Virtual Debates: 2020 Presidential Issues

Crime

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Marianne Williamson

Supports banning the sales of assault rifles, semi-automatic weapons, bump stocks and high capacity magazines.

Source: PBS

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Pete Buttigieg

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Jay Inslee

Trump and the republicans say if you give people a raise, no one will have a business. Well, guess what, we've got the highest minimum wage in the United States and the biggest job growth in the United States of America. That's what you get, and that's why we need a $15/hr minimum wage.

Source: South Carolina Democratic Convention (June 2019)

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Elizabeth Warren

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Wayne Messam

Sued state of Florida over NRA gag rule. Wants to implement common-sense reforms like banning assault rifles and requiring universal background checks.

Source: TYT Interview

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Tulsi Gabbard

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Eric Swalwell

My top priority is to believe that we can end gun violence in America. We can honor the Emanuel 9. And every person in every city whose name we never heard and whose story was never told - by taking action and believing that your right to hug your kids when they come home, to dance at a concert, to laugh at a theater, to pray at a mosque, a church, a synagogue is greater than any other right in the constitution.

Source: South Carolina Democratic Convention (June 2019)

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John Delaney

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Bernie Sanders

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Joe Walsh

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Cory Booker

We will take a fight to the corporate gun lobby and we will win.

Source: Iowa Democratic Hall of Fame (May 2019)

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Mike Gravel

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Joe Biden

I beat the NRA before and we need to do it again. And by the way, use technology so that you cannot fire a gun unless it has your biometric prints on it. And that means no problem in terms of the second amendment and you have to pass the background checks that I put into law as a consequence of the Brady agreement.

Source: South Carolina Democratic Convention (June 2019)

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Tim Ryan

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Julián Castro

If we are going to be the fairest nation on earth then we need to reimagine and reform our justice system so that everybody is innocent until proven guilty. Sentencing reform, cash bail reform, investing in public defenders.

Source: South Carolina Democratic Convention (June 2019)

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Kirsten Gillibrand

When low-income people and people of color face huge disparities in arrests, sentencing, and incarceration compared to wealthy and white people for the same or lesser charges, it’s a clear and urgent sign that we need to rectify the injustices in our criminal justice system. We have a mass incarceration crisis, and institutional racism pervades the way we enforce laws. To rectify this, we should legalize marijuana at the federal level and expunge past records; reform our sentencing laws so that judges can have more flexibility when dealing with low-level, nonviolent drug offenses; change federal rules for our prisons; end cash bail; and invest resources in communities harmed by the racist war on drugs.

Source: Campaign Website

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Mark Sanford

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Joe Sestak

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.

Source: Candidate Website

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Bill Weld

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Tom Steyer

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Beto O'Rourke

Let us not just end the prohibition of marijuana, or the expungement of the records of those arrested solely for possession of a substance legal in most of this country — let’s go beyond ending cash bail, prisons for profit and the war on drugs and confront the true legacy of slavery, of segregation and suppression, of how people have been criminalized and kept down based on their race and ethnicity.Source: Candidate Website

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Steve Bullock

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Andrew Yang

For many Americans, guns are a big part of their culture and identity. However, guns are a major responsibility ... gun owners should continue to enjoy the right to bear arms, subject to licensing and education requirements that will encourage the public safety.

Source: Campaign Website

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Seth Moulton

We fight in 2020 because this election is about our basic human rights.... Not the right to carry and AR-15 around, but the right to know that our kids are going to go to school and come home in one piece.

Source: South Carolina Democratic Convention (June 2019)

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Amy Klobuchar

Gun violence prevention policies are long overdue. Amy supports a package of gun violence policies including instituting universal background checks by closing the gun show loophole and banning bump stocks, high capacity ammunition feeding devices and assault weapons. She is also the author of a proposal that would close what is commonly referred to as the ‘boyfriend loophole’ by preventing people who have abused dating partners from buying or owning firearms.

Source: Candidate Website

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Donald Trump

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John Hickenlooper

Ten years before Ferguson, we required all Denver police officers to go through crisis de-escalation training. We established the office of police monitoring ot make sure that any allegations of police misconduct would be investigated without the protection of the mayor's office... We did this because Americans have a basic right to feel safe and unafraid in their communities.

Source: South Carolina Democratic Convention (June 2019)

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Bill de Blasio

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Michael Bennet

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