RELEASE: In Second Debate, Tom Barrett Confirms He Opposes Gay Marriage, Corporate Taxation, and Lower Drug Prices

 In America

October 6, 2022 


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In Second Debate, Tom Barrett Confirms He Opposes Gay Marriage, Corporate Taxation, and Lower Drug Prices

LANSING, Mich.— U.S. Representative Elissa Slotkin’s second debate of the cycle aired live Thursday night on Lansing’s WLNS. The head-to-head debate made clear Barrett’s position on a number of key issues and foreshadows how he would vote on these issues as a member of Congress. The most remarkable moment of the night was Barrett’s admission that he continues to oppose gay marriage. 

  1. Barrett voted to ban gay marriage and continues to oppose it 18 years later.

When asked if he accepted gay marriage, Barrett said “I’m not someone who favors that.” Barrett went on to say that he supported the 2004 Michigan ballot measure that banned gay marriage in the state. He voiced opposition to the Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, the ruling that legalized gay marriage across the country. 

In June, when the Supreme Court overturned Roe, it also put down a marker that other decisions—particularly Obergefell—could also be reconsidered, making gay marriage and issue that could very well come before Congress. Upwards of 70% of Michiganders support gay marriage. Congresswoman Slotkin’s mother came out in 1986 and lived the rest of her life as a gay woman.

  1. Barrett doesn’t feel that billion-dollar companies need to pay their fair share.

Barrett took the side of Amazon and other billion-dollar companies over everyday people. He dodged questions about whether he supported a broadly-popular 15% minimum corporate tax on companies making a billion dollars or more in annual profits. Barrett even said that asking corporations to pay their fair share was causing the off-shoring of manufacturing jobs to places like China, a widely-debunked claim

  1. Barrett doesn’t support recent healthcare reforms, including allowing Medicare to negotiate down drug prices and capping the cost of insulin.

Barrett said he would have voted against healthcare reforms, including allowing Medicare to negotiate down drug prices, capping out-of-pocket costs for seniors, and capping the cost of insulin, all of which were voted on in Congress in August. Allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices is a reform that commands the support of 83% of Americans—including 71% of Republicans—and is broadly considered to be one of the most popular policies in the country. While Barrett acknowledged that the cost of drugs are exorbitant, he also made clear that he doesn’t support capping the price of insulin, calling it ‘price fixing’.  

“Tonight, mid-Michigan saw that Tom Barrett wants to turn back the clock,” said Elissa Slotkin for Congress spokeswoman Lynsey Mukomel. “He opposes gay marriage, opposes requiring corporations to pay their fair share, and wouldn’t have voted to allow Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices. To our surprise, and to the surprise of many watching at home, the topic of Roe v. Wade was not brought up during the hour-long debate. This seems out of step given that Prop. 3 will be on our ballot and is expected to impact this election. We hope Mr. Barrett won’t escape scrutiny on his ‘100% Pro-Life – No Exceptions’ stance in the final 32 days of the campaign.”


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