Virtual Debates: 2020 Presidential Issues

Economic Stimulus

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Mike Gravel

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Donald Trump

...tax reform bill that slashed taxes for corporations, high-income earners and many middle-class families

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Pete Buttigieg

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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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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

We passed a living wage in Miramar because we believe that our workers should only work one job to make ends meet.

Source: South Carolina Democratic Convention (June 2019)

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Bill de Blasio

The mayor also called for a millionaire’s tax in New York.

Source: pbs

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Marianne Williamson

Roll back tax cuts to the wealthy and big businesses.

Source: PBS

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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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Bill Weld

There is a bigger problem coming down the road, and that's that 25% of all the jobs in the United States are about to disappear because of technical developments in artificial intelligence and robotics and drones and machine learning and autonomous vehicles. The highest number of people in an occupation in most states is driver, truck drivers included, those jobs are going to be absolutely gone when autonomous vehicles come in and somebody's got to be thinking ahead about that.

Source: Bloomberg Interview

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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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Andrew Yang

Implement a Universal Basic Income, ‘the Freedom Dividend,’ of $1,000/month, $12,000 a year for every American adult over the age of 18. This is independent of one’s work status or any other factor. Putting money into people’s hands and keeping it there would be a perpetual boost and support to job growth and the economy. This would enable all Americans to pay their bills, educate themselves, start businesses, be more creative, stay healthy, relocate for work, spend time with their children, take care of loved ones, and have a real stake in the future.

Source: Campaign Website

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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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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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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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Bernie Sanders

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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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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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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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