Candidate Profile
Tom Steyer



Tom Steyer
President of the U.S.

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ActBlue (2019), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (2018), America Votes (2015), Ami Bera (2014), Amy Klobuchar (2017), Andrew Romanoff (2014) and 124 more
ActBlue (2019), Democracy Engine (2020), S. Donald Sussman (2019), Seth A. & Beth S. Klarman (2020)







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.

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iVoterGuide Note:  "The president should speak out forcefully in defense of women’s basic rights and push back against those who would dishonestly attack the basic right to bodily autonomy. These are my values and I am not willing to compromise them, regardless of the political cost.""Politicians’ personal views should not dictate the decisions that a woman makes for herself and family."  Source

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

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iVoterGuide Note:  "Planned Parenthood provides vital services to the people who need it most. The Title X gag rule is just another Trump policy aimed at mollifying his base while punishing low-income citizens. There’s nothing 'pro-life' about reducing access to health care."  Source

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

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iVoterGuide Note:  "Abortion is healthcare and reproductive choice is an issue that affects all gender and sexual identities. We should not stop shouting it from the rooftops. #MenforChoice"  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.

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

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What changes should be made to the tax code?

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iVoterGuide Note:  Steyer would "expand the earned income tax credit."  Source

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

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What is your position on the minimum wage?

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iVoterGuide Note:  Steyer would "pass a federal $15/hr minimum wage."  Source

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

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Religious Liberty

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

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iVoterGuide Note:  "Steyer noted to POLITICO as he walked through the conference hall that Pence was the first governor to sign a bill specifically discriminating against homosexuals. 'Indiana was the first state,' he said. 'I think that’s unconscionable.'”  Source

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

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

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

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iVoterGuide Note:  "No one should have to choose between their health and bankruptcy. Health care must become a right, not a privilege. End of story. #DemDebate"  Source

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

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iVoterGuide Note:  Steyer "supports a universal health care system, including a strong public option that aggressively competes with the private insurance marketplace, drives down costs, and expands coverage."  Source  Source

I support the elimination of private healthcare insurance.

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iVoterGuide Note:  Steyer wants a "strong public option that aggressively competes with the private insurance marketplace."  Source  Source

National Security

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

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iVoterGuide Note:  Steyer "understands that his first job is to keep America safe. He will embrace that challenge by ensuring that those who serve our country continue to be the best-trained and best-equipped fighting force in the world."  Source

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

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iVoterGuide Note:  "By rebuilding strong partnerships and coalitions like NATO, Tom will bring a steady hand and cool temper back to the White House. He respects the full responsibility of America’s global leadership, the gravity of holding the nuclear codes, and the solemn honor of commanding America’s armed forces."  Source


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.

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iVoterGuide Note:  "A wall will not solve our broken immigration system—only comprehensive reform will."  Source

Children covered by DACA should be granted legal citizenship.

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iVoterGuide Note:  "The Supreme Court must put an end to the uncertainty faced on a daily basis by those young people living in limbo or unable to reapply for the #DACA program. Immigrants make our nation great — their #HomeIsHere. The future of our country depends on them."  Source

How would you re-write immigration laws?

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iVoterGuide Note:  Steyer would "take executive action to reinstate the DACA and TPS programs, reinvigorate our visa system to attract the best and brightest to our schools and companies, invest in smart border security, provide more aid to Central America, and create a path to citizenship for millions of people that contribute to our economy, but are currently living in the shadows."  Source


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

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iVoterGuide Note:  "Every American should have the right to a free, quality, public education from universal pre-kindergarten through higher education, including workforce and technical training. Looking to the leadership of teachers, parents, and school officials, Tom’s administration will work to reinvigorate our public schools by increasing resources to close the education achievement gap, improving school facilities, increasing teacher pay and professional development, and ensuring equal access to opportunities."  Source

I support charter schools.

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

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iVoterGuide Note:  "LGBTQ Americans are entitled to and deserve equal protection under the law. #DemDebate"  Source

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

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iVoterGuide Note:  Episcopalian  Source

Criminal Justice

I support the death penalty.

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iVoterGuide Note:  In 2016, "California billionaire Tom Steyer announce(d) support for November ballot measure to abolish death penalty."  Source

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

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How would you address the overcrowding of jails?

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iVoterGuide Note:  Steyer would "work to end cash bail, reduce the prison population, stop the prison pipeline and revolving door, eliminate private prisons, restructure parole and probation, promote better-policing methods and training to reduce police brutality, exercise his clemency powers where appropriate, and increase resources for public defenders and community intervention programs."  Source

2nd Amendment

Should teachers be allowed to carry guns at school?

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

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iVoterGuide Note:  Steyer would: "Pass universal background checks; close the Gun Show, Boyfriend, and Charleston loopholes; establish waiting periods at the federal level for delivery of guns; pass the Making America Safe and Secure Act (MASS Act) on gun licensing standards and incentives for both buyers and sellers; ban high risk weapons including assault weapons, device modifications, high capacity ammunition magazines; strengthen laws on untraceable firearms, including ghost guns, 3D printed guns, and home manufactured guns; establish strong Red Flag/Extreme Risk laws...; work with Congress to repeal the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA); reverse existing DOJ policy that allows fugitives to buy guns; reverse Social Security Administration policies that exempt records of mentally ill from background checks; regulate sellers by monitoring their inventory and restricting sales locations; prohibit manufacturing of guns outside of traditional supply chains, including 3D printing and ghost guns; pass a reauthorization and expansion of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and the Protecting Domestic Violence and Stalking Victims Act, to support provisions to close gun loopholes and ban firearm purchases from domestic abusers, including partners and stalkers; work closely with state level governments to establish high standards for concealed carry; and pass the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act and Disarm Hate Act."  Source

Other Important Issues

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

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iVoterGuide Note:  "I didn't get to respond to the #DemDebate question on reparations last night. I support reparations and challenge other candidates to do the same. 400 years of legalized discrimination and unfairness. Deep, long-term injustice, and no apology. It's time."  Source

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

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iVoterGuide Note:  "In every single area of policy in the United States, there is an element of residual racism. We have to talk about it, we have to call it out, and we have to specifically address it—our segregationist history is the root cause of this water issue."  Source

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

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iVoterGuide Note:  "I am prepared to use the emergency powers of the presidency to take on the climate crisis, protect the American people, redouble our commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement, and establish our global leadership as we build a safer, more sustainable world."  Source

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

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The Electoral College should be abolished.

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iVoterGuide Note:  "I support eliminating the Electoral College."  Source

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

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