Joe Manchin (D – Incumbent)
Joe Manchin (D – Incumbent)
Patrick Morrisey (R)
Patrick Morrisey (R)

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Abortion: Mostly ban or mostly legal?

Manchin – Mostly ban. Lifelong abortion opponent, but recognizes that Americans are divided on this. Voted for bill prohibiting abortions after 20 weeks & opposes any public funding.

Morrisey – Ban. Overturn Roe v Wade, stop “the pro-abortion agenda” in Congress & legislate nationwide restrictions similar to WV’s.


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

Manchin – Yes, disclose funders. No, on Citizen’s United. Says the decision has “destroyed this country.”

Morrisey – Unknown.


Climate Change: Consider climate change a critical threat?

Manchin – Yes. “I believe climate change is real, & that the more than 7 billion people living on this Earth have contributed to its warming,”

Morrisey – No. “There are many factors involved in the evolution of the earth’s temperature.”


Climate Change: Limit or tax production of greenhouse gases? Support renewable energy?

Manchin – No to regulating greenhouse gases: “No one is going to stop using fossil [fuels] for a long time.” But required WV utilities to get 25% of energy from renewable sources by 2025.

Morrisey – No to regulating greenhouse gases. Led states suing to overturn Obama Clean Power Plan. Opposed renewable energy mandate in ad against a primary opponent.


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

Manchin – Yes. Voted for bill to reverse ACA mandate for contraceptive coverage in order to safeguard religious liberty.

Morrisey – Yes. Strong advocate for religious liberty.


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

Manchin – Yes. Supports infrastructure investment.

Morrisey – Yes. Supports infrastructure investment.


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

Manchin – Yes. Supports the tariffs 100%. Historically, trade deals have not been good for WV.

Morrisey – Milder support: “The President is…trying to gain a little negotiating leverage. That’s not a bad thing.”


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

Manchin – No. “Would pull already limited public school resources from the schools, students & teachers that need them most.”

Morrisey – No statement found.


Education: Supported West Virginia teacher’s strike?

Manchin – Yes. Urged Senate Republicans “to stop playing games & send our kids back to school.”

Morrisey – No. “Breaking the law does not set a good example for our children.” Threatened an injunction.


Gay Marriage: Support gay marriage?

Manchin – Opposes personally, but accepts as settled law.

Morrisey – No. “Disappointed” with legalization.


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

Manchin – Opposes restrictions in most areas. Opposed banning semi-automatic weapons, but supports background checks for gun show or internet sales.

Morrisey – No. Will keep hands of “gun grabbers” & “Washington liberals” off of American guns. A+ rating from NRA.


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

Manchin – Needs improvement, but supports its  preventive care, protections for pre-existing conditions, costs of prescription drugs, & support to fight opioid epidemic. Unacceptable to go back to when 250,000 West Virginians went without healthcare.

Morrisey – Repeal. Joined lawsuit that would end coverage of preexisting conditions.  ACA has “utterly failed our country & West Virginia,” causing higher insurance premiums, & leading businesses to drop health care coverage altogether.


Healthcare: Allow Planned Parenthood to receive public funds for non-abortion health services?

Manchin – Yes. No abortion funding, but committed to “helping women get vital health services, like cancer screenings & preventive care.”

Morrisey – No. “Has opposed all taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood.”


Healthcare: Should the Federal government support miners’ pensions & health care when companies go bankrupt?

Manchin – Yes. Spearheaded bill to fund health care benefits & pensions for union miners.

Morrisey – No statement found.


Immigration: Support DREAM Act (DACA), allowing “Dreamers” who arrived illegally as children, to achieve legal status if meet certain conditions?

Manchin – Yes. Member of bipartisan group who proposed legislation to give Dreamers path to citizenship while allocating $25 billion for border security.

Morrisey – No. “Lax immigration laws pose a security risk to our homeland.” Joined lawsuit against DACA, calling it an unlawful, unilateral Obama action.


Iran: Support Trump’s withdrawal from treaty limiting Iran’s nuclear capability?

Manchin – Yes.

Morrisey – Yes.


Minimum Wage: Raise the federal minimum wage?

Manchin – Yes. Supported 2014 bill to increase from $7.25 hour to $10.10 hour.

Morrisey – Unknown.


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

Manchin – Yes. Voted to overturn FCC repeal of net neutrality.

Morrisey – Took no stand after Democratic legislators requested he support net neutrality.


President Trump: Response to President Trump’s actions & policies?

Manchin – Voted 61% in support of Trump positions as of August 2018.

Morrisey – His pro-growth, tax policies & his repeal of illegal & burdensome regulations have significantly benefited our citizens.”


Privatization: Support full or partial privatization of Social Security?

Manchin – No. Supports expansion.

Morrisey – Unclear. “Consider reforms to keep Social Security & Medicare solvent,” but “not make changes that would negatively impact retirees.”


Student debt: Refinance existing student loans if lower rates exist? Support income-contingent loan repayment? Support & expand Pell Grants?

Manchin – Yes. Introduced bills to refinance at market rates & to limit repayment to 15% of income. Signed on to support & strengthen Pell Grants.

Morrisey – Unknown. Reached settlement with for-profit online education company to forgive student debt.


Taxes: Support President Trump’s tax cuts?

Manchin – No. “The corporations get the greatest cuts, the wealthiest get the greatest benefits…The people that get the least amount..are the people that needed it the most”

Morrisey – Yes. “As a result, West Virginia families are seeing more money in their pockets, unemployment rates continue to drop, & many hardworking West Virginians are receiving bonuses & pay raises.”