2020 Georgia Senate #1 January 5 Runoff Election Candidate Guide
AFFORDABLE CARE ACT – Support Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare?
CAMPAIGN FINANCE – Limit campaign donations? Require political ads to disclose largest funders?
Perdue – No position found.
CLIMATE CHANGE – Consider human-caused climate change a serious threat?
Perdue – No. “The scientific community is not in total agreement” about human cause. Supports Trump withdrawal from Paris Agreement.
CLIMATE CHANGE – Address as a top priority by taxing or limiting output of greenhouse gases, supporting renewable energy?
COURT—SUPREME COURT – Pick Ruth Bader Ginsburg replacement now or let November winner choose? See CEEP Supreme Court guide.
Perdue – Confirm nominee before the November election. “The choice for the future of the Supreme Court is clear, and our nation’s founding principles are at stake.”
COVID-19 – Support administration’s response to coronavirus pandemic?
Ossoff – No. Calls the Trump administration’s handling of the pandemic “gross incompetence.”
COVID-19 Economic Response – Support administration’s economic response to coronavirus pandemic?
Perdue – Yes. Serves on Trump Economic Task Force. Trump “has taken unprecedented action to protect the American people; … now we’re working to safely reopen [and] help small businesses continue to weather this crisis.”
EDUCATION – Public funding for private or for-profit schools?
Ossoff – No position found. Focuses on increasing teacher pay and strengthening public schools.
Perdue – Yes. Supports “school choice,” including charter and private schools.
ENVIRONMENT – Tighten or loosen environmental regulations?
Ossoff – Tighten. Will work to reverse Trump “rollbacks of clean air, clean water, and fuel economy standards.”
FINANCIAL REGULATION – Tighten or loosen regulation of banks and credit card companies?
Ossoff – Tighten. Seeks more regulation of the banking system, reinstating Glass-Steagall Act.
GUN LAWS – Enact more restrictive legislation on guns?
IMMIGRATION – Path to citizenship for DACA participants brought to U.S. as children? Position on expanding border walls and limiting legal immigration?
Perdue – Mixed. Supports Trump proposal for DACA path to citizenship tied to cutbacks in legal immigration and funding for wall. DACA brings “chain migration.” Supported limiting visas to “create a merit-based immigration system.”
IMPEACHMENT – Support calling witnesses and convicting Trump on impeachment charges?
Perdue – No on both. Called impeachment “a partisan political weapon … aimed at overturning the 2016 election.”
IRAN – Oppose military attacks on Iran without congressional approval?
Ossoff – No position found, although opposed Trump withdrawal from Iran nuclear treaty.
LABOR – Support “right to work” laws, banning unions from mandating dues for workers they represent?
Ossoff – No position found. Has been endorsed by United Auto Workers.
Perdue – Yes. Co-sponsored National Right-to-Work Act.
LEGAL ABORTION – Keep legal or ban?
LGBT RIGHTS – Support gay marriage and other LGBTQ rights issues?
Ossoff – Yes. Supports LGBTQ Rights, and Equality Act against discrimination for gender or orientation.
MARIJUANA – Decriminalize or legalize?
Ossoff – Yes. “It’s past time to legalize, regulate and tax cannabis.”
MINIMUM WAGE – Raise federal hourly minimum wage above current $7.25?
Ossoff – Yes. “Fight to make sure the minimum wage is a livable wage.”
Perdue – No recent position. In 2014 said if “increase the minimum wage, you will kill jobs.”
POLICE/COMMUNITY ISSUES – Restrict police use of force and increase public oversight?
PLANNED PARENTHOOD – Support Planned Parenthood’s receiving public funds for non-abortion care?
Ossoff – Yes. Will defend Planned Parenthood’s “essential preventative and reproductive health care services.”
Perdue – No. Co-sponsored bill to end any federal funding of Planned Parenthood.
SAUDI ARABIA – Support blocking arms sales to Saudi Arabia?
Perdue – No. Voted in U.S. Senate against resolution blocking Saudi arms sales.
STUDENT FINANCIAL AID – Support free or subsidized tuition for lower-income individuals?
Ossoff – Yes. Supports debt forgiveness and making public college, state school, or trade school education “debt-free.”
Perdue – No. Promises of free tuition are what “the Soviets did in Russia, the Germans did in ’33,” and what the Cubans and Venezuelans did.
TAXES – Support administration’s $1.9 trillion (2017) tax cuts?
VOTING RIGHTS – Strict ID and other rules to combat possible fraud, even if limiting access?
Ossoff – No. Criticizes “major purges” of voter rolls and “mass disenfranchisement.” Need a new Voting Rights Act.
Perdue – No position found. On chaotic GA primary, “more than 150 counties didn’t have any problem. In a few we did. … This idea of voter suppression is a lie right out of the pit of hell.”
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