Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Presidential Politics: (to STAND) ON (an ISSUE)



Issues, issues issues.  You might not pay much attention to this two-word (verb + preposition) transitive verb but no democratic election or policy debate can occur without using this verb.

See, for example, the following headline:

First 100 days: Where President Trump stands on key issues


These words, stand on, are always together; they are not separable. They follow the pattern: 

question form:  where does (somebody) stand on (name of the issue)
statement form: where (somebody) stands on (name of issue)


Let's look at the article above. What are the issues that are explored?  Practice using this expression:

1.  Where does President Trump stand on the issue of _____?

2.  Where does President Trump stand on the issue of _____?


Choose five (5) issues that interest you. Where does President Trump stand on that issue?

Here's our next headline: 



While Obama did not intend to directly confront or take swipes at Trump on Monday, an adviser said he wanted to be forthcoming -- if asked -- about where he stands on specific policy matters, including areas where he and Trump clearly disagree, a source said. 


What one political issue did Obama briefly discuss?

But enough of other people's positions. Where do YOU stand on man of the issues facing our country and world today?  

This next headline gives you an opportunity to find out!

Quiz: Where do you stand on the issues with the candidates?



Take the quiz and find out which candidate matches your positions most closely.  Where do you stand on immigration?  Climate change? Taxes?  Take the quiz and find out which candidate most closely matches where you stand on issues that are important to you.

What did you find out?

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