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Social  ›  Abortion

What is your stance on abortion?

  Public statementsPro-choice, I don’t agree but the government has no right to ban it

Domestic Policy  ›  Gun Control

Should there be more restrictions on the current process of purchasing a gun?

  Public statementsYes

the Environment  ›  Climate Change

Should the government increase environmental regulations to prevent climate change?

  Public statementsYes

the Economy  ›  Equal Pay

Should employers be required to pay men and women the same salary for the same job?

  Public statementsYes

Social  ›  LGBT Adoption Rights

Should gay couples have the same adoption rights as straight couples?

  Joe Biden votersYes


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Social  ›  Gay Marriage

Do you support the legalization of same sex marriage?

  Public statementsYes

Social  ›  Planned Parenthood Funding

Should the government continue to fund Planned Parenthood?

  Public statementsYes, as long as funding is not used for abortion procedures

Domestic Policy  ›  Armed Teachers

Should teachers be allowed to carry guns at school?

  Voting recordYes, schools should require at least one teacher or security guard to be armed

Social  ›  Gun Buyback

Should the federal government institute a mandatory buyback of assault weapons?

  Public statementsNo, it should be voluntary with strong financial incentives instead

Immigration  ›  Border Wall

Should the U.S. build a wall along the southern border?

  Public statementsNo, this would be too costly and ineffective

Social  ›  Marital Rape

Should marital rape be classified and punished as severely as non-marital rape?

  Joe Biden votersYes, and consentual sex with a spouse under the age of 18 should be classified as statutory rape

Science  ›  Mandatory Vaccinations

Should the government require children to be vaccinated for preventable diseases?

  Public statementsYes, they are essential to protecting other children who are too young to be vaccinated

Social  ›  Gender Identity

Should “gender identity” be added to anti-discrimination laws?

  Voting recordYes, and the government should do more to protect minorities from discrimination

Social  ›  Government Mandates

Should health insurance providers be required to offer free birth control?

  Public statementsYes, except for religious organizations and charities that oppose the use of contraception

Healthcare  ›  Pre-Existing Conditions

Should health insurers be allowed to deny coverage to individuals who have a pre-existing condition?

  Public statementsNo, it is immoral to deny health insurance to people with pre-existing conditions

Social  ›  Religious Freedom Act

Should a business be able to deny service to a customer if the request conflicts with the owner’s religious beliefs?

  Public statementsNo

Crime  ›  Police Body Cameras

Should police officers be required to wear body cameras?

  Joe Biden votersYes

Healthcare  ›  Drug Price Regulation

Should the government regulate the prices of life-saving drugs?

  Public statementsYes

the Economy  ›  Taxes

Should the U.S. raise taxes on the rich?

  Public statementsYes

Immigration  ›  Immigrant Children

Should adults that are illegally attempting to cross the U.S. border be separated from their children?

  Public statementsNo, and we should make it easier for immigrants to legally enter the country

Healthcare  ›  Mental Health

Should the government increase funding for mental health research and treatment?

  Voting recordYes, our mental healthcare system needs more funding to provide a higher quality of care and services

Immigration  ›  Immigration Ban

Should there be a temporary ban on all immigration into the United States?

  Public statementsNo, and we should increase the amount of immigrants we currently allow into the country

the Economy  ›  Minimum Wage

Should the government raise the federal minimum wage?

  Public statementsYes

Immigration  ›  Muslim Immigrants

Should Muslim immigrants be banned from entering the country until the government improves its ability to screen out potential terrorists?

  Public statementsNo, banning immigrants based on their religion is unconstitutional

Domestic Policy  ›  Muslim Surveillance

Should local police increase surveillance and patrol of Muslim neighborhoods?

  Voting recordYes, and increase surveillance on all new immigrants

Education  ›  Student Loans

Do you support increasing taxes for the rich in order to reduce interest rates for student loans?

  Voting recordNo

Education  ›  Free College for All

Should the federal government pay for tuition at four-year colleges and universities?

  Joe Biden votersNo, but provide lower interest rates for student loans

Domestic Policy  ›  Gerrymandering

Should the redrawing of Congressional districts be controlled by an independent, non-partisan commission?

  Public statementsYes

the Economy  ›  Welfare Drug Testing

Should welfare recipients be tested for drugs?

  Joe Biden votersYes, but provide treatment for those testing positive

Immigration  ›  Immigration

Should children of illegal immigrants be granted legal citizenship?

  Public statementsYes

Domestic Policy  ›  No-Fly List Gun Control

Should people on the “no-fly list” be banned from purchasing guns and ammunition?

  Public statementsYes, if the government considers you too dangerous to board a plane you should not be able to buy a gun

the Economy  ›  Corporate Tax

Should the U.S. raise or lower the tax rate for corporations?

  Public statementsRaise

Social  ›  Women in Combat

Should the military allow women to serve in combat roles?

  Public statementsYes, preventing women from serving in combat roles is discriminatory

the Economy  ›  Paid Sick Leave

Should businesses be required to provide paid leave for full-time employees during the birth of a child or sick family member?

  Public statementsYes, the lack of paid sick leave is unfair to working men and women

Healthcare  ›  Marijuana

Do you support the legalization of Marijuana?

  Voting recordNo, and increase penalties for non-violent drug offenders

Immigration  ›  Immigration Healthcare

Should illegal immigrants have access to government-subsidized healthcare?

  Public statementsYes, but only for life threatening emergencies or infectious diseases

Domestic Policy  ›  Drug Policy

Are you in favor of decriminalizing drug use?

  Public statementsNo, we should pass tougher drug laws

Foreign Policy  ›  Iran

Should the U.S. go to war with Iran?

  Joe Biden votersNo, the U.S. should encourage Iran to disarm through diplomatic channels

Immigration  ›  In-State Tuition

Should illegal immigrants be offered in-state tuition rates at public colleges within their residing state?

  Public statementsYes, and they should also be eligible for financial assistance and scholarships

Immigration  ›  Sanctuary Cities

Should sanctuary cities receive federal funding?

  Joe Biden votersYes

Healthcare  ›  Single-Payer Healthcare

Do you support a single-payer healthcare system?

  Public statementsNo

Immigration  ›  Deporting Criminal Immigrants

Should immigrants be deported if they commit a serious crime?

  Public statementsNo

Foreign Policy  ›  Mandatory Military Service

Should every 18 year old citizen be required to provide at least one year of military service?

  Public statementsNo, service should be a choice instead of an obligation

Foreign Policy  ›  United Nations

Should the U.S. remain in the United Nations?

  Public statementsYes

Healthcare  ›  Obamacare

Do you support the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)?

  Public statementsYes

Elections  ›  Foreign Lobbying

Should foreign lobbyists be allowed to raise money for American elections?

  Donor influenceYes

Immigration  ›  Illegal Immigrant Detainment

Should local law enforcement be allowed to detain illegal immigrants for minor crimes and transfer them to federal immigration authorities?

  Public statementsYes

Elections  ›  Electoral College

Should the electoral college be abolished?

  Joe Biden votersYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Term Limits

Should there be term limits set for members of Congress?

  Public statementsYes

Immigration  ›  Immigrant Assimilation

Should immigrants be required to learn English?

  Public statementsNo, we should embrace the diversity that immigrants add to our country

the Environment  ›  Paris Climate Agreement

Should the U.S. withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement?

  Public statementsNo

Elections  ›  Campaign Finance

Should there be a limit to the amount of money a candidate can receive from a donor?

  Public statementsYes, politicians should not be bought by wealthy donors

Elections  ›  Voter Fraud

Should a photo ID be required to vote?

  Public statementsNo

the Environment  ›  Plastic Product Ban

Should disposable products (such as plastic cups, plates, and cutlery) that contain less than 50% of biodegradable material be banned?

  Joe Biden votersYes

Social  ›  Death Penalty

Do you support the death penalty?

  Voting recordYes

Immigration  ›  Citizenship Test

Should immigrants be required to pass a citizenship test to demonstrate a basic understanding of our country’s language, history, and government?

  Joe Biden votersYes, but it should only cover very basic and simple topics

Foreign Policy  ›  Torture

Should the military be allowed to use enhanced interrogation techniques, such as waterboarding, to gain information from suspected terrorists?

  Public statementsNo, torture is inhumane, unethical, and violates the 8th amendment

Healthcare  ›  Medicaid

Should the federal government increase funding of health care for low income individuals (Medicaid)?

  Public statementsYes

Immigration  ›  Immigrant Laborers

Should working illegal immigrants be given temporary amnesty?

  Public statementsYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Gun Liability

Should victims of gun violence be allowed to sue firearms dealers and manufacturers?

  Voting recordYes, any business should be held liable if the primary use of its product is for illegal activity

Foreign Policy  ›  Israel Boycott

Should it be illegal to join a boycott of Israel?

  Public statementsYes, boycotts against Israel harm one of our most important allies in the Middle East

Domestic Policy  ›  NSA Domestic Surveillance

Should the NSA (National Security Agency) be allowed to collect basic metadata of citizen’s phone calls such as numbers, timestamps, and call durations?

  Public statementsNo

Foreign Policy  ›  NATO

Should the U.S. remain in NATO?

  Public statementsYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Foreign Elections

Should the government attempt to influence foreign elections?

  Public statementsNo, and we should not try to influence any other country’s elections or policy

Immigration  ›  Border Security

Should the U.S. increase restrictions on its current border security policy?

  Public statementsNo, make it easier for immigrants to access temporary work visas

Foreign Policy  ›  Israel

Should the U.S. continue to support Israel?

  Public statementsYes

Elections  ›  Right of Foreigners to Vote

Should foreigners, currently residing in the United States, have the right to vote?

  Joe Biden votersNo, only legal citizens should be allowed to vote

Elections  ›  Candidate Transparency

Should political candidates be required to release their recent tax returns to the public?

  Public statementsYes

the Environment  ›  Fracking

Do you support the use of hydraulic fracking to extract oil and natural gas resources?

  Public statementsYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Flag Burning

Should it be illegal to burn the American flag?

  Voting recordNo, this is a violation of free speech

the Economy  ›  Universal Basic Income

Do you support a universal basic income program?

  Public statementsNo, this will encourage people not to work and harm economic growth

Social  ›  Gender Workplace Diversity

Should businesses be required to have women on their board of directors?

  Joe Biden votersNo, board members should be the most qualified regardless of gender

Elections  ›  Campaign Finance

Should corporations, unions, and non-profit organizations be allowed to donate to political parties?

  Joe Biden votersYes, but limit the amount they can donate

Foreign Policy  ›  Syrian Refugees

Should the U.S. accept refugees from Syria?

  Public statementsYes, we should accept 10,000 refugees

the Environment  ›  Alternative Energy

Should the government give tax credits and subsidies to the wind power industry?

  Public statementsYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Social Media Regulation

Should the government regulate social media sites, as a means to prevent fake news and misinformation?

  Joe Biden votersNo, the government should not determine what is fake or real news

the Economy  ›  Corporate Mega Mergers

Should the government prevent “mega mergers” of corporations that could potentially control a large percentage of market share within its industry?

  Joe Biden votersYes, if the merged corporation would have more than 50% of the market share

the Economy  ›  Welfare

Should there be fewer or more restrictions on current welfare benefits?

  Joe Biden votersMore, reform the system so that it supplements, rather than replaces, a working income

Social  ›  Confederate Flag

Should states be allowed to display the Confederate flag on government property?

  Public statementsNo

Foreign Policy  ›  North Korea Military Strikes

Should the U.S. conduct military strikes against North Korea in order to destroy their long-range missile and nuclear weapons capabilities?

  Public statementsNo, we must use every diplomatic option first

Elections  ›  Minimum Voting Age

Should the minimum voting age be lowered?

  Joe Biden votersNo, and voters should be required to pass a basic test demonstrating their understanding of politics in order to vote

Domestic Policy  ›  Net Neutrality

Should internet service providers be allowed to speed up access to popular websites (that pay higher rates) at the expense of slowing down access to less popular websites (that pay lower rates)?

  Donor influenceYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Patriot Act

Do you support the Patriot Act?

  Voting recordYes

Social  ›  Safe Spaces

Should universities provide “trigger warnings” and “safe spaces” for students?

  Joe Biden votersNo, college is meant to challenge students thoughts and opinions so they are prepared for real life

Crime  ›  Private Prisons

Should the government hire private companies to run prisons?

  Joe Biden votersNo

Immigration  ›  Skilled Immigrants

Should the US increase or decrease the amount of temporary work visas given to high-skilled immigrant workers?

  Voting recordIncrease

the Economy  ›  Government Spending

Should the government make cuts to public spending in order to reduce the national debt?

  Public statementsNo

Foreign Policy  ›  Terrorism

Should foreign terrorism suspects be given constitutional rights?

  Public statementsYes

Social  ›  Transgender Athletes

Should transgender athletes be allowed to compete in athletic events?

  Joe Biden votersYes, but only if their hormone levels are equivalent to those in the gender category in which they compete

Elections  ›  Lobbyists

Should there be a 5-year ban on White House and Congressional officials from becoming lobbyists after they leave the government?

  Public statementsNo

Social  ›  Euthanasia

Should terminally ill patients be allowed to end their lives via assisted suicide?

  Public statementsNo

Healthcare  ›  Medicaid Work Requirement

Should people be required to work in order to receive Medicaid?

  Joe Biden votersNo, the vast majority of people who receive Medicaid are disabled

the Economy  ›  Labor Unions

Do you believe labor unions help or hurt the economy?

  Public statementsHelp

Healthcare  ›  Medicare Drug Prices

Should the federal government be allowed to negotiate drug prices for Medicare?

  Joe Biden votersYes

the Environment  ›  Oil Drilling

Should the U.S. expand offshore oil drilling?

  Public statementsNo

Social  ›  Gay Wedding Cakes

Should bakeries be required to make wedding cakes for gay couples?

  Joe Biden votersYes, business owners should not be able to discriminate against anyone based on their sexual orientation

Foreign Policy  ›  Foreign Aid

Should the US increase or decrease foreign aid spending?

  Voting recordIncrease

Crime  ›  Mandatory minimum prison sentences

Do you support mandatory minimum prison sentences for people charged with drug possession?

  Public statementsYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Yemen

Should the U.S. provide military aid to Saudi Arabia during its conflict with Yemen?

  Public statementsYes, this will prevent Iran from gaining too much power in the Middle East

National Security  ›  Military Congressional Approval

Should the President be able to authorize military force against Al-Qaeda without Congressional approval?

  Public statementsYes, we must use whatever means necessary to prevent another terrorist attack

Foreign Policy  ›  Military Spending

Should the government increase or decrease military spending?

  Voting recordIncrease

Foreign Policy  ›  ISIS Ground Troops

Should the U.S. send ground troops into Syria to fight ISIS?

  Public statementsYes, send a few hundred ground troops

Social  ›  First Amendment

Should the government support a separation of church and state by removing references to God on money, federal buildings, and national monuments?

  Public statementsNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Supreme Court Reform

Should the Supreme Court be reformed to include more seats and term limits on judges?

  Joe Biden votersNo, and the Supreme Court should not be politicized

Crime  ›  Criminal Voting Rights

Should convicted criminals have the right to vote?

  Joe Biden votersYes, but only after completing their sentences and parole/probation

Healthcare  ›  Safe Haven

Should cities open drug “safe havens” where people who are addicted to illegal drugs can use them under the supervision of medical professionals?

  Voting recordNo, this would encourage drug use and lower funding for rehabilitation centers

Domestic Policy  ›  Affirmative Action

Do you support affirmative action programs?

  Public statementsYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Whistleblower Protection

Should the government pass laws which protect whistleblowers?

  Joe Biden votersYes, but only if releasing the information does not threaten our national security

Crime  ›  Solitary Confinement for Juveniles

Should prisons ban the use of solitary confinement for juveniles?

  Joe Biden votersYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Drones

Should the military fly drones over foreign countries to gain intelligence and kill suspected terrorists?

  Public statementsYes

Healthcare  ›  VA Privatization

Should there be more or less privatization of veterans’ healthcare?

  Joe Biden votersLess, we should increase funding to improve the current system instead

Domestic Policy  ›  Eminent Domain

Should the government be allowed to seize private property, with reasonable compensation, for public or civic use?

  Joe Biden votersYes, as long as landowners are fairly compensated and the projects will benefit the community

Science  ›  Nuclear Energy

Do you support the use of nuclear energy?

  Public statementsYes

Education  ›  Common Core

Do you support Common Core national standards?

  Public statementsNo

Social  ›  Niqāb

Should women be allowed to wear a Niqāb, or face veil, to civic ceremonies?

  Joe Biden votersYes, we should respect all cultural traditions

the Economy  ›  Free Tax Filing

Should the IRS create a free electronic tax filing system?

  Joe Biden votersYes

the Economy  ›  Capital Gains Tax

Should the government increase the tax rate on profits earned from the sale of stocks, bonds, and real estate?

  Public statementsYes, and increase to the average U.S. tax rate (31.5%)

Social  ›  AntiFa

Should AntiFa be declared a domestic terrorist organization?

  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Overtime Pay

Should the government require businesses to pay salaried employees, making up to $46k/year, time-and-a-half for overtime hours?

  Voting recordYes, and all employees should be paid time-and-a-half for overtime hours regardless of their pay scale

Crime  ›  Drug Trafficking Penalties

Should drug traffickers receive the death penalty?

  Voting recordYes, as long as they are given a fair trial

the Economy  ›  Economic Stimulus

Should the government use economic stimulus to aid the country during times of recession?

  Voting recordYes, the government should intervene to boost a recovery

the Environment  ›  Dakota Access Pipeline

Should the government stop construction of the Dakota Access pipeline?

  Joe Biden votersYes

Science  ›  GMO Labels

Should producers be required to label genetically engineered foods (GMOs)?

  Joe Biden votersYes

the Environment  ›  Animal Testing

Should researchers be allowed to use animals in testing the safety of drugs, vaccines, medical devices, and cosmetics?

  Joe Biden votersYes, but not for cosmetics

Elections  ›  Criminal Politicians

Should a politician, who has been formerly convicted of a crime, be allowed to run for office?

  Joe Biden votersYes, as long as it was not a felony, violent, financial, or sexual crime

Domestic Policy  ›  Social Security

Should the government raise the retirement age for Social Security?

  Public statementsNo

Immigration  ›  Dual Citizenship

Should immigrants to the United States be allowed to hold dual citizenship status?

  Joe Biden votersYes, unless they have committed a crime

the Economy  ›  NAFTA

Should the U.S. continue to participate in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?

  Voting recordYes, NAFTA helps lower the prices of consumer products

Foreign Policy  ›  Cuba

Do you support President Obama’s move to lift the trade and travel embargo on Cuba?

  Public statementsYes

Foreign Policy  ›  War on ISIS

Should the U.S. formally declare war on ISIS?

  Public statementsYes, but only with full cooperation from the United Nations

the Economy  ›  Estate Tax

Should the current estate tax rate be decreased?

  Voting recordNo, and increase it at a progressive rate

Crime  ›  Prison Overcrowding

Should non-violent prisoners be released from jail in order to reduce overcrowding?

  Public statementsNo

National Security  ›  Foreign Assassination

Should the US assassinate suspected terrorists in foreign countries?

  Public statementsYes

Science  ›  Space Exploration

Should the government fund space travel?

  Joe Biden votersYes, and drastically increase NASA’s current budget

Foreign Policy  ›  Afghanistan

Should the United States pull all military troops out of Afghanistan?

  Joe Biden votersNo

the Economy  ›  Domestic Jobs

Should the President offer tax breaks to individual companies to keep jobs in the U.S.?

  Voting recordYes, and drastically increase taxes and import tariffs on outsourcing businesses

Education  ›  Universal Pre-K

Should the federal government fund Universal preschool?

  Joe Biden votersYes

the Economy  ›  Tariffs

Should the government add or increase tariffs on products imported into the country?

  Public statementsNo, a global free trade system is better for our businesses and consumers

the Economy  ›  China Tariffs

Should the U.S. increase tariffs on imported products from China?

  Public statementsNo

Foreign Policy  ›  Ukraine

Should the U.S. provide military assistance to defend Ukraine from Russia?

  Public statementsYes, the Russian invasion of the Ukraine threatens the balance of power in the region

Foreign Policy  ›  NATO

Should the U.S. defend other NATO countries that maintain low military defense budgets relative to their GDP?

  Joe Biden votersYes, and refusing to defend other NATO countries sets a dangerous precedent for the balance of global power

Transportation  ›  Public Transportation

Should the government increase spending on public transportation?

  Voting recordYes, and provide more free public transportation

Foreign Policy  ›  Iranian Protesters

Should the government provide assistance to protesters in Iran?

  Voting recordYes, but only with a coalition of other countries

the Economy  ›  Federal Reserve

Should the Federal Reserve Bank be audited by Congress?

  Joe Biden votersYes, we deserve to know who the bank gives money to

the Economy  ›  Tech Monopolies

Should the government break up Amazon, Facebook and Google?

  Joe Biden votersNo

the Economy  ›  Farm Subsidies

Should the government subsidize farmers?

  Public statementsYes

the Economy  ›  Pension Reform

Should pension plans for federal, state, and local government workers be transitioned into privately managed accounts?

  Public statementsNo

Foreign Policy  ›  NSA Surveillance

Should the U.S. continue NSA surveillance of its allies?

  Public statementsYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Edward Snowden

Should the U.S. government grant immunity to Edward Snowden?

  Public statementsNo, he should be returned to the U.S. to stand trial and face the consequences of his actions

the Economy  ›  Trans-Pacific Partnership

Do you support the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)?

  Public statementsNo, this will incentivize companies to move jobs out of the country

the Economy  ›  Property Taxes

Would you favor an increased sales tax in order to reduce property taxes?

  Public statementsNo

the Economy  ›  Offshore Banking

Should U.S. citizens be allowed to save or invest their money in offshore bank accounts?

  Joe Biden votersYes, as long as offshore income is reported

Foreign Policy  ›  Russian Airstrikes in Syria

Should the U.S. prevent Russia from conducting airstrikes in Syria?

  Public statementsNo, all airstrikes should be conducted through UN coordination

the Economy  ›  Government Pensions

Should pension payments be increased for retired government workers?

  Voting recordNo, not until we decrease our national debt

Foreign Policy  ›  Jerusalem

Should Jerusalem be recognized as the capital of Israel?

  Voting recordNo, and foreign governments should not move their embassies there

Foreign Policy  ›  India Arms

Should the U.S. sell military weapons to India in order to counter Chinese and Russian influence?

  Public statementsYes, selling military weapons to foreign countries will help boost the economy

Education  ›  Charter Schools

Do you support charter schools?

  Joe Biden votersYes, but not at the expense of funding public schools

Domestic Policy  ›  Political Advertising on Social Media

Should social media companies ban political advertising?

  Joe Biden votersYes

the Economy  ›  Online Sales Tax

Should an in-state sales tax apply to online purchases of in-state buyers from out-of-state sellers?

  Joe Biden votersNo, customers should pay the sales tax from the seller’s state

Education  ›  School Truancy

Should the government decriminalize school truancy?

  Joe Biden votersNo

the Economy  ›  Bitcoin

Should the government classify Bitcoin as a legal currency?

  Joe Biden votersNo, it provides too high of risk for criminal activity

Foreign Policy  ›  F-35

Should the government cancel production of the F-35 fighter?

  Public statementsNo

the Environment  ›  Corporate Subsidies

Should cities be allowed to offer private companies economic incentives to relocate?

  Joe Biden votersYes, as long as the tax revenue will eventually exceed the tax incentives

Foreign Policy  ›  Hong Kong Fugitive Extradition

Should the Chinese government be able to extradite fugitives from Hong Kong?

  Public statementsNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Greenland

Should the United States acquire Greenland?

  Joe Biden votersNo, the U.S. does not need to expand its global footprint at this time

Domestic Policy  ›  Air Force One

Should the military upgrade Air Force One?

  Joe Biden votersNo, not until the cost ($4B) is dramatically reduced

Social  ›  Sports Betting

Should sports betting be legal?

  Joe Biden votersYes, but let each state decide