Candidate Profile
Cory Gardner

Republican , Colorado


Cory Gardner
U.S. Senator

Panel Rating*

Somewhat Conservative Information icon *

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


Conservative Organizations

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
American Energy Alliance (AEA), 2019-20:  94%
Center for Security Policy, 2015-16:  93%
National Tax-Limitation Committee (NTLC), 2017-18:  84%
American Conservative Union (ACU), 2019:  68%, 80% (cum.)
American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), 2017-18:  75%
American Family Association (AFA), 2017-18:  71%
Club for Growth, 2019:  46%, 66% (cum.)
Heritage Action, 2019-20:  83%, 66% (cum.)
FreedomWorks, 2019-20:  50%, 65% (cum.)
John Birch Society (same as Freedom Index), 2018:  61% (cum.)
Freedom Index, 2019:  59% (cum.)
Eagle Forum, 2015-16:  58%
Conservative Review (CR), 2019:  47% (cum.)
Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), 2019:  42%
NumbersUSA, 2019:  0%, 37% (cum.)
National Taxpayers Union, 2019:  D



Liberal Organizations

National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, 2020:  92%
Outdoor Industry Association PAC, 2018:  B
American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), 2018:  67%
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), 2017-18:  33%
National Religious Campaign Against Torture Action Fund (NRCAT), 2018:  33%
Foreign Policy for America, 2019:  31%
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), 2019-20:  17%
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), 2017-18:  16%
Alliance for Retired Americans, 2019:  30%, 13% (cum.)
Human Rights Campaign, 2017-18:  12%
League of Conservation Voters (LCV), 2018:  7%, 10% (cum.)
American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), 2017:  0%, 9% (cum.)
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), 2017:  0%, 4% (cum.)
Americans for Democratic Action (ADA), 2017:  0%
Common Cause, 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%




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


American Conservation Coalition, Campaign for Working Families, Citizens United Political Victory Fund, Donald Trump, Huck PAC, John Bolton PAC and 3 more


*Americans for Prosperity Action, ClearPath Action Fund, *Maverick PAC (MavPAC), National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Colorado, Pro-Israel America, Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC PAC), U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Selected Contributions


Bob Beauprez (2006), Local, County, and District Republican Organizations (2019), National Rifle Association (2007), Republican Women's Organizations (2018), State Republican Party Organizations (2017), WinRed (2020)
60 Plus Association (2014), American Legacy PAC (2014), Americans for Prosperity (2020), Americans for Tax Reform (2010), Campaign to Defeat Barack Obama (2014), (2014) and 27 more


Black Jack PAC (2006), Michael Bennet (2008), Planned Parenthood Federation of America (2014)







Other Information

Received a rating of A from the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund.


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:  Gardner believes in the protection of life "at all stages". “I'm pro-life, but that's up to the states.” Since he was first elected to Congress as a Representative in 2010, Gardner has voted to defund Planned Parenthood a total of nine times. Gardner voted in favor of the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act” that would have banned abortions after 20 weeks and threatened doctors who perform those abortions with up to five years in jail.  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:  Gardner has voted ten times to defund Planned Parenthood since he has held Federal office.  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:  Gardner sponsors the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.  Source

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

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iVoterGuide Note:  Gardner believes in the protection of life "at all stages". In 2014 Garder sponsored a bill to make all abortions illegal, even in cases of rape and incest. He stated that he had changed his position and no longer supported a person-hood amendment like the one mentioned. Gardner added, “I'm pro-life, but that's up to the states.”  Source  Source


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:  "I am proud to have helped deliver the first major overhaul of our tax code in over 30 years. It dramatically lowered rates, gave needed relief to our small businesses...and created strong incentives for businesses to invest here at home." The U.S. Chamber of Commerce honored Senator Cory Gardner with its annual Spirit of Enterprise Award. "We commend Senator Gardner for his commitment to promoting and protecting American free enterprise and economic prosperity.”  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:  "Freedom of worship is a fundamental human right, one that we hold dear as Americans. The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom is critical for the United States to continue to champion religious liberty around the globe…"  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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It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has health insurance.

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iVoterGuide Note:  “Socialized medicine means less choice, higher taxes and longer wait times and more government control,” Gardner said during the Western Conservative Summit in downtown Denver. “It means losing the health care that you have at your job and having it replaced with government-run healthcare. It’s so free that it’s unavailable. … We know that Democrats’ Medicare for All will actually result in Medicare for none.”  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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iVoterGuide Note:  "Sky-high costs are hurting families and Congress has a responsibility to intervene. Allowing the purchase of insurance across state lines, encouraging competition in the market, and providing consumers with price transparency are all achievable policies, which have the capability to lower the cost of health care."  Source

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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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:  Gardner introduced legislation that provides funds for the wall and a "12 year pathway to citizenship for Dreamers". “Today, I will vote for both options to fund the remaining parts of the government and fund border security,” said Senator Gardner.  Source  Source

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:  Gardner voted in favor of the Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect America Act, which prohibits funds from going towards sanctuary cities. He voted aye on cloture needed to pass the 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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iVoterGuide Note:  Gardner introduced legislation that contains "permanent authorization of voluntary e-Verify".  Source

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

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Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.

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iVoterGuide Note:  Gardner voted nay to Amendment to fund pre-K education and to Amendment to tax the wealthy and use the revenues to provide for free community college, to an amendment to restore funding for Pell grants, and to an amendment to establish pre-kindergarten programs for low income families, voted aye to an amendment to introduce voucher program to ECAA and to Every Student Succeeds Act.  Source


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:  Gardner voted against adding sexual orientation to non-discrimination laws.  Source

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

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iVoterGuide Note:  Lutheran - Missouri Synod  Source


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:  "I am proud to support and protect an individual's right to keep and bear arms. I'm committed to pursuing policies that encourage such responsible firearm usage. By focusing on mental health services and stopping dangerous individuals from obtaining firearms, we can prevent heinous, criminal acts from occurring."  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:  Gardner does not support BDS. He sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer with 14 of his colleagues, urging them to take action against the anti-Israel and anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement.  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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