Jon Ossoff in 2020 GA Senate race


On Abortion: Will only confirm judges pledged to uphold Roe v. Wade

Q: Keep abortion legal or ban?

Ossoff: Legal. "I will only vote to confirm federal judges who pledge to uphold Roe v. Wade." Will defend Planned Parenthood's "essential preventative and reproductive health care services."

Perdue: Ban. "Will continue fighting to protect the unborn." Backed ban on most abortions after six weeks that the courts overturned. Co-sponsored bill to end any federal funding of Planned Parenthood.

Source: CampusElect on 2020 Georgia Senate race Nov 3, 2020

On Budget & Economy: More regulation of banks, reinstate Glass-Steagall Act

Q: Tighten or loosen regulation of banks and credit card companies?

Ossoff: Tighten. Seeks more regulation of the banking system, reinstating Glass-Steagall Act.

Perdue: Loosen. Supports "rollback of federal banking regulations." Calls Consumer Financial Protection Bureau "rogue agency."

Source: CampusElect on 2020 Georgia Senate race Nov 3, 2020

On Civil Rights: Supports LGBTQ rights & Equality Act

Q: Support gay marriage and other LGBTQ rights issues?

Ossoff: Yes. Supports LGBTQ Rights, and Equality Act against discrimination for gender or orientation.

Perdue: No. Sees marriage as "between one man and one woman." In legalizing same-sex marriage, the Supreme Court "overstepped" its role.

Source: CampusElect on 2020 Georgia Senate race Nov 3, 2020

On Crime: Establish national standards for use of force by police

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

Ossoff: Yes. "We urgently need a New Civil Rights Act to establish national standards for use [of] force by American police!"

Perdue: Mixed. "Do we need police reform? Absolutely. But the vast majority of police officers protect us honorably."

Source: CampusElect on 2020 Georgia Senate race Nov 3, 2020

On Drugs: Past time to legalize, regulate, and tax cannabis

Q: Marijuana--Decriminalize or legalize?

Ossoff: Yes. "It's past time to legalize, regulate and tax cannabis."

Perdue: Medical yes. Supports access to medical marijuana. As of 2014, opposed recreational.

Source: CampusElect on 2020 Georgia Senate race Nov 3, 2020

On Education: Supports debt forgiveness; tuition free state schools

Q: Support free or subsidized tuition for lower-income individuals?

Ossoff: Yes. Supports debt forgiveness and making public college, state school, or trade school education "debt-free."

Perdue: No. Promises of free tuition are what "the Soviets did in Russia, the Germans did in '33," and what the Cubans and Venezuelans did.

Source: CampusElect on 2020 Georgia Senate race Nov 3, 2020

On Energy & Oil: Climate change is a major threat, invest in clean energy

Q: Your opinion on climate change?

Ossoff: "Climate change is a major threat to our prosperity and our security," part of "a broader environmental and ecological crisis." Will "deliver massive federal investment in clean energy, grid infrastructure, R&D."

Perdue: "The scientific community is not in total agreement" about human cause. Supports Trump withdrawal from Paris Agreement. Opposed Obama's Clean Power Plan and limits on offshore drilling. Supports biomass investment.

Source: CampusElect on 2020 Georgia Senate race Nov 3, 2020

On Environment: Reverse Trump rollbacks of environmental standards

Q: Tighten or loosen environmental regulations?

Ossoff: Tighten. Will work to reverse Trump "rollbacks of clean air, clean water, and fuel economy standards."

Perdue: Mostly loosen. Roll back "stifling Obama-era regulations." Against reducing waste and emissions. Reduce plastic waste in oceans.

Source: CampusElect on 2020 Georgia Senate race Nov 3, 2020

On Foreign Policy: Supports blocking arm sales to Saudi Arabia

Q: Support blocking arms sales to Saudi Arabia?

Ossoff: Yes. Reject "regime that executes political dissidents, executes people for their sexuality" and brutally murders journalists.

Perdue: No. Voted in U.S. Senate against resolution blocking Saudi arms sales.

Source: CampusElect on 2020 Georgia Senate race Nov 3, 2020

On Government Reform: End Citizens United; get dark money out of politics

Q: Your opinion on campaign finance?

Ossoff: Yes. "We must end Citizens United and get secret, dark money out of politics."

Source: CampusElect on 2020 Georgia Senate race Nov 3, 2020

On Government Reform: We need a new Voting Rights Act

Q: Strict ID and other rules to combat possible fraud, even if limiting access?

Ossoff: No. Criticizes "major purges" of voter rolls and "mass disenfranchisement." Need a new Voting Rights Act.

Perdue: No position found. On chaotic GA primary, "more than 150 counties didn't have any problem. In a few we did. This idea of voter suppression is a lie right out of the pit of hell."

Source: CampusElect on 2020 Georgia Senate race Nov 3, 2020

On Gun Control: Supports background checks, assault weapon ban

Q: Your opinion on gun control?

Ossoff: Supports universal background checks, red-flag laws, closing gun-show loophole, as well as a ban on assault weapons.

Perdue: "We have ample gun laws on the books;" should enforce them. Supports some more stringent background checks.

Source: CampusElect on 2020 Georgia Senate race Nov 3, 2020

On Health Care: Improve ACA, not repeal it

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

Ossoff: Yes. Will "work to improve [ACA], not repeal it, so we can make affordable insurance and quality care available to all Americans."

Perdue: No. Voted to repeal ACA. "The poorest among us will continue to be fined because they can't afford ObamaCare."

Source: CampusElect on 2020 Georgia Senate race Nov 3, 2020

On Health Care: COVID: Trump's response "gross incompetence"

Q: Your opinion on COVID response?

Ossoff: Calls the Trump administration's handling of the pandemic "gross incompetence." "Tens of millions are losing jobs, essential workers are underpaid, under-protected and underinsured [while] help for ordinary people and smaller firms has been meager and slow."

Perdue: Trump "has taken unprecedented action to protect the American people; now we're working to safely reopen [and] help small businesses continue to weather this crisis."

Source: CampusElect on 2020 Georgia Senate race Nov 3, 2020

On Immigration: DREAMers are Americans and here to stay

Q: Your opinion on immigration?

Ossoff: "DREAMers are Americans," "here to stay." Supports "path to legal status for undocumented immigrants." "Strong border security doesn't require" sacrificing "our moral principles."

Perdue: Supports Trump proposal for DACA path to citizenship tied to cutbacks in legal Immigration and funding for wall. DACA brings "chain migration." Supported limiting visas to "create a merit-based immigration system."

Source: CampusElect on 2020 Georgia Senate race Nov 3, 2020

On Jobs: Minimum wage should be livable wage

Q: Raise federal hourly minimum wage above current $7.25?

Ossoff: Yes. "Fight to make sure the minimum wage is a livable wage."

Perdue: No recent position. In 2014 said if "increase the minimum wage, you will kill jobs."

Source: CampusElect on 2020 Georgia Senate race Nov 3, 2020

On Tax Reform: We borrow trillions to cut taxes for the wealthy

Q: Support administration's $1.9 trillion (2017) tax cuts?

Ossoff: No. "We borrow trillions to cut taxes for the wealthy & powerful."

Perdue: Yes. "The tax cuts passed by the U.S. Senate are already having a positive impact across the country."

Source: CampusElect on 2020 Georgia Senate race Nov 3, 2020

On Budget & Economy: COVID: we need more direct relief from federal government

Those who have [been] working have lost their jobs in so many cases. The health impacts have been most severe on America's seniors, and we need more direct relief from the federal government for ordinary people, including America's seniors. This is a great example of why we need to strengthen and protect Social Security, so that during difficult times, America's seniors can rely upon those vital benefits, which they've paid into their entire lives.
Source: AARP Voter Guide on 2020 Georgia Senate race Oct 8, 2020

On Health Care: Will oppose ongoing efforts to defund Medicare

Medicare is an absolutely vital program. It's a healthcare program that America's seniors rely upon, and I will vote to ensure they can continue to rely upon it. I will oppose efforts to weaken Medicare. I will oppose efforts to shift the burden of health care costs further on to seniors. I'll work to empower Medicare to further lower health care costs--for example, by negotiating lower prescription drug costs. I will oppose ongoing efforts to defund Medicare.
Source: AARP Voter Guide on 2020 Georgia Senate race Oct 8, 2020

On Health Care: Empower Medicare to negotiate lower drug prices

The cost of medicine in America is an absolute scandal. The drug companies lobbied Congress so that Medicare can't negotiate lower prescription drug prices. They've bought off politicians, who let the drug companies keep price-gouging the American citizens. Lowering the cost of medicine in America will be among my top priorities in the U.S. Senate. I will stand up to those drug company lobbyists, crack down on price gouging to empower Medicare to negotiate lower prices.
Source: AARP Voter Guide on 2020 Georgia Senate race Oct 8, 2020

On Health Care: More federal support for eldercare in America

I support expanding the Public Health Service, so that there are more doctors and nurses qualified in geriatrics and eldercare to help us staff elder care facilities. I support, as part of a significant health care reform package, more federal support for eldercare in America so that America's seniors, regardless of wealth, can depend upon a dignified retirement where health is taken care of and where they have highly qualified professionals to attend to them as necessary.
Source: AARP Voter Guide on 2020 Georgia Senate race Oct 8, 2020

On Social Security: Strengthen and protect Social Security benefits

I will oppose any efforts to cut Social Security. I will oppose the efforts to attack the funding mechanism for Social Security. America decided almost a century ago that we would not allow our seniors to be destitute or homeless. These are earned benefits that Americans have paid into over their entire lives, and I will oppose efforts to cut these vital Social Security benefits that so many of our seniors depend upon. I'll work to strengthen and protect those benefits.
Source: AARP Voter Guide on 2020 Georgia Senate race Oct 8, 2020

On Abortion: Will only vote to confirm judges who will uphold Roe v. Wade

I am pro-choice. I believe that women, not the government, should control the private, personal, and complex decision whether to terminate a pregnancy. In the Senate, I will only vote to confirm federal judges who pledge to uphold Roe v. Wade.
Source: 2020 Georgia Senate campaign website ElectJon.com Jul 2, 2020

On Budget & Economy: Upgraded infrastructure foundation for decades of prosperity

To create millions of jobs, revitalize our economy, and alleviate poverty, I'll support the most ambitious infrastructure program in history. Upgraded infrastructure will serve as the foundation for decades of prosperity, sustainability, and health.
Source: 2020 Georgia Senate campaign website ElectJon.com Jul 2, 2020

On Budget & Economy: Investment in infrastructure is overdue

I'll push for an unprecedented infrastructure program that includes big, overdue investments in transportation and transit, clean energy, energy efficiency, public health, communications, research and development, emergency response, and environmental cleanup. Infrastructure includes energy production and the grid, transit, roads, bridges, tunnels, rail, aviation, ports and waterways, communications, cybersecurity, water treatment and distribution, housing, and public health.
Source: 2020 Georgia Senate campaign website ElectJon.com Jul 2, 2020

On Civil Rights: For Equality Act, opposes any military ban

I'll fight for equal rights and equal protection under the law for all Americans, regardless of gender or sexual orientation. I will defend marriage equality and the right of gay couples to adopt children. I will support the Equality Act and vote to expand Federal anti-discrimination statutes to prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender or sexual orientation. I will oppose efforts to re-impose the ban on military service by openly gay Americans.
Source: 2020 Georgia Senate campaign website ElectJon.com Jul 2, 2020

On Corporations: Reinstate Glass-Steagall; end speculative trading

The health of the banking system is vital, but public funds and loans shouldn't subsidize speculative short-term trading on Wall Street. That's why I'll vote to reinstate the Glass-Steagall Act, so Federal economic policy serves the long-term prosperity, stability, and financial security of families and productive enterprises, not short-term gains for investment banks, hedge funds, and private equity firms.
Source: 2020 Georgia Senate campaign website ElectJon.com Jul 2, 2020

On Crime: Reverse militarization of police; ban private prisons

Our approach to punishment must respect the human dignity of incarcerated people and recognize that except for the most dangerous violent criminals, successful re-entry to society after incarceration is crucial for both the convicted and the public. I will champion and fight tirelessly to pass a New Civil Rights Act that strengthens civil rights laws and advances comprehensive criminal justice reform. Race and class disparities in policing, prosecution, and sentencing must be ended nationwide.

I will work to reverse the militarization of local police forces, enhance due process and human rights protections for all citizens, ban private prisons, end cash bail, reform prisons and raise conditions of incarceration to humane standards, abolish the death penalty, legalize cannabis, and end incarceration for nonviolent drug offenses.

Source: 2020 Georgia Senate campaign website ElectJon.com Jul 2, 2020

On Education: Make trade school, vocational training, public colleges free

We need greater emphasis on vocational training. I'll work to make trade school and vocational training free for every American. I'll work to make four-year degrees at our public colleges 100% debt-free. I support a generous forgiveness program for those struggling to pay off their student loans, caps on interest rates to relieve financial stress for all borrowers, and a program that links Federal student loan payments to income so paying off student loans is never a financial hardship.
Source: 2020 Georgia Senate campaign website ElectJon.com Jul 2, 2020

On Environment: Aggressive protection of endangered species and habitats

I'll push for America to immediately re-enter the Paris Climate Accords. I'll work to reverse the Trump Administration's rollbacks of clean air, clean water, and fuel economy standards. I'll push for fast advances in sustainability--including a rapidly phased-in ban on single-use plastics, strongly enforced treaties to protect oceans and fisheries, aggressive protection of endangered species and habitats, increased fines for spills and contamination, and stricter controls on toxic chemicals.
Source: 2020 Georgia Senate campaign website ElectJon.com Jul 2, 2020

On Free Trade: Attack unfair practices by overseas competitors

I'll expose and attack unfair and unethical trade, labor, and environmental practices by overseas competitors that disadvantage American workers and businesses. I'll work to reduce our dependence on Chinese supply chains and strengthen domestic producers. I'll support strong antitrust enforcement and I'll attack anti-competitive special interest subsidies secured by dominant firms with lobbying power at the expense of smaller competitors and startups.
Source: 2020 Georgia Senate campaign website ElectJon.com Jul 2, 2020

On Gun Control: Background checks; red flag laws; assault weapon ban

I support the Second Amendment and I respect the overwhelming majority of gun owners who recognize that guns aren't toys; they are lethal and dangerous tools. I support universal criminal history checks for gun purchases, red flag laws to protect family members and domestic partners concerned about the mental health of their loved ones, and closing the gun show loophole. I support a ban on the sale of semi-automatic rifles ("assault weapons") and high-capacity magazines to the general public.
Source: 2020 Georgia Senate campaign website ElectJon.com Jul 2, 2020

On Health Care: Ensure all Americans have insurance, for public option

This pandemic should be a massive wake-up call for those who doubt the necessity of ensuring all Americans have health insurance. I'll vote to protect and strengthen Medicare, and I support offering all Americans a public health insurance option as an affordable alternative to private insurance. Your insurance will be your choice. Americans will be free to maintain exclusively private health insurance or to purchase supplemental private insurance on top of the public plan if they so choose.
Source: 2020 Georgia Senate campaign website ElectJon.com Jul 2, 2020

On Immigration: Strengthen borders, path for undocumented immigrants

Strong border security doesn't require us to sacrifice our moral principles, our commitment to human rights, or our American identity as a haven for people fleeing persecution and striving for opportunity. I'll support an immigration policy that strengthens our borders, puts American workers first, respects human rights, and creates a path to legal status for undocumented immigrants who are already here and otherwise follow the law, especially those brought here as children.
Source: 2020 Georgia Senate campaign website ElectJon.com Jul 2, 2020

On Principles & Values: Dedicated my career to fighting corruption

Lobbying and political contributions should not buy bailout money, unfair subsidies, or impunity for labor and environmental abuses. I've dedicated my career to fighting corruption. I run a business that investigates bribery and the abuse of power worldwide. I'm not taking contributions from corporate PACs or Congressional lobbyists. As Georgia's Senator, I will be accountable exclusively to the people of our state.
Source: 2020 Georgia Senate campaign website ElectJon.com Jul 2, 2020

On Tax Reform: Lower taxes for all but the wealthiest Americans

Rather than relying on subsidies for Wall Street as economic stimulus and hoping the benefits trickle down, I'll support policies that help Georgia's families make and save more money: fast and generous direct emergency relief during economic crises, lower taxes for all but the wealthiest Americans, debt-free public college, free vocational training, and health care guaranteed at an affordable price.
Source: 2020 Georgia Senate campaign website ElectJon.com Jul 2, 2020

On Crime: Don't defund the police; answer is to reform the police

No, the answer is not to defund police. The answer is to reform police. And the answer is to demilitarize police. Far too many local police departments are heavily equipped with armored vehicles and military equipment, and when all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.
Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on 2020 Georgia Senate race Jun 16, 2020

On Civil Rights: Can no longer go down a path of racism

On racism: "This is not a moment to let up--this is a moment to double down," Ossoff said. "The president of the United States and his allies in Congress are leading this country down a dark path and we can go down this path no longer. We can no longer go down a path of authoritarianism, of racism, of corruption. We are better than this and Georgia is better than this."
Source: ABC News on 2020 Georgia Senate race Jun 10, 2020

On Foreign Policy: US should play active role in Israel/Palestine diplomacy

On Mideast: "[Israeli Prime Minister] Netanyahu and [Palestinian Authority President] Abbas are total failures," Ossoff added. He emphasized that he was "strongly committed to Israel's security as a homeland for the Jewish people."

"The U.S. should play an active and constructive role in setting the table for and leading the parties toward constructive diplomacy to put land disputes behind them," he told JI, "so that all people who inhabit this region can live in peace and prosperity and security."

Source: The Jewish Insider on 2020 Georgia Senate race Jun 5, 2020

On Principles & Values: His faith informs his approach to politics

Ossoff, who is Jewish, said that his faith informs his approach to politics. "The experience of persecution and flight and massacre of my ancestors," he said, "influences and strengthens my commitment to standing up alongside marginalized, dispossessed and persecuted people in solidarity with them to defend the human rights of all."
Source: The Jewish Insider on 2020 Georgia Senate race Jun 5, 2020

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