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2020 Presidential Candidates


2020 Presidential Election
Date: November 3, 2020


Presidential candidates, 2020

• Important dates 

Democratic primary

• Republican primary 


Democratic presidential primary debates 

Democratic debate (October 2019)


Democrats •  Biden  • GabbardKlobucharSandersSteyerWarren • 


Republicans  • TrumpWeld



Campaign Websites & Contact Info 



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Joe Biden (D) former vice president of the United States

• Twitter: https://twitter.com/joebiden

• Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/joebiden

• Campaign Website: https://go.joebiden.com/page/s/contact-us

FEC C-SPAN American Possibilities 

Biden Foundation Biden Institute at U. of DE

PAC:  FEC | Open Secrets


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Pete Buttigieg (D) Mayor of South Bend, Indiana

• Twitter: https://twitter.com/PeteButtigieg

• Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/petebuttigieg1/

• Email: info@peteforamerica.com

• Campaign Website: https://peteforamerica.com


Pete Buttigieg on Chronic Pain (Skip to Page #8) https://t.co/vSWCfTJsyW 


FEC C-SPAN Hitting Home PAC

PAC:  FEC | Open Secrets 

organization timeline


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Tulsi Gabbard (D) U.S. representative from Hawaii

• Phone: (808) 861-0793

• Twitter: https://twitter.com/tulsigabbard

• Facebook: https://facebook.com/tulsigabbard

• Campaign Website: https://www.tulsi2020.com/contact#gs.w9wtlz

Email:  aloha@votetulsi.com

FEC C-SPAN

House re-elect:  FEC | Open Secrets 

 Indep: runtulsirun.net organization timeline


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Amy Klobuchar (D) U.S. senator from Minnesota

• Twitter: http://twitter.com/amyklobuchar

• Facebook: http://facebook.com/amyklobuchar

• Email: info@amyklobuchar.com

• Campaign Website: https://amyklobuchar.com

FEC
C-SPAN
18 re-elect:  FEC | Open Secrets  
PAC:  FEC | Open Secrets  
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timeline


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Bernie Sanders (I) U.S. senator from Vermont

• Twitter: https://twitter.com/BernieSanders?s=09

• Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/berniesanders/

• Campaign Website: https://berniesanders.com/contact-us/

Email : contact@feelthebern.org

FEC C-SPAN P2016 Our Revolution  

 Indep.: Organizing for Bernie 

America Rising organization timeline


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Tom Steyer (D) founder of Farallon Capital Management

• Twitter: https://twitter.com/tomsteyer

• Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/officialtomsteyer

• Campaign Website: https://www.tomsteyer.com/contact/

FEC C-SPAN Need to Impeach 

NextGen America TomKat Foundation 

organization timeline


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Elizabeth Warren (D) U.S. senator from Massachusetts

• Twitter: https://twitter.com/ewarren

• Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ElizabethWarren/

• Phone: 617-565-3170

• Email: info@elizabethwarren.com

• Campaign Website: https://elizabethwarren.com/contact-us

FEC  C-SPAN P2016 

America Rising organization timeline


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Mike lBloomberg (D)

• Twitter:  @MikeBloomberg

• Email: 

• Campaign Website:
mikebloomberg.com


 FEC C-SPAN Independence USA PAC  

 FEC organization timeline

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Campaign Staffers

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Positions on Pain, Opioids, Addiction & Disability

 Democrats have talked a lot about holding drug companies accountable for their role in fueling the opioid crisis and curtailing excessive prescriptions for opioid painkillers.   


Democratic Presidential Candidates Promote Dangerous Opioid Myths


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Former Vice President Joe Biden:   Biden’s health care plan, which seeks to build on Obamacare with a public option for health insurance and better enforcement of coverage rules, would help boost access to drug addiction treatment, according to his campaign. His criminal justice plan would also boost spending on treatment. And it would use treatment over incarceration for people with drug problems, as well as offer treatment to people in jail or prison. On the campaign trail, Biden has spoken aboutpulling back opioid prescriptions and holding drug companies accountable for their role in fueling the opioid crisis.

  • “Today we are making an unprecedented commitment to combat the growing problem of prescription drug abuse,” said Vice President Biden. “The Government, as well as parents, patients, health care providers, and manufacturers all play a role in preventing abuse. This plan will save lives, and it will substantially lessen the burden this epidemic takes on our families, communities, and workforce.” -- April 19, 2011 - 


Source:

https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/ondcp/news-releases-remarks/obama-administration-releases-action-plan 



What is your perspective on pain medications (especially opioids) for those with chronic pain and how does that fit into your health care plans?

Consistent access to quality, affordable health care is a right, not a privilege. This includes ensuring that Americans living with chronic pain have access to medications that help them manage their pain. I will invest in research that will focus on developing less addictive types of prescription drugs for pain. And, as I noted earlier, I’ll end pharmaceutical companies’ abuse of power and put a stop to runaway drug prices, including by limiting launch prices for any new, less addictive pain medications. In addition, I will give every American access to health care to address, as much as medically possible, the underlying causes of the chronic pain they are enduring.


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Rep. Tulsi Gabbard on Opioids: https://www.tulsigabbard.org/tulsi-gabbard-on-opioid-addiction


Gabbard has a LONG history AGAINST prescription opioids which is clear by reviewing her voting record and bills she's introduced, sponsored, and supported during her time in Congress. 


  • As we look at treatment options and support for those dealing with this addiction, it’s important that we actually focus on the root cause of the problem,” Gabbard said on the House floor in support of the legislation. “We have seen for decades how major pharmaceutical companies have misled the FDA, doctors, and patients about the safety and risks of opioid dependency on commonly prescribed prescription drugs in their efforts to sell more drugs.”


Gabbard introduced a bill to hold top company executives and drug manufacturers criminally liable for misleading opioid marketing. Her statements on the opioid crisis have typically focused on holding opioid companies accountable, with little attention to boosting drug addiction treatment or harm reduction services.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders: Sanders cosponsored Warren’s bill to commit $100 billion over 10 years to drug addiction treatment and harm reduction programs. He has also argued that Medicare-for-all will guarantee access to addiction treatment. In his criminal justice plan, he backed supervised consumption sites and needle exchanges, and emphasized the need to move away from locking up people with drug addiction and instead giving them access to treatment. And he’s introduced legislation that would aimto “hold CEOs of drug companies criminally liable for illegal advertising, marketing, or distribution of opioids,” among other steps to reduce access to opioids.

Bernie Sanders: https://feelthebern.org/bernie-sanders-on-drug-policy/#addressing-the-heroin-epidemic



What is your perspective on pain medications (especially opioids) for those with chronic pain and how does that fit into your health care plans?

Roughly 50 million Americans struggle with chronic pain. Bernie will ensure they get the treatment they need by passing Medicare for All to guarantee health care as a human right. At the same time we address the addiction crisis in this country, we must cover the full range of pain management treatments including pain medications for people struggling with chronic pain and offer the option of evidence-based alternatives when appropriate. 



When Bernie is President, he will:


  • Pass Medicare for All to provide pain management care and treatments to everyone with chronic pain issues. Under Medicare for All, we will stop the pharmaceutical industry from ripping off Americans by making sure that no one in America pays over $200 a year for the medicine they need by capping what Americans pay for prescription drugs. 

  • We will follow CDC guidance on pain management to ensure people with chronic pain receive the medication they need, and offer the option of evidence-based alternatives when appropriate. And we will educate providers on evidence-based best practice treatment options for chronic pain conditions.


  • Ensure that the nearly 1 in 6 Americans with chronic pain and the nearly 20 million with life-altering pain have access to pain management and treatment, including, where appropriate, access to pain medication. We will work actively to ensure that policies designed to curb opioid use in general do not result in people with disabilities who rely on opioids for chronic pain losing access to them, or being abruptly or forcibly tapered or abandoned in care altogether. We will also cover evidence-based alternatives for pain care, and invest in pain research and the education of clinicians about pain treatment.


  • And we need to remove the greed and profit motive from pharmaceutical companies, who willfully ignored the risks of misuse and hold those responsible accountable by passing the Opioid Crisis Accountability and Results Act.  This bill will prevent illegal distribution of opioids and large unreasonable number of opioids from flooding rural communities and states, hold CEOs of drug companies criminally liable for illegal advertising, marketing, or distribution of opioids, penalize drug manufacturers who do not comply with the new regulations by eliminating patent exclusivity and require federal funds received by the company to be reimbursed to the government, and create and enforce fines on drug manufacturers who are found liable for worsening the opioid crisis.


Link to Full Proposal :
https://berniesanders.com/issues/fighting-for-disability-rights/

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren:   Warren has introduced a bill that would commit $100 billion over 10 years to fight drug addiction — a huge investment in treatment and harm reduction programs, focused on evidence-based practices like opioid addiction medications and naloxone. She’s also acknowledged the role of health insurance, including Medicare-for-all, to help cover addiction treatment. In her criminal justice plan,  Warren called for diverting people with drug addictions from prison to treatment, and backed needle exchanges and supervised consumption sites. And she’s supported separate legislation that would impose criminal penalties on big company executives that “knowingly hurt people through criminal negligence — such as fueling the opioid crisis.”


Warren Says Pain Patients Shouldn't Lose Access to Prescription Opioids in Virtual Town Hall for Folks with Disabilities



What is your perspective on pain medications (especially opioids) for those with chronic pain and how does that fit into your health care plans?

It is essential that programs and policies meant to deter opioid abuse do not force millions of Americans to lose access to critical medicine and live in pain. My administration will take care to balance both priorities. We will also work to increase access to alternative pain management treatments by legalizing marijuana and ensuring other substances are appropriately scheduled by the Drug Enforcement Administration.



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Mayor Bloomberg vs. painkillers

A Seven-Step Plan for Ending the Opioid Crisis - Bloomberg


“So we now have a politician directly dictating medical policy to doctors at city hospitals.” [Radley Balko]

P.S. In the mayor’s view, just as you can’t make an omelet without breaking eggs, so you can’t fight painkiller abuse without overriding doctors’ judgment: “so you didn’t get enough painkillers and you did have to suffer a little bit…. there’s nothing perfect.” [Colin Campbell, Politicker]

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Mayor Bloomberg: Feel the Pain! - IWF
Jan 11, 2013 · “I'm saving these for when it really gets bad,” she'd say, although she was already in severe pain. ... Yesterday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and city officials unveiled a new initiative to limit supplies of ...

Opioid Emergency: Why Is There Not More Action, Asks Michael Bloomberg And Others - Forbes
Jan 11, 2018 · Businessman, philanthropist, and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg offered 7 steps to ... We must stop doctors from over-prescribing opioids, especially when non-addictive pain



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OTHER  ISSUES:


Positions on Mental Health and Addiction:

https://www.mentalhealthforus.net/voters/candidate-positions/

VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN (D)

REPRESENTATIVE TULSI GABBARD (D-HI)

SENATOR BERNIE SANDERS (D-VT)

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP (R)

SENATOR ELIZABETH WARREN (D-MA)

GOVERNOR BILL WELD (R)


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DISABILITY RIGHTS 


2020 Presidential Questionnaire on Disability Policies

 2020 Presidential elections will have significant implications for 20 percent of the US population- people with disabilities. 


As we move towards election day, the American Association of People with Disabilities’ (AAPD) REV UP Campaign and the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) have developed a Presidential Questionnaire on Disability Policies. Through their responses to this questionnaire candidates will share their views and positions on key disability policy priorities.


“There will be over 35 million eligible voters with disabilities in 2020. We encourage all the Presidential candidates to engage the Disability vote,” said Maria Town, President & CEO of AAPD. “Our organizations are committed to empowering our community and speaking out about critical issues with the candidates.”


You can find a copy of the Presidential Questionnaire on Disability Policies through this link: https://www.aapd.com/2020-presidential-candidate-questionnaire-on-disability-policies/


Candidates views about DISABILITY, inclusion, and accessibility. 


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Contact the candidates using the information on this page and ask where they stand on prescribing opioid pain medications for chronic intractable pain. 


Democratic Candidates HERE


CLICK HERE FOR LIST OF CAMPAIGNS ORGANIZATIONAL INFO


Key upcoming primaries and party events in the 2020 election:

February 3, 2020: Iowa caucuses
February 11, 2020: New Hampshire primary
March 3, 2020: Super Tuesday primaries


Key Campaign Staffers:

https://ballotpedia.org/Presidential_election_key_staffers,_2020 


2020 Candidates 

http://www.democracyinaction.us/2020/candidates/candsdem.html 



Questions for Candidates to post on social media & email:



Millions of chronically ill veterans & civilians have been suffering the consequences of the crackdown on opioid prescribing.  We need immediate solutions that will protect legitimate patients and the doctors who treat us.  Contrary to the public narrative, these patients have been on stable opiate pain medications for decades with NO issues and a minute risk of addiction, but are being forced to reduce or discontinue their meds nonetheless. The government's drastic restrictions have done NOTHING to reduce addiction or overdose deaths. 


Study after study finds that the risk of addiction is 0.6%, yet the media has repeatedly omitted this information. The government has admitted that its own data and statistics originally reported by the CDC and other federal agencies was manipulated and highly inflated to advance the “anti opioid” agenda.  


The media only highlights ONE side of this "crisis" when in actuality we are dealing with TWO separate crises:


#1 Illicit Street Drug Crisis:  Causing addiction and thousands of overdose deaths primarily fueled by adulterated heroin, meth, cocaine, counterfeit pills, and illicitly manufactured black market fentanyl (IMF) & its analogs. 


#2 Untreated/Undertreated pain crisis: Causing various complications, strokes, heart failure, suicide, and pushing some to seek relief from alcohol or the DEADLY illicit market out of sheer desperation.


We are SINGLE ISSUE VOTERS and have the numbers to SWAY the election to ensure VICTORY for whomever publicly acknowledges & commits to protect our rights.  


What will you do to  ensure that people with chronic, painful conditions will have access to the full range of pain management modalities, including opioid pain medications, when they are appropriate and necessary?


Pain patients deserve the SAME attention & fervor from our elected representatives. 


PAIN EQUALITY NOW!  #PainPatientsVote 


Please reply to team@painwarriorsunite.com 


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NOVEMBER 3, 2020
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January 4 2021:
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Democratic presidential primary debates, 2019-2020

See also: Democratic presidential nomination, 2020


The following table provides an overview of the date, location, host, and number of participants in each scheduled 2020 Democratic presidential primary debate.



First Democratic primary debate June 26-27, 2019

Miami, Florida

NBC News, MSNBC, and Telemundo.  20 candidates


Second Democratic primary debate July 30-31, 2019

Detroit, Michigan

CNN  20 candidates


Third Democratic primary debate September 12, 2019

Houston, Texas

ABC News and Univision 10 candidates


Fourth Democratic primary debate  October 15, 2019

Westerville, Ohio

CNN and The New York Times


Fifth Democratic primary debate November 20, 2019

Georgia

MSNBC and The Washington Post TBA


Sixth Democratic primary debate December 2019 

TBA. 


Source: Ballotpedia

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Questions for Candidates to post on social media & email:


Millions of chronically ill veterans & civilians have been suffering the consequences of the crackdown on opioid prescribing.  We need immediate solutions that will protect legitimate patients and the doctors who treat us.  Contrary to the public narrative, these patients have been on stable opiate pain medications for decades with NO issues and a minute risk of addiction, but are being forced to reduce or discontinue their meds nonetheless. The government's drastic restrictions have done NOTHING to reduce addiction or overdose deaths. 


Study after study finds that the risk of addiction is 0.6%, yet the media has repeatedly omitted this information. The government has admitted that its own data and statistics originally reported by the CDC and other federal agencies was manipulated and highly inflated to advance the “anti opioid” agenda.  


The media only highlights ONE side of this "crisis" when in actuality we are dealing with TWO separate crises:


#1 Illicit Street Drug Crisis:  Causing addiction and thousands of overdose deaths primarily fueled by adulterated heroin, meth, cocaine, counterfeit pills, and illicitly manufactured black market fentanyl (IMF) & its analogs. 


#2 Untreated/Undertreated pain crisis: Causing various complications, strokes, heart failure, suicide, and pushing some to seek relief from alcohol or the DEADLY illicit market out of sheer desperation.


We are SINGLE ISSUE VOTERS and have the numbers to SWAY the election to ensure VICTORY for whomever publicly acknowledges & commits to protect our rights.  


What will you do to  ensure that people with chronic, painful conditions will have access to the full range of pain management modalities, including opioid pain medications, when they are appropriate and necessary?


Pain patients deserve the SAME attention & fervor from our elected representatives. 


PAIN EQUALITY NOW!  #PainPatientsVote 




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