Candidate Profile
Joe Biden

Democrat

Biography

Name
Joe Biden
Party
Democrat
Race
President of the U.S.
Incumbent
No
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Panel Rating

Very Liberal Information icon

Scorecards

Conservative Organizations

Concerned Women for America (CWA), 2012:  9%
Center for Security Policy, 2009-10:  6%
American Conservative Union (ACU), 2012:  0%
Club for Growth, 2012:  0%
FRC Action, 2012:  0%
National Right to Life, 2012:  0%

2%

CONSERVATIVE AVERAGE

Liberal Organizations

American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), 2012:  100%
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), 2010:  100%
Human Rights Campaign, 2011:  94%

98%

LIBERAL AVERAGE

Endorsements

Liberals

59
Abby Finkenauer, AFSCME District Council 47, American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME), American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Minnesota Council 5, American Federation of Teachers AFT and 53 more

Others

7
Emgage PAC, Foreign Policy for America, International Association of Fire Fighters, International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE), National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), National Wildlife Federation Action Fund, TogetherFund PAC

Selected Contributions

Conservative

RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
5
Dewayne Hill (2019), Holly Merrill Raschein (2020), James Brian McCall, PhD (2020), Jim Hood (2020), Linda Lingle (2020)

Liberal

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
25
AAPI Victory Fund (2020), ActBlue (2020), Alice Costandina "Dina" Titus (2020), American Possibilities (2019), Blue Hen PAC (2020), Brady: United Against Gun Violence (2020) and 19 more
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
252
80-20 National Asian American PAC (2008), AAPI Victory Fund (2020), ActBlue (2020), Alice Costandina "Dina" Titus (2020), Amalgamated Transit Union (2020), Amber Mostyn (2020) and 246 more

Summary

99%

LIBERAL

1%

CONSERVATIVE

 

Other Information


Biden Plan to Protect & Build on Obamacare - joebiden.com/healthcare/

"Biden tells crowd Equality Act is top priority." Associated Press. June 1, 2019

The Biden Plan to Advance LGBTQ+ Equality in America and Around the World - joebiden.com/lgbtq-policy/#

The Biden Plan for a Clean Energy Revolution and Environmental Justice - /joebiden.com/climate-plan/

'Biden’s gun control plan is terrible for working class firearm owners." - Kim Kelly. The Washington Post. July 16, 2020.

"‘Lock the S.O.B.s Up’: Joe Biden and the Era of Mass Incarceration." Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Astead W. Herndon. The New York Times. June 25, 2019.

"Blowing in the wind." Jamie Dean. World Magazine. July 29, 2020

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:  In 2015: “I’m prepared to accept that at the moment of conception there’s human life and being, but I’m not prepared to say that to other God-fearing, non-God-fearing people that have a different view.”  Source

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

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  "The Obama-Biden administration fought Republican attacks on funding for Planned Parenthood again and again. As president, Biden will reissue guidance specifying that states cannot refuse Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood and other providers that refer for abortions or provide related information and reverse the Trump Administration’s rule preventing Planned Parenthood and certain other family planning programs from obtaining Title X funds." § "... former Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday he no longer supports the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits federal dollars from directly funding abortion except in cases of rape, incest, and when the mother’s life is endangered." World, June 7, 2019  Source  Source

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

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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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iVoterGuide Note:  Repeatedly voted for a ban on partial-birth abortion, but he has not commented on the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.  Source


Economy

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:  To finance the health-care plan, he would 1) increase the top marginal income tax rate on long-term capital gains to 39.6 percent for taxpayers earning more than $1 million annually, and 2) eliminate a tax expenditure called “step-up in basis” that allows decedents to pass capital gains to heirs without tax. "The 2020 front-runner is proposing to raise the top individual income tax rate to 39.6 percent, which is where the top rate was set before President Trump's tax-cut law was enacted. The top individual rate is currently 37 percent. Additionally, Biden is proposing to increase taxes on wealthy people's capital gains, which people pay when they sell investments. The top rate on long-term capital gains is currently 20 percent, and Biden is proposing to roughly double that for those making over $1 million. Biden's campaign also said that his 'capital gains reform will close the loopholes that allow the super wealthy to avoid taxes on capital gains altogether.' This isn't the first time Biden expressed an interest in increasing capital gains taxes. He has repeatedly said in campaign events that he thinks capital gains taxes are too low. He has also called for ending a tax break known as 'step-up in basis' that reduces capital gains tax liability on investments people pass on to their heirs. Biden is one of a number of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates who are calling for higher capital gains taxes."  Source  Source

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

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iVoterGuide Note:  “We should be increasing, not decreasing, Social Security.” Biden’s campaign calls for making Social Security solvent. Currently, the program’s trust funds are expected to be depleted in 2035, at which point it will pay just 80% of promised benefits. To achieve those goals, Biden’s plan calls for raising taxes on the wealthy by “asking Americans with especially high wages to pay the same taxes on those earnings that middle-class families pay.”  Source

What is your position on the minimum wage?

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iVoterGuide Note:  It’s “well past time that the minimum wage nationally be a minimum of $15.”  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:  "No one should be fired simply because of who they are or who they love. We must pass the Equality Act and ensure LGBTQ Americans are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve."  Source

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

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iVoterGuide Note:  The Founders "took religion out of government, but they didn't mean religion couldn't be in the public place, in the public square."  Source

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

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Healthcare

It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has health 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:  Obamacare with private option, "Medicare by choice." "Biden has vowed to 'build on' the ACA, popularly known as Obamacare after his former boss, by adding a public option that would leave the current private insurance system in place."  Source  Source

I support the elimination of private healthcare insurance.

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iVoterGuide Note:  No.  Source


National Security

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

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iVoterGuide Note:  "Joe Biden laid out his foreign policy vision for America to restore dignified leadership at home and respected leadership on the world stage. Arguing that our policies at home and abroad are deeply connected, Joe Biden announced that, as president, he will advance the security, prosperity, and values of the United States by taking immediate steps to renew our own democracy and alliances, protect our economic future, and once more place America at the head of the table, leading the world to address the most urgent global challenges."  Source

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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iVoterGuide Note:  No. "We need border security, but that's not the border security we need."  Source

Children covered by DACA should be granted legal citizenship.

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iVoterGuide Note:  "....DREAMers are Americans — and it’s time we make it official."  Source

How would you re-write immigration laws?

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iVoterGuide Note:  Asylum seekers should be let in immediately.  Source


Education

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

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iVoterGuide Note:  "Support our educators by giving them the pay and dignity they deserve. Invest in resources for our schools so students grow into physically and emotionally healthy adults, and educators can focus on teaching. Ensure that no child’s future is determined by their zip code, parents’ income, race, or disability. Provide every middle and high school student a path to a successful career. Start investing in our children at birth."  Source

I support charter schools.

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iVoterGuide Note:  Does not support federal funding towards charter schools. "Any charter school system that does not allow for total enrollment siphons off money for our public schools, which are already in enough trouble."  Source


Values

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

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iVoterGuide Note:  "LGBTQ rights are the civil rights issue of our time. For all the hard-won progress made in the fight for equality, and for as much as we can celebrate how much better things have gotten, this fight is not over. I’m proud to stand by those who fight for it every day."  Source

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

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iVoterGuide Note:  Catholic.  Source


Criminal Justice

I support the death penalty.

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iVoterGuide Note:  "Eliminate the death penalty."  Source

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

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iVoterGuide Note:  No.  Source

How would you address the overcrowding of jails?

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iVoterGuide Note:  "No one should be in jail for drug use." // "As early as 1977, Mr. Biden, with Mr. Eastland’s support, pushed for mandatory minimum sentences that would limit judges’ discretion in sentencing."  Source  Source


2nd Amendment

Should teachers be allowed to carry guns at school?

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iVoterGuide Note:  No. "We should be passing rational gun laws, not requiring educators who already have too much on their plates to also protect the safety of their students. Biden supports barring states from using federal dollars to arm or train educators to discharge firearms." "The Biden Plan to End Our Gun Violence Epidemic." https://joebiden.com/gunsafety/  Source

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

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iVoterGuide Note:  "In 1993, he shepherded through Congress the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, which established the background check system that has since kept more than 3 million firearms out of dangerous hands. In 1994, Biden – along with Senator Dianne Feinstein – secured the passage of 10-year bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. As president, Joe Biden will defeat the NRA again." "The Biden Plan to End Our Gun Violence Epidemic".https://joebiden.com/gunsafety/  Source


Other Important Issues

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

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iVoterGuide Note:  “I don’t feel responsible for the sins of my father and grandfather. I feel responsible for what the situation is today, for the sins of my own generation, and I’ll be damned if I feel responsible to pay for what happened 300 years ago.” ABC News Democratic Debate. September 12, 2019. https://youtu.be/2UWVO0Trd1c?t=7606  Source  Source  Source

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

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iVoterGuide Note:  “The domestic terrorism of white supremacy has been the antagonist of our highest ideals from before our founding...” “The same poisonous ideology that lit the fuse at 16th Street pulled the trigger in Mother Emanuel, unleashed the anti-Semitic massacre in Pittsburgh and Poway, and saw a white supremacist gun down innocent Latino immigrants in an El Paso parking lot with military-grade weapons declaring it would stop a ‘Hispanic invasion of Texas.’"  Source  Source

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

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  "First thing I will do as president is rejoin the Paris Climate Accord and rally the world to push our progress further and faster."  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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iVoterGuide Note:  In 2016: "We will continue to push back against the calls for people to boycott, disinvest, or sanction Israel." In 2019: “America must sustain its ironclad commitment to Israel’s security—including the unprecedented support provided by the Obama-Biden administration..."  Source  Source

The Electoral College should be abolished.

(Did not answer)

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  "But the fiction of widespread voter fraud continues to persist. Because, without it, no American worth their salt could ever defend these new laws in limiting the franchise."  Source


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