RESUME: Chairman and president of The Trump Organization and real estate tycoon with a net worth of more than $4 billion.
POLLS: 21 percent
WHY HE’S DOMINATING THE POLLS: Some claim to like when Trump says what’s on his mind. Others hate it. Recent comments on gun control and limiting the checks and balances caused both parties to disagree. Trump’s proposed tax plan would eliminate income taxes for low income singles and families making less than $50,000.
“I’m leading big in every poll, and we are going to WIN!” Trump tweeted. “Remember, Trump never gives up!”
RESUME: Retired pediatric neurosurgeon
POLLS: 20 percent
THOUGHTS AND ARGUMENTS: “I am in no way willing to get into bed with special interest groups or lick the boots of billionaires,” he said. Carson took the lead in the Iowa polls Thursday morning with 28 percent of the vote. He uses his experience in the health care system to defend his views on Obamacare and abortion. He believes both patients and physicians should be able to decide what kind of care patients receive, not the government. As he has operated on babies in the womb, he believes they are very much alive. Carson wishes to ban abortions for convenience and 20 weeks after fertilization.
RESUME: U.S. senator from Florida since 2010 and former eight-year Florida representative
POLLS: 11 percent
THOUGHTS AND ARGUMENTS: “The first thing that will change when I’m president is we’re not gonna have a foreign policy designed to make us popular in the world. We’re gonna have a foreign policy designed to protect our people and make sure we’re respected and our interests are respected in the world.”
Rubio’s foreign policy plan is based on the three pillars of American strength, American prosperity, American values.
HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON
RESUME: Former first lady, secretary of state and U.S. senator of New York from 2001-2009.
POLLS: 42 percent
WHY SHE’S THE TOP CANDIDATE: After winning the Democratic debate, Clinton gained further support from her party.
“I think being the first woman president would be quite a change from the presidents we’ve had up until this point including President Obama,” she said during the CNN Democratic debate.
RESUME: U.S. senator from Vermont and the longest serving independent in the U.S. Congress.
POLLS: 35 percent
THOUGHTS AND ARGUMENTS: “Do I consider myself part of the casino capitalist process by which so few have so much and so many have so little by which Wall Street’s greed and recklessness wrecked this economy? No, I don’t. I believe in a society where all people do well. Not just a handful of billionaires,” Sanders said during the CNN Democratic debate.
RESUME: Current governor of Delaware and former mayor of Baltimore.
POLLS: One percent
THOUGHTS AND ARGUMENTS: “There is a deep injustice, an economic injustice that threatens to tear our country apart, and it will not solve itself. Injustice does not solve itself.”
O’Malley believes the talents of American citizens will help strengthen the nation, particularly in the area of young people volunteering for positive change.