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Understanding the American Presidential Election

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How to Win an Election. And now the VOA Learning English program -- Words and Their Stories.

How to Win an Election

On this show, we explore common expressions in American English. Today we talk about expressions related to the biggest contest in the United States – the election of the American president. Well, except for the first election. That was not much of a contest. On February 4, 1789, all 69 members of Congress voted for George Washington. Supposedly, Washington didn’t even want to be president. Elections these days are much harder to win. We often call political elections races, a word you probably know from sports. Log In. Introduction of United States presidential election, 2016 (Wikipedia) The 2016 election for President of the United States will take place on Tuesday, November 8.

Introduction of United States presidential election, 2016 (Wikipedia)

Voters will elect the next President and the next Vice President of the United States. Background[change | change source] Article Two of the United States Constitution provides that for a person to be elected and serve as President of the United States, the individual must be a natural-born citizen of the United States, at least 35 years old, and a resident of the United States for a period of no less than 14 years. Candidates for the presidency typically seek the nomination of one of the various political parties of the United States, in which case each party devises a method (such as a primary election) to choose the candidate the party deems best suited to run for the position.

The party's delegates then officially nominate a candidate to run on the party's behalf. Video : Electing a US President. Why is the U.S. General Election Held on a Tuesday in November? Ever wonder why the United States votes on a Tuesday in November?

Why is the U.S. General Election Held on a Tuesday in November?

It wasn’t always that way. For the first 15 presidential elections, each state chose its own voting day until improved communication caused worries that early states would influence later voters. So Congress picked one day for everyone - the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. Why Tuesday? Roads were poor or nonexistent.

PBS Election. What's the problem with the electoral college? Log In Don't have an account?

What's the problem with the electoral college?

Sign up here » Log in withUse Facebook Log in withUse Google or. Hillary Clinton accepts the Democratic Party's nomination for president. Profile: Hillary Clinton. Image copyright Reuters Hillary Clinton has served many roles in US politics - first lady, senator, secretary of state.

Profile: Hillary Clinton

Now, she turns for a second time to her long-held ambition to fill the ultimate role - US president. The 67-year-old served as President Barack Obama's secretary of state from the start of his administration in January 2009, stepping down shortly after he won re-election. As top US diplomat, she was known for a punishing travel schedule and a person-to-person approach to diplomacy. A leading international figure and Democratic politician, Mrs Clinton is now running for the party's 2016 presidential nomination. Hillary Rodham Clinton. Hillary Clinton - Government Official, U.S. First Lady, Women's Rights Activist. When Hillary Clinton was elected to the U.S.

Hillary Clinton - Government Official, U.S. First Lady, Women's Rights Activist

Senate in 2001, she became the first American first lady to ever win a public office seat. She later became the 67th U.S. secretary of state in 2009, serving until 2013. Donald Trump Biography. Synopsis Real estate developer Donald John Trump was born in 1946, in Queens, New York.

Donald Trump Biography

In 1971 he became involved in large, profitable building projects in Manhattan. In 1980, he opened the Grand Hyatt, which made him the city's best-known and most controversial developer. In 2004 Trump began starring in the hit NBC reality series The Apprentice, which also spawned the offshoot The Celebrity Apprentice. Trump turned his attention to politics and in 2015, he announced his candidacy for president of the United States under the Republican ticket. Early Life and Education Donald John Trump was born on June 14, 1946, in Queens, New York, the fourth of five children of Frederick C. and Mary MacLeod Trump. Trump did well at the academy, both socially and academically, rising to become a star athlete and student leader by the time he graduated in 1964.

New York Real Estate Developer. Donald Trump: From mogul to presidential frontrunner. Image copyright Getty Images Long before he was a presidential candidate, Donald Trump was America's most famous and colourful billionaire.

Donald Trump: From mogul to presidential frontrunner

Once considered a long shot, Trump is now the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. Donald Trump's convention speech in 5 minutes. Clinton and Trump Have Terrible Approval Ratings. Does It Matter? Net favorability Republican nominees Republican nominees Gore Clinton ’96 Obama ’12.

Clinton and Trump Have Terrible Approval Ratings. Does It Matter?

Election Issues Of 2016: Education. College affordability, the Common Core and teacher evaluations are shaping up to be major issues in the 2016 presidential election.

Election Issues Of 2016: Education

Election Issues Of 2016: Education. (Video via U.S. Department of Education) College affordability is shaping up to be a major campaign issue, and it’s not hard to see why. Donald Trump vs Hillary Clinton on List of political stances. Immigration issues Should the government increase or decrease the amount of temporary work visas given to high-skilled immigrant workers? Stats discuss Donald Trump’s answer: Decrease, companies are currently taking advantage of this program to decrease wages Because it is a mess. I think for a period of a year to two years we have to look back and we have to see, just to answer the second part of your question, where we are, where we stand, what's going...Source. Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton on the issues - Washington Post. Trump Vs. Clinton: Where The Candidates Fall On The Most Important Issues. It's finally down to two. The people have voted and they've chosen Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump as the Democratic and Republican nominees for the presidency.

To mark the beginning of the general election season, here's a primer on where the candidates stand on the essential issues of the 2016 presidential election. Gun Control. Compare the Candidates: Where Do Clinton and Trump Stand on Education Issues? July 15, 2016 | Updated: August 2, 2016 The Democratic nominee for president, Hillary Clinton, and Republican nominee Donald Trump have yet to release comprehensive K-12 policy plans.

To give a sense of where they stand, Education Week reviewed their statements, proposals, and positions on a dozen education policy issues, from school choice to school safety. Some material is drawn from their 2016 presidential campaigns, some from before they began their current quests for the White House. Where They Stand on Economic Issues. Jobs and Income Many Americans have grown anxious that the economy hasn’t lived up to its promise over the past 15 years of creating job growth that provides upward mobility and broadly shared prosperity. Instead, the nation has gone through two recessions marked by bubbles—one in the stock market and the other in housing—that were followed by recoveries in which economic growth returned but job growth lagged.

Laying out a vision for how to restore widespread job and income gains is shaping up to be the top priority of the incoming president. Donald Trump If we do what we have to do correctly, we can create the biggest economic boom in this country since the New Deal when our vast infrastructure was first put into place. It's a no-brainer. Compare Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on Foreign Policy. Compare the candidates: Clinton vs. Trump on immigration. Editor's note: This is the first in a series of stories comparing the candidates' positions on major policy issues.

Presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have taken opposite roads on their quest for immigration reform. Trump calls for mass deportations, migrant bans and a wall to keep away people from coming into the country, while Clinton wants a pathway to citizenship, immigrant integration and protection from deportation. Trump and Clinton both say they favor secure borders, but in every other respect they are at odds over how they’d tackle key immigrant issues.

What’s at Stake. 2016 Presidential Election - ProCon.org. 2016 Presidential Candidate Positions on 68 Issues - 2016 Presidential Election - ProCon.org. Election Idioms. Step 2. Election Idioms. The Führer and the Donald: The Ghost of a Resemblance. Nicholas O’Shaughnessy is Professor of Communication at Queen Mary, University of London and currently Visiting Professor at King’s College London.

Demolish Your Competition With the Eisenhower Method. How to Win an Election. The Living Room Candidate. PCL: Campaign 2016 - Democratic Presidential Primary Ads. PCL: Campaign 2016 - Republican Presidential Primary Ads. This Is How Presidential Campaign Ads First Got on TV. Campaign Ads: Watch the Most Notable Ads of 2016. Perusall. Brookings. European Press and the Presidential Election. US Presidential Election. America’s most popular voting guide for elections, political issues, candidates, and poll data. Societly. 2016 Candidate Match Game - USA TODAY. CNN 2016 Candidate Matchmaker. Project Vote Smart’s VoteEasy ™

Teaching and Learning With the 2016 Presidential Debates. On each of those mornings, we’ll post an open-ended Student Opinion question that provides a place for students to make predictions ahead of each debate; comment in real time as they watch (we’ll be live-moderating); and react when the debate is over.

That way, you can invite students to post comments, observations and insights at any point before, during or after — and join what we hope will be many other teenagers from around the nation and the world who are doing the same. Because the new Learning Network is mobile-friendly, students can easily participate from their phones. We’ll link each Student Opinion post here when it goes up. Nine Ways to Teach Election 2016 in the E.L.L. Classroom.

5 TED-Ed Lessons to watch this election season. On Tuesday, November 8, Americans will head to the ballots to exercise their right to vote for #POTUS. Letters to the Next President 2.0.