Virtual Debates: 2020 Presidential Issues

Economic Stimulus

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Donald Trump

The unemployment rate was 3.6 percent last month, down from 4.7 percent the month Trump became president. The stock market has made record gains under Trump.

Source: PBS

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John Hickenlooper

We made Colorado the number one economy in the nation three years in a row.

Source: South Carolina Democratic Convention (June 2019)

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Elizabeth Warren

Let's start with a wealth tax - 2% on the top .01% - the biggest fortunes in this country. We ask them to pitch in two cents to pay for universal childcare for kids under 5, universal pre-k for ever 3-4 year old, raise the wages of pre-school teachers and child care workers, provide universal free technical training and 2-4 year college for every kid who wants to go, and cancel student loan debt for 95% of the people who have it.

Source: South Carolina Democratic Convention (June 2019)

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Tulsi Gabbard

Here is the truth, we will not have the resources we need to invest in our people unless we deal with one central issue, and that is the cost of war.

Source: South Carolina Democratic Convention (June 2019)

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Bernie Sanders

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Jay Inslee

Our efforts to defeat the climate crisis will put 8 million people to work in good union jobs. This is a job creation engine. We know Donald Trump is wrong. Wind turbines don't cause cancer, they cause jobs.

Source: South Carolina Democratic Convention (June 2019)

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Andrew Yang

Again, Amazon, trillion dollar technology company, paying less in federal taxes than anyone in this room. That equation is not going to work for the people of South Carolina. We have to change that. We have to build a trickle up economy. From our people, our families, and our communities up. And as a parent myself, I know what $1000/month would mean to the college kid struggling at USC or Columbia with tuition or room and board bills. I know what it would mean to the single mom who is stuck in a cramped apartment trying to figure out how to create a better path for her kids, for the elderly South Carolinian who is struggling with drug prices that just go up and up, while your fixed income doesn't change. This dividend is how we change the game and start recognizing people like my wife who is at home with our two young boys, one of whom is autistic. What is her work included at in GDP right now? (zero) What does the market value her work at? (zero) And we know that is nonsense. We know that her work is among the most challenging and vital work that is done in our society today

Source: South Carolina Democratic Convention (June 2019)

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Pete Buttigieg

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Bill Weld

I'm an economic conservative. I was voted the most fiscally conservative governor in the United States by the Wall Street Journal and the Cato Institute. I cut spending year over year. Donald Trump is not an economic conservative, he doesn't even pretend to be. I think the country deserves to have some fiscal constraint and conservatism in cutting spending.

Source: MSNBC Interview

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Kamala Harris

Paying people equally. Paying teachers in terms of their value. Giving $500/month to working families.

Source: South Carolina Democratic Convention (June 2019)

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Eric Swalwell

Let's invest in a green collar economy...with new jobs in wind, solar and fusion. And know that if we get that right, addressing climate change will no longer start an argument, it will start a workday.

Source: South Carolina Democratic Convention (June 2019)

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Mark Sanford

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Beto O'Rourke

Every child must see a future for themselves in this country, or we will have no future as a democracy. The unprecedented concentration of wealth, power and privilege in the United States must be broken apart. Opportunity must be fully shared with all.

Source: Candidate Website

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Marianne Williamson

Roll back tax cuts to the wealthy and big businesses.

Source: PBS

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John Delaney

My dad was an electrician. he worked with his hands. We didn't talk about politics much at the dinner table, except for one thing. He said if you care bout the workers, you vote democrat. That was our party - and we gotta get back to that. We've got to be the party that puts forth common sense solutions, not impossible promises.

Source: South Carolina Democratic Convention (June 2019)

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Michael Bennet

$5 trillion dollars on tax cuts almost all for the richest people in the country and another $5.6 trillion on wars in the Middle East. We might as well have just lit that money on fire. We could have fixed every road and bridge in America. We could have fixed every airport in America. We could have given the middle class a real tax cut and made social security solvent for my daughter Caroline, and we did none of it.

Source: Iowa Democratic Hall of Fame (May 2019)

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Kirsten Gillibrand

Every American deserves a good job, the dignity of hard work and a paycheck that allows them to pay the bills and save for their and their children’s futures. We need to make sure that everyone has guaranteed access to full employment, and that workers have the skills training and support to fill good-paying jobs and advance their careers.

Source: Campaign Website

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Wayne Messam

I agree the minimum wage should be increased. However, $15/hr won’t be enough to find decent housing across America. One should earn a wage that allows them to meet their basic needs.

Source: Candidate Website

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Mike Gravel

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Julián Castro

If we are going to be the most prosperous country on earth, it means prosperity for everybody. We need to raise the minimum wage. We need to make sure we build up our labor unions, because labor unions have been a ticket to the middle class. We also need to do things like pass the equal rights amendment, and invest in affordable housing.

Source: South Carolina Democratic Convention (June 2019)

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Steve Bullock

We want everyone to know that our economy and our democracy will work for them. No matter who you are, where you came from, or how much money your family has - you have a fair shot at that American Dream.

Source: Iowa Democratic Hall of Fame (May 2019)

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Joe Biden

We need to provide an $8000 tax credit to parents for every child who needs childcare.

Source: South Carolina Democratic Convention (June 2019)

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Cory Booker

We are for every American worker because they deserve a living wage, a right to a union, and a right to retire with dignity and security.

Source: Iowa Democratic Hall of Fame (May 2019)

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Amy Klobuchar

As the granddaughter of an iron ore miner and the daughter of a union teacher and a union newspaperman, Amy will bring one clear but simple guide to the White House: When unions are strong, our country is strong. As President, she’ll stand up against attempts to weaken our unions. That means achieving real labor law reform, ensuring free and fair union elections, protecting collective bargaining rights, rolling back Right to Work laws, and making it easier — and not harder — for workers to join unions.

Source: Candidate Website

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Tom Steyer

Another charitable project is Beneficial State Bank, which since 2007 has loaned money affordably to working people, small businesses and nonprofit community projects shut out by regular banks. Tom and Kat have given more than $120 million to building the bank, which reinvests any profits back into the communities it serves. Their support of the bank is ongoing.

Source: Candidate Website

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Joe Sestak

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.

Source: Candidate Website

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Tim Ryan

Working hard and playing by the rules should matter in America. It's about putting together and industrial policy so that we start building things again - in the United States of America. And we don't just talk about $15/hr. We talk about $30/hr and $40/hr and $50/hr jobs so that if you work hard and play by the rules you can have a good living in the United States of America.

Source: Iowa Democratic Hall of Fame (May 2019)

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Seth Moulton

We fight in 2020 for opportunity. We need a tax code in our country that rewards hard work, not tax evasion.

Source: South Carolina Democratic Convention (June 2019)

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Bill de Blasio

He raised the minimum wage of city workers to $15 an hour, which he claims paved the way for the minimum wage hike in the state of New York.

Source: pbs

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Joe Walsh

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