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Donald Trump vs. Marco Rubio — the differences

Donald Trump


According to Forbes, Donald Trump stated that he is, “totally against Common Core” and that “it should be local and all that.” Given his word choice, it appears that Trump does not regard America’s education as a serious issue. He has not mentioned the issue often and prefers to discuss other topics during interviews and rallies, avoiding specifics regarding K-12 education or higher education, but he thinks the Common Core system is a “disaster.”


In a recent speech to Liberty University in January, Trump firmly stated that he believes that he can “build a wall” between Mexico and the United States in order to put a full stop to immigration. Trump has never specifically stated how he plans on going through with the construction of the wall and followers assume that the plan is still in its early stages. Trump is one of the few self-funded candidates in the 2016 Presidential Election, and according to Forbes, he is worth $4 billion. It appears that the Republican candidate might even be able to finance the project himself.

Gun Control:

Trump believes in “protecting our Second Amendment.” Trump stated that we need to “expand treatment programs” to prevent gun violence. He stands by America’s gun owners and believes that taking away guns will not stop gun violence. In January 2016, Trump remarked that he could “shoot somebody” and not lose any voters to voters in Iowa. According to CNN, director Kim Snyder considered his comment an insult to those fighting for stricter gun control. Trump countered the attack by claiming that he was only joking.

Marco Rubio


Marco Rubio agrees that “states and localities” should have control over the education system. Rubio approaches education as a serious issue, discussing everything from K-12 education to college education. He believes that the Department of Education is not suitable to act as a school board for all of America’s students and has fought against Common Core since he became a U.S. Senator in 2011. He feels Common Core takes away individual state liberties.


Rubio believes that the solution to America’s “low to nonexistent growth, a shortage of good jobs, and a massive web of needs-based programs” is “continued, orderly, legal immigration.” Rubio affirms that it is possible for America to thrive from immigration and does not believe that putting a full stop to immigration is the best solution. He credits immigrants with bringing many positive elements to American culture.

Gun Control:

Rubio told New Hampshire voters in January that he “went to go purchase a handgun on Christmas Eve” and his followers applauded his commitment to his political views. According to his website, Rubio “will continue to stand up for the rights of law-abiding gun owners, sportsmen, and hunters.” Rubio is convinced we need to “expand opportunities for sportsmen on federal lands” and stands by America’s gun owners in the name of the Second Amendment that states that all Americans have the right to bear arms. He believes that giving “law-abiding gun owners, sportsmen, and hunters” a place to use their guns will help stop gun violence.

1 Comment

  • Reply Unclesmrgol February 27, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    Nothing that has been done over the past 30 years has had any effect on overall achievement scores for the most educationally disadvantaged minorities in our schools — blacks and Hispanics. We’ve cut class sizes in half, doubled the amount in 2008 dollars we are spending on each child, but reading and math scores have remained absolutely flat. Common core has done nothing to budge these numbers. The current state was brought in sharp focus in Condoleezza Rice’s statements to the Republican National Convention in 2012 about how one could predict student achievement merely by knowing the student’s zip code. Now, she wasn’t saying that everyone is uniform in a particular zip code, but what she was saying what that schools in those zip codes were tending to produce students of similar education. So what is the “silver bullet” for this problem? I note that you are attending a charter high school. Turns out that charter schools are not a panacea, but when they are done right, they break the mold and advance school performance in the neighborhoods where they exist. Another way of breaking the mold is through vouchers — allowing a student and their money to flee a failing local school (whose failure has nothing to do with the student) for a better learning environment elsewhere; google the DC Opportunity Scholars Program. None of the candidates will do much to improve education — education is best improved locally — at the district level or even lower if the parents can manage it. Don’t expect any Presidential candidate to provide any positive value to education — they are too invested in the system as-is, for if they were not, they would have spoken up long ago regarding the need to change what we are doing wrong to so many children.

    Here’s two links of interest:

    The DC Opportunity Scholarship Program:
    Dr. Roland Fryer of Harvard University on Education, Inequality, and Incentives:


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