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Richard Nixon on Abortion
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  • Constitutional amendment prohibiting abortion is non-starter. (Apr 1991)
  • No litmus test on abortion or on any pet issue. (Nov 1980)
  • Define the nature and extent of the basic rights of privacy. (Jan 1974)
Richard Nixon on Budget & Economy
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  • 1971: I am now a Keynesian in economics: gov't creates jobs. (Apr 2011)
  • 1971: "We are all Keynesians now"; end the gold standard. (Sep 2009)
  • 1971: We are all Keynesians now: spend during recession. (Aug 2004)
  • 1971: Delink gold; float dollar; 10% import tariff. (Aug 2004)
  • Address deficit through spending cuts, not tax increases. (Jan 1992)
  • 1971 price & wage freeze helped only for the short-term. (Apr 1980)
  • Government under Republicans costs less. (Sep 1960)
  • Expanding programs while reducing debt will increase taxes. (Sep 1960)
Richard Nixon on Civil Rights
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  • 1959: Tie-breaking vote to strengthen black Southern voting. (Oct 2005)
  • 1971: Required affirmative action for federal contractors. (Jun 2005)
  • 1947: Joined HUAC to catch real Communists. (Jun 1996)
  • 1960: Declined to commit to a black Cabinet member. (Jun 1996)
  • Should not glorify homosexuality on television. (May 1971)
  • 1953: chaired committee to eliminate federal discrimination. (Jan 1965)
Richard Nixon on Corporations
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  • Open American business schools in each East European country. (Jan 1992)
  • Greed is not good, but wealth is, if used for good purpose. (Jul 1990)
Richard Nixon on Crime
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  • Survived 1958 mob riot as VP in Venezuela. (Jun 2009)
  • 1968: Started "law-&-order" plank to gain Southern Whites. (Feb 2007)
  • Declare and win the war against crime. (Jan 1970)
Richard Nixon on Drugs
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  • Coined phrase "War on Drugs" in 1969. (Mar 2010)
  • US spends as much on illegal drugs as rest of world combined. (Jan 1992)
  • Don't let elite casual drug users off the hook. (Apr 1991)
  • Ensure that no one who wants treatment is excluded. (Apr 1991)
  • Strong stand against legalizing marijuana. (May 1971)
Richard Nixon on Education
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  • 1954: Racially integrated schools as model for rest of world. (Nov 2013)
  • Break the monopoly of the education establishment. (Jan 1992)
  • Before the 60s, schools helped students become productive. (Jul 1990)
  • School prayer is ok, but not as an Amendment. (Jul 1990)
  • Religious instruction in schools ok, like Marxism. (Jul 1990)
  • Educational standards over political correctness. (Jul 1990)
  • Replace union politics with parental choice. (Jul 1990)
  • Non-public schools save taxpayers $3B per year. (Apr 1972)
  • Cast deciding vote against increasing teachers' salaries. (Oct 1960)
  • Federal assistance to integrate schools. (Oct 1960)
  • Building more schools moves America ahead. (Sep 1960)
  • Aid for school construction, not teacher salaries. (Sep 1960)
  • Local control more critical than increased teacher salaries. (Sep 1960)
Richard Nixon on Energy & Oil
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  • Protect oil supplies with military force when needed. (Jan 1981)
  • Oil for now; solar & geothermal for the 21st century. (Apr 1980)
  • Project Independence: replace oil with nuclear & renewables. (Apr 1980)
  • Comprehensive program including coal gas, solar & geothermal. (Jun 1971)
Richard Nixon on Environment
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  • 1969: Halt all dumping in the Great Lakes. (Jan 2001)
  • 1970: Created cabinet-level Council on Environmental Quality. (Jan 2001)
  • 1970-72: Created EPA which passed Clean Air Act. (Jan 2001)
  • Built the SST; environmental concerns will be met. (Dec 1970)
  • Establish the Environmental Protection Agency. (Jul 1970)
  • Make peace with nature; restore nature to its natural state. (Jan 1970)
  • $10 billion for nationwide clean water program. (Jan 1970)
Richard Nixon on Families & Children
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  • Don't make life too easy for children. (Jul 1990)
  • We believe in the family as the keystone of the community. (Jan 1972)
Richard Nixon on Foreign Policy
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  • 1971: Control Latin America as model for rest of world. (Jun 2010)
  • Nixon’s Ten Commandments of Statecraft. (Jul 1997)
  • If every nation can't be friend, let them not be enemies. (Jun 1996)
  • Don't turn our back on the Southern Hemisphere. (Jan 1992)
  • Improve the effectiveness of Third World economic assistance. (Jan 1992)
  • Provide funds to increase Japan's geopolitical role. (Jan 1992)
  • Selective foreign aid to create incentives for change. (Jan 1992)
  • Recast foreign policy with US as only superpower. (Jan 1992)
  • Vital interest in preventing nukes by potential enemies. (Jan 1992)
  • Top NATO priority: East Europe postcommunist recovery. (Jan 1992)
  • Islamic tolerance needs our support against fundamentalists. (Jan 1992)
  • No President nor Congress will allow destruction of Israel. (Jan 1992)
  • We should not allow billions of people in poverty. (Jan 1992)
  • I did not "sell" ambassadorships; but I did appoint donors. (Apr 1991)
  • Expect coordinated European foreign policy after 1992. (Apr 1991)
  • US is not a declining power. (Jul 1990)
  • Japan needs to spend more on defense. (Jan 1981)
  • Nixon Doctrine: sell arms to resist aggression abroad. (Jan 1981)
  • Revitalize Monroe Doctrine to counter indirect aggression. (Apr 1980)
  • Islamic modernization is wrenching but must be done. (Apr 1980)
  • Work with Japan to shape international order in the Pacific. (Nov 1978)
  • New world order of 5 major power centers. (Dec 1971)
  • No intervention in Cuba; it violates treaties & UN charter. (Oct 1960)
  • 20 new African countries in 1950s, and all chose democracy. (Oct 1960)
  • Latin America had 11 dictators in 1953; and only 3 now. (Oct 1960)

    China

  • 1972: Implemented Shanghai Communique's "One China" policy. (Aug 2004)
  • Appeasement didn't work with Hitler & won't work with China. (Jun 1996)
  • 1968: Open China so they accept international rules. (Jun 1996)
  • 1971: Initiative came after years asking "Who lost China?". (Jun 1996)
  • Pacific Rim will take center stage in 21st century. (Jan 1992)
  • Keep China reforms alive until hard-line leadership passes. (Jan 1992)
  • China must modernize; but US can't push too much. (Jan 1992)
  • Tiananmen repression did not wipe away progressive reforms. (Apr 1991)
  • Tiananmen massacre inexcusable, but continue China relations. (Apr 1991)
  • China fears USSR & is USSR's major vulnerability. (Jan 1981)
  • Bring China into world community, but with restraints. (Jan 1981)
  • 1972: Cultural, trade, and journalistic contact with China. (Feb 1972)
  • Security interest in China overrides ideology. (Feb 1972)
  • Shanghai Communique established "One China" policy. (Feb 1972)

    Communism

  • 1959: Suspicious of Castro even when new Cuban leader. (Jun 2012)
  • OpEd: Supported democracy when it fit strategic interests. (Jun 2010)
  • Coined term "Domino Theory": defend against Asian Communism. (Jun 1996)
  • 1960: Krushchev's grandchildren will live in freedom. (Jun 1996)
  • Renew transatlantic institutions; integrate Eastern Europe. (Jan 1992)
  • Help construct viable post-Communist system in former USSR. (Jan 1992)
  • Promote democratic self-determination away from Moscow. (Jan 1992)
  • US assistance to new republics toward free market. (Jan 1992)
  • Now is the springtime after the long winter of Communism. (Jan 1992)
  • Western aid premature until Soviets overhaul economy. (Apr 1991)
  • Anti-communist since 1946's Iron Curtain. (Jan 1981)
  • 1959 Kitchen Debate: show Soviets the American lifestyle. (Jan 1965)
  • Soviets have a long road before their economy catches ours. (Sep 1960)
Richard Nixon on Free Trade
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  • China's MFN trade status key to US Pushing positive change. (Jan 1992)
  • Push Japan on trade, but no retaliatory protectionism. (Jan 1992)
  • Tariffs are just another entitlement that saps incentive. (Jan 1992)
  • 1985: Reduce Japan's non-tariff barriers. (Apr 1991)
  • Competition with Japan but no economic warfare. (Nov 1978)
  • Trade creates jobs for America's workers in world markets. (Jan 1972)
Richard Nixon on Government Reform
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  • 1970: 18-year-old vote in law & then Amendment. (Oct 2011)
  • 1960s Enemies List: 20 journalists & public officials. (Apr 2010)
  • OpEd: Instituted ideology basis for judicial nominations. (Sep 2009)
  • Campaigned on reining in the liberalism of the Supreme Court. (Sep 2008)
  • "Practical liberalism" instead of government control. (Jun 1996)
  • 1952 headline: "Secret Nixon Fund" led to resignation call. (Jun 1996)
  • Term-limiting president, to 6 years or 8, is a bad idea. (Apr 1991)
  • Great statesmen should retire when just past their prime. (Apr 1991)
  • OpEd: Nixon treated Watergate as public relations problem. (May 1974)
  • Nations change, they adapt, or they slowly die. (Jan 1971)
  • Reduce from 12 Cabinet Departments to 8. (Jan 1971)
Richard Nixon on Gun Control
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  • Guns are an abomination. (Jun 1999)
  • We need gun laws stricter than the Brady Bill. (Jan 1992)
Richard Nixon on Health Care
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  • 1970s: first proposed "employer mandate". (Nov 2003)
  • Do not tolerate 38 million Americans without medical care. (Jan 1992)
  • Federal assistance for catastrophic healthcare. (Apr 1991)
  • Wrong to put health care system under heavy federal hand. (Jan 1974)
  • No American will miss basic medical care by inability to pay. (Jan 1971)
  • Give people freedom to choose health insurance or not. (Sep 1960)
Richard Nixon on Homeland Security
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  • 1969: Doing away with draft undercut antiwar movement. (Jun 2012)
  • Warren Commission was greatest hoax ever perpetrated. (Mar 2010)
  • OpEd: Accusation against Alger Hiss as Soviet spy were true. (Nov 2009)
  • OpEd: Used national security as alibi to protect cronies. (Aug 2008)
  • 1972: Unilaterally renounced use of biological warfare. (Nov 2007)
  • 1970: Developing ABM system led to ABM treaty with USSR. (Sep 2004)
  • OpEd: Invasion of Cambodia led to 1970 Kent State killings. (Dec 2003)
  • Supported missile defense as means to achieve SALT. (Jul 1997)
  • Military power is still relevant post-Cold War. (Jan 1992)
  • START treaty fatally flawed; we can't eliminate nukes. (Jan 1992)
  • We need SDI because of Iraq's nuclear ambitions. (Jan 1992)
  • Two world wars proves US can't ignore events in Europe. (Jan 1992)
  • Support modernists in Muslim world over dictators. (Jan 1992)
  • Nixon Doctrine: assist countries combating internal threats. (Jan 1992)
  • Gorbachev believed SDI arms race would bankrupt the USSR. (Apr 1991)
  • Kennedy wiretapped more people than my administration. (Apr 1991)
  • Congress' War Powers Act is clearly unconstitutional. (Apr 1991)
  • SALT: Negotiate from strength; require verifiability. (Jan 1981)
  • We must be ready with resources & will to use them. (Jan 1981)
  • Detente is understanding between opponents, not a lovefest. (Jan 1981)
  • USSR tries to beat US by weakening our will. (Jan 1981)
  • Soviets disfavor ABM because of US technological superiority. (Jan 1981)
  • Local force as important against USSR as strategic defense. (Jan 1981)
  • Military superiority will not deter terrorism. (Apr 1980)
  • Urged "national security" defense for Watergate defendants. (May 1974)
  • Maintain nuclear deterrent to meet threats to US or allies. (Jan 1972)
  • USSR is cheating on nuclear tests; push for bilateral treaty. (Oct 1960)

    Anti-Communism

  • 1947: Served in HUAC, House Un-American Activities Committee. (Nov 2013)
  • 1954: criticized McCarthyism as unfair and destructive. (Nov 2013)
  • 1948: Require Communists to register with government. (Jun 1996)
Richard Nixon on Immigration
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  • Help underdeveloped world to avoid flood of refugees. (Jan 1992)
  • More visas for professionals and for Western Hemisphere. (Jan 1971)
Richard Nixon on Jobs
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  • 1946: Labor PACs are Communist; so no PAC support. (Jun 1996)
  • Full employment budget: stimulus balances jobs & inflation. (Jan 1971)
  • 1959: Led secret meetings to resolve steel strike deadlock. (Jan 1965)
  • New powers to deal with strikes, but not government seizure. (Oct 1960)
  • To combat unemployment, concentrate on depressed areas. (Oct 1960)
Richard Nixon on Principles & Values
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  • OpEd: Makes reasonable assertions as if controversial. (Nov 2013)
  • 1962: "You won't have Nixon to kick around anymore". (Feb 2011)
  • Eisenhower could not think of a major idea by V.P. Nixon. (Oct 2010)
  • 1971: "Enemies list" tallied 47,000 people. (Sep 2009)
  • 1971: "Enemies list" tallied 47,000 people. (Sep 2009)
  • OpEd:1971 Pentagon Papers drove Nixon to secrecy & Watergate. (Sep 2009)
  • Vice President Spiro Agnew resigned in financial scandal. (Jun 2009)
  • Silent with family; limited relationship with wife. (Jun 2009)
  • Didn't know whom to trust during Watergate; became paranoid. (Jun 2009)
  • First President to keep permanent political operation. (May 2008)
  • 1968: Endorsed by only one college president, from OSU. (May 2006)
  • OpEd: Problem of Watergate wasn't cover-up, but lying. (Nov 2005)
  • 1952 Checkers speech: a "respectable Republican cloth coat". (Sep 2004)
  • 1974: Watergate tapes had deliberate 18-minute gap. (Sep 2004)
  • Offered deal to Ford on resignation, but Ford declined. (Oct 2001)
  • Words can't describe my regret at my mistakes over Watergate. (Oct 2001)
  • Sought possession of White House tapes after resignation. (Oct 2001)
  • Accepting pardon carries an imputation of guilt & confession. (Jun 1999)
  • Conserve concessions; get something in exchange for each one. (Jul 1997)
  • Doggedly pursued Alger Hiss; made his name in House. (Jul 1997)
  • Earned nickname "Tricky Dicky" in 1950 Senate race. (Jun 1996)
  • Founded "The Orthogonians" to fight college elitism. (Jun 1996)
  • Radio debate listeners say Nixon won; TV viewers say JFK. (Jun 1996)
  • Ran for CA governor in 1962 instead of President in 1964. (Jun 1996)
  • At 17, offered scholarship to Harvard, but could not afford. (Jun 1996)
  • Inspired formation of Conservative Opportunity Society. (Jun 1995)
  • America represents freedom, opportunity, and individuality. (Jan 1992)
  • Watergate was wrong; I should have set moral tone. (Apr 1991)
  • I did not deliberately lie at Watergate press conferences. (Apr 1991)
  • The myths of Watergate brought me down, not the facts. (Apr 1991)
  • Watergate was a crime as well as a political blunder. (Apr 1991)
  • No one in the Nixon administration profited from Watergate. (Apr 1991)
  • Intensely religious, but also intensely private about faith. (Apr 1991)
  • Ministers should change people, not change government. (Apr 1991)
  • United States is not just one nation among equals. (Apr 1991)
  • Focus on goals outside of yourself. (Jan 1978)
  • Nixon's opponents wanted revenge; Ford sought healing. (Sep 1974)
  • I was wrong: accepted Ford's pardon on Watergate. (Sep 1974)
  • Resignation from NY Bar not accepted, so they could disbar. (Aug 1974)
  • Those that hate you don't win unless you hate them. (Aug 1974)
  • Only from deepest valley can you know the highest mountain. (Aug 1974)
  • Resigned on grounds that his Congressional base disappeared. (Aug 1974)
  • 1974: Claimed that tapes showed no Nixon involvement in plot. (May 1974)
  • Nixon knew of Watergate in 1972, but lied and said 1973. (May 1974)
  • Tapes: Nixon lied about ordering a full investigation. (May 1974)
  • 1973: Agreed to pay blackmail to "keep cap on Watergate. (May 1974)
  • Tapes: never considered telling whole truth on Watergate. (May 1974)
  • Understand your weaknesses to be strong during adversity. (Nov 1968)

    Congressional Career

  • 1946: Permanent campaign & anti-Communism won 1st House seat. (Nov 2013)
  • 1945: Answered "want ad" to run for Congress. (Nov 2013)
  • By age 43, elected to House, Senate, and Vice-Presidency. (Jun 1996)

    Vice Presidency

  • 1950s: As VP, frontrunner for 1960 presidential nomination. (Jun 1996)
  • 1955: Outflanked Ike to keep V.P. post instead of Cabinet. (Jun 1996)

    Watergate

  • 1972: Bugged offices of Democratic Party in Watergate hotel. (Jun 1996)
  • 1973: Existence of tapes was fatal blow to presidency. (Jun 1996)
  • 1973 Saturday Night Massacre: Fired special prosecutor. (Jun 1996)
Richard Nixon on Social Security
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  • Social Security is a tax; expanding it costs taxpayers. (Oct 1960)
Richard Nixon on Tax Reform
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  • I did not order illegal IRS audits; but I did order audits. (Apr 1991)
  • Raising taxes OK to maintain sound economy & sound dollar. (Oct 1960)
Richard Nixon on Technology
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  • 1971 ITT scandal: dropped antitrust suit for $400K donation. (Sep 2009)
  • Installed voice-activated taping system in Oval Office. (Sep 2009)
  • 1968: Built campaign strategy around controlling television. (Jun 1996)
  • 1971: Absolutely no one should hear White House tapes. (Jun 1996)
  • Broadcast Radio Free China and Radio Free Tibet. (Jan 1992)
  • I did not illegally wiretap; but I did order wiretaps. (Apr 1991)
  • 1969: Moonwalk made heavens become part of man's world. (May 1978)
  • 1969: Moon landing culminated program begun in 1957, not JFK. (May 1978)
  • Technology misused damages environment; but can restore it. (Sep 1970)
  • We're ahead of the Soviets in space, 28 launches to 8. (Oct 1960)
Richard Nixon on War & Peace
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  • 1954: Communists understand nothing but massive retaliation. (Nov 2013)
  • Madman theory: fake nuke strike on USSR to end Vietnam War. (Apr 2011)
  • OpEd: Panicked on Pentagon Papers because of CIA exposure. (Mar 2010)
  • 1972 convention speech marred by antiwar riots & teargas. (Mar 2010)
  • 1972: Mobbed by anti-war hippies at Nixon convention speech. (Mar 2010)
  • 1972: Signed first SALT treaty during visit to Moscow. (Sep 2009)
  • 1968: Secret plan to end war morphed to secret bombings. (Sep 2009)
  • OpEd: Strength in Southeast Asia won Vietnam War. (Oct 2007)
  • OpEd: Sought only to get out of Vietnam on honorable terms. (Dec 2003)
  • Operation Vulture: Nuke Vietnam if North overruns South. (Jun 1996)
  • Supported 1960 CIA-backed invasion of Cuba. (Jun 1996)
  • 1965: If we give up Vietnam, Pacific Ocean becomes a Red Sea. (Jun 1996)
  • US should mediate Arab-Israeli peace initiative. (Jan 1992)
  • Palestinian autonomy without right of return. (Jan 1992)
  • Victory of freedom is a cause greater than winning Cold War. (Jan 1992)
  • Our mission was not completed with the defeat of communism. (Jan 1992)
  • We liberated Kuwait, then royals shockingly refused reforms. (Jan 1992)
  • Bomb Saddam's suspected WMD sites if he fails UN compliance. (Jan 1992)
  • Israel-Palestine solution is land-for-peace formula. (Jan 1992)
  • Sent Israel 550-plane airlift during 1973 war. (Apr 1991)
  • 1975 loss in Vietnam led to Communism in Laos & Cambodia. (Apr 1991)
  • Afghan invasion shows that whole world affects US security. (Jan 1981)
  • WWIII has been waged between US and USSR since 1945. (Jan 1981)
  • Iraq has threatened Kuwait since 1960s. (Jan 1981)
  • Defuse the Palestinian timebomb, but no quick fix. (Jan 1981)
  • Key to Israel's survival is keeping Soviets. (Jan 1981)
  • Goal was Vietnamization, pacification, & US withdrawal. (Jan 1981)
  • Cambodia: Secret bombing was invited by Prince Sihanouk. (Jan 1981)
  • We won militarily in Vietnam, & then threw away our victory. (Jan 1981)
  • Vietnam goals: de-Americanize; pacify; then withdrawal. (Apr 1980)
  • Cambodia: Only regret was not invading sooner. (Nov 1978)
  • Took hard line against Vietnam draft dodgers. (Sep 1974)
  • For the first time in 12 years, America is at peace. (Jan 1974)
  • FactCheck: No, Vietnam War ended in 1975, not 1973. (Jan 1974)
  • Immediate goal: end Vietnam war; we are making progress. (Jan 1970)
  • GOP isn't trigger-happy; we ended wars while Dems joined. (Oct 1960)
  • To win Cold War, launch offensive for hearts & minds & souls. (Oct 1960)
Richard Nixon on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Founded Legal Services Corporation to assist poor. (Nov 2003)
  • Entitlements are most ruinous concept of modern America. (Jan 1992)
  • Giving money to the poor is tragically misguided. (Jan 1992)
  • Welfare too high is dependency trap; too low is hardship. (Apr 1991)
  • Margaret Thatcher repealed British Socialism. (Nov 1978)
  • Place floor under the income of every family with children. (Jan 1971)
  • Kitchen Debate: Right to choose is the difference. (Jul 1959)


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Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+2 points on Social scale)
Constitutional amendment prohibiting abortion is non-starter: Favors topic 1
No litmus test on abortion or on any pet issue: Favors topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
1954: Racially integrated schools as model for rest of world: Favors topic 2
1959: Tie-breaking vote to strengthen black Southern voting: Favors topic 2
1971: Required affirmative action for federal contractors: Strongly Favors topic 2
1960: Declined to commit to a black Cabinet member: Opposes topic 2
1953: chaired committee to eliminate federal discrimination: Strongly Favors topic 2
Federal assistance to integrate schools: Strongly Favors topic 2
Opposes topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(-3 points on Social scale)
Should not glorify homosexuality on television: Opposes topic 3
Favors topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(-3 points on Social scale)
Entitlements are most ruinous concept of modern America: Favors topic 4
Giving money to the poor is tragically misguided: Strongly Favors topic 4
Ministers should change people, not change government: Opposes topic 4
School prayer is ok, but not as an Amendment: Favors topic 4
Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Do not tolerate 38 million Americans without medical care: Favors topic 5
Federal assistance for catastrophic healthcare: Favors topic 5
Wrong to put health care system under heavy federal hand: Opposes topic 5
No American will miss basic medical care by inability to pay: Strongly Favors topic 5
Give people freedom to choose health insurance or not: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Favors topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Social Security is a tax; expanding it costs taxpayers: Favors topic 6
Strongly Favors topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Break the monopoly of the education establishment: Strongly Favors topic 7
Replace union politics with parental choice: Strongly Favors topic 7
Non-public schools save taxpayers $3B per year: Favors topic 7
Local control more critical than increased teacher salaries: Favors topic 7
Strongly Opposes topic 8:
Clean air and water are property rights
(-5 points on Social scale)
1969: Halt all dumping in the Great Lakes: Strongly Opposes topic 8
1970: Created cabinet-level Council on Environmental Quality: Strongly Opposes topic 8
1970-72: Created EPA which passed Clean Air Act: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Make peace with nature; restore nature to its natural state: Strongly Opposes topic 8
$10 billion for nationwide clean water program: Opposes topic 8
Strongly Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-5 points on Social scale)
1968: Started "law-&-order" plank to gain Southern Whites: Favors topic 9
Declare and win the war against crime: Strongly Favors topic 9
No opinion on topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(0 points on Economic scale)
Guns are an abomination: Strongly Opposes topic 10
We need gun laws stricter than the Brady Bill: Strongly Favors topic 10
Opposes topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Address deficit through spending cuts, not tax increases: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Raising taxes OK to maintain sound economy & sound dollar: Favors topic 11
Government under Republicans costs less: Opposes topic 11
Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+2 points on Social scale)
More visas for professionals and for Western Hemisphere: Favors topic 12
Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+2 points on Economic scale)
1971: Delink gold; float dollar; 10% import tariff: Opposes topic 13
China's MFN trade status key to US Pushing positive change: Strongly Favors topic 13
1985: Reduce Japan's non-tariff barriers: Favors topic 13
Competition with Japan but no economic warfare: Favors topic 13
Trade creates jobs for America's workers in world markets: Strongly Favors topic 13
Favors topic 14:
Maintain US sovereignty from UN
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Conserve concessions; get something in exchange for each one: Favors topic 14
Provide funds to increase Japan's geopolitical role: Opposes topic 14
Selective foreign aid to create incentives for change: Favors topic 14
China must modernize; but US can't push too much: Favors topic 14
Favors topic 15:
Expand the military
(-3 points on Social scale)
1972: Signed first SALT treaty during visit to Moscow: Opposes topic 15
Military power is still relevant post-Cold War: Strongly Favors topic 15
START treaty fatally flawed; we can't eliminate nukes: Strongly Favors topic 15
We need SDI because of Iraq's nuclear ambitions: Strongly Favors topic 15
We must be ready with resources & will to use them: Strongly Favors topic 15
Military superiority will not deter terrorism: Opposes topic 15
Favors topic 16:
Stricter limits on voting rights
(-3 points on Social scale)
Great statesmen should retire when just past their prime: Favors topic 16
Strongly Opposes topic 17:
Stay out of Iran
(-5 points on Social scale)
1954: Communists understand nothing but massive retaliation: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Operation Vulture: Nuke Vietnam if North overruns South: Strongly Opposes topic 17
1965: If we give up Vietnam, Pacific Ocean becomes a Red Sea: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Vital interest in preventing nukes by potential enemies: Opposes topic 17
Our mission was not completed with the defeat of communism: Opposes topic 17
We liberated Kuwait, then royals shockingly refused reforms: Opposes topic 17
Bomb Saddam's suspected WMD sites if he fails UN compliance: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Iraq has threatened Kuwait since 1960s: Opposes topic 17
Revitalize Monroe Doctrine to counter indirect aggression: Opposes topic 17
Vietnam goals: de-Americanize; pacify; then withdrawal: Opposes topic 17
Took hard line against Vietnam draft dodgers: Opposes topic 17
Opposes topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Protect oil supplies with military force when needed: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Oil for now; solar & geothermal for the 21st century: Opposes topic 18
Project Independence: replace oil with nuclear & renewables: Favors topic 18
Comprehensive program including coal gas, solar & geothermal: Opposes topic 18
Favors topic 19:
Never legalize marijuana
(-3 points on Social scale)
Coined phrase "War on Drugs" in 1969: Strongly Favors topic 19
US spends as much on illegal drugs as rest of world combined: Strongly Favors topic 19
Don't let elite casual drug users off the hook: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Ensure that no one who wants treatment is excluded: Favors topic 19
Strong stand against legalizing marijuana: Strongly Favors topic 19
Favors topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(-3 points on Economic scale)
1971: We are all Keynesians now: spend during recession: Strongly Favors topic 20
Full employment budget: stimulus balances jobs & inflation: Strongly Favors topic 20
Expanding programs while reducing debt will increase taxes: Opposes topic 20

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