NONPARTISAN CANDIDATE GUIDE: 2018 MISSISSIPPI SENATE RACE FOR NOVEMBER 27th RUNOFF
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 volunteer, visit espyforsenate.com or cindyhydesmith.com.
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Abortion: Mostly ban or mostly legal?
Economy: Support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
Cindy Hyde-Smith – Mixed. Sees value in federal spending on local projects. But “controlling spending” is a priority. Supports balanced budget amendment, spending cuts.
Economy: Support President Trump’s imposition of tariffs on Chinese steel & other products?
Cindy Hyde-Smith – Yes. Hard for soybean growers, but they “just have to hold on… They will be better off in the long run.”
Environment: Support restraints on Environmental Protection Administration (EPA)?
Cindy Hyde-Smith – Yes. Supports the deregulatory path taken by Trump EPA.
Financial Regulation: Support cutbacks in Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)?
Cindy Hyde-Smith – Unclear. Voted to roll back CFPB rule limiting potentially discriminatory auto loan rates.
Gay Marriage: Support gay marriage?
Cindy Hyde-Smith – No. “Personally believes marriage is between a man & a woman.”
Gun Control: Support more restrictive gun control legislation? Restrict semi-automatic weapons?
Mike Espy – Yes, up to a point. “I believe in the Second Amendment.…but things have changed. …anyone who has been declared a danger to himself or others should not own a firearm…” No assault weapons to anyone under 21.
Healthcare: Support or Repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), known as Obamacare?
Mike Espy – Support. Protect while expanding mental health & prescription drug coverage & offering preventive services without cost-sharing. Also supports paid family & medical leave.
Cindy Hyde-Smith – Repeal. Help families afford health insurance coverage without expanding government role. Repeal Obamacare.
Healthcare: Allow Planned Parenthood to receive public funds for non-abortion health services?
Healthcare: Require people to work to receive Medicaid?
Cindy Hyde-Smith – Unclear. Did support Lee-Cruz amendment to Farm Bill, adding a work requirement to food stamp programs.
Immigration: Response to family separation policy being used as a deterrent to illegal immigrants. (Only immigration issue where both candidates took a stand)
Immigration: Position on border all & general policies?
Marijuana: Legalize or decriminalize marijuana?
Minimum Wage: Raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25/hour?
Cindy Hyde-Smith – No position found.
Renewable Energy: Support government subsidies for renewable energy?
Mike Espy – No position found.
Cindy Hyde-Smith – Supports biofuels. No other position found.
Student debt: Help students refinance student loans at lower rates? Increase financial aid, like Pell Grants?
Mike Espy – Unclear. Supports “increasing interest subsidies on student loans.” Also protecting students from predatory for-profit schools.
Cindy Hyde-Smith – No position found.
Taxes: Support President Trump’s tax cut bill?
Voting Rights: Support voting rules that prioritize preventing the possibility of fraud, even if they limit access?
Mike Espy – Probable no. Says “I stand firmly for civil rights, voting rights & women’s rights.”
Cindy Hyde-Smith – Yes. Voted for legislation requiring specific forms of voter identification in order to vote.