NONPARTISAN CANDIDATE GUIDE: 2018 MISSISSIPPI SENATOR’S RACE
Created by the Campus Election Engagement Project, a nonpartisan effort to help college and university administrators, faculty, and student leaders engage their schools in the election. Key sites consulted included Votesmart.org, OntheIssues.org, FactCheck.org, Politifact.com, and public candidate statements. For guides to local races, see Vote411.org from the League of Women Voters and Ballotready.org. For more detailed information visit their votesmart.org pages. To download a printable pdf version of this guide, click here.
Abortion: Mostly ban or mostly legal?
Campaign Finance: Require political ads & contributions to disclose their largest funders? Limit political donations from corporations & unions?
Climate Change: Consider climate change a serious crisis?
Climate Change: Limit or tax production of greenhouse gases?
Contraception: Allow employers to withhold contraceptive coverage if disagree with it?
Baria – No specific stand, but strong general supporter of women’s access to contraception.
Courts: Support Judge Kavanaugh nomination? (before recent allegations)
Baria – Won’t prejudge before hearings—part of partisanship poisoning democracy.
Economy: Support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
Economy: Support President Trump’s imposition of tariffs on Chinese steel & other products?
Baria – No. They have a negative impact on Mississippians.
Wicker – Knows Mississippi farmers are bracing for negative impacts, but hopes “end results will be greater opportunities.”
Education: Provide vouchers to send children to private schools with public money?
Baria – No. Opposed.
Elections: Support nonpartisan redistricting to address partisan gerrymandering?
Wicker – No position found.
Financial Regulation: Support cutbacks in Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)?
Baria – No. Will oppose any efforts to weaken CFPB.
Gay Marriage: Support gay marriage?
Gun Control: Support more restrictive gun control legislation? Restrict semi-automatic weapons?
Baria – Yes to both. Gun owner & hunter, but “common sense gun safety measures” don’t mean “you’re anti-gun or anti-Second Amendment.”
Wicker – No to both. “Do not feel more gun control laws are the answer to the problems confronting our nation.”
Healthcare: Support or Repeal Affordable Care Act (ACA), known as Obamacare?
Healthcare: Let Planned Parenthood receive public funds for non-abortion health care?
Wicker – No. Signed on to Supreme Court brief arguing for defunding.
Immigration: Support (DACA), allowing “Dreamers” who arrived illegally as children, to achieve legal status? Support earned path to citizenship for America’s 11 million illegal immigrants?
Wicker – No. Filed amendment barring the use of federal funds to administer DACA. Voted against immigration reform bills that included earned path to citizenship. Opposes amnesty.
Iran: Support Trump withdrawing from treaty that limits Iran’s nuclear capability in return for lifting economic sanctions?
Baria – Unknown.
Marijuana: Legalize or decriminalize marijuana?
Minimum Wage: Raise the federal minimum wage from the current $7.25/hr?
President Trump: Response to President Trump’s actions & policies?
Wicker – Consistent & vocal supporter. Voted 96% with Trump as of October 1, 2018.
Privatization: Support full or partial privatization of Social Security?
Baria – No. Protect Social Security from privatization.
Wicker – No current statement found, but some previous support for letting workers invest portion in private accounts.
Renewable Energy: Support government subsidies for renewable energy?
Wicker – Has voted against tax credits for renewables. Supports all-of-the-above plan emphasizing liquified coal as a renewable approach.
Student Debt: Refinance student loans at lower rates, paid for by increasing taxes on high earners (Elizabeth Warren bill)?
Baria – Unknown on Warren bill. But supports loan forgiveness program & making 2-year colleges tuition free.
Wicker – No. Voted against Warren bill.
Taxes: Support President Trump’s tax cuts?
Baria – No. Giveaway to top 1% that increases long-term debt. Instead “require corporations & the very wealthy to pay their fair share while providing real permanent tax relief for low & moderate working people.”