Where Presidential Candidates stand on major issues

Here are where the 2024 Presidential Candidates stand on important issues like LGBTQIA+ rights, Climate change, and Abortion rights.
Where Presidential Candidates stand on major issues
Joseph Biden Jr.
Joseph Biden Jr.

82 years old on inauguration day

  • LGBTQIA+ rights: Signed into the law Respect for Marriage Act (legislation that protects same-sex and interracial marriages). He calls upon Congress to pass the Equality Act (a bill to prohibit discrimination based on sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation in the workplace, housing, health care, and service industries).
  • Israel and Palestine: “We stand firmly with the Israeli people as they defend themselves against the murderous nihilism of Hamas…This much is clear: A two-state solution is the only way to ensure the long-term security of both the Israeli and Palestinian people.”
  • Climate change: During his presidency, Biden’s environmental agenda has included investing billions in green infrastructure and renewable energy, and establishing protections for land and water in the U.S. but still approved the Willow oil drilling project.
  • Abortion rights: Supports access to abortion and has called on Congress to codify protections for the right to abortion that were guaranteed by Roe. He has said he would veto any legislation that would ban abortions federally.
Marianne Williamson
Marianne Williamson

72 years old on inauguration day

  • LGBTQIA+ rights: Vowed her administration would support both the Equality Act and the Equal Rights Amendment, pledged to appoint an attorney general who prioritizes prosecuting hate crimes against the LGBTQ+ community, restore cuts to HIV/AIDs programs, declare trans murder and suicide rates as a national emergency
  • Israel and Palestine: Her campaign website states “As an American, and as a Jew, I stand with Israel. But I stand no less for the legitimate aspirations of the Palestinian people.”
  • Climate change: According to her campaign website the biggest crisis regarding the climate is a “massive state of denial,” and said she would declare a national emergency to address climate change, invest in rebuilding America’s infrastructure, and rescind the Willow Project
  • Abortion rights: Williamson is a supporter of abortion rights and has said she would seek to codify federal protections that were established under Roe and believes the decision to get an abortion is up to a woman.
Donald Trump
Donald Trump

78 years old on inauguration day

  • LGBTQIA+ rights: Trump said he will restore the ban on openly transgender people serving in the military that his previous administration had imposed and that he will sign a law to “stop” gender-affirming care for minors nationwide, equating such care to “mutilation,” and is very vocal against transgender issues, repeating “I will keep men out of women’s sports” in his stump speech at almost every rally
  • Israel and Palestine: He praised the Iran-backed militant group Hezbollah calling them “very smart” and criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over an attack by Palestinian Hamas militants, and accused the Prime Minister of “not (being) prepared.”
  • Climate change: Falsely dismissed climate change as a “hoax” or “nonexistent” repeatedly downplayed the dangers of rising sea levels and referred to proposed regulations to mitigate global warming as “radical.”
  • Abortion rights: Trump said there should be some role for the federal government on the abortion issue but most other times have remained skeptical of a federal ban, most recently saying it is “probably better” to leave it to the states.
Nikki Haley
Nikki Haley

53 years old on inauguration day

  • LGBTQIA+ rights: Haley believes trans women competing in girls’ sports is “the women’s issue of our time. On gender-affirming care, Haley said children shouldn’t be allowed to undergo procedures until they are 18.
  • Israel and Palestine: “There should be no cease-fire. There should be peace — the peace that comes from Israel’s total victory over Hamas. Such a peace would leave both Israelis and Palestinians better off,” said Haley.
  • Climate change: Haley said that the work needs to start overseas [in India and China] for the planet to see any significant decrease in greenhouse gas emissions, despite the U.S. being the third largest polluter in the world
  • Abortion rights: Haley said she would “absolutely” sign a 15-week federal abortion ban into law and called for a national “consensus” to stop “dehumanizing” the issue.
Asa Hutchinson
Asa Hutchinson

74 years old on inauguration day

  • LGBTQIA+ issues: Hutchinson says he would support a federal ban on surgery for transgender minors. As governor, Hutchinson signed a law banning transgender women and girls from competing in school sports teams consistent with their gender identity.
  • Israel and Palestine: Hutchinson’s campaign website states that he will “Support Israel as they continue to eliminate terrorist organizations which threaten both Israel and the United States.”
  • Climate change: Hutchinson has acknowledged that the climate is changing but does not support government mandates to reduce the nation’s emissions.
  • Abortion rights: As a governor, he signed a six-week abortion ban into law, with an exception only to save the life of the mother. has said he would sign a federal abortion ban if Congress was able to pass the legislation with exceptions for rape, incest and to save the life of the mother.
Ron DeSantis
Ron DeSantis

46 years old on inauguration day 

  • LGBTQIA+ rights: As Governor, DeSantis signed several laws including the law that bans classroom instruction on sexual orientation or gender identity in many K-12 classrooms and states that any instruction on those topics cannot occur 
  • Israel and Palestine: DeSantis’ campaign website said, “DeSantis has unequivocally expressed support for Israel using overwhelming force for however long it takes to eradicate Iran-backed terrorists, including Hamas, and America should provide Israel with all the necessary resources to achieve victory.”
  • Climate change: DeSantis has tended to downplay the effect of climate change, stating in 2019 that the issue had become politicized. As president, he would focus on building up American “dominance” while undoing the policies of Biden’s administration.
  • Abortion rights: DeSantis has often said he would be a “pro-life president.” As Florida’s governor, DeSantis signed a six-week trigger ban and a 15-week ban in his state.
Robert Kennedy Jr.
Robert Kennedy Jr.

71 years old on inauguration day

  • LGBTQIA+ rights: Kennedy said “Who says that we shouldn’t respect gay rights.” and that he would do anything he can to make sure those rights are protected. He also said that it’s important to respect people with different gender identities and that they “shouldn’t ever be shamed,” yet he has been wary of supporting gender-affirming care for transgender minors.
  • Israel and Palestine: On X (formerly Twitter) Kennedy posted “As President, I’ll make sure that our policy is unambiguous so that the enemies of Israel will think long and hard before attempting aggression of any kind.”
  • Climate change: When announcing his presidential run, Kennedy said “In 100% of the situations, good environmental policy is identical to good economic policy,” and has promised to protect wild lands by curbing logging, oil drilling, and mining.
  • Abortion rights: “It is always the woman’s right to choose,” said Kennedy. He does not support legislation banning abortion.
Cornel West
Cornel West

72 years old on inauguration day

  • LGBTQIA+ rights: West supports marriage equality and anti-discrimination legislation, but he is hesitant about transgender athletes competing against cisgender opponents.
  • Israel and Palestine: On X (formerly Twitter) West said “The escalation of the barbaric violence in the Middle East must stop. The vicious Israeli occupation and the ugly Palestinian retaliation resulted in the killing of precious innocent people on both sides. We must have a lasting peace based on justice! #TruthJusticeLove.” 
  • Climate change: West supports declaring a climate emergency, supports a constitutional right to clean air and water, and urged a pause on oil and gas leasing projects on federal land and water.
  • Abortion rights: As president, West has vowed to codify abortion rights as a “constitutional mandate,” and provide resources to address the disproportionate maternal death rate among Black women.
Jill Stein
Jill Stein

74 years old on inauguration day

  • LGBTQIA+ rights: Stein’s campaign website states that “We must put an end to the shameful legacy of systemic discrimination against… the LGBTQIA+ community, and other marginalized groups, and come together to ensure our rights, freedoms, and justice for all.”
  • Israel and Palestine: On her campaign website, she pledges to support peace, freedom, dignity, equality, and security for all people in Palestine and Israel. She specifically supports an immediate ceasefire, the return of all hostages and political prisoners, and an end to Israeli occupation in Gaza. 
  • Climate change: Stein has said the U.S. must take “decisive action” to address climate change and “prevent the worst-case scenario of climate collapse.” Stein’s program would feature investments in sustainable jobs and industries to target climate change and help the U.S. economy.
  • Abortion rights: Stein has previously been in favor of abortion rights. She has also criticized Democratic officials for failing to codify the protections provided by Roe v. Wade into law.
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    Naomi SheehanJan 19, 2024 at 7:51 am

    This is really helpful! It provides a well-rounded overview of a variety of different candidates, even some that I haven’t considered! It gives me an idea of who I’d likely support and investigate further.
    Keep being amazing, Metea Media Team! 🙂

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    MKJan 18, 2024 at 10:37 pm

    wow I didn’t know Cornel West was running for president! That’s super cool. I looked him up a few months ago bc he was mentioned in an SNL skit I believe, and he had really enlightening views on systemic racism, etc.

    I think many people are hesitant to vote independent though, so unfortunately our most potent votes always end up bipartisan… I’m not sure who to vote and as I’m very staunchly pro-Palestine and want a ceasefire, and I’m also a dedicated leftist as well but accept nuance on some issues.

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    Luv SuramJan 18, 2024 at 10:14 pm

    Asa Hutchinson ended his presidential campaign on January 16 after securing only 0.2% of the votes in the Iowa caucuses.

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    UmidJan 18, 2024 at 9:28 am

    It was a very well put article and it showed candidate’s thoughts on currently significant matters.