NONPARTISAN CANDIDATE GUIDE: 2018 TEXAS 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 tedcruz.org and betofortexas.com to volunteer. Neal Dikeman (L) is also running. Due to limited space, we can only include candidates who poll 15% or higher, but encourage you to check out his website. To download a printable pdf version of this guide, click here.
Abortion: Mostly ban or mostly legal?
Ted Cruz – Ban. No exceptions for rape or incest. “horrible as that crime is, I don’t believe it’s the child’s fault.”
Campaign Finance: Require political ads to disclose their largest funders? Stand on Citizens United decision, allowing unlimited political donations from corporations & unions?
Ted Cruz – No. Opposes DISCLOSE Act, as it raises “grave constitutional concern for speech protected by the First Amendment.” Supports Citizens United as aid to 1st Amendment free speech protections.
Beto O’Rourke – Yes. Co-sponsored DISCLOSE Act to “shine light on the unlimited, secret spending flooding American elections,” including foreign influence. Supreme Court should end Citizens United.
Climate Change: Consider climate change a serious threat?
Ted Cruz – No. Doesn’t believe it’s real. Says data disproving it is being ignored as liberals want government power over economy, energy sector & all aspects of our lives.
Beto O’Rourke – Yes. “Crucial now more than ever that US & world leaders act urgently to address” it. Climate change increases droughts, wildfires, hurricanes, & other disasters.
Climate Change: Limit or tax production of greenhouse gases? Support US participation in Paris Climate Accord despite President Trump’s withdrawal?
Ted Cruz – Opposes regulating greenhouse gases. Paris Accord “would have destroyed $3 trillion in American GDP & killed 6.5 million industrial sector jobs by 2040.”
Beto O’Rourke – Limit greenhouse gases. “Need to take unprecedented action” in building clean energy economy. Opposes withdrawing from Paris Accord.
Contraception: Employers can withhold contraceptive coverage if disagree?
Ted Cruz – Yes. Proposed bill to allow that.
Beto O’Rourke – No. Discriminates by ignoring contraception’s role in women’s health.
Courts: Support Judge Kavanaugh nomination? (before recent allegations)
Ted Cruz – Yes, though initially believed Kavanaugh was not conservative enough.
Beto O’Rourke – No. His positions do not line up with values & interests of Texans.
Economy: Support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
Ted Cruz – No. Choice between more & more spending & individual liberty.
Beto O’Rourke – Yes. Supports investment in areas like infrastructure & education.
Economy: Support Trump’s imposition of tariffs on steel & other products?
Beto O’Rourke – No. They “will devastate our state, businesses, & economy.”
Education: Help parents send their children to private schools with public money?
Beto O’Rourke – No. It funnels public school $ into private schools. “Ted Cruz’s private school give-away will cost taxpayers $500 million to subsidize wealthy.”
Elections: Support nonpartisan redistricting to address charges of partisan gerrymandering?
Environment: Support cutbacks of Environmental Protection Administration?
Beto O’Rourke – No. Ensure EPA’s funding & independence “to exercise oversight of those harming the environment.”
Financial Regulation: Support cutbacks in Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)?
Ted Cruz – Yes. Abolish CFPB. “Free consumers & small businesses from the CFPB’s regulatory blockades… which stunt economic growth.”
Gay Marriage: Support gay marriage?
Beto O’Rourke – Yes.
Gun Control: Support more restrictive gun control legislation?
Ted Cruz – No. Led fight not to ban assault weapons. Calls gun control efforts “tiresome.”
Beto O’Rourke – Yes. Supports universal background checks & banning assault-style weapons.
Healthcare: Support or Repeal Affordable Care Act (ACA), known as Obamacare?
Healthcare: Let Planned Parenthood get public funds for non-abortion care?
Beto O’Rourke – Yes. Provide important preventive services, esp. for low-income families.
Immigration: Support path to citizenship for “DACA” recipients or “Dreamers,” who grew up in US after coming as children?
Beto O’Rourke – Protect Dreamers. “As American as my kids… & have done everything we’ve asked of them.” Supports earned path to citizenship for millions here illegally.
Iran: Support Trump’s withdrawal from treaty that limits Iran’s nuclear capability in return for lifting economic sanctions?
Beto O’Rourke – No. Agreement, while imperfect, was “best path to keep Iran from having nuclear weapons.”
Marijuana: Legalize or decriminalize marijuana?
Minimum Wage: Raise the federal minimum wage from current $7.25/hr?
Beto O’Rourke – Yes. Supports increasing to $15/hr.
Net Neutrality: Require internet providers to provide equal access to all?
Beto O’Rourke – Yes. Rolling back net neutrality hurts democracy, the arts & innovation.