Trump growls at Corona and the media – Biden usually says the exact opposite. But what exactly do the two opponents of the US presidency stand for? An overview.

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The promises Donald Trump and Joe Biden made before the November 3 election can actually be reduced to a simple formula: The president promises even more from the previous Trump policies – and his challenger usually the opposite. A look at the positions on major political issues:

The corona pandemic

Candidates’ positions can hardly differ on the dominant topic for the election campaign and the US as a whole. Donald Trump continues to say in his daily campaign speech that they will soon be out of the woods. He relies on the rapid spread of vaccines and drugs such as remdesivir and the Regeneron antibody cocktail, with which he himself was treated like a Covid 19 patient.

Experts warn that such a course could lead to high mortality rates: the vaccines should only be available to everyone in sufficient quantities in the spring, the Regeneron drug is still experimental. Meanwhile, Biden wants to enforce the widest possible use of masks by then. Although he can hardly legally prescribe this nationwide, he hopes to convince the governors. Biden is also planning more testing and an expansion of mask production in the US.

It’s the economy, stupid!

Trump claims to have created “the largest economy in history”, in part through lower taxes. “We’ve made America rich again,” he said, citing a surge in stock prices, while many Americans still have two or three jobs to make ends meet. Trump promises further tax breaks for a second term.

Biden, on the other hand, promises to ask particularly high-income citizens and companies to pay. “Anyone who earns less than $ 400,000 (about $ 342,000) a year won’t pay a cent more,” Biden promises. The corporate tax, which has been lowered by Trump, will be increased from 21 to 28 percent.

The question of health insurance for everyone

Republicans have been fighting for years to undo President Barack Obama’s health care reform, which gave about 20 million Americans health insurance, but higher payments in some cases. Trump is constantly promising his own health plan, which will be better and cheaper than the “terrible Obamacare” – but still hasn’t presented it.

Now is the time to come if the Supreme Court reverses Obama’s reform in the coming year. Meanwhile, Biden has announced plans to expand Obamacare, especially for low-income people.

Is There Structural Racism in the US?

Popular with African Americans, Biden says very clearly that US racism is entrenched in the institutions. He wanted to counter this with a police reform and better economic conditions for blacks.

Trump, on the other hand, systematically denies racism in the US – and condemns the protest movement “Black Lives Matter” as a “socialist, Marxist organization.” At the same time, his government stopped training against ethnic prejudice as “radical indoctrination”. Trump wants to promote “patriotic education” to “teach children to love our country.”

Leave the climate accord – and Biden’s role back

On a White House list of more than 50 achievements, Trump believes he has stepped out of the “job-destroying” Paris climate deal. In the event of an election victory, Biden has announced that he will re-involve the US in the deal. In the second TV duel between the candidates, the Democrat also said he wanted to move the country out of fossil fuel dependence in the long term and instead rely more on renewables – words that give him votes in states with strong oil. and gas industry. could cost.

Trump advertises on his hit list that oil production has reached a record high. His government extended the abandonment of offshore drilling around Florida, but at the same time allowed production at a wildlife refuge in Alaska. Trump says the US has the cleanest water and the purest air. Fact checkers deny that. About the California wildfires, Trump said he thinks the climate will cool again, “science doesn’t know everything.” Trump faced the charge of not knowing the difference between weather and climate.

Isolationism or Multilateralism?

Trump canceled the nuclear deal with Iran, intensified confrontation with China, withdrew from UNESCO and the World Health Organization, and tightened relations with NATO allies. This is the course Trump wants to pursue – and Biden would reverse it.

Among his foreign policy achievements, Trump counts the decimation of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist militia, the sweeping withdrawal of US troops from Iraq and Afghanistan – and that there was no war with North Korea. At the same time, these are all bottlenecks that President Biden would inherit.

What will happen to the immigrant state of America?

Trump began making a promise four years ago to stop illegal immigration at the border with Mexico with a border fence. This is still under construction. There are still big plans for a second term: Trump wants to end his predecessor Barack Obama’s DACA program to legalize migrants who came to the United States as children – and expel millions of immigrants from the country. Nor has he had any success in cracking down on cities that refuse to search for illegally entered migrants – this is still on the agenda.

Biden’s plan, on the other hand, is to open the way to citizenship for more undocumented migrants living in the United States.

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