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Michael Bennet

Democrat

• Age at Inauguration: 56
• Experience: Managing Director of Anschutz Investment Company (1997); Superintendent of Denver Public Schools (2005-2009); U.S. Senate - Colorado (2009-present)
• Education: Wesleyan University (BA), Yale Law School (JD)
• Interesting Fact: Bennet is the son of Mayflower descendants on his father's side

Key Platform Points

• Strong proponent of combating climate change through reform
• Restore economic prosperity for middle class workers
• Has called for modernizing the economy in fields like artificial intelligence and increasing infrastructure spending

Economy and Taxes

• Policy of investment meant to stimulate economic growth in sectors like technology
• Upgrade and expand our mass transit systems, electric grid, and airports
• Connect rural communities to high-speed, reliable broadband
• Against Trump's trade war with China because of the negative impact on American farmers
• Hold China accountable on trade
• Raise the federal minimum wage to $12/hour
• Repeal the Trump tax cuts
• Supports increase in infrastructure spending
• Increase the Child Tax Credit from $2,000 to $3,000 per child aged 6-18 and $3,600 per child under the age of 6, and make it fully refundable

Corporations

• Supported $300 billion increase in investment in small businesses
• Supports $12 billion tax cut for small businesses
• Supports small business growth as the moving force in the economy
• Supports investigating big tech companies first to determine further actions
• Hard stance on corporations and enforcing worker rights
• Will not accept corporate PAC donations for his campaign
• Supports artificial intelligence regulation
• Require tech platforms to disclose more information about who's purchasing political ads online

Criminal Justice and Drugs

• Supports legalization of marijuana federally
• Increase trust between law enforcement and racial minorities
• Promote and enforce equality in the criminal justice system
• Grant all formerly incarcerated people the right to vote
• Abolish the death penalty
• Reform cash bail
• Reform mandatory minimum sentencing
• Invest $60 billion to combat substance abuse, including building more treatment centers

Education

• As Senator, Bennet re-invested in Denver school systems to stimulate educational growth and ended budgetary cuts
• Ensure students in college don't accumulate stifling debt
• Allow borrowers to refinance their federal student loans at lower interest rates
• Increase quality of curriculum and overall educational experience
• Increase teacher pay
• Increase funding for comprehensive educational programs
• Expand Pell grant program

Environment

• Doesn't support the Green New Deal
• Rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement
• Set a target of 100% net-zero emissions by 2050
• Significantly increase the protection of public lands
• Conserve 30% of U.S. lands and seas by 2030 by setting aside land and incentivizing people to engage in practices to keep carbon in the soil
• Reduce emissions in the transportation sector by 50% by 2030
• Spend $1 trillion on infrastructure and innovation to combat climate change that would spur $10 trillion in private investment and create 10 million jobs over 10 years
• Set up a Climate Bank to to spur private investment
• Supports new nuclear power development
• Require utility companies to provide consumers clean-energy options
• Eliminate fossil fuel subsidies
• Has advocated for tax credits for individuals and families who invest in solar and wind energy
• Open to setting a price on carbon to push companies to reduce their emissions
• Supports regulating fracking

Foreign Policy

• Work with allies abroad to advance American interests
• Supports the Iran nuclear deal
• Strengthen European alliances
• Cooperate with Latin American countries who are willing to deal with the refugee crisis

Government Reform

• Overturn Citizens United v. FEC
• Replace the Electoral College with the popular vote
• Against adding justices to the Supreme Court and open to implementing term limits
• Supports DISCLOSE Act, which would require certain PACs to be transparent about donors
• Against eliminating the Senate filibuster
• End gerrymandering
• Supports DC statehood
• Supports automatic voter registration
• Mandate paper ballots

Gun Control

• Supports banning military-style assault weapons
• Supports universal background checks
• Ban high-capacity ammunition magazines
• Restrict gun show sales

Health Care

• Doesn't support Medicare for All
• Supports Medicare X, which would create a public option program
• Autoenroll the estimated 7.5 million Americans eligible for Medicaid into this program
• Supports building on the Affordable Care Act's foundation
• Supports keeping private insurance
• Supports giving the federal government the ability to negotiate drug prices for Medicare and Medicare X
• Penalize drug companies who raise their prices faster than inflation
• Create a universal, gender-neutral, national paid family and medical leave program allowing for up to 12 weeks of paid leave
• Enhance the use of telemedicine, where doctors could see patients via video chat, in rural communities
• Provide up to $10,000 a year in loan forgiveness for health care professionals who work in rural areas
• Allow undocumented immigrants to be covered under a government-run health plan

Immigration

• Supports a pathway to citizenship for the roughly 11 million undocumented immigrants now living in the U.S., including DREAMers
• Supports increasing foreign aid to Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala in an effort to reduce the flow of asylum seekers to the U.S.
• Keep crossing the border a criminal offense
• Against the Trump administration policy of family separation at the border
• Would support additional wall funding as part of a broader immigration bill that includes other things such as a pathway to citizenship

LGBTQ+ Rights

• Supports the Equality Act
• Lift the ban preventing transgender people from serving in the military
• Supports same-sex marriage

National Security & Veterans Affairs

• Supports the Equality Act
• Lift the ban preventing transgender people from serving in the military
• Supports same-sex marriage

Social Security & Welfare

• Supports Social Security expansion
• Against privatizing Social Security
• Help the poor through increased education and comprehensive growth
• Expand the Earned Income Tax Credit by 25% and make it available to people without children

Women's Rights

• Pro-choice stance
• Believes contraception is a form of preventative care and should be covered by insurance
• Supports funding for abortion care at federal level
• Supports the Paycheck Fairness Act

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