Candidate Profile
Steve Bullock

Democrat , Montana

Biography

Name
Steve Bullock
Party
Democrat
Race
U.S. Senator
Incumbent
No
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Panel Rating*

Liberal Information icon *

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

Endorsements*

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

Liberals

21
*Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) Victory Fund, BOLD PAC, Communications Workers of America (CWA), *Council for a Livable World, End Citizens United, *Feminist Majority and 15 more

Others

2
Montana Federation of Public Employees - MFPE, TogetherFund PAC

Selected Contributions

Conservative

RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
1
National Republican Senatorial Committee (2020)

Liberal

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
5
ActBlue (2008), Denise Juneau (2015), Jon Tester (2013), Local, County, and District Democratic Organizations (2019), State Democratic Party Organizations (2019)
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
8
End Citizens United (2020), International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers (2011), Planned Parenthood Federation of America (2020), Senate Majority PAC (2020), State Democratic Party Organizations (2020), The Lincoln Project (2020) and 2 more

Summary

93%

LIBERAL

7%

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:  Bullock is pro-choice and holds a 100% rating from NARAL, a group that advocates for abortion access. "The most basic human right is the freedom to decide what happens to your body.” As governor, in 2017 he vetoed a bill prohibiting doctors from performing late-term (after 20 weeks) abortions. "An abortion, even late-term, is a legal, personal decision." "I would say that life begins at viability." "The reproductive health of low-income women is too important to become a partisan football, which is why--unlike Congress--Montana has removed these decisions from political fights." He threatened legal action over Trump’s restricting federal funding for family planning providers involved with abortions.  Source  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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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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Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

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Economy

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

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

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iVoterGuide Note:  As governor, Bullock has worked with the private sector to ease regulations and taxes on small businesses with the Montana Main Street project. He wants to raise the federal minimum wage to $15/hour.  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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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:  Candidate’s position on this issue could not be determined by iVoterGuide research staff.

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:  on April 14th, 2020, as most state governors had made explicit exemptions for religious gatherings amidst their emergency declarations, Governor Steve Bullock had not recognized the First Amendment rights to religion and peaceful assembly. He had, however, provided explicit exemptions for pot dispensaries, abortion clinics, and liquor stores.  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:  “Make care more affordable … by building on the success of the Affordable Care Act.” He supports a public option and believes health care is a right. He does not support Medicare for all. He believes "health care is so personal to all of us. I'm not going to support any plan that rips away quality health care from individuals. It used to be just Republicans who wanted to repeal and replace. Now many Democrats do, as well."  Source  Source  Source

I support the elimination of private healthcare insurance.

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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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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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Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) should be abolished.

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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:  As Montana Governor, he vetoed an Anti-Sanctuary Bill.  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:  "I would provide free tuition for community college attendance. It's time to follow the lead of 45 other states that have done it already, and invest in publicly funded early childhood education." He is against for-profit charter schools. While many other Democratic contenders are advocating for free college tuition, Bullock has argued proposals for free college overlook apprenticeships and other initiatives that can also prepare students for work. At the same time, Bullock has also pushed for more state funding for colleges in Montana, as well as a tuition freeze for the Montana University System.  Source  Source  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:  Bullock has backed LGBT rights, including signing an executive order to prohibit discrimination of state employees, contractors and subcontractors based on sexual orientation and gender identity. "Through advancements like achieving marriage equality, our country has made significant progress on equality for LGBTQ Americans. But there’s no question our work didn’t end there. We need to pass the Equality Act, which would outright prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. We must take action to make sure no Montanan is ever hurt just because of who they are or who they love."  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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2nd Amendment

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

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iVoterGuide Note:  (2019) It’s past time we stopped treating gun violence as a political issue and started treating it as a public health issue. We must pursue evidence-based solutions to reduce gun violence, like background checks for every gun purchase, red flag laws to keep guns out of the wrong hands, ending straw purchases, and stopping the further sale of military-style assault weapons. Gun owners and non-gun owners alike want to ensure folks are safe in their communities. Further, we need to take on Dark Money groups like the NRA, who are spending millions to try to divide this nation and thwart progress. , a recent shift in his views: In 2016, his campaign spokesperson said he opposed them.  Source  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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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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