NONPARTISAN CANDIDATE GUIDE: 2018 MONTANA 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.
Visit mattformontana.com and jontester.com to volunteer. Other senate candidates include Rick Breckenridge (L). Due to limited space, we can’t include candidates who are polling at less than 15%, but encourage you to check out his stances. To download a printable pdf version of this guide, click here.
Abortion: Mostly ban or mostly legal?
Tester – Legal. Opposed post-20 week ban. Sponsored bill prohibiting medically unnecessary requirements on abortion services.
Campaign Finance: Require political ads to disclose their largest funders? Positon on Citizens United decision, allowing unlimited political donations from corporations & unions?
Rosendale – No. Voted against state bill requiring independent groups to reveal how money they contribute to election campaigns is being used & where it’s coming from. Supports Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling as protecting freedom of speech.
Tester – Yes. Introduced Spotlight Act, requiring political nonprofits to disclose donors. “Dark money is a threat to our democracy… I will do everything I can to defend Montanans from this shadowy behavior.” Opposed Citizens United ruling.
Climate Change: Consider climate change a critical issue?
Tester – Yes. Climate change is real & human activity significantly contributes. “The rest of the world is together on this… We’ve got an incredible opportunity to create jobs & lead the world in clean technology.”
Courts: Support Judge Kavanaugh nomination? (before recent allegations)
Tester – Undecided as of September 12. “We’re going to be reviewing the transcript of the judiciary hearing pretty hard.”
Economy: Support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
Rosendale – No. Cut government & return money in tax cuts.
Economy: Support President Trump’s imposition of tariffs on Chinese steel & other products?
Education: Provide vouchers to send children to private schools with public money?
Gay Marriage: Support gay marriage?
Gun Control: Support more restrictive gun control legislation? Restrict semi-automatic weapons?
Rosendale – No. Second Amendment rights are non-negotiable. Mass shootings all involve mental illness & sites where guns have been banned.
Tester – Backs Second Amendment rights, but would consider “background checks, banning bump stocks & making sure our databases are talking to one another.”
Healthcare: Support or Repeal Affordable Care Act (ACA), known as Obamacare? Position on Medicaid expansion to subsidize low-income participants?
Rosendale – Repeal. “I won’t give up on repealing & replacing Obamacare.” Can replace while keeping affordability & protecting pre-existing conditions with high-risk pools. Voted against MT Medicaid expansion.
Tester – Support. Not perfect, but has helped rural hospitals & health centers, provided families with coverage, & stopped big insurance companies from denying folks coverage. Supports Medicaid expansion.
Healthcare: Let Planned Parenthood receive public funds for non-abortion health care?
Rosendale – No. Praised Trump’s support for defunding.
Immigration: Support “DACA” recipients or “Dreamers,” who grew up here after being brought here as children? Earned path to citizenship for other illegal immigrants?
Rosendale – No. Opposes DACA & path to citizenship. Rule of law has been ignored & illegal immigrants allowed to flow freely into this country without consequence.
Iran: Support withdrawal from treaty limiting Iran nuclear capability while lifting sanctions?
Rosendale – Yes.
Tester – No. Supports treaty as “only option” to prevent nuclear weapons development.
Marijuana: Legalize or decriminalize marijuana?
Minimum Wage: Raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25/hr to $10.10 hr?
Rosendale – No. Called Obama’s proposal to do this “ridiculous.”
Tester – Yes. Would “help thousands of Montanans make ends meet.”
Net Neutrality: Require internet providers to provide equal access to all users?
Rosendale – No public statements found.
President Trump: Response to President Trump’s actions & policies?
Tester – Willing to work with Trump on specific bills. “I’m glad that the president has signed 16 of my bills into law.” Voted with Trump 38% of time.
Renewable Energy: Support government support for renewable energy?
Social Security: Consider partial or full privatization options?
Rosendale – Yes. Let younger Americans invest privately instead of paying in.
Tester – No. Opposes any plan to privatize.
Student Debt & Financial Aid: Lower student loan rates, while increasing high-earner taxes (Elizabeth Warren bill)?
Taxes: Support President Trump’s tax cuts?
Voting Rights: Support stricter voting rules even if they prevent some people from voting?
Tester – Unclear on photo ID. Introduced bill to ensure Native American voting access.