Dan McCready (D)
Dan McCready (D)
Mark Harris (R)
Mark Harris (R)

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Abortion: Mostly ban or mostly legal?

Dan McCready – Legal. Not the government’s job “to get between a woman & her doctor.”

Mark Harris – Ban. “Pro-life.” No exceptions for rape or incest. Favors overturn of Roe v. Wade.


Campaign Finance: Require political ads to disclose largest funders? Stand on Citizens United decision, allowing unlimited political donations from corporations & unions?

Dan McCready – Yes. “Will fight to rid our politics of dark & corporate money.” “Will work to overturn Citizens United.”

Mark Harris – No stand found on disclosure. Supports regulating indirect campaign contributions.


Climate Change: Consider climate change a serious threat?

Dan McCready – Yes. “As a solar energy entrepreneur, Dan knows that we can protect our environment while creating good jobs for North Carolina.Supports Paris Climate accord. Withdrawal “would hurt the children of 7 billion people.”

Mark Harris – No. “There’s no question earth is getting warmer” but doesn’t “buy into” the idea that humans are responsible. We should “be good stewards of the earth.”  The federal government should play no role in addressing the problem, man-made or not.


Courts: Support choice of Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court? (Before allegations)

Dan McCready – No position found.

Mark Harris – Yes. “Impeccable credentials & will be a great addition to the court.”


Economy: Support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?

Dan McCready – Yes. “With business-minded & forward-looking leadership… we can create so many more of these good-paying trade jobs in growing sectors like advanced manufacturing, clean energy & smart infrastructure.”

Mark Harris No. Believes lowering corporate taxes will produce more growth than federal spending. In 2013 said wouldn’t have increased debt limit without a plan to cut government spending & lower taxes.


Economy: Support President Trump’s imposition of tariffs on Chinese steel & other products?

Dan McCready – No. “Trade wars are bad for the economy & bad for North Carolina jobs.”

Mark Harris – Yes. “Not a fan” of tariffs, but “cautiously optimistic that this won’t be a long-term solution but… a negotiating tool.”


Education: Help parents to send children to private schools with public money?

Dan McCready – Unclear. Supports the right to go to a “great public school.”

Mark Harris – Yes. Supports school choice.


Elections: Support nonpartisan redistricting to address charges of partisan gerrymandering?

Dan McCready – Yes. “Will fight for independent redistricting commissions, not politicians, to draw district lines.”

Mark Harris – No position found.


Environment: Support cutbacks in Environmental Protection Administration (EPA)?

Dan McCready – No. “Politicians in the pockets of polluters are taking a hatchet to the EPA… looking the other way while chemical company executives pollute eastern North Carolina’s drinking water.”

Mark Harris – Likely yes. “We must eliminate the regulatory red tape that handcuffs our energy production & allow states more control of their own resources along with fast-track drilling permits.”


Gay Marriage: Support gay marriage? Stand on related GLBT issues?

Dan McCready – Yes. “Everybody deserves equality under the law.” “I do not think the government should have any place in our bedrooms.”

Mark Harris – No. “I believe marriage is between 1 man & 1 woman.” Also considers homosexuality a sin & a choice. One of prime movers behind “bathroom bill” preventing local bans on discrimination based on sexual orientation.


Gun Control: Support more restrictive gun control legislation? Restrict semi-automatic weapons?

Dan McCready – Some. Supports comprehensive background checks & closing gun show & online loopholes. He’d rather focus on areas of consensus than divisive areas like banning assault weapons.

Mark Harris – No. “More gun laws are not the answer.”


Healthcare: Support or Repeal Affordable Care Act (ACA), known as Obamacare?

Dan McCready – Support. Keep but repair. Stand up to big drug companies to lower prescription costs. Strengthen Medicare. Stop insurance companies from continually raising premiums.

Mark Harris – Repeal. Congress must keep its promise to repeal & replace Obamacare. “Need reform that is market based & patient driven,” that would foster competition.


Immigration: Support DACA, allowing “Dreamers” who arrived illegally as children, to achieve legal status?

Dan McCready – Yes. DACA recipients should have a path to citizenship, based on thresholds like holding a job.

Mark Harris – No. Pathway to citizenship for DACA recipients rewards lawbreaking.


Minimum Wage: Raise the federal minimum wage above the current $7.25 hour?

Dan McCready – Probable yes. Talks of lifting wages, but reservations about $15/hour.

Mark Harris – No. Opposes minimum wage increase.


Net Neutrality: Require internet providers to provide equal access to all users?

Dan McCready – No position found.

Mark Harris – No. Would not support net neutrality.


President Trump: Response to his positions.

Dan McCready – “It’s no secret I have disagreements with the president.”

Mark Harris – Calls President Trump “extraordinarily successful.”


Renewable Energy: Support government subsidies for renewable energy?

Dan McCready – Yes. Background is developing utility-scale solar farms. Help “bring good-paying jobs in growing sectors like clean energy & smart infrastructure.”

Mark Harris – No. “The government should not pick winners & losers.Solar tax credits add to national debt.


Social Security: Support full or partial privatization of Social Security. How to address Social Security solvency?

Dan McCready – No. Will oppose any efforts to turn Social Security over to the stock market & gamble seniors’ retirement.” Have higher earners pay in more to increase solvency.

Mark Harris – Has said he supports gradual privatization of Social Security. Might support private options for people who haven’t retired yet. Can’t fix Social Security by raising taxes.


Taxes: Support President Trump’s tax cuts?

Dan McCready – No. Rescind cuts for top 1%. The bill didn’t do enough to cut middle-class taxes. Created 1.9 trillion debt. “This is not a real reform. It’s a failure.”

Mark Harris – Yes. Called the tax cuts “vital.” Said they made it possible for small businesses to hire new workers. General support for cutting personal & corporate taxes.


Voting Rules: Support stricter voting rules such as voter ID requirements, even if they prevent some people from voting?

Dan McCready – No. Criticizes politicians who try to “disenfranchise African Americans & roll back voting rights.”

Mark Harris – No position found.