Candidate Profile
Mitch McConnell

Republican , Kentucky

Biography

Name
Mitch McConnell
Party
Republican
Race
U.S. Senator
Incumbent
Yes
Links
               

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 Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), 2017-18:  100%
Campaign for Working Families PAC, 2019-20:  100%
Christian Coalition of America (CCA), 2014:  100%
Concerned Women for America (CWA), 2020:  100%
FRC Action, 2019:  100%
National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), 2017-2018:  100%
National Right to Life, 2019-20:  100%
Susan B. Anthony List (SBA), 2020:  A
Faith and Freedom Coalition (FFC), 2017-18:  100%, 98% (cum.)
American Energy Alliance (AEA), 2019-20:  94%
Center for Security Policy, 2015-16:  93%
American Conservative Union (ACU), 2019:  64%, 88% (cum.)
National Tax-Limitation Committee (NTLC), 2017-18:  84%
Club for Growth, 2019:  29%, 74% (cum.)
Heritage Action, 2019-20:  69%, 63% (cum.)
FreedomWorks, 2019-20:  30%, 62% (cum.)
John Birch Society (same as Freedom Index), 2018:  59% (cum.)
NumbersUSA, 2019:  0%, 59% (cum.)
Freedom Index, 2019:  58% (cum.)
American Family Association (AFA), 2017-18:  57%
Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), 2019:  50%
Gun Owners of America (GOA), 2017-18:  50%
Eagle Forum, 2015-16:  38%
Conservative Review (CR), 2019:  28% (cum.)

77%

CONSERVATIVE AVERAGE

Liberal Organizations

Washington Report on Middle East Affairs (WRMEA), 2017-18:  100%
American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), 2018:  67%
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), 2017-18:  50%
Outdoor Industry Association PAC, 2018:  C
Foreign Policy for America, 2019:  33%
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), 2017-18:  13%
American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), 2017:  0%, 12% (cum.)
Alliance for Retired Americans, 2019:  50%, 9% (cum.)
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), 2019-20:  8%
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, 2020:  8%
Planned Parenthood, 2019:  8% (cum.)
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), 2017:  0%, 7% (cum.)
League of Conservation Voters (LCV), 2018:  14%, 7% (cum.)
Americans for Democratic Action (ADA), 2017:  0%
Common Cause, 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%
National Religious Campaign Against Torture Action Fund (NRCAT), 2018:  0%
Population Connection Action Fund, 2019:  0%
Progressive Punch, 2019:  F

16%

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

11
Campaign for Working Families, Citizens United Political Victory Fund, Donald Trump, *Family Research Council Action PAC, Freedoms Heritage Forum, Huck PAC and 5 more

Others

3
*National Association of Home Builders, Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC PAC), *SEAL PAC

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
4
Daniel Cameron (2019), National Republican Senatorial Committee (2008), Rand Paul (2014), State Republican Party Organizations (2014)
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
29
60 Plus Association (2014), Americans for Tax Reform (2014), Bernie Marcus (2014), Bob DeWeese (2008), Club for Growth (2014), FreedomWorks (2014) and 23 more

Liberal

RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
3
Ditch Fund (2019), Indivisible (2020), Paul Singer (2014)

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.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  "As the father of three daughters, I believe innocent life should be protected. And I am proud of my career-long, 100 percent pro-life voting record in the United States Senate."  Source

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

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  McConnell does not support federal funds in support of abortion.  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:  McConnell supports the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.  Source

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

(Did not answer)


Economy

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

(Did not answer)

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

(Did not answer)

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  McConnell believes that a bipartisan agreement will need to be made on the issue. "It's a bipartisan problem: unwillingness to address the real drivers of the debt by doing anything to adjust those programs to the demographics of America in the future."  Source

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

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  McConnell believes that a reduction in government spending means cuts in Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security.  Source

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

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  McConnell did not approve of a bill that would use taxpayer money to assist in student loan debt. "I think the best short-term solution is for parents to be very cost-conscious in shopping around for higher education alternatives."  Source


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.

(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)

iVoterGuide Note:  McConnell does believe that religious liberty is at risk. "Religious freedom in America has never meant, and will never mean, solely the freedom to worship privately. It has never meant, and will never mean, the ability to practice only a subset of faiths acceptable to some subset of politicians. It means the right to live your life according to the dictates of your faith and conscience - free from government action."  Source

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

(Did not answer)

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

(Did not answer)


Healthcare

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

(Did not answer)

I support the elimination of private healthcare insurance.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  McConnell supports private healthcare insurance.  Source

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

(Did not answer)


National Security

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

(Did not answer)

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

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  "As I have warned, the threat posed by Iran has been growing for years, and this threat will continue even beyond the death of Tehran's master terrorist, Qassem Soleimani. We must remain vigilant in the face of the serious threat posed by Tehran. We can and should debate how to responsibily respond to Iranian 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.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  McConnell has stated that he would not pass legislation if it did not "include wall funding".  Source

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) should be abolished.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  McConnell supports the existence of ICE. "I will continue to stand against socialists and the extreme-left who yell to 'Abolish ICE'. I will fight for a safe and secure America, one with strong borders and strong law enforcement to protect our children from cartels, traffickers and gangs."  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.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  McConnell voted against federal funding towards sanctuary cities.  Source

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

(Did not answer)

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

(Did not answer)


Education

Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.

(Did not answer)


Values

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

(Did not answer)

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

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  McConnell does not support the Equality Act. He has said he has no plans to bring the Equality Act, which has 46 cosponsors, up to a vote.  Source

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  McConnell is a member of a Christian church.  Source


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?

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  McConnell has been called "the most conservative leader of either party in the history of the Senate".  Source

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

(Did not answer)

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

(Did not answer)

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

(Did not answer)


Criminal Justice

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

(Did not answer)


2nd Amendment

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

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  McConnell has deferred gun legislation to President Trump. He wants to "protect our communities without infringing on Americans' constitutional rights".  Source


Other Important Issues

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:  McConnell stands against the BDS movement and supports Israel.  Source

I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  "I do not have any plans to endorse the legalization of marijuana."  Source

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

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  McConnell does not support reparations. "I don't think reparations for something that happened 150 years ago for whom none of us currently living are responsible is a good idea."  Source

The Electoral College should be abolished.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  McConnell does not support abolishing the electoral college.  Source

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

(Did not answer)

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

(Did not answer)


Background

Education
  • (Candidate did not provide)
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
Affiliations
  • (Candidate did not provide)
Offices
  • (Candidate did not provide)
 

Get Reminders

From important news to voting dates and reminders, iVoterGuide equips you to make an impact and a real difference in every election.
Join Now