Mark Curran Vs Dick Durbin Daily Herald Debate September 18, 2020 This debate was hosted by the Daily Herald Editorial Board China has engaged in rogue tactics while competing with the US economically including: stealing are trade secrets through covert activity; devaluing their currency to dump Chinese goods into the American markets and drive out competition from American manufacturers; luring American corporations into using Chinese workers by producing goods in China with fewer regulations and far cheaper wages. Here is how the two candidates stand on ag issues. Mike Waller was, and is, a very powerful Lake County Republican. There are many national security threats to the United States. We need to find solutions to fair trade that will promote and protect the US economy. I want to bring manufacturing jobs back to cities like Rockford, Peoria, Waukegan, and the Quad Cities. Illinois, and the country, needs someone who is focused on getting government out of your life. My opponents want to compete for who can promise more free stuff, but neither are willing to admit the consequences of spending trillions of dollars, or where the money must first come from in order to spend it. Whereas Dick Durbin is a far-left partisan, I have a record as an independent. Regardless of what you think of him, he has been working toward rebuilding the middle class by bringing the good paying jobs back home through fairer trade and stopping the further exodus of manufacturing. "Here’s the truth: The president caused this. In the race for U.S. Senate, incumbent Democrat Richard Durbin was preferred over Republcian Mark Curran among voters under 45. I will use the bully pulpit to call out Illinois elected officials that do not adhere to these basic tenets. The US is able to offer the best healthcare in the world due to competition. "I'm not necessarily a fan of Roe v. Wade because of the federal overreach," Malouf said. In 2001, it was my “blue slip” that allowed U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald’s name to go forward in committee. Ensuring families have access to quality, affordable health care has never been more important, especially as we face a once-in-a-century public health crisis and pandemic. I have introduced legislation allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices on behalf of the seniors they serve, cracking down on the abusive patent and monopoly practices used by the pharmaceutical industry to stifle competition, allowing the safe importation of cheaper drugs from countries like Canada, protecting patients from unreasonably high out-of-pocket costs, requiring drug companies to disclose the prices of their drugs to the public, including in their ads, and imposing stiff penalties on companies that unjustifiably and dramatically increase the price of their drugs year after year. What are your highest priorities for Illinois and the nation? Please limit this to … I have been working closely with Adam Andrzejewski founder of “Open the Books” and he lists countless sources of wasteful spending by the federal government. All of this jeopardizes the future of Social Security. So, while the other candidates are arguing over who will better run your life, your money, and the economy, I’m saying: I don’t want to run your life, I don’t know how to run your life, and the Constitution doesn’t permit me to run your life. Curran, a longtime Democrat turned Republican, is hoping to pull off the upset and believes Wilson will draw votes from Durbin. I believe every American should have health insurance and I believe it should be the goal of the Government to provide health insurance to those who cannot afford it. Due to the pandemic, millions of families are struggling and economic experts tell us this recession is likely to have a long tail, meaning we should not expect a quick recovery. While the Affordable Care Act isn’t perfect, we must defend the law from Republican efforts to attack and weaken its protections, including protections for those with pre-existing conditions. 3) Repealing domestic spying programs - the government is illegally spying on American citizens, that’s not freedom. Mr. Lausch was confirmed by the Senate for the position in 2017, and I believe he has served with diligence and integrity. I am a businessman and philanthropist who has dedicated my life to helping others. Most small businesses were terrified of being sued during the pandemic for violating any regulations or someone claiming that they received the virus from their business. Jo Jorgensen is the only candidate who represents peace, liberty, accountability, self-ownership, and sound economics. Small businesses are the key to the future of America and American success. Now he's … I would prioritize the Illinois economy. When it comes to the global pandemic caused by COVID-19, I’ve fought to increase resources for personal protective equipment for frontline and health care workers, increase testing capacity, increase funding for hospitals and other health care providers, provide relief to families through stimulus payments and expanded unemployment insurance, provide assistance for small businesses, and provide funding for state and local governments struggling due to reduced tax revenue. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) was aware of the virus before anyone else, yet they waited to alert the global community of the unfolding health crisis. Economic development is critical to strengthening our economy in the wake of COVID-19. And while we should test strategies to further those gains--such as allowing more people to buy into Medicare or expanding a public insurance option--which may lead us toward a Medicare-for-all system, we must do everything within our power to defend the ACA, not tear it down as my Republican colleagues have been trying to do for the past ten years. China in recent history has executed hundreds upon thousands of its own people and performed millions of forced abortions on Chinese women. I think the government has a responsibility to ensure that all Americans have access to health care. My opponent has consistently voted for spending increases. She’s not perfect, but she’s who this country needs in order to have liberty in our lifetime. This needs to stop. I will also work to get the government off of the backs of small businesses. "What we need to understand is the government is not the solution to our problems; the government is the problem," Malouf said during the NBC 5 forum, calling for governments to "localize decision-making and spending as close to the individual as possible.". Fortunately, I was already familiar with Mr. Lausch as he had applied for our bipartisan process in 2012 and had been vetted. We will do this by adhering to a general principle that if it can be made in America, then it probably should. I have mended fences with the new Lake County State’s Attorney Mike Nerheim, but at one time I announced my intention to run against him for that position. Not to mention the financial burden. SenateMatch. I was under budget 12 years in a row as Lake County Sheriff. To avoid devastating consequences for millions of families we need to provide the financial assistance they need to put food on the table, keep a roof over their head, and access vital health care services. ILLINOIS — Dick Durbin is looking to hold off several challengers Tuesday to win a fifth term in the U.S. Senate. Many outstanding candidates applied, and the bipartisan process resulted in the nomination of Zach Fardon who performed admirably in the position. IL Senate Race: Dick Durbin Takes On 4 Challengers - Across Illinois, IL - The Nov. 3 election pits Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin against challengers Mark Curran… Lastly, I will work to end the dependence that the US currently has on China for manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, and trade. I will call out hypocrisy and dereliction of duty and will inform the public when wrongdoing is happening. MARK CURRAN. Mark Curran: Simplify tax code; against tax breaks for large corporations. When Mr. Fardon was removed from the position by President Trump in 2017, the Trump Administration gave me one name they wanted to be considered for his replacement: John Lausch. We are living in arguably the most lawless period in American history. 1) Bringing the troops home - now and from everywhere. The pay structure in a small business is much fairer than a large corporation where the top executives receive wages many times that of the average worker. If you support a government-related insurance plan, how would you pay for it? My wife’s family is from Greece and over-borrowing and overspending has destroyed the Greek economy. The ceiling on withholding needs to be raised. In Chicago, there are many more businesses impacted by the riots, violence, and looting that have unfolded over the past many months. It did not solve all of Iran’s aggressive behaviors in the region, including belligerence against Israel, but it did allow the US and its allies to contain Iran’s actions without the threat of nuclear weapons. Both Black voters and Latino voters were more likely to back Durbin … Curran. Tina Smith I have a record of working across the aisle to address the solvency of Social Security and Medicare--I worked for months on a comprehensive plan more commonly known as the Simpson-Bowles Commission report to try to address these issues. I will work to roll back unnecessary regulations on small businesses, making it easier for them to compete. Campaigning in the wake of mass protests across the U.S. in response to the police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks and other Black citizens, Durbin has pointed to his work on criminal justice reform. We need to cut waste and work toward a balanced budget. Source: Illinois Review on 2020 Illinois Senate race , Jan 31, 2020 One idea that I believe would help is to allow Americans, that do not want to receive Social Security, to opt out of having to pay payroll taxes. Ditto for Social Security. Besides our state’s and nation’s economy, my background as a successful three-term Sheriff and prosecutor positions me better than anyone to address the growing lawlessness in America. The best place to start is by immediately enacting common sense gun safety laws that will save lives. China is becoming a greater threat militarily as it continues to build up its arms and capabilities. View 2020 New Mexico U.S. Senate Election; 2020 Virginia U.S. Senate Race * = Incumbent. But we also need to invest in affordable housing, like the bill I introduced with Senator Harris that would provide $70 billion to upgrade and maintain public housing from Chicago to East St. Louis to Cairo. Dick Durbin is also an unapologetic partisan and is the Minority Whip for a reason. Since we cannot always wait on Congress, I brought together the 10 largest hospitals in Chicago to help reduce gun violence. This built upon another law I worked with Republicans to enact into law in 2010, the Fair Sentencing Act, which reduced the unjust sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine, and was the first legislation ever to reduce federal drug sentences. Unlike his competitors, Malouf said he did not see an issue with the U.S. Supreme Court taking another look at the ruling in the landmark Roe v. Wade case that protects a woman's right to choose to have an abortion without excessive government restrictions. He has said Barrett's confirmation jeopardizes the Affordable Care Act, which he has called "one of the most important votes" of his career. "I think this first issue is the economy Craig, and … "Sen. Dick Durbin didn't give away any," Wilson said. I will work with federal agencies like the FBI, ATF, DEA, and ICE in conjunction with local law enforcement to make sure all of Illinois is safe. Mark Warner (DEM) Daniel Gade ... 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