Pete Buttigieg

Mayor of South Bend, Indiana
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What policies do you support to improve and secure elections and voting in our country?

My Douglass Plan proposes a 21st Century Voting Rights Act to end voter suppression, expand access to the ballot box, and create a democracy where the rights of each citizen no longer depend on the color of their skin, where they live, or their political party.

My administration will make registration easier by automatically registering eligible voters and allowing online and same-day registration. I will allow early voting and vote-by-mail and make Election Day a national holiday.

I will ensure that we have a nonpartisan and fully resourced election administration to prevent unfair partisan skewing of our elections. I support a paper trail for every vote, so Americans can ensure their votes are counted.

Please explain where you see opportunities for Democrats and Republicans to find common ground on the very serious issues facing our country.

I believe in the American values of freedom, security and democracy, which can bring Democrats and Republicans together. We can work together to bring affordable health care to all Americans while preserving choice and lowering costs through my Medicare for All Who Want It plan. We can find common ground in managing the federal budget responsibly, so that we are not leaving future generations to pay our bills.

The climate crisis requires everyone–Democrats, Republicans, rural Americans, the private sector, and nonprofits–work in an inclusive effort that transcends political parties. By focusing on the values and priorities that unite us, we can find solutions to our toughest challenges and build coalitions big enough to get things done.

What, if any, steps will you take to reform current immigration policies?

I will work with Congress to create a path to citizenship for the approximately 11 million undocumented people, including Dreamers, TPS and DED holders. The vast majority of Americans agree on this, but Washington has not delivered. I will take executive action to protect immigrants in America and reinstate a humane border policy. I will end family separation, unify separated families, and end for-profit detention. In addition, I will send asylum seekers and other migrants at the border to facilities run by HHS, not CBP, so we can prioritize migrants’ safety. We must end metering, MPP, and the so-called Safe Third Country agreements that are all meant to discourage asylum seekers. We should protect people seeking refuge, not turn them away.

Please explain the policies, if any, you support to address gun violence in America.

To prevent dangerous individuals from getting guns, as described in my gun control policy, I will make background checks universal and close the “boyfriend”, “Charleston”, and “hate” loopholes. I will ban assault weapons and high capacity magazines, support red flag laws, and create a national gun licensing system.

We must also combat the domestic extremism and white nationalism that has motivated shooters to target communities of color. I will dedicate $1 billion to prevent and combat violent extremism, empower law enforcement with greater resources for preventing domestic terrorist attacks, and work with social media platforms to identify and limit the spread of hateful ideology.

What, if any, actions would you work towards in your first 100 days to address the threats facing the US due to climate change?

We need immediate and bold action on the climate crisis and my climate change plan will ensure we reach zero emissions by 2035 and reach net-zero emissions by 2050.

On Day 1, I will rejoin the Paris Agreement. Within my first 100 days, I will work with Congress to pass a carbon tax rebated back to Americans. I will call for the federal government to quadruple investment in clean energy research, invest $550 billion in deploying clean energy technologies and $200 billion to help displaced fossil fuel workers retrain.

I will also set higher standards for clean fuel emissions and electricity and mandate that new materials the federal government uses or pays for to construct infrastructure must be under a specified level of carbon emissions.

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