Candidate Profile
David A. Perdue

Republican , Georgia

Biography

Name
David A. Perdue
Party
Republican
Race
U.S. Senator
Incumbent
Yes
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Panel Rating

Conservative Information icon

Scorecards

Conservative Organizations

American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), 2017-18:  100%
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%
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%
National Tax-Limitation Committee (NTLC), 2017-18:  87%
American Conservative Union (ACU), 2019:  76%, 84% (cum.)
American Family Association (AFA), 2017-18:  83%
Gun Owners of America (GOA), 2017-18:  83%
NumbersUSA, 2019:  58%, 83% (cum.)
Eagle Forum, 2015-16:  76%
Club for Growth, 2019:  43%, 75% (cum.)
Heritage Action, 2019-20:  71%, 75% (cum.)
Center for Security Policy, 2015-16:  73%
Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), 2019:  67%
FreedomWorks, 2019-20:  70%, 61% (cum.)
Conservative Review (CR), 2019:  60% (cum.)
John Birch Society (same as Freedom Index), 2018:  60% (cum.)
Freedom Index, 2019:  57% (cum.)
National Taxpayers Union, 2019:  C-

82%

CONSERVATIVE AVERAGE

Liberal Organizations

American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), 2018:  67%
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, 2020:  58%
National Religious Campaign Against Torture Action Fund (NRCAT), 2018:  33%
Foreign Policy for America, 2019:  23%
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), 2017-18:  9%
Alliance for Retired Americans, 2019:  30%, 8% (cum.)
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), 2019-20:  8%
American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), 2017:  0%, 6% (cum.)
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), 2017:  0%, 4% (cum.)
League of Conservation Voters (LCV), 2018:  7%, 1% (cum.)
Americans for Democratic Action (ADA), 2017:  0%
Common Cause, 2017-18:  0%
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), 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%
Outdoor Industry Association PAC, 2018:  F
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%

9%

LIBERAL AVERAGE

Endorsements

Conservatives

8
Campaign for Working Families, Donald Trump, Family Policy Alliance of Georgia, Family Research Council Action PAC, Huck PAC, National Rifle Association (NRA) PVF and 2 more

Others

5
Americans for Prosperity Action, Business - Industry PAC Action Fund (BIPAC Action Fund), National Association of Home Builders, Pro-Israel America, Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC PAC)

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
11
American Legacy PAC (2014), Club for Growth (2020), Lamar Alexander (2008), Larry Walker III (2015), Mitt Romney (2008), National Republican Senatorial Committee (2018) and 5 more
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
155
21st Century Majority Fund (2014), 60 Plus Association (2014), Acton PAC (2019), Alamo PAC (2014), American Legacy PAC (2014), American Principles (2019) and 149 more

Liberal

RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
6
Airline Pilots Association (2020), Beth Moore (2014), National Air Traffic Controllers Association (2019), Paul Singer (2019), Seth A. & Beth S. Klarman (2014), Sheet Metal Workers International Association (2018)

Summary

4%

LIBERAL

96%

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:  Perdue is pro-life. "As a father and grandfather, I believe every child is a blessing and will continue fighting to protect the unborn." He believes that life begins at conception. "I believe that we should promote a culture that values life and protects the innocent, especially the unborn. Being pro-life and believing in the sanctity of marriage are my deeply held personal convictions. I will not waver in defending them if I have the privilege of serving you in the U.S Senate." He co-sponsored a bill to implement equal protection under the 14th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States for the right to life of each born and preborn human person. He supported the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. He also voted on an Senate amendment 3967 that would have denied federal funding to abortion providers.  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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iVoterGuide Note:  "Planned Parenthood should not receive any taxpayer money, period. I stand with many Georgians and Americans in the fight to defend life…"  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:  Perdue supports the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. "All life is worth protecting. It is unconscionable that a health care practitioner wouldn't do everything in their power to save a child in their first moments of life."  Source

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

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iVoterGuide Note:  Senator Perdue co-sponsored the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which prevents abortions after 20 weeks of development for any reason except to save the life of the mother or in cases of rape or incest.  Source


Economy

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

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iVoterGuide Note:  Perdue does not believe that the government should provide everyone with a livable income.  Source

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

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iVoterGuide Note:  He believes the way to improve the economy is to cut spending and get more people working which will in turn increase revenue. He supports no tax increase of any kind. He wants to replace income tax & estate tax with 23% sales tax,the Fair Tax Act of 2011. He strongly agrees that free enterprise and the right to private property turn mankind's natural self interest into the fairest and most productive economic system there is, and are the key to national prosperity. "I would absolutely vote for a balanced budget amendment. However, we need immediate tax and regulatory reforms along with appropriate spending cuts so that we have a right-sized, responsible budget sooner rather than later." He supports lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth.  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:  "Being pro-life and believing in the sanctity of marriage are my deeply held personal convictions. I will not waver in defending them if I have the privilege of serving you in the U.S Senate." "Georgians have already passed a constitutional amendment banning that action (same-sex marraige)." He strongly agrees that marriage is a union of one man and one woman. No government has the authority to alter this definition. "As a senator, I've got to uphold that, so I support that, whatever the law of the land is in Georgia. As a U.S. senator, I'm not going to get involved in state decisions like this. It's a constitutional amendment. If that changes, then I will support that with the population." Senator Perdue was a co-sponsor on the First Amendment Defense Act of 2015 that would have provided that the federal government "shall not take any discriminatory action against a person, wholly or partially on the basis that such person believes or acts in accordance with a religious belief or moral conviction that marriage is or should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman, or that sexual relations are properly reserved to such a marriage."  Source  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:  Co-sponsored S.2525 - First Amendment Defense Act in the 115th Congress. Sec. 2(4)of the bill states, "Protecting religious freedom from government intrusion is a government interest of the highest order. Legislation advances this interest by remedying, deterring, and preventing government interference with religious exercise in a way that complements the protections mandated by the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States." https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/2525/text  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:  Perdue stands against Obamacare and any form of government-run healthcare. The burdensome requirements within Obamacare have caused healthcare costs to skyrocket for millions of Americans.  As a former fortune 500 CEO, he understands that competition in the healthcare marketplace is the best way to make high-quality healthcare plans affordable for all Americans.  He voted for the Health Care Freedom Act of 2017 which was a "skinny repeal" of Obamacare.  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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iVoterGuide Note:  "I think the first thing is it’s a national security issue. Parts of that border need a wall. This president said we're going to build a wall, we'll build a wall, but let’s not miss this historic opportunity to fix this immigration system to better our economy."  Source

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) should be abolished.

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iVoterGuide Note:  Perdue supports ICE. "When an elected official says they want to get rid of ICE or CBP, I think they've failed their oath of office. It's unconscionable and frankly, I think it's downright unpatriotic."  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.

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iVoterGuide Note:  Perdue does not support and wants to stop sanctuary cities. "Our bill makes it clear that criminal illegal immigrants will never find a safe haven in America."  Source  Source  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:  Perdue is a co-sponsor of the Accountability Through Electronic Verification Act, which would ask all U.S. employers to use E-verify for employees.  Source

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

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iVoterGuide Note:  Perdue supports the Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy Act (RAISE Act), which would "spur continued economic growth and raise working Americans' wages by giving priority to the best-skilled immigrants from around the world and reducing overall immigration levels".  Source


Education

Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.

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iVoterGuide Note:  Candidate’s position on this issue could not be determined by iVoterGuide research staff.


Values

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

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iVoterGuide Note:  Perdue strongly agrees that Judeo-Christian values established the framework for the government.  Source

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

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iVoterGuide Note:  Co-sponsored S. 2525 in the 115th Congress. Text of the bill contains the following: "SEC. 3. Protection of the free exercise of religious beliefs and moral convictions. (a) In general.—Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Federal Government shall not take any discriminatory action against a person, wholly or partially on the basis that such person speaks, or acts, in accordance with a sincerely held religious belief, or moral conviction, that— (1) marriage is or should be recognized as a union of— (A) one man and one woman; or (B) two individuals as recognized under Federal law; or (2) sexual relations outside marriage are improper." § https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/2525/text  Source

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

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iVoterGuide Note:  Perdue attends Wesley United Methodist 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?

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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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iVoterGuide Note:  "Responsible changes to the federal criminal justice system should not allow dangerous felons, many of whom have multiple prior convictions for violent crimes, out of prison early."  Source


2nd Amendment

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

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iVoterGuide Note:  Perdue supports background checks prior to gun ownership to "keep guns out of the hands of people who should not have them".  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:  Senator Perdue opposes the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement and cosponsored the Israel Anti-Boycott Act and the Combating BDS Act of 2017, two bills that aim to fight discriminatory boycotts that target Israel.  Source

I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.

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iVoterGuide Note:  "I'm not a doctor, but the only use of marijuana that I would support today would be the medical use of it."  Source

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

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iVoterGuide Note:  Perdue "has largely avoided the reparations debate".  Source

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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Background

Education
  • Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, B.S
  • Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, M.S
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
Affiliations
  • Georgia Tech Foundation, Treasurer
  • National Comission on Adult Literacy & Workforce D, Past Chairman
  • Board of Vistors, Owens Business School, Board Member
Offices
  • n/a, Held n/a
  • n/a, Sought n/a
 

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