2018 North Dakota US Senate Candidate Guide

Kevin Cramer (R) vs Heidi Heitkamp (D)

US Senate | Election | Nov 6, 2018

The Candidates

Kevin Cramer

Kevin Cramer

Republican

Heidi Heitkamp

Heidi Heitkamp

Democrat

Incumbent

The Issues

Climate Change

Consider human-caused climate change a serious threat?

Kevin Cramer (R)

No. Considered prominent skeptic. Has called climate change a religious belief.

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?

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

Kevin Cramer (R)

“I would prefer a more measured approach.” But they are “the one tool [Trump] has,” so support them & present a united front for negotiations.

Heidi Heitkamp (D)

No. They “severely limit our ability to build the international support need to keep China in check.” Retaliatory actions will hurt North Dakota.

Education

Provide vouchers to parents to send their children to private schools with public money?

Financial Regulation

Support reining in Consumer Financial Protection Bureau?

Guns

Support more restrictive gun control legislation?

Kevin Cramer (R)

No.

Heidi Heitkamp (D)

No.

Healthcare

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

Let Planned Parenthood receive public funds for non-abortion health care?

Immigration

Support path to citizenship for “DACA” recipients or “Dreamers,” who grew up in the US after being brought here as children?

Iran

End treaty limiting Iran’s nuclear capability for lifting economic sanctions?

Kevin Cramer (R)

Yes.

Heidi Heitkamp (D)

No.

Marijuana

Support ND ballot Measure 3 that would legalize adult recreational use.

Minimum Wage

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

Net Neutrality

Support Net Neutrality rules requiring equal access to all users?

President Trump

Percentage of key votes (as of September 2018) supporting Trump’s positions while in office?

Kevin Cramer (R)

Early & vocal supporter: Voted with Trump 99% of time.

Heidi Heitkamp (D)

Mixed support & opposition: 55% of time. “I don’t think either party has all the right answers.”

Privatization

Support full or partial privatization of Social Security?

Kevin Cramer (R)

Yes. Advocate for private sector options.

Heidi Heitkamp (D)

No. Opposes.

Renewable Energy

Support government subsidies for renewable energy?

Heidi Heitkamp (D)

Advocates an all-of-the-above approach that includes tax incentives for renewables, particularly wind power.

Student Debt & Financial Aid

Refinance student loans at lower rates, paid for by increasing taxes on high earners?

Voting Rights

Support stricter voting rules like voter ID requirements even if prevent some people from voting?

Kevin Cramer (R)

Unknown. When asked about ND voting laws, deferred to state Republican Party for comment.

Heidi Heitkamp (D)

No. Has criticized unnecessary voter ID laws in ND that “clearly target” Native Americans & students.