Kevin Cramer (R)
Kevin Cramer (R)
Heidi Heitkamp (D – Incumbent)
Heidi Heitkamp (D – Incumbent)

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Abortion: Mostly ban or mostly legal?

Cramer – Ban. Forty years ago, the United States Supreme Court sanctioned abortion on demand. & we wonder why our culture sees school shootings so often.

Heitkamp – Mostly legal. “Reproductive decisions should be left to a woman, her family, & her doctor.” But opposes public funding & supports state’s right to mandate parental consent for minors & to restrict partial-birth abortions.


Campaign Finance: Require political ads to disclose their largest funders?

Cramer – No. Disclosure individual contributions, but “what other organizations, liberal & conservative, do to promote their beliefs is up to them.”

Heitkamp – Yes. Sponsored 2018 DISCLOSE Act. “North Dakotans deserve to know who’s trying to influence our elections.”


Campaign Finance: Support Citizens United decision, allowing unlimited political donations from corporations & unions?

Cramer – Yes.

Heitkamp – No. Reverse by constitutional amendment. “Billionaires who couldn’t pick out North Dakota on a map shouldn’t have more” electoral sway “than hard-working North Dakotans.”


Climate Change: Consider climate change a serious threat?

Cramer – No. Considered prominent skeptic. Has called climate change a religious belief.

Heitkamp – Yes. Voted for the amendment saying climate change was real & serious.


Climate Change: Limit or tax production of greenhouse gases? Support US participation in Paris Climate Accord despite President Trump’s withdrawal?

Cramer – No. Roll back automotive fuel standards. Called EPA greenhouse gas regulations “arbitrary & capricious.”  Paris Accord was a terrible agreement.

Heitkamp – Mixed. Criticized Obama Clean Power Act, pushed for carbon sequestration research so could keep using coal & gas. Supported Paris Accord participation.


Contraception: Allow employers to withhold contraceptive coverage from employees if disagree with it morally?

Cramer – Yes. Requiring contraceptive coverage infringes upon religious freedoms.

Heitkamp – No. Keep ACA requirement that insurance plans provide non-copay contraception.


Courts: Support President Trump’s Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh?

Cramer – Yes. A great nominee. Supports states rights against federal overreach. Even if Ford allegations true, 36 years ago, so not sure it disqualifies Kavanaugh.

Heitkamp – No. Would have confirmed, but “deeply disturbed by…lack of judicial temperament & impartiality,” including his angry response when asked about drinking. Also influenced by experience dealing with sexual assault victims.


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

Cramer – No. Opposed stimulus investment. Some support for infrastructure.

Heitkamp – Yes. Supports strong infrastructure spending for areas like roads. But also concerns about the deficit, feels both parties have ducked the issue.


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

Cramer – “I would prefer a more measured approach.” But they are “the one tool [Trump] has,” so support them & present a united front for negotiations.

Heitkamp – No. They “severely limit our ability to build the international support need to keep China in check.” Retaliatory actions will hurt North Dakota.


Education: Provide vouchers to parents to send their children to private schools with public money?

Cramer – Yes. Supports DC voucher program & charter schools.

Heitkamp – No. Opposed Betsy DeVos’s “preference for private schools and… taking public funds away from public schools.”


Financial Regulation: Support reining in Consumer Financial Protection Bureau?

Cramer – Yes. Considered it regulatory overreach.

Heitkamp – Eased financial regulations for smaller banks, but opposes further easing rules.


Gay Marriage: Support gay marriage?

Cramer – No. “Marriage is defined in Scripture.” Supreme Court ruling was “another example of activist judges overstepping their authority.”

Heitkamp – Yes. “The federal government should no longer discriminate against… or interfere in personal, private, & intimate relationships.”


Gun Control: Support more restrictive gun control legislation?

Cramer – No.

Heitkamp – No.


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

Cramer – Full repeal. An insult to the Constitution & the conscience.” Would require covering patients with pre-existing conditions but let insurance companies charge more for them.

Heitkamp – Support, but improve. “Everyone should have access to affordable, quality care,” whatever pre-existing conditions. North Dakota families need the same quality care that helped her beat breast cancer.


Healthcare: Let Planned Parenthood receive public funds for non-abortion health care?

Cramer – No. Co-sponsored bill to defund.

Heitkamp – Yes. Voted against numerous bills aimed at defunding.


Immigration: Support path to citizenship for “DACA” recipients or “Dreamers,” who grew up in the US after being brought here as children?

Cramer – No. DACA was “unlawfully put together.” Recipients must return to home country before applying for citizenship.

Heitkamp – Yes, with conditions. Voted for several bills coupling with border security increase, & in one case with restrictions on legal immigration.


Iran: End treaty limiting Iran’s nuclear capability for lifting economic sanctions?

Cramer – Yes.

Heitkamp – No.


Marijuana: Support ND ballot Measure 3 that would legalize adult recreational use.

Cramer – No. Plans to vote against it: “We don’t need any more mind-altering substances on the market.”

Heitkamp – Up to voters, some concerns on access by children. Urged administration to respect North Dakota’s medical law.


Minimum Wage: Raise the federal minimum wage from the current $7.25/hr?

Cramer – No. Reducing regulations is a better way to improve job opportunities.

Heitkamp – Yes. Co-sponsored 2014 bill to raise to $10.10/hr.


Net Neutrality: Support Net Neutrality rules requiring equal access to all users?

Cramer – Praised FCC ruling ending Obama Net Neutrality rules. Said other ways to protect the internet.

Heitkamp – Yes. Strong supporter. Voted to reverse FCC repeal of net neutrality.


President Trump: Percentage of key votes  (as of September 2018) supporting Trump’s positions while in office?

Cramer – Early & vocal supporter: Voted with Trump 99% of time.

Heitkamp – Mixed support & opposition: 55% of time. “I don’t think either party has all the right answers.”


Privatization: Support full or partial privatization of Social Security?

Cramer – Yes. Advocate for private sector options.

Heitkamp – No. Opposes.


Renewable Energy: Support government subsidies for renewable energy?

Cramer – No. Incentivize US fuel production. Let green energy tax credits & deductions lapse.

Heitkamp – Advocates an all-of-the-above approach that includes tax incentives for renewables, particularly wind power.


Student debt: Refinance student loans at lower rates, paid for by increasing taxes on high earners?

Cramer – Rejected this approach. Favored tying to interest rates. Supported end to student loan interest deduction.

Heitkamp – Yes. Introduced related bill. Challenged Dept of Education possibly revoking public service loan forgiveness.


Taxes: Support President Trump’s tax cuts?

Cramer – Yes. They were “the best Christmas gift Washington [could] give.”

Heitkamp – No. Will add $1.5 trillion to national debt & provide no real relief for middle-class families or small businesses.


Voting Rights: Support stricter voting rules like voter ID requirements even if prevent some people from voting?

Cramer – Unknown. When asked about ND voting laws, deferred to state Republican Party for comment.

Heitkamp – No. Has criticized unnecessary voter ID laws in ND that “clearly target” Native Americans & students.