Campaign 2020

June 26, 2019

The first round of Democratic debates took place last week. These charts include candidates' positions on disability issues.

The candidates who qualify under Democratic National Committee rules will next meet in Detroit on July 30 and July 31.

In the coming weeks, we will dive deeper into each candidate.

Candidate

Current Office

Autism CARES

Transformation to Competitive Employment

ABLE Age Adjustment

Disability Integration Act

Statements on Disability

Elizabeth Warren

Massachusetts Sen.

 

 

 

Co-sponsor

"always stand up for the policies that help make that possible for Americans with disabilities."

Beto O'Rourke

Former Texas Rep.

 

 

 

 

"we must fight any attempt to weaken the ADA, including efforts to limit equal access to public places and businesses."

Cory Booker

New Jersey Sen.

Co-sponsor

 

 

Co-sponsor

"he has introduced and cosponsored several bills related to disability, a few of which have been enacted."

Julian Castro

Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary

 

 

 

 

"a champion of safe, accessible and affordable housing in the community for people with disabilities"

Tulsi Gabbard

Hawaii Rep.

 

Co-sponsor

 

Co-sponsor

"she cares about all people with disabilities and campaigns with them in mind"

Jay Inslee

Washington Gov.

 

 

 

 

"has worked hard to make his state a better place for his constituents with disabilities"

Amy Klobuchar

Minnesota Sen.

Co-sponsor

 

Co-sponsor

Co-sponsor

"While we've made progress in the nearly 30 years since the passage of the ADA, there is still work to be done to protect and expand the rights of Americans who live with disabilities and ensure they have equal opportunity to realize the American dream."

Bill de Blasio

New York City Mayor

 

 

 

 

"working on making New York 'the most accessible city in the world.'"

John Delaney

Former Maryland Rep.

 

 

 

 

"neither introduced nor cosponsored any bills regarding disability that have been enacted into law. However, he did introduce and cosponsor several bills that would have been important for people with disabilities if they had been enacted."

Tim Ryan

Ohio Rep.

Co-sponsor

Co-sponsor

 

Co-sponsor

"advocates for mental health awareness and has supported the disability community"

The second debate on Thursday, June 27, in Miami, will include:

Candidate

Current Office

Autism CARES

Transformation to Competitive Employment

ABLE Age Adjustment

Disability Integration Act

Statements on Disability

Joe Biden

Former Vice President

 

 

 

 

"We need to rebuild the middle class, and this time make sure everybody-regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or disability-gets a fair shot."

Bernie Sanders

Vermont Sen.

 

 

 

Co-sponsor

"believes we need a president who will champion expanding the rights of people with disabilities."

Pete Buttigieg

Mayor South Bend, Indiana

 

 

 

 

"commitment to hiring and campaigning to people with disabilities"

Kamala Harris

California Sen.

 

Co-sponsor

 

Co-sponsor

"I'm running to be president of the people, by the people and for ALL people"

Kirsten Gillibrand

New York Sen.

 

Co-sponsor

 

Co-sponsor

"has pledged to have people with disabilities in her administration and in her Cabinet."

Michael Bennet

Colorado Sen.

 

 

 

Co-sponsor

No statement identified.

Marianne Williamson

Author

 

 

 

 

"has a record of advocating for people battling life-threatening illnesses."

Eric Swalwell

California Rep.

Co-sponsor

 

 

Co-sponsor

"only 2020 presidential candidate calling for a massive investment in research and technology to cure and alleviate the diseases and disabilities that ail us"

Andrew Yang

Businessman

 

 

 

 

"platform includes several issues important to Americans with disabilities, and Andrew has publicly spoken about autism, in particular, because of his personal experience raising a child who is on the spectrum."

John Hickenlooper

Former Colorado Gov.

 

 

 

 

"Gov. Hickenlooper is a person with a disability with a proven record of fighting for the disability community."

Of the 23 major Democratic candidates in the race, three did not make the first debate:

Candidate

Current Office

Autism CARES

Transformation to Competitive Employment

ABLE Age Adjustment

Disability Integration Act

Statements on Disability

Steve Bullock

Montana Gov.

 

 

 

 

"from ongoing efforts to strengthen public schools instead of privatizing them to reimagining programs to better serve Montanans with disability in living the lives they choose and deserve"

Wayne Messam

Mayor Miramar, Fla.

 

 

 

 

 

Seth Moulton

Massachusetts Rep.

Co-sponsor

Co-sponsor

Co-sponsor

Co-sponsor

"there are other populations of people with mental health disabilities, and he does not want people to forget about them."


Action Steps:

  • Your voice is needed to ensure that disability policy is part of the campaign.
  • For candidates who are currently in office, share and elevate their position on key disability legislation as noted in the chart. Tip: You can and should ask them to support bills of importance.
  • Check out the campaign website of each candidate (links provided); use the sites to submit questions about disability policy. For example, "How will you be ensuring that your campaign fully includes people with disabilities and intentionally speaks to people with disabilities?"