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Joe Sestak on VoteMatch

Democratic Senate Challenger; former Navy Admiral

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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+5 points on Social scale)
Secure reproductive rights; pass family leave: Strongly Favors topic 1
Secure reproductive rights & services for all women: Strongly Favors topic 1
Enshrine a woman's right to choose, in case Roe overturned: Favors topic 1
Right to choose is part of securing future for women: Favors topic 1
Supports Roe v. Wade: Favors topic 1
Ensure access to and funding for contraception: Favors topic 1
Teach teens about both abstinence & contraception: Favors topic 1
YES on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines: Favors topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Supports Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act: Strongly Favors topic 2
Create new contract opportunities for MWOB small businesses: Strongly Favors topic 2
Ensure that women are provided fair wages: Favors topic 2
Ban discriminatory compensation; allow 2 years to sue: Favors topic 2
Stronger enforcement against gender-based pay discrimination: Favors topic 2
Honor the 100th anniversary of the NAACP: Favors topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+5 points on Social scale)
Anti-discrimination laws toward LGBT are long overdue: Strongly Favors topic 3
Equal LGBT rights: Strongly Favors topic 3
ENDA: prohibit employment discrimination for gays: Favors topic 3
Opposes Amendment to prevent same sex marriage: Strongly Favors topic 3
Opposes banning homosexuals in the military: Strongly Favors topic 3
Repeal Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell, and reinstate discharged gays: Favors topic 3
YES on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation: Strongly Favors topic 3
YES on enforcing against anti-gay hate crimes: Favors topic 3
Strongly Opposes topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(+5 points on Social scale)
Rated 0% by the Christian Coalition: an anti-Family-Value voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 4
Sex Ed including both abstinence and contraception: Opposes topic 4
Strongly Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-5 points on Economic scale)
For public option as path to single payer: Favors topic 5
Add public option based on Veterans Health Administration: Strongly Favors topic 5
Authored successful increase in funding for autism: Favors topic 5
Our health system saved my daughter; let's make it a right: Favors topic 5
Add public option to ObamaCare: Strongly Favors topic 5
Shift away from fee-for-service programs: Strongly Favors topic 5
Sponsored bill providing for autism treatment under TRICARE: Favors topic 5
Expand the National Health Service Corps: Strongly Favors topic 5
YES on giving mental health full equity with physical health: Favors topic 5
YES on Veto override: Extend SCHIP to cover 6M more kids: Strongly Favors topic 5
YES on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D: Favors topic 5
YES on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility: Favors topic 5
YES on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare: Favors topic 5
YES on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program: Favors topic 5
YES on regulating tobacco as a drug: Favors topic 5
Strongly Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Protect Medicare, Social Security, and Consumer Finance: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Never supported policy to cut Social Security or Medicare: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Never raise, never, the age for our seniors to retire: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Social Security is the cornerstone of retirement security: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Co-sponsored the Social Security Fairness Act: Opposes topic 6
Oppose privatization; would have lost income in recession: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Opposes private retirement accounts: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Strongly Opposes topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Universal pre-K; create "Training for a Lifetime": Strongly Opposes topic 7
Universal pre-K; tuition grants; increased job training: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Support Common Core and expand pre-K: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Improve our nation's schools and make college accessible: Opposes topic 7
Invest more in our public schools, and demand more: Opposes topic 7
Opposes less federal or more local control of education: Opposes topic 7
YES on $40B for green public schools: Opposes topic 7
Strongly Opposes topic 8:
Fight EPA regulatory over-reach
(+5 points on Social scale)
Favors fee on polluters with Americans receiving dividend: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Ratify the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Promote conservation of rare felids & canids: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Grants for beach water pollution under Clean Water Act: Opposes topic 8
Make tax deduction permanent for conservation easements: Opposes topic 8
Add polar bear & bluefin tuna to endangered species list: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Endorsed Endorsed by LCV; supports conservation efforts: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Strengthen prohibitions against animal fighting: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Fund projects for international conservation of cranes: Strongly Opposes topic 8
YES on protecting free-roaming horses and burros: Opposes topic 8
Opposes topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(+2 points on Social scale)
Increase funding for "COPS ON THE BEAT" program: Opposes topic 9
Supports more severe penalties for Hate Crimes: Favors topic 9
YES on expanding services for offenders' re-entry into society: Opposes topic 9
Strongly Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Reform background checks to keep guns out of wrong hands: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Improve background checks; keep guns out of wrong hands: Opposes topic 10
Strong proponent of common sense gun laws: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Close the Gun Show Loophole; restrict show sales: Opposes topic 10
Rated F by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun control voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Strongly Favors topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Roll back corporate tax cuts by at least half: Strongly Favors topic 11
Boost estate taxes to 45% on wealthiest 400 families: Strongly Favors topic 11
Favors increasing corporate tax rate & restoring estate tax: Strongly Favors topic 11
Bush tax oplicies shift burden to middle class & future: Strongly Favors topic 11
YES on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes: Strongly Favors topic 11
YES on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income: Opposes topic 11
Strongly Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+5 points on Social scale)
Secure borders & due process for asylum seekers: Favors topic 12
Path to citizenship with background check & English test: Favors topic 12
Expand involvement of the Office of Refugee Resettlement: Strongly Favors topic 12
Create a path to naturalization for undocumented immigrants: Strongly Favors topic 12
Broken system can only be fixed by comprehensive reform: Strongly Favors topic 12
Supports continued funding of sanctuary cities: Strongly Favors topic 12
Supports granting amnesty to illegal immigrants: Strongly Favors topic 12
Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Mistake to withdraw from TPP: creates opening for China: Strongly Favors topic 13
Would rejoin Trans-Pacific Partnership: Favors topic 13
Encourage export potential; rejoin "improved" TPP: Favors topic 13
Stop using tariffs as weapon in disputes with China: Favors topic 13
Re-join the Trans-Pacific Partnership: Strongly Favors topic 13
Supports Ex-Im Bank & supports trade agreements in principle: Favors topic 13
Supports TPP in principle, but verify openly before we trust: Opposes topic 13
Tariffs against countries undervaluing their currency: Opposes topic 13
YES on assisting workers who lose jobs due to globalization: Opposes topic 13
YES on promoting free trade with Peru: Favors topic 13
Opposes topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Absence from leadership has let autocrats act with impunity: Favors topic 14
Support 2-state solution; return embassy to Tel Aviv: Opposes topic 14
Rejoin Iran deal; strengthen trade with allies: Strongly Favors topic 14
Rejoin Iran nuclear deal; "reestablish" ties with allies: Opposes topic 14
Strengthen our alliances; other countries are interconnected: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Reverse America's retreat from the global community: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Building liberal world order is what makes America First: Opposes topic 14
Restore U.S. status abroad; protect American dream at home: Opposes topic 14
Restore habeas corpus for detainees in the War on Terror: Opposes topic 14
Allow travel between the United States and Cuba: Opposes topic 14
YES on Veto override: Congressional oversight of CIA interrogations: Opposes topic 14
YES on requiring FISA warrants for wiretaps in US, but not abroad: Strongly Opposes topic 14
NO on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Opposes topic 15:
Expand the military
(+2 points on Social scale)
Reduce size of navy from 375 to 260 ships: Strongly Opposes topic 15
More funding for veterans and for cyberspace: Favors topic 15
Reduce number of carrier strike groups from 11 to 9: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Reprioritized defense funding toward cyberspace: Favors topic 15
Free postage for soldiers serving abroad: Favors topic 15
YES on restricting no-bid defense contracts: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Strongly Favors topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(+5 points on Social scale)
YES on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations: Strongly Favors topic 16
Opposes topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(-3 points on Social scale)
Work with allies to oppose Russian aggression in Ukraine: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Join with allies to compel improved behavior by Saudis: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Leaving Iran deal saps credibility in future negotiations: Favors topic 17
Withdraw from Afghanistan, after achieving stability: Strongly Opposes topic 17
America broke its word with departure from Iran agreement: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Immediately rejoin the Iran nuclear deal: Strongly Favors topic 17
Ensure stability as we draw down our forces in Iraq: Favors topic 17
We’ve achieved our goals; withdraw from Iraq by end of 2007: Strongly Favors topic 17
Strengthen sanctions on Syria & assist democratic transition: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Opposes timetable for troop withdrawal from Afghanistan: Opposes topic 17
YES on redeploying US troops out of Iraq starting in 90 days: Strongly Favors topic 17
YES on investigating Bush impeachment for lying about Iraq: Favors topic 17
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Rejoin Paris Accord; US must restore global leadership: Strongly Favors topic 18
Net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050; end coal exports: Strongly Favors topic 18
Rejoin Paris Accord, ban offshore drilling: Strongly Favors topic 18
Rejoin Paris Accord, stop subsidies to fossil fuel industry: Strongly Favors topic 18
Global warming is a grave threat to humanity and the planet: Strongly Favors topic 18
Replace fossil fuel subsidies with fees for carbon polluters: Strongly Favors topic 18
Offshore drilling moratorium; oversight of Marcellus Shale: Strongly Favors topic 18
Reduce greenhouse emissions & stop global warming: Strongly Favors topic 18
Create an advanced alternative energy research project: Strongly Favors topic 18
Supports renewable energy tax credits: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on tax incentives for renewable energy: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on investing in homegrown biofuel: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on criminalizing oil cartels like OPEC: Favors topic 18
YES on tax incentives for energy production and conservation: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on tax credits for renewable electricity, with PAYGO offsets: Favors topic 18
YES on enforcing limits on CO2 global warming pollution: Favors topic 18
YES on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program: Favors topic 18
Opposes topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(+2 points on Social scale)
Rated 75% by NORML, indicating a pro-legalization stance: Strongly Opposes topic 19
YES on more funding for Mexico to fight drugs: Favors topic 19
Strongly Favors topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Championed fiscally accountable "pay-as-you-go" legislation: Opposes topic 20
Increase nutrition assistance for needy families: Favors topic 20
Auto & bank bailouts were to clean up Bush's mess: Strongly Favors topic 20
YES on $60B stimulus package for jobs, infrastructure, & energy: Strongly Favors topic 20
YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending: Strongly Favors topic 20

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