Candidates on the Issues: The McRib

The 2020 election cycle is well underway, and many candidates have weighed in on a variety of topics. BeetPress will be visiting these topics to see where the candidates stand on the issues Americans care most about.

For many Americans, the McRib is a perennial McDonald’s favorite, but the pork patty served on a homestyle roll with barbecue sauce, slivered onions and sliced pickles is typically only available for a few weeks in October and November, depending on location. Some candidates feel the McRib should be more widely accessible, and some, not so much.

BERNIE SANDERS: The Vermont senator rolled out his McRib proposal in March calling the McRib a “fundamental human right”. His policy would make the McRib available all year, at all times, and in all locations.

JOE BIDEN: The former vice president has stated publicly that he supports the current system, saying “it’s always a special time of year where folks get to enjoy, enjoy a, you know, that pork sandwich, so I don’t see a reason to change a system that is already working.”

ELIZABETH WARREN: The Massachusetts senator has a plan for the McRib, stating “basically, I’m with Bernie on the McRib, but there are many ways to get there. We’re going to put together a framework to find the best path to all-year McRib access.”

KAMALA HARRIS: The California senator has announced that she supports McRib year round, but her proposal would limit availability of the sandwich to between the hours of 2pm and 4pm daily.

PETE BUTTIGIEG: The South Bend mayor has stated on numerous occasions that he favors a plan that would give consumers the choice of whether they can get a McRib year round, saying “what I’m proposing is a glidepath toward McRib access called McRibs for Those Who Want One. If you want a McRib in June, you’ll be able to call your local McDonalds franchise and they will source the ingredients and have a McRib ready for you within 3 to 4 days.”

JOHN DELANEY: The former congressman’s stated position is that he’s opposed to a McRib Year Round plan citing that it would reduce the overall quality of the McRib. Instead he favors a system that would extend McRib availability to three months per year.

AMY KLOBUCHAR: The Minnesota senator does not favor McRibs Year Round, saying “I read Bernie’s bill, and on page 8, it says we will no longer have Quarter Pounders with Cheese if the McRib is available all year. So, I think it’s a bad idea.”

BETO O’ROURKE: The former congressman is in favor of increasing access to the McRib, saying “I met the mother of a 15 year old girl in Odessa, and she wasn’t able to give her daughter the McRib she so desperately wanted. So hell yes, we’re going to make the McRib available year round!”

TULSI GABBARD: The Hawaii congresswoman has come out with a plan called McRib Choice, in which the McRib as we know it will be available for a few weeks, but for the rest of the year, customer’s will be able to order an Aloha McRib, which is basically a McRib but with a pineapple ring instead of a pork patty.

ANDREW YANG: The entrepreneur proposes giving Americans $1000 and letting them figure out how to get a McRib on their own, but warns that before long, the McRib will be made by robots.

Julian Castro, Cory Booker, and Marianne Williamson have not yet released their McRib proposals.

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