Candidate Profile
Kamala Harris

Democrat

Biography

Name
Kamala Harris
Party
Democrat
Race
Vice President of the U.S.
Incumbent
No
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Panel Rating

Very Liberal Information icon

Scorecards

Conservative Organizations

Gun Owners of America (GOA), 2017-18:  50%
Freedom Index, 2019:  23% (cum.)
NumbersUSA, 2019:  21%, 21% (cum.)
American Family Association (AFA), 2017-18:  20%
Conservative Review (CR), 2019:  20% (cum.)
John Birch Society (same as Freedom Index), 2018:  20% (cum.)
FreedomWorks, 2019-20:  30%, 18% (cum.)
Club for Growth, 2019:  18%, 13% (cum.)
Faith and Freedom Coalition (FFC), 2017-18:  8%, 8% (cum.)
Heritage Action, 2019-20:  0%, 4% (cum.)
American Conservative Union (ACU), 2019:  0%, 3% (cum.)
American Energy Alliance (AEA), 2019-20:  3%
National Tax-Limitation Committee (NTLC), 2017-18:  3%
American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), 2017-18:  0%
Campaign for Working Families PAC, 2019-20:  0%
Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), 2019:  0%
Concerned Women for America (CWA), 2020:  0%
FRC Action, 2018:  0%
National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), 2017-2018:  0%
National Right to Life, 2019-20:  0%
National Taxpayers Union, 2017-18:  F

10%

CONSERVATIVE AVERAGE

Liberal Organizations

Alliance for Retired Americans, 2019:  100%, 100% (cum.)
American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), 2017:  100%, 100% (cum.)
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), 2017:  100%, 100% (cum.)
Americans for Democratic Action (ADA), 2017:  100%
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), 2017-18:  100%
Human Rights Campaign, 2017-18:  100%
International Brotherhood of Teamsters, 2017-18:  100%
League of Conservation Voters (LCV), 2018:  100%, 100% (cum.)
NARAL Pro-Choice America (NARAL), 2019:  100%
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), 2017-18:  100%
National Education Association (NEA), 2017-18:  100%
National Iranian American Council (NIAC), 2018:  100%
National Religious Campaign Against Torture Action Fund (NRCAT), 2018:  100%
Outdoor Industry Association PAC, 2018:  A
Planned Parenthood, 2019:  100% (cum.)
Population Connection Action Fund, 2019:  100%
Progressive Punch, 2019:  A
Washington Report on Middle East Affairs (WRMEA), 2017-18:  100%
Foreign Policy for America, 2019:  92%
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, 2020:  92%
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), 2019-20:  89%
American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), 2018:  89%
Common Cause, 2017-18:  47%

96%

LIBERAL AVERAGE

Endorsements

Liberals

3
Gavin Newsom, Sierra Club, Sierra Club, Iowa Chapter

Others

1
National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC)

Selected Contributions

Liberal

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
12
ActBlue (2020), Beto O'Rourke (2018), Claire McCaskill (2006), Democracy Engine (2019), Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (2017), Emily's List (2017) and 6 more
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
126
Aaron Rosenberg (2019), ActBlue (2020), Amalgamated Transit Union (2015), Amber Mostyn (2019), America Works PAC (2015), American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (2016) and 120 more

Summary

100%

LIBERAL

0%

CONSERVATIVE

 

Other Information

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:  "Every woman deserves safe, affordable access to comprehensive reproductive health care — including abortion." @KamalaHarris Jan 27, 2017 // "As the Attorney General of California, Harris actively targeted the pro-life journalists who investigated Planned Parenthood and exposed its leadership negotiating the harvesting and sale of aborted fetal body parts." The Federalist, August 12, 2020 // ”California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris is drawing fire from supporters of an anti-abortion activist whose undercover videos and identity cards were seized by the state Department of Justice this week after Harris’ political campaign sought to drum up support for Planned Parenthood." Los Angeles Times, April 7, 2016  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:  Voted 'No' on Senator Rand Paul's Amendment SA 3967 which would prohibit Federal funds being made available to a prohibited entity that performs, or provides any funds to any other entity that performs abortions.  Source  Source

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

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iVoterGuide Note:  Georgia’s Republican-controlled legislature passed an extreme ban on abortion before many women even know they’re pregnant. Georgia women deserve leadership that will protect and expand their reproductive health care, not undermine their access.  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:  Voted 'No' on S. 3275 (Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act) A bill to protect pain-capable unborn children, and for other purposes. Voted 'No' on S. 311 (Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act )A bill to prohibit a health care practitioner from failing to exercise the proper degree of care in the case of a child who survives an abortion or attempted abortion.  Source  Source


Economy

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

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iVoterGuide Note:  "A living wage and justice for workers are on the ballot in 2020."  Source

What changes should be made to the tax code?

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iVoterGuide Note:  Repeal the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act tax cuts for the top 1 percent. Tax capital gains at the same rate as ordinary income. Create a new refundable tax credit that would be available to low- and middle-income taxpayers, called the “LIFT the Middle-Class Act.”  Source

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

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iVoterGuide Note:  Introduce legislation to expand Social Security benefits and strengthen the retirement program for generations to come. Co-sponsored Sen. Bernie Sanders' S.427 - Social Security Expansion Act"  Source

What is your position on the minimum wage?

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iVoterGuide Note:  "Raising the minimum wage to $15 by 2024 would generate $144 billion in higher wages, stimulating local economies. Co-sponsor of Sen. Bernie Sanders' S.150 - Raise the Wage Act which would raise the federal minimum wage. Co-sponsor of Sen. Bernie Sanders S.2810 - Workplace Democracy Act"  Source  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:  Passing the EQUALITY Act would send a clear message that discrimination against transgender people won’t be tolerated. No one should be fired or dehumanized by their employer simply for their gender identity or expression.  Source

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

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iVoterGuide Note:  “We applaud Reps. Kennedy and Scott and Sen. Harris for continuing to champion this much-needed legislation, which protects the true meaning of religious freedom – everyone’s right to believe or not as they see fit, as long as it doesn’t harm others.”  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:  "Kamala Harris, the California attorney general and Democratic partisan who wishes to replace Barbara Boxer in the Senate...is demanding from the AFP Foundation a list of its donors." // "A Virginia-based conservative group filed a federal First Amendment lawsuit this week accusing California Attorney General Kamala Harris of engaging in the kind of activity that was the subject of the recent scandal involving the Internal Revenue Service." // "Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Files Amicus Brief in U.S. Supreme Court Supporting Access to Comprehensive Healthcare for Women" § "Attorney General Harris’ brief, co-authored by Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, urges the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Kathleen Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. that held that for-profit businesses may exercise religion and therefore are covered by the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993." Press Release, Office of California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris, Tuesday, January 28, 2014 // “Were you aware that the Knights of Columbus opposed a woman’s right to choose when you joined the organization?” “Have you ever, in any way, assisted with or contributed to advocacy against women’s reproductive rights?” “Were you aware that the Knights of Columbus opposed marriage equality when you joined the organization?” Senator Kamala Harris to judicial nominee, Brian Buescher, Questions for the Record December 5, 2018 § "...they [Sen. Harris and Sen. Hirono] appear to have leapt to the conclusion that because Buescher is affiliated with a certain religious organization, he is incapable of being impartial. That is a religious test. The line of questioning Buescher faced about his affiliation with the Knights of Columbus sets a troubling precedent of intolerance — one that is unconscionable in principle and terrible in practice for people of all faiths who seek a role in public service." Rabbi Mitchell Rocklin, Op-Ed, Los Angeles Times, January 16, 2019 https://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-rocklin-brian-buescher-20190116-story.html // Senator Harris' questions to Brian Buescher prompted Senator Ben Sasse, NE, to introduce and agreed to by Unanimous Consent, S.Res. 19, condemning the religious litmus test being used by his Senate colleagues. https://www.congress.gov/congressional-record/2019/01/16/senate-section/article/S265-1  Source  Source  Source  Source  Source


Healthcare

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

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iVoterGuide Note:  "In our America, health care should be a right, not a privilege only for those who can afford it. My Medicare for All plan will make sure cost is not a barrier to care." // Co-sponsored Sen. Bernie Sanders', S.1773 - Territories Health Equity Act of 2019, eliminating general Medicaid funding limitations for U.S. territories.  Source  Source  Source

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

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iVoterGuide Note:  Co-sponsored Sen. Bernie Sanders' S.1804 - Medicare for All Act of 2017 1. Medicare for all and private insurance 2. Under Harris’ proposal, all Americans would be covered by Medicare. But private insurers would continue to play a role by offering plans within the Medicare system, similar to the current Medicare Advantage program that allows recipients to choose private insurance plans that offer extra benefits. Reuters, September 10, 2019 // "My Medicare for All plan will provide health care for every American, while protecting families making less than $100,000 from higher taxes." @KamalaHarris Jul 29, 2019  Source  Source  Source  Source  Source

I support the elimination of private healthcare insurance.

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iVoterGuide Note:  "The idea is that everyone gets access to medical care, and you don't have to go through the process of going through an insurance company, having them give you approval, going through the paperwork, all of the delay that may require,” Sen. Kamala Harris, January 28, 2019 CNN Town Hall  Source  Source  Source


National Security

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

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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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iVoterGuide Note:  Trump’s border wall would be an absolute waste of taxpayer money. I won’t support it.  Source

Children covered by DACA should be granted legal citizenship.

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iVoterGuide Note:  "Every single day that we don’t pass the DREAM Act, is another day these young people have to live in fear."  Source

How would you re-write immigration laws?

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iVoterGuide Note:  As president, she’ll close private immigrant detention centers, increase oversight of agencies like Customs and Border Protection, and focus enforcement on increasing public safety, not on tearing apart immigrant families.  Source


Education

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

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iVoterGuide Note:  "It’s time we give America’s teachers a raise." Co-sponsored Sen. Bernie Sanders' S.806 - College for All Act of 2017  Source  Source

I support charter schools.

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iVoterGuide Note:  Acted against charter schools when she was California’s attorney general and supported the Los Angeles teachers who demanded more rules for charter schools when they went out on strike in January.  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:  The Do No Harm Act would ensure that no one can use the law to discriminate against someone because of race, gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity. It’s vital we protect the civil rights of all Americans.  Source

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

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iVoterGuide Note:  Harris grew up attending a Baptist Church and a Hindu temple  Source  Source


Criminal Justice

I support the death penalty.

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iVoterGuide Note:  "The death penalty is immoral, discriminatory, ineffective, and proven to be unequally applied. Co-Sponsor of S.2390 - A bill to prohibit the imposition of the death penalty for any violation of Federal law, and for other purposes."  Source  Source

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

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iVoterGuide Note:  Would end mandatory sentencing  Source

How would you address the overcrowding of jails?

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iVoterGuide Note:  "I plan on shutting down for-profit prisons…" and "...end solitary confinement …" September 12, 2019 Debates  Source


2nd Amendment

Should teachers be allowed to carry guns at school?

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iVoterGuide Note:  "Teachers don’t need a gun. They need a raise."  Source

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

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iVoterGuide Note:  “We need reasonable gun safety laws in this country starting with universal background checks and a renewal of the assault weapon ban. Upon being elected, I will give the United States Congress 100 days to get their act together and have the courage to pass reasonable gun safety laws. And if they fail to do it, then I will take executive action, and, specifically what I will do, is put in place a requirement that for anyone who sells more than five guns per year, they are required to do background checks when they sell those guns. I will require that for any gun dealer that breaks the law the ATF take their license.” Kamala Harris, CNN Town Hall, April 22, 2019 // In response to the debate moderator's question about the use of Executive Orders to ban assault weapons: "The idea that we would wait for this Congress which has just done nothing to act..."  Source  Source


Other Important Issues

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

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iVoterGuide Note:  "I support that we should study it. We should study it and see. ... This is very real and it needs to be studied."  Source

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

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iVoterGuide Note:  The threat of white supremacist violence is real. That’s why we need to hire more civil rights litigators and commit to full enforcement of federal hate crime laws.  Source

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

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  "As President, I will immediately re-enter the Paris Agreement & make climate cooperation a key diplomatic priority. We can’t afford to wait. Co-sponsor of Sen. Bernie Sanders' S.Con.Res.22 - A concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress that there is a climate emergency which demands a massive-scale mobilization to halt, reverse, and address its consequences and causes."  Source  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:  Voted "No" Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act (S.1)  Source

The Electoral College should be abolished.

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iVoterGuide Note:  "I'm open to the discussion," Harris said in an interview with Jimmy Kimmel. "I mean, there's no question that the popular vote has been diminished in terms of making the final decision about who's the president of the United States and we need to deal with that."  Source

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

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