Virtual Debates: 2020 Presidential Candidate

Joe Sestak

Accountability means answering for oneself, not for one’s intentions, but for the deed. We need a leader who is trusted by the people because he is willing to be accountable to them – above self, above party, above any special interest, no matter the cost to him.

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Economic Stimulus

It has been more than 55 years since President Lyndon Johnson declared a “War on Poverty” in his 1964 State of the Union address. The official poverty rate in the United States then was 19%. Today, it stands at 12.3%. By some measures, it is closer to 14%. While that does represent a real improvement, it is still a far cry from where we need to be as a nation. Far too many people still lack the resources to provide for their basic needs, including food, water, shelter, electricity, and heating. Far too many children still go hungry, the only square meal they receive coming just five times a week at their public school lunch. This should be unacceptable to all of us — and as President I will work every day to finally bring an end to poverty in America.

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Crime

Lawmakers owe it to the American people to explore every possible remedy to the crisis of gun violence in our country. We must find a way to reduce the staggering number of gun deaths each year while still maintaining our 2nd Amendment rights. It’s long past time we got serious.

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Health Care

Healthcare is a deeply personal issue for me. My daughter was first diagnosed with brain cancer at the age of 4, but the quality care that the American people provided my family through the military gave her a chance to beat the disease. When Alex’s cancer came back last year, more than a decade later, we were fortunate to have the same medical heroes who had saved her once, save her again — including a doctor who came out of retirement to perform the intricate brain surgery. I’m running for President so that one day soon all Americans will be able to feel the same sense of gratitude and good fortune my family feels when we think of my daughter’s care and treatment. We must finally make healthcare a right, not a privilege.

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Education

As President, I will work every day to improve our educational and training system and ensure that every American can access the high-quality education and skills they deserve.

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Environment

Climate change and environmental collapse are twin problems that threaten the very existence of life as we know it on this planet. Solving them presents our generation with the greatest challenge in human history — and it is imperative that we rise to meet this challenge. The stakes are just too high if we fail. As President, I will make stopping climate change and preventing environmental collapse the key national priorities they need to be. We owe future generations of humanity nothing less.

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Civil Rights

As a Congressman, I fought every day for America’s women, for better healthcare, reproductive rights, higher wages, professional development, and personal safety and security.

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Tech and Innovation

In order to fill the dangerous shortage of STEM workers, we must update our visa system. Currently, two-thirds of immigration visas go to family members of US citizens and legal permanent residents, while many skilled immigrants are left looking for other opportunities. While I believe our system must always endeavor to preserve individual family units, we should also take reasonable steps to bring in more skilled workers to fill the jobs our economy desperately needs filled.

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Foreign Policy

As the son of an immigrant who is now buried at Arlington, I know that the immigrant story is the story of America. Our immigrant heritage is a rich seam in our country’s history and adds much promise to our collective future. So many immigrants arrived in this country with nothing, and yet, through hard work and perseverance, saw their children become doctors, machinists, scientists, journalists, artists, welders, teachers, engineers — and even three-star admirals. No one doubts that our current immigration system is broken. But it will not be fixed by breaking it even further, which seems to be the current administration’s approach. It can only be fixed through comprehensive reform.

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Politics

During my four years in Congress, I got a first-hand view of the impact of lobbying in Washington, DC. The end result is that all too often our laws and policies are directed by corporate power and finances, ensuring corporate interests have priority over the interests of the American people, as well as people around the world. Our government is supposed to be “of, by, and for” the people, so as President I will do everything I can to stop corporate abuses of power and have our government once again be accountable only to the people.

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