Tom Steyer on Government Reform

Democratic Presidential Challenger; CEO


I'm the only candidate who'll talk about term limits

What I've done is to try to push power down to the America people, to take power away from the corporations who've bought our government. And I'm talking now about structural reform in Washington, D.C.: Term limits.

If you want bold change in the United States, you're going to have to have new and different people in charge. I'm the only person on this stage who will talk about term limits. Vice President Biden won't. Senator Sanders won't. Even Mayor Pete Buttigieg will not talk about term limits and structural change. I would let the American people pass laws themselves through direct democracy. It's time to push the power back to the people and away from D.C.

Source: November Democratic primary debate in Atlanta , Nov 20, 2019

Electoral victories require high turnout among young people

I think it's important that the Democratic Party not only beat Donald Trump in 2020 but have a sweeping victory across the country. And what that's going to mean is turnout. The Democratic Party keeps talking about trying to persuade a few people who are Republicans to like us, when up to half the people don't vote at all because they think, "neither party tells the truth; no one deals with my issues; the system is broken; why would we vote?"

But what we've found at NextGen America is that is the start of a conversation about why votes are so important. And if you look at 2018 and flipping the House, what really happened was Democratic voting went up. In the 38 congressional districts where NextGen America was turning out young people, the turnout went up by more than 100%, more than double.

So for us to win, for whoever's the candidate, to have a Senate that's Democratic, it's a turnout question. We're going to have to tell the truth and we're going to organize across this country.

Source: November Democratic primary debate in Atlanta , Nov 20, 2019

12-year Congressional term limits for generational shift

Q: Should the Equality Act apply to sexual orientation but not gender identity, as some in Congress are seeking?

STEYER: What I have done for the last 10 years is to try and organize Americans at the grassroots to push for justice throughout the society. So in this case, I understand that there may be people in the Congress who will push for the wrong thing, and it seems to me the only real way to push back against them is to go to the grassroots and get the people, their constituents, to push. I've also talked about putting in term limits for congresspeople and senators. One of the things that's true in the United States about attitudes towards the LGBTQ community is that there's been a generational shift. And if we, in fact, push through what I've talked about, that people in D.C. find very awkward and unnerving, 12-year term limits for congresspeople and senators, we'd get a wave of new blood into the Congress of the United States.

Source: CNN LGBT Town Hall , Oct 10, 2019

Government is broken; push power back to people

We have a broken government, it's been corrupted by corporate money, we need to push the power back to the American people, retake the democracy. I've been doing that successfully from the outside for 10 years. If we're going to take back this democracy, is someone going to lead it who's successfully done it from the outside or a bunch of people from Washington D.C., the insiders, going to reform the government that is failing the American people and that everybody kno
Source: ABC This Week interviews in 2019 , Jul 14, 2019

Opposes Citizens United decision

In a November 2014 interview, Steyer said that he opposes Citizens United vs. FEC, a 2010 Supreme Court decision which allows unlimited corporate donations to super PACs.
Source: Townhall.com on 2020 Democratic primary , Jul 9, 2019

Opposes Citizens United ruling on corporate donations

In a November 2014 interview, Steyer said that he opposes Citizens United vs. FEC, a 2010 Supreme Court decision which allows unlimited corporate donations to super PACs.

In October 2017, Steyer invested $10 million in a television ad campaign calling for the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

Source: Townhall.com, 2019 interview series , Jul 9, 2019

It's up to us to un-rig the voting system

The Right to an Equal Vote: A true democracy depends on the broadest participation possible. But as things stand now, all Americans do not have an equal vote. The struggle to make sure everyone is allowed an actual voice in our democracy is ongoing, and it's up to us to un-rig the system that continues to favor wealthy corporate donors.

Deliberate voter suppression by Republicans, gerrymandering, and corporate money flooding our politics have made it impossible for us to obtain equality in our government. Many people have to travel for hours to get to their polling location. Many more are faced with hours of wait time just to get inside. People worry they'll be penalized at their job for taking time to go to cast their ballot. This isn't fair or democratic, and now we have a president who is doing everything he can to exacerbate this inequality.

Voting must be easy and accessible, for every American. Without that, we are left governed by a democracy of dollars, not voters.

Source: 2020 presidential campaign website, TomSteyer.com , Jul 8, 2019

Electoral College votes should reflect popular vote

Source: Ballotpedia.org on California ballot measure voting records , Jul 2, 2019

Looking for old fashioned values, character and transparency

Q: Has President Trump made the whole prospect of successful business figures in public office more or less enticing?

STEYER: When I look at America today, what I am looking for is people who are willing to be transparent, who have real principles, who go back to what I think of as basic American values. I'm looking for people of character to stand up for the same values that have characterized our country for hundreds of years.

Source: Scott Simon, NPR host, on 2020 presidential hopefuls , Feb 10, 2018

Other candidates on Government Reform: Tom Steyer on other issues:
2020 Presidential Democratic Primary Candidates:
Sen.Michael Bennet (D-CO)
V.P.Joe Biden (D-DE)
Mayor Mike Bloomberg (I-NYC)
Gov.Steve Bullock (D-MT)
Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN)
Sen.Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Secy.Julian Castro (D-TX)
Rep.John Delaney (D-MD)
Rep.Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)
Sen.Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Gov.Deval Patrick (D-MA)
Sen.Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
CEO Tom Steyer (D-CA)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Marianne Williamson (D-CA)
CEO Andrew Yang (D-NY)

2020 GOP and Independent Candidates:
Rep.Justin Amash (Libertarian-MI)
CEO Don Blankenship (C-WV)
Howie Hawkins (Green-NY)
Gov.Larry Hogan (R-MD)
Gov.John Kasich (R-OH)
V.P.Mike Pence (R-IN)
Gov.Mark Sanford (R-SC)
CEO Howard Schultz (I-WA)
Pres.Donald Trump (R-NY)
Gov.Jesse Ventura (I-MN)
V.C.Arvin Vohra (Libertarian-MD)
Rep.Joe Walsh (R-IL)
Gov.Bill Weld (L-NY,R-MA)
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2020 Withdrawn Democratic Candidates:
State Rep.Stacey Abrams (D-GA)
Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-NYC)
Sen.Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
Sen.Mike Gravel (D-AK)
Sen.Kamala Harris (D-CA)
Gov.John Hickenlooper (D-CO)
Gov.Jay Inslee (D-WA)
Mayor Wayne Messam (D-FL)
Rep.Seth Moulton (D-MA)
Rep.Beto O`Rourke (D-TX)
Rep.Tim Ryan (D-CA)
Adm.Joe Sestak (D-PA)
Rep.Eric Swalwell (D-CA)
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