2022 North Carolina Senate Candidate Guide

Cheri Beasley (D) vs Ted Budd (R)

US Senate | Election | Nov 8, 2022

The Candidates

Cheri Beasley

Cheri Beasley

Democrat

Ted Budd

Ted Budd

Republican

The Issues

Climate Change

Should climate change be a top priority? Tax or limit the output of greenhouse gases, or support renewable energy?

Cheri Beasley (D)

Yes. “Tackling the climate crisis is imperative to our health, economy, and security.” Supports efforts to cut U.S. carbon emissions in half by 2030 and invest in renewable energy.

Ted Budd (R)

No. Supports an energy strategy that prioritizes ”the most affordable fuel available,” including fossil fuels. Opposed restrictions on energy extraction on federal lands. Voted against the Inflation Reduction Act, with clean energy incentives and credits.

Economy

Decrease or increase government investment in, and regulation of, the economy?

Elections

Did Joe Biden legitimately win the 2020 Presidential election?

Environment

Loosen or tighten environmental regulations?

Ted Budd (R)

Loosen. Supports resuming construction on the Keystone XL Pipeline and limiting the scope of the federal Clean Water Act. Opposes federal mandate that publicly traded companies disclose their greenhouse gas emissions and climate-related risks.

Gun Laws

Pass more or less restrictive legislation on guns?

Health Care

Increase government role in health care, such as expanding Medicaid or limiting drug prices?

Ted Budd (R)

No. Voted in 2017 to replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Opposed effort to expand Medicaid in North Carolina under Obamacare.

Immigration

How to handle immigration? Support a path to citizenship for “DACA” participants brought to the US as children?

Labor

Make it easier or harder for unions to organize?

LGBT Rights

Limit or expand LGBTQ rights?

Cheri Beasley (D)

Expand. Says LGBTQ people deserve equality and that “discrimination in all of its forms is absolutely wrong.” Supports Equality Act, which would prohibit “discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity.”

Ted Budd (R)

Limit. Voted against the Equality Act, calling it “the triumph of cancel culture over facts, reason, and empirical knowledge.” Joined a 2019 brief to the Supreme Court that opposed extending anti-discrimination provisions to cover sexual orientation and gender identity.

Marijuana

Ban or legal?

Ted Budd (R)

Ban. Signed a letter outlining a public health rationale opposing the liberalization of federal marijuana law.

Minimum Wage

Keep or raise federal minimum from $7.25 per hour? If raise, how much?

Cheri Beasley (D)

Yes. Supports raising the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour.

Ted Budd (R)

No. Voted against a 2019 bill to raise the federal minimum wage.

Police and Community

How to address police use force?

Ted Budd (R)

Voted against the George Floyd act. Will “fight against any effort to weaken” law enforcement. Supported providing police with grants for de-escalation training and community outreach programs.

Student Financial Aid

Support lowering interest on student loans or forgiving them?

Taxes

Should corporations and wealthier individuals pay more or less taxes?

Cheri Beasley (D)

No position found on taxes for corporate and wealthy individuals. Criticizes “income inequality and the racial wealth gap.”

Ted Budd (R)

Less. Voted in 2017 for the Tax Cut act, which cut the corporate tax rate from 35% to 21% and lowered the top individual tax rate. Opposes reversing those cuts.

Voting Rules

Support tightened restrictions on such voting rules as absentee and early voting, and voter ID?

We have space to include only candidates polling 15% or more. But check out others including Shannon Bray (L), Matthew Hoh (G), Michelle Lewis (I), Kimrey Rhinehardt (I), and Brenda Rodriguez (I).

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