trump is a realistic possibility. Trump approval rating is about 34% in this. He is facing likely impeachment (but probably not removal). Democrats have failed to excite their base, and have failed to win over reluctant Trump voters. Outside of Trump's base, Republicans hope for a change. Both primaries, and the general election as well, are tossups. Those interested in helping me with candidate strength for this scenario can use my template and make their own amendments: DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY STRENGTH Tier 1 (Clear front-runner, controls nearly every state; likely 25-50% in the polls): none Tier 2 (Realistic primary victor; has a national presence that expands beyond their region; likely 15% to 25% in the polls): Fmr Sec. Hillary Clinton of NY (possibly controls NY, AR, and every state she won in the 2016 primaries) Fmr VP Joe Biden of DE (controls DE, possibly PA, and possibly every state Clinton carried in the 2016 primaries) Sen. Bernie Sanders of VT (controls VT, possibly NH, OR, WA, ND, SD, ID, AK, WI, OK, NE, KS, WY, WV) Sen. Elizabeth Warren of MA (controls MA, possibly ME, RI, CT, as well as the possible Sanders states listed above) Gov. Andrew Cuomo of NY (possibly controls NY, possibly CT, PA, NJ, with strength in IL and other states with massive cities) Sen. Al Franken of MN (controls MN, possibly ND, SD, MI, WI, IA, with strength in CA, NY) Tier 3 (Upset candidate, has the traits to build a national presence, a powerful office, and the upside of being a fresh face; likely 5% to 10% in the polls) Gov. Gavin Newsom of CA (possibly controls CA, has strength in WA, OR) Sen. Sherrod Brown of OH (controls OH, possibly MI) Sen. Kamala Harris of CA (possibly controls CA, may have some strength in states with a high African-American demographic) Sen. Cory Booker of NJ (controls NJ, may have strength in states with a large African-American population) Tier 4 (Wild Card outsider candidate, has unique traits to build a national presence, and being a fresh face; likely 5% in the polls): Fmr Starbucks CEO & billionaire Howard Schultz of WA (possibly controls WA, and with some strength in Starbucks-heavy states) CEO and billionaire Tom Steyer of CA (some strength in CA) Tier 5 (Has the qualities of the tier 3 candidates, but lacks the excitement that the tier 3 candidate or the wild card candidate can bring); like 3% to 5% in the polls): Sen. Martin Heinrich of NM (possibly controls NM) Sen. Terry McAuliffe of VA (controls VA) Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of NY (possibly controls NY, may have some strength in CT and NJ) Gov. Steve Bullock of MT (controls MT, and possibly states similar to MT) Gov. John Bel Edwards of LA (controls LA, and possibly other Southern states) Tier 6 (Has little national presence, holds a relatively weaker office, might not even win their state; likely 1% in the polls): Mayor Eric Garcetti of CA (some strength in CA) Rep. Seth Moulton of MA (some strength in MA) Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of HI (possibly controls HI) Fmr Rep. Alan Grayson of FL (some strength in FL) Rep. Julian Castro of TX (possibly controls TX, with some strength in NM, AZ) Mayor Pete Buttigieg of IN (possibly controls IN) Tier 7 (Has a little national presence, and has quality experience, but is neither a fresh face or has what it takes to be an upset candidate; likely 1% in the polls) Fmr Gov. Martin O'Malley of MD (possibly controls MD) Fmr Gov. Lincoln Chafee of RI (has strength in RI) REPUBLICAN PRIMARY STRENGTH Tier 1 (Clear front-runner, controls nearly every state; likely 25-50% in the polls): Pres. Donald Trump of NY (controls about every state, except the states in which politicians of his own party are most outspoken) Tier 2 (Realistic primary victor; has a national presence that expands beyond their region; likely 15-25% in the polls): Fmr Gov. John Kasich of OH (controls OH, has strength in every relatively liberal state) Tier 3 (Upset candidate, has the traits to build a national presence, a powerful office, and the upside of being a fresh face; likely 5-10% in the polls) Sen. Rand Paul of KY (controls KY, has strength in states that voted heavily for a Libertarian) Sen. Ted Cruz of TX (controls TX, possibly controls evangelical-heavy states outside the Midwest) Tier 4 (Wild Card outsider candidate, has unique traits to build a national presence, and being a fresh face; likely 5% in the polls): None Tier 5 (Has the qualities of the tier 3 candidates, but lacks the excitement that the tier 3 candidate or the wild card candidate can bring; likely 3 to 5% in the polls): Sen. Jon Huntsman of UT (controls UT) Sen. Susan Collins of ME (controls ME, possibly other New England states) Fmr Gov. Susana Martinez of NM (controls NM) Sen. Marco Rubio of FL (controls FL, possibly some strength in moderate-to-conservative states outside the Midwest) Sen Tom Cotton of AR (controls AR) Sen. Ben Sasse of NE (Controls NE) Tier 6 (Has little national presence, holds a relatively weaker office, might not even win their state; likely 1% in the polls): None Tier 7 (Has a little national presence, and has quality experience, but is neither a fresh face or has what it takes to be an upset candidate; likely 1% in the polls) Sen. Lindsey Graham (possibly controls SC, with some strength in AZ, thanks to John McCain)
  15. Please rank the following 10 candidates in order of whom you are most likely to support with your preferred president at the top and your least desired president at the bottom. Please use only these 10. Sen. Al Franken of MN Sen. Bernie Sanders of VT Sen. Elizabeth Warren of MA Fmr VP Joe Biden of DE Sen. Cory Booker of NJ Gov. Terry McAuliffe of VA Gov. John Kasich of OH Pres. Donald Trump of NY Sen. Rand Paul of KY Sen. Ted Cruz of TX [The above list is my ranking, btw]
  16. Here are some more issues, with candidate stances. Please let me know if anything should be changed. FL: Defense spending should be reduced to focus on other things.; No overseas deployment. [Sanders] L: The armed forces using too much of our budget. Cancel unneeded future weapons systems. [Paul, Garcetti, Warren, Grayson, Newsom] CL: Reorganize the armed forces to deal with modern threats. Avoid ground troops for drones and rockets, and cut down on ground troops currently in use. [Biden, McAuliffe, O'Malley, KHarris, Castro, Gabbard, Bullock, Steyer, Booker, Gillibrand, ShBrown, Heinrich, Schultz, HClinton, Franken, Buttigieg, Cuomo, Moulton] C: The military is solid, but could use more ground troops. [Chafee, Edwards] CR: The military could use more funding, but we don't need funding to all the future and current weapons systems. [Trump, Kasich, Cruz, Rubio, Martinez, Huntsman, Cotton, Sasse, Collins] R: We need a major expansion of military budget to combat possible threats from places like Iran and Russia. FR: The armed forces must be cable of fighting a multi-front war, including engaging with China. [Graham]
  17. Here's another 2020 Election issue, along with candidate positions. Let me know if anything needs to be altered. FL: Terrorism will be reduced if we stop meddling in other country's affairs. Civil liberties are important. [Paul] L: Work with the UN to build an anti-terrorism strategy [Sanders, Warren, Newsom] CL: Focus on multilateral foreign policy aimed at engaging terrorism. Protect civil liberties. [Biden, McAuliffe, O'Malley, Chafee, KHarris, Castro, Edwards, Bullock, Garcetti, Steyer, Booker, Gillibrand, ShBrown, Schultz, Grayson, Buttigieg, Cuomo, Moulton] C: Focus on terrorist cells rather Syria. Civil liberties important. [Cruz, Gabbard, Heinrich, HClinton, Franken] CR: We must not hesitate to use military force against terrorism; Civil liberties must sometimes be sacrificed. [Trump, Kasich, Rubio, Martinez, Huntsman, Cotton, Sasse, Collins] R: Terrorism can only be stopped through military force. Unilateral attacks are justified, as are limitations on civil liberties. [Graham] FR: Unilaterally attack countries suspected of hiding terrorists.
  18. Here's another 2020 issue w/ candidate positions. Let me know if I should alter anything. Thanks. FL: The environment should be our first national priority to combat global warming/climate change. Expand National Park System. Large government programs and regulations. L: The environment and gobal warming is a major concern. Ratify Kyoto. Increase environmental regulations and pollution cleanup. [Biden, Sanders, O'Malley, KHarris, Gabbard, Garcetti, Steyer, Schultz, ShBrown, Warren, Newsom, Booker, Gillibrand, Heinrich, Grayson, HClinton, Franken, Cuomo, Moulton] CL: We need to leave a healthy environment for our children. Work to reduce emissions and harmful toxins. Modified Kyoto. [Huntsman, McAuliffe, Chafee, Castro, Edwards, Bullock, Buttigieg] C: Balance environmental policies with sound economic policies. [Martinez, Collins] CR: The environment is important. Find market based solutions to environmental problems. [Kasich, Graham, Paul, Rubio, Cotton, Sasse] R: Economic policies and priorities take precedence over environmental concerns. [Trump, Cruz] FR: The environment is fine. We don't need to worry about it. Global warming/climate change is a hoax.
  19. Here is another 2020 issue, w/ candidate positions. Let me know if I should change anything. FL: LGBT equality is a fundamental human right. [Sanders, Newsom, Buttigieg, Garcetti, Warren, Moulton] L: LGBT equality is a constitutional right. [Biden, O'Malley, Chafee, KHarris, Gabbard, Steyer, Schultz, Heinrich, Grayson, ShBrown, Booker, Gillibrand, Cuomo, Franken] CL: LGBT rights must be upheld, even if not in name. However, state level efforts should also be supported. [Paul, Collins, McAuliffe, Castro, Edwards, Bullock, HClinton] C: If the states want to pass LGBT legislation , let them. [Martinez, Huntsman] CR: Marriage is between a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others. Pro-LGBT legislation should be discouraged. [Trump, Kasich, Graham, Rubio] R: Support a constitutional ban on same-sex marriages, and work against LGBT legislation. [Cruz, Cotton, Sasse] FR: The LGBT community needs to be treated for their condition.
  20. If you look at the other posts in this Campaign Creation thread, you can see all the 2020 issues I'm using, as well as candidate positions. Please go through all of them and offer feedback if you wish. Here are the candidates in the game from most liberal to most conservative. Bernie Sanders -2.4 Elizabeth Warren -2.0 Gavin Newsom -1.8 Eric Garcetti -1.7 Sherrod Brown -1.6 Seth Moulton -1.6 Tulsi Gabbard -1.5 Alan Grayson -1.5 Kamala Harris -1.5 Andrew Cuomo -1.5 Al Franken -1.4 Julian Castro -1.4 Kirsten Gillibrand -1.3 Howard Schultz -1.3 Tom Steyer -1.3 Joe Biden -1.2 Martin O'Malley -1.2 Cory Booker -1.1 Martin Heinrich -1.0 Pete Buttigieg -1.0 Hilary Clinton -0.9 Terry McAuliffe -0.9 Lincoln Chafee -0.6 Steve Bullock -0.5 John Bel Edwards -0.3 Jon Huntsman 0.5 Susan Collins 0.6 John Kasich 0.8 Susana Martinez 0.9 Rand Paul 1.0 Lindsey Graham 1.2 Marco Rubio 1.2 Ben Sasse 1.2 Donald Trump 1.4 Tom Cotton 1.5 Ted Cruz 2.0
  21. Here's another 2020 issue, w/ candidate positions. Let me know if anything should be altered. FL: Ban all guns! L: We need gun control! Ban certain guns. Require registration/background checks. Gun control protects children. [Biden, Warren, KHarris, Newsom, Gabbard, Garcetti, Steyer, Schultz, Booker, ShBrown, HClinton, Franken, Cuomo, Moulton] CL: The right to bear arms, but only responsibly! Ban assault rifles, require registration/background checks. [Sanders, McAuliffe, O'Malley, Castro, Gillibrand] C: Gun control is a state issue. Responsible gun ownership is fine. [Huntsman, Collins, Chafee, Edwards, Bullock, Heinrich, Buttigieg] CR: We should be wary of gun control. The Second Amendment protects the right to bear arms. [Martinez, Grayson] R: Gun ownership is constitutionally protected. Protect sportsmen's rights and the Second Amendment. [Trump, Kasich, Graham, Paul, Rubio, Cotton, Sasse] FR: The Second Amendment is not negotiable! No restrictions on firearms! [Cruz]
  22. Here's another issue w/ candidate positions. Let me know if anything should change. FL: Forgive all student loans immediately; pass legislation to make public colleges free or inexpensive [Sanders, Warren] L: Forgive student loans after 10 years of income-based repayment; pass legislation to make college affordable [Gabbard, Garcetti, ShBrown, Grayson, Newsom, Moulton] CL: Forgive student debt after 20 years of income-based repayment; work to make college affordable [Biden, McAuliffe, O'Malley, KHarris, Castro, Steyer, Schultz, Booker, Gillibrand, Cuomo, Heinrich, Franken, Buttigieg] C: We have other important matters right now; keep things as they are, including income-based repayments [Kasich, Huntsman, Collins, Chafee, Edwards, Bullock, HClinton] CR: Remove current forgiveness policies, but allow national service as a way for forgiving loans. Keep income-based repayment. [Graham, Rubio, Martinez, Cotton, Sasse] R: Only the student's are to blame for their loans; remove all forgiveness and income-based repayments [Paul, Cruz] FR: Remove loan forgivness policies; support insurance agents in their desire to increase interest rates for profit [Trump]
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    2020 Issue: Gridlock

    Here's another 2020 issue, along with candidate positions. Let me know if anything should be amended. FL: No compromise with conservatives; gridlock preferable to compromise. [Warren] L: Work with Republicans when they are willing to work on Progressive issues [Sanders, O'Malley, Gabbard, Garcetti, ShBrown, Grayson, Franken, Newsom, Moulton] CL: Work with Republicans to fulfill our agenda [McAuliffe, Castro, KHarris, Booker, Gillibrand, HClinton, Buttigieg, Cuomo] C: We must work together on everything for the American people; sometimes we have to let the opposition win [Huntsman, Biden, Chafee, Edwards, Bullock, Steyer, Heinrich, Schultz] CR: Work with Democrats to fulfill our agenda [Kasich, Graham, Martinez, Sasse, Collins] R: Work with Democrats only if they are willing to work on conservative issues [Trump, Paul, Rubio, Cotton] FR: Gridlock is preferred to any compromise with liberals or progressives. [Cruz]
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    2020 Issue: Refugees

    Here is another issue with candidate positions. Let me know if I should alter anything here. FL: We should be the greatest friend for those in need. Take in all refugees. [Sanders] L: We should help find communities for most of the refugees applying to enter our country. [Newsom, Cuomo] CL: We should encourage states to accept refugees, but we shouldn't force the issue. [Biden, McAuliffe, O'Malley, Chafee, KHarris, Castro, Gabbard, Edwards, Bullock, Garcetti, Steyer, Warren, Booker, Gillibrand, ShBrown, Heinrich, Schultz, Grayson, HClinton, Franken, Buttigieg, Moulton] C: Except for exceptional cases, we shouldn't encourage more refugees to enter our country, but we should keep those that are already here. [Huntsman] CR: We shouldn't allow refugees to enter our country, except in special cases. [Kasich, Graham, Paul, Martinez, Sasse, Collins] R: Ban on refugees [Trump, Cruz, Rubio, Cotton] FR: Ban on refugees and deport those that are already here.
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    2020 Issue: Energy

    Here's another 2020 issue with candidate positions. Please let me know if I should change anything. FL: Renewable energy all the way! Ban all polluting forms of energy like oil and coal. L: Move towards energy independence focusing mostly on renewable energy sources. Subsidize clean energy. [Biden, Sanders, O'Malley, KHarris, Gabbard, Garcetti, Newsom, Steyer, Schultz, Warren, Heinrich, Booker, Gillibrand, Franken, Cuomo, Moulton] CL: Invest in clean energy and end oil company subsidies. Cut oil use significantly by 2030. [McAuliffe, Chafee, Bullock, ShBrown, Grayson, HClinton, Buttigieg] C: Renewable and non-renewable energy must be equally researched. [Martinez, Huntsman, Collins, Castro, Edwards] CR: Reduce dependence on foreign sources of oil. Some research on alternate energy sources. [Kasich, Graham, Paul, Rubio, Cotton, Sasse] R: Coal and oil are our main concerns right now. End dependence on foreign energy. Let private funds research other energy. [Trump, Cruz] FR: We don't need to worry about renewable energy sources. Oil is king!
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