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Donald Trump on Abortion
Click here for 14 full quotes on Abortion OR other candidates on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • Not acceptable to rip baby from womb in 9th month. (Oct 2016)
  • Overturn Roe v, Wade and return abortion laws to the states. (Oct 2016)
  • Millions are helped by Planned Parenthood, but defund it. (Feb 2016)
  • Planned Parenthood does great work on women's health. (Feb 2016)
  • Defund Planned Parenthood. (Oct 2015)
  • Planned Parenthood is important, but abortions must stop. (Aug 2015)
  • I have evolved on abortion issue, like Reagan evolved. (Aug 2015)
  • Ban late abortions; exceptions for rape, incest or health. (Jun 2015)
  • Undecided on embryonic stem cell research. (Apr 2011)
  • I am now pro-life; after years of being pro-choice. (Apr 2011)
  • I changed my views to pro-life based on personal stories. (Apr 2011)
  • I am pro-life; fight ObamaCare abortion funding. (Feb 2011)
  • Pro-choice, but ban partial birth abortion. (Jul 2000)
  • Favors abortion rights but respects opposition. (Dec 1999)
Donald Trump on Budget & Economy
Click here for 28 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR other candidates on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • We're dying at 1% GDP growth; we don't make things anymore. (Oct 2016)
  • Economic machine to increase US growth rate to 5% or 6%. (Oct 2016)
  • U.S. 1% growth is almost no growth, and due to high taxes. (Oct 2016)
  • FactCheck: Fed keeps interest rates low, but apolitically. (Sep 2016)
  • Our jobs are fleeing to Mexico; China uses us as piggy bank. (Sep 2016)
  • Worst recovery since Great Depression; we're in a bubble. (Sep 2016)
  • The Fed should refinance debt to reduce interest payments. (May 2016)
  • Make economy dynamic; bring back jobs from China & Mexico. (Oct 2015)
  • Use increasing debt ceiling as bargaining chip. (Oct 2015)
  • Strong on debt limit; ask for a pound of flesh. (Oct 2015)
  • Grow the economy at 6% annually by ending inversions. (Oct 2015)
  • Cut defense budget, & entire EPA & Dept. of Education. (Oct 2015)
  • If debt reaches $24T, that's the point of no return. (Jun 2015)
  • We prospered after 9/11; we'll prosper after Great Recession. (Apr 2010)
  • 2006: Warned about impending implosion of financial sector. (Apr 2010)
  • Prepare for upcoming crash, bigger than 1929. (Jul 2000)
  • Rent control only benefits a privileged minority. (Jul 1987)
  • One-time 14.25% tax on wealth, to erase national debt. (Nov 1999)
  • Predicts 35% boost to economy from eliminating national debt. (Nov 1999)

    Personal Finance

  • FactCheck: Paid income taxes for 3 years out of 5 in 1970s. (Sep 2016)
  • Not paying income taxes makes me smart. (Sep 2016)
  • Keep mortgage interest deduction; knock out carried interest. (Nov 2015)
  • Sought NYC deal with $4M property tax break. (Sep 2015)
  • We owe $19T and we need a businessman to bring us back. (Sep 2015)
  • Known for "You're Fired!" but it's unpleasant & disruptive. (Oct 2006)
  • Money is part of your reward for succeeding. (Oct 2006)
  • In early 1990s, I was $9B in debt; but I never went bankrupt. (Oct 2006)
  • Optimistic about future of Atlantic City. (Jul 1990)
Donald Trump on Civil Rights
Click here for 19 full quotes on Civil Rights OR other candidates on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • Sued in 1970s for racist rental policy, but same as everyone. (Sep 2016)
  • Respectfully check mosques; we have to look at profiling. (Jun 2016)
  • Put the Confederate flag in a museum, not on statehouses. (Jun 2016)
  • Sexual orientation is invalid reason for firing workers. (Jun 2016)
  • Promoted gender equality in a male-dominated industry. (Nov 2015)
  • I'm "fine" with affirmative action, for now. (Oct 2015)
  • Well-educated blacks have advantage over whites. (Sep 2015)
  • After Supreme Court vote, gay marriage is a reality. (Aug 2015)
  • I'm no misogynist; I put women in charge of construction. (Aug 2015)
  • I'm no misogynist; I put women in charge of construction. (Aug 2015)
  • Disinvited from RedState gathering for misogynistic comments. (Aug 2015)
  • Political correctness is country's problem, not my problem. (Aug 2015)
  • Obama's presidency has done nothing for African Americans. (Aug 2015)
  • Same-sex marriage is a state issue. (Jun 2015)
  • No gay marriage; no same-sex partner benefits. (Mar 2011)
  • Tolerate diversity; prosecute hate crimes against gays. (Jul 2000)
  • Created first club in Palm Beach open to blacks & Jews. (Oct 1997)
  • Women are far stronger than men; don't believe "weaker sex". (Oct 1997)
  • Created first club in Palm Beach open to blacks & Jews. (Oct 1997)
Donald Trump on Corporations
Click here for 26 full quotes on Corporations OR other candidates on Corporations OR background on Corporations.
  • Reducing taxes from 35% to 15% will be a job creator. (Sep 2016)
  • Get U.S. money back into U.S.: address corporate inversion. (Nov 2015)
  • 2002: Participated in development boom of Jersey City. (Apr 2012)
  • 0% corporate tax would create millions of jobs. (Dec 2011)
  • Fight crony capitalism with a level playing field. (Dec 2011)
  • Wealthy move assets around globally based on tax incentives. (Apr 2011)
  • First real estate deal: 1,200-unit residential foreclosure. (Oct 2006)
  • Vulture lawyers look for businesses known to settle cases. (Oct 1997)
  • Litigation system is abused to force deal negotiations. (Oct 1997)
  • Any business of any size will pay no more than 15% tax. (Nov 2015)

    Business Advice

  • I've used bankruptcy laws to do a great job for my companies. (Aug 2015)
  • Business is an acquired skill based on discipline & focus. (Apr 2010)
  • Pragmatic positive: be positive, but be realistic. (Apr 2010)
  • Being a know-it-all shuts the door on new ideas. (Apr 2010)
  • In the game of life, money is how you score. (Sep 2008)
  • A great deal when both sides win? That's a bunch of crap. (Sep 2008)
  • I trust my instinct on business deals as well as personal. (Sep 2008)
  • Recuperated from debt with hard work and intelligence. (Sep 2008)
  • How big you think determines how big a success you become. (Sep 2008)
  • Look below the daily news to identify big sweeping changes. (Sep 2008)
  • Learning to be spontaneous takes preparation & practice. (Oct 2006)
  • Move quickly from seeing problems to seeing solutions. (Oct 2006)
  • 12-hour working days are my norm, not an exception. (Oct 2006)
  • Do your research, but then trust your instincts. (Oct 2006)
  • Personal bankruptcy is a negotiating tool; I'd never do it. (Oct 1997)
  • We've all been victims of herd mentality on Wall Street. (Oct 1997)
Donald Trump on Crime
Click here for 12 full quotes on Crime OR other candidates on Crime OR background on Crime.
  • FactCheck: Stop-&-frisk unconstitutional but NYPD disagrees. (Sep 2016)
  • Stop-and-frisk worked very well in NYC. (Sep 2016)
  • Without law and order, we don't have a country. (Sep 2016)
  • Considers stop-and-frisk useful and tremendous beyond belief. (Sep 2016)
  • Police can't act due to disrespect; but weed out bad ones. (Feb 2016)
  • The police are the most mistreated people in America. (Jan 2016)
  • 1989 full-page newspaper ads: "Bring Back the Death Penalty. (Sep 2015)
  • Black lives matter, but we need strong police presence. (Aug 2015)
  • Capital punishment isn’t uncivilized; murderers living is. (Jul 2000)
  • Death penalty deters like violent TV leads kids astray. (Jul 2000)
  • Hold judges accountable; don’t reduce sentences. (Jul 2000)
  • For tough anti-crime policies; not criminals’ rights. (Jul 2000)
Donald Trump on Drugs
Click here for 12 full quotes on Drugs OR other candidates on Drugs OR background on Drugs.
  • Apply resources to stop the inflow of opioids into America. (Oct 2016)
  • Agrees with Hillary on cautious approach to legalizing pot. (May 2016)
  • Brother died of alcoholism; so Donald never touched alcohol. (Jan 2016)
  • Study legalization, but don't legalize now. (Nov 2015)
  • Yes to medical marijuana; otherwise, decide state by state. (Oct 2015)
  • 1990: Drug enforcement is a joke; 2015: only medical pot. (Oct 2015)
  • 1991: Illicit drugs should be decriminalized. (Sep 2015)
  • Legalize drugs and use tax revenue to fund drug education. (Apr 2011)
  • Never drinks, smokes, nor does drugs. (Feb 2011)
  • Gave second chance to Miss USA who got caught with drugs. (Sep 2008)
  • Fired Miss USA crown winner due to drug over-indulgence. (Dec 2006)
  • Never touched drugs, nor alcohol, tobacco, or coffee. (Jul 2000)
Donald Trump on Education
Click here for 18 full quotes on Education OR other candidates on Education OR background on Education.
  • FactCheck: More than figurehead at Trump U. (Jun 2016)
  • No federal government profit from student loans. (Nov 2015)
  • Let schools compete: charters, vouchers, and magnets. (Nov 2015)
  • Dept. of Education runs top-down one-size-fits-all system. (Nov 2015)
  • Cut Department of Education and Common Core. (Oct 2015)
  • We spend more per student than any other nation. (Jun 2015)
  • Common Core is a disaster. (Jun 2015)
  • Cut the Department of Education way, way down. (Jun 2015)
  • Founded Trump University to teach the art of deal-making. (Jun 2015)
  • Opposes Common Core. (Feb 2015)
  • Common Core means Washington tells you what to study. (Feb 2015)
  • Americans don't know their roots: study your ancestry. (Apr 2010)
  • Comprehensive education instead of limiting subjects. (Apr 2010)
  • I'm deeply and actively involved in Trump University. (Oct 2006)
  • Teach citizenship; stop “dumbing down”. (Jul 2000)
  • End “creative spelling,” “estimating,” & “empowerment”. (Jul 2000)
  • Bring on the competition; tear down the union walls. (Jul 2000)
  • School choice will improve public schools. (Jul 2000)
Donald Trump on Energy & Oil
Click here for 19 full quotes on Energy & Oil OR other candidates on Energy & Oil OR background on Energy & Oil.
  • EPA is killing energy companies; 1,000 years of clean coal. (Oct 2016)
  • Focus on disease & clean water, not "climate change". (Oct 2016)
  • America invested in solar panels and it was a disaster. (Sep 2016)
  • Green energy is just an expensive feel-good for tree-huggers. (Nov 2015)
  • We have 2 trillion barrels of oil; enough for 283 years. (Nov 2015)
  • Offered to oversee response to 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. (Sep 2015)
  • Wind energy projects are industrial monstrosities. (Sep 2015)
  • Windmills are destroying shorelines all over the world. (Aug 2015)
  • Solar hasn't caught on because it has a 32-year payback. (Aug 2015)
  • Maybe some climate change is manmade, but not all. (Jun 2015)
  • Climate change is a hoax. (Jun 2015)
  • No Cap-and-Tax: oil is this country's lifeblood. (Dec 2011)
  • Jobs will slump until our lifeblood--oil--is cheap again. (Dec 2011)
  • Enough natural gas in Marcellus Shale for 110 year supply. (Dec 2011)
  • Libya: No oil, no support; no exceptions. (Dec 2011)
  • It's incredible how slowly we're drilling for oil. (Mar 2011)
  • We need nuclear energy, and we need a lot of it fast. (Mar 2011)
  • Oil is the lifeblood of all economies. (Apr 2010)
  • Green buildings take 40 years to get investment back. (Sep 2008)
Donald Trump on Environment
Click here for 14 full quotes on Environment OR other candidates on Environment OR background on Environment.
  • Regulations by unelected officials reward special interests. (Oct 2016)
  • Eminent domain is something you need very strongly. (Feb 2016)
  • Cut the EPA; what they do is a disgrace. (Oct 2015)
  • Eminent domain pays more than fair market value. (Oct 2015)
  • Eminent domain is a very useful tool for job creation. (Oct 2015)
  • My sons love trophy hunting, but I'm not a believer. (Sep 2015)
  • Won't go to circuses that cut elephants due to animal rights. (Mar 2015)
  • Partner with environmentalists when undertaking projects. (Apr 2010)
  • Good development enhances the environment. (Jan 2008)
  • Asbestos got a bad rap from miners & mob-led movement. (Oct 1997)
  • Asbestos got a bad rap from miners & mob-led movement. (Oct 1997)
  • Humiliated NYC Mayor by finishing ice rink on time on budget. (Oct 1997)
  • Bureaucratic land use reviews make projects unbuildable. (Oct 1997)
  • FactCheck: Yes, hybrid family vehicles are available in US. ()
Donald Trump on Families & Children
Click here for 10 full quotes on Families & Children OR other candidates on Families & Children OR background on Families & Children.
  • I have great respect for women; despite locker-room talk. (Oct 2016)
  • Hillary and I agree on paid family leave. (Sep 2016)
  • Federal tax breaks to support child care costs. (Aug 2016)
  • Happiest people have great families & God in their lives. (Nov 2015)
  • Stress importance of a strong family, & a culture of Life. (Jun 2015)
  • Everyone getting married should have a prenuptial agreement. (Sep 2008)
  • Too many hollow compliments are not healthy for kids. (Sep 2008)
  • I would rather live a married life than be single. (Sep 2008)
  • Be cocky & confident & get all the women you want. (Sep 2008)
  • I seem to bring out either the best or worst in women. (Oct 1997)
Donald Trump on Foreign Policy
Click here for 43 full quotes on Foreign Policy OR other candidates on Foreign Policy OR background on Foreign Policy.
  • US cannot afford to be world's police; let NATO allies pay. (Sep 2016)
  • Brexit vote means people want to see borders. (Jun 2016)
  • U.S. has become dumping ground for everybody else's problems. (Feb 2016)
  • Ignore career diplomats who insist on nuance. (Nov 2015)
  • Reimbursement for US military bases in rich countries abroad. (Sep 2015)
  • Offered himself as Cold War nuclear-arms-treaty negotiator. (Sep 2015)
  • Support NATO, but it's not us against Russia. (Aug 2015)
  • When you love America, you protect it with no apologies. (Dec 2011)
  • Things change; empires come and go. (Apr 2010)
  • Use tough negotiators instead of naive academic people. (Sep 2008)
  • Persuasion, not power, is diplomacy at its best. (Oct 2006)
  • Countries and corporations must both evolve, or fade away. (Oct 2006)
  • Criticized Buchanan’s view on Hitler as appeasement. (Jul 2000)
  • Post-Cold War: switch from chess player to dealmaker. (Jul 2000)

    Mideast

  • Don't take sides with Israel, so we can lead negotiations. (Feb 2016)
  • I could negotiate a deal with Israel and Palestinians. (Feb 2016)
  • Figure out who our allies are. (Feb 2016)
  • Iran deal is one of the worst I've ever seen. (Feb 2016)
  • Let Russia bash ISIS; let Germany defend Ukraine. (Nov 2015)
  • Opening gates to Syrian refugees invites in ISIS. (Nov 2015)
  • Provide economic assistance to create a safe zone in Syria. (Oct 2015)
  • US should not train rebels it does not know or control. (Oct 2015)
  • Better to have Mideast strongmen than Mideast chaos. (Oct 2015)
  • Good that Russia is involved in Syria. (Oct 2015)
  • Stop sending aid to countries that hate us. (Sep 2015)
  • More sanctions on Iran; more support of Israel. (Jun 2015)

    Political Hotspots

  • Condemn Russian & any country's involvement in our elections. (Oct 2016)
  • FactCheck: Japan should defend itself, including with nukes. (Oct 2016)
  • FactCheck: No, Iran is not a trading partner of North Korea. (Sep 2016)
  • Iran has power over North Korea, as their trading partner. (Sep 2016)
  • Russia wants to defeat ISIS as badly as we do; work together. (Sep 2016)
  • Develop nukes in South Korea & Japan to counter North Korea. (Apr 2016)
  • China should make Kim Jong Un disappear. (Feb 2016)
  • China totally controls North Korea; they're just taunting us. (Jan 2016)
  • Diplomacy & respect crucial to our relationship with Russia. (Sep 2015)
  • Putin has no respect for America; I will get along with him. (Sep 2015)
  • We must deal with the maniac in North Korea with nukes. (Sep 2015)
  • Cuban embargo: 50 years is enough. (Sep 2015)
  • China is our enemy; they're bilking us for billions. (Dec 2011)
  • By 2027, tsunami as China overtakes US as largest economy. (Dec 2011)
  • Support Russia, but with strings attached. (Jul 2000)
  • China: lack of human rights prevents consumer development. (Jul 2000)
  • Be tougher on China-we’re too eager to please. (Jul 2000)
Donald Trump on Free Trade
Click here for 29 full quotes on Free Trade OR other candidates on Free Trade OR background on Free Trade.
  • I disagreed with Ronald Reagan on trade; we need better. (Oct 2016)
  • FactCheck: yes, Ford plant in Mexico, but no U.S. job cuts. (Sep 2016)
  • FactCheck: NAFTA reduced U.S. jobs by 1%, not 30% or 50%. (Sep 2016)
  • FactCheck: No, VATs are not tariffs against US exports. (Sep 2016)
  • Renegotiate NAFTA; they charge us 16%; we charge nothing. (Sep 2016)
  • Tax imports when U.S. companies manufacture abroad. (Sep 2016)
  • With a $58 billion trade deficit, Mexico will pay for wall. (Feb 2016)
  • Trade pacts are no good for us and no good for our workers. (Feb 2016)
  • Restrict free trade to keep jobs in US. (Oct 2015)
  • Disastrous deals because we don't have smart negotiators. (Jun 2015)
  • 35% import tax on Mexican border. (Jun 2015)
  • Stupid people negotiate our trade bills, & trade won't work. (Jun 2015)
  • 20% tax on all imported goods. (Dec 2011)
  • Fair trade instead of embarrassing deal with South Korea. (Dec 2011)
  • Embrace globalization and international markets. (Jan 2008)
  • Renegotiate tougher & fairer trade agreements. (Jul 2000)
  • NAFTA was worst trade deal ever; TPP is a close second. (Sep 2016)
  • President should be nation’s trade representative. (Dec 1999)
  • World views US trade officials as ‘saps’. (Dec 1999)

    Pacific Trade

  • China is dumping steel all over & killing steel companies. (Oct 2016)
  • I take advantage of devalued Chinese currency; but stop them. (Mar 2016)
  • It's not free trade with China; it's stupid trade. (Mar 2016)
  • It's not free trade with China; it's stupid trade. (Mar 2016)
  • I've been moving clothing-making from China to U.S. (Mar 2016)
  • TPP is a horrible deal; no one has read its 5,600 pages. (Nov 2015)
  • Chinese are savvy businesspeople: our enemy who need us. (Nov 2015)
  • We don't beat China or Japan or Mexico in trade. (Aug 2015)
  • China and Japan are beating us; I can beat China. (Jun 2015)
  • Repatriate jobs that China has been stealing. (Dec 2011)
Donald Trump on Government Reform
Click here for 21 full quotes on Government Reform OR other candidates on Government Reform OR background on Government Reform.
  • There are millions who should not be registered to vote. (Oct 2016)
  • Maximum representation & maximum voter participation. (Apr 2016)
  • Reject the elite election system; infuse popular will. (Apr 2016)
  • Get rid of waste, fraud, & abuse in every single agency. (Mar 2016)
  • I wouldn't nominate my sister to Supreme Court. (Feb 2016)
  • Delay, delay, delay on Supreme Court appointment. (Feb 2016)
  • I would build consensus, not use Executive Orders. (Feb 2016)
  • Hug 'em & kiss 'em & make deals, instead of executive orders. (Feb 2016)
  • Mutually profitable 2-way relationship with the media. (Nov 2015)
  • SuperPACs are a disaster and cause dishonesty. (Oct 2015)
  • Candidates should disavow PACs. (Oct 2015)
  • I'm not accepting any money from anybody. (Sep 2015)
  • Get rid of the regulations that are just destroying us. (Sep 2015)
  • I give to politicians; and they give back: that's broken!. (Aug 2015)
  • Two-term limit on NYC mayor is a terrible idea. (Sep 2010)
  • Speak simply & clearly, even when addressing Congress. (Oct 2006)
  • Government scrutiny is greatest threat to American Dream. (Jul 2000)
  • Ban soft money; but allow unlimited personal contributions. (Jul 2000)
  • Government should do public works & safety & little else. (Jul 2000)
  • Loser pays all costs, and over-litigiousness stops. (Oct 1997)
  • Rebuilt Wollman Rink in 4 months; city failed for 6 years. (Jul 1987)
Donald Trump on Gun Control
Click here for 19 full quotes on Gun Control OR other candidates on Gun Control OR background on Gun Control.
  • We need Supreme Court to stand up for the 2nd Amendment. (Oct 2016)
  • Appoint Supreme Court judges who respect 2nd amendment. (Oct 2016)
  • No guns for people on terrorist watch-list. (Sep 2016)
  • Buying lots of ammunition & body armor should be a red flag. (Jun 2016)
  • Mass shootings are due to a huge mental health problem. (Jan 2016)
  • No limits on guns; they save lives. (Jan 2016)
  • Keep enemies of the state away from guns. (Nov 2015)
  • Make concealed-carry permits valid across all states. (Nov 2015)
  • Gun-free zones are target practice for sickos. (Oct 2015)
  • Gun ownership makes US safer, not more dangerous. (Oct 2015)
  • Mental health more important than gun control. (Oct 2015)
  • Laws are ineffective in preventing gun violence. (Oct 2015)
  • Gun violence is inevitable; regulations won't help. (Oct 2015)
  • Protect the Second Amendment, but address mental health. (Sep 2015)
  • Take guns from good people & bad people have target practice. (Jul 2015)
  • A very strong person on the Second Amendment. (Jun 2015)
  • I am against gun control. (Feb 2011)
  • Dems and Reps are both wrong on guns. (Jul 2000)
  • For assault weapon ban, waiting period, & background check. (Jul 2000)
Donald Trump on Health Care
Click here for 28 full quotes on Health Care OR other candidates on Health Care OR background on Health Care.
  • ObamaCare collapses under its own weight if we don't repeal. (Oct 2016)
  • The whole of ObamaCare was a fraud. (Oct 2016)
  • Educate public on value of comprehensive vaccinations. (Oct 2016)
  • Lack of mental healthcare is greatest tragedy today. (Oct 2016)
  • Focus on greatest bang for the buck, not public health. (Oct 2016)
  • Let vets see private doctors or VA: that's not privatization. (Sep 2016)
  • Create V.A. mental health division to reduce veteran suicide. (Sep 2016)
  • Keep pre-existing condition coverage; not individual mandate. (Feb 2016)
  • Removing cross-state barriers solves many insurance issues. (Feb 2016)
  • Taking care of poor sick people isn't single-payer. (Feb 2016)
  • Insurance companies love a lack of competition. (Nov 2015)
  • Stockpile treatments against future pandemics & bioterrorism. (Sep 2015)
  • Ebola virus in America is Obama's fault. (Sep 2015)
  • I'm for vaccines, but in smaller quantities to avoid autism. (Sep 2015)
  • The insurance companies have total control over politicians. (Aug 2015)
  • Don't cut Medicare; grow the economy to keep benefits. (Jun 2015)
  • Make health insurance premiums tax-deductible. (Mar 2015)
  • Save Medicare & Medicaid without cutting them to the bone. (Jan 2015)
  • Increase insurance competition across state lines. (Dec 2011)
  • 1988: Flew sick kids cross-country on his private jet. (Apr 2010)
  • We must have universal health care. (Jul 2000)

    ObamaCare

  • ObamaCare will never work; repeal it and replace it. (Oct 2016)
  • Chief Justice Roberts: a disaster who gave us ObamaCare. (Feb 2016)
  • Replace Obamacare with Health Savings Accounts. (Oct 2015)
  • We didn't have a free market before ObamaCare. (Jun 2015)
  • ObamaCare is a catastrophe that must be repealed & replaced. (Jun 2015)
  • ObamaCare deductibles are so high that it's useless. (Jun 2015)
  • Kill ObamaCare before it becomes a trillion-ton weight. (Dec 2011)
Donald Trump on Homeland Security
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  • Replace a Muslim ban with an extreme vetting of Muslims. (Oct 2016)
  • Muslims have to report terrorist problems when they see them. (Oct 2016)
  • FactCheck: US spends more than NATO, but only 22% on NATO. (Sep 2016)
  • We defend Germany, Japan, Saudi Arabia: they need to pay. (Sep 2016)
  • Create a military court system to deal with sexual assaults. (Sep 2016)
  • I don't want to be politically correct: Islam hates us. (Mar 2016)
  • Snowden was a spy; if Russia respected us, they'd deport him. (Mar 2016)
  • Charge rich countries like Germany more to defend them. (Feb 2016)
  • Keep Gitmo open, and load it up with bad dudes. (Feb 2016)
  • How did W keep us safe? WTC came down during his watch. (Feb 2016)
  • Bring back waterboarding and a hell of a lot worse. (Feb 2016)
  • Benghazi was a disaster; Gadhafi couldn't have been worse. (Dec 2015)
  • Err on the side of security: restore the PATRIOT Act. (Dec 2015)
  • Bring back waterboarding and other interrogation methods. (Nov 2015)
  • Surveil mosques but don't close mosques. (Nov 2015)
  • We worry about Iranian nukes but why not North Korean nukes? (Nov 2015)
  • Building up military is cheap when you consider alternative. (Nov 2015)
  • VA is one of the most incompetently-run agencies. (Nov 2015)
  • Fix veteran's hospitals, and pay private doctors for them. (Sep 2015)
  • Enhanced interrogation a non-issue, compared to terrorism. (Aug 2015)
  • Our nuclear arsenal doesn't work; it's 30 years old. (Jun 2015)
  • Increased Veterans Day parade audience from 100 to 1 million. (Jun 2015)
  • Defeat ISIS and stop Islamic terrorists. (Jan 2015)
  • American interests come first; no apologies. (Dec 2011)
  • All freedoms flow from national security. (Dec 2011)
  • Business students should read Sun Tzu's "The Art of War". (Apr 2010)
  • Focus & discipline are habits I learned in military school. (Sep 2008)
  • 3% of GNP for military is too low. (Jul 2000)
  • Missile defense is inappropriate; focus on terrorism. (Jul 2000)
  • Prepare for bio-terrorism attack. (Jul 2000)
  • 1994 Veteran's parade: Such high-quality people led military. (Oct 1997)

    September 11

  • 9/11 was horrific, but New York handled it beautifully. (Jan 2016)
  • People saw New Jersey Muslims celebrating after 9/11. (Nov 2015)
  • New Jersey Muslims cheered on 9/11. (Nov 2015)
  • Bush should have caught Osama bin Laden. (Sep 2015)
  • We have a problem with radical Muslims. (Sep 2015)

    Vietnam

  • 1965: opposed Vietnam War but never joined protests. (Sep 2015)
  • 1969: Drew high draft lottery number, and never got drafted. (Sep 2015)
  • Vietnam war was mistake; I'm grateful that I stayed civilian. (Sep 2015)
  • 1964: Deferred Vietnam draft for four years while in college. (Jul 2015)
  • 1968: Classified 1-Y, medically disqualified for Vietnam. (Jul 2015)
Donald Trump on Immigration
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  • Amnesty is unfair to people waiting on line for years. (Oct 2016)
  • We have some bad hombres here; I'll get them out. (Oct 2016)
  • Border agents endorsed me because I understand the border. (Oct 2016)
  • Let college grads stay but H1-B only if jobs can't be filled. (Oct 2016)
  • People pour into US and citizens lose jobs. (Sep 2016)
  • I take advantage of H1-B visas; but stop them. (Mar 2016)
  • Let the good ones come back in; that's not amnesty. (Feb 2016)
  • No apology for banning Muslims from entering America. (Jan 2016)
  • It's not fear of terrorist refugees; it's reality. (Jan 2016)
  • Need to keep database of Muslim refugees. (Nov 2015)
  • We must stop illegal immigration; it hurts us economically. (Nov 2015)
  • 351,000 criminal illegal aliens in our prisons. (Nov 2015)
  • Cut off federal funds to sanctuary cities. (Nov 2015)
  • I don't care how they come in, if they come in legally. (Oct 2015)
  • Syrian refugees are a Trojan Horse. (Oct 2015)
  • Syrian refugee crisis partly our fault; but don't take any. (Oct 2015)
  • We're only country dumb enough for birthright citizenship. (Sep 2015)
  • Illegal immigrants populate many criminal gangs. (Sep 2015)
  • This is a country where we speak English, not Spanish. (Sep 2015)
  • Half of the undocumented residents in America are criminals. (Jun 2015)
  • We need strong borders; we need a wall. (Feb 2015)
  • Citizenship for illegal immigrants is a GOP suicide mission. (Mar 2013)
  • 351,000 illegal aliens are in our prisons; costing $1.1B. (Dec 2011)
  • Anchor babies were NEVER the intent of the 14th Amendment. (Dec 2011)
  • Invite foreigners graduating from college to stay in US. (Dec 2011)
  • Control borders; even legal immigration should be difficult. (Jul 2000)
  • Limit new immigration; focus on people already here. (Dec 1999)

    Mexico

  • We've been badly hurt by Mexico both at the border & on jobs. (Sep 2016)
  • We have no borders; and yes, I am angry. (Jan 2016)
  • Ship millions back to Mexico, like Eisenhower did. (Nov 2015)
  • Walls on borders work; just ask Israel. (Nov 2015)
  • Mexico will pay for wall, but not through tariffs. (Nov 2015)
  • Building 1,000-mile wall is possible, if we make commitment. (Nov 2015)
  • I can get Mexico to pay for border wall; politicians can't. (Oct 2015)
  • The border wall will be well-managed and built correctly. (Aug 2015)
  • We need wall on Mexican border, but ok to have a door in it. (Aug 2015)
  • Mexican government is sending criminals across the border. (Aug 2015)
  • Building a wall will save money because it stops bad dudes. (Jul 2015)
  • OpEd: businesses & Republicans condemn anti-Mexico terms. (Jul 2015)
  • Make Mexico pay for wall with severe economics. (Jun 2015)
  • Mexico & Latin America send us drugs, crime, and rapists. (Jun 2015)
  • Build great wall on southern border; have Mexico pay for it. (Jun 2015)
  • Triple-layered fence & Predator drones on Mexican border. (Dec 2011)
Donald Trump on Jobs
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  • How do people make it on $7.25? Raise state minimum wage. (May 2016)
  • I'm the only one on this stage who's hired people. (Feb 2016)
  • Bring jobs back from China, Mexico, Japan, and Vietnam. (Feb 2016)
  • Don't raise minimum wage; it makes us non-competitive. (Nov 2015)
  • I have relevant experience by creating jobs and assets. (Nov 2015)
  • Teachers unions are obstacles to improving schools. (Nov 2015)
  • Rebuilding America will create 13 million jobs. (Nov 2015)
  • FactCheck: Yes, Trump wanted a casino, and Jeb opposed it. (Sep 2015)
  • 2013: Failed to persuade Florida legislators on large casino. (Sep 2015)
  • Don't raise minimum wage, but create more opportunities. (Aug 2015)
  • Take jobs back from foreign countries to lower unemployment. (Aug 2015)
  • Real unemployment rate is 20%; don't believe 5.6%. (Jun 2015)
  • Raising business tax causes businesses to move jobs overseas. (Dec 2011)
  • Unions fight for pay; managers fight for less; consumers win. (Jul 2000)
  • Foreign companies are taking jobs from US. (Dec 1999)
Donald Trump on Principles & Values
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  • Electing Hillary means four more years of Obama. (Oct 2016)
  • Get a special prosecutor for email scandal to jail Hillary. (Oct 2016)
  • Hillary does not have the stamina to be president. (Sep 2016)
  • I beat 16 very talented people in the primary. (Sep 2016)
  • OpEd: Trump's rise analogous to Hitler's in 1930s Germany. (Jun 2016)
  • Agrees with Hillary on marijuana, campaign finance, trade. (Feb 2016)
  • Make America great again. (Feb 2016)
  • Our flag represents equality, hope, fairness, & courage. (Nov 2015)
  • Who in the world is offended by "Merry Christmas"? (Nov 2015)
  • I give people what they need and don't get: The Truth. (Nov 2015)
  • I will negotiate until American is great again. (Oct 2015)
  • OpEd: Obama doesn't have the psychology of a winner. (Sep 2015)
  • Keep the word 'Christmas' in the holiday. (Aug 2015)
  • My old liberal political views evolved like Reagan's did. (Aug 2015)
  • I want to win as a Republican, but might run as Independent. (Aug 2015)
  • In NYC almost everyone is Democrat, but I'm Republican. (Aug 2015)
  • No more morning in America; we'll be mourning FOR America. (Dec 2011)
  • 5-point plan to return America to her former greatness. (Dec 2011)
  • USA is the greatest force for freedom world has ever known. (Dec 2011)
  • Bad students (like Obama) shouldn't go to Harvard. (Apr 2011)
  • If I run & win, our country will be great again. (Feb 2011)
  • Greatest fear? I don't have any; I only have "concerns". (Apr 2010)
  • I'm more humble than people might think. (Apr 2010)
  • 3 principles: One term, two-fisted policies, zero excuses. (Jul 2000)
  • Non-politicians are the wave of the future. (Jul 2000)
  • I'm a clean-hands freak; and dislike shaking hands. (Oct 1997)
  • Prefers short, formal bows to shaking hands. (Oct 1997)
  • I'm too honest & too controversial to be a politician. (Oct 1997)
  • People who inherit don't know how to earn back losses. (Oct 1997)
  • Toughness is equally strength, intelligence, & self-respect. (Jul 1990)

    Birtherism

  • I did a good job getting Obama to produce birth certificate. (Sep 2016)
  • 2011: Obama's birth certificate is hiding something. (Sep 2015)
  • OpEd: Obama's grandmother never said he was born in Kenya. (Sep 2015)
  • Birtherism: demanded that Obama produce birth certificate. (Sep 2015)
  • Stoked Tea Party suspicions about Obama's legitimacy. (Jan 2012)
  • One hour to produce my birth certificate; Obama should too. (Feb 2011)

    Business Principles

  • A businessman, not a lifelong politician. (Oct 2016)
  • I never forgive people who deceive me. (Oct 2015)
  • People want positive inspiration. (Sep 2015)
  • I believe in the toot-your-own-horn theory. (Apr 2010)
  • Build your reputation as "responsible, professional & loyal". (Apr 2010)
  • When someone crosses you, get even!. (Sep 2008)
  • Never forgive someone who is bad; always strike back. (Sep 2008)
  • The harder I work, the luckier I get. (Sep 2008)
  • Get used to hearing the word "no" and ignoring it. (Sep 2008)
  • Never give up; look at the solution, not the problem. (Jan 2008)
  • To negotiate well, prepare and know as much as possible. (Jan 2008)
  • In the best negotiations, everyone wins. (Jan 2008)
  • Failure is not permanent. (Jan 2008)
  • Beauty and elegance are my signature and my brand. (Oct 2006)
  • Think on "Trump scale" and make a BIG statement. (Oct 2006)
  • Change isn't an admission that you were wrong. (Oct 2006)
  • Look at people non-judgmentally, without right or wrong. (Oct 2006)
  • Give others a fair chance, but eliminate scoundrels. (Oct 2006)
  • Passion overcomes many difficult impossibilities. (Oct 2006)
  • Many people are afraid to fail, so they don't try. (Oct 2006)
  • Tell people you’re successful or they won’t know it. (Mar 2004)
  • Good management requires hiring good people. (Mar 2004)
  • Lessons: stay focused on big picture. (Mar 2004)
  • Surround yourself with people you can trust. (Mar 2004)
  • In business & politics, stands for getting things done. (Jul 2000)
  • Appealing to middle Americans leery of political elite. (Nov 1999)
  • Learned about myself, from adversity in hard times. (Oct 1997)
  • Feeling cocky & invincible can be destructive. (Oct 1997)
  • For bad investment advice, you get blame; if good, no credit. (Oct 1997)
  • Measure success in happiness, not just in dollars. (Oct 1997)
  • Rules for surviving the perils of success. (Jul 1990)

    Personal Background

  • I have a daughter and son-in-law who are Jewish. (Mar 2016)
  • I love God, and I love having a relationship with Him. (Nov 2015)
  • OpEd: Lifelong dance of mutual manipulation with the press. (Sep 2015)
  • Sent to military academy because of childhood rebelliousness. (Sep 2015)
  • I've always been rebellious and very set in my ways. (Sep 2015)
  • A germophobe: constantly washes hands; dislikes handshakes. (Sep 2015)
  • Attended military academy & Wharton Business School. (Jun 2015)
  • Separated from Ivana after long less-than-perfect marriage. (Jul 1990)

    Scandals

  • Debunked women fictionalized stories about sexual harassment. (Oct 2016)
  • Hillary & Obama criminally paid people to start riots. (Oct 2016)
  • I filed a 104-page disclosure form; I earned $609M last year. (Sep 2016)
  • Clinton's private email server was on purpose & no "mistake". (Sep 2016)
  • We should have impeached George W. Bush for Iraq War lies. (Feb 2016)
  • Burned by press too often to be available any more. (Jul 1990)
Donald Trump on Social Security
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  • FactCheck: Yes, "privatization would be good for all of us". (Oct 2016)
  • I will save Social Security with more jobs, less waste. (Feb 2016)
  • I'll give up my Social Security; leave it to each person. (Sep 2015)
  • Cannot change Medicare or Soc.Sec. and still win elections. (Mar 2013)
  • Social Security isn't an "entitlement"; it's honoring a deal. (Dec 2011)
  • Disability Racket: $25B in fraudulent disability filings. (Dec 2011)
  • Pay off debt; put $3T interest savings into Trust Fund. (Jul 2000)
  • Let people invest their own retirement funds. (Jul 2000)
  • No government investment of retirement funds. (Jul 2000)
Donald Trump on Tax Reform
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  • FactCheck: Cutting carried interest gains $18B in revenue. (Oct 2016)
  • Get rid of carried interest and cut taxes big league. (Oct 2016)
  • OpEd: Can't release tax returns while under audit? Nixon did. (Oct 2016)
  • I'm gonna cut taxes and regulations big league. (Sep 2016)
  • Tax cuts for the wealthy, who will create tremendous jobs. (Sep 2016)
  • Cut taxes by $10T but don't increase deficit. (Oct 2015)
  • Repeal estate tax; it's double taxation. (Oct 2015)
  • Estate tax is unfair double taxation. (Oct 2015)
  • Do away with carried interest; it's unfair. (Oct 2015)
  • OpEd AdWatch: Trump more liberal on taxes than Democrats. (Sep 2015)
  • FactCheck: Proposed 14% tax on wealthy in 2000, but not now. (Sep 2015)
  • No net increase in taxes, but increases on wealthy. (Sep 2015)
  • OpEd: One-time wealth tax could cause stock market collapse. (Sep 2015)
  • Raise graduated taxes on hedge fund managers. (Sep 2015)
  • One-time 14% tax on wealthy to pay down national debt. (Jun 2015)
  • 4 brackets; 1-5-10-15%; kill death tax & corporate tax. (Dec 2011)
  • Cutting tax rates incentivizes a strong national work ethic. (Dec 2011)
  • Previously supported wealth tax; now supports Bush tax cuts. (Apr 2011)
  • Repeal the inheritance tax to offset one-time wealth tax. (Jul 2000)
  • Simplify tax code; end marriage penalty & other hidden taxes. (Jul 2000)
  • Opposes flat tax; benefits wealthy too much. (Jul 2000)
  • 1986 tax laws destroyed incentives retroactively. (Oct 1997)
  • High tax rate encourages investment risk. (Oct 1997)
  • Personally avoids sales tax, but knows many people like it. (Dec 1999)
  • One-time 14.25% tax on wealth, to erase national debt. (Nov 1999)
  • Tax assets over $10 million, paid over 10 years. (Nov 1999)
Donald Trump on Technology
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  • All humankind benefits from reaching into the stars. (Oct 2016)
  • Make desalinization affordable; rebuild water infrastructure. (Oct 2016)
  • Proportional response to eliminate cyberattacks. (Oct 2016)
  • Encourage innovation in the areas of space exploration. (Oct 2016)
  • Can't fix infrastructure because politicians squander money. (Sep 2016)
  • We invented Internet but ISIS is beating us at our own game. (Sep 2016)
  • Close our Internet up, to fight ISIS terrorist recruitment. (Dec 2015)
  • Crumbling infrastructure costs $200B in reduced productivity. (Nov 2015)
  • Net neutrality is top down power grab of the Internet. (Sep 2015)
  • FactCheck: 24% of our bridges are in trouble, not 59%. (Aug 2015)
  • Rebuild our infrastructure on time & on budget. (Jun 2015)
  • Emmy award & Hollywood Walk of Fame for "The Apprentice". (Jun 2015)
  • China threatens US with cyber warfare & industrial espionage. (Dec 2011)
  • Took chance by starting Clear Channel radio program. (Apr 2010)
  • Computer industry is overheated. (Oct 1997)
Donald Trump on War & Peace
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  • We need element of surprise; stop saying where we'll attack. (Oct 2016)
  • 2011: Knock out Ghadafi; 2016: Libya war was a mistake. (Sep 2016)
  • I would be slower to go to war than Hillary. (Sep 2016)
  • We would be better off if Gadhafi were in charge right now. (Feb 2016)
  • Blunder to announce withdrawal timetable from Afghanistan. (Nov 2015)
  • Afghanistan war made a mess, but troops need to stay. (Oct 2015)
  • Strengthen military, but act defensively. (Oct 2015)
  • Radical violent Islam that must be feared, not Islam itself. (Sep 2015)
  • John McCain's actions in Vietnam were not "heroic". (Sep 2000)
  • Use force to stop North Korean nuke development. (Jul 2000)
  • No humanitarian intervention; only to direct threats. (Jul 2000)

    Middle East

  • If we overthrow Assad, we could end up with worse than Assad. (Oct 2016)
  • Iran is taking over Iraq. (Oct 2016)
  • Unbelievable stupidity in our Mideast policy. (Oct 2016)
  • FactCheck: Would shoot Iranian warships too near US warships. (Sep 2016)
  • I have a plan to defeat ISIS, but I won't broadcast it. (Sep 2016)
  • I opposed Iraq War in 2004; it destabilized entire Mideast. (Sep 2016)
  • When we defeated Iraq, we didn't know what to do after that. (Sep 2016)
  • Current leadership hurts military; need change to beat ISIS. (Sep 2016)
  • Cease-fire in Syria only if all parties involved. (Feb 2016)
  • FactCheck: Supported Iraq invasion in 2002; opposed in 2003. (Feb 2016)
  • We've spent $5T in the Mideast and gotten nothing. (Feb 2016)
  • Get rid of ISIS, quickly: dry up their oil & their money. (Feb 2016)
  • Assad is a bad guy, but his replacement could be worse. (Nov 2015)
  • Let Russia make moves in Syria; it's a quagmire. (Nov 2015)
  • We should have demanded a deal with Kuwait to liberate them. (Nov 2015)
  • Good that Russia has entered Syrian conflict. (Oct 2015)
  • I'm pro-military but I opposed invading Iraq in 2003. (Sep 2015)
  • If Obama had attacked Syria, we wouldn't have refugees now. (Sep 2015)
  • Opposed Iraq war in 2004 & predicted Mideast destabilization. (Aug 2015)
  • Disgraceful deal gives Iran a lot & gets nothing for us. (Aug 2015)
  • Bomb the oil fields in Iraq to take on ISIS. (Jun 2015)
  • Boots on the ground to fight ISIS. (Jun 2015)
  • I said "don't hit Iraq," because it destabilized Middle East. (Jun 2015)
  • Hit ISIS hard and fast. (Feb 2015)
  • Take $1.5T in oil from Iraq to pay for US victims. (Mar 2013)
  • Iraq should pick up the tab for their own liberation. (Dec 2011)
  • Stop Iran's nuclear programs by any & all means necessary. (Dec 2011)
  • Support Israel, our unsinkable Mideast aircraft carrier. (Jul 2000)
Donald Trump on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Sought to exclude welfare recipients from his residences. (Sep 2015)
  • Opposed to casinos on Indian reservations. (Sep 2015)
  • I don't like firing people; work makes people better. (Dec 2011)
  • Food stamps should be temporary; not a decade on the dole. (Dec 2011)
  • Apply welfare-to-work to 76 other welfare programs. (Dec 2011)
  • I give a lot of money away to charity. (Sep 2008)
  • Let “saints” help teen moms; restrict public assistance. (Jul 2000)


VoteMatch Responses
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Opposes topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(-3 points on Social scale)
Not acceptable to rip baby from womb in 9th month: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Overturn Roe v, Wade and return abortion laws to the states: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Millions are helped by Planned Parenthood, but defund it: Opposes topic 1
Defund Planned Parenthood: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Planned Parenthood is important, but abortions must stop: Opposes topic 1
Ban late abortions; exceptions for rape, incest or health: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Stress importance of a strong family, & a culture of Life: Opposes topic 1
Undecided on embryonic stem cell research: Neutral on topic 1
I am now pro-life; after years of being pro-choice: Strongly Opposes topic 1
I changed my views to pro-life based on personal stories: Opposes topic 1
I am pro-life; fight ObamaCare abortion funding: Opposes topic 1
Pro-choice, but ban partial birth abortion: Favors topic 1
Favors abortion rights but respects opposition: Favors topic 1
Opposes topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Sued in 1970s for racist rental policy, but same as everyone: Opposes topic 2
Create a military court system to deal with sexual assaults: Favors topic 2
Promoted gender equality in a male-dominated industry: Favors topic 2
I'm "fine" with affirmative action, for now: Strongly Favors topic 2
Well-educated blacks have advantage over whites: Opposes topic 2
I'm no misogynist; I put women in charge of construction: Favors topic 2
I'm no misogynist; I put women in charge of construction: Favors topic 2
Political correctness is country's problem, not my problem: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Obama's presidency has done nothing for African Americans: Opposes topic 2
Bad students (like Obama) shouldn't go to Harvard: Opposes topic 2
Created first club in Palm Beach open to blacks & Jews: Strongly Favors topic 2
Women are far stronger than men; don't believe "weaker sex": Opposes topic 2
I seem to bring out either the best or worst in women: Opposes topic 2
I did a good job getting Obama to produce birth certificate: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+2 points on Social scale)
Put the Confederate flag in a museum, not on statehouses: Strongly Favors topic 3
Sexual orientation is invalid reason for firing workers: Strongly Favors topic 3
After Supreme Court vote, gay marriage is a reality: Favors topic 3
Same-sex marriage is a state issue: Opposes topic 3
No gay marriage; no same-sex partner benefits: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Tolerate diversity; prosecute hate crimes against gays: Favors topic 3
Strongly Favors topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(-5 points on Social scale)
Happiest people have great families & God in their lives: Favors topic 4
Who in the world is offended by "Merry Christmas"?: Strongly Favors topic 4
Teach citizenship; stop “dumbing down”: Favors topic 4
End “creative spelling,” “estimating,” & “empowerment”: Favors topic 4
Let “saints” help teen moms; restrict public assistance: Strongly Favors topic 4
I love God, and I love having a relationship with Him: Favors topic 4
Opposes topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(+2 points on Economic scale)
ObamaCare collapses under its own weight if we don't repeal: Strongly Opposes topic 5
The whole of ObamaCare was a fraud: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Lack of mental healthcare is greatest tragedy today: Favors topic 5
Focus on greatest bang for the buck, not public health: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Create V.A. mental health division to reduce veteran suicide: Favors topic 5
Keep pre-existing condition coverage; not individual mandate: Opposes topic 5
Removing cross-state barriers solves many insurance issues: Opposes topic 5
Insurance companies love a lack of competition: Opposes topic 5
Don't cut Medicare; grow the economy to keep benefits: Favors topic 5
Make health insurance premiums tax-deductible: Opposes topic 5
Save Medicare & Medicaid without cutting them to the bone: Favors topic 5
Increase insurance competition across state lines: Strongly Opposes topic 5
We must have universal health care: Strongly Favors topic 5
ObamaCare will never work; repeal it and replace it: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Chief Justice Roberts: a disaster who gave us ObamaCare: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Replace Obamacare with Health Savings Accounts: Strongly Opposes topic 5
We didn't have a free market before ObamaCare: Opposes topic 5
ObamaCare is a catastrophe that must be repealed & replaced: Strongly Opposes topic 5
ObamaCare deductibles are so high that it's useless: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Kill ObamaCare before it becomes a trillion-ton weight: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Favors topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(+2 points on Economic scale)
FactCheck: Yes, "privatization would be good for all of us": Strongly Favors topic 6
I'll give up my Social Security; leave it to each person: Favors topic 6
Cannot change Medicare or Soc.Sec. and still win elections: Opposes topic 6
Social Security isn't an "entitlement"; it's honoring a deal: Opposes topic 6
Pay off debt; put $3T interest savings into Trust Fund: Opposes topic 6
Let people invest their own retirement funds: Strongly Favors topic 6
No government investment of retirement funds: Strongly Favors topic 6
Strongly Favors topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Let schools compete: charters, vouchers, and magnets: Strongly Favors topic 7
Dept. of Education runs top-down one-size-fits-all system: Opposes topic 7
Cut Department of Education and Common Core: Strongly Favors topic 7
We spend more per student than any other nation: Favors topic 7
Common Core is a disaster: Strongly Favors topic 7
Opposes Common Core: Favors topic 7
Common Core means Washington tells you what to study: Favors topic 7
Bring on the competition; tear down the union walls: Favors topic 7
School choice will improve public schools: Strongly Favors topic 7
Strongly Favors topic 8:
Society bears cost of pollution
(-5 points on Social scale)
Regulations by unelected officials reward special interests: Strongly Favors topic 8
Make desalinization affordable; rebuild water infrastructure: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Green energy is just an expensive feel-good for tree-huggers: Strongly Favors topic 8
Cut the EPA; what they do is a disgrace: Strongly Favors topic 8
Cut defense budget, & entire EPA & Dept. of Education: Favors topic 8
Get rid of the regulations that are just destroying us: Favors topic 8
Won't go to circuses that cut elephants due to animal rights: Strongly Favors topic 8
Good development enhances the environment: Favors topic 8
Asbestos got a bad rap from miners & mob-led movement: Strongly Favors topic 8
Asbestos got a bad rap from miners & mob-led movement: Strongly Favors topic 8
Bureaucratic land use reviews make projects unbuildable: Favors topic 8
Strongly Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-5 points on Social scale)
FactCheck: Stop-&-frisk unconstitutional but NYPD disagrees: Strongly Favors topic 9
Stop-and-frisk worked very well in NYC: Strongly Favors topic 9
Without law and order, we don't have a country: Strongly Favors topic 9
Considers stop-and-frisk useful and tremendous beyond belief: Strongly Favors topic 9
Police can't act due to disrespect; but weed out bad ones: Favors topic 9
The police are the most mistreated people in America: Favors topic 9
Black lives matter, but we need strong police presence: Favors topic 9
Capital punishment isn’t uncivilized; murderers living is: Strongly Favors topic 9
Death penalty deters like violent TV leads kids astray: Favors topic 9
Hold judges accountable; don’t reduce sentences: Favors topic 9
For tough anti-crime policies; not criminals’ rights: Favors topic 9
Strongly Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+5 points on Economic scale)
We need Supreme Court to stand up for the 2nd Amendment: Strongly Favors topic 10
Appoint Supreme Court judges who respect 2nd amendment: Strongly Favors topic 10
No guns for people on terrorist watch-list: Opposes topic 10
Buying lots of ammunition & body armor should be a red flag: Opposes topic 10
No limits on guns; they save lives: Strongly Favors topic 10
Keep enemies of the state away from guns: Favors topic 10
Make concealed-carry permits valid across all states: Strongly Favors topic 10
Gun-free zones are target practice for sickos: Strongly Favors topic 10
Gun ownership makes US safer, not more dangerous: Strongly Favors topic 10
Laws are ineffective in preventing gun violence: Favors topic 10
Gun violence is inevitable; regulations won't help: Strongly Favors topic 10
Protect the Second Amendment, but address mental health: Favors topic 10
A very strong person on the Second Amendment: Strongly Favors topic 10
I am against gun control: Strongly Favors topic 10
Dems and Reps are both wrong on guns: Neutral on topic 10
For assault weapon ban, waiting period, & background check: Opposes topic 10
Opposes topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(+2 points on Economic scale)
U.S. 1% growth is almost no growth, and due to high taxes: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Get rid of carried interest and cut taxes big league: Favors topic 11
Reducing taxes from 35% to 15% will be a job creator: Strongly Opposes topic 11
I'm gonna cut taxes and regulations big league: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Tax cuts for the wealthy, who will create tremendous jobs: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Repeal estate tax; it's double taxation: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Estate tax is unfair double taxation: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Do away with carried interest; it's unfair: Favors topic 11
OpEd AdWatch: Trump more liberal on taxes than Democrats: Favors topic 11
FactCheck: Proposed 14% tax on wealthy in 2000, but not now: Neutral on topic 11
No net increase in taxes, but increases on wealthy: Strongly Favors topic 11
Raise graduated taxes on hedge fund managers: Strongly Favors topic 11
One-time 14% tax on wealthy to pay down national debt: Strongly Favors topic 11
Raising business tax causes businesses to move jobs overseas: Strongly Opposes topic 11
4 brackets; 1-5-10-15%; kill death tax & corporate tax: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Repeal the inheritance tax to offset one-time wealth tax: Opposes topic 11
Simplify tax code; end marriage penalty & other hidden taxes: Opposes topic 11
Opposes flat tax; benefits wealthy too much: Strongly Favors topic 11
High tax rate encourages investment risk: Strongly Favors topic 11
Any business of any size will pay no more than 15% tax: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Personally avoids sales tax, but knows many people like it: Opposes topic 11
One-time 14.25% tax on wealth, to erase national debt: Strongly Favors topic 11
Predicts 35% boost to economy from eliminating national debt: Favors topic 11
Tax assets over $10 million, paid over 10 years: Strongly Favors topic 11
FactCheck: Paid income taxes for 3 years out of 5 in 1970s: Opposes topic 11
Strongly Opposes topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(-5 points on Social scale)
Amnesty is unfair to people waiting on line for years: Strongly Opposes topic 12
We have some bad hombres here; I'll get them out: Opposes topic 12
Border agents endorsed me because I understand the border: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Let college grads stay but H1-B only if jobs can't be filled: Favors topic 12
People pour into US and citizens lose jobs: Strongly Opposes topic 12
I take advantage of H1-B visas; but stop them: Opposes topic 12
Let the good ones come back in; that's not amnesty: Favors topic 12
We must stop illegal immigration; it hurts us economically: Strongly Opposes topic 12
351,000 criminal illegal aliens in our prisons: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Cut off federal funds to sanctuary cities: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Illegal immigrants populate many criminal gangs: Opposes topic 12
This is a country where we speak English, not Spanish: Opposes topic 12
We need strong borders; we need a wall: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Citizenship for illegal immigrants is a GOP suicide mission: Strongly Opposes topic 12
351,000 illegal aliens are in our prisons; costing $1.1B: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Anchor babies were NEVER the intent of the 14th Amendment: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Invite foreigners graduating from college to stay in US: Favors topic 12
Control borders; even legal immigration should be difficult: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Limit new immigration; focus on people already here: Strongly Opposes topic 12
We've been badly hurt by Mexico both at the border & on jobs: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Mexico will pay for wall, but not through tariffs: Opposes topic 12
Building 1,000-mile wall is possible, if we make commitment: Strongly Opposes topic 12
I can get Mexico to pay for border wall; politicians can't: Opposes topic 12
The border wall will be well-managed and built correctly: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Building a wall will save money because it stops bad dudes: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Make Mexico pay for wall with severe economics: Opposes topic 12
Mexico & Latin America send us drugs, crime, and rapists: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Triple-layered fence & Predator drones on Mexican border: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Strongly Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-5 points on Economic scale)
We're dying at 1% GDP growth; we don't make things anymore: Opposes topic 13
I disagreed with Ronald Reagan on trade; we need better: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Our jobs are fleeing to Mexico; China uses us as piggy bank: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Renegotiate NAFTA; they charge us 16%; we charge nothing: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Tax imports when U.S. companies manufacture abroad: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Trade pacts are no good for us and no good for our workers: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Restrict free trade to keep jobs in US: Strongly Opposes topic 13
35% import tax on Mexican border: Strongly Opposes topic 13
20% tax on all imported goods: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Embrace globalization and international markets: Strongly Favors topic 13
Renegotiate tougher & fairer trade agreements: Opposes topic 13
NAFTA was worst trade deal ever; TPP is a close second: Strongly Opposes topic 13
President should be nation’s trade representative: Favors topic 13
World views US trade officials as ‘saps’: Opposes topic 13
Foreign companies are taking jobs from US: Strongly Opposes topic 13
China is dumping steel all over & killing steel companies: Strongly Opposes topic 13
It's not free trade with China; it's stupid trade: Strongly Opposes topic 13
It's not free trade with China; it's stupid trade: Strongly Opposes topic 13
TPP is a horrible deal; no one has read its 5,600 pages: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Repatriate jobs that China has been stealing: Opposes topic 13
Favors topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Replace a Muslim ban with an extreme vetting of Muslims: Strongly Favors topic 14
Respectfully check mosques; we have to look at profiling: Strongly Favors topic 14
I don't want to be politically correct: Islam hates us: Strongly Favors topic 14
Make America great again: Favors topic 14
U.S. has become dumping ground for everybody else's problems: Strongly Favors topic 14
No apology for banning Muslims from entering America: Strongly Favors topic 14
Ignore career diplomats who insist on nuance: Favors topic 14
Syrian refugees are a Trojan Horse: Strongly Favors topic 14
Radical violent Islam that must be feared, not Islam itself: Neutral on topic 14
American interests come first; no apologies: Strongly Favors topic 14
Things change; empires come and go: Opposes topic 14
Use force to stop North Korean nuke development: Strongly Favors topic 14
Opening gates to Syrian refugees invites in ISIS: Favors topic 14
Provide economic assistance to create a safe zone in Syria: Opposes topic 14
Stop sending aid to countries that hate us: Favors topic 14
More sanctions on Iran; more support of Israel: Favors topic 14
Russia wants to defeat ISIS as badly as we do; work together: Opposes topic 14
China should make Kim Jong Un disappear: Strongly Favors topic 14
Diplomacy & respect crucial to our relationship with Russia: Opposes topic 14
We have a problem with radical Muslims: Favors topic 14
Favors topic 15:
Expand the military
(-3 points on Social scale)
FactCheck: US spends more than NATO, but only 22% on NATO: Favors topic 15
US cannot afford to be world's police; let NATO allies pay: Opposes topic 15
We defend Germany, Japan, Saudi Arabia: they need to pay: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Let vets see private doctors or VA: that's not privatization: Opposes topic 15
Charge rich countries like Germany more to defend them: Opposes topic 15
Building up military is cheap when you consider alternative: Strongly Favors topic 15
Strengthen military, but act defensively: Strongly Favors topic 15
Fix veteran's hospitals, and pay private doctors for them: Favors topic 15
Our nuclear arsenal doesn't work; it's 30 years old: Strongly Favors topic 15
All freedoms flow from national security: Strongly Favors topic 15
3% of GNP for military is too low: Strongly Favors topic 15
We've spent $5T in the Mideast and gotten nothing: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Favors topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(+2 points on Social scale)
There are millions who should not be registered to vote: Strongly Opposes topic 16
Maximum representation & maximum voter participation: Strongly Favors topic 16
Reject the elite election system; infuse popular will: Strongly Favors topic 16
SuperPACs are a disaster and cause dishonesty: Favors topic 16
Candidates should disavow PACs: Favors topic 16
Afghanistan war made a mess, but troops need to stay: Opposes topic 16
Favors topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(+2 points on Social scale)
2011: Knock out Ghadafi; 2016: Libya war was a mistake: Favors topic 17
I would be slower to go to war than Hillary: Favors topic 17
Blunder to announce withdrawal timetable from Afghanistan: Opposes topic 17
Defeat ISIS and stop Islamic terrorists: Opposes topic 17
Criticized Buchanan’s view on Hitler as appeasement: Favors topic 17
Post-Cold War: switch from chess player to dealmaker: Strongly Favors topic 17
No humanitarian intervention; only to direct threats: Opposes topic 17
If we overthrow Assad, we could end up with worse than Assad: Strongly Favors topic 17
FactCheck: Would shoot Iranian warships too near US warships: Strongly Opposes topic 17
I have a plan to defeat ISIS, but I won't broadcast it: Opposes topic 17
I opposed Iraq War in 2004; it destabilized entire Mideast: Favors topic 17
When we defeated Iraq, we didn't know what to do after that: Favors topic 17
Current leadership hurts military; need change to beat ISIS: Opposes topic 17
Get rid of ISIS, quickly: dry up their oil & their money: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Assad is a bad guy, but his replacement could be worse: Strongly Favors topic 17
Let Russia make moves in Syria; it's a quagmire: Strongly Favors topic 17
I'm pro-military but I opposed invading Iraq in 2003: Favors topic 17
Opposed Iraq war in 2004 & predicted Mideast destabilization: Strongly Favors topic 17
Bomb the oil fields in Iraq to take on ISIS: Strongly Opposes topic 17
I said "don't hit Iraq," because it destabilized Middle East: Strongly Favors topic 17
Hit ISIS hard and fast: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Take $1.5T in oil from Iraq to pay for US victims: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Iraq should pick up the tab for their own liberation: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Support Israel, our unsinkable Mideast aircraft carrier: Strongly Favors topic 17
Let Russia bash ISIS; let Germany defend Ukraine: Favors topic 17
Better to have Mideast strongmen than Mideast chaos: Favors topic 17
Iran has power over North Korea, as their trading partner: Opposes topic 17
Support Russia, but with strings attached: Favors topic 17
Strongly Opposes topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(+5 points on Economic scale)
EPA is killing energy companies; 1,000 years of clean coal: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Focus on disease & clean water, not "climate change": Strongly Opposes topic 18
America invested in solar panels and it was a disaster: Strongly Opposes topic 18
We have 2 trillion barrels of oil; enough for 283 years: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Wind energy projects are industrial monstrosities: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Windmills are destroying shorelines all over the world: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Solar hasn't caught on because it has a 32-year payback: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Maybe some climate change is manmade, but not all: Opposes topic 18
Climate change is a hoax: Strongly Opposes topic 18
No Cap-and-Tax: oil is this country's lifeblood: Strongly Opposes topic 18
It's incredible how slowly we're drilling for oil: Strongly Opposes topic 18
We need nuclear energy, and we need a lot of it fast: Opposes topic 18
Green buildings take 40 years to get investment back: Opposes topic 18
Opposes topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(+2 points on Social scale)
Apply resources to stop the inflow of opioids into America: Strongly Favors topic 19
Study legalization, but don't legalize now: Favors topic 19
Yes to medical marijuana; otherwise, decide state by state: Opposes topic 19
1990: Drug enforcement is a joke; 2015: only medical pot: Opposes topic 19
1991: Illicit drugs should be decriminalized: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Legalize drugs and use tax revenue to fund drug education: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Never drinks, smokes, nor does drugs: Favors topic 19
Fired Miss USA crown winner due to drug over-indulgence: Favors topic 19
Strongly Opposes topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Worst recovery since Great Depression; we're in a bubble: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Strong on debt limit; ask for a pound of flesh: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Grow the economy at 6% annually by ending inversions: Opposes topic 20
0% corporate tax would create millions of jobs: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Cutting tax rates incentivizes a strong national work ethic: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Previously supported wealth tax; now supports Bush tax cuts: Strongly Opposes topic 20
One-time 14.25% tax on wealth, to erase national debt: Favors topic 20

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