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 I stood up to the Pentagon and repealed don't ask, don't tell.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

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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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.

Source: Campaign Website

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Health Care

As president, I will do four things: 1) appoint only judges who view Roe as settled precedent, 2) Codify Roe into law, 3) repeal the Hyde amendment so low-income women have access to abortion, 4) I will guarantee no matter where you live in this country, in all 50 states you will have access to legal, safe abortion procedures.Source: We Decide Forum (June 2019)

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Education

Our students need an education that provides the STEM skills and experience necessary for the jobs of the 21st-century economy.

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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.

Source: Campaign Website

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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.

Source: Campaign Website

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Civil Rights

Voter suppression, partisan gerrymandering, election tampering, and foreign interference in our elections are direct threats to our democracy. Kirsten believes we need to restore the Voting Rights Act and then go even further: We should enact automatic voter registration for every 18-year-old citizen, expand access to online registration and early voting, make Election Day a federal holiday, and end partisan gerrymandering and voter roll purging. We also need to protect against the real threat of foreign interference in our elections by requiring paper ballots, reinforcing elections security, and holding accountable any country or entity that attempts to undermine our democracy.

Source: Campaign Website

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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.

Source: Campaign Website

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Foreign Policy

We must work with—not alienate—our allies, maintain international commitments and leverage diplomatic and humanitarian strategies before resorting to military ones. Most importantly, military engagements should not continue without a clear strategy, defined and achievable goals and the consent of Congress through new Authorizations for the Use of Military Force. America’s commander in chief is not a dictator, and the decision to deploy our troops can never be made lightly or unilaterally.

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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

Wealthy special interests and their lobbyists have outsized influence over our laws because they can pour unlimited amounts of sometimes-secret money into passing their agenda and bankrolling their allies’ campaigns. We need to overturn Citizens United and get big, unaccountable and secret money out of our politics once and for all. And we need to create a public finance system to restore the principle of one person, one vote.

Source: Campaign Website

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