Candidate Profile
Steve Daines

Republican , Montana

Biography

Name
Steve Daines
Party
Republican
Race
U.S. Senator
Incumbent
Yes
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Panel Rating*

Conservative Information icon *

*Additional information appears below for educational purposes; however, only data received prior to the candidate deadline was considered during Panel Evaluation.

Scorecards

Conservative Organizations

American Family Association (AFA), 2017-18:  100%
American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), 2017-18:  100%
Campaign for Working Families PAC, 2019-20:  100%
Concerned Women for America (CWA), 2020:  100%
Faith and Freedom Coalition (FFC), 2017-18:  100%, 100% (cum.)
FRC Action, 2018:  100%
Gun Owners of America (GOA), 2017-18:  100%
National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), 2017-2018:  100%
National Right to Life, 2019-20:  100%
Susan B. Anthony List (SBA), 2020:  A
National Tax-Limitation Committee (NTLC), 2017-18:  97%
American Energy Alliance (AEA), 2019-20:  94%
Eagle Forum, 2015-16:  88%
Center for Security Policy, 2015-16:  87%
FreedomWorks, 2019-20:  70%, 86% (cum.)
American Conservative Union (ACU), 2019:  77%, 84% (cum.)
Club for Growth, 2019:  84%, 81% (cum.)
Heritage Action, 2019-20:  94%, 77% (cum.)
Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), 2019:  75%
National Taxpayers Union, 2019:  B
Conservative Review (CR), 2019:  73% (cum.)
John Birch Society (same as Freedom Index), 2018:  65% (cum.)
NumbersUSA, 2019:  0%, 65% (cum.)
Freedom Index, 2019:  64% (cum.)

88%

CONSERVATIVE AVERAGE

Liberal Organizations

National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, 2020:  75%
American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), 2018:  67%
Outdoor Industry Association PAC, 2018:  C
National Religious Campaign Against Torture Action Fund (NRCAT), 2018:  33%
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), 2019-20:  25%
Foreign Policy for America, 2019:  23%
American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), 2017:  0%, 13% (cum.)
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), 2017-18:  13%
League of Conservation Voters (LCV), 2018:  14%, 4% (cum.)
Alliance for Retired Americans, 2019:  0%, 3% (cum.)
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), 2017:  0%, 3% (cum.)
Americans for Democratic Action (ADA), 2017:  0%
Common Cause, 2017-18:  0%
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), 2017-18:  0%
Human Rights Campaign, 2017-18:  0%
International Brotherhood of Teamsters, 2017-18:  0%
NARAL Pro-Choice America (NARAL), 2019:  0%
National Education Association (NEA), 2017-18:  0%
National Iranian American Council (NIAC), 2018:  0%
Planned Parenthood, 2019:  0% (cum.)
Population Connection Action Fund, 2019:  0%
Progressive Punch, 2019:  F
Washington Report on Middle East Affairs (WRMEA), 2017-18:  0%

13%

LIBERAL AVERAGE

Endorsements*

*These endorsements were received after the deadline and were not considered in the Panel Evaluations and are for additional educational purposes only.

Conservatives

13
Campaign for Working Families, Citizens United Political Victory Fund, Club for Growth, Donald Trump, Family Research Council Action PAC, FreedomWorks for America and 7 more

Others

4
Americans for Prosperity Action, *Business - Industry PAC Action Fund (BIPAC Action Fund), *National Association of Home Builders, Pro-Israel America

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
17
Club for Growth (2020), Conservative Joint Victory Fund 2010 (2010), Dennis Rehberg (2013), John Hoeven (2010), Luke Messer (2014), Many Individual Conservatives Helping Elect Leaders Everywhere (2010) and 11 more
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
166
21st Century Majority Fund (2019), Alamo PAC (2019), Albert Olszewski (2019), America Unlimited (2014), American Conservative Union (2014), American Legacy PAC (2014) and 160 more

Liberal

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
1
Democracy Engine (2020)
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
17
Airline Pilots Association (2020), American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (2020), American Postal Workers Union (2020), Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (2018), Democracy Engine (2020), International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers (2020) and 11 more

Summary

9%

LIBERAL

91%

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.

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iVoterGuide Note:  Senator Daines believes human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection. Senator Daines asked the Supreme Court to reconsider Roe v. Wade. except to protect life of the mother and he wants to ban the pill that ends early pregnancies. “I support laws … [protecting] the unborn.” "We must fight for those that are unable to fight for themselves," Daines stated, "We will maintain funding for women's health care and redirect those funds towards community health clinics that provide comprehensive care instead of an organization that traffics human baby parts." He co-sponsored legislation to withdraw federal funding for Planned Parenthood. “It’s an important priority for me personally.” U.S. Senator Steve Daines today voted for two critical pro-life bills, the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act and the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. Daines is the Founder and Chair of the U.S. Senate Pro-Life Caucus. Daines issued the following statement after the votes: “Today, I voted to protect innocent babies and for basic human rights,” Daines said. “It’s astonishing that Senate Democrats voted against these commonsense bills which end late term abortion and protect babies born alive from botched abortions. This shouldn’t be about politics. It’s about protecting life. As founder of the first ever Senate Pro-Life Caucus, I will continue fighting for pro-life policies.”  Source  Source  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:  “Today, I voted to reaffirm my dedication to protecting women’s health while removing funds from a scandal-plagued organization that has been caught selling human baby parts. I cannot support an organization that would place a dollar amount on a baby’s body parts. The fight to protect women’s health care, while redirecting funds away from Planned Parenthood, is not over. I will continue working vigorously to defend life and protect the most vulnerable in our society: the unborn.”  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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iVoterGuide Note:  “Today, I voted to protect innocent babies and for basic human rights. It’s astonishing that Senate Democrats voted against these commonsense bills which end late term abortion and protect babies born alive from botched abortions. This shouldn’t be about politics. It’s about protecting life. As founder of the first ever Senate Pro-Life Caucus, I will continue fighting for pro-life policies.”  Source

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

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iVoterGuide Note:  No exceptions for rape nor incest, but no criminalization.  But does have an exception for the life of the mother.  Source


Economy

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

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iVoterGuide Note:  Senator Daines does not believe it is the government's responsibility to ensure everyone has a livable income.  Source

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

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iVoterGuide Note:  Senator Daines believes in free enterprise and has sponsored legislation that protects private property rights. Daines introduced a resolution forcefully condemning what he called the "failed experiment" of socialism on Monday, warning that the United States had "two paths to take" -- with one leading to "freedom," and the other, "complete government control, undermining our constitution and our American way of life.” Daines is for Permanent Tax Relief for Montana Small Businesses. Senator Daines does not believe it is the government's responsibility to ensure everyone has a livable income.  Source  Source

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

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What government spending would you reduce in order to balance the budget?

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iVoterGuide Note:  Senator Daines consistently fights for a balanced budget amendment every year in office, even suggesting that if Congress cannot balance the budget, they should not be paid.  Source

Under what circumstances should taxpayers help pay off existing student loans?

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Religious Liberty

Governments should not discriminate against individuals, organizations or small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.

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iVoterGuide Note:  "The Court is overriding the will of the people of Montana and numerous other states that have defined marriage as between one man and one woman. I believe marriage is between one man and one woman.”  Source

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

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iVoterGuide Note:  "Protecting religious freedom from Government intrusion is a Government interest of the highest order." “America sets the standard across the globe for upholding the fundamental human right to hold and practice our beliefs. Religious Freedom Day serves to remind every American that we are all free to live and work in accordance with our religious beliefs, without fear of government restrictions. With all the international and domestic unrest our society faces, this resolution reminds our country that for 230 years, we have stood strong for religious freedom and will continue doing so. Our founding documents will continue to endure and stand the test of time.”  Source  Source

I promise to protect the freedom of Christians to share the Gospel and to practice Biblical principles.

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

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Healthcare

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

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iVoterGuide Note:  Senator Daines is against Medicare for all. "After 5 failed years, the American people know ObamaCare is too badly tangled to fix. It is time to cut the line and tie on a new fly." Senator Daines does not support the elimination of private healthcare insurance. "I support full repeal of Obamacare." "First and foremost, I believe doctors and patients, not insurance companies or the government, should be in charge of health care decisions. Next, I believe we must always protect those with preexisting conditions. I believe Congress should provide people with greater freedom in shopping for health insurance, make the costs of medical care more transparent, and reward innovation in the delivery of health services. I will also back commonsense medical liability reform, because doctors currently must practice high-cost 'defensive medicine' to protect themselves against unwarranted lawsuits."  Source  Source  Source  Source

I support the elimination of private healthcare insurance.

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iVoterGuide Note:  Senator Daines does not support the elimination of private healthcare insurance. "I believe Congress should provide people with greater freedom in shopping for health insurance, make the costs of medical care more transparent, and reward innovation in the delivery of health services."  Source

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

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National Security

The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.

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

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iVoterGuide Note:  "We see the threats of radical Islamic terrorism with ISIS in Iraq and Syria, Boko Haram in Nigeria and the Houthis in Yemen. The United States must remain vigilant and work closely with our overseas allies to promote global security and eliminate these threats."  Source


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.

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iVoterGuide Note:  "Securing our southern border is a matter of national security. The increase in illegal immigration, drug trafficking, and human smuggling is unacceptable. I will support whatever is necessary to secure our borders – including by building a border wall."  Source

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) should be abolished.

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iVoterGuide Note:  "ICE agents keep our borders secure and I want to thank them for the important work they are doing."  Source

State and federal funds should be denied to any public or private entity, including but not limited to sanctuary cities, that are not in compliance with immigration laws.

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iVoterGuide Note:  Daines supports defunding sanctuary cities. “It is infuriating that Senate Democrats blocked thoughtful and meaningful debate on legislation that goes after real criminals who are not only in the United States illegally, but continuously violate the laws of our nation or repeatedly reenter the country after being deported. Allowing a city to ignore federal immigration statutes while providing a safe haven for criminals who violate our nation’s laws is an egregious degradation of the rule of law. It is disappointing that bipartisan cooperation could not be reached on critical legislation that would help protect the safety and security of innocent Americans.”  Source  Source

Employers should be required to use E-verify to confirm the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States.

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Who should be allowed to immigrate to the U.S. and under what circumstances?

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Education

Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.

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iVoterGuide Note:  "Increasing education opportunities in Montana isn’t going to happen through another federal mandate or a one-size-fits-all regulation. We need to empower our state, our local school boards, our teachers and parents to work together to develop solutions that best fit our kids’ unique needs." Senator Daines sponsored the A-Plus Act, under which "states would be allowed to obtain federal education funding in the form of block grants. States could choose to participate or they could continue to administer their education programs in the current manner."  Source  Source


Values

Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which is necessary for our system of limited government.

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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:  Daines refused to support Montana's Non-Discrimination Act, stating "'I am particularly concerned that the exemptions provided within ENDA for churches, businesses, or religious organizations are insufficient and could force some employers or organizations to violate their moral or religious beliefs. Due to these concerns, I cannot support ENDA.'“ "Today, Senator Daines joined the majority of the Republican caucus in the Senate to block an amendment to the ongoing revision of No Child Left Behind that would have mandated that local school districts protect students from “discrimination based on actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity in public schools.” The proposal, which Senator Al Franken has been trying to pass for five years, would have extended already existing protections in place for students prohibiting discrimination based on sex, religion or race."  Source  Source

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

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Qualifications

When you consider your views on a wide range of issues from economic and social matters to foreign policy and immigration, which of the following best describes you overall?

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Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.

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Have you ever been convicted of a felony or been penalized for sexual misconduct? If so, please explain.

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Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

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Criminal Justice

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

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iVoterGuide Note:  Senator Daines supports mandatory minimum sentencing for violent crimes.  Source


2nd Amendment

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

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iVoterGuide Note:  Senator Daines is committed to protecting the right to bear arms for law-abiding individuals in Montana and across our country. "I strongly oppose any efforts from Washington to restrict our Second Amendment rights and our way of life in Montana, and I will work to ensure that Congress protects the Constitutional rights of the thousands of Montanans who safely and lawfully possess or use a firearm."  Source


Other Important Issues

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

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iVoterGuide Note:  Senator Daines opposes the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement and cosponsored the Combating BDS Act of 2017, a bill that aimed to fight discriminatory boycotts that target Israel.  Source

I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.

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

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The Electoral College should be abolished.

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In priority order, what three areas of legislation do you propose to author or sponsor if elected?

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

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