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Julian Castro on VoteMatch

Democratic Presidential Challenger; former HUD Secretary

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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+5 points on Social scale)
Codify Roe v. Wade, repeal Hyde Amendment: Favors topic 1
I believe in reproductive freedom and reproductive justice: Strongly Favors topic 1
I believe in a woman's right to choose: Strongly Favors topic 1
Opposed Texas blocking abortions after 20 weeks: Strongly Favors topic 1
Allow abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy: Strongly Favors topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Passed ground-breaking rule furthering fair housing: Strongly Favors topic 2
Racial and social justice as important as economic justice: Favors topic 2
Pass ERA to ensure equal rights & equal pay for women: Strongly Favors topic 2
Supports reparations commission, we need healing process: Favors topic 2
Supports commission investigating reparations for slavery: Strongly Favors topic 2
Chicano; Jewish; gay: common thread is marginalization: Strongly Favors topic 2
Too-tight credit market hurts minority home ownership: Favors topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+5 points on Social scale)
As mayor, banned discrimination against sexual orientation: Strongly Favors topic 3
Protections for GLBTQ; benefits to same-sex partners: Favors topic 3
Signed onto the "Mayors for the Freedom to Marry" effort: Strongly Favors topic 3
Extend city benefits to same-sex domestic partners: Favors topic 3
Favors topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(-3 points on Social scale)
Grew up with Catholic tradition and progressive activism: Favors topic 4
Strongly Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Strengthen Medicare and then expand to anyone who wants it: Strongly Favors topic 5
Denying health care for undocumented is un-American: Strongly Favors topic 5
US should be the healthiest nation: Strongly Favors topic 5
Medicare for all, but allow private insurance: Strongly Favors topic 5
Would tax the richest to fund Medicare for All: Strongly Favors topic 5
Medicare for all, paid for by tax on wealthy: Strongly Favors topic 5
Americans should not be on their own for health care: Strongly Favors topic 5
Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Trust Fund needs immigrants to shore up Baby Boomers: Opposes topic 6
Strongly Opposes topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Inner cities need help; invest in education: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Universal free meals in schools: Opposes topic 7
Give teachers tax credits of $2,000 to $10,000: Opposes topic 7
Nationwide expansion of universal pre-K: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Invest in public schools, pre-K through higher ed: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Extended Pre-K education for needy kids: Opposes topic 7
Our most chronic problem is inequity in education: Favors topic 7
Money for education is investment, not charity: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Strongly Opposes topic 8:
Fight EPA regulatory over-reach
(+5 points on Social scale)
Reinstate private right to sue polluters: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Don't wait for natural disaster to move to sustainability: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Will appoint EPA administrator to crack down on polluters: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Injustice that 70% of HUD housing is near Superfund site: Opposes topic 8
I dealt with lead in water in Flint as HUD Secretary: Strongly Opposes topic 8
We still need to find a long-term solution for nuclear waste: Opposes topic 8
Opposed golf course development to protect city's aquifer: Strongly Opposes topic 8
At HUD: $1 billion National Disaster Resilience Competition: Opposes topic 8
More funding for lead-safe regulations in low-income housing: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Strongly Opposes topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(+5 points on Social scale)
Send high-level executives to jail for opioids & corruption: Strongly Favors topic 9
End qualified immunity to hold police officers accountable: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Remove from the streets police officers who kill civilians: Opposes topic 9
Eliminate private prisons: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Abolish capital punishment: Strongly Opposes topic 9
We must face police violence against minorities: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-3 points on Economic scale)
No mandatory buybacks--it means more cops banging on doors: Opposes topic 10
Voluntary buyback, despite their mixed success: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Dems can get common sense gun reform in 2021: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Sensible gun laws, and address mental health issues: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Supports background checks at gun shows & assault weapon ban: Strongly Favors topic 10
Ban assault weapons: Strongly Favors topic 10
Favors topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Senior/disabled property tax freeze favored wealthy: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Raise the top marginal tax rate; negotiate the numbers: Strongly Favors topic 11
Top earners & corporations must pay fair share: Strongly Favors topic 11
Top earners, corporations should pay "fair share": Strongly Favors topic 11
Stop taking from middle class & favoring the rich: Favors topic 11
Strongly Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+5 points on Social scale)
Must decriminalize border crossing to stop family separation: Strongly Favors topic 12
Always for secure border and apprehending criminals: Favors topic 12
Independent immigration courts will speed up asylum process: Strongly Favors topic 12
Can't take in everyone seeking asylum but can do more: Strongly Favors topic 12
Supports L.A. & Chicago in non-cooperation with ICE: Strongly Favors topic 12
No to "open borders"; increase number of refugees admitted: Strongly Favors topic 12
We need a Marshall Plan for the Northern Triangle: Favors topic 12
Get rid of metering asylum applicants at the border: Strongly Favors topic 12
Get rid of section 1325: stop criminalizing desperation: Strongly Favors topic 12
Decriminalizing illegal crossings is way we used to do this: Strongly Favors topic 12
Decriminalizing border crossings won't apply to smuggling: Strongly Favors topic 12
Don't separate kids and families; don't jail asylum seekers: Strongly Favors topic 12
Current "merit" system says only certain people have merit: Strongly Favors topic 12
Reverse Muslim ban; Marshall Plan for Central America: Strongly Favors topic 12
Asylum seekers have the right to be heard: Strongly Favors topic 12
Treat immigration as civil, not criminal, issue: Strongly Favors topic 12
We can have compassion AND border security: Favors topic 12
Against funding border wall: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Compassion for refugees, pathway for those here: Strongly Favors topic 12
Secure the border by using technology, not a wall: Opposes topic 12
Support comprehensive immigration reform: Favors topic 12
Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Demand changes to post-NAFTA agreement USMCA: Opposes topic 13
Protect American workers but take part in global economy: Opposes topic 13
Renegotiate NAFTA to protect workers & environment: Opposes topic 13
Renegotiate NAFTA: Opposes topic 13
Strongly Opposes topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(-5 points on Economic scale)
21st century Marshall Plan for Central and Latin America: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Rebuild alliances & reclaim role as world leader: Opposes topic 14
Strongly Favors topic 15:
Expand the military
(-5 points on Social scale)
Supported military expansion into cybersecurity: Strongly Favors topic 15
Strongly Favors topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(+5 points on Social scale)
Eliminate the Electoral College: Favors topic 16
Mandate paper ballots: Favors topic 16
We need election security against foreign interference: Favors topic 16
1995: Studied overcoming minority voter disenfranchisement: Strongly Favors topic 16
Opposes topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(-3 points on Social scale)
North Korea won't work with US after ditching Iran nuke deal: Strongly Opposes topic 17
No preparation is why North Korea talks have done little: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Don't entangle ourselves in wars, but rebuild alliances: Strongly Favors topic 17
Opposed troops in Syria, but have to plan withdrawal: Favors topic 17
Withdraw US troops from Syria: Strongly Favors topic 17
Strengthen our relationship with allies to keep us safe: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
School curriculum should include climate change: Favors topic 18
Carbon-free America by 2045, clean electricity by 2035: Strongly Favors topic 18
Backed fracking as mayor; leave bans to each community: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Federally mandated price on carbon to spur renewables: Strongly Favors topic 18
Lower energy consumption in HUD-assisted housing: Strongly Favors topic 18
Cut carbon emissions; invest in renewable energy: Strongly Favors topic 18
Green Jobs Leadership Council: more solar; less coal: Strongly Favors topic 18
Supported both fossil fuel and green energy: Opposes topic 18
Rejoin the Paris Climate Treaty: Strongly Favors topic 18
Investments in mass transit could stimulate job creation: Favors topic 18
Opposes topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(+2 points on Social scale)
Decriminalize and legalize marijuana: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Crack down on traffickers of dangerous drugs like fentanyl: Favors topic 19
Legalize and regulate marijuana; expunge criminal records: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Strongly Favors topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(-5 points on Economic scale)
ConnectHome: Support affordable housing: Favors topic 20
Property was taken from slaves, so pay reparations: Favors topic 20
Supported tax breaks to lure corporations: Strongly Favors topic 20

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Page last updated: Dec 27, 2019