On the Issues


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Kamala Harris on Abortion

  • Reproductive healthcare under attack in American today. (Oct 2019)
  • Stop men telling women what they can do with their bodies. (Oct 2019)
  • Repeal Hyde Amendment; unacceptable that Biden voted for it. (Jul 2019)
  • Don’t limit abortions to the first 20 weeks of pregnancy. (Jan 2019)
  • Rated 100% by NARAL, indicating a pro-choice voting record. (Dec 2010)
  • Ban anti-abortion limitations on abortion services. (Mar 2017)
  • Access safe, legal abortion without restrictions. (Mar 2017)
  • Supports public funding for abortion services. (Nov 2016)
  • Opposes parental notification for abortions by minors. (Nov 2016)
  • Keep federal funding for family planning clinics. (Mar 2017)
  • Born-Alive Survivors bill tries to illegalize abortion. (Feb 2020)
  • Endorsed Endorsed by EMILY’s list for pro-choice Democratic women. (Nov 2016)

Kamala Harris on Budget and Economy

  • Economic numbers conceal more than reveal. (Jun 2019)
  • Prosecuted fewer foreclosure fraud cases than smaller states. (Aug 2017)
  • $20B for struggling homeowners during mortgage crisis. (Apr 2015)

Kamala Harris on Civil Rights

  • Dems take black women for granted. (Nov 2019)
  • I performed same-sex marriages in 2004, AND later ones. (Oct 2019)
  • End unequal treatment under law by sexual orientation. (Oct 2019)
  • Protect those who are more vulnerable to hate. (Oct 2019)
  • Must speak the truth about racism & other forms of hate. (Aug 2019)
  • Russian election interference exploited racial divide. (Aug 2019)
  • Biden worked with racist senators to oppose busing. (Jun 2019)
  • Federal government protects civil rights when states fail. (Jun 2019)
  • We cannot be ignorant of history of race in this country. (Jun 2019)
  • Legalize sex work, but fight trafficking and abuse. (Apr 2019)
  • Women’s issues are really about everyone. (Apr 2019)
  • Ally of LGBTQ community; must end discrimination. (Apr 2019)
  • Supports commission investigating reparations for slavery. (Apr 2019)
  • Reparations raise a public health issue. (Mar 2019)
  • Reparations means real investments in black communities. (Feb 2019)
  • Rename Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples’ Day. (Feb 2019)
  • Reparations for blacks should include HBCU and reforms. (Feb 2019)
  • Let transgender people access the bathroom of their choice. (Jan 2019)
  • Calling it “identity politics” marginalizes our issues. (Aug 2018)
  • Judicial appointments should reject separate but equal. (Apr 2018)
  • Fight for equal rights for all. (Apr 2015)
  • Ensure marriage equality for all Californians. (Apr 2015)
  • Eliminate “gay panic” tactic for criminal defendants. (Aug 2014)
  • Maintain LGBT health info on federal websites. (Apr 2018)

Kamala Harris on Corporations

  • Reverse the 2017 corporate income tax cut. (Jul 2019)
  • New tax on banks with over $50 billion in assets. (Jul 2019)
  • Why haven’t we asked how to pay for tax cuts to the top 1%? (Jun 2019)
  • Facebook is like a utility; needs to be regulated. (May 2019)
  • New fees on banks and financial institutions. (Jan 2019)
  • Tough stance on mortgage lenders fell short. (Aug 2017)
  • Same rules must apply to everyone, including the wealthy. (Sep 2012)

Kamala Harris on Crime

  • When people break rules, they pay penalty; so should Trump. (Nov 2019)
  • I fought and ended the “gay panic” defense. (Oct 2019)
  • I’ve always wanted to protect people and keep them safe. (Sep 2019)
  • FactCheck: Denied DNA evidence in 1980s; backtracked in 2018. (Jul 2019)
  • I chose the unpopular thing to NOT seek the death penalty. (Jul 2019)
  • Moratorium on death penalty; but defended it as AG. (May 2019)
  • Have a conversation on whether prisoners should vote. (Apr 2019)
  • Private prisons are about profit, not dealing with crime. (Apr 2019)
  • Federal and state moratorium on death penalty. (Mar 2019)
  • No on capital punishment, but justice for murderers. (Mar 2019)
  • Ex-felons re-enter society, instead of broken justice system. (Feb 2019)
  • Punish violent criminals, but understand they also need help. (Jan 2019)
  • Back on Track: expungement for first-time minor offenders. (Jan 2019)
  • Cash bail system favors the wealthy. (Jan 2019)
  • 2010: Ran for A.G. as anti-death-penalty D.A. (Jan 2019)
  • Focus on helping non-violent young offenders. (Aug 2017)
  • Defied pressure for death penalty for cop killer. (Aug 2017)
  • Imprison violent criminals, not the non-violent. (Apr 2015)
  • Make fighting transnational gangs a top priority. (Nov 2014)
  • Treat crime economically: most safety for the investment. (Oct 2009)
  • Smart on Crime: focus on violence, youth, & prevention. (Oct 2009)
  • Crime pyramid: nonviolent offender isn’t hardened criminal. (Oct 2009)
  • Personally opposed to death penalty; as DA, never pursued it. (Jan 2004)
  • 2004: no death penalty for cop killer; 2019: apply to all. (Mar 2019)

Kamala Harris on Black Lives Matter

  • Every black man is subject of profiling & discrimination. (Jun 2019)
  • Not tough nor soft crime: must be smart on crime. (Mar 2019)
  • Progressive prosecutor: fix broken criminal justice system. (Jan 2019)
  • I’m part of changing prosecutors’ history of injustice. (Jan 2019)
  • Black men pay 35% higher bail than white men. (Jan 2019)
  • I’m for both the police and for police accountability. (Jan 2019)
  • Don’t require cops to wear body cameras. (May 2015)
  • Acknowledge that certain communities distrust police. (May 2015)

Kamala Harris on Drugs

  • Opposed marijuana legalization, but currents have changed. (Sep 2019)
  • SAFE Banking Act: Decriminalize marijuana finances. (Jul 2019)
  • Legalize marijuana: it gives a lot of people joy. (Feb 2019)
  • Dismantle War on Drugs; start with marijuana legalization. (Jan 2019)
  • Opioid crisis requires emergency mobilization. (Jan 2019)
  • Recognize the war on drugs was a failure. (May 2015)
  • Back on Track: re-entry instead of incarceration for drugs. (Apr 2015)
  • Focus on combating transnational gangs. (Apr 2015)
  • Deal with drug addiction in offenders, but still arrest them. (Oct 2009)
  • Co-sponsor of Marijuana Justice Act for legalization. (May 2019)

Kamala Harris on Education

  • $2T for HBCUs; they produce so many of our teachers. (Sep 2019)
  • FactCheck: Did not desegregate LA and SF school districts. (Jul 2019)
  • Boost average teacher pay by $13,500. (May 2019)
  • Change rules on student debt: reduce interest, income based. (Apr 2019)
  • Federal money to subsidize teach pay raises. (Mar 2019)
  • Free tuition at four-year public colleges. (Jan 2019)
  • As child, bused to desegregated school with mixed races. (Jan 2019)
  • Took on Corinthian College, a for-profit college scam. (Jan 2019)
  • Ensure access to a high quality public education. (Aug 2016)
  • Make two years of community college free. (Mar 2018)

Kamala Harris on Energy and Oil

  • Shouldn’t sell/lease public land for drilling. (Sep 2019)
  • Rejoin Paris Accord on Day One; carbon neutral by 2030. (Jul 2019)
  • Climate crisis represents existential threat to our species. (Jun 2019)
  • Green New Deal sets agenda for dealing with climate change. (Apr 2019)
  • Restore Clean Power Plan and Clean Car Standards. (Apr 2019)
  • Climate change important, but not only issue. (Jan 2019)
  • Don’t withdraw from the Paris climate accord. (Jan 2019)
  • Climate change is a national security threat to America. (Jan 2019)
  • Innovate smart solutions to climate change. (Aug 2015)
  • Green New Deal: 10-year national mobilization. (Feb 2019)

Kamala Harris on Environment

  • We turned brown skies to blue by taking on oil companies. (Sep 2019)
  • Declare drinking water emergency on Day One. (Sep 2019)
  • Ban fracking & offshore drilling. (Sep 2019)
  • Ban plastic straws & bags; limit single-use plastic. (Sep 2019)
  • I like cheeseburgers, but less meat in food pyramid. (Sep 2019)
  • Figure out what to do with nuclear waste–not Yucca Mountain. (Sep 2019)
  • Take on interests with profit motive to pollute. (Sep 2019)
  • Develop new nuclear technologies. (Jul 2019)
  • 100% lifetime score from the League of Conservation Voters. (Jan 2019)
  • Prosecuted polluters for illegal dumping and air pollution. (Aug 2017)
  • Fight to protect our coast. (Apr 2015)

Kamala Harris on Families and Kids

  • Six months paid family leave; burden still falls on women. (Nov 2019)
  • Keep families together; end solitary confinement. (Sep 2019)
  • Keep families together; end solitary confinement. (Sep 2019)
  • Supports broad paid family and medical leave plans. (Jul 2019)
  • Sanctuary for prostituted youth so they can escape pimps. (Jan 2019)
  • Shut down brothels masquerading as massage parlors. (Jan 2019)
  • 2004: Performed same-sex marriage despite state ban. (Jan 2019)
  • Punish parents of chronically truant kids. (Aug 2017)
  • Served as attorney in Division on Children and Families. (Apr 2015)

Kamala Harris on Foreign Policy

  • Trump got punked by North Korea. (Nov 2019)
  • Trump embracing Korean & Russian dictators is a threat. (Jun 2019)
  • We need to get back into Iran nuclear deal. (Jun 2019)
  • Iran nuclear deal was being complied with by all parties. (Jun 2019)
  • US stronger when working with allies. (May 2019)
  • I value the importance of diplomacy; I value relationships. (Mar 2019)
  • Decisions should be made after outreach to allies. (Feb 2019)
  • The way to keep us safe is NOT to keep outsiders out. (Nov 2015)
  • Distinguish Islamic religion from terrorism. (May 2015)
  • Supports standing with the nation of israel. (Nov 2016)
  • Two-state solution despite Israeli settlements on West Bank. (Jan 2017)

Kamala Harris on Free Trade

  • Export American products, not American jobs. (Sep 2019)
  • Trump’s tariffs are a trade tax on workers and farmers. (Jul 2019)
  • Demand changes to post-NAFTA agreement USMCA. (Jul 2019)
  • Don’t use tariffs to pressure countries. (Jul 2019)
  • Trade agreements should address climate change. (May 2019)
  • Opposed TPP for invalidating California environmental laws. (Feb 2019)
  • Consumers hurt by trade wars, while corporations benefit. (Feb 2019)
  • TPP doesn’t offer sufficient worker protections. (May 2016)

Kamala Harris on Government Reform

  • Get rid of the Senate filibuster to pass Green New Deal. (Sep 2019)
  • Discuss eliminating the Electoral College. (Jul 2019)
  • Mandate paper ballots. (Jul 2019)
  • New voting rights act; make Election Day a holiday. (May 2019)
  • Statehood for the District of Columbia. (Feb 2018)
  • Automatic voter registration for all citizens. (Nov 2018)
  • Sponsored bill for election holiday & easier voting access. (Mar 2019)
  • Voted YES on two articles of impeachment against Trump. (Feb 2020)

Kamala Harris on Gun Control

  • Mandatory buyback for 5 million assault weapons. (Oct 2019)
  • Trump didn’t pull trigger, but he tweeted out the ammunition. (Sep 2019)
  • Executive action on gun control if Congress won’t do it. (Jun 2019)
  • If Congress won’t act on guns, I will, by executive action. (May 2019)
  • If Congress won’t pass gun laws, do it by executive action. (Apr 2019)
  • No reason we have assault weapons in a civil society. (Jan 2019)
  • We cannot tolerate society with our babies being slaughtered. (Feb 2018)
  • No gun ownership for dangerous convicts or mentally ill. (Apr 2016)
  • Rated 7% by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun control voting record. (Dec 2010)
  • Supports restrictions on right to bear arms. (Nov 2016)
  • Co-sponsored background check for every firearm sale. (Jan 2019)

Kamala Harris on Health Care

  • Federal funding for PrEP to prevent HIV/AIDS. (Oct 2019)
  • Medicare-for-All with 10-year transition and private option. (Jul 2019)
  • Cover everyone; don’t leave out 10 million Americans. (Jul 2019)
  • Separate employment from healthcare, but not illegal. (Jul 2019)
  • For-profit insurers jack up co-pays and deductibles. (Jul 2019)
  • Huge profits for insurance; pharma on backs of families. (Jul 2019)
  • $5000 deductible demonstrates flaws of for profit system. (Jun 2019)
  • Supports Medicare for All, even undocumented aliens. (May 2019)
  • Private insurance not victims under single payer. (Apr 2019)
  • Make healthcare fundamental right, not privilege for wealthy. (Feb 2019)
  • End private health insurance with Medicare for All. (Jan 2019)
  • We pay more for prescriptions than abroad: they negotiate. (Jan 2019)
  • Require pharmaceutical companies to allow generics. (Aug 2017)
  • Companies should provide contraception under ObamaCare. (Nov 2013)
  • Opposes repealing mandated health insurance. (Nov 2016)

Kamala Harris on Homeland Security

  • Slash the defense budget. (Jul 2019)
  • Domestic terrorism as national security priority. (Apr 2019)
  • Champion a robust VA for our Veterans. (Aug 2016)
  • Exempt Veterans Affairs from federal hiring freeze. (Jan 2017)

Kamala Harris on Immigration

  • Hold companies liable for hiring non-citizens, not workers. (Aug 2019)
  • Kids whose parents crossed border are treated like criminals. (Jul 2019)
  • I disagreed with Obama on Secure Communities deportations. (Jun 2019)
  • Immediately reinstate DACA protection, including parents. (Jun 2019)
  • Due process & right to counsel, for asylum seekers. (Mar 2019)
  • 2008: Supported SF policy reported arrested juveniles to ICE. (Feb 2019)
  • Reform system, against “vanity project” of border wall. (Feb 2019)
  • Welcome refugees and immigrants, instead of a border wall. (Feb 2019)
  • Re-examine ICE & start from scratch. (Jan 2019)
  • $3M to get lawyers for children from Northern Triangle. (Jan 2019)
  • Zero tolerance is inhumane: end child separation. (Jan 2019)
  • Border wall sends the message “KEEP OUT”. (Jan 2019)
  • No border wall in any comprehensive bill. (Feb 2018)
  • An undocumented immigrant is not a criminal. (Apr 2015)
  • Provide lawyers and evidence for children being deported. (Feb 2018)
  • Terminate national emergency at the Southern border. (Mar 2019)
  • Increase both high-skill and family-based visa caps. (Sep 2019)

Kamala Harris on Jobs

  • Women are still only paid 80 cents compared to $1 for men. (Nov 2019)
  • Require “equal pay certification” for government contracts. (Nov 2019)
  • Time for action: enforce equal pay for equal work. (Jul 2019)
  • Raise the federal minimum wage to $15/hour. (Jul 2019)

Kamala Harris on Principles and Values

  • Trump committed crimes in plain sight. (Oct 2019)
  • We have much more in common than what separates us. (Oct 2019)
  • The power of a president’s support will help LGBTQ youth. (Oct 2019)
  • Commonalities unite us more than racism divides us. (Sep 2019)
  • Trump should be prosecuted for obstruction of justice. (Jul 2019)
  • Fight for the best of who we are. (Jul 2019)
  • A president who leads with dignity, honesty, truth. (Jun 2019)
  • Words matter; leaders cannot be ignorant of history of race. (Jun 2019)
  • FactCheck: Constitutionally eligible to run for presidency. (Jan 2019)
  • Co-sponsored Do No Harm Act: keep church and state separate. (Aug 2018)
  • First Indian-American to serve in the U.S. Senate. (Nov 2016)
  • Grandfather served as high-level diplomat in India. (Oct 2009)
  • Question Trump on Emoluments clause. (May 2017)

Kamala Harris on Social Security

  • Trump deficits will endanger Social Security. (Jul 2019)
  • Oppose entitlement cuts; strengthen these safety nets. (Aug 2016)

Kamala Harris on Tax Reform

  • Higher tax on wealthy to fund Medicare-for-All & teacher pay. (Nov 2019)
  • Tax credits for middle class & working families. (May 2019)
  • Tax relief for middle class; repeal 2017 tax cuts. (May 2019)
  • Tax break for people unable to pay unexpected expense. (May 2019)
  • Monthly tax credit would provide base income. (Apr 2019)
  • LIFT Act: $500 monthly tax credit for eligible middle class. (Jan 2019)
  • Payments to needy, not tax breaks for the rich. (Oct 2018)
  • Expand EITC, Child Tax Credit, and R&D Tax Credit. (Aug 2016)

Kamala Harris on Technology

  • Same rules for everyone; Twitter should shut down Trump. (Oct 2019)
  • All electric cars and school buses by 2045. (Sep 2019)
  • We’re very vulnerable to cyber threats. (Aug 2019)
  • Cybersecurity crucial to protect elections & infrastructure. (Apr 2019)
  • Improve transportation infrastructure in rural communities. (Mar 2019)
  • Secure Elections Act: prevent foreign interference. (Jan 2019)
  • Cyber doctrine: when is a cyberattack an act of war? (Jan 2019)
  • Update water infrastructure based on Israeli model. (Jan 2019)
  • Smartphone videos force police brutality to be seen. (Jan 2019)

Kamala Harris on War and Peace

  • Bring the troops home from post-9-11 wars. (Jul 2019)
  • Ok with Israeli settlements in Palestinian territory. (Mar 2019)
  • Opposes US support for Saudi military action in Yemen. (Feb 2019)
  • Time for a political solution in Afghanistan. (Jan 2019)
  • No military force against Iran without Congress approval. (Feb 2020)

Kamala Harris on Welfare and Poverty

  • Use the tax code to alleviate homelessness. (Oct 2019)
  • Massively expand the EITC (Earned Income Tax Credit). (Jul 2019)
  • Subsidies for Affordable Housing renters and homeowners. (Jul 2019)
  • LIFT Act and Rent Relief: $42 billion to people in poverty. (Jan 2019)

Kamala Harris on Vote-Match Responses

VoteMatch Question & Answer
(Click on question for explanation and background)
Based on these stances:
(Click on topic for excerpt & citation)
Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman’s unrestricted right
(+5 points on Social scale)
Reproductive healthcare under attack in American today: Strongly Favors topic 1
Stop men telling women what they can do with their bodies: Strongly Favors topic 1
Repeal Hyde Amendment; unacceptable that Biden voted for it: Strongly Favors topic 1
Don’t limit abortions to the first 20 weeks of pregnancy: Favors topic 1
Rated 100% by NARAL, indicating a pro-choice voting record: Strongly Favors topic 1
Ban anti-abortion limitations on abortion services: Strongly Favors topic 1
Access safe, legal abortion without restrictions: Strongly Favors topic 1
Supports public funding for abortion services: Strongly Favors topic 1
Opposes parental notification for abortions by minors: Favors topic 1
Keep federal funding for family planning clinics: Strongly Favors topic 1
Rated Born-Alive Survivors bill tries to illegalize abortion: Favors topic 1
Endorsed Endorsed by EMILY’s list for pro-choice Democratic women: Strongly Favors topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Require “equal pay certification” for government contracts: Strongly Favors topic 2
Must speak the truth about racism & other forms of hate: Strongly Favors topic 2
Time for action: enforce equal pay for equal work: Strongly Favors topic 2
Biden worked with racist senators to oppose busing: Strongly Favors topic 2
Federal government protects civil rights when states fail: Favors topic 2
We cannot be ignorant of history of race in this country: Strongly Favors topic 2
Words matter; leaders cannot be ignorant of history of race: Favors topic 2
Women’s issues are really about everyone: Favors topic 2
Supports commission investigating reparations for slavery: Strongly Favors topic 2
Reparations raise a public health issue: Strongly Favors topic 2
Reparations means real investments in black communities: Strongly Favors topic 2
Rename Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples’ Day: Strongly Favors topic 2
Reparations for blacks should include HBCU and reforms: Strongly Favors topic 2
As child, bused to desegregated school with mixed races: Strongly Favors topic 2
Calling it “identity politics” marginalizes our issues: Strongly Favors topic 2
Judicial appointments should reject separate but equal: Favors topic 2
Fight for equal rights for all: Favors topic 2
Every black man is subject of profiling & discrimination: Strongly Favors topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+5 points on Social scale)
I performed same-sex marriages in 2004, AND later ones: Strongly Favors topic 3
Federal funding for PrEP to prevent HIV/AIDS: Strongly Favors topic 3
Ally of LGBTQ community; must end discrimination: Strongly Favors topic 3
Let transgender people access the bathroom of their choice: Strongly Favors topic 3
2004: Performed same-sex marriage despite state ban: Strongly Favors topic 3
Ensure marriage equality for all Californians: Strongly Favors topic 3
Eliminate “gay panic” tactic for criminal defendants: Strongly Favors topic 3
Maintain LGBT health info on federal websites: Strongly Favors topic 3
Strongly Opposes topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(+5 points on Social scale)
Co-sponsored Do No Harm Act: keep church and state separate: Strongly Opposes topic 4
Strongly Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Medicare-for-All with 10-year transition and private option: Favors topic 5
For-profit insurers jack up co-pays and deductibles: Strongly Favors topic 5
Huge profits for insurance; pharma on backs of families: Strongly Favors topic 5
$5000 deductible demonstrates flaws of for profit system: Strongly Favors topic 5
Supports Medicare for All, even undocumented aliens: Strongly Favors topic 5
Private insurance not victims under single payer: Strongly Favors topic 5
Make healthcare fundamental right, not privilege for wealthy: Strongly Favors topic 5
End private health insurance with Medicare for All: Strongly Favors topic 5
Require pharmaceutical companies to allow generics: Favors topic 5
Companies should provide contraception under ObamaCare: Favors topic 5
Opposes repealing mandated health insurance: Strongly Favors topic 5
Strongly Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Trump deficits will endanger Social Security: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Oppose entitlement cuts; strengthen these safety nets: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Strongly Opposes topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Boost average teacher pay by $13,500: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Federal money to subsidize teach pay raises: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Ensure access to a high quality public education: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Opposes topic 8:
Fight EPA regulatory over-reach
(+2 points on Social scale)
Take on interests with profit motive to pollute: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Develop new nuclear technologies: Favors topic 8
100% lifetime score from the League of Conservation Voters: Opposes topic 8
Update water infrastructure based on Israeli model: Opposes topic 8
Fight to protect our coast: Opposes topic 8
Opposes topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(+2 points on Social scale)
I chose the unpopular thing to NOT seek the death penalty: Opposes topic 9
Moratorium on death penalty; but defended it as AG: Opposes topic 9
Legalize sex work, but fight trafficking and abuse: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Private prisons are about profit, not dealing with crime: Opposes topic 9
Domestic terrorism as national security priority: Favors topic 9
Federal and state moratorium on death penalty: Strongly Opposes topic 9
No on capital punishment, but justice for murderers: Neutral on topic 9
Ex-felons re-enter society, instead of broken justice system: Opposes topic 9
Punish violent criminals, but understand they also need help: Opposes topic 9
Back on Track: expungement for first-time minor offenders: Opposes topic 9
Cash bail system favors the wealthy: Strongly Opposes topic 9
2010: Ran for A.G. as anti-death-penalty D.A.: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Sanctuary for prostituted youth so they can escape pimps: Favors topic 9
Shut down brothels masquerading as massage parlors: Favors topic 9
Smartphone videos force police brutality to be seen: Opposes topic 9
Focus on helping non-violent young offenders: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Defied pressure for death penalty for cop killer: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Punish parents of chronically truant kids: Strongly Favors topic 9
Imprison violent criminals, not the non-violent: Opposes topic 9
Make fighting transnational gangs a top priority: Favors topic 9
Treat crime economically: most safety for the investment: Favors topic 9
Smart on Crime: focus on violence, youth, & prevention: Favors topic 9
Crime pyramid: nonviolent offender isn’t hardened criminal: Opposes topic 9
Personally opposed to death penalty; as DA, never pursued it: Strongly Opposes topic 9
2004: no death penalty for cop killer; 2019: apply to all: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Not tough nor soft crime: must be smart on crime: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Progressive prosecutor: fix broken criminal justice system: Opposes topic 9
I’m part of changing prosecutors’ history of injustice: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Black men pay 35% higher bail than white men: Strongly Opposes topic 9
I’m for both the police and for police accountability: Favors topic 9
Don’t require cops to wear body cameras: Strongly Favors topic 9
Acknowledge that certain communities distrust police: Opposes topic 9
Strongly Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Mandatory buyback for 5 million assault weapons: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Executive action on gun control if Congress won’t do it: Strongly Opposes topic 10
If Congress won’t act on guns, I will, by executive action: Strongly Opposes topic 10
If Congress won’t pass gun laws, do it by executive action: Strongly Opposes topic 10
No reason we have assault weapons in a civil society: Strongly Opposes topic 10
We cannot tolerate society with our babies being slaughtered: Strongly Favors topic 10
No gun ownership for dangerous convicts or mentally ill: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Rated 7% by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun control voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Supports restrictions on right to bear arms: Opposes topic 10
Co-sponsored background check for every firearm sale: Strongly Favors topic 10
Strongly Favors topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Higher tax on wealthy to fund Medicare-for-All & teacher pay: Favors topic 11
Reverse the 2017 corporate income tax cut: Strongly Favors topic 11
New tax on banks with over $50 billion in assets: Strongly Favors topic 11
Massively expand the EITC (Earned Income Tax Credit): Favors topic 11
Why haven’t we asked how to pay for tax cuts to the top 1%?: Strongly Favors topic 11
Tax credits for middle class & working families: Favors topic 11
Tax relief for middle class; repeal 2017 tax cuts: Favors topic 11
Tax break for people unable to pay unexpected expense: Strongly Favors topic 11
Monthly tax credit would provide base income: Favors topic 11
New fees on banks and financial institutions: Strongly Favors topic 11
$3M to get lawyers for children from Northern Triangle: Strongly Favors topic 11
Zero tolerance is inhumane: end child separation: Strongly Favors topic 11
LIFT Act: $500 monthly tax credit for eligible middle class: Strongly Favors topic 11
Payments to needy, not tax breaks for the rich: Strongly Favors topic 11
Expand EITC, Child Tax Credit, and R&D Tax Credit: Favors topic 11
Strongly Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+5 points on Social scale)
Hold companies liable for hiring non-citizens, not workers: Favors topic 12
Kids whose parents crossed border are treated like criminals: Favors topic 12
I disagreed with Obama on Secure Communities deportations: Favors topic 12
Immediately reinstate DACA protection, including parents: Strongly Favors topic 12
Due process & right to counsel, for asylum seekers: Favors topic 12
2008: Supported SF policy reported arrested juveniles to ICE: Opposes topic 12
Reform system, against “vanity project” of border wall: Strongly Favors topic 12
Welcome refugees and immigrants, instead of a border wall: Strongly Favors topic 12
Re-examine ICE & start from scratch: Favors topic 12
No border wall in any comprehensive bill: Strongly Favors topic 12
An undocumented immigrant is not a criminal: Strongly Favors topic 12
Provide lawyers and evidence for children being deported: Favors topic 12
Terminate national emergency at the Southern border: Favors topic 12
Increase both high-skill and family-based visa caps: Favors topic 12
Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Trump’s tariffs are a trade tax on workers and farmers: Favors topic 13
Demand changes to post-NAFTA agreement USMCA: Opposes topic 13
Don’t use tariffs to pressure countries: Favors topic 13
US stronger when working with allies: Strongly Favors topic 13
Trade agreements should address climate change: Favors topic 13
Opposed TPP for invalidating California environmental laws: Opposes topic 13
Consumers hurt by trade wars, while corporations benefit: Favors topic 13
TPP doesn’t offer sufficient worker protections: Opposes topic 13
Opposes topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(-3 points on Economic scale)
I value the importance of diplomacy; I value relationships: Strongly Opposes topic 14
The way to keep us safe is NOT to keep outsiders out: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Supports standing with the nation of israel: Favors topic 14
Two-state solution despite Israeli settlements on West Bank: Favors topic 14
Favors topic 15:
Expand the military
(-3 points on Social scale)
Slash the defense budget: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Cybersecurity crucial to protect elections & infrastructure: Favors topic 15
Opposes US support for Saudi military action in Yemen: Opposes topic 15
Cyber doctrine: when is a cyberattack an act of war?: Favors topic 15
Champion a robust VA for our Veterans: Favors topic 15
Exempt Veterans Affairs from federal hiring freeze: Favors topic 15
Strongly Favors topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(+5 points on Social scale)
Russian election interference exploited racial divide: Strongly Favors topic 16
Discuss eliminating the Electoral College: Favors topic 16
Mandate paper ballots: Favors topic 16
New voting rights act; make Election Day a holiday: Strongly Favors topic 16
Have a conversation on whether prisoners should vote: Favors topic 16
Secure Elections Act: prevent foreign interference: Strongly Favors topic 16
Statehood for the District of Columbia: Favors topic 16
Automatic voter registration for all citizens: Strongly Favors topic 16
Sponsored bill for election holiday & easier voting access: Strongly Favors topic 16
Opposes topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(-3 points on Social scale)
Bring the troops home from post-9-11 wars: Strongly Favors topic 17
We need to get back into Iran nuclear deal: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Iran nuclear deal was being complied with by all parties: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Ok with Israeli settlements in Palestinian territory: Opposes topic 17
Decisions should be made after outreach to allies: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Time for a political solution in Afghanistan: Favors topic 17
Distinguish Islamic religion from terrorism: Favors topic 17
No military force against Iran without Congress approval: Strongly Favors topic 17
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Shouldn’t sell/lease public land for drilling: Favors topic 18
Get rid of the Senate filibuster to pass Green New Deal: Strongly Favors topic 18
All electric cars and school buses by 2045: Favors topic 18
Rejoin Paris Accord on Day One; carbon neutral by 2030: Strongly Favors topic 18
Climate crisis represents existential threat to our species: Strongly Favors topic 18
Green New Deal sets agenda for dealing with climate change: Strongly Favors topic 18
Restore Clean Power Plan and Clean Car Standards: Favors topic 18
Climate change important, but not only issue: Opposes topic 18
Don’t withdraw from the Paris climate accord: Strongly Favors topic 18
Climate change is a national security threat to America: Strongly Favors topic 18
Prosecuted polluters for illegal dumping and air pollution: Strongly Favors topic 18
Innovate smart solutions to climate change: Strongly Favors topic 18
Green New Deal: 10-year national mobilization: Favors topic 18
Opposes topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(+2 points on Social scale)
Opposed marijuana legalization, but currents have changed: Opposes topic 19
SAFE Banking Act: Decriminalize marijuana finances: Opposes topic 19
Legalize marijuana: it gives a lot of people joy: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Dismantle War on Drugs; start with marijuana legalization: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Opioid crisis requires emergency mobilization: Favors topic 19
Recognize the war on drugs was a failure: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Back on Track: re-entry instead of incarceration for drugs: Opposes topic 19
Focus on combating transnational gangs: Favors topic 19
Deal with drug addiction in offenders, but still arrest them: Favors topic 19
Co-sponsor of Marijuana Justice Act for legalization: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Strongly Favors topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(-5 points on Economic scale)
$20B for struggling homeowners during mortgage crisis: Strongly Favors topic 20