Donald Trump vs Joe Biden on Colorado issues: Where the presidential candidates stand

A breakdown of where the candidates stand on health care, marijuana, education, public lands issues and other major policies





Do you support federal relief for state and local governments whose budgets were hit by the economic crisis related to the coronavirus?


The economic turndown caused by coronavirus hamstrung the Colorado state budget and Democratic legislative leaders are pleading for federal intervention. The state could face nearly $7 billion in lost revenues over the coming years, and the recession already forced the state to slash its budget 25%. Economists warn the current economic crisis could linger, and it will ultimately be up to federal leaders to determine how much help they want to give to states.


Plans are somewhat vague, but he supports giving more relief to states

A: His website says he would give states money to protect essential workers like teachers and firefighters from being laid off. His plan also calls on Congress to “provide all necessary fiscal relief to states” and create a pool of money for states to draw aid from. He also supports additional stimulus checks to jumpstart the economy, if needed.




Clashed with states on the issue

A: Trump said it would be unfair to states governed by Republicans to bail out states grappling with coronavirus-related budget short falls, which he blames on local Democratic leadership. He also suggested states should accept his policy priorities if they want to receive federal funding. He recently put a hold on any additional stimulus packages until after the election.





How would you help those unemployed in Colorado because of the coronavirus and what protections do you support for workers?


Wants more aid provided by federal government

A: He proposed a plan on his website to overhaul unemployment insurance and give the federal government more responsibility for covering its costs. The plan says Biden would
“transform unemployment insurance into employment insurance for millions of workers.” He has outlined the broad parameters of a plan that echoes what congressional Democrats are pushing forward but not committed to continuation of $600 in additional unemployment payments. His campaign said he supports extending COVID crisis unemployment insurance




His position on more aid is volatile

A: Trump in October abruptly ended negotiations with congressional Democrats over plans to pass a new economic stimulus package that included aid to unemployed workers. The day after ending negotiations, he called on Democrats to approve sending stimulus checks to Americans. In August he signed an executive order extending $300 supplemental unemployment benefits for three weeks, and FEMA later extended that to six weeks.





Do you support a federal paid family and medical leave program, like the one Colorado is considering at the state level?


Paid family leave is a major issue in Colorado ahead of the November election, where a state-level measure is on the ballot. Colorado voters are considering a proposal that would give workers up to 12 weeks of paid time off to care for a new baby or adopted child, recover from an illness, or take care of a relative who is seriously ill. A handful of other states have approved similar policies.



Do you support the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement and how would your administration address the issue of trade tariffs?


Both candidates are prioritizing domestic production on the campaign trail, a particularly salient message in rust belt battleground states that have lost manufacturing jobs to globalization. Trump campaigned on an anti-globalization message in 2016, and has delivered on many of those campaign promises.


Has criticized some of Trump’s tariffs

A: In December, he said he supported the USMCA because of the additional labor and environmental provisions added. But he has also criticized the way Trump uses tariffs, particularly with regard to China.




Cites USMCA as key accomplishment

A: Trump recently achieved a key campaign promise when he received bipartisan Congressional approval for a rework of NAFTA -- now known as the USMCA, or United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. The deal includes new protections for auto manufacturing and labor and the environment, and it relaxes market restrictions on dairy products to encourage trade. It came as a welcome relief to many Colorado farmers and manufacturers. Trump has also waged a turbulent trade war with China and pulled the U.S. out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.





How would your administration help struggling rural economies like those in Colorado, and what help would you provide to these communities?


The struggles of rural America have been well documented. Nationally, small communities face shortages of critical professions like doctors, teachers and firefighters. They’re becoming older demographically, while shedding residents, businesses and jobs. Even in Colorado, which boasts one of the best state economies in the nation, a stunning 98% of new jobs in the last decade have been created along the urban Front Range, leaving wide swaths of the state behind. Recent federal assistance has come in the form of a farm bailout and tax incentives, but produced mixed results.


Help rural communities access federal money

A: He released a plan for rural America that includes more money for health care, agriculture research at colleges and broadband internet. He also wants to create a position to help rural communities access federal money through a strikeforce position.




Has implemented support for farmers, but caused some harm with trade war with China

A: The administration gave billions of dollars to farmers whose sales were hampered by the trade war with China, and in 2018, Trump signed a farm bill that expanded disaster crop insurance, among other changes. The administration has also leveraged the Department of Agriculture to provide funds to rural communities, including Trinidad, which received a $2 million loan to renovate a hospital.



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Joe Biden

Joe Biden

Former Vice President and U.S. Senator   

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

Incumbent president and businessman