Kamala Harris in 2019-2020 Town Halls


On Civil Rights: Legalize sex work, but fight trafficking and abuse

When I was DA, I instituted a number of policies that focused on women and children and how they were treated with bias in the criminal justice system without really looking at the real offender: the pimps and the johns. We really need to focus on the other folks and not just on the women. We should not be criminalizing women who are engaged in consensual opportunities for employment. But we should definitely be careful and be sure that they are not being trafficked or abused in any way.
Source: CNN Town Hall 2020: 5 candidates back-to-back Apr 22, 2019

On Civil Rights: Women's issues are really about everyone

We need to pass the ERA, the Equal Rights Amendment. Women are paid on average 77 percent to the dollar. And then if you look at African American women and Latinas, even less, for doing the same work. We should reject the conversation that women's issues are just for women to be concerned about, when the reality is that when you lift up the economic status of women, you lift up the economic status of families and communities and all of society.
Source: CNN Town Hall 2020: 5 candidates back-to-back Apr 22, 2019

On Civil Rights: Ally of LGBTQ community; must end discrimination

I have been an ally of the LGBTQ community. We must have a country that agrees that no group should be treated without equality under the law. On day one would pass the Equality Act to make sure that we give LGBTQ people equal rights under the law. On the issue of transgender rights, we have a president who wants to kick them out of the military because they are transgender. It is absolutely unconscionable. And that is something I would reverse immediately when I am elected president.
Source: CNN Town Hall 2020: 5 candidates back-to-back Apr 22, 2019

On Crime: Have a conversation on whether prisoners should vote

Q: What about disallowing convicts to vote, as is now the law in several red states?

A: I agree that the right to vote is one of the very important components of citizenship and it is something that people should not be stripped of needlessly, which is why I have been long an advocate of making sure that the formerly incarcerated are not denied a right to vote, in some states permanently deprived of the right to vote. These are policies that go back to Jim Crow. These are policies that go back to the heart of policies that have been about disenfranchisement, and we need to take it seriously.

Q: But those now in prison?

A: I think we should have that conversation.

Source: CNN Town Hall 2020: 5 candidates back-to-back Apr 22, 2019

On Education: Change rules on student debt: reduce interest, income based

I do support debt-free college. I also believe that what we need to do is we need to allow students to refinance your student loan debt. If you took out student loans between the years of about 2006 through 2013, the interest rate was about 7 percent. What I am proposing is, regardless of the interest rate at the time, repayment would have to be at 3.5 percent. I would require that there be a robust process by which income-based repayment would be the norm.
Source: CNN Town Hall 2020: 5 candidates back-to-back Apr 22, 2019

On Energy & Oil: Green New Deal sets agenda for dealing with climate change

The climate crisis is representing an existential threat to who we are as human beings. I support the Green New Deal because it puts timelines in effect. I think, for example, that we need to have -- really diversify public policy on water, with an equal emphasis on recycling, on conservation, on capture of water, storage of water, desalination. We need to invest in electric cars. We need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. All of that is in the Green New Deal.
Source: CNN Town Hall 2020: 5 candidates back-to-back Apr 22, 2019

On Gun Control: If Congress won't pass gun laws, do it by executive action

I will give Congress 100 days to pass reasonable gun safety laws. If they fail, then I will take executive action. I will require that anyone who sells more than five guns a year [be] required to do background checks. I will require that for any gun dealer that breaks the law, the ATF take their license. The current administration took fugitives off the list of prohibited people. I'd put them back on. Fugitives from justice should not be able to purchase a handgun or any kind of weapon.
Source: CNN Town Hall 2020: 5 candidates back-to-back Apr 22, 2019

On Health Care: Private insurance not victims under single payer

I support Medicare for all. And I support it for a number of reasons. That include the fact that there are a lot of people in our country who simply do not have access to health care because they cannot afford it. And that's unconscionable. On the issue of access to private insurance, you can get supplemental insurance. But let's not be duped by a messaging campaign by the insurance companies to have you into believing that you need to defend them. You need to defend yourself.
Source: CNN Town Hall 2020: 5 candidates back-to-back Apr 22, 2019

On Technology: Cybersecurity crucial to protect elections & infrastructure

Cyberattacks can take a number of forms, but usually to our critical infrastructure. We are vulnerable in terms of our electrical grids, in terms of the systems that hold together our financial systems, our medical care systems. We have got to pay greater attention. I have a bipartisan bill designed to strengthen states' election systems to prevent the next attack. The leader in the Senate will not put it on the floor for a vote. As president that will be one of my number-one issues.
Source: CNN Town Hall 2020: 5 candidates back-to-back Apr 22, 2019

The above quotations are from 2020 Presidential Primary CNN Town Halls.
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