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Topics in the News: Affirmative Action


Kamala Harris on Jobs : Jul 31, 2019
Time for action: enforce equal pay for equal work

Since 1963, when we passed the Equal Pay Act, we have been talking about the fact women are not paid equally for equal work. I'm done with the conversation. I am proposing to require corporations to post on their website whether they are paying women equally for equal work. They will be fined for every 1% differential between what they're paying men and women, they will be fined 1% of their previous year's profit. That will get everybody's attention. Time for action.
Click for Kamala Harris on other issues.   Source: July Democratic Primary debate (second night in Detroit)

Julian Castro on Civil Rights : Jun 26, 2019
Pass ERA to ensure equal rights & equal pay for women

Q: What would you do to ensure that women are paid fairly in this country?

A: I would do several things, starting with something we should have done a long time ago, which is to pass the Equal Rights Amendment finally in this country. And also pursue legislation so that women are paid equal pay for equal work in this country. It's past time that we did that. If we want to be the most prosperous nation in the 21st century, we need to make sure that women are paid what they deserve.

Click for Julian Castro on other issues.   Source: June Democratic Primary debate (first night in Miami)

Howie Hawkins on Civil Rights : May 19, 2019
Reparations for African-Americans slavery

Ending racial oppression requires both race-specific remedies and universal economic rights that are guaranteed by government in a race-conscious way. We must strengthen and enforce antidiscrimination laws in the political, employment, education, housing, immigration, and criminal justice systems. We must take affirmative action to reverse the growing race and class resegregation of housing and schools. We must enact HR 40, the Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act, to consider appropriate remedies for the impact of slavery and subsequent racial discrimination on living African Americans. We must empower racially oppressed communities to practice self-determination through collective community ownership and control of public housing, schools, police, and businesses.
Click for Howie Hawkins on other issues.   Source: 2020 Presidential Campaign website HowieHawkins.us

Kamala Harris on Civil Rights : Apr 22, 2019
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.
Click for Kamala Harris on other issues.   Source: CNN Town Hall 2020: 5 candidates back-to-back

Amy Klobuchar on Jobs : Apr 22, 2019
Enact laws to assure equal pay & equal opportunity

Pass the Equal Pay Act. That would be a very good thing. We already passed the Lilly Ledbetter Act. That was something that we were really proud of that made it easier for women to contest these kinds of cases when they're in the work place. I think also making it easier for women to get the kind of jobs they should. I would love to pass the ERA right. Get that cemented into law across the country and then make sure we have role models across the country.
Click for Amy Klobuchar on other issues.   Source: CNN Town Hall 2020: 5 candidates back-to-back

Bernie Sanders on Jobs : Apr 5, 2019
Equal pay for equal work: anything else unacceptable

The Vermont Senator spoke about the "horrific" level of income and wealth disparity, focusing on how it relates to the African American community. "That is unacceptable," he said of the pay gap between black women and men to an applauding audience. "Equal pay for equal work, whether you're black or white, male or female, equal pay for equal work."
Click for Bernie Sanders on other issues.   Source: ABC News excerpts from National Action Network Convention

Jay Inslee on Jobs : Mar 1, 2019
Increase minimum wage; ensure gender pay equity

Inslee supports increasing the minimum wage, which is currently $12 in Washington state and will rise to $13.50 in 2020. Inslee signed into law a guaranteed paid family leave plan in 2017, granting eligible parents 12 weeks paid time off for the birth or adoption of a child or for a serious medical condition. He also signed an Equal Pay Opportunity Act that requires employees receive equal pay and work opportunities regardless of gender. Inslee opposes the Trump administration's trade policies. He has said that "any punitive tariffs to the Asian markets are felt deeply" in the state of Washington. Inslee believes in a positive working relationship with trade partners and open access to foreign trade markets.
Click for Jay Inslee on other issues.   Source: PBS News hour on 2020 Presidential hopefuls

Donald Trump on Education : Aug 30, 2018
Skeptical of use of affirmative action in college admissions

[In a case against Harvard University's affirmative action policy, a Justice Department] brief urged that courts should [reduce] consideration of race in admissions. Harvard has repeatedly denied wrongdoing and said the lawsuit is part of an ideological campaign to overturn Supreme Court rulings that allow affirmative action.

The action demonstrated anew the administration's deep skepticism of affirmative action in education. Under President Barack Obama, the Justice Department had made legal arguments in support of how colleges use race in admissions.

The Justice Department concluded: that Harvard has failed to explain exactly how it weighs race against other factors in an application; that Harvard uses a "personal rating" that may be biased against Asian Americans; and that "substantial evidence" indicates admissions officers monitor and manipulate the racial makeup of incoming classes, despite court rulings that have found "racial balancing" unconstitutional.

Click for Donald Trump on other issues.   Source: Chicago Tribune on 2018 Trump Administration

Arvin Vohra on Jobs : Mar 30, 2018
Eliminate all affirmative action laws & racial quotas

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Legally require hiring more women/minorities"?

A: Strongly oppose. If elected, I will sponsor legislation to eliminate all Affirmative Action laws, racial quotas, gender preference requirements, etc. I will also sponsor legislation to repeal any restrictions on business decisions to refuse service or fire employees. Any business has the natural right to refuse service to anyone for any reason, or fire anyone for any reason. Business owners are free individuals, not government servants. If elected, I will sponsor legislation to repeal any law that forces a business to provide service to or not fire anyone.

Click for Arvin Vohra on other issues.   Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Maryland Senate candidate

Steve Bullock on Jobs : Oct 11, 2017
Guarantee equal pay for women

Bullock is understandably queasy about being labeled a capital-P Progressive. He walked the line during his 2016 reelection campaign: Although one of his campaign ads, narrated by his daughter, was about the need to guarantee equal pay for women, a liberal priority that many conservatives oppose and which is rarely a top-line campaign topic for Democrats in tight races, he also ran ads calling himself a fiscal conservative while slamming his wealthy opponent's proposed sales tax.
Click for Steve Bullock on other issues.   Source: Politico.com on 2020 presidential hopefuls

Jay Inslee on Immigration : Jan 11, 2017
Stand up proudly for DREAMers

We will not turn our back on the progress we have made.
Click for Jay Inslee on other issues.   Source: 2017 State of the State address to Washington Legislature

Kirsten Gillibrand on Families & Children : Jul 25, 2016
Family leave & equal pay strengthens America

Families today look almost nothing like they did a generation ago. Yet our policies are stuck in the Mad Men era. We are the only industrialized nation that doesn't guarantee workers paid family leave. Most parents work outside the home, yet childcare can cost as much as college tuition. Families rely on women's income, but we still don't have equal pay for equal work. This makes no sense, because we know that when families are strong, America is strong.
Click for Kirsten Gillibrand on other issues.   Source: Speech at 2016 Democratic National Convention

Steve Bullock on Civil Rights : Mar 11, 2016
Address persistent wage gap between men and women

Gov. Steve Bullock will convene another summit focused on a persistent wage gap between men and women that, he says, ranks Montana 39th in the nation in pay equity. Bullock visited with his Equal Pay for Equal Work Task Force that he formed shortly after taking office three years ago. He urged the task force to continue the task of reducing the wage gap.

With the economy a focal point of the governor's race, Bullock is attempting to position himself as an advocate of the working class. Bullock wants to see wages rise--particularly among women who aren't being paid fairly. He said Montana women make about 67 cents for every dollar made by men. And he noted the slow pace in which women are catching up to men in salaries. "At this rate, the gap won't close until the year 2080. That's unacceptable," he told the group. "I'd match our Montana work ethic up against any other state in the nation, and 39th in the country in pay equity is flat out not OK."

Click for Steve Bullock on other issues.   Source: The Missoulian on 2016 Montana Gubernatorial race

Hillary Clinton on Jobs : Mar 9, 2016
Help Latinos with more jobs and higher incomes

The fastest-growing segment of small businesses are minority and women-owned small business, and we need to help businesses get started. We need to raise the minimum wage and we have to guarantee equal pay for women. Everything I just said will improve the living conditions, and I've spent a lot of time and effort talking to and mostly listening to Latinos. Jobs are the number one issue, with rising incomes.
Click for Hillary Clinton on other issues.   Source: 2016 PBS Democratic primary debate in Miami

Hillary Clinton on Civil Rights : Feb 11, 2016
Will fight for minorities, immigrants, & women's rights

I want to tackle those barriers that stand in the way of too many. African-Americans who face discrimination in the job market, education, housing, and the criminal justice system. Hardworking immigrant families living in fear, who should be brought out of the shadows so they and their children can have a better future. Guaranteeing that women's work finally gets the pay, the equal pay that we deserve.
Click for Hillary Clinton on other issues.   Source: 2016 PBS Democratic debate in Wisconsin

Donald Trump on Civil Rights : Oct 18, 2015
I'm "fine" with affirmative action, for now

Q: You said that you're "fine" with affirmative action. What about those who say the time for that kind of preferential treatment has come and gone?

TRUMP: I'm fine with it, but we have it, it's there. But it's coming to a time when maybe we don't need it. That would be a wonderful thing. I don't think we need it so much anymore. It has served its place, and it served its time. Some people have loved it and some people don't like it at all. But I think there will be a time when you don't need it.

Click for Donald Trump on other issues.   Source: Fox News Sunday 2015 Coverage of 2016 presidential hopefuls

Hillary Clinton on Families & Children : Oct 13, 2015
US needs paid family leave, to join rest of the world

CLINTON: I want to do more to help us balance family and work. I believe in equal pay for equal work for women, but I also believe it's about time we had paid family leave for American families and join the rest of the world.

SANDERS: [If I'm elected], we are going to have medical and family paid leave, like every other country on Earth.

O'MALLEY: In our state, we actually expanded family leave. We would be a stronger nation economically if we had paid family leave.

Click for Hillary Clinton on other issues.   Source: 2015 CNN Democratic primary debate in Las Vegas

Bernie Sanders on Civil Rights : Mar 21, 2015
Equal pay for equal work by women

Women workers today earn 78 percent of what their male counterparts make. We need pay equity in our country--equal pay for equal work.
Click for Bernie Sanders on other issues.   Source: 2016 presidential campaign website, BernieSanders.com

Hillary Clinton on Crime : Jan 1, 2015
Where do Bill and Hillary disagree on social issues?

Where Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton agree on Social / domestic issues
  • Both pro-death penalty
  • Both strongly pro-choice
  • Both strongly pro-affirmative action
  • Both strongly pro-ObamaCare
  • Both strongly pro-environment
  • Both strongly pro-gun control
  • Both strongly pro-voting rights
Where they disagree:Bill ClintonHillary Clinton
Three Strikes: Tough on crimeLimit mandatory sentencing
Gay marriage: Supports some gay rights Strongly supports
School prayer: No official school prayerNo religious instruction
School choice : Supports charters for allNo private nor parochial choice
Legalize marijuana : Keep war on drugsOpen to legalization
Click for Hillary Clinton on other issues.   Source: Analysis: Bill Clinton vs. Hillary Clinton on the Issues

Hillary Clinton on Abortion : Dec 10, 2014
Issues where Jeb Bush disagrees with Hillary

Where do Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton disagree on the issues? They do agree on some things, but they disagree on the core Democrat-versus-Republican list:
IssueJebHillary
Abortion Pro-lifePro-choice
Affirmative actionOpposes quotasSupports equal pay
Gay marriageOpposesPreviously opposed; now supports
School vouchers Supports along with Common CoreOpposes but charters ok
ObamaCareRepealExpand
Death penaltySupports Opposes
Second Amendment rightsSupports concealed carryBan assault weapons
Campaign finance reformNo limits but full disclosureBan soft money
Click for Hillary Clinton on other issues.   Source: Jeb vs. Hillary On The Issues, by Jesse Gordon, pp. 227-8

Seth Moulton on Abortion : Sep 1, 2014
Staunch defender of women's right to decisions on health

I believe fundamentally in a woman's right to make her own health care decisions, and I do not believe the government should come between a woman and her doctor.

I will be a staunch defender of equality not just on this issue, but also on the issues of equal pay and maternity leave.

Click for Seth Moulton on other issues.   Source: 2014 House campaign website, SethMoulton.com

Seth Moulton on Civil Rights : Sep 1, 2014
Time for women to earn same wages as men for same work

I will be a staunch defender of equality on the issues of equal pay and maternity leave. It's 2014: it's time for women to earn the same wages as men for the same work, and it's time to join the rest of the developed world in guaranteeing paid maternity leave. I'm proud that my great aunt, Sheila Krikorian, fought to make the "Krikorian rule" part of American corporate law when she bravely stood up over twenty years ago for not getting paid the same as men for the same work.
Click for Seth Moulton on other issues.   Source: 2014 House campaign website, SethMoulton.com

Elizabeth Warren on Welfare & Poverty : May 11, 2014
Nobody should work full-time and still live in poverty

Q: Are the Republicans going to take back the senate?

SEN. WARREN: Take a look at the House if you want to see what happens when Republicans take over. What are they on now, is this their fiftieth vote to repeal Obamacare? That's not how you run a country. We have real issues we need to deal with. Minimum wage, student loan debt, equal pay for equal work, a little accountability for the big financial institutions.

Q: Your fans say you're a populist, but your critics say you're just basically a socialist.

WARREN: I just don't know where they get that. You know, look at the issues. Minimum wage? I just believe nobody should work full time and live in poverty. And you know what? Most of America agrees. Student loans, I don't think the U.S. government should be making tens of billions of dollars in profits off the backs of our students, which is what the current student loan system is doing. And I think most Americans agree with me on that.

Click for Elizabeth Warren on other issues.   Source: Face the Nation 2014 interview: 2016 presidential hopefuls

Eric Swalwell on Abortion : Nov 6, 2012
Full access to contraception & reproductive health services

I am 100% pro-choice and support the right of women to have full access to contraception and reproductive health services. I also support passage of the Violence Against Women Act and I support equal pay for equal work.
Click for Eric Swalwell on other issues.   Source: 2012 House campaign website, swalwellforcongress.com

Elizabeth Warren on Civil Rights : Oct 11, 2012
We need a reliable vote for equal pay for equal work

As in their previous two debates, Warren cast Brown as an unreliable vote on women's issues, though she did so more crisply than before. In a direct appeal to women, she said that when Brown had the chance to vote for equal pay for equal work, he voted no; when he had the chance to vote for employers and insurers to pay for coverage for contraception, he voted no; when he had the chance to vote for a Supreme Court justice who supported abortion rights, he voted no. "The women of Massachusetts need a senator they can count on--not some of the time but all of the time," she said. Whether abortion remains legal, she said, "may hang in the balance."

Brown shot back that "I didn't vote for your boss," a reference to Justice Elena Kagan, who was dean of the Harvard Law School. He said Kagan didn't have the requisite judicial experience.

Click for Elizabeth Warren on other issues.   Source: N.Y. Times on 2012 Mass. Senate debates

Barack Obama on Civil Rights : Oct 18, 2011
I benefited from affirmative action in my academic career

The Ivy League preselects America's leaders. Michelle and Barack Obama are where they are because, in getting into Princeton, Columbia, and Harvard Law, and onto law review, they benefited from affirmative action.

Barack Obama himself conceded the point in 1990 when, as president of Harvard Law Review, he wrote in defense of its affirmative action policy:

"As someone who has undoubtedly benefited from affirmative action programs during my academic career, and as someone who may have benefited from the Law Review's affirmative action policy when I was selected to join the Review last year, I have not personally felt stigmatized."

Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: Suicide of a Superpower, by Pat Buchanan, p.258

Barack Obama on Civil Rights : Aug 27, 2008
Keep the promise of equal pay for an equal day’s work

Now is the time to keep the promise of equal pay for an equal day’s work, because I want my daughters to have exactly the same opportunities as your sons.
Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: Speech at 2008 Democratic National Convention

Barack Obama on Civil Rights : Aug 25, 2008
OpEd: Not the seed of civil rights, but the flower

Despite his own background, Obama paradoxically is a post-racial figure in a society weary of racial division. Both for younger, more tolerant Americans who are electrified by his promise, and for an older generation of more conservative whites skeptical of racial preferences, Obama shines out as the opposite of affirmative action--a biracial African American who, against all odds, succeeded based on sheer merit. After a generation of blacks helped up the ladder by affirmative action, Obama is not a black man who got his preset position thanks to the need for racial symbolism, such as, say, Clarence Thomas. He rather evoked Jackie Robinson--one whose talent was so exceptional that he could not be denied. He is what Americans of goodwill dreamed could occur once we put racism behind us; as Leon Wieseltier memorably put it, not the seed of civil rights but the flower.
Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: Obama`s Challenge, by Robert Kuttner, p. 17

Barack Obama on Jobs : Jul 1, 2008
Supports Fair Pay Act: equal pay for equal work

Obama's proposals on combating employment discrimination include: working to overturn the Supreme Court's recent ruling that curtails racial minorities' and women's ability to challenge pay discrimination. Obama will also pass the Fair Pay Act to ensure that women receive equal pay for equal work. Obama will ban racial profiling by federal law enforcement agencies, and provide federal incentives to state and local police departments to prohibit the practice.
Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: Obamanomics, by John R. Talbott, p. 66

Mike Gravel on Civil Rights : Apr 22, 2008
Discontinue public college & government affirmative action

Q: Should the federal government consider race and gender in government contracting decisions?

A: No.

Q: Do you support affirmative action in public college admissions?

A: No.

Q: Should the federal government continue affirmative action programs?

A: No.

Click for Mike Gravel on other issues.   Source: Presidential Election 2008 Political Courage Test

Barack Obama on Civil Rights : Apr 16, 2008
Apply affirmative action to poor white college applicants

Q: You said about affirmative action that affluent African Americans like your daughters should probably be treated as advantaged when they apply to college, and that poor white children should get special consideration.

A: The basic principle that should guide discussions not just on affirmative action but how we are admitting young people to college generally is, how do we make sure that we’re providing ladders of opportunity for people? Race is still a factor in our society. And I think that for universities to say, “we’re going to take into account the hardships that somebody has experienced because they’re black or Latino or women...”

Q: Even if they’re wealthy?

A: I think that’s something that they can take into account, but it can only be in the context of looking at the whole situation of the young person. So I still believe in affirmative action as a means of overcoming both historic and potentially current discrimination, but I think that it can’t be a quota system.

Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: 2008 Philadelphia primary debate, on eve of PA primary

Barack Obama on Civil Rights : Feb 2, 2008
Fight job discrimination to give women equal footing at jobs

AT A GLANCETHE PROBLEMOBAMA’S PLAN
Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: Campaign booklet, “Blueprint for Change”, p. 35-36

Hillary Clinton on Civil Rights : Jan 21, 2008
Equal pay is not yet equal

Equal pay is not yet equal. A woman makes $0.77 on a dollar & women of color make $0.67. We feel so passionately about this because we not only are running for office, but we each, in our own way, have lived it. We have seen it. We have understood the pain and the injustice that has come because of race, because of gender. It’s imperative that we make it very clear that each of us will address these issues. You don’t hear the Republicans talking about any of this. You don’t hear them talking about the disgrace of a criminal justice system that incarcerates so many more African-Americans proportionately than whites, and any kind of effort to help Historically Black Colleges and Universities, something that I’m committed to doing to make it clear that these are important institutions that have led the way for so many great leaders to be where they are today. So we have a specific set of policies and priorities that are really part of who we are, as well as part of what the Democratic Party stands for.
Click for Hillary Clinton on other issues.   Source: 2008 Congressional Black Caucus Democratic debate

Barack Obama on Civil Rights : Dec 4, 2007
Benefited from affirmative action but overcame via merit

As a black, Obama must display enough natural talent to be immune to the stigma of affirmative action--the perception that he is a mediocrity lifted up by lowered standards.

Still, he has clearly benefited from affirmative action. American universities impose this policy on black students with such totalitarian resolve that even blacks who don’t need the lowered standards come away stigmatized by them.

What began to separate Obama from this stigma was his editorship of the Harvard Law Review. Here was something that required genuine merit. Here was a position he had to gain through competition rather than through the suspension of competition. Obama’s fame began precisely with this achievement because it distinguished him from the general run of black students who carried the stigma of having been pulled forward by lowered standards. He was special because he was clearly more than an “affirmative action baby,” someone who could succeed without the ministrations of white guilt.

Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: A Bound Man, by Shelby Steele, p. 13-14

Barack Obama on Civil Rights : Oct 30, 2007
Include class-based affirmative action with race-based

Obama declared his daughters “should probably be treated by any admissions officer as folks who are pretty advantaged. I think that we should take into account white kids who have been disadvantaged and have grown up in poverty and shown themselves to have what it takes to succeed.”

But Obama is not race blind, and neither is his ideal of affirmative action, which would combine both race-based and class-based preferences. He said, “I don’t think those concepts are mutually exclusive. I think what one can say is that in our society race and class still intersect, and there are a lot of African American kids who are struggling, that even those who are in the middle class may be first generation as opposed to fifth or sixth generation college attendees, and that we all have an interest in bringing as many people together to help build this country.“

Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: The Improbable Quest, by John K. Wilson, p. 65-66

Barack Obama on Civil Rights : Aug 26, 2007
Better enforce women’s pay equity via Equal Pay Act

Despite decades of progress, women still make only 77 cents for every dollar men make. Obama believes the government needs to better enforce the Equal Pay Act, fight job discrimination, and improve child care options and family medical leave to give women equal footing in the workplace.

Women are majority owners of more than 28% of US businesses, but head less than 4% of venture-capital-backed firms. Obama encourages investing in women-owned businesses, and reducing discrimination in lending.

Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: 2008 Presidential campaign website, BarackObama.com “Flyers”

Joe Biden on Abortion : Apr 29, 2007
No public funding for abortion; it imposes a view

Q: Are you still opposed to public funding for abortion?

A: I still am opposed to public funding for abortion. It goes to the question of whether or not you’re going to impose a view to support something that is not a guaranteed right but an affirmative action to promote.

Click for Joe Biden on other issues.   Source: Meet the Press: 2007 “Meet the Candidates” series

Howie Hawkins on Civil Rights : Oct 29, 2006
Continue affirmative action programs

Click for Howie Hawkins on other issues.   Source: 2006 Congressional National Political Awareness Test

Bill Weld on Environment : Aug 25, 2005
OpEd: Supports expansive environmental regulations

Bill Weld truly mixes fiscal conservatism with social liberalism. Does the strange combination of thorough economic conservatism and social liberalism make Weld a libertarian? Not unless libertarians also support expansive environmental regulations, gun control, and affirmative action.
Click for Bill Weld on other issues.   Source: W. James Antle III in Spectator Magazine

Bill Weld on Gun Control : Aug 25, 2005
Supports gun control

Does the strange combination of thorough economic conservatism and social liberalism make Weld a libertarian? Not unless libertarians also support expansive environmental regulations, gun control, and affirmative action.
Click for Bill Weld on other issues.   Source: W. James Antle III in Spectator Magazine

Joe Biden on Government Reform : Feb 11, 2003
Disallowed bringing pornography issues into Thomas hearing

The 1991 campaign against Clarence Thomas's nomination to the Supreme Court was far more personal and extreme than the campaign against Robert Bork had been. Members of the civil rights establishment set the tone by calling Thomas a variety of despicable names because he disagreed with the prevailing wisdom about affirmative action. Then the feminists had their moment with the belated appearance of Anita Hill, who accused Thomas of offensive ribaldry when he was boss at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; she was questioned intensely and skeptically by Alan Simpson and several other Republicans on the Judiciary Committee. A delegation of feminists visited Joseph Biden, just as Ralph Nader had done four years earlier. "They wanted the committee to expose the fact that Thomas watched pornographic films," Biden recalled. "But I told them that if he did, it wasn't material. It was private." (The media were happy to provide all the relevant details to a soap opera-loving public.)
Click for Joe Biden on other issues.   Source: The Natural, by Joe Klein, p.104

Mark Sanford on Civil Rights : Nov 1, 2002
Affirmative action in state contracts, but not colleges

Q: Affirmative Action: Should race, ethnicity, or gender be taken into account in state agencies’ decisions on:

Q: College and university admissions

A: No.

Q: Public employment

A: Yes.

Q: State contracting

A: Yes.

Click for Mark Sanford on other issues.   Source: 2002 S.C. Gubernatorial National Political Awareness Test

Hillary Clinton on Welfare & Poverty : Jan 1, 2000
Working should mean no poverty

No one who takes the responsibility to work hard every day should have to raise their family in poverty, Hillary says. That’s why she supports raising the minimum wage, and equal pay for equal work. She worked with former Treasury Secretary Bob Rubin to increase microcredit programs, which make investment capital available to small businesses.
Click for Hillary Clinton on other issues.   Source: www.hillary2000.org “About Hillary”

John Kasich on Civil Rights : May 17, 1999
Affirmative action OK via recruitment; not via quotas

Affirmative action is a positive concept when it means we recruit from all segments of our society, and give all Americans the equal opportunity to compete. It is positive when it means recruiting from Howard University as well as Harvard University. Affirmative action has a negative effect on our society when it means counting us like so many beans and dividing us into separate piles. The effect of which is to raise questions in people’s minds about the merits of individuals in quality jobs.
Click for John Kasich on other issues.   Source: Columbus (OH) Urban League Speech, May 17, 1999

Barack Obama on Civil Rights : Jul 2, 1998
Supports affirmative action in colleges and government

Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: 1998 IL State Legislative National Political Awareness Test

Bill Weld on Abortion : Sep 13, 1996
Pro-choice despite the Republican pro-life party platform

Neither Kerry nor Weld toes the partisan line. "In 1995, when every governor in the country was running away from affirmative action, Weld reaffirmed his commitment," said Kennedy School Lecturer in Public Policy Martin S. Linsky.

Weld also parts with many Republicans over abortion, drawing national media attention during the Republican National Convention for his pro-choice statements, in opposition to the party's platform.

Click for Bill Weld on other issues.   Source: Harvard Crimson on Kerry/Weld debates

Bill Weld on Civil Rights : Sep 13, 1996
1995: reaffirmed commitment to affirmative action

Neither Kerry nor Weld toes the partisan line. "In 1995, when every governor in the country was running away from affirmative action, Weld reaffirmed his commitment," said Kennedy School Lecturer in Public Policy Martin S. Linsky.

Weld also parts with many Republicans over abortion, drawing national media attention during the Republican National Convention for his pro-choice statements, in opposition to the party's platform.

Click for Bill Weld on other issues.   Source: Harvard Crimson on Kerry/Weld debates

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Rep.John Delaney (D-MD)
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Gov.Jay Inslee (D-WA)
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Sen.Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Rep.Seth Moulton (D-MA)
Rep.Beto O`Rourke (D-TX)
Rep.Tim Ryan (D-CA)
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