Virtual Debates: 2020 Presidential Issues

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Donald Trump

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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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Pete Buttigieg

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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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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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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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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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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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Bill de Blasio

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John Delaney

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Steve Bullock

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Mike Gravel

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Joe Biden

There are too many people in prison. Too many black men and I might add, too many black women in prison. Our reforms started to reduce that population. Under our reforms 38,000 people came out. No more mandatory minimums. End private prisons. Bail reform. No juveniles in adult prison. Instead of teaching people how to be better criminals in prison, we should be educating people in prison. Automatic restoration of rights once your sentence is served, meaning not only that you can vote, but also that you automatically qualify for every program, including Pell grants so you can go on to get your education.

Source: South Carolina Democratic Convention (June 2019)

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Mark Sanford

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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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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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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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Michael Bennet

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Tulsi Gabbard

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Bill Weld

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Tim Ryan

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Eric Swalwell

No more turning a blind eye to American lives stolen by gun violence. We must enact truly universal background checks for all gun and ammunition purchases, do more to take guns away from domestic abusers, push states to adopt gun violence restraining order laws, and remove weapons of war from our communities once and for all. I’m the only candidate calling for a mandatory national ban and buyback of military-style semiautomatic assault weapons.

Source: Campaign Website

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Tom Steyer

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Bernie Sanders

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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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Marianne Williamson

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

Source: PBS

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Seth Moulton

We fight in 2020 for justice, because justice isn't being done when a young black man in Louisiana gets life in prison for selling $20 worth of marijuana while our president obstructs justice from the oval office. True justice means that we don't have a justice system that imprisons and kills black Americans for doing the same things white Americans do every day. And true justice means that we need to start impeachment proceedings on Monday.

Source: South Carolina Democratic Convention (June 2019)

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Joe Walsh

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