Kelly Loeffler in 2019-20 GA special Senate race


On Principles & Values: WNBA players endorsing opponent is "cancel culture"

In 2010, Loeffler became a co-owner of the Atlanta Dream--the WNBA's Georgia-based team. The league's players openly endorsed her opponent in the middle of the season. Loeffler responded to the players' bold move of supporting her opponent by accusing them of being "more concerned with playing politics than basketball."

"This is just more proof that the out of control cancel culture wants to shut out anyone who disagrees with them," she added.

Source: Business Insider on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Nov 6, 2020

On Principles & Values: Donated maximum $2800 to Trump recount fund

When asked for a response to the president's statements about the election and Georgia's role in it, Sen. Kelly Loeffler's office directed media inquiries to the senator's Tweet, posted before he spoke at the White House, in which she said she is "praying for four more years of Donald Trump." The AJC has learned that Loeffler has also donated the maximum $2,800 contribution to the Trump campaign's "Recount Account," a fund designated for financing post-election recounts and election contests.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Const. on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Nov 5, 2020

On Principles & Values: Atlanta's "most expensive real estate transaction ever"

[Called] "Descante," the 15,000-square-foot mansion that Loeffler and her husband bought in 2009 for $10.5 million, was the "most expensive real estate transaction ever in the city of Atlanta."

Here's how Atlanta magazine described "Descante," Modeled in the style of an old European estate, Descante is a stucco, steel, and limestone structure that boasts Versailles parquet in the dining room, a library with a secret passage to the living room, and a nineteenth-century pool house from France.

Source: Jezebel.com on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Nov 5, 2020

On Abortion: Co-sponsored four bills to protect the unborn

Q: Abortion--Keep legal or ban?

Kelly Loeffler: Ban. "Unapologetically pro-life." Has co-sponsored "four bills to protect the unborn." Called for investigating Planned Parenthood for receiving taxpayer funds under the Paycheck Protection Program.

Raphael Warnock: Legal. Supports "a woman's right to choose , a decision between her and her doctor." Opposes "all partisan attacks defunding healthcare providers like Planned Parenthood."

Source: CampusElect on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Nov 3, 2020

On Civil Rights: Allow discrimination against LGBTQ for religious reasons

Q: Protect against discrimination based on sexual orientation?

Kelly Loeffler: Not if it interferes with religious faith. "People of faith should be protected."

Raphael Warnock: Yes. Will "protect members of the LGBTQ+ community from housing, financial, and employment discrimination."

Source: CampusElect on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Nov 3, 2020

On Crime: Co-sponsored "Back the Blue" resolutions, opposes defunding

Q: Restrict police use of force and increase public oversight?

Kelly Loeffler: No. Co-sponsored resolutions supporting "Back the Blue" and opposing calls to defund. Critics failing "to support law enforcement at a time when they need it most."

Raphael Warnock: Yes. Wants increased accountability and bias training and a uniform standard for the use of force. Does not support defunding.

Source: CampusElect on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Nov 3, 2020

On Drugs: Marijuana: concerned about negative effects of legalization

Q: Marijuana--Legal or ban?

Kelly Loeffler: Ban. Is "concerned about the negative effects that legalizing marijuana would have."

Raphael Warnock: Legal. Wants to decriminalize marijuana.

Source: CampusElect on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Nov 3, 2020

On Education: Funding for low-income students for public, private schools

Q: Public funding for private or for-profit schools?

Kelly Loeffler: Yes. Let states send federal funds for low-income students to both public and private schools.

Raphael Warnock: No position found.

Source: CampusElect on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Nov 3, 2020

On Government Reform: Raise penalties for voter fraud, ballot harvesting

Q: Support stricter ID requirements and other rules on voting?

Kelly Loeffler: Unclear. Introduced bill to raise penalties for voter fraud and illegal ballot harvesting.

Raphael Warnock: No. Supports restoring oversight provisions of Voting Rights Act, which made voting restrictions harder to enact.

Source: CampusElect on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Nov 3, 2020

On Gun Control: Sponsored bill barring national firearm database

Q: Enact more restrictive legislation on guns?

Kelly Loeffler: No. "Strong Second Amendment supporter." Sponsored bill barring national firearm database.

Raphael Warnock: Yes. "The answer to America's gun violence isn't to encourage masses of people to carry guns."

Source: CampusElect on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Nov 3, 2020

On Health Care: End ACA: Medicare for All is an attack on liberty

Q: Support Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as ObamaCare?

Kelly Loeffler: No. Supports lawsuit to end. Calls Medicare for All insidious attack on liberty.

Raphael Warnock: Yes. Would "protect, improve, and build upon the Affordable Care Act."

Source: CampusElect on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Nov 3, 2020

On Health Care: COVID: Trump took threat seriously from the beginning

Q: Your opinion on the federal response to COVID?

Kelly Loeffler: "Trump and his administration have taken the threat of COVID-19 seriously from the beginning."

Raphael Warnock: Both Georgia and Trump have stumbled on pandemic response. "We need leadership that believes in science and will act with integrity."

Source: CampusElect on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Nov 3, 2020

On Immigration: Co-sponsored Asylum Abuse Reduction Act

Q: Expand border walls? Reduce immigration?

Kelly Loeffler: Yes. Co-sponsored Asylum Abuse Reduction Act. Undocumented should not get free health care.

Raphael Warnock: No. Immigration is "desperately broken." Cites Jesus as an "undocumented immigrant."

Source: CampusElect on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Nov 3, 2020

On Jobs: Co-sponsored National Right-to-Work Act

Q: Support "right to work" laws, barring unions from mandating dues?

Kelly Loeffler: Yes. Co-sponsored National Right-to-Work Act, establishing right to work on a national basis.

Raphael Warnock: No. Supports "pay equity" with "honest wages, protected retirement, and fair overtime compensation." Endorsed by Georgia AFL-CIO.

Source: CampusElect on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Nov 3, 2020

On Principles & Values: Endorsed QAnon candidate for fighting "radical left"

Loeffler celebrated an endorsement from Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Georgia Republican congressional candidate who has voiced support for the QAnon conspiracy theory. The two appeared together at a campaign stop. The senator showered Greene with praise, calling her exemplary of "conservative values" and a warrior fighting the "radical left." "What impressed me with Kelly is I found out that she believes a lot of the same things that I believe," Greene said from behind a Loeffler campaign podium.
Source: Vanity Fair on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Oct 29, 2020

On Homeland Security: Voted for Defense bill renaming bases honoring Confederates

Loeffler often mentions she has a 100% voting record with Trump. While this sounds great for Sen. Loeffler, it is not 100 percent true. What Loeffler would love GOP voters to forget, is that she went against President Trump and voted for NDAA [National Defense Authorization Act] legislation that would rename military bases named after Confederate generals. Trump was very vocal in his opposition to renaming the military bases.
Source: FetchYourNews.com on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Oct 19, 2020

On Budget & Economy: COVID: We need to reopen our economy

Every day our economy remains closed--even partially--we lose jobs, shutter businesses, and destroy entire communities. That's why we need to reopen our economy, get rid of disincentives that are keeping workers at home, and encourage new investment in our businesses and communities.
Source: The Brunswick News on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Oct 15, 2020

On Budget & Economy: COVID: No bailout to "blue states" for socialist policies

Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats are trying to ram through a $3 trillion blue-state bailout--which would funnel millions into poorly-run Democrat states and liberal pet projects. The fact is that Americans in need should receive assistance, but they don't need an out-of-control government using coronavirus as an excuse to enact socialist policies. Instead, I'm going to continue to advocate strongly for a relief bill that is targeted to help only those who need it the most.
Source: The Brunswick News on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Oct 15, 2020

On Crime: Got to address lawlessness overtaking America's streets

We've also got to address the lawlessness that has overtaken America's streets. I have led the fight to crack down on the mobs wreaking havoc in our cities--introducing legislation to defund cities that defund the police, punish violent rioters, and sentence convicted cop-killers to the death penalty. No candidate in my race has worked harder to put criminals behind bars--or to call out radical movements like BLM, which are inciting violence at a time when we need unity most.
Source: The Brunswick News on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Oct 15, 2020

On Government Reform: Condemned Pelosi for Commission on President Capacity

Loeffler is slated to introduce a resolution condemning Speaker Pelosi for "politicizing the 25th Amendment." The Democrat expressed support for a bill that would create a "Commission on President Capacity" to invoke the 25th Amendment if needed. "From the Russia collusion hoax to the sham impeachment and now the 25th Amendment farce, Nancy Pelosi has disgraced the office of Speaker in a desperate attempt to rig the system and seize power.
Source: The Hill e-zine on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Oct 9, 2020

On Budget & Economy: Cut regulations; encourage investment; lower taxes

We've got to fully open our economy, get employees back to work. We've got to make strong commitments to bringing manufacturing back to America. I introduced my Beat China Act to reduce costs and reduce our dependency on foreign countries for health care and related products. We need to keep cutting regulation, encouraging American investment, lowering taxes and allowing free markets to restore prosperity and opportunity for all.
Source: AARP Voter Guide on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Oct 7, 2020

On Health Care: Against Medicare for All, use free market solutions

My goal is to make sure that seniors have better access to quality, affordable health care. I will never cut funding for seniors. Democrats are pushing a dangerous "Medicare for All" system that would bankrupt our country, increase health care costs, reduce coverage and decrease the quality of care. We need to look at ways to increase the efficiency in the current system, cut waste, use free market solutions to drive down the cost of healthcare while increasing affordability and quality.
Source: AARP Voter Guide on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Oct 7, 2020

On Health Care: Reduce regulation, increase competition, cut waste

Every Georgian should have access to high-quality, affordable care. The path to that future will require that we reduce regulation, increase competition and cut waste. Trump has taken action to lower drug prices using exactly these principles, bringing more competition to the market, cutting out the middleman insurers. The socialist Democrats want "Medicare for All," which would mean less choice in the insurance market, worse care and more expensive doctor visits.
Source: AARP Voter Guide on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Oct 7, 2020

On Health Care: For nursing homes, we need tort reform & to cut regulations

I've worked hard throughout COVID-19 to ensure that our nursing homes and long-term care facilities have access to the funding and the support that they need to keep serving our seniors, especially those in rural Georgia. For our nursing homes, for our long-term care facilities, we've got to look at tort reform and other ways to eliminate burdensome regulations that slow down access and reduce quality.
Source: AARP Voter Guide on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Oct 7, 2020

On Social Security: Don't privatize, but address long-term solvency

No matter how we move forward with this program, we will never cut funding for seniors who depend on it. The fact is, our system is in trouble. Career politicians failed us. They treat Social Security like a slush fund, and they spend the money, instead of saving it for seniors. We should not privatize Social Security, but we do need to address the long-term solvency of Social Security in a way that cuts waste, that maximizes efficiencies and guarantees earned benefits for our great seniors.
Source: AARP Voter Guide on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Oct 7, 2020

On Civil Rights: Black Lives Matter is "anti-Semitic" and anti-family

"[Black Lives Matter] is a very divisive organization based on Marxist principles," Loeffler told Fox News's Laura Ingraham. "This is an organization that seeks to destroy the American principles and I had to draw the line." Loeffler also called the Black Lives Matter group "anti-Semitic" and claimed that the group is against the "nuclear family." Loeffler responded that "[t]here's no room in this country for racism, but this isn't what the Black Lives Matter political organization is about."
Source: The Hill e-zine on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Jul 9, 2020

On Crime: Cut highway dollars to any state reducing police funding

Loeffler is introducing a bill that would withhold federal highway funding from states and local governments that reduce funding to law enforcement without a clear budgetary need amid the "defund the police" push from some Democrats. The "Protecting Public Safety and Supporting Law Enforcement" Act would require the Secretary of Transportation to withhold 5% of certain highway safety funds from any state that elects to reduce funding to law enforcement.
Source: Fox News on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Jun 16, 2020

On Free Trade: Co-sponsored the BEAT CHINA Act on medical manufacturing

Three senators introduced legislation aimed at increasing American manufacturing to help limit the nation's dependence on China. Loeffler, Joni Ernst, and Ted Cruz introduced the "Bring Entrepreneurial Advancements to Consumers Here In North America--or the "Beat China Act--to "incentivize pharmaceutical and medical device and supply manufacturers to relocate to the United States." It would alter the tax code to provide incentives to businesses willing to relocate production to the U.S.
Source: Fox News on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Jun 12, 2020

On Foreign Policy: Supported moving US Embassy to Jerusalem

Loeffler backed Trump's decision to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, writing in a position paper that she will "continue to advocate for it remaining there." She also made clear that she was in favor of Trump's Middle East peace proposal. She did not explicitly lean one way or the other regarding the potential annexation of portions of the West Bank.
Source: The Jewish Insider on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Jun 11, 2020

On Civil Rights: Anger over Floyd murder justifiable; destruction is not

"In the wake of George Floyd's tragic death, many Americans are rightfully angered and in pain," said Loeffler. "While our anger and grief are intense and justifiable, the destruction we have seen across the country is not. Last night, we saw this in Atlanta, which has a long history of peaceful protests. Americans have a Constitutional right to speak out and peacefully assemble, but that's not what we saw last night."
Source: WSB-TV-2-Atlanta on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race May 30, 2020

On Drugs: Stiffer penalties for deceptively trafficking in fentanyl

U.S. Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR), Kelly Loeffler (R-GA), and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) introduced the Zero Tolerance for Deceptive Fentanyl Trafficking Act. The bill would increase penalties for fentanyl traffickers who intentionally misrepresent the drug to unknowing customers.

"One of the most lethal opioids is fentanyl, with thousands of overdose deaths attributed to this highly-potent drug every year. Criminals who lace fentanyl with other drugs and traffic them into the US must be held accountable for their deceptive, illegal & often deadly schemes. It's time that our legal penalties properly reflect the seriousness & the fatal consequences of pushing these dangerous substances," said Loeffler.

Under this legislation, dealers who intentionally misrepresent their product would face a 20-year sentence. If the dealers intentionally included fentanyl to cause death--often because they want to increase the reputation of their product's potency--then the offense becomes death penalty eligible.

Source: Senate press release on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Feb 27, 2020

On Free Trade: Hopes trade war challenges can be resolved soon

She said she believes farmers know legislators are trying to improve economic opportunities for their industry and believes they see the long-term view, even if the short-term is marred in a trade war with China. "Look, I think trade has to be fair and I think farmers innately understand that, and they're willing to take the longer view certainly," Loeffler said. "And they have, but I also would take the side that the sooner we can resolve some of the challenges, the better."
Source: Tifton Gazette on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Jan 1, 2020

On Energy & Oil: Insidious socialism like Green New Deal attacks liberty

Socialism, and its societal and financial costs, is a very real threat to the freedoms that allow us to prosper as a country. The Green New Deal and Medicare for All represent insidious attacks on the unparalleled liberty that we as Americans enjoy today--and that others in countries around the world are fighting to gain. The radical left doesn't know or care how many jobs or dollars their government takeovers will cost.
Source: Bluffton Today on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Dec 30, 2019

On Health Care: Insidious socialism like Medicare-for-All attacks liberty

Socialism, and its societal and financial costs, is a very real threat to the freedoms that allow us to prosper as a country. The Green New Deal and Medicare for All represent insidious attacks on the unparalleled liberty that we as Americans enjoy today--and that others in countries around the world are fighting to gain. The radical left doesn't know or care how many jobs or dollars their government takeovers will cost.
Source: Bluffton Today on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Dec 30, 2019

On Budget & Economy: Support record economic growth, job creation under Trump

Loeffler said, "I have 25 years of business experience, so I'm very interested in making sure we're doing things to help the economy, whether it's supporting the record economic growth, job creation, lowering the cost of health care (and) increasing access," Loeffler said.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Dec 29, 2019

On Health Care: Supports overhaul of Medicaid in Georgia

Loeffler said, "I know that health care is not a one size fits all solution," Loeffler said. She likes what Kemp has proposed for overhauling Medicaid in Georgia. "I think our state is in a position to start solving these (issues) in a novel and innovati
Source: Augusta Chronicle on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Dec 23, 2019

On Technology: We can figure out getting broadband to rural areas

Loeffler was raised on a corn and soybean farm in Illinois and said she knows "firsthand the issues that rural communities are facing." One of those is lack of access to broadband internet. "In this era, with the sophistication of technology that exists and with the United States being the leader in global innovation for technology, we can figure this out," she said.
Source: Augusta Chronicle on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Dec 23, 2019

On Civil Rights: Supports religious liberty policy seen as discriminatory

Loeffler isn't shy about her belief that legislation should be in place to protect one's ability "to act according to our religious beliefs. I believe that people of faith should be free to make statements without fear of persecution." Her comments represent an effort to distance herself from the team she owns. The Atlanta Dream joined other Georgia businesses who view religious liberty policy as an excuse to legally discriminate against LGBTQ people.
Source: OutSports.com on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Dec 20, 2019

On Principles & Values: Will abide by Senate ethics rules, won't address conflicts

She faces questions about whether she'll serve on committees that oversee the financial industry or cast votes that could influence her husband's company or the Bakkt cryptocurrency firm she runs. Loeffler said she would abide by Senate ethics rules but would not say how she planned to manage her finances or whether she would sit out votes that could influence her business. Nor would she say whether she would pursue positions on committees that have oversight over the financial industry.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Const.on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Dec 10, 2019

On Abortion: Fierce opponent of abortion

In her introductory news conference, Loeffler pledged allegiance to Trump and decried Democrats' efforts to impeach the president as a "circus." She said she would defend the Second Amendment, support Trump's border wall and conservative judges and will be a fierce opponent of abortion. "Contrary to what you might see in the media, not every strong American woman is a liberal," she said. "Many of us are conservative and proud of it."
Source: Atlanta Journal-Const.on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Dec 6, 2019

On Gun Control: Defend the Second Amendment

In her introductory news conference, Loeffler pledged allegiance to Trump and decried Democrats' efforts to impeach the president as a "circus." She said she would defend the Second Amendment, support Trump's border wall and conservative judges and will be a fierce opponent of abortion. "Contrary to what you might see in the media, not every strong American woman is a liberal," she said. "Many of us are conservative and proud of it."
Source: Atlanta Journal-Const.on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Dec 6, 2019

On Immigration: Supports building border wall

In her introductory news conference, Loeffler pledged allegiance to Trump and decried Democrats' efforts to impeach the president as a "circus." She said she would defend the Second Amendment, support Trump's border wall and conservative judges and will be a fierce opponent of abortion. "Contrary to what you might see in the media, not every strong American woman is a liberal," she said. "Many of us are conservative and proud of it."
Source: Atlanta Journal-Const.on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Dec 6, 2019

On Abortion: Would support legislation to limit abortions

Anti-abortion groups have attacked Kemp's choice, painting Loeffler as a pro-abortion rights individual over her donations to an area hospital--which has not performed elective abortions and hasn't for at least a decade. During her announcement, Loeffler said she would support legislation to limit abortions.
Source: OpenSecrets.org on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Dec 4, 2019

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