2020 North Carolina Governor Candidate Guide

Roy Cooper (D) vs Dan Forest (R)

Governor | Election | Nov 10, 2020

The Candidates

Roy Cooper

Roy Cooper

Democrat

Incumbent
Dan Forest

Dan Forest

Republican

The Issues

Affordable Care Act

Support Affordable Care Act (ACA), known as Obamacare? Support expansion of Medicaid to more low-income citizens?

Campaign Finance

Campaigns must disclose large funders?

Dan Forest (R)

No position found, but in 2017 a super-PAC backing him as lieutenant governor received  a $1 million donation from a single donor.

Climate Change

Consider human-caused climate change a serious threat?

Dan Forest (R)

No. Climate change is “the religion of the left,” along with Black Lives Matter, Me Too and gun control.

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

Courts

Support Brett Kavanaugh nomination?

Roy Cooper (D)

No position found.

Financial Regulation

Tighten or loosen oversight of banks and credit card companies?

Gun Laws

Enact more restrictive legislation on guns, such as more background checks, or “red flag” laws.

Immigration

Support tighter immigration restrictions?

Roy Cooper (D)

No. Vetoed bill requiring sheriffs to cooperate with ICE. Would hurt ability of local law enforcement “to protect their counties.”

Dan Forest (R)

Yes. Local sheriffs should be cooperating with federal agencies like ICE “to keep violent, illegal criminals from being arbitrarily released back into our communities.”

Create path to citizenship for DACA residents brought to U.S. as children?

Legal Abortion

Keep legal or ban?

Roy Cooper (D)

Legal. Vetoed bill imposing prison time on doctors who don’t revive a fetus that survives an abortion. It would “criminalize” them for “a practice that simply does not exist.”

LGBT Rights

Support LGBTQ rights, including same-sex marriage and protection from discrimination on sexual orientation?

Support HB2, bill requiring transgender people to use bathroom corresponding to the sex on their birth certificate?

Minimum Wage

Raise state hourly minimum wage above current $7.25?

Planned Parenthood

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