POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT

Where the Democratic presidential candidates stand on Colorado issues

Ahead of the state’s presidential primary on Super Tuesday, the Democratic candidates talk health care, marijuana, education, public land and beer

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ELECTORAL COLLEGE

Do you support abolishing the Electoral College in favor of the national popular vote?

Background: The Electoral College picks U.S. presidents by awarding electors to the candidate who wins each state, rather than the one who wins the most votes nationwide. It’s become a target of the left in recent years as critics argue the system gives disproportionate political power to rural communities and allows just a handful of swing states to decide national elections. Still, supporters say it ensures small-state rights are not overshadowed entirely by a few massive population centers in states like California and New York. Colorado has been at the forefront of the debate in recent years, and home to the “faithless elector” movement in 2016, a case now headed to the U.S. Supreme Court, and a controversial 2019 bill to join a national popular-vote movement that faces a repeal vote in November.

 

Preserve the Electoral College

A: Biden didn’t respond to questions, but other reports show he is against the move to abolish the Electoral College.

 

 

 

Appears to oppose national popular vote

A: The Bloomberg campaign did not respond to this question. But others report he opposes the move.

 

 

 

Electoral college is “undemocratic”

A: Buttigieg is quoted saying he supports abolishing the Electoral College, calling it “undemocratic.”

 

 

 

Is open to a change

A: Klobuchar on record saying she is open to abolishing the Electoral College.

 

 

 

“Battleground” states only part of the election process

A: Pressed on the issue earlier in the campaign, Sanders said he supports abolishing the current system. “Presidential elections should not be fought out in just a dozen ‘battleground" states,’” he said in a statement.

 

 

 

Favors the national popular vote

A: The candidate favors the national popular vote method to select presidential candidates and supports eliminating the Electoral College.

 

 

 

Every vote, from every state, should count

A: Warren supports abolishing the Electoral College. She would replace it with a national popular vote, in which the candidate with the most votes nationwide is deemed the winner. She argues that every vote should count equally in every election.

 

 

Background: This is just a fun question -- but one with political implications. Gov. Jared Polis is quite keen on promoting the Pueblo chile as a superior flavor and heat source compared to its rival, the New Mexico’s hatch chile. There’s even a marketing battle between the two. Similarly, green chile is considered an iconic state food. It’s not a surprise if the candidates pick the home-state chile, but it’s not clear how many have tried it themselves.

 

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A: Steyer was definitive: “Pueblo chiles are definitely the better chile!”

 

 

 

A: Warren’s response is straight to the point: the Pueblo chile.

 

 

Background: Colorado likes to think of itself as the “state of craft beer” and it’s home to two large brewers, MillerCoors and Anheuser-Busch, and about 400 small independent breweries. The Beer Institute, a trade association for the global beer companies, forecasts the direct economic impact at $5.3 billion and suggests the industry contributes to a broader $13.6 billion in commerce. The Boulder-based Brewers Association estimates craft brewers alone contribute $3.3 billion to the state’s economy.

 

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A: Great Divide’s Barrel-Aged Yeti, an imperial stout aged in whiskey barrels. It’s one of the state’s iconic beers.

 

 

 

A: Michelob Ultra, which is one of the brands produced at Anheuser-Busch’s brewery in Fort Collins.

 

 

The Issues


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The Candidates


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Joe Biden

Joe Biden

Former Vice President and U.S. Senator   

Michael Bloomberg

Michael Bloomberg

Former New York Mayor and businessman   

x Pete Buttigieg

x Pete Buttigieg

Former Mayor of South Bend, Indiana (Campaign suspended 3/1/20)   

x Amy Klobuchar

x Amy Klobuchar

U.S. Senator from Minnesota (Campaign suspended 3/2/20)   

Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders

Independent U.S. Senator from Vermont   

x Tom Steyer

x Tom Steyer

Businessman and climate activist (Campaign suspended 2/29/20)   

Elizabeth Warren

Elizabeth Warren

U.S. Senator from Massachusetts