2018 Minnesota US Senate #2 Candidate Guide

Amy Klobuchar (D) vs Jim Newberger (R)

US Senate | Election | Nov 6, 2018

The Candidates

Amy Klobuchar

Amy Klobuchar

Democrat

Incumbent
Jim Newberger

Jim Newberger

Republican

The Issues

Abortion

Mostly ban or mostly legal?

Amy Klobuchar (D)

Legal. Cosponsored Women’s Health Protection Act of 2015, ensuring continued access to safe, legal abortion.

Campaign Finance

1. Require political ads & PACs to disclose their largest funders? 2. Oppose decisions like Citizens United, which allows unlimited political donations from corporations & unions?

Amy Klobuchar (D)

Yes to both. Cosponsored DISCLOSE Act, requiring full disclosure of advocacy groups’ campaign contributions. Cosponsored amendment to overturn democracy-threatening decision.

Jim Newberger (R)

Unknown on ads. No to limiting political donations. Opposes regulation of political contributions.

Climate Change

Consider climate change a serious threat? Limit or tax production of greenhouse gases? Support US participation in Paris Climate Accord despite President Trump’s withdrawal?

Contraception

Allow employers to withhold contraceptive coverage from employees if disagree with it morally?

Economy

Support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?

Jim Newberger (R)

No. Favors spending cuts, except for spending on a border wall & the military.

Support President Trump’s imposition of tariffs on Chinese steel & other products?

Education

Public support for sending children to private schools?

Environment

Support cutbacks by Environmental Protection Administration?

Amy Klobuchar (D)

No. Signed letter to Senate leadership protesting EPA cuts.

Financial Regulation

Support cutbacks of consumer protection such as Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)?

Jim Newberger (R)

Unknown.

Gun Control

Support more restrictive gun control legislation? Restrict semi-automatic weapons?

Amy Klobuchar (D)

Yes. Supports enhanced background checks & banning assault weapons & high-capacity magazines.

Jim Newberger (R)

No. Opposes all restrictions. Cowrote MN “Constitutional [no-permit] carry” & “stand-your-ground” bills.

Healthcare

Support or repeal Affordable Care Act (ACA), known as Obamacare?

Allow Planned Parenthood to receive public funds for non-abortion health services?

Amy Klobuchar (D)

Yes. Signed letter to Senate leadership supporting continued funding. Voted against defunding.

Require people to work to receive Medicaid?

Immigration

Support path to citizenship for America’s 11 million illegal immigrants, including “DACA” recipients or “Dreamers,” who grew up in the US?

Amy Klobuchar (D)

Yes. Has worked to continue DACA program. Wanted to create a 13-year accountable path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants already here.

Jim Newberger (R)

No DACA statement. Calls pathway to citizenship “possible,” but supports making illegal immigrants return to home country before applying for citizenship.

Iran

Support withdrawal from treaty limiting Iran nuclear capability & lifting sanctions?

Amy Klobuchar (D)

No. Don’t leave international agreements & nuclear inspections. Negotiate more comprehensive agreement.

Jim Newberger (R)

Unknown.

Minimum Wage

Raise the federal minimum wage from current $7.25/hour?

Amy Klobuchar (D)

No current statement but voted in 2007 to increase to current $7.25 level.

Net Neutrality

Require internet providers to provide equal access to all users?

Amy Klobuchar (D)

Yes. Opposes recent FCC decision to eliminate net neutrality.

Jim Newberger (R)

Unknown.

President Trump

Response to President Trump policies? % of key votes in support?

Amy Klobuchar (D)

No. Voted with Trump 31% as of October 3, 2018.

Jim Newberger (R)

Yes. “He is doing a great job.” Voting rate not applicable: Has not held federal office.

Renewable Energy

Support government subsidies for renewable energy?

Student Debt & Financial Aid

Lower student loan rates, by raising taxes on high earners (Elizabeth Warren proposal)? Raise financial aid?

Taxes

Raise taxes on corporations and/or high-income individuals to pay for public services? Position on Trump tax cuts?

Voting Rights

Support stricter voting rules such as voter ID requirements even if they prevent some people from voting?

Amy Klobuchar (D)

No. Signed 2014 amendment to strengthen Voting Rights Act that prohibits racial discrimination in voting. Tried to ban requiring photo IDs that suppress voting. Supports automatically registering voters.

Jim Newberger (R)

No. 2018 survey response was “There is no need to make voter registration easier.”

Other senate candidates include Paula Overby (Green) & Dennis Schuller (Legal Marijuana Now). Due to limited space, we can’t include their responses, but encourage you to check out their websites.

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