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.
Other senate candidates include Tim Hagen (L), Kamau Bakari (I), Richard Charles (I), and Barry Michaels (I). Due to limited space, we can’t include their responses, but encourage you to check out their websites. To download a printable pdf version of this guide, click here.
Abortion: Mostly ban or mostly legal?
Heller – Ban all abortions after 20 weeks.
Campaign Finance: Require political ads to disclose their largest funders?
Heller – No. Voted against bill to require this.
Rosen – Yes. Co-sponsored bill to require this.
Campaign Finance: Support Citizens United decision, allowing unlimited political donations from corporations and unions?
Climate Change: Consider climate change a critical threat?
Heller – No. “Impact from humans is up for debate.”
Climate Change: Limit or tax production of greenhouse gases? Support President Trump’s withdrawal from Paris Climate Agreement?
Heller – No to limit or tax. Voted to bar EPA from limiting greenhouse gasses. Supported withdrawal from Paris Climate Agreement, saying US would still keep developing “innovative new energy technologies that make our state and our nation’s energy supply cleaner, more affordable, and more reliable.”
Rosen – Yes to tax or limit. Opposed repeal of Obama Clean Power Plan, saying would “increase carbon pollution, worsen the effects of climate change, and slow down our transition to a clean energy economy.” Opposed withdrawal from Paris Climate Agreement.
Contraception: Employers can withhold contraceptive coverage from employees if disagree with it morally?
Heller – Yes.
Rosen – No. Cosponsored bill to prevent this.
Courts: Support President Trump’s choice of Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court? (prior to recent allegations)
Heller – Yes, would likely vote to confirm. “I have no reservations.”
Rosen – No. “Right now I can’t see myself voting yes.”
Economy: Support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
Education: Public support for parents sending their children to private schools?
Rosen – No. Public money should go to public schools.
Gay Marriage: Support gay marriage?
Heller – Personal belief: “traditional marriage.” Will respect Supreme Court decision.
Rosen – Yes.
Gun Control: Support more restrictive gun control legislation? Restrict semi-automatic assault rifles?
Healthcare: Support or Repeal Affordable Care Act (ACA), known as Obamacare?
Heller – Mostly repeal. Voted for several repeal measures, though against at least one. Prefers block grants to the states.
Healthcare: Allow Planned Parenthood public funds for non-abortion health services?
Rosen – Yes.
Healthcare: Require people to work to receive Medicaid?
Heller – Cosponsored bill allowing states to impose work requirements.
Rosen – No.
Immigration: Support DACA, allowing “Dreamers” who arrived illegally as children, then grew up in the US, to achieve legal status if meet certain conditions?
Heller – Mixed positions. Called original DREAM Act a “backdoor amnesty” program, and voted against. Supported a recent DACA extension. Opposed recent bill with path to citizenship, though open to the concept, depending on specifics.
Rosen – Yes. Co-sponsored DREAM Act. Also general earned path to citizenship “for law-abiding undocumented immigrants who are playing by the rules and contributing to our economy.” So potential earned path for more than just DACA recipients.
Iran: Support Trump withdrawal from multinational treaty limiting Iran’s nuclear capability while lifting economic sanctions?
Heller – Yes.
Rosen – No.
Marijuana: Prohibit federal government from interfering with state marijuana legalization or decriminalization?
Rosen – Yes, co-sponsored STATES Act to do this. Also a bill to regulate federally like alcohol.
Minimum Wage: Raise the federal minimum wage from current $7.25/hour?
Heller – No. Opposed 2014 vote to increase to $8.25 an hour.
Rosen – Yes. Raise to $15 an hour.
Net Neutrality: Require internet providers to provide equal access to all users?
Heller – No. “Want there to be more competition.”
President Trump: Percentage of key votes supporting Trump positions.
Heller – 92% on Senate votes as of 8/27/18.
Rosen – 42% on House votes as of 8/27/18.
Privatization: Support full or partial privatization of Social Security and/or VA?
Heller – Position unclear.
Rosen – Opposes both.
Renewable Energy: Support government subsidies for renewable energy? (Both Heller and Rosen oppose Trump’s tariffs on imported solar panels).
Rosen – Yes. Strong supporter.
Student debt: Refinance student loans at lower rates, paid for by increasing taxes on high earners (Elizabeth Warren bill).
Heller – No. Voted against. Cosponsored separate bill supporting counseling about financial aid choices.
Rosen – Wasn’t in House during Warren bill. Has supported refinancing if market rates drop. Also supports extending Perkins program and letting student loans be canceled if recipients go bankrupt.