2020 Arizona US Senate Candidate Guide

Mark Kelly (D) vs Martha McSally (R)

US Senate | Election | Nov 10, 2020

The Candidates

Mark Kelly

Mark Kelly

Democrat

Martha McSally

Martha McSally

Republican

Incumbent

The Issues

Campaign Finance

Require more disclosure of political donations?

Kelly

Unclear. Refuses corporate PAC money because its influence has “poisoned our democracy.” However, has taken lobbyist money.

McSally

No. In 2016 voted against making it easier to see who was funding TV ads. In 2020 called for help from “conservative outside groups.”

Climate Change

Consider human-caused climate change a serious threat?

Address as a top priority by taxing or limiting output of greenhouse gases?

Kelly

Mostly yes. Says “massive investments in research and development into renewable technology will “create thousands of good-paying jobs in Arizona.”

McSally

No. Opposed Obama Clean Power Plan, citing impact on Apache generating station. Voted against carbon tax. Opposes “a heavy-handed government approach.”

Contraception

Require health plans to cover birth control?

Kelly

Unclear. “I’m running to protect health care for all Arizonans,” including “any threat to women’s reproductive rights.”

McSally

No. Co-sponsored 2018 legislation that might make birth control more accessible but would free health plans from covering it.

Healthcare

Support Affordable Care Act (ACA), also called Obamacare?

McSally

No. Voted twice for repeal. “Obamacare is costing American jobs and driving up our debt.” Has said alternatives should protect pre-existing conditions.

COVID-19

Agree with Trump administration’s reaction to the coronavirus pandemic?

Environment

Tighten or loosen regulations?

Kelly

Tighten. Calls loosening of regulations on power plants, drilling, and auto efficiency  “an unequivocal disaster” for the planet.

McSally

Loosen. Led an effort in Congress to “rein in … overreaching EPA regulations” on water quality, carbon emissions, and ozone.

Financial Regulation

Tighten or loosen oversight of banks and credit card companies?

Kelly

No position found.

McSally

Loosen. Voted for 2017 Financial Choice Act, which would have weakened Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Foreign Policy

Prohibit military attacks on Iran without Congressional approval?

Kelly

Unclear. Supported U.S. killing of Iranian General Soleimani without such approval. “It’s good that he’s dead.”

McSally

No. Voted against requiring Congressional authorization of attacks on Iran.

Block arms sales to Saudi Arabia?

Kelly

No position found.

Gun Laws

Enact more restrictive legislation on firearms?

Kelly

Yes. Gun owner co-launched Giffords,”  urging universal background checks to limit mass shootings and “keep guns out of the hands of stalkers and domestic abusers.”

McSally

Mixed. Opposed closing loophole at gun show sales but has also supported banning bump stocks and denying guns to the mentally ill.

Immigration

Create path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, including “Dreamers” brought to U.S. as kids?

Kelly

Yes. Says Senate should give a path to citizenship now for “Dreamers” who’ve grown up here and “are contributing to their communities — just like my kids.”

Support border walls and reduced immigration by limiting visas and asylum?

Kelly

Mixed. Would strengthen “border security” with tech investments, well-staffed ports of entry and physical barriers “where effective.” But wants “fair and efficient process for immigrants who qualify for asylum.”

McSally

Yes. Favored Trump decision to divert money from defense budget to help build the wall. Co-sponsored bill with tough immigration, visa, and border enforcement provisions.

Impeachment

Supported Senate calling witnesses and voting to convict President Trump?

Kelly

Yes. Says he would have voted Trump guilty on both articles of impeachment and “pushed to hear from firsthand witnesses.”

McSally

No. Voted against Trump’s impeachment conviction and against calling witnesses. Called impeachment “disruptive and divisive.

Legal Abortion

Keep legal or ban?

Kelly

Legal. “Supports every woman’s right to choose how and when to start her family.”

McSally

Ban. “I’m pro-life” with exceptions for rape, incest, and mother’s life.

Planned Parenthood

Support Planned Parenthood receiving government funds for non-abortion-related care?

McSally

No. Voted to let states deny Medicaid funding to health care providers who perform abortions. Supported health care plan that would have cut Planned Parenthood funding.

Police/Community

Restrict police use of force and increase public oversight?

McSally

Mixed. Supported incentives to not use chokeholds, add more bodycams, and improve de-escalation training, but not to ban chokeholds or no-knock warrants, or make it easier to sue for police brutality.

Taxes

Supported administration’s $1.9 trillion (2017) tax cuts?

Kelly

No. Opposes tax cuts to the wealthy because “I think we need to be looking out for the middle class.”

McSally

Yes. Voted for tax cuts as U.S. Representative. Said average taxpayer in her congressional district saved $1,029.

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