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Bill Bradley on Abortion
Click here for 4 full quotes on Abortion OR other political leaders on Abortion.
  • Consistency on issues of principle matters. (Jan 2000)
  • Resist clinic bombings with full force of government. (May 1999)
  • Protect privacy of decision between woman and doctor. (May 1999)
  • Protect the reproductive rights of women. (Jan 1993)
Bill Bradley on Budget & Economy
Click here for 11 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR other political leaders on Budget & Economy.
  • Define national interest in human terms, not economic terms. (Aug 2000)
  • Fiscal restraint, open markets, invest in future. (Aug 2000)
  • Prosperity is a means to an end; goal is solving problems. (Aug 2000)
  • Disappointed, but voted for Clinton economic recovery plan. (Jun 1994)
  • Early supporter of simplifying taxes, cutting deficit & debt. (Jan 2000)
  • More for tech education since tech created surplus. (Jan 2000)
  • America’s prosperity must also benefit the poor. (Jan 2000)
  • Don’t raise taxes during economic downturns. (Dec 1999)
  • Re-appoint Alan Greenspan as Federal Reserve chairman. (Aug 1999)
  • Open markets; low taxes; research investments. (May 1999)
Bill Bradley on Civil Rights
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  • Quest for racial unity is a defining moral issue. (Aug 2000)
  • Whites should recognize “white skin privilege”. (Aug 2000)
  • The Christian right should not dominate politics. (Mar 2000)
  • Stop discrimination against same-sex domestic partnerships. (Mar 2000)
  • Civil rights are key to Supreme Court appointments. (Mar 2000)
  • The US should acknowledge African-American suffering. (Feb 2000)
  • Pull down Confederate flag immediately. (Jan 2000)
  • Affirmative action battles subtle racism. (Jan 2000)
  • End racial profiling by Executive Order. (Jan 2000)
  • Latinos should be on Supreme Court, but no commitment. (Jan 2000)
  • Rescind disenfranchisement if released felons keep straight. (Jan 2000)
  • I’ve seen racism, and it must end. (Jan 2000)
  • Gays should have same rights as others, except marriage. (Dec 1999)
  • Civil Rights Act & hate crime laws cover gays. (Oct 1999)
  • Opposed to same-sex marriages, but won’t ban them. (Sep 1999)
  • Posting Ten Commandments in schools seems unconstitutional. (Jun 1999)
  • Race relations solution: Talk & be vulnerable. (May 1999)
  • Racial unity is a defining moral issue. (Apr 1999)
  • In Senate, worked to safeguard rights of Native Americans. (Jan 1997)
  • Amendment: political spending is not free speech. (Jan 1996)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting same-sex marriage. (Sep 1996)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation. (Sep 1996)
  • Voted NO on Amendment to prohibit flag burning. (Dec 1995)
  • Voted NO on banning affirmative action hiring with federal funds. (Jul 1995)
Bill Bradley on Corporations
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Bill Bradley on Crime
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  • Police in Daillo shooting judged based on race. (Mar 2000)
  • Additional penalties for hate crimes based on race or gender. (Mar 2000)
  • No mandatory sentencing for first-time minor drug offenders. (Feb 2000)
  • Federal law should address racial profiling. (Feb 2000)
  • Combat terrorism with broad inter-agency approach. (Dec 1999)
  • Urban future: transform; or we’ll abandon or encircle. (Jan 1997)
  • Answer to crime is local, not federal. (Jan 1997)
  • Wiretap & deport suspected terrorists; use taggants. (Sep 1996)
  • Try teens as adults, but no death penalty. (Nov 1993)
  • Voted in favor of death penalty & against appeals. (Nov 1993)
  • Voted NO on limiting product liability punitive damage awards. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted YES on restricting class-action lawsuits. (Dec 1995)
  • Voted NO on repealing federal speed limits. (Jun 1995)
  • Voted NO on rejecting racial statistics in death penalty appeals. (May 1994)
Bill Bradley on Drugs
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  • More funds for drug treatment; tackle demand, not supply. (Mar 2000)
  • No mandatory sentencing for first-time drug offenders. (Jan 2000)
  • Candidates’ long-past drug use shouldn’t matter. (Dec 1999)
  • Candidate drug use matters; admits pot but no cocaine. (Sep 1999)
  • “Just Say No” is ignored by urban kids. (Jan 1997)
  • Voted against more funds for int’l narcotics control. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted NO on spending international development funds on drug control. (Jul 1996)
Bill Bradley on Education
Click here for 26 full quotes on Education OR 5 older headlines OR other political leaders on Education.
  • University partnerships: get teachers into high-need schools. (Aug 2000)
  • Use budget surplus for more teachers & more Head Start. (Feb 2000)
  • Measure performance; close lowest-performing schools. (Feb 2000)
  • 400,000 more in Head Start; 2,000 more after-school programs. (Jan 2000)
  • “Lifetime education” from birth to every life stage. (Jan 2000)
  • Education excellence begins with 60,000 great new teachers. (Jan 2000)
  • Education plan: $90B over 10 years. (Jan 2000)
  • Feds should fulfill special ed commitments. (Oct 1999)
  • Scholarships & loans to create 60,000 new teachers. (Oct 1999)
  • Spirit of experimentation is solution to urban schools. (Oct 1999)
  • $400M per year for community colleges for tech & jobs. (Oct 1999)
  • $200 per month stipends to elderly mentors. (Oct 1999)
  • Posting Ten Commandments in schools seems unconstitutional. (Jun 1999)
  • Send urban kids to boarding school communities. (Jan 1997)
  • Voted for National Service & summer youth programs. (Sep 1995)
  • Voted against school prayer; for condom distribution. (Jul 1994)

    School Choice

  • More info on schools so parents can choose what is best. (Aug 2000)
  • Allow parents to move to better-performing public schools. (Feb 2000)
  • Vouchers gave parents a chance, but system isn’t big enough. (Feb 2000)
  • Supports experimenting, but vouchers are not the answer. (Jan 2000)
  • Voted for voucher experiments; now focus on public schools. (Jan 2000)
  • Vouchers are not the solution to schools’ problems. (Jan 2000)
  • Voted for vouchers & for school choice, including private. (Jul 1994)
  • Voted NO on $75M for abstinence education. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted YES on national education standards. (Feb 1994)
Bill Bradley on Energy & Oil
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  • Prefers filling oil reserves to developing synfuels. (Aug 2000)
  • Open up Strategic Oil Reserve now, to reduce oil prices. (Jan 2000)
  • Apply CAFE standards to SUVs. (Oct 1999)
  • Supports ethanol in gas to ease farm crisis. (Aug 1999)
  • Voted NO on do not require ethanol in gasoline. (Aug 1994)
Bill Bradley on Environment
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  • Protecting environment is ultimate enlightened self-interest. (Aug 2000)
  • 2-year effort in 1990 changed CA water allocations. (Jan 2000)
  • Local stewardship works for NH’s White Mountains. (Jan 2000)
  • Supports more pollution cleanup & pollution prevention. (Oct 1999)
  • Let people experience something bigger than themselves. (Oct 1999)
  • Improve air quality by getting old clunkers off the road. (Oct 1999)
  • Fight pollution to preserve nature for our children. (May 1999)
  • Controlling Mississippi River is arrogance, not technology. (Jan 1997)
  • Voted YES on requiring EPA risk assessments. (May 1994)
Bill Bradley on Families & Children
Click here for 16 full quotes on Families & Children OR 3 older headlines OR other political leaders on Families & Children.
  • Enforce child support more. (Aug 2000)
  • Government partnership creates family infrastructure. (Aug 2000)
  • School violence: media responsibility & adult supervision. (Dec 1999)
  • Expand Family Leave laws. (Oct 1999)
  • Global economy ignores the 6:30 dinner hour. (Oct 1999)
  • Create a nationwide system for childcare. (Oct 1999)
  • $2.6B for preschool, childcare, colleges, and volunteers. (Oct 1999)
  • Proposed senior Americorps for mentoring kids. (Oct 1999)
  • Children are ignored because they have no political money. (Jun 1999)
  • Business; civil; govt; & parents: do more for kids. (Jun 1999)
  • Free parents to raise good kids, rather than blame them. (Jun 1999)
  • Children in poverty need health care and day care. (May 1999)
  • Urban kids need connections & family to find meaning. (Jan 1997)
  • Voted for National Service & summer youth programs. (Sep 1995)
  • Voted for V-Chip & telecomm self-censorship. (Jun 1995)
Bill Bradley on Foreign Policy
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  • Increase foreign aid; US is last per capita. (Aug 2000)
  • Freedom Exchange Act: Funding for people-to-people contact. (Aug 2000)
  • Don’t provoke Russia; no more NATO expansion. (Aug 2000)
  • Move towards new post-Cold War stability & mentality. (Jan 2000)
  • Russia: Missed opportunity to disarm & communicate. (Jan 2000)
  • East Timor worked; use UN instead of US elsewhere. (Oct 1999)
  • Puerto Rico: Support their expressed will; provide more aid. (Aug 1999)
  • Foster middle-class abroad; focus on 5 key countries. (May 1999)
  • US has an obligation to lead the world. (Dec 1998)

    China

  • No reason to think of China as an enemy. (Aug 2000)
  • Be direct with Taiwan & China: Maintain status quo. (Dec 1999)
  • Cox Report: Focus on security lapse, not espionage. (Aug 1999)
  • Reaffirm “One China,” but defend Taiwan. (Aug 1999)
  • Voted YES on Strengthening of the trade embargo against Cuba. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted YES on ending Vietnam embargo. (Jan 1994)
Bill Bradley on Free Trade
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  • Open trade raises prosperity and increases freedom. (Aug 2000)
  • WTO is first step in worldwide economic system. (Aug 2000)
  • Keep tabs on China using WTO. (Mar 2000)
  • All refugees should be granted rights to stay in US. (Jan 2000)
  • Rely on the WTO to export beef to Europe. (Jan 2000)
  • More truck inspectors at Mexican border, within NAFTA. (Oct 1999)
  • NAFTA, WTO, and world trade solve economic problems. (Aug 1999)
  • Smarter workers needed to compete in global market. (Jan 1997)
  • For GATT, NAFTA, & Fast Track; No retaliatory sanctions. (May 1995)
  • Voted against MFN & for linkage to human rights. (Oct 1992)
  • Voted NO on imposing trade sanctions on Japan for closed market. (May 1995)
Bill Bradley on Government Reform
Click here for 19 full quotes on Government Reform OR 8 older headlines OR other political leaders on Government Reform.
  • Replace soft money with public campaign finance. (Aug 2000)
  • Political money eats away at fabric of democracy. (Aug 2000)
  • Make voter registration easier. (Aug 2000)
  • Supreme Court nominees should interpret adjustable law. (Mar 2000)
  • Money corrupts democracy. (Jan 2000)
  • Take special interests out of politics by banning soft money. (Jan 2000)
  • Campaign reform equals government reform. (Dec 1999)
  • Grassroots efforts are more powerful than Congress. (Dec 1999)
  • Campaign reform needs support from people, business, & Pres. (Oct 1999)
  • Campaign reform: Free TV; mail-in voting; Voter Leave. (Aug 1999)
  • Ban soft money; it breaches “one person, one vote”. (Aug 1999)
  • No PAC contributions; no “soft money” advertising. (May 1999)
  • National gov’t needed to balance corruption of local gov’t. (Jan 1997)
  • Politicians seeking press is OK if not flash over substance. (Jan 1997)
  • Amendment: political spending is not free speech. (Jan 1996)
  • To qualify for funding, candidates must debate. (Jan 1996)
  • Voted YES on Approving the presidential line-item veto. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted NO on banning more types of Congressional gifts. (Jul 1995)
Bill Bradley on Gun Control
Click here for 15 full quotes on Gun Control OR other political leaders on Gun Control.
  • Money determines gun laws instead of child safety. (Aug 2000)
  • Beating the NRA must come from concerted leadership. (Mar 2000)
  • Tough gun laws & tough leadership to stop child tragedies. (Mar 2000)
  • Gore was a conservative Congressman who voted with NRA. (Feb 2000)
  • Register and license all handguns. (Feb 2000)
  • Ban gun sales in residential neighborhoods. (Feb 2000)
  • Register and license all handguns. (Jan 2000)
  • Register & license all 65 million handguns. (Jan 2000)
  • Gun control leads to safe schools. (Dec 1999)
  • Stand up to the NRA. (Sep 1999)
  • Ban Saturday Night Specials; plus other “common-sense”. (Aug 1999)
  • For registration & licensing; against freely re-selling. (Aug 1999)
  • Ban inexpensive “junk” handguns. (Jun 1999)
  • Register guns; limit buyers to one per month. (Jun 1999)
Bill Bradley on Health Care
Click here for 19 full quotes on Health Care OR 8 older headlines OR other political leaders on Health Care.
  • Health care should assure Americans that they are cared for. (Aug 2000)
  • Mandatory insurance for children, at birth, federally paid. (Aug 2000)
  • The disabled should not be punished for working. (Mar 2000)
  • Pledges better health plan for every Medicaid patient. (Feb 2000)
  • Help HIV-infected with Ryan White Act and health centers. (Feb 2000)
  • “Outrageous scare tactics” on Medicare’s HIV treatment. (Feb 2000)
  • Fought for longer maternity stays; will fight for more. (Jan 2000)
  • All people on Medicaid should have a primary care physician. (Jan 2000)
  • Controlling smoking is key to health care reform. (Jan 2000)
  • Covering drugs is the key to reducing health care costs. (Jan 2000)
  • Replace Medicaid with competitive system. (Jan 2000)
  • All Americans should have access to affordable health care. (Dec 1999)
  • Fund reforms from surplus, medical Internet, & lower costs. (Oct 1999)
  • Create respite centers for Alzheimer’s patients & caregivers. (Oct 1999)
  • $650B over 10 yrs for children’s mandatory health insurance. (Oct 1999)
  • Universal health care & health insurance coverage. (Aug 1999)
  • More coverage; doctors in charge of HMOs. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on blocking medical savings acounts. (Apr 1996)
Bill Bradley on Homeland Security
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  • Make post-Cold War choices: pay personnel, not for bases. (Aug 2000)
  • Strengthen Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. (Aug 2000)
  • Make military pay attractive again. (Mar 2000)
  • It’s time for a post-Cold War (smaller) defense budget. (Jan 2000)
  • The UN, not the US, is the world’s policeman. (Jan 2000)
  • Bring Test Ban Treaty back to Senate, and pass it. (Oct 1999)
  • Let gays serve openly in military. (Sep 1999)
  • Eliminate weapons systems unnecessary in post-Cold War. (May 1999)
  • Voted against nuke tests; Somalia; continuing draft. (Jun 1996)
  • Voted against SDI, Trident II, Seawolf, F-18s, & B-2s. (Jun 1996)
  • Voted for landmine ban; CIA disclosure; loose nukes. (Aug 1995)
  • Voted NO on considering deploying NMD, and amending ABM Treaty. (Jun 1996)
  • Voted NO on 1996 Defense Appropriations. (Sep 1995)
Bill Bradley on Immigration
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  • More immigration visas to fill labor needs. (Mar 2000)
  • Provide amnesty for immigrants who came before ‘82. (Mar 2000)
  • Pro-immigrant: public assistance; school funds; less INS. (May 1996)
  • Anti-immigrant: More Border Patrol; more info-sharing. (May 1996)
Bill Bradley on Jobs
Click here for 8 full quotes on Jobs OR 3 older headlines OR other political leaders on Jobs.
  • Raise minimum wage now; index it for later. (Aug 2000)
  • Family farms have no safety net; need foreign markets. (Jan 2000)
  • Strengthen unionization laws & defend right-to-organize. (Dec 1999)
  • Ethanol makes sense for Midwest, but not for NJ. (Nov 1999)
  • Raise minimum wage; more unions; low-income tax cuts. (Aug 1999)
  • Supports unions for home-health & day-care workers. (Aug 1999)
  • Soil erosion causes more damage than floods. (Jan 1997)
  • Export unionism abroad. (Jan 1997)
Bill Bradley on Principles & Values
Click here for 24 full quotes on Principles & Values OR 12 older headlines OR other political leaders on Principles & Values.
  • Endorses Howard Dean, citing free-media presence. (Jan 2004)
  • The journey from here to change the world. (Sep 2000)
  • Presidential campaign was about telling the truth. (Aug 2000)
  • The journey from here is to change the world. (Aug 2000)
  • Withdraws, supports Gore; “time for unity”. (Mar 2000)
  • Conviction of “creating a new politics” survives losing race. (Mar 2000)
  • Leaves race with respect for people over “politics as usual”. (Mar 2000)
  • No nickel-and-diming, no nibbling around the edges. (Jan 2000)
  • Should we take risks? If not now, when? If not us, who? (Jan 2000)
  • Religion is too private for politics. (Jan 2000)
  • Politics is a means to an end, not the end. (Jan 2000)
  • Mistakes are learning opportunities, even for a president. (Jan 2000)
  • Personal faith is private, even for a president. (Dec 1999)
  • Themes: Health insurance, racial unity, child poverty. (Oct 1999)
  • Private sector for 2 years made him ready to lead America. (Oct 1999)
  • Search for meaning beyond materialism will guide America. (Aug 1999)
  • Philosophy: Respect people; deal with big questions. (Aug 1999)
  • Basketball teamwork is similar to political teamwork. (Aug 1999)
  • Stick to ideals & stay above the fray of a “broken” system. (May 1999)
  • Campaign about trust and neighborliness. (Apr 1999)
  • People at “town meetings” form context for policy. (Jan 1997)
  • Big reforms are as hard as little reforms, so do big ones. (Jan 1997)
  • Small town upbringing made him prove himself by winning. (Jan 1997)
Bill Bradley on Social Security
Click here for 4 full quotes on Social Security OR other political leaders on Social Security.
  • Growing economy preserves trust fund best. (May 1999)
  • Budget surplus is a fiction; separate social security. (May 1999)
  • Voted NO on deducting Social Security payments on income taxes. (May 1996)
Bill Bradley on Tax Reform
Click here for 13 full quotes on Tax Reform OR other political leaders on Tax Reform.
  • Tax breaks for health insurance, working poor, & child care. (Feb 2000)
  • Better health insurance and schools before tax cuts. (Feb 2000)
  • Allied with Reagan to pass 1986 tax overhaul. (Jan 2000)
  • Not every tax cut is good for America. (Jan 2000)
  • Honesty compels avoiding ‘no new taxes’ pledge. (Dec 1999)
  • Veto $792B tax cut; surplus for health coverage & poverty. (Aug 1999)
  • Would veto proposed $792 billion tax cut. (Aug 1999)
  • Surplus should pay down debt, & help people in need. (Aug 1999)
  • Best income tax has low rates and few loopholes. (May 1999)
  • Driving force behind the 1986 Tax Reform Act. (Dec 1998)
  • Tax loopholes benefit few & distort market. (Jan 1997)
  • Bradley’s “Fair Tax” was basis for Reagan’s 1986 Tax Reform. (Jan 1997)
Bill Bradley on Technology
Click here for 14 full quotes on Technology OR other political leaders on Technology.
  • Internet gives people control over political information. (Sep 2000)
  • We gave away spectrum; give back free campaign air time. (Aug 2000)
  • Internet gives people control over political information. (Aug 2000)
  • Govt encryption standards will protect Internet privacy. (Mar 2000)
  • Close digital divide with teachers and “infostamp” vouchers. (Feb 2000)
  • Improve schools to remedy “digital divide”. (Jan 2000)
  • Cautious moratorium on Internet sales taxes. (Dec 1999)
  • Supports research, but no bold step to Mars. (Dec 1999)
  • Television time is not the exclusive property of the rich. (Dec 1999)
  • Internet connects politicians to voters. (May 1999)
  • For deregulation; consumer rights; limit media ownership. (Jun 1995)
  • Voted for V-Chip & telecomm self-censorship. (Jun 1995)
  • Voted YES on telecomm deregulation. (Feb 1996)
Bill Bradley on War & Peace
Click here for 9 full quotes on War & Peace OR other political leaders on War & Peace.
  • Rely on UN peacekeepers when no vital US interest. (Aug 2000)
  • Ask OPEC for more oil production. (Mar 2000)
  • Iraq: Isolate Saddam diplomatically; loosen grip on oil. (Jan 2000)
  • Should have foreseen & prevented Yugoslav actions. (May 1999)
  • Against intervention. (Apr 1999)
  • Establish exit strategy to avoid quagmire. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted YES on ending the Bosnian arms embargo. (Jul 1995)
  • Move the US Embassy to Jerusalem. (Nov 1995)
Bill Bradley on Welfare & Poverty
Click here for 14 full quotes on Welfare & Poverty OR 3 older headlines OR other political leaders on Welfare & Poverty.
  • Reducing teen pregnancy will reduce poverty. (Aug 2000)
  • 1M kids lost health insurance:’96 welfare reform didn’t work. (Jan 2000)
  • Opposed 1996 Welfare Reform; now “wait & see” how it’s used. (Jan 2000)
  • Welfare is down, but deep poverty is up. (Jan 2000)
  • Bad ideas: block grants; 5-year cutoff. (Aug 1999)
  • Good ideas: federal commitment, address single-parenting. (Aug 1999)
  • Welfare should not require mothers to work. (Apr 1999)
  • Cut poverty to help cities; not welfare or aff. action. (Jan 1997)
  • Against welfare block grants to states. (Sep 1995)
  • Enlist civil institutions & churches for welfare reform. (Sep 1995)
  • Voted NO on welfare block grants. (Aug 1996)
  • Voted YES on eliminating block grants for food stamps. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted NO on welfare overhaul. (Sep 1995)


VoteMatch Responses
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Based on these stances:
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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+5 points on Social scale)
Consistency on issues of principle matters: Neutral on topic 1
Resist clinic bombings with full force of government: Favors topic 1
Protect privacy of decision between woman and doctor: Strongly Favors topic 1
Protect the reproductive rights of women: Strongly Favors topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Quest for racial unity is a defining moral issue: Favors topic 2
The US should acknowledge African-American suffering: Favors topic 2
Affirmative action battles subtle racism: Favors topic 2
Latinos should be on Supreme Court, but no commitment: Favors topic 2
NO on banning affirmative action hiring with federal funds: Strongly Favors topic 2
Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+2 points on Social scale)
Stop discrimination against same-sex domestic partnerships: Strongly Favors topic 3
Gays should have same rights as others, except marriage: Favors topic 3
Opposed to same-sex marriages, but won’t ban them: Favors topic 3
YES on prohibiting same-sex marriage: Strongly Opposes topic 3
YES on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation: Strongly Favors topic 3
Strongly Opposes topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(+5 points on Social scale)
Opposed 1996 Welfare Reform; now “wait & see” how it’s used: Opposes topic 4
Religion is too private for politics: Opposes topic 4
Bad ideas: block grants; 5-year cutoff.: Opposes topic 4
Good ideas: federal commitment, address single-parenting: Opposes topic 4
Posting Ten Commandments in schools seems unconstitutional: Strongly Opposes topic 4
Enlist civil institutions & churches for welfare reform: Favors topic 4
Voted against school prayer; for condom distribution: Strongly Opposes topic 4
NO on $75M for abstinence education: Strongly Opposes topic 4
Strongly Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Mandatory insurance for children, at birth, federally paid: Strongly Favors topic 5
Pledges better health plan for every Medicaid patient: Favors topic 5
Covering drugs is the key to reducing health care costs: Favors topic 5
All Americans should have access to affordable health care: Strongly Favors topic 5
Fund reforms from surplus, medical Internet, & lower costs: Favors topic 5
$650B over 10 yrs for children’s mandatory health insurance: Strongly Favors topic 5
YES on blocking medical savings acounts: Favors topic 5
No opinion on topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(0 points on Economic scale)
Growing economy preserves trust fund best: Neutral on topic 6
Budget surplus is a fiction; separate social security: Favors topic 6
NO on deducting Social Security payments on income taxes: Opposes topic 6
Favors topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(+2 points on Economic scale)
More info on schools so parents can choose what is best: Favors topic 7
Vouchers gave parents a chance, but system isn’t big enough: Favors topic 7
Supports experimenting, but vouchers are not the answer: Opposes topic 7
Voted for voucher experiments; now focus on public schools: Favors topic 7
Voted for voucher experiments; now focus on public schools: Favors topic 7
Vouchers are not the solution to schools’ problems: Opposes topic 7
Voted for vouchers & for school choice, including private: Strongly Favors topic 7
Strongly Opposes topic 8:
Human needs over animal rights
(+5 points on Social scale)
Supports more pollution cleanup & pollution prevention: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Opposes topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(+2 points on Social scale)
Additional penalties for hate crimes based on race or gender: Favors topic 9
No mandatory sentencing for first-time minor drug offenders: Opposes topic 9
Answer to crime is local, not federal: Opposes topic 9
Voted in favor of death penalty & against appeals: Favors topic 9
NO on rejecting racial statistics in death penalty appeals: Opposes topic 9
Strongly Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Money determines gun laws instead of child safety: Opposes topic 10
Beating the NRA must come from concerted leadership: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Ban gun sales in residential neighborhoods: Opposes topic 10
Register & license all 65 million handguns: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Register guns; limit buyers to one per month: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Favors topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Not every tax cut is good for America: Strongly Favors topic 11
Honesty compels avoiding ‘no new taxes’ pledge: Strongly Favors topic 11
Would veto proposed $792 billion tax cut: Favors topic 11
Best income tax has low rates and few loopholes: Opposes topic 11
Strongly Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+5 points on Social scale)
More immigration visas to fill labor needs: Strongly Favors topic 12
Provide amnesty for immigrants who came before ‘82: Strongly Favors topic 12
Pro-immigrant: public assistance; school funds; less INS: Strongly Favors topic 12
Anti-immigrant: More Border Patrol; more info-sharing.: Opposes topic 12
Strongly Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Open trade raises prosperity and increases freedom: Strongly Favors topic 13
Rely on the WTO to export beef to Europe: Favors topic 13
NAFTA, WTO, and world trade solve economic problems: Strongly Favors topic 13
For GATT, NAFTA, & Fast Track; No retaliatory sanctions: Strongly Favors topic 13
Strongly Opposes topic 14:
Maintain US sovereignty from UN
(-5 points on Social scale)
The UN, not the US, is the world’s policeman: Strongly Opposes topic 14
East Timor worked; use UN instead of US elsewhere: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Opposes topic 15:
Expand the military
(+2 points on Social scale)
Make post-Cold War choices: pay personnel, not for bases: Opposes topic 15
Make military pay attractive again: Favors topic 15
It’s time for a post-Cold War (smaller) defense budget: Strongly Opposes topic 15
NO on 1996 Defense Appropriations: Opposes topic 15
NO on considering deploying NMD, and amending ABM Treaty: Opposes topic 15
Strongly Favors topic 16:
Stricter limits on political campaign funds
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Replace soft money with public campaign finance: Strongly Favors topic 16
Campaign reform needs support from people, business, & Pres.: Favors topic 16
Project Independence: his grassroots campaign finance reform: Favors topic 16
Campaign reform: Free TV; mail-in voting; Voter Leave.: Strongly Favors topic 16
Children are ignored because they have no political money: Favors topic 16
Reduce the role of money in political campaigns: Strongly Favors topic 16
Strongly Favors topic 17:
Stay out of Iran
(+5 points on Social scale)
Increase foreign aid; US is last per capita: Strongly Favors topic 17
WTO is first step in worldwide economic system: Favors topic 17
Move towards new post-Cold War stability & mentality: Favors topic 17
Russia: Missed opportunity to disarm & communicate: Strongly Favors topic 17
US has an obligation to lead the world.: Strongly Favors topic 17
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Protecting environment is ultimate enlightened self-interest: Strongly Favors topic 18
Ethanol makes sense for Midwest, but not for NJ: Favors topic 18
Apply CAFE standards to SUVs: Strongly Favors topic 18
Supports ethanol in gas to ease farm crisis: Favors topic 18
NO on do not require ethanol in gasoline: Favors topic 18
Strongly Opposes topic 19:
Never legalize marijuana
(+5 points on Social scale)
More funds for drug treatment; tackle demand, not supply: Opposes topic 19
No mandatory sentencing for first-time drug offenders: Opposes topic 19
“Just Say No” is ignored by urban kids: Opposes topic 19
Voted against more funds for int’l narcotics control: Strongly Opposes topic 19
NO on spending international development funds on drug control: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Strongly Favors topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Raise minimum wage now; index it for later: Strongly Favors topic 20
Disappointed, but voted for Clinton economic recovery plan: Strongly Favors topic 20
Early supporter of simplifying taxes, cutting deficit & debt: Opposes topic 20
Raise minimum wage; more unions; low-income tax cuts: Strongly Favors topic 20
Increase minimum wage; universal health coverage: Strongly Favors topic 20

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