On Monday, Aug. 8, The Associated Press begins a series of stories called “Why It Matters” examining 36 issues at stake in the presidential election. AP writers who specialize in the subject matter explain how these issues shape the lives of Americans and summarize where the presidential candidates stand on each.
The choice for voters on Election Day goes far beyond the contrasting personalities and backgrounds of the candidates. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump see America’s place in the world in far different terms. Their policies clash on immigration, the economy, health care, the direction of the Supreme Court and much more. They offer distinct approaches on matters that affect nearly everyone living in the United States.
Whether the question at hand is about the warming climate, the not-so-distant crisis over Social Security, the tax bite out of paychecks, the spread of opioid addiction or the perils of terrorism, hard decisions await the next president. “Why It Matters” aims to illuminate that economic, social and foreign policy landscape as voters weigh their decisions.
The stories will be released Monday, Wednesday and Thursday early in the morning Eastern time, and will be repeated later in the day. A fourth story per week will be added on Tuesdays, starting the week of Oct. 3.
In addition, a weekly compilation will be released, drawing together condensed versions of the week’s stories. This will be released early Saturday mornings and be repeated later in the day.
Each story will run a maximum of 600 words, with photos and a variety of video presentations.
“Why It Matters” for the week of Aug. 8, 2016:
—Campaign 2016-Why It Matters-World – A look at fundamental questions about foreign policy in this time of shifting threats and alliances. Moving Monday, Aug. 8.
—Campaign 2016-Why It Matters-Voting Rights – A look at the debut this fall of new voting restrictions in 17 states and the court struggles over those state laws. Moving Wednesday, Aug. 10.
—Campaign 2016-Why It Matters-Health Care – A look at the historic rise in health coverage — and rising consumer costs. Moving Thursday, Aug. 11.
For questions, please contact U.S. Political Editor David Scott ([email protected]), Why It Matters editor Cal Woodward ([email protected]) or the AP’s Nerve Center, which can be reached 24 hours a day at 212-621-1600.
The AP, Washington