Candidate Profile
Cory Booker

Democrat

Biography

Name
Cory Booker
Party
Democrat
Race
President of the U.S.
Incumbent
No
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Panel Rating

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Scorecards

Conservative Organizations

Gun Owners of America (GOA), 2017-18:  50%
American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), 2017-18:  25%
Conservative Review (CR), 2019:  18% (cum.)
Freedom Index, 2019:  18% (cum.)
FreedomWorks, 2019:  17% (cum.)
John Birch Society (same as Freedom Index), 2018:  16% (cum.)
American Family Association (AFA), 2017-18:  14%
Club for Growth, 2018:  20%, 13% (cum.)
NumbersUSA, 2019:  25%, 10% (cum.)
Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), 2018:  8%
Center for Security Policy, 2015-16:  7%
Eagle Forum, 2015-16:  7%
American Conservative Union (ACU), 2018:  14%, 5% (cum.)
Heritage Action, 2019-20:  0%, 5% (cum.)
American Energy Alliance (AEA), 2019-20:  3%
Faith and Freedom Coalition (FFC), 2017-18:  8%, 3% (cum.)
National Tax-Limitation Committee (NTLC), 2017-18:  3%
Campaign for Working Families PAC, 2017-18:  0%
Christian Coalition of America (CCA), 2014:  0%
Concerned Women for America (CWA), 2020:  0%
FRC Action, 2018:  0%
National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), 2017-2018:  0%
National Right to Life, 2019-20:  0%
National Taxpayers Union, 2017-18:  F
Susan B. Anthony List (SBA), 2020:  F

9%

CONSERVATIVE AVERAGE

Liberal Organizations

American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), 2017:  100%, 100% (cum.)
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), 2017:  100%, 100% (cum.)
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), 2017-18:  100%
Human Rights Campaign, 2017-18:  100%
International Brotherhood of Teamsters, 2017-18:  100%
NARAL Pro-Choice America (NARAL), 2018:  100%
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), 2017-18:  100%
National Education Association (NEA), 2017-18:  100%
National Iranian American Council (NIAC), 2018:  100%
Planned Parenthood, 2019:  100% (cum.)
Population Connection Action Fund, 2018:  100%
Progressive Punch, 2019:  A
Washington Report on Middle East Affairs (WRMEA), 2017-18:  100%
League of Conservation Voters (LCV), 2018:  100%, 99% (cum.)
Alliance for Retired Americans, 2018:  100%, 98% (cum.)
Americans for Democratic Action (ADA), 2017:  95%
American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), 2018:  89%
National Religious Campaign Against Torture Action Fund (NRCAT), 2018:  88%
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), 2018:  86%
Foreign Policy for America, 2019:  85%
Outdoor Industry Association PAC, 2018:  B
Common Cause, 2017-18:  67%

95%

LIBERAL AVERAGE

Endorsements

Liberals

9
Bill Pascrell Jr., Bonnie Watson Coleman, David Crowley, Frank Pallone Jr., Martha Hennessey, Mikie Sherrill and 3 more

Selected Contributions

Conservative

RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
1
Freedom's Defense Superfund (2014)

Liberal

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
10
ActBlue (2019), Council for a Livable World (2014), Democracy Engine (2015), Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (2016), Hillary Clinton (2016), League Of Conservation Voters (2018) and 4 more
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
122
ActBlue (2019), Airline Pilots Association (2014), Amalgamated Transit Union (2014), America Works PAC (2020), American Association for Justice (2014), American Federation of Government Employees (2014) and 116 more

Summary

100%

LIBERAL

0%

CONSERVATIVE

Questionnaire

Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

Right to Life

Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

(Did not answer)

Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive taxpayer funds or grants from federal, state, or local governments.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Booker notes that the state has seen two Planned Parenthood health centers close, calling their closures an “existential threat” to Ohio.  Source

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Georgia's "fetal heartbeat" law is an all-out-attack on women that will strip them of rights before many even know they are pregnant. I will fight to protect Roe v. Wade — abortion is health care.  Source

I support the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which requires health care providers to provide life-saving treatment for infants who survive an attempted abortion.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  No. Voted against S. 311.  Source


Economy

It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has a livable income.

(Did not answer)

What changes should be made to the tax code?

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  "We should be putting cash back in the pockets of working families who are struggling to get ahead. By dramatically expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit, my proposed Rise Credit would lower taxes for millions of Americans."  Source

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  "Sen. Cory Booker pledged he wouldn't cut it.'I will not cut social security -- that is a pledge,' he said. Instead, Booker vowed to expand social security. 'We need to support union labor to make sure that people can have retirement security.'"  Source

What is your position on the minimum wage?

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Cory Booker says, "If we raised the minimum wage more than 14 million children would have a parent that received a raise."  Source

Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.

(Did not answer)


Religious Liberty

Government should not discriminate against individuals, organizations, or business owners who affirm marriage as between one man and one woman.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Booker decried the Trump administration “turning against what the Obama administration did” and said “whether you’re a school and are providing health care for folks, whether you are a bakery, you cannot discriminate.”  Source

What does "separation of church and state" mean to you?

(Did not answer)

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.

(Did not answer)


Healthcare

It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has health insurance.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  "I believe Medicare for All is the best way to rationalize our broken health care system—and I’ll work toward this ideal of health coverage being a right for all Americans."  Source

How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Booker says, "As president, he will fight for access to quality, affordable and universal health care, end attacks on the Affordable Care Act, and act to bring down prescription drug costs." "Impose a tax penalty on drug companies that unfairly raise the cost of their drugs and take patents away from drug companies that sell the same medication for less in other countries."  Source

I support the elimination of private healthcare insurance.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Booker says, "Medicare for all is what we should be going for but the first step getting there has to be showing we can create a public option allowing Medicare to be available for more people."  Source


National Security

What is the best way to maintain peace and protect national security?

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Sen Booker says he will: "Work closely with our allies, not isolate ourselves from them. Form a responsible and comprehensive strategy for military operations that recognizes the constitutional requirements for congressional authorization. Invest in robust humanitarian assistance. Empower diplomacy and a fully functioning diplomatic corps. Protect our democracy from foreign interference by strengthening our election security. Give our men and women in uniform the support they deserve, and when they come home show them the commitment they showed us."  Source

What should the United States do to help eradicate the threat of radical Islamic terrorism?

(Did not answer)


Immigration

I am in favor of construction of a wall and other necessary infrastructure on our border that gives complete control over entering and exiting the United States.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Booker says he "would end the executive actions that provide funding for the border wall, and facilitate removal of the wall where it is harming border communities."  Source

Children covered by DACA should be granted legal citizenship.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Booker says, “Congress can and should circumvent this misguided decision by passing legislation that will protect the hundreds of thousands of DREAMers who are now facing deportation."  Source

How would you re-write immigration laws?

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Booker will "direct the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to require detention facilities to meet the civil detention standards of the American Bar Association's Civil Immigration Detention Standards, which 'call for detention as a last resort' and, for facilities that host children, to meet the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Facilities would be required to develop plans and meet deadlines for compliance with these requirements or face closure, with current residents transferred to facilities that meet those requirements."  Source


Education

How would you improve the quality of education in the United States?

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Booker wants to "guarantee universal early childhood education; invest in teachers by raising pay, eliminating student debt, and providing financial assistance for teacher certification and licensing; strengthen our public schools by putting additional resources into underperforming school districts.... He also wants to fully fund special education and expand the Office of Civil Rights at the Department of Education."  Source

I support charter schools.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Booker says "I’m a big believer in great schools, and every kid should have public access to them... I believe that any child born in any zip code in America should have a high-quality school, and I don’t care if that’s a charter school or a traditional district school. If it’s a bad school, I’m going to fight against it just like I supported charter school closures in Newark that weren’t serving the genius of my kids.”  Source


Values

I support adding sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as protected classes in non-discrimination laws.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Booker says, "He will fight to ensure that all LGBTQ people have full protections of federal civil rights law and the federal government."  Source

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Baptist  Source


Criminal Justice

I support the death penalty.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  "The death penalty is not justice—it's an immoral and ineffective form of punishment that has killed innocent people, and is biased against people of color, low-income, and those with mental illness."  Source

Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Booker introduced a bill that would slash mandatory minimum sentences in half for nonviolent drug offenders.  Source

How would you address the overcrowding of jails?

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Booker would "sign an executive order initiating a clemency process for thousands of people currently serving unjust drug sentences."  Source


2nd Amendment

Should teachers be allowed to carry guns at school?

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Booker says, "Arming teachers is not the solution to stopping violence in schools. Congress must act to prevent the Education Department from enacting such an outrageous policy."  Source

What restrictions on gun ownership are needed to protect public safety?

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Cory Booker wants to require handgun micro stamping, close the “Charleston Loophole” and the “Boyfriend Loophole.” Booker also supports banning assault weapons, high-capacity magazines, and bump stocks and wants to limit gun buyers to one handgun per month.  Source


Other Important Issues

Reparations should be given to people on the basis of race.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Booker says "I am proud to introduce legislation that will finally address many of our country's policies—rooted in a history of slavery and white supremacy—that continue to erode Black communities, perpetuate racism and implicit bias, and widen the racial wealth gap."  Source

Is racism a threat to domestic security in the United States? Why or why not?

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Booker says "Systemic racism is eroding our country." "I will create an office in the White House to deal with White supremacy and hate crimes."  Source

The United States should not have withdrawn from the Paris Climate Agreement.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  "As president, I won’t wait for Congress to act on climate change I’ll quickly rejoin Paris Agreement."  Source

I support BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanction) against Israel if they refuse to allow the creation of a Palestinian state.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Voted "No" Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act (S.1)  Source

The Electoral College should be abolished.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Booker says "In a presidential election, the person with the most votes should be the president of the United States."  Source

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Senator Booker "recently introduced the Voting Rights Advancement Act aimed at preventing practices that interfere with citizens’ voting rights, such as requiring voter ID and changing voting locations."  Source


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