Virtual Debates: 2020 Presidential Candidate

Kirsten Gillibrand

Women in America are on fire. We've marched. We've organized. We've run for office. And we've won. But our rights are under attack like never before by President Trump and the republicans who want to repeal Roe-vs-Wade. Which is why I went to the front lines in Georgia to fight for them. As president, I will take on the fights that no one else will. I stood up to the Pentagon and repealed don't ask, don't tell. I stood up to the banks and voted against the bailout twice. I've stood up to Trump more than any other Senator in the US Senate. And I have the most comprehensive approach for getting money out of politics with publicly funded elections to deal with political corruption. Now is not the time to play it safe. Now is not the time to be afraid of firsts. We need a president who will take on the big challenges, even if she stands alone. Join me in fighting for this.

Source: MSNBC Democratic Primary Debate #2 (June 27, 2019)

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Economic Stimulus

We need policies that will help families make ends meet and get ahead: affordable child care, universal pre-K, a $15 minimum wage, equal pay for equal work, and tax relief for middle-class and low-income families. Kirsten is also committed to combating our maternal mortality crisis—particularly the glaring disparities and institutional racism facing women of color in our health care system—and introduced the MOMS Act to protect every new mom.

Source: Campaign Website

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Crime

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.

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Health Care

Health care should be a right for everyone in this country, not just a privilege for those who can afford it. Kirsten supports Medicare for All, and she wrote the Senate’s transition plan to get there from our current private insurance system. She defended against Republican attacks on the Affordable Care Act and has fought to protect health coverage for people with preexisting conditions. Universal health care has to include access to mental health care and the full range of reproductive health care, reduce prescription drug costs, and support addiction treatment.

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Education

Student debt is an out-of-control crisis in this country, and it isn’t just a burden on individual graduates—it’s a drag on the whole economy. We need to allow graduates and their families to refinance their student loans at lower rates, unleashing billions into the economy. We should make community college tuition-free, and we should work toward debt-free college by eliminating tuition and fees at public four-year colleges and universities for students from families that make up to $125,000 per year.

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Drug Policy

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.

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Environment

We should also treat the urgent need to act on climate change as an economic opportunity. When we invest in green technology, spur innovation and incentivize the use of renewable energy under the Green New Deal, we’ll also invest in massive new technical skills training and create family-supporting, sustainable jobs for the future.

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Civil Rights

Kirsten has long stood side by side with the LGBTQ community: She was an early supporter for marriage equality and repealing DOMA, took an instrumental role in ending Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, ensured HIV and AIDS patients’ access to health care and support, and she has led the fight for the rights of transgender people to serve in our military. She has consistently spoken out against the rising rate of hate crimes against LGBTQ people—especially trans women of color—and the bigotry that has emboldened it. She is also fighting for the rights of LGBTQ people to work, get housing, adopt and foster children, serve in the military, and go to school without discrimination.

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Tech and Innovation

Cyber security, election security and data privacy are crucial to our national security, and right now, America is behind the times. We should lead the way among our global partners to defend against cyberattacks, secure our elections against tampering, prioritize privacy and limit outside access to Americans’ data.

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Foreign Policy

This administration’s hateful attacks on immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers are outrageous and unacceptable. Kirsten has fought against family separation and inhumane treatment of children and families at our border. She has also fought alongside Dreamers and immigrant communities to keep families together, create a pathway to citizenship, and enact comprehensive immigration reform.

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Domestic Policy

Kirsten has never backed down from a fight if it’s the right thing to do, even if it’s hard or politically difficult. She has been the national leader in Congress on the fight for justice and accountability on behalf of sexual assault survivors, even before the #MeToo movement and our crucial national conversation around sexual abuse. And she’s led this fight no matter who she’s up against—whether it’s the Pentagon, major universities, President Trump, or even her own party.

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Politics

Our government should answer to the American people, not to special interests. But right now, corruption and greed are displacing our voices in our government. Taking on powerful interests is at the root of just about every major policy challenge we need to solve—whether that’s tackling student debt, getting Medicare for All or passing gun safety laws. Kirsten will never back down from that fight.

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