What Do Kamala Harris and Mike Pence Stand For? Part II

Published on August 17, 2020
Source: CNN

With the U.S presidential election rapidly approaching, it’s important to know where every candidate stands, including the two potential vice-presidential nominees. Current Vice-President Mike Pence will remain in his position if President Donald Trump is re-elected. California Senator Kamala Harris will become vice-president if Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is elected.

While the main focus remains on the presidential hopefuls, it’s important to know exactly what Harris and Pence stand for as well. Let’s start with Mike Pence on some key issues that effect all Americans.

Gun Control/Gun Rights

Pence has been a staunch supporter of gun rights. When the vice-president spoke at the National Rifle Association’s leadership forum last year, he said, “I’ll make you a promise: under this president, and this vice president, no one is taking your guns…The president and I stand with the NRA because, like all of you, we stand for freedom.” (Via the washingtontimes.com)

Pence has repeatedly said that he believes in the 2nd amendment, which gives Americans the right to bear arms. The NRA gave him an “A” rating for his pro-gun voting record. During his time serving in the U.S House of Representatives, Pence voted for legislation that would protect, “Gun manufacturers, distributors, dealers, or importers of firearms or ammunition for damages, injunctive or other relief resulting from the misuse of their products by others.” (Via ontheissues.org.)

Pence also co-sponsored the Firearms Interstate Commerce Reform Act, which would, “allow licensed firearms dealers to sell or deliver any firearm (currently, rifles or shotguns) to any state if the licensee meets with the purchaser and the transaction complies with the laws of the state in which the transfer is conducted and the purchaser’s state of residence.” (ontheissues.org.)

Last year the current vice-president criticized Democrats for abandoning potential bipartisan reforms, including gun control in favor of impeaching Trump. “This summer, we were talking with Republicans and Democrats about possible solutions that could go forward. Now, we’ll always protect the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms of the American people, but there are things that we can do that would make the country safer.”(Via newsweek.com.)

The Economy/Jobs

Back in 2008 then Representative Pence voted against the Wall Street bailout, saying that:

Our nation has been confronted by a crisis in our financial markets…And we now have a bill that promises to bring near-term stability to our financial turmoil, but at what price…Economic freedom means the freedom to succeed and the freedom to fail.The decision to give the federal government the ability to nationalize almost every bad mortgage in America interrupts this basic truth of our free market economy. It must be said, Republicans in this Congress improved this bill, but it remains the largest corporate bailout in American history, forever changes the relationship between government and the financial sector, and passes the cost along to the American people. I cannot support it. There are no easy answers, but the American people deserve to know there are alternatives to massive federal spending.

Mike Pence

More recently, Pence praised President Trump’s work on the economy. Pence stated in a Fox News interview (via businessinsider.com) that, “We’ve already created more jobs in the last three months than Joe Biden and Barack Obama created in their eight years in office.” The same Business Insider story details why Pence’s statement isn’t one hundred percent true. There were 11.6 million jobs created under the Obama administration. 20.8 million jobs were lost this past April, while about 9.3 million were regained in May, June and July. According to the same Business Insider report, “Pence included additional gains from June and May in his claim.

Pence called out Joe Biden’s recently released tax plan, according to foxbusiness.com. “As a son of the Midwest, I know Joe Biden’s policies would devastate the economy of Midwest America,” the vice president said. “It’s not the Rust Belt anymore, we knocked the rust off the Rust Belt. With Joe Biden in the White House, you would devastate economic comeback in the heartland.” Per the same Fox Business report, Pence also said Biden’s plan would “more than double,” what Hillary Clinton called for in the 2016 presidential election.

Now, let’s see how Kamala Harris has stood on the subject of gun control.

Gun Control/Gun Rights

Kamala Harris made it clear in the presidential primary debates last year that she was for measures such as closing the boyfriend loophole and banning assault weapons. Check out her response in full in the video below (via marieclaire.com)

Harris also said during her presidential campaign that she would encourage Congress to pass a red flag law. The proposed legislation would, according to a USA Today report, “would give law enforcement and family members of suspected white nationalists or domestic terrorists the ability to petition a federal court to temporarily restrict a person’s access to guns if the person exhibits clear evidence of being a danger.”

She also supported a mandatory gun buyback for 5 million assault weapons. Per ontheissues.org, Harris said:

Five million assault weapons are on the streets of America today. During the course of this debate, eight people will die from gun violence. We need action, and Congress has had years to act and failed because they do not have the courage. When I’m elected, I’ll give them 100 days to pull their act together, put a bill on my desk for signature and if they don’t, I will take executive action and put in place a comprehensive background check requirement and ban the importation of assault weapons into our country, because it is time to act.

Kamala Harris

Harris is a gun owner.

The Economy/Jobs

During Harris’s time as California’s attorney general, she managed to get more than $20 billion for California homeowners after the nationwide mortgage crisis. (Via ontheissues.org)

She recently criticized Trump on Twitter on the way he has handled the national economy.

Another major concern for Americans is the stability of the Social Security system. Harris recently tweeted this in regard to the matter.

Harris showed her support for Biden’s stance on closing the pay gap for Black women by retweeting the following.

According to a nbcnews.com report, Kamala Harris does support raising the minimum wage to fifteen dollars an hour. Per the same report, a platform on Harris’s website stated that she wanted to, “reverse President Donald Trump’s trillion-dollar tax cut for big corporations and the top 1 percent.” She also introduced the 21st Century SKILLS Act last year. Her proposed legislation would provide up to $8,000 dollars to workers that qualify for job training in order to make them more qualified in various job markets.

Check out Harris’s entire voting record here.

The U.S presidential election is eighty days away. Check back for part three of Harris vs. Pence.

Katherine Stinson is an award-winning journalist and Staff Reporter at Grit Daily News, where she covers Texas and Southern states' startup and entrepreneurship news. Based in San Antonio, Texas, she also contributes to ScreenRant, Outlander TV News, and San Antonio Magazine.

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