2020 Colorado US Senate Candidate Guide

Corey Gardner (R) vs John Hickenlooper (D)

US Senate | Election | Nov 10, 2020

The Candidates

Corey Gardner

Corey Gardner

Republican

Incumbent
John Hickenlooper

John Hickenlooper

Democrat

The Issues

Affordable Care Act

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

Campaign Finance

Require political ads to disclose their largest funders?

Gardner

Unclear on disclosure. Supported requiring Senate candidates to e-file campaign finance reports. No other position found.

Hickenlooper

Yes. Backed election bill H.R.1 to strengthen disclosure and campaign finance laws. Weakening them “has led to corruption.” Also, overturn Citizens United decision that removed campaign finance limits.

Climate Change

Consider human-caused climate change a serious threat, and address by limiting output of greenhouse gases?

Education

Use public funding for private and/or for-profit schools?

Gun Laws

Enact more restrictive legislation on guns?

Hickenlooper

Yes. “Will fight for comprehensive, common-sense policies to tackle gun violence,” including universal background checks, restoring assault weapons ban, and magazine limits.

Immigration

Create path to citizenship for 11 million undocumented residents and “DACA” participants brought to the U.S. as children?

Labor

Support “right to work” laws, eliminating the ability of unions to mandate dues for workers they represent?

Gardner

Yes. Co-sponsored the National Right to Work Act, repealing bargaining provisions requiring union membership as a condition of employment.

Marijuana

Decriminalize or legalize?

Hickenlooper

Yes. Let states decide. Federal government should “get out of the way,” allow marijuana sellers access to banking.

Minimum Wage

Raise federal hourly minimum wage above current $7.25?

Planned Parenthood

Can Planned Parenthood receive public funds for non-abortion-related care?

Hickenlooper

Yes. Supports Planned Parenthood, as “a staunch supporter of reproductive health.”

Presidential Election – Prop 113

Support Prop 113 to join National Popular Vote Compact? When states representing an electoral majority sign on, the person who gets the most votes nationwide will become President.

Gardner

No. Opposes Prop 113, as does Colorado Republican Party. Donated to campaign to overturn Colorado’s participation.

Hickenlooper

Yes. Previously ambivalent but now supports  Prop 113, as does Colorado’s Democratic Party.

Saudi Arabia

Block arms sales to Saudi Arabia over Yemen war and allegations about journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s death?

Hickenlooper

Yes. Supports cutting off military support. “I don’t think supporting the Saudi campaign in Yemen is a great idea.”

Student Debt & Financial Aid

Support free or subsidized tuition for lower-income individuals? Support lower interest or forgiveness on student loans?

Voting Rules

Support stricter ID requirements and other rules on voting?