Declared 2016 



Entrepreneur


Jeremiah Pent was born in Arlington, Texas, and raised in Fort Worth. After graduating from high school and marriage, he and his family moved several times around the country, and currently reside in Pennsylvania. He briefly studied at Texas Christian University, but would eventually earn his Masters Degree (in Divinity) from the Westminster Theological Seminary. Professionally, he is an entrepreneur, having founded and run several businesses in a number of industries including agriculture and toy manufacturing.

Pent speaks in broad terms of the need to address the social and economic issues facing the US. He believes the biggest problem currently plaguing the nation is its own lack of unity, and that all other challenges can more easily be overcome if the divisions between religious and ethnic groups can be ameliorated. Other than admitting that this will be a difficult (but achievable) task, however, he offers few specifics on how it might be accomplished. Economically, he favors a balanced budget, advocating the maintenance of a federal government that operates within its means just as, he says, average American families must do. He believes this goal can be reached through middle class tax cuts and a careful restructuring and streamlining of the government's operations.

Pent is particularly preoccupied with the American educational system and its importance to the nation's children, and speaks at length of ensuring that schools are staffed by competent teachers able to properly guide and instruct their students. Once again, however, he is sparse on describing any specific changes which he feels should be made to or by the schools.

An independent candidate, Pent worries over the stark dichotomy between Republicans and Democrats, and claims that these two parties collectively represent only about a third of the American population. He points out the fact that George Washington, the nation's first President, was himself an independent, and that many Presidents immediately following him also did not formally belong to any political party. Concerned about the influence wielded over politicians by wealthy donors, Pent has pledged to accept campaign contributions only from individuals, not rich supporters who act through Political Action Committees and super PACs.

Due to Pent's reluctance to discuss his specific policy ideas, it is difficult to evaluate which voting demographics would be most likely to support and oppose him.
 
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Declared 2016 



Management consultant and semi-retired professional engineer


Currently a resident of Batesville, Arkansas where he lives with his wife and mother of their three children, Ken Cross comes from humble beginnings, including a childhood that included picking potatoes alongside migrant workers. Though he nurses a lifelong love of politics and claims to have studied that subject since his earliest days, he has also filled his time as an assistant scoutmaster to a troop of boy scouts, as a construction worker and as a UAW foundry worker. His professional training is in engineering, though he now considers himself semi-retired from that field and currently works as a management consultant. Having once worked as a corporate executive, he has owned three different small businesses.

Cross gives an air of fiscal conservatism in many key areas, including his support for a balance budget and harsh criticism of deficit spending, as well as his calls for a simplified tax code (including a “flat tax” that harkens back to the ideals of his party's founder, Ross Perot), however he parts with the conservative base in other economic matters. Ken Cross is a strong proponent of social security and carefully avoids policy that might endanger that program. He believes in exploring potential alternative energy sources that many of those on the right might consider cost prohibitive. As such, he also supports environmental protection measures.

Cross is conditionally pro-life, with a belief in reluctantly permitting abortion in cases of rape, incest, and when the life of the mother is in danger. He criticizes the “nation-building” policies of the United States demonstrated in recent wars, and believes military action should be used only sparingly and overwhelmingly for homeland defense.

The primary contention of Ken Cross' campaign for president is that both major political parties cater almost exclusively to their own most extreme factions, leaving a majority of Americans disenfranchised. He believes that the interests of the United States are best served by strengthening the middle class, and remarks that this is most readily accomplished by electing a middle class president such as himself. A blend of fiscal and social conservatism meeting traditionally leftist energy with environmental concerns, and a staunch support for certain entitlement programs, his philosophies are comfortably unextreme and include elements that appeal to wider range of voters. However, that same mishmash of erstwhile separated ideologies put him at risk of being insufficiently orthodox to any one political base, potentially limiting his appeal when the time comes to cast ballots.
 
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