Where Democratic Front-Runners Stand On 2020's Biggest Issues

with less than a year to go until the Iowa caucuses the 2020 presidential campaign is in full swing more than a dozen Democratic candidates now qualify for the debates and the pressure is on to stand out in a crowded field candidates are making their pitches to voters who have shifted further to the left in the Trump era progressive ideas have moved into the mainstream giving centrist candidates stiff competition leading the Democratic pack according to a recent CNN poll our former Vice President Joe Biden Vermont senator Bernie Sanders Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren and South Bend mayor Pete Budaj former Texas Representative better–or Rourke has also made inroads in the Democratic Party along with Senator Kamala Harris but they clash on some big-ticket items like healthcare and the green New Deal here are their visions for America's future the candidates have different ideas on how to get more money into working in middle class wallets Sanders wants to put higher taxes on the 1% he introduced a plan to raise the estate tax including a 77 percent tax on inheritances worth more than 1 billion dollars that population that in hurts over 3.5 million dollars your taxes will in fact be going up and they should be Harris's plan would give $6,000 a year to families making less than $100,000 and $3,000 a year to individuals making less than $50,000 that would come in the form of a tax credit I am running to guarantee we will deliver the largest working and middle-class tax cut in a generation to $500 a month to help America's families make ends meet however people who aren't working such as retirees or stay-at-home moms wouldn't get anything under this new plan mayor Buda judge has said that he supports labor unions and that trade deals like NAFTA have resulted in Americans losing jobs proposal centered on wealth redistribution are gaining popularity among the left so candidates like O'Rourke who describe themselves as proud capitalists would face tough questions from voters senator Warren has made a name for herself as a ruthless opponent of big banks millionaires and growing income inequality and wants to raise regulations on these issues don't call me the polarizing figure they're the ones who want to take advantage of this country they're the ones who wanna cheat they're the ones who want to say that their personal wealth their power is more important than building an America that works for everyone you don't think capitalists are bad people Sanders is also known for railing against big banks and the 1% but he has recently come under scrutiny for his own wealth which he has earned through real estate investments and book sales and other candidates have a closer relationship to Wall Street in the industries big political donors Biden refers to himself as middle-class Joe but his high speaking fees into the hundreds of thousands of dollars could raise eyebrows Biden has also received a great deal of support from the credit card industry I know I'm referred to as middle class Joe because to talk about the middle class so much but you know and I know in that town and this town it's not a compliment say you're middle-class means you're not sophisticated raising the federal minimum wage is also a popular policy platform which has been stuck at $7.25 an hour for a full decade as health care costs continue to rise and Republicans fight to dismantle Obamacare the progressive mantra of Medicare for all has gone from a longshot idea to a major Democratic policy platform Sanders introduced a medicare-for-all bill in 2017 the potential law would eliminate private insurance in favor of expanding to care to cover every American the senator Harris backed that plan Elizabeth Warren also co-signed to Sanders 2017 bill and has made it clear that she wants to make health care more accessible to women of color we will go further and we will say that in this country everyone everyone gets a right to basic health care that's what medicare for all is all about and that's why we're here the work on the other hand has thrown his support behind a more moderate plan known as Medicare for America it was introduced in 2018 by representatives rosa DeLauro of Connecticut and jan Schakowsky of Illinois unlike Medicare for all Medicare from America would preserve employer sponsored health insurance saving the government money compared to a single-payer system Budaj supports what's called an all pay rate system which sets a single nationwide price for a medical procedure insurers no longer have to negotiate discounts which he says makes insurance affordable for all the framework we're using is Medicare a lot of people who have Medicare also have Medicare supplements Medicare Advantage something like that there can be a role for the private sector Biden has been a strong defender of the Affordable Care Act created by former President Barack Obama and it remains unclear whether he'd support a bigger expansion of government health insurance while the candidates have endorsed popular ideas like legalizing marijuana and abolishing private prisons their records on criminal justice issues could tell a different story and it could come back to bite them Harris's time as California Attorney General and a district attorney in San Francisco has come under scrutiny by progressives who claims she promoted harsh policies those policies included jailing parents if their children miss too many days of school and defending California's death penalty system in court there are some people who just believe that prosecutors shouldn't exist and I and I don't think I'm ever going to satisfy them but I will also say that there is so much more work to do and do I wish I could have done more absolutely and as a senator from Delaware Biden supported President Clinton's 1994 crime bill with its three strikes rule and increased funding for police Madam President we have predators on our streets that society has in fact in part because of us neglect created that tough on crime approach promoted in the 90s is now widely viewed as a factor behind the country's mass incarceration boom but Biden says that his views have evolved there are things I would change I opposed for example the carjacking provision of the administration wanted and I put what so but by enlarge what it really did it restored American cities Sanders also voted for the Clinton crime bill although he criticized its approach to tackling crime O'Rourke has a criminal history of his own he was arrested twice in his 20s once for trespassing and once for drunk driving our work has acknowledged that he benefited from his identity as a white male and that other communities frequently face harsher sentences I understand now how exceptional my experience was and the fact that these mistakes didn't define me or my future my options over the course of my lifetime is right and now there are so many people in this country who because their families cannot post bail are unable to get out of jail all of the contenders have denounced president Trump's immigration policies they opposed the border wall and family separations at the border and support a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants several candidates also have personal ties to the country's immigrations Harris is the child of Jamaican and Indian immigrants which she says shaped her identity and policy views O'Rourke hails from the border town of El Paso Texas and he is said that he supports tearing down the wall that separates his hometown from Mexico Sanders has argued in the past that more immigration would drive down wages for American workers and some criticized that his 2016 campaign didn't focus enough on immigration in favor of economic issues but Sanders appears to be making a renewed effort in his second go-around I'm running for president because we need to end the demonization of undocumented immigrants in this country and moved the comprehensive immigration reform while Biden was part of the Obama administration record numbers of undocumented immigrants were deported at levels not even matched by President Trump as the race continues and the candidates include more specific policy proposals their identities and path to the nomination will come into focus until then voters will be left to piece together where exactly the candidates stand on the issues that will shape America's future that is if one of them can be President Trump

25 Replies to “Where Democratic Front-Runners Stand On 2020's Biggest Issues

  1. Some of these aren’t smart such as credit card interest caps which will just recreate loansharking for poor ppl bc banks don’t want to lose money from poor ppl

  2. Thank you for providing context and information on where the candidates stand. We need more reporting like this along with an evolving spreadsheet on exactly what the policies are. Less personality. More substance please. We are a nation of laws and regulations. Show us what our vote means in the court of law.

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