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Infrastructure

We need high-speed internet in every corner of Kentucky to sustain our current industries and attract new ones.

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Infrastructure

Our state badly needs new investments in infrastructure to grow a strong economy of the future.

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Immigration

We need leaders with the courage to stand for secure borders, but also who will enforce it in a humane way in accordance with our American values.

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Healthcare

I firmly believe that the goal must be universal coverage for all Americans, but we need to be honest about how to get there. I do not currently support a single-payer system.

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Healthcare

I support a Medicare buy-in option for those over the age of 55.

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Healthcare

I will work to rein in prescription drug costs for my fellow Kentuckians by taking on the pharmaceutical industry, exploring new options like re-importation, and allowing Medicare to negotiate lower drug prices.

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Healthcare

A public option would give all Americans the opportunity to buy a publicly run insurance plan instead of a private insurance plan, if they prefer to do so.

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Healthcare

I remain committed to working for a bipartisan plan to fix the ACA’s problems, while maintaining current essential health benefits, preventing insurers from charging higher premiums based on factors such as health status or pre-existing conditions, and without imposing annual or lifetime coverage caps.

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Guns

I support common sense measures that Congress should have enacted long ago, like background checks.

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Guns

I am a gun owner and pro-Second Amendment.

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Work to end Citizens United.

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Fight to end “Cadillac benefits” designed by elected officials only for them.

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Require release of complete federal tax returns by members of Congress, the president, the Cabinet, and the Supreme Court.

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Limit unrestricted dark money and increase transparency by requiring the disclosure of donors to any organization that spends money in elections.

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Put an end to “senator” as a lifetime career by implementing term limits.

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Stop the “revolving door” between elected office and lobbying that allows special interests to buy the power of an elected official.

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Defense

I support current efforts at trade agreements, not trade wars, because these agreements give us leverage and a common goal, and can foster stable relations.

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Defense

It is critical that the approach to North Korean nuclear progress should be a rest of the world vs. North Korea, not just a U.S. vs. North Korea. We need a multi-national approach and should be developing such an option today.

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Defense

I will push back against for-profit “colleges” that target veterans, leading to high student loans.

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Defense

All major military actions overseas (not defensive in nature) must be explicitly approved by Congress—and therefore, the American public.

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Defense

I support the U.S. providing defensive arms to Ukraine and exerting more pressure on Moscow using economic sanctions.

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Defense

The only way to realistically counteract ISIS, jihadist groups, and terrorism writ large is through a combination of force (when needed), and by empowering local leaders—particularly women leaders and the families and networks that they represent—to address challenges and find solutions.

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Defense

We must fully fund the VA so that veterans receive the quality health care they deserve—for life.

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Defense

I will do more to combat suicide in our veteran community where, every day, around 20 veterans commit suicide.

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Defense

I will make sure Congress doesn’t change the law (or make the law unenforceable) that stops payday lenders from fleecing our enlisted personnel right outside the gates of military bases.

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Defense

The U.S. should only be allowed to pursue jihadists around the globe after the Director of National Intelligence certifies that they are connected, organizationally or doctrinally, to al-Qaeda and ISIS.

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Defense

Afghanistan will never be a Jeffersonian democracy, but we can define success by protecting the American homeland while helping to expand the Afghan government’s capacity. We can do that with a small presence in Afghanistan for a few continued years.

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Defense

I will make sure the VA delivers the health care and education benefits that veterans have earned through their service.

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Defense

We must strengthen our role in the NATO alliance. t the same time, we must think practically about the benefits and drawbacks to an eastern expansion of NATO.

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Defense

The survival and security of Israel is in the United States’ interest and a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is fundamental to Israel’s security.

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Defense

We need to work to develop areas that serve as breeding grounds for extremists. Developing disadvantaged areas, where young citizens have few options and deep frustrations, means pressing states and leaders to develop the institutions and mechanisms that develop good governance, electoral legitimacy, and open the doors to include more perspectives and voices in government.

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Defense

The goal now should be to bring back the kind of limitations on Iran’s nuclear program that existed in the last administration’s “Iran deal” but to extend them indefinitely, in exchange for a lifting of the relevant sanctions on Iran.

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Defense

I’m in full support of maintaining Israel’s QME (Qualitative Military Edge) and strengthening our nation’s special relationship based on shared values.

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Defense

I will support legislation to protect our election process from foreign interference, legislation that Sen. McConnell single-handedly blocked for months.

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Environment

To be able to compete in the 21st century, we must have reliable electricity, broadband and security. We must upgrade our grid infrastructure.

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Drug Policy

The federal government ought to be supporting similar programs as part of a comprehensive declaration of emergency to fight the opioid epidemic.

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Drug Policy

We need to expand funding for Health and Human Services to expand research for better treatments to address the opioid crisis.

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Drug Policy

I stand with the American Legion in calling for the removal of cannabis as a Schedule 1 drug and permit its use to treat ailments that veterans, and others, face.

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Education

We should explore subsidizing employers to provide internships for young adults from underserved communities for real, hands-on experience, to help ensure that students are prepared for the jobs of tomorrow.

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Education

Debt-free higher education in exchange for paid service back to our communities. Participants would be rewarded with an educational benefit equal to four years of average in-state tuition where their college is located.

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Economy

We need new federal grants for small business development in our communities, and we need to reward entrepreneurs and small business owners by making our tax system fairer to our small businesses.

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Economy

We need to reinvest in coal communities.We need to repay the sacrifice of generations of people now bearing the brunt of changing global energy markets.

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Economy

We need to re-examine Farm Bill programs designed to form a “safety net” for farmers, like subsidies, credit programs and crop insurance policies, and make sure they are working for small, family farms, not just the largest operations.

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