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LeonelBrizola:
I will keep all my fictional characters here to avoid clogging the board.

LeonelBrizola:
2008 United States presidential election

In 2004, Governor of Oregon Steve Welch had narrowly defeated President George W. Bush.

Cabinet

Secretary of State: Wesley Clark

Secretary of Defense: Colin Powell

Secretary of Treasury: John Edwards

Attorney General: Dennis Kucinich

Otherwise, I don't know.

Domestic policy

- Doubled teachers' wages across the board, while increasing funding for the Department of Education.
- Created a $50,000 tax credit to offset the cost of private health insurance, while expanding Medicaid, providing a reinsurance pool for employers, and protecting people with preexisting conditions; other healthcare reforms were thwarted by the Republican congress.
- Raised the federal minimum wage to 5.95 dollars per hour, while allowing small businesses to opt out of it.
- Legalized same-sex civil unions nationwide.
- Closed the gun show loophole, while requiring all firearms manufactured after May 10, 2006 to come with trigger locks.
- Implemented mandatory rehabilitation for drug criminals through drug courts.
- Failed to raise the federal minimum wage to 6 dollars per hour, make trade schools tuition-free, codify Roe vs Wade into federal law, provide full Medicare coverage for eligible children, require congressional districts to be drawn by independent commissions, permanently ban assault rifles, tax outsourcing at 10%, repeal the No Child Left Behind Act and repeal the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy.
- Ratified the Kyoto Protocol, while transferring $3 billion in subsidies from fossil fuels to renewable energy.
- Started transferring coal workers to other sectors, until the policy was struck down by the Supreme Court.
- Weakened the Patriot Act, while increasing oversight over Guantanamo.
- Signed a major immigration reform bill in 2006.
- Began to connect every school and library in the US to the Internet by 2008.
- Passed an $1 trillion stimulus package following the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy, while increasing oversight of the financial sector.

**Foreign Policy**

- Issued an executive order requiring all US Military units to withdraw from Iraqi territory by 2007, while increasing military aid to Iraq. On September 6 2007, the United States fully withdrew its military from Iraq.
- Began an Afghanistan troop surge in 2005.
- Formally declared China a currency manipulator, while deepening relations with Japan and India.
- Killed the Central American Free Trade Zone.
- A replacement of NAFTA, with greater protection for American manufacturing, workers and the environment, came into effect in 2007.
- Cooperated with Russia on tackling terrorism until the invasion of Georgia.
- Increased foreign aid to Latin America, to reduce immigration.
- Continued the United States' strong alliance with Israel.
- Developed close relations with Gaddafi's Libya after he gave up his chemical weapons.

US Senator for Arizona and war hero John McCain ran an optimistic campaign of hope and change, emphasizing his moderate stances and maverick history to create a broad, bipartisan coalition. McCain promised to extend the Bush tax cuts, spend $800 billion rather than $1 trillion in economic stimulus, create a bipartisan oversight board to ensure the money did not go into a black hole of bad debt, deregulate insurance markets, and maintain Common Core while giving school vouchers and charter schools a greater role. On foreign policy, he supported the war in Afghanistan and the United States continuing to play a role in Iraq; he was reluctantly in favor of continuing Steve Welch's foreign policy towards China. McCain chose youthful Governor of Minnesota Tim Pawlenty as his running mate, highlighting his experience in state government.

President Steve Welch ran for reelection promising full Medicare coverage for eligible children paired with a public healthcare option and the abolition of premiums, greater oversight of the financial sector together with a trillionaire stimulus package (which was still being fiercely debated in Congress), repeal the Bush tax cuts for the rich, make trade schools tuition-free while taxing outsourcing at 10%, continue to stand against Chinese expansionism worldwide, and ban assault rifles. Welch frequently attacked McCain for the Keating Five scandal and his "outdated" ideas, saying a McCain presidency would be the same thing as George W. Bush's; to a certain degree, he went after Tim Pawlenty for campaign finance violations as Governor of Minnesota.

At one point, John McCain temporarily suspended his campaign to negotiate a stimulus bill, opting to not debate Steve Welch; which damaged him in the polls, as his reaction was seen as erratic.

Welch won the first debate, but both candidates performed strongly in the second, and Dick Gephardt was widely seen as the winner in the VP debate due to hiring a debate coach.

John McCain won by an unexpected margin, carrying all of the Plains and Southern states and the lower Midwest (except for Illinois); he even flipped Minnesota, which voted Republican for the first time since 1972. McCain's appeal to moderates caused him to flip New Hampshire; Missouri was only relatively close due to Gephardt's appeal as a running mate.


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LeonelBrizola:
2012 United States presidential election

With Congress safely in Republican hands, McCain set on implementing his moderately conservative agenda (Democrats made considerable gains in the 2010 midterms, reducing the Republican majorities to 232-203 and 52-47-1)

Domestic policy[b/]

- Passed an $800 billion stimulus package and middle-class tax cuts, paired with a strong dollar, creating a bipartisan oversight board for the stimulus package.
- Provided healthcare vouchers for those with a lower income, while deregulating insurance markets.
- Increased the number of school vouchers in circulation, while increasing funding for Common Core.
- Named moderate judges to the Supreme and other courts.
- Expanded offshore drilling and began the construction of two nuclear power plants.
- Unsuccessfully pushed for a balanced budget amendment.
- Opposed most gun controls.
- Raised the federal minimum wage to 7 dollars per hour, keeping it optional for small businesses.
- Resisted efforts to abolish the electoral college, which had grown increasingly unpopular.
- Took a moderate stance on LGBT rights, refusing to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell.
- Created a Board of Mental Health to reduce gun violence without gun control.
- Continued Steve Welch's goal to connect schools and libraries to the Internet.
- Banned Partial-birth abortion nationwide after 2011, but refused to overturn Roe.
- Cut red tape for small businesses.

Foreign policy

- Killed Osama bin Laden on December 8, 2010.
- Tightened sanctions on Iran while supporting Green Movement protesters with propaganda.
- Strengthened sanctions on North Korea, while installing the THAAD missile system in South Korea.
- Continued the Welch Administration's tough stance towards China, albeit focused on deterrence instead of fair trade.
- Signed free trade agreements with Colombia and Peru.
- Sponsored propaganda against the Venezuelan government.
- Continued to fight the war in Afghanistan, with a greater use of air power to undermine the Taliban.
- Cooperated with European countries on tackling climate change.
- Mantained strong relations with Saudi Arabia, eventually signing a peace treaty between the Saudis and Israel.
- Deepened cooperation with Latin American countries in the fight against drug trafficking.

John McCain ran for reelection by focusing on the economic recovery seen under his first term, and promising to continue his current policies; at the same time, the President promised to pass an infrastructure bill to fix America's roads, buildings and ports, while creating a tax credit for new businesses (an idea suggested by rising star in the GOP Ed Donnell), ratifying a Balanced Budget Amendment, and increasing oversight of the financial sector to prevent another recession. McCain attacked Barack Obama for his ties to Tony Rezko, Bill Ayers and Jeremiah Wright, without dragging the campaign into the gutter with those attacks.

Barack Obama used the slogan "Yes, We Can" and promised to raise taxes on the wealthy while closing corporate tax loopholes to control the deficit, implement a public healthcare option along with adequate funding and controls on prices, raise the federal minimum wage to 12 dollars per hour, pass a bill increasing bank regulation, create a system of work permits and strict licensing for employers, codify Roe vs Wade into federal law, permanently ban assault rifles and high-capacity magazines, make childcare and school meals free, and provide grants for homeless shelters providing a place for homeless individuals to sleep. Obama rarely attacked John McCain, only addressing his attacks failing to dent into the incumbent's popularity might have caused Obama's defeat.

Barack Obama's victory in the first debate probably helped him keep the race close, although the second presidential and VP debates were a tie.


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LeonelBrizola:
2016 United States presidential election

During McCain's second term, tensions with Russia increased, while the US economy recovered from the Great Recession by 2014. Democrats almost flipped the House of Representatives in 2016.

**Domestic Policy**

- Created a $50,000 tax credit and $45,000 tax deduction for Americans starting new businesses Ed Donnell's idea.
- Increased oversight of the financial sector.
- Started providing grants to city police departments, to make them more effective.
- Unsuccessfully pushed for a balanced budget amendment.
- Signed a $430 billion infrastructure bill into law on October 27, 2015.
- Fully repealed the Patriot Act.
- Named a moderate conservative to replace Antonin Scalia.
- Increased the federal minimum wage to $8.3 per hour.
- Reduced funding for Planned Parenthood.
- Opened 250 trade schools throughout all 50 states, DC and Puerto Rico.
- Expanded tax breaks for electric cars.
- Repealed Don't Ask, Don't Tell on December 18, 2014.
- Signed into law a bill implementing mandatory parental notification and consent (with a judicial bypass) for minors seeking abortions on March 27, 2014.
- Expanded background checks for gun buyers under 21, and closed the boyfriend loophole, after the Charleston shooting.

**Foreign policy**

- Imposed sanctions on Russia after the invasion of Crimea.
- Created a safe zone for the Free Syrian Army, to protect them from Assad's forces.
- Implemented a THAAD missile defense system in Eastern Europe starting in May 2015.
- Increased aid to Vietnam and the Philippines due to the Spratly Islands dispute.
- Opposed the Paris Agreement, seeing it as unfair to the US.
- Hacked into Iran's nuclear program, substantially increasing regional tensions (and putting the world into the brink of war in December 2015-January 2016).
- Unsuccessfully tried to allow Ukraine into NATO, until Romania and Poland dissented.
- Condemned the military crackdown in Turkey.
- Continued the embargo on Cuba.
- Tightened sanctions on Venezuela.
- Tried to deprive the North Korean government of hard currency.
- Sold weapons to Saudi Arabia after its invasion of Yemen.

US Senator for New York Hillary Clinton ran a moderate liberal campaign, calling for a public healthcare option with adequate funding and controls on prices, a minimum wage of 12 dollars per hour, renegotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership with greater protection for American manufacturing, defending the Syrian safe zone against Assad and ISIS, free preschool and expanded Pell Grants, raising taxes on the wealthy, protecting Roe vs Wade, legalizing and regulating marijuana, a "clawback" ending tax breaks and other benefits for companies that move jobs overseas, and banning assault rifles. Clinton chose US Senator for Pennsylvania Bob Casey as a running mate, with the goal of appealing to Midwestern voters and progressives. She rarely attacked Trump, instead focusing on his main opponent, to split the Republican vote.

Vice President Tim Pawlenty called for continuing and expanding John McCain's policies; he promised tax cuts, McCain's efforts to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the naming of conservative judges, a points-based immigration system paired with a path to citizenship, cooperating with European countries and Israel in the fight against international terrorism, increasing the tax deduction for these new businesses to $50,000, extending sick leave while doubling pay for nurses and hospital staff across the board, and to oppose most restrictions on gun ownership. Pawlenty attacked Hillary Clinton on her emails and ties to Goldman Sachs.

The election's surprise was the strong performance of billionaire businessman Donald Trump, who ran as the nominee of the Constitution Party in the general election after losing the Republican primaries. Trump promised to eliminate federal taxation for those making below $10,000 a year, raise tariffs on Chinese products, construct a wall in the border with Mexico, temporarily ban Muslims from entering the country, and repeal and replace Welchcare. Trump's campaign gained surprising traction with working-class and rural voters, but the Access Hollywood tape damaged his credibility. However, Trump managed to qualify for the first presidential debate, where all three candidates performed strongly.

Hillary Clinton was elected by winning the "blue wall" and all swing states, with the exception of North Carolina due to Tim Pawlenty's running mate. Trump became the first third-party candidate in 48 years to win a state, after carrying West Virginia by 2.7%; he finished second in Mississippi, Kentucky, Alaska and Montana.


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LeonelBrizola:
Quote from: LeonelBrizola on September 29, 2022, 10:07:19 AM

2016 United States presidential election

WIP


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I forgot to erase that faithless elector in Hawaii

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