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U.S. Senate

Gideon runs on health care, police reform, renewable energy

By Daniel Dunkle | Sep 18, 2020
Sara Gideon

Democrat Sara Gideon of Freeport argues she is needed in the U.S. Senate to stand up to Republican leadership, who she criticized for poor choices of judges, for weakening health care, and for failing to respond to the pandemic.

Gideon, who is Maine’s Speaker of the House, is challenging longtime incumbent Republican Susan Collins for U.S. Senate.

Also running are two independent candidates: Lisa Savage, a Green Independent Party member from Solon, and Max Linn, a Bar Harbor businessman.

Democrats are hoping to take seats and control of the Senate from Republicans, who currently hold a six-seat advantage.

Gideon cites her record of service, saying she has been willing to sit down with people, especially those she most disagrees with, to get things done for Mainers in key areas.

The candidate argues that Republicans work to weaken efforts to provide health care to citizens.

She was critical of the current government’s pandemic response, noting that many months in, we still do not have the proper protective equipment and testing to deal with the problem.

She argues the pandemic is going to be with us for a long time to come both in terms of the health crisis and the economic fallout.

She said she has been disappointed in the lack of leadership from President Donald Trump.

The reality, according to Gideon, is that we have to look forward to what we can do, which includes making sure people have access to short-term aid needed to stay in their homes.

On the issue of the use of force by police against minorities and the wide-scale protests seen in response, she said it is important to recognize the legacy of bigotry throughout the history of the country. She said this has led to systemic racism, and it affects access to education, child care, health care, poverty rates and rates of incarceration for black citizens.

Gideon said there is a tremendous sense of urgency now as people speak out against the brutality and violence at the hands of law enforcement for people of color.

She said she would work to ban violent police practices including choke holds and racial profiling.

The speaker said we have done this here in Maine under her leadership in the Legislature.

She would also push for racial bias training and a national police misconduct registry.

When there is an incident, she wants the record to follow that police officer as they seek to move to another state or department.

On the issues of the economy, she spoke first about the need to assure those who are either bringing businesses to Maine, expanding or continuing them, that they will have the work force they need.

This means there is a need to create opportunities for training people for new positions.

She also strongly supports increasing the infrastructure for high-speed internet, arguing it should be made available throughout the state, including rural areas. She called for investment from the federal government in these improvements.

“Restoring public health is our number one priority,” Gideon said.

Ultimately, she said there is a need to think about how to take great challenges, including climate change, and use them as positive ways to build our economy, such as investing in renewable energy.

The candidate said we are experiencing the effects of climate change right now.

“Climate change is here.” She said that’s why in the State House she worked really hard to set aggressive goals on renewable energy generation and decreasing carbon emissions

Gideon argues those things should be done on federal level rather than having a patchwork of state policies.

In the face of potential drastic impacts on our health, fresh water and food, she says, “We’ve got to take on this problem.”

There are ways to do it that mitigate the pain of it, she argued, calling for a coordinated and smart way to transition to renewable energies and build new jobs for people who were in fossil fuels.

She supports a woman’s right to choose and said she has fought to protect that and make sure insurance covers abortions.

She pointed out the continuing Republican attempt to target abortion by appointing federal judges who oppose not only that right, but tolerance for the LGBTQ community and civil rights. She opposes this effort to change the judiciary.

Gideon said the debate over gun rights has come down to two extremes, which do not allow for smart gun regulations. She favors removing loopholes that prevent background checks and supports a red flag safety law.

However, she added that so many Mainers are responsible gun owners.

On the issue of education, she supports allowing for paid family leave and universal access to pre-K education programs to level the playing field across economic divides and for those in rural areas.

She supports increasing pay for teachers.

On the issue of student college debt, she supports cracking down on predatory for-profit colleges and regulations to make school-loan lenders more transparent.

She sees an opportunity to use incentives for schools that bring down tuition and provide debt-free education.

Election 2020 - Sara Gideon - Candidate: United States Senate
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Comments (6)
Posted by: Crawford L Robinson | Sep 29, 2020 08:40

Go Sarah!! It's time for Collins to go away into the pasture. Besides that she can spend some of her retirement time visiting tRump in jail in 2021.

Posted by: Patricia Keyes | Sep 21, 2020 17:37

So many things to say in retort. Besides the obvious contradiction between her party and her privilege, she says we should make opportunities for job training. In point of fact, THAT is why the minimum wage SHOULD BE LOWER. Low paying jobs are TRAINING JOBS. They are for kids with no work experience. Not adults who need to support a family. Do you think she'll ever allow traditional journeymen positions when she realizes that it lowers the state's take of the worker's income?

Does she even understand that CO2 is PLANT FOOD??? Or that wind is decimating large waterfowl populations around the world? And still they do not work when there is no wind. How inconvenient is that fact?

Or that solar farms are reflecting light upwards, amounting to beams of heat above 900 degrees which INCINERATE entire small birds in mid air?  Or that we would have to cut down 100% of our trees to put up enough NON-RECYCLABLE solar panels to meet our needs, they would last about 20 yrs, and WOULD STILL NOT WORK AT NIGHT???

President Trump sent Maine 32 million gloves, 77,000 surgical face shields, 2.1 million hospital quality masks, 1.1 million full surgical gowns. That was early in the beginning of the shut down that is killing Maine family businesses and the jobs of all their employees. WHERE ARE THEY? Will we, like Puerto Rico, find them UNUSED in a warehouse in 2 years???

Vote a straight line Republican ticket folks. Not voting, or skipping "hold your nose" candidates on the ballot, is equivalent to voting for a Democrat. It's a vote for Marxism. If we fall, the entire world falls into despotism. Ask the Cubans and Venezuelans if that's a good thing. Ask the folks in Hong Kong. Ask the Uighurs and Christians in Chinese prison camps!

Posted by: Kevin Riley | Sep 19, 2020 18:59


Ditto and I'm and old white guy.

Posted by: Dorinda Jacobs | Sep 19, 2020 17:53


Posted by: Mark J Olson | Sep 19, 2020 11:02

Makes me giggle to hear white people in a predominantly white place talk to the topic of racism as if they know ANYTHING about it. God Bless you privileged little white girl, be the change.


Posted by: Laurie Smith | Sep 18, 2020 11:20

"Democrats are hoping to steal seats and control of the Senate from Republicans, who currently hold a six-seat advantage."

Such a poor choice of words in this article.  Duly elected Democrats or Republicans are not "stealing" seats from anyone, words matter and this does nothing but feed the ongoing rhetoric.


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