Declared 2016 



Veteran and Electrical Servicing Business Owner


Arthur Drew was born in the state of Pennsylvania, in a rural farming and industrial community. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the US Air Force, where he attended college while stationed in Washington state. He was also deployed for about a year to Vietnam. When his service was finished, he entered the private sector, initially focusing on aviation but eventually settling into the electrical servicing and manufacturing industry, in which he owned his own business.

Running as an Independent, Drew is critical of both Republican and Democratic policies, and he frequently speaks against President Obama's initiatives. He challenges the President's assertion that unemployment has dropped by nearly half since 2009, saying that their calculations flagrantly ignore those who have given up finding a job, and were made entirely for political gain. He also accuses the administration, and for that matter every administration and Congress in recent memory, of having service to corporate sector profits as their one and only goal.

Drew blames the phenomenon of outsourcing for the decline in American employment and the stagnation of domestic wages. He proposes the imposition of penalties on businesses that outsource labor overseas, with an emphasis on ensuring that these penalties cost more than a firm stands to save by shipping the jobs away. He also suggests using lower taxes, reduced interest loans, and other incentives to encourage companies to do business in the United States.

While he is sympathetic to environmental concerns and supports the Environmental Protection Agency's overall mission, Drew criticizes that agency's overly complex regulations, calling them confusing and saying they could leave private land owners unaware of whether they need to seek permits to modify their property. He calls for stronger oversight of the EPA to reduce its bureaucracy and provide clear, simple guidelines.

Drew is cautious on foreign policy, questioning American involvement in the Middle East and specifically against the terrorist group ISIS. He says that President Obama's commitment to help fight that organization will be felt well into his successor's administration, and he cautions that America's military should instead be used to secure the border at home.

Drew's strategy of using tax incentives to stimulate domestic business and industry is a conservative trait, while his support for government agencies like the EPA and his careful approach toward foreign policy are more leftist. As a result, most of his support is likely to be found among those in the center, who avoid politically veering far onto either side of the spectrum.
 
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2016 



Current Governor and former U.S. Representative from Indiana
Born: June 7th, 1959  (age 57)


In the 2010 Values Voters Summit held in Washington D.C., Michael Richard Pence came up a surprising first in a poll among potential 2012 Republican presidential candidates in a strong field featuring luminaries and party heavyweights such as Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin. Critics were quick to point out that a straw poll conducted among a small group of conservatives can hardly be considered as a fair reflection of sentiments on the ground. Others, however, highlighted that the demographics of the summit’s attendees are a good representation of the conservative base of the Republican Party.

Ironically, at the start of his political career, Gov. Pence’s two failed attempts for a seat in the U.S. House of Representative in 1988 and 1990 were blamed on his then radical conservative ideas. And yet, over the next two decades, Gov. Pence stood at the forefront of the conservative political realignment which ultimately saw his so-called fringe political positions becoming mainstream. By the end of his six terms in Congress, Gov. Pence also became the third most powerful Republican in Congress. Incredibly, his stock rose even higher when the tea party movement emerged in 2009. There are still some who questioned why the father of three did not make a serious attempt to win the GOP presidential nomination in the last two general election cycles.

With a well-documented track record of opposition to abortions, gay marriage, federal entitlement programs and government bailouts, Pence is the rock star of the conservative and evangelical base. His courageous revolt against former President Bush’s Wall Street bailout bill in 2008 brought him into national prominence and cemented his heartthrob status in the conservative heartland. His proclamation during the 2010 Values Voters Summit - "I am a Christian, a conservative and a Republican – in that order" - has even been printed on t-shirts and bumper stickers.

Donald Trump’s decision to choose Gov. Pence as his running mate for the 2016 presidential election will not only guarantee Mr. Trump a vice president with zero skeletons in his closet, but also a home ground advantage in the Rust Belt and Bible Belt states.
 
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