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Key Issues:

Abortion: Noncommittal on a national abortion ban despite appointing the Supreme Court justices that helped overturn Roe v. Wade.

Climate Change: Supporter of fossil fuel production, frequently mocking climate scientists.

Ukraine War: Said he believes the war is not a vital U.S. interest and should be handled by Europe.

Immigration: Plans to deport undocumented immigrants and may once again ban travelers from several majority-Muslim countries. Continues to promote greater militarization of the southern border.

Trump Investigation: Denies any wrongdoing and criticizes the justice system for its investigations.

China: Claims to be tough on China, vowing to decouple the U.S. economically, but regularly praises President Xi Jinping.

Economic Policy: Signed $1.5 trillion in tax cuts in 2017, permanently reducing taxes for corporations from 35 percent to 21 percent and reducing taxes on individuals through at least 2025.

Transgender Rights: Barred transgender service members from the military and eliminated protections against discrimination by doctors and insurers. Vows to sign national ban on medically-endorsed transition care for minors.

Social Security and Medicare: Claims that he will not cut the programs but opposes raising taxes to solidify funding for them.

Israel: Promises “full support” for Israel and said he wants to bar Gazan refugees from entering the U.S.

Democracy: Attempted to overturn the results of the 2020 elections and continues to claim that it was stolen.

Education: Wants to eliminate the Department of Education and impose ideological requirements on schools, requiring them to eliminate instruction on LGBTQ+ and gender identity issues.

Health Care: Vows to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

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