2020 Democrats

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Joe Biden

Former Vice President

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As Vice-President to Barack Obama, Biden played a key role in advancing the dangerous Iran Nuclear Deal.

The Obama-Biden administration was undoubtedly one of the most anti-Israel administrations in our nation’s history, regularly disrespecting this important ally.

Once supported a fence to stop ‘tons’ of drugs from Mexico, but now opposes President Trump’s wall. Was a part of the Obama administration that gave amnesty to millions of illegal aliens.

Kamala Harris

U.S. Senator (CA)

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Called President Trump “reckless” for withdrawing from the dangerous Iran Nuclear Deal and has promised to rejoin it as President. 

Called building a wall to keep out illegal aliens “a total waste of money” that she “won’t support.”

Harris has previously been supportive of Israel but recently voted against legislation that would weaken efforts to boycott Israel.

Bernie Sanders

U.S. Senator (VT)

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Called re-instating sanctions on Iran “reckless” and “dangerous.”

Called $5.7 billion for border security a waste in 2018 after voting for $46 billion in 2013.

Boycotted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress in 2015 and has referred to the Israeli government as “racist.”

Kirsten Gillibrand

U.S. Senator (NY)

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Voted for the dangerous Iran Nuclear Deal, despite acknowledging that it is “imperfect.”

Opposes building the Wall and wants to abolish ICE , despite supporting strong border security and deporting criminal illegal aliens in 2006.

 

Betrayed Israel by withdrawing her sponsorship of the Israel Anti-Boycott Act.

Elizabeth Warren

U.S. Senator (MA)

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Called leaving the dangerous Iran Nuclear Deal, “a recipe for disaster.”

Has described the border wall as “a monument to hate” and proposed decriminalizing illegal immigration.

Refuses to support legislation to weaken efforts to boycott Israel and has defended Rep. Ilhan Omar’s comments against Israel. 

Amy Klobuchar

U.S. Senator (MN)

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Voted for the Iran Nuclear Deal and promised to re-enter in within the first 100 days of her presidency.

Supports amnesty for millions of illegal amnesty and flip-flopped on supporting a border wall.

The only Senate Democrat running for President to vote for a 2019 bill weakening efforts to boycott Israel.

Cory Booker

U.S. Senator (NJ)

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Broke with fellow New Jersey Democrat Bob Menendez in supporting the dangerous Iran Nuclear Deal, despite calling it “deeply flawed”

On immigration: “We should be building bridges not walls, building tunnels in this region, not walls.”

While previously co-sponsoring legislation to oppose efforts to boycott the state of Israel, Booker voted against the most recent anti-boycott piece of legislation in 2019.

Pete Buttigieg

Mayor (South Bend, IN)

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Buttigieg called President Trump’s effort to increase sanctions on Iran, “chest-thumping militarism” and has described the dangerous Iran deal as “the real ‘art of the deal'”

Buttigieg called sending troops to defend our southern border, “embarrassing.”

Buttigieg has threatened to pull U.S. aid to Israel if Israel annexes Jewish settlements in the West Bank.

Beto O’Rourke

Former U.S. Representative (TX)

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Called the dangerous Iran Nuclear Deal “an impressive diplomatic achievement.” 

Believes we need to “TEAR DOWN THIS WALL!”, even including tearing down existing border wall.

Believes U.S. support of Israel is “damaging” and that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is “racist.”

Tulsi Gabbard

U.S. Representative (HI)

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On the dangerous Iran Nuclear Deal: “I voted for it because I could not find a better alternative.”

On an immigration compromise that would fund the wall: “No.”

Has a mixed record on Israel, calling the U.S.-Israeli alliance “important” but refusing to condemn the U.N. resolution disapproving of Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

Julián Castro

Former Secretary of Housing & Urban Development

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Said that the dangerous Iran Nuclear Deal was “what effective diplomacy looks like.”

Has proposed decriminalizing illegal immigration as a central part of his immigration platform

Has said that “More and more, Israel is going to have a hard time being both a democratic state and a Jewish state.”

Andrew Yang

Entrepreneur

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Yang has stated that he would rejoin the dangerous Iran deal and reduce sanctions on Iran. 

Yang has been neutral on Israel in his public statements.

While Yang has said that the border crisis needs addressing, he has advocated for amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants. 

Michael Bennet

U.S. Senator (CO)

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Bennet called Trump’s decision to back out of the dangerous Iran Nuclear Deal “reckless”.

Bennet has been relatively strong on border security, offering a compromise bill for border wall funding while offering amnesty only to illegal immigrants who learn English and pay back taxes etc.

While Bennet voted for a bill to weaken efforts to boycott Israel, he also boycotted Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s 2015 address to Congress. 

 

Tim Ryan

U.S. Representative (OH)

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Ryan voted for the dangerous Iran Deal in 2015 and has criticized President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the deal, calling it a “grave mistake”.

 

Opposes traditional Democratic views on immigration. Ryan voted YES on the need for a southern border wall. 

Ryan has shown support for the state of Israel, tweeting: “Israel has the right to defend itself from terror.”

Marianne Williamson

Author

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Williamson has expressed support to re-enter the dangerous Iran nuclear deal and opposes sanctions against Iran. 

Williamson has compared illegal immigrant deportations to the Holocaust, saying “some of those people will be deported to places so dangerous that it actually is no different.”

Williamson has not made clear public statements about whether she supports Israel or not. 

Seth Moulton

U.S. Representative (MA)

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Moulton has said that imposing sanctions on Iran would “leave us off worse.”

Moulton is relatively strong on immigration, saying that”Illegal immigration is an issue and Democrats have to admit that it is something that we have to confront” while also advocating for a path to citizenship for Dreamers.

Moulton co-authored a bill which would more narrowly earmark how U.S. aid to Israel may be used (Roll Call, 7/27/18)

Wayne Messam

Mayor (Miramar, FL)

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Messam supports the dangerous Iran Deal and has said that he would re-join it as President.

Messam has proposed a pathway to citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants.

Messam has remained neutral on Israel in public statements thus far.

John Delaney

Former U.S. Representative (MD)

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In 2012, Delaney was for “continuing to impose tough economic sanctions against Iran but voted for the dangerous Iran deal in 2015.

While Delaney supports increased border security, he also advocates for citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants 

Delaney on his support for Israel: “Israel is not just another foreign-policy issue; it is a huge part of the daily spiritual lives of millions of Americans, and there is an intense mutual bond between the two nations.”

Steve Bullock

Governor (MT)

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No official position on the dangerous Iran nuclear deal

Bullock refused to deploy National Guard troops to the southern border in 2018 and opposed a state law banning illegal immigrants from accessing state services

Bullock has described Israel as “a trusted partner, a trusted friend to our country.”

Bill de Blasio

Mayor (New York, NY)

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de Blasio fully supports the dangerous Iran Deal, saying: “[The Iran Deal] provides the best means of preventing Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.”

de Blasio strongly supports driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants and supports sanctuary cities in America.

de Blasio has said that “Defending Israel… is a matter of being consistent with progressive values.”

Joe Sestak

Former U.S. Representative (PA)

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Sestak signed a public letter in 2010 criticizing Israel’s policies in Gaza, although he later apologized for doing so.

Sestak supports rejoining the dangerous Iran deal, believing that it will “prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons.”

Sestak supports increased border security measures, including some physical barriers as well as a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants who pass criminal background checks, learn English and pay back taxes.

Tom Steyer

Hedge Fund Manager

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Steyer called President Trump’s moving of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem “very scary” and “very dangerous”

 

Steyer has previously pledged to invest $1 million to protect illegal immigrants from deportation and his PAC NextGen America has advocated for “no border wall ever.”

Steyer’s PAC NextGen America advocates for increased taxes and government spending in order to pay for radical proposals like The Green New Deal and single-payer healthcare.

John Hickenlooper

Former Governor (CO)

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Has stated that he would re-enter the Iran deal, but only if it imposes “tougher conditions”

As Governor, Hickenlooper withheld the Colorado National Guard from defending the U.S. southern border.

Hickenlooper has expressed support for the state of Israel after visiting the country, describing it as “the most remarkable seven-day trip of my life, without question.”

Jay Inslee

Governor (WA)

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A spokesman for Washington Gov. Jay Inslee told The Hill “he would return to the deal.”

Inslee has called building a wall on the southern border “useless.”

As a member of Congress, Inslee opposed moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem.

Mike Gravel

Former U.S. Senator (AK)

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Gravel is wholeheartedly anti-Israel, calling for a total end to military aid to Israel

Gravel has pledged to rejoin the dangerous Iran deal as President and has said that “there’s nothing that I see that Iran has done that warrants the sanctions against them.”

Gravel openly supports “open borders” by name, with “absolute freedom of movement into and out of the United States.” 

 

Eric Swalwell

U.S. Representative (CA)

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Swalwell supports the dangerous Iran Deal, referring to it as, “a verifiable, enforceable, diplomatic solution in order to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran.”

Swalwell has said he “supports removing violent, convicted criminals with documentation”, but has made opposing President Trump’s immigration policies a central part of his campaign

Swalwell tweeted on Israel: “They’re one of our best friends in the world. And you always stand with your friends.” I’m still for this partnership today & anyone seeking to strengthen it”

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Joe Biden

Former Vice President

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Kamala Harris

U.S. Senator (CA)

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Bernie Sanders

U.S. Senator (VT)

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Kirsten Gillibrand

U.S. Senator (NY)

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Elizabeth Warren

U.S. Senator (MA)

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Amy Klobuchar

U.S. Senator (MN)

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Cory Booker

U.S. Senator (NJ)

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Pete Buttigieg

Mayor (South Bend, IN)

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Beto O’Rourke

Former U.S. Representative (TX)

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Tulsi Gabbard

U.S. Representative (HI)

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Julián Castro

Former Secretary of Housing & Urban Development

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Andrew Yang

Entrepreneur

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Michael Bennet

U.S. Senator (CO)

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Tim Ryan

U.S. Representative (OH)

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Marianne Williamson

Author

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Seth Moulton

U.S. Representative (MA)

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Wayne Messam

Mayor (Miramar, FL)

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John Delaney

Former U.S. Representative (MD)

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Steve Bullock

Governor (MT)

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Bill de Blasio

Mayor (New York, NY)

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Joe Sestak

Former U.S. Representative (PA)

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Tom Steyer

Hedge Fund Manager

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John Hickenlooper

Former Governor (CO)

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Jay Inslee

Governor (WA)

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Mike Gravel

Former U.S. Senator (AK)

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Eric Swalwell

U.S. Representative (CA)

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Dangerous Iran Deal

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