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Libertarian presidential nominee; former Republican NM Governor

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2012 Republican nominees:
Paul Ryan
(Wisconsin Representative): Selected by Mitt Romney for V.P. Aug. 11.
Mitt Romney
(Former Massachusetts Governor): Publicly announced candidacy June 3.

2012 Democratic incumbents:
Barack Obama
(IL Senator).
Joe Biden
(DE Senator).

2012 Third Party contenders:
Rocky Anderson
(Justice Party)
Andre Barnett
(Reform Party)
Virgil Goode
(Former U.S. House Rep.): Constitution Party nominee.
Gary Johnson
(Former New Mexico Governor): Publicly announced Libertarian candidacy Dec. 21.
Scott Keller
(Independent)
JL Mealer
(Independent)
Buddy Roemer
(former Louisiana Governor). Candidate for GOP and AmericansElect.
Robert Steele
(Reform Party)
Jill Stein
(Green Party)

2012 Republican withdrawals:
Michele Bachmann
(Minnesota Representative): Withdrew Jan. 4.
Michael Bloomberg
(NYC Mayor). Opted out of race, Feb. 8, 2011.
Herman Cain
(Radio talk-show host): Suspended candidacy Dec. 3.
Chris Christie
(New Jersey Governor). Opted out of presidential race.
Jim DeMint
(South Carolina Senator). Never entered race.
Newt Gingrich
(Former Speaker of the House): Publicly announced candidacy May 12.
Rudy Giuliani
(former NYC Mayor). Never entered race.
Mike Huckabee
(Former Arkansas Governor): Opted out of presidential race May 15.
Jon Huntsman
(former Utah Governor and Ambassador to China). Withdrew Jan. 15
Thad McCotter (Michigan Representative): Publicly announced candidacy July 2.
Sarah Palin
(former Alaska Governor). Opted out of presidential race Oct. 5.
Ron Paul
(Texas Representative): Publicly announced candidacy April 28.
Tim Pawlenty
(Former Minnesota Governor): Publicly announced candidacy May 24.
Rick Perry
(Texas Governor): Publicly announced candidacy Aug. 11.
Rick Santorum
(Former Pennsylvania Senator): Publicly announced candidacy June 6; withdrew April 11, 2012.
Donald Trump
(Real estate mogul): Opted out of presidential race May 16.

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Gary Johnson on Abortion
Click here for 5 full quotes on Abortion OR other candidates on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • Don't require insurers to provide birth control. (May 2012)
  • No federal funding for stem cell research. (Jan 2012)
  • Women's right to choose until fetal viability. (Jun 2011)
  • Right to choose up until viability of the fetus. (May 2011)
  • Leave the decision up to the woman. (Jan 2001)
Gary Johnson on Budget & Economy
Click here for 13 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR other candidates on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • Lay out a process for state bankruptcies. (Aug 2012)
  • No bank bailout; no farm subsidies; no stimulus. (May 2012)
  • Cut federal budget by 43% to bring it into balance. (Feb 2012)
  • Trillion-dollar stimulus failed; so will another $450B? (Sep 2011)
  • We could have avoided default without raising debt ceiling. (Aug 2011)
  • Ending the fed OK, but that's only part of the solution. (Aug 2011)
  • Stop incurring more debt; balanced budget by 2013. (Jul 2011)
  • Our debt is greatest threat to our national security. (Jul 2011)
  • Opposed TARP, stimulus & Fannie Mae bailout. (Jul 2011)
  • End the Fed; they've devalued the dollar by printing money. (May 2011)
  • On verge of financial collapse unless we balance budget. (May 2011)
  • Balance budget by cutting entitlements AND Defense. (Apr 2011)
  • Uphold commitments to states before other spending. (Sep 2001)
Gary Johnson on Civil Rights
Click here for 4 full quotes on Civil Rights OR other candidates on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • Supports separation of religion and state. (Aug 2011)
  • Prostitution is safer when legal and regulated. (Jun 2011)
  • I support gay unions; government out of marriage business. (Apr 2011)
  • Support principles embodied in the Equal Rights Amendment. (Feb 2001)
Gary Johnson on Corporations
Click here for 5 full quotes on Corporations OR other candidates on Corporations OR background on Corporations.
  • Built Big J Enterprises into leading construction company. (Aug 2012)
  • Visited Occupy Wall Street; we need radical surgery. (Feb 2012)
  • Started a one-man handyman business; grew it to 1,000 people. (Sep 2011)
  • Eliminate corporate income tax as real way to create jobs. (Jun 2011)
  • Lower the tax burden; eliminate corporate tax. (May 2011)
Gary Johnson on Crime
Click here for 11 full quotes on Crime OR other candidates on Crime OR background on Crime.
  • Vetoed early release of prisoners due to overcrowding. (Aug 2012)
  • Vetoed hate crime legislation as thought-crime. (Aug 2012)
  • Built private prisons to replace out-of-state prisoners. (Aug 2012)
  • Private prisons cost $20 less/day than public control. (Aug 2012)
  • DNA evidence shows many people are mistakenly convicted. (Aug 2012)
  • 1994: Proponent of death penalty, but willing to debate it. (Jan 2012)
  • Death penalty as a public policy is flawed. (Jan 2012)
  • Don't risk putting innocent to death. (Aug 2011)
  • Half of crime is drug-related; legalizing drugs cuts crime. (Jan 2001)
  • Supports flexible federal block grants for crime programs. (Sep 2001)
  • Zero tolerance for violence against government employees. (Aug 2001)
Gary Johnson on Drugs
Click here for 14 full quotes on Drugs OR other candidates on Drugs OR background on Drugs.
  • People 95% positive on legalizing; incumbents 100% negative. (Aug 2012)
  • Marijuana is safer than alcohol. (Aug 2012)
  • 75% of border violence with Mexico is due to drugs. (Jun 2011)
  • Marijuana is safer than alcohol. (Jun 2011)
  • Legalize marijuana instead of 1.8 million arrests and $70B. (May 2011)
  • Harm-reduction: health issue rather than criminal issue. (May 2011)
  • Drug policy today parallels Prohibition in the 1920's. (May 2011)
  • Other governors privately support ending drug war. (Oct 2002)
  • War on Drugs is a miserable failure; $6M for treatment. (Apr 2001)
  • Drug use is up despite $30B spending on War on Drugs. (Jan 2001)
  • Prescriptions for heroin & methadone at local pharmacy. (Jan 2001)
  • Allow medical marijuana and needle exchanges. (Jan 2001)
  • More federal funding for all aspects of Drug War. (Aug 2000)
  • States should make drug policy, not feds. (Aug 2001)
Gary Johnson on Education
Click here for 13 full quotes on Education OR other candidates on Education OR background on Education.
  • Public education system needs major reform. (Aug 2012)
  • Vouchers OK for church childcare & church schools. (Aug 2012)
  • $3,500 voucher for every K-12 student. (Aug 2012)
  • Vouchers are as constitutional as pre-school and day-care. (Aug 2012)
  • Competition would make our schools better. (Aug 2012)
  • I support evolution; but no federal involvement. (May 2012)
  • No student loans; they cause higher tuition. (Nov 2011)
  • Education Dept. takes 16 cents for every 11 cents it gives. (Sep 2011)
  • Abolish Departments of Education and HUD. (Aug 2011)
  • Give every student in New Mexico vouchers worth $3,500. (Jul 2011)
  • Put educational funds in the hands of the people who use it. (May 2011)
  • End the Department of Education. (May 2011)
  • No student loans; they cause higher tuition. (Feb 2011)
Gary Johnson on Energy & Oil
Click here for 9 full quotes on Energy & Oil OR other candidates on Energy & Oil OR background on Energy & Oil.
  • Cap-&-trade imposes costs with no environmental improvement. (Aug 2012)
  • Alternative energy good; ethanol subsidies bad. (Nov 2011)
  • Supports nuclear power. (Aug 2011)
  • Current policy prevents common-sense energy development. (Jul 2011)
  • No cap-and-trade; no taxing carbon emissions. (Jul 2011)
  • I accept global warming but not cap-and-trade. (Jun 2011)
  • Voluntary partnerships reduce greenhouse gases economically. (Aug 2000)
  • Kyoto Treaty must include reductions by all countries. (Aug 2000)
  • Federal tax incentives for energy, with state decisions. (Aug 2001)
Gary Johnson on Environment
Click here for 7 full quotes on Environment OR other candidates on Environment OR background on Environment.
  • No compromise on clean air, but no cap-and-trade. (Oct 2011)
  • More state autonomy on brownfields & Superfund cleanups. (Aug 2001)
  • Support State Revolving Loan Fund for flexible Clean Water. (Aug 2001)
  • Focus on prevention and states for Endangered Species. (Aug 2001)
  • Collaborative, incentive driven, locally-based solutions. (Aug 2001)
  • Apply "Good Samaritan" rules to abandoned mine cleanup. (Aug 2001)
  • State primacy over water quantity & quality issues. (Aug 2001)
Gary Johnson on Families & Children
Click here for 3 full quotes on Families & Children OR other candidates on Families & Children OR background on Families & Children.
  • Refused 'Marriage Vow' pledge; it condemns gays & singles. (Nov 2011)
  • Encourage fathers' participation in child-raising. (Sep 2001)
  • Federal funds & state involvement in fatherhood initiatives. (Aug 2001)
Gary Johnson on Foreign Policy
Click here for 4 full quotes on Foreign Policy OR other candidates on Foreign Policy OR background on Foreign Policy.
  • We can no longer afford to shell out billions in foreign aid. (Feb 2012)
  • No foreign aid spending unless it protects U.S. interests. (Nov 2011)
  • Flights to Cuba ok; trade promotes friendship. (Sep 2011)
  • Act in US self-interest, but wary of unintended consequences. (Aug 2011)
Gary Johnson on Free Trade
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  • No tariffs, no restrictions; but no corporatism. (Jul 2011)
  • Eliminate needless barriers to free trade. (May 2011)
  • NAFTA benefits New Mexico; jobs lost are those we don't want. (Jan 2001)
Gary Johnson on Government Reform
Click here for 14 full quotes on Government Reform OR other candidates on Government Reform OR background on Government Reform.
  • Should government be doing this policy in the first place? (Aug 2012)
  • Won 1994 with $510K of own money & not beholden. (Aug 2012)
  • 750 vetoes & contentious relationship with legislature. (Aug 2012)
  • OpEd: managed to improve the state while slashing the budget. (Nov 2011)
  • Vetoed more bills than all other governors combined. (Sep 2011)
  • As governor, vetoed 750 bills. (Jul 2011)
  • Government creates jobs by reducing its role, not expanding. (Jul 2011)
  • "Governor No": 742 total vetoes of bills over two terms. (Jul 2011)
  • 1996 tort reform: limit punitive damage awards. (Jul 2011)
  • Unlimited campaign contributions by corporations. (Jul 2011)
  • Cost benefit analysis on all government spending. (May 2011)
  • Full disclosure, but no limits on campaign donations. (Jan 2001)
  • Term limits let politicians focus on issues, not re-election. (Jan 2001)
  • Reforms must respect state's rights to select electors. (Aug 2001)
Gary Johnson on Gun Control
Click here for 2 full quotes on Gun Control OR other candidates on Gun Control OR background on Gun Control.
  • Supports gun ownership rights. (Aug 2012)
  • Laws regarding guns are ineffective. (May 2011)
Gary Johnson on Health Care
Click here for 10 full quotes on Health Care OR other candidates on Health Care OR background on Health Care.
  • Government-managed healthcare is insanity. (Aug 2012)
  • Block grant Medicare; carte blanche to the states. (Aug 2011)
  • ObamaCare is unconstitutional; so is Bush's Medicare Rx plan. (Aug 2011)
  • Salud!: managed care for Medicaid recipients. (Jul 2011)
  • 1999: vetoed 12-cent-a-pack cigarette tax hike. (Jul 2011)
  • Cut Medicare/Medicaid by 43%, as part of $1.675 trillion cut. (May 2011)
  • Repeal ObamaCare & failed Medicare prescription drug benefit. (May 2011)
  • No federal pre-emption of employee health plan regulation. (Oct 2001)
  • More federal funding for rural health services. (Aug 2001)
  • Protect state tobacco settlement funds from federal seizure. (Apr 1999)
Gary Johnson on Homeland Security
Click here for 13 full quotes on Homeland Security OR other candidates on Homeland Security OR background on Homeland Security.
  • Should we have 100,000 troops on the ground in Europe? (Aug 2012)
  • Patriot Act is a direct assault on privacy & due process. (Aug 2012)
  • Torture has created millions of enemies we wouldn't have had. (Aug 2012)
  • Let the PATRIOT Act expire; respect habeas corpus. (Jan 2012)
  • Due process at Guantanamo; no torture of terrorist suspects. (Jan 2012)
  • Allies want more US military spending, but cut by 43%. (Nov 2011)
  • 43% reduction in military spending; cut foreign aid too. (Sep 2011)
  • No physical or psychological torture of terrorist suspects. (Aug 2011)
  • Abolish the TSA; let Patriot Act expire. (Aug 2011)
  • No waterboarding under any circumstances. (May 2011)
  • Deal with terrorism as a joint federal-state responsibility. (Feb 2001)
  • Include states in anti-terrorism planning. (Sep 2001)
  • Study terrorist threats against nuclear waste repositories. (Aug 2001)
Gary Johnson on Immigration
Click here for 10 full quotes on Immigration OR other candidates on Immigration OR background on Immigration.
  • Arizona anti-immigrant law leads to racial profiling. (Aug 2012)
  • A 10-foot wall just requires an 11-foot ladder. (Aug 2012)
  • 2 year grace period for illegals to get work visas. (Nov 2011)
  • 1 strike & you're out for legal immigrants who violate terms. (Nov 2011)
  • Let some, but not all, illegal immigrants stay in US. (Nov 2011)
  • We educate the world's best & brightest; why send them back? (Jun 2011)
  • Open the border; flood of Mexicans would become taxpayers. (Jan 2001)
  • Mexican immigrants are pursuing same dreams we all have. (Jan 2001)
  • Share costs of legal immigration between states & federal. (Feb 2001)
  • Federal government should deal with criminal repatriation. (Feb 2001)
Gary Johnson on Jobs
Click here for 5 full quotes on Jobs OR other candidates on Jobs OR background on Jobs.
  • Governments don't create jobs--businesses do. (Feb 2012)
  • Oppose NLRB recent actions against Boeing in SC. (Jul 2011)
  • 1999: Vetoed raising minimum wage from $4.25/hour to $5.65. (Jul 2011)
  • Long unemployment benefits postpones dealing with problem. (May 2011)
  • Create block grants for Agricultural Stewardship. (Aug 2001)
Gary Johnson on Principles & Values
Click here for 15 full quotes on Principles & Values OR other candidates on Principles & Values OR background on Principles & Values.
  • Side-by-side issue comparison to Mitt Romney. (Aug 2012)
  • My desire to serve has been with me since childhood. (Aug 2012)
  • I view government in the same way as philosopher Ayn Rand. (Aug 2012)
  • Seven Principles of Good Government for work & life. (Aug 2012)
  • Graduated from UNM and married college sweetheart. (Aug 2012)
  • Gave fiancee "Atlas Shrugged" to explain his politics. (Aug 2012)
  • Let people drive 75 mph & buy beer on Sundays. (Nov 2011)
  • Favorite philosopher: Milton Friedman. (Aug 2011)
  • Tea Party insures that Republicans are part of the solution. (Jul 2011)
  • Calls himself classical liberal; others prefer libertarian. (Jun 2011)
  • Majority of America is fiscal conservative & social liberal. (Jun 2011)
  • Religious affiliation: Lutheran. (Nov 2000)
  • Member, National Governors Association/Economic Development. (Jan 2001)
  • Member of Republican Governors Association. (Aug 2001)
  • Member of the Western Governors' Association. (Aug 2001)
Gary Johnson on Social Security
Click here for 8 full quotes on Social Security OR other candidates on Social Security OR background on Social Security.
  • Raise the retirement age to 70 or 72. (Aug 2012)
  • A portion of Social Security ought to be privatized. (Aug 2012)
  • Replace the payroll tax with FairTax. (Feb 2012)
  • Raise the retirement age; plus means testing. (Aug 2011)
  • Reform all entitlements, including Social Security. (Jul 2011)
  • Open to personal accounts for Social Security. (Jul 2011)
  • Change escalator from wage-based to inflation-based. (May 2011)
  • Maintain long-term solvency of Social Security and Medicare. (Aug 2001)
Gary Johnson on Tax Reform
Click here for 8 full quotes on Tax Reform OR other candidates on Tax Reform OR background on Tax Reform.
  • 23% national sales tax while eliminating the IRS. (May 2012)
  • Get rid of income tax and capital-gains tax. (Feb 2012)
  • FairTax on all new goods & services, with prebates for poor. (Feb 2012)
  • FairTax would absolutely reboot the American economy. (Sep 2011)
  • Replace tax system with a FairTax. (Sep 2011)
  • Replace job-killing tax code with FairTax. (Sep 2011)
  • Reduce state personal income tax from 8.5% to 8%. (Jul 2011)
  • No national sales tax or VAT. (Feb 2000)
Gary Johnson on Technology
Click here for 5 full quotes on Technology OR other candidates on Technology OR background on Technology.
  • Oversaw construction of 500 miles of new highway. (Aug 2012)
  • Highway 44: Private alternatives to infrastructure spending. (Jul 2011)
  • Opposes Net Neutrality; no government regulation of Internet. (Jul 2011)
  • NM building twice as many 4-lane highways with no tax raise. (Jan 2001)
  • Level playing field for Main Street vs. Internet sales tax. (Aug 2001)
Gary Johnson on War & Peace
Click here for 13 full quotes on War & Peace OR other candidates on War & Peace OR background on War & Peace.
  • Afghan nation-building will fail; withdraw immediately. (Aug 2012)
  • Cut all support and aid to Israel. (May 2012)
  • No military threat from Iraq, Afghanistan, nor Libya. (Aug 2011)
  • Iran is not currently a military threat. (Aug 2011)
  • Let Israel deal with Iranian nukes; not US role to tell them. (Aug 2011)
  • Absolutely would not have gone into Libya; get out now. (Jul 2011)
  • We wiped out al Qaeda 10 years ago; leave Afghanistan. (Jun 2011)
  • No threat from Libya; so no authority to topple dictator. (Jun 2011)
  • Afghan War initially warranted, but not for 10 years. (May 2011)
  • Military surveillance should discover WMD before invasion. (May 2011)
  • I opposed the Iraq War from the beginning. (May 2011)
  • No Afghan timetable; start tomorrow & finish in a few months. (May 2011)
  • Eliminate ineffective interventions in Iraq & Afghanistan. (May 2011)
Gary Johnson on Welfare & Poverty
Click here for 3 full quotes on Welfare & Poverty OR other candidates on Welfare & Poverty OR background on Welfare & Poverty.
  • Impose gross income cap on welfare recipients. (Jul 2011)
  • Maintain federal Social Services Block Grant funding. (Sep 2001)
  • Maintain flexibility & funding levels for TANF block grants. (Sep 2001)


VoteMatch Responses
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Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's right
(+2 points on Social scale)
No federal funding for stem cell research: Opposes topic 1
Women's right to choose until fetal viability: Favors topic 1
Right to choose up until viability of the fetus: Favors topic 1
Leave the decision up to the woman: Strongly Favors topic 1
Favors topic 2:
Require hiring more women & minorities
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Support principles embodied in the Equal Rights Amendment: Favors topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Same-sex domestic partnership benefits
(+5 points on Social scale)
Refused 'Marriage Vow' pledge; it condemns gays & singles: Strongly Favors topic 3
I support gay unions; government out of marriage business: Strongly Favors topic 3
No opinion on topic 4:
Teacher-led prayer in public schools
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Opposes topic 8:
Death Penalty
(+5 points on Social scale)
DNA evidence shows many people are mistakenly convicted: Strongly Opposes topic 8
1994: Proponent of death penalty, but willing to debate it: Favors topic 8
Death penalty as a public policy is flawed: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Don't risk putting innocent to death: Strongly Opposes topic 8
No opinion on topic 9:
Mandatory Three Strikes sentencing laws
(0 points on Social scale)
Vetoed early release of prisoners due to overcrowding: Favors topic 9
Half of crime is drug-related; legalizing drugs cuts crime: Opposes topic 9
Supports flexible federal block grants for crime programs: Neutral on topic 9
Zero tolerance for violence against government employees: Neutral on topic 9
Strongly Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Laws regarding guns are ineffective: Strongly Favors topic 10
Opposes topic 5:
More federal funding for health coverage
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Government-managed healthcare is insanity: Strongly Opposes topic 5
ObamaCare is unconstitutional; so is Bush's Medicare Rx plan: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Salud!: managed care for Medicaid recipients: Opposes topic 5
Repeal ObamaCare & failed Medicare prescription drug benefit: Strongly Opposes topic 5
More federal funding for rural health services: Favors topic 5
Protect state tobacco settlement funds from federal seizure: Neutral on topic 5
Favors topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(+2 points on Economic scale)
A portion of Social Security ought to be privatized: Strongly Favors topic 6
Open to personal accounts for Social Security: Strongly Favors topic 6
Change escalator from wage-based to inflation-based: Opposes topic 6
Maintain federal Social Services Block Grant funding: Favors topic 6
Maintain long-term solvency of Social Security and Medicare: Opposes topic 6
Strongly Favors topic 7:
Parents choose schools via vouchers
(+5 points on Economic scale)
$3,500 voucher for every K-12 student: Strongly Favors topic 7
Vouchers are as constitutional as pre-school and day-care: Strongly Favors topic 7
Competition would make our schools better: Strongly Favors topic 7
Put educational funds in the hands of the people who use it: Strongly Favors topic 7
End the Department of Education: Favors topic 7
Opposes topic 18:
Replace coal & oil with alternatives
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Cap-&-trade imposes costs with no environmental improvement: Opposes topic 18
No cap-and-trade; no taxing carbon emissions: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Voluntary partnerships reduce greenhouse gases economically: Neutral on topic 18
Kyoto Treaty must include reductions by all countries: Opposes topic 18
Create block grants for Agricultural Stewardship: Neutral on topic 18
Collaborative, incentive driven, locally-based solutions: Neutral on topic 18
Strongly Opposes topic 19:
Drug use is immoral: enforce laws against it
(+5 points on Social scale)
Marijuana is safer than alcohol: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Marijuana is safer than alcohol: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Harm-reduction: health issue rather than criminal issue: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Drug policy today parallels Prohibition in the 1920's: Strongly Opposes topic 19
War on Drugs is a miserable failure; $6M for treatment: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Drug use is up despite $30B spending on War on Drugs: Strongly Opposes topic 19
More federal funding for all aspects of Drug War: Favors topic 19
States should make drug policy, not feds: Neutral on topic 19
Favors topic 20:
Allow churches to provide welfare services
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Vouchers OK for church childcare & church schools: Strongly Favors topic 20
Supports separation of religion and state: Opposes topic 20
Maintain flexibility & funding levels for TANF block grants: Favors topic 20
Strongly Opposes topic 11:
Make taxes more progressive
(+5 points on Economic scale)
23% national sales tax while eliminating the IRS: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Replace job-killing tax code with FairTax: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Reduce state personal income tax from 8.5% to 8%: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Eliminate corporate income tax as real way to create jobs: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Lower the tax burden; eliminate corporate tax: Strongly Opposes topic 11
No national sales tax or VAT: Neutral on topic 11
Federal tax incentives for energy, with state decisions: Neutral on topic 11
Strongly Favors topic 12:
Illegal immigrants earn citizenship
(+5 points on Social scale)
Arizona anti-immigrant law leads to racial profiling: Strongly Favors topic 12
A 10-foot wall just requires an 11-foot ladder: Favors topic 12
2 year grace period for illegals to get work visas: Favors topic 12
1 strike & you're out for legal immigrants who violate terms: Favors topic 12
Let some, but not all, illegal immigrants stay in US: Favors topic 12
Open the border; flood of Mexicans would become taxpayers: Strongly Favors topic 12
Mexican immigrants are pursuing same dreams we all have: Strongly Favors topic 12
Share costs of legal immigration between states & federal: Neutral on topic 12
Federal government should deal with criminal repatriation: Neutral on topic 12
Strongly Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Flights to Cuba ok; trade promotes friendship: Strongly Favors topic 13
No tariffs, no restrictions; but no corporatism: Favors topic 13
Eliminate needless barriers to free trade: Strongly Favors topic 13
NAFTA benefits New Mexico; jobs lost are those we don't want: Strongly Favors topic 13
Strongly Opposes topic 15:
Expand the armed forces
(+5 points on Social scale)
Should we have 100,000 troops on the ground in Europe?: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Allies want more US military spending, but cut by 43%: Strongly Opposes topic 15
43% reduction in military spending; cut foreign aid too: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Balance budget by cutting entitlements AND Defense: Strongly Opposes topic 15
No opinion on topic 16:
Stricter limits on political campaign funds
(0 points on Economic scale)
Won 1994 with $510K of own money & not beholden: Strongly Favors topic 16
Full disclosure, but no limits on campaign donations: Strongly Opposes topic 16
Strongly Favors topic 14:
The Patriot Act harms civil liberties
(+5 points on Social scale)
Patriot Act is a direct assault on privacy & due process: Strongly Favors topic 14
Torture has created millions of enemies we wouldn't have had: Strongly Favors topic 14
Let the PATRIOT Act expire; respect habeas corpus: Strongly Favors topic 14
Due process at Guantanamo; no torture of terrorist suspects: Strongly Favors topic 14
No physical or psychological torture of terrorist suspects: Strongly Favors topic 14
Abolish the TSA; let Patriot Act expire: Strongly Favors topic 14
No waterboarding under any circumstances: Strongly Favors topic 14
Strongly Favors topic 17:
US out of Iraq & Afghanistan
(+5 points on Social scale)
Afghan nation-building will fail; withdraw immediately: Strongly Favors topic 17
No military threat from Iraq, Afghanistan, nor Libya: Strongly Favors topic 17
Iran is not currently a military threat: Strongly Favors topic 17
We wiped out al Qaeda 10 years ago; leave Afghanistan: Strongly Favors topic 17
Afghan War initially warranted, but not for 10 years: Strongly Favors topic 17
I opposed the Iraq War from the beginning: Strongly Favors topic 17
No Afghan timetable; start tomorrow & finish in a few months: Favors topic 17
Eliminate ineffective interventions in Iraq & Afghanistan: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Include states in anti-terrorism planning: Neutral on topic 17

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