Brat has quite the Bratform (see what I did there?) It's a terrible pun.
His first platform is on (you guessed it) Obamacare and why it is detrimental to the nation's healthcare system. As a Republican, Brat fully believes that Obamacare should not be permitted to run 20 percent of the nation's economy and that the relationship between price and service has to be restored. This common platform is aiming to ensure the return of old healthcare systems and to ensure the relationship between doctors and patients (which is fairly important since they do check your health).
The second platform that has already generated a lot of controversy is Brat's stance on immigration. While it's not a complicated stance, it does inform us that Brat doesn't support the open borders and doesn't agree with proposals granting amnesty. His platform also indicates that adding millions of workers to the labor force will decrease wages and cause more jobs to be lost. This platform doesn't sit well with many of the exchange students enrolled in Virginia schools, which may diminish his popularity with a rather large populace of student voters.
The third platform is Brat's support for the Second Amendment and his belief that the right to bear arms is a guarantee of American sovereignty. This platform might have also sparked a bit of debate because Brat has acknowledged the recent restriction movements in the wake of gun violence tragedies and is still determined to back American gun rights. This will be a bit touchy in the wake of events like Sandy Hook, especially for young voters.
The fourth platform that Brat possesses is his stance on Virginia education and his credibility of being an economics professor for 18 years. Being a professor, Brat values good educations and the idea that the faculty and staff best understand the needs of the students and the requirements of the educational system. Brat heavily opposes federal government top-down approaches to education like No Child Left Behind, which again emphasizes his stance from a teacher's perspective. This may be his best platform because he knows the ins and outs of the Virginia educational system and what the students and staff truly need. This stance may also help him figure out what appeals to student voters and how to successfully win them over in his campaign (other than being their academic adviser of course).
On a side note, Brat and Trammell both could say, "Vote for me and you'll get an A in my class". But that's just me.
By: Matthew Romeo
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