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Bernie Sanders on VoteMatch

Democratic primary challenger; Independent VT Senator; previously Representative (VT-At-Large)



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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+5 points on Social scale)
Few or no government limits on abortion: Strongly Favors topic 1
Support pro-life Dems if they replace pro-life Republicans: Favors topic 1
Lifetime pro-choice record, plus funding for family planning: Strongly Favors topic 1
Advocate for family planning and funding for contraceptives: Favors topic 1
Women have the right to choose, regardless of income: Strongly Favors topic 1
Rated 100% by NARAL, indicating a pro-choice voting record: Strongly Favors topic 1
Emergency contraception for rape victims at all hospitals: Favors topic 1
Rated 0% by the NRLC, indicating a pro-choice stance: Strongly Favors topic 1
Provide emergency contraception at military facilities: Favors topic 1
Require pharmacies to fulfill contraceptive prescriptions: Favors topic 1
Ban anti-abortion limitations on abortion services: Strongly Favors topic 1
Access safe, legal abortion without restrictions: Strongly Favors topic 1
Keep federal funding for family planning clinics: Strongly Favors topic 1
CC:Oppose strict Constitutionalist judges: Favors topic 1
CC:Publicly fund abortions: Strongly Favors topic 1
CC:No parental notification for abortions by minors: Favors topic 1
Protect the reproductive rights of women: Strongly Favors topic 1
Ensure access to and funding for contraception: Favors topic 1
Focus on preventing pregnancy, plus emergency contraception: Favors topic 1
NO on barring transporting minors to get an abortion: Strongly Favors topic 1
NO on banning partial-birth abortions: Favors topic 1
NO on banning Family Planning funding in US aid abroad: Favors topic 1
NO on Unknown roll call for 2001-89: Favors topic 1
NO on funding for health providers who don't provide abortion info: Favors topic 1
NO on banning partial-birth abortion except to save motherís life: Strongly Favors topic 1
NO on making it a crime to harm a fetus during another crime: Favors topic 1
NO on restricting interstate transport of minors to get abortions: Strongly Favors topic 1
YES on allowing human embryonic stem cell research: Favors topic 1
NO on prohibiting minors crossing state lines for abortion: Strongly Favors topic 1
NO on defining unborn child as eligible for SCHIP: Favors topic 1
YES on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines: Favors topic 1
NO on barring HHS grants to organizations that perform abortions: Favors topic 1
NO on restricting UN funding for population control policies: Favors topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Supports commission investigating reparations for slavery: Favors topic 2
End racism in hiring, redlining, & disparate pay: Strongly Favors topic 2
Equal pay for equal work: anything else unacceptable: Strongly Favors topic 2
Accompany minimum wage increase with pay equity for women: Strongly Favors topic 2
No ambiguity in condemning white supremacists: Strongly Favors topic 2
Women still earn only 80% of men; minorities earn 63%: Strongly Favors topic 2
Women's March: never again second-class citizens: Strongly Favors topic 2
1960s U. Chicago Congress of Racial Equality member: Strongly Favors topic 2
Empower Native Americans to make up for abrogated treaties: Strongly Favors topic 2
We're the only major country without paid family leave: Strongly Favors topic 2
Black Lives Matter: deal with institutional racism: Favors topic 2
Economic issues take a larger toll on minority groups: Favors topic 2
Remove Confederate flag from State Houses: Strongly Favors topic 2
1972: wrote fictional "satire" about men oppressing women: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Equal pay for equal work by women: Strongly Favors topic 2
1964: civil rights activist in Congress on Racial Equality: Strongly Favors topic 2
Constitutional Amendment for equal rights by gender: Strongly Favors topic 2
Rated 97% by the NAACP, indicating a pro-affirmative-action stance: Strongly Favors topic 2
Recognize Juneteenth as historical end of slavery: Strongly Favors topic 2
Increase funding for occupational & physical therapy: Favors topic 2
Endorsed as "preferred" by The Feminist Majority indicating pro-women's rights: Strongly Favors topic 2
More funding & services for victims of domestic violence: Strongly Favors topic 2
Enforce against wage discrimination based on gender: Strongly Favors topic 2
Re-introduce the Equal Rights Amendment: Strongly Favors topic 2
Ban discriminatory compensation; allow 2 years to sue: Favors topic 2
Stronger enforcement against gender-based pay discrimination: Favors topic 2
NO on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions: Favors topic 2
YES on $84 million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges: Strongly Favors topic 2
YES on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act: Favors topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+5 points on Social scale)
1983: Approved "Gay Rights Day" in Burlington Vermont: Strongly Favors topic 3
DOMA was homophobic even in 1996: Strongly Favors topic 3
Vermont implemented ENDA 22 years ago; so should feds: Strongly Favors topic 3
LGBTQ values are family values: Strongly Favors topic 3
Right to love each other, regardless of sexual orientation: Strongly Favors topic 3
Never accept racism, sexism, nor homophobia: Strongly Favors topic 3
More funding and stricter sentencing for hate crimes: Strongly Favors topic 3
Rated 100% by the HRC, indicating a pro-gay-rights stance: Strongly Favors topic 3
ENDA: prohibit employment discrimination for gays: Favors topic 3
Repeal Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell, and reinstate discharged gays: Favors topic 3
Prohibit sexual-identity discrimination at schools: Strongly Favors topic 3
Enforce against anti-gay discrimination in public schools: Strongly Favors topic 3
Let states recognize same sex marriage: Favors topic 3
NO on banning gay adoptions in DC: Favors topic 3
NO on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage: Strongly Favors topic 3
NO on Constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman: Strongly Favors topic 3
Strongly Opposes topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(+5 points on Social scale)
Rated 7% by the Christian Coalition: an anti-Family-Value voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 4
Religious freedom means no religious registry: Strongly Opposes topic 4
NO on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer: Strongly Opposes topic 4
NO on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations: Opposes topic 4
NO on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks: Strongly Opposes topic 4
NO on allowing school prayer during the War on Terror: Strongly Opposes topic 4
NO on constitutional amendment prohibiting flag desecration: Opposes topic 4
NO on protecting the Pledge of Allegiance: Opposes topic 4
YES on allowing Courts to decide on "God" in Pledge of Allegiance: Opposes topic 4
Strongly Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Deal with racial issues as part of health care reform: Strongly Favors topic 5
Pharma companies should justify high drug prices: Favors topic 5
Don't let Republicans do away with preexisting protection: Strongly Favors topic 5
Negotiate Medicare prices stop outrageous pharma ripoffs: Strongly Favors topic 5
Don't privatize the Veterans Administration: Strongly Favors topic 5
Employer-based insurance burdens employers & stifles workers: Strongly Favors topic 5
Mental illness system is in tatters; treat like any illness: Favors topic 5
Medicare should negotiate prices with pharma industry: Favors topic 5
1999: Took Vermonters to Canada for low-cost Rx drugs: Favors topic 5
Don't ignore prescription drug affordability: Favors topic 5
Lack of affordable dental care is part of healthcare crisis: Favors topic 5
Mental Health: people need more affordable treatments: Favors topic 5
Combat Big Pharma's greed on drug prices: Strongly Favors topic 5
Move toward a single-payer system: Strongly Favors topic 5
ObamaCare alternatives need patient protections: Strongly Favors topic 5
Single payer will transform health care for the better: Strongly Favors topic 5
Medicare-for-all: no more private insurance plans: Strongly Favors topic 5
ObamaCare requires insurers to cover you, even at a loss: Strongly Favors topic 5
Real issue is healthcare at all, for rural poor: Strongly Favors topic 5
Federally-run single-payer program with mental/dental: Strongly Favors topic 5
For $500 more taxes, everyone gets $5,000 more healthcare: Strongly Favors topic 5
Medicare for All: insure 29M people beyond ObamaCare: Strongly Favors topic 5
Single payer: Increased taxes offset by insurance cuts: Favors topic 5
I helped write ObamaCare; extend it to 29M more uninsured: Strongly Favors topic 5
We spend more on care than countries with single-payer: Favors topic 5
Healthcare is a fundamental right in a civilized society: Strongly Favors topic 5
Medicare for all: healthcare is a human right: Strongly Favors topic 5
U.S. is only major country without guaranteed healthcare: Strongly Favors topic 5
Civilized societies provide healthcare for the poor: Strongly Favors topic 5
Voted for ObamaCare; but prefers single-payer system: Strongly Favors topic 5
MEDS Plan: Cover senior Rx under Medicare: Favors topic 5
Rated 100% by APHA, indicating a pro-public health record: Strongly Favors topic 5
Keep healthcare mandate, according to CC survey: Strongly Favors topic 5
Preserve access to Medicaid & SCHIP during economic downturn: Strongly Favors topic 5
Provide for treatment of autism under TRICARE: Favors topic 5
Sponsored bill expanding the National Health Service Corps: Strongly Favors topic 5
Make health care a right, not a privilege: Strongly Favors topic 5
NO on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts: Favors topic 5
NO on subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage: Favors topic 5
YES on allowing reimportation of prescription drugs: Favors topic 5
NO on capping damages & setting time limits in medical lawsuits: Favors topic 5
NO on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients: Favors topic 5
NO on denying non-emergency treatment for lack of Medicare co-pay: Strongly Favors topic 5
NO on allowing tribal Indians to opt out of federal healthcare: Strongly Favors topic 5
NO on means-testing to determine Medicare Part D premium: Favors topic 5
NO on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts: 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)
I helped create the Social Security Caucus: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Senior poverty AND childhood poverty are increasing: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Lift cap on wealthy: at $250,000 program lasts 58 years: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Defend against chained CPI, and expand Social Security: Strongly Opposes topic 6
No cuts; no privatization; even to deal with deficit: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Strengthen the social safety net, instead of weakening it: Strongly Opposes topic 6
We must strengthen the social safety net, not weaken it: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Chairman of the Defend Social Security Caucus: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Payroll tax holiday diverts revenue from Trust Fund: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Most successful Federal program in history of our country: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Despite GOP rhetoric, Social Security is NOT going bankrupt: Opposes topic 6
Changing Social Security disproportionately affects women: Opposes topic 6
Reject proposals for private saving accounts: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Rated 100% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Reject privatization; don't raise the retirement age: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Sponsored keeping CPI for benefits instead of lower "Chained CPI": Strongly Opposes topic 6
Rated 100% by ARA, indicating a pro-Trust Fund stance: Strongly Opposes topic 6
YES on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox: Opposes topic 6
NO on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits: Opposes topic 6
NO on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable: Opposes topic 6
NO on establishing reserve funds & pre-funding for Social Security: Opposes topic 6
Strongly Opposes topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Revolution needed in child-care and preschool jobs: Opposes topic 7
No privatization; no vouchers; charters only with standards: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Replace NCLB standardized testing with holistic approach: Opposes topic 7
Vouchers redirect public education dollar to private schools: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Charter schools ok if held to public school standards: Favors topic 7
Do away with fill-in-the-bubble standardized tests: Opposes topic 7
Education begins before age 4 or 5: Opposes topic 7
Quality affordable education, from child care to higher ed: Opposes topic 7
Cutting education cuts off our noses to spite our face: Opposes topic 7
Reduce class size to 18 children in grades 1 to 3: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Rated 83% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes: Strongly Opposes topic 7
$25B to renovate or repair elementary schools: Opposes topic 7
Sponsored extending subsidized federal student loan rates until 2015: Opposes topic 7
NO on vouchers for private & parochial schools: Strongly Opposes topic 7
NO on allowing vouchers in DC schools: Opposes topic 7
Strongly Opposes topic 8:
Fight EPA regulatory over-reach
(+5 points on Social scale)
Leave a planet to our kids that is healthy & habitable: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Advocate of animal welfare and humane treatment: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Protect important watersheds and wildlife areas: Strongly Opposes topic 8
GMOs are ok, but only with required labeling: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Our kids will ask why we made planet less habitable: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Very large farms raise questions about animal cruelty: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Prohibits commercial logging on Federal public lands: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Rated 90% by the LCV, indicating pro-environment votes: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Promote conservation of rare felids & canids: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Make tax deduction permanent for conservation easements: Opposes topic 8
Regulate all dog breeders down to kennels of 50 dogs: Opposes topic 8
Prohibit invasive research on great apes: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Prohibits breeding or possessing Big Cat species: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Require labeling genetically engineered food: Opposes topic 8
Strengthen prohibitions against animal fighting: Strongly Opposes topic 8
NO on deauthorizing "critical habitat" for endangered species: Strongly Opposes topic 8
YES on protecting ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems: Opposes topic 8
NO on prohibiting eminent domain for use as parks or grazing land: Opposes topic 8
Strongly Opposes topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(+5 points on Social scale)
Bail reform: 65% of county & city inmates are "unconvicted": Opposes topic 9
Police forces should reflect diversity of their communities: Strongly Opposes topic 9
How justice system treats blacks is a national disgrace: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Black Lives Matter points out police brutality: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Real criminal justice/police reform also combats racism: Strongly Opposes topic 9
New model for police training de-escalating lethal force: Strongly Opposes topic 9
End the death penalty, like all other advanced countries: Strongly Opposes topic 9
End mass incarceration & reform criminal justice: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Crime bill had good parts (VAWA) & bad parts (death penalty): Opposes topic 9
By 2020, I pledge to have fewer people in jail than China: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Government should not be part of the death penalty: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Involve U.S. Justice Dept. in every police killing: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Police officers should not be shooting unarmed people: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Jobs and education, not jails and incarceration: Strongly Opposes topic 9
America has more people in jail than any country on earth: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Blacks are disproportionately imprisoned & killed by police: Opposes topic 9
Reinstate voting rights to address school-to-prison pipeline: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Rated 78% by CURE, indicating pro-rehabilitation crime votes: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Require DNA testing for all federal executions: Opposes topic 9
Increase funding for "COPS ON THE BEAT" program: Opposes topic 9
Reduce recidivism by giving offenders a Second Chance: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Rated 73% by the NAPO, indicating a moderate stance on police issues: Neutral on topic 9
YES on replacing death penalty with life imprisonment: Strongly Opposes topic 9
NO on making federal death penalty appeals harder: Strongly Opposes topic 9
YES on maintaining right of habeas corpus in Death Penalty Appeals: Opposes topic 9
NO on more prosecution and sentencing for juvenile crime: Opposes topic 9
YES on funding for alternative sentencing instead of more prisons.: Strongly Opposes topic 9
YES on reinstating $1.15 billion funding for the COPS Program: Opposes topic 9
Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Ban assault weapons; automatic background checks: Strongly Favors topic 10
To pass gun controls, Congress needs guts to stand up to NRA: Strongly Opposes topic 10
We aren't divided on guns: just sick & tired of gun violence: Strongly Favors topic 10
Applaud students taking action to prevent school shootings: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Intervene with mental illness, to prevent mass shootings: Opposes topic 10
Ok to sue gun manufacturers if they sell for misuse: Opposes topic 10
I have shown courage against NRA on gun issues: Opposes topic 10
People have the right to buy guns, with sensible regulations: Opposes topic 10
Do more than reverse gun manufacturer immunity: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Deal federally with straw-man gun purchasers: Favors topic 10
Common sense, incremental gun control plan: Opposes topic 10
Ban semiautomatic guns & gun show loophole: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Instant background checks: no guns for criminals or unstable: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Gun legislation must work for both rural & urban Americans: Neutral on topic 10
Mixed approach to gun control vs. gun rights: Opposes topic 10
I'm pro-hunting, but no one needs an AK-47 to hunt: Favors topic 10
OpEd: pro-gun votes in line with VT's political norms: Favors topic 10
Rated F by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun control voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Restrict right to bear arms, according to CC survey: Opposes topic 10
NO on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1: Strongly Opposes topic 10
YES on prohibiting suing gunmakers & sellers for gun misuse: Strongly Favors topic 10
YES on prohibiting product misuse lawsuits on gun manufacturers: Strongly Favors topic 10
YES on banning high-capacity magazines of over 10 bullets: Strongly Opposes topic 10
YES on prohibiting foreign & UN aid that restricts US gun ownership: Favors topic 10
YES on allowing firearms in checked baggage on Amtrak trains: Favors topic 10
Strongly Favors topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Government should address income inequality, not support it: Strongly Favors topic 11
Raise income tax & fix estate tax: hardly Marxist ideas: Strongly Favors topic 11
People are sick and tired of growth of wealth inequality: Strongly Favors topic 11
Middle class needs tax breaks; top 1% does not: Strongly Favors topic 11
45% estate tax only for estates over $3.5 million: Strongly Favors topic 11
Replace carried-interest loophole with progressive taxation: Strongly Favors topic 11
Only the top 2/10 of 1% pay the estate tax: Strongly Favors topic 11
Raise funds in a progressive way, for ObamaCare & everything: Strongly Favors topic 11
1980s: progressive property tax, plus Meals & Rooms tax: Strongly Favors topic 11
Tax code is rigged to favor top 2% of billionaires: Strongly Favors topic 11
0.1% tax on Wall Street speculation: Strongly Favors topic 11
Income inequality is not moral and is not acceptable: Strongly Favors topic 11
Disallow stashing corporate profits overseas to avoid taxes: Strongly Favors topic 11
End loophole that allows zero taxes via Cayman Islands: Strongly Favors topic 11
Wealthiest will pay more but not as much as under Eisenhower: Strongly Favors topic 11
Tax increases may affect more than top 1%: Strongly Favors topic 11
Increase tax on wealthy; close loopholes for corporations: Strongly Favors topic 11
Fix estate tax so mega-rich pay their fair share: Strongly Favors topic 11
Raise top marginal income tax rate from 39% to over 50%: Strongly Favors topic 11
Increase estate tax rates on inheritances over $3.5M: Strongly Favors topic 11
Double the capital gains tax for the wealthiest 2%: Strongly Favors topic 11
We need a progressive tax system based on ability to pay: Strongly Favors topic 11
Real tax reform based on ability to pay: Strongly Favors topic 11
Lower cutoff for estate tax from $5.4M to $3.5M: Strongly Favors topic 11
American People's Dividend: Give $300 to every person: Favors topic 11
Rated 28% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes: Strongly Favors topic 11
Rated 100% by the CTJ, indicating support of progressive taxation: Strongly Favors topic 11
Minimum tax rate of 30% for those earning over $1 million: Strongly Favors topic 11
CC:Reverse federal income tax cuts: Favors topic 11
CC:Keep the inhertiance tax: Strongly Favors topic 11
Make employee educational assistance tax-deductible: Favors topic 11
Reduce the concentration of wealth & wage inequality: Favors topic 11
NO on eliminating the "marriage penalty": Favors topic 11
NO on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business: Favors topic 11
NO on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years: Favors topic 11
NO on reducing Marriage Tax by $399B over 10 years: Favors topic 11
NO on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"): Favors topic 11
NO on making the Bush tax cuts permanent: Strongly Favors topic 11
YES on providing tax relief and simplification: Strongly Opposes topic 11
NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends: Strongly Favors topic 11
NO on raising the Death Tax exemption to $5M from $1M: Strongly Favors topic 11
NO on allowing AMT reduction without budget offset: Favors topic 11
NO on raising estate tax exemption to $5 million: Strongly Favors topic 11
NO on repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax: Strongly Favors topic 11
Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+2 points on Social scale)
Restructure ICE; don't necessarily abolish it: Strongly Favors topic 12
Undocumented immigrants commit fewer crimes than citizens: Favors topic 12
Comprehensive reform instead of an emergency wall: Strongly Favors topic 12
Provide legal status to the 1.8 million DREAMers: Strongly Favors topic 12
Wall is stupid, but ok as part of deal on DACA: Strongly Favors topic 12
The Great Wall was ok in 1600s; not so smart today: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Give undocumented workers legal protections: Favors topic 12
Base policy on uniting families, not dividing families: Favors topic 12
2007 immigration bill was a bad bill, opposed by many: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Support Obama's reforms on DAPA and DACA: Favors topic 12
I support children entering for asylum from war-torn areas: Strongly Favors topic 12
2007: No comprehensive reform: guest workers are semi-slaves: Opposes topic 12
Comprehensive reform with no border fence & no guest workers: Strongly Favors topic 12
Secure borders without building a fence: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Open borders for guest workers pushes down U.S. worker wages: Neutral on topic 12
Disgraceful to shunt our workers into the shadows: Strongly Favors topic 12
Offer path to citizenship; waive deportation for DREAMers: Strongly Favors topic 12
Immigrant labor should be treated as valuable, but are not: Favors topic 12
Include dairy in H2A visas (temporary agricultural workers): Favors topic 12
English-Only, based in xenophobia, hurts legal immigrants: Favors topic 12
Rated 0% by FAIR, indicating a voting record loosening immigration: Strongly Favors topic 12
Rated 8% by USBC, indicating an open-border stance: Strongly Favors topic 12
Provide lawyers and evidence for children being deported: Favors topic 12
Opposes more border security, according to CC survey: Strongly Favors topic 12
NO on more immigrant visas for skilled workers: Opposes topic 12
NO on reporting illegal aliens who receive hospital treatment: Strongly Favors topic 12
YES on preventing tipping off Mexicans about Minuteman Project: Strongly Opposes topic 12
NO on building a fence along the Mexican border: Strongly Favors topic 12
YES on continuing federal funds for declared "sanctuary cities": Strongly Favors topic 12
YES on eliminating the "Y" nonimmigrant guestworker program: Neutral topic 12
NO on declaring English as the official language of the US government: Strongly Favors topic 12
NO on comprehensive immigration reform: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Strongly Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Real problem with trade is jobs shipped overseas: Opposes topic 13
Expand "Buy American" and "Buy Local" as government policy: Strongly Opposes topic 13
American jobs must no longer be our number one export: Opposes topic 13
Don't believe that unfettered trade creates U.S. jobs: Strongly Opposes topic 13
I will take on corporations that take their jobs to China: Opposes topic 13
I strongly opposed NAFTA and DOMA from their inception: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Promote democracy in China, but not at expense of US workers: Opposes topic 13
China trade has led to loss of 3M American jobs so far: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Priority of trade deals should be helping American workers: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Since NAFTA, Mexican undocumented immigration up 185%: Opposes topic 13
Wrong, wrong, wrong that trade deals create jobs here: Strongly Opposes topic 13
End disastrous NAFTA, CAFTA, and PNTR with China: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Stop TPP, the Trans-Pacific Partnership: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Best dairy policy is USDA board's supply management: Opposes topic 13
How can we compete against people who make 23 cents an hour?: Strongly Opposes topic 13
48,000 US factories shut down under Bush due to trade: Strongly Opposes topic 13
NAFTA was a sellout to corporate America: Strongly Opposes topic 13
NAFTA, GATT, and MFN for China must be repealed: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Does not support ANY free trade agreements: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Rated 33% by CATO, indicating a mixed record on trade issues: Neutral on topic 13
Review free trade agreements biennially for rights violation: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Impose tariffs against countries which manipulate currency: Opposes topic 13
Fight Chinese predatory trade practices on car tires: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Rated Voted FOR reauthorizing Ex-Im Bank: Strongly Favors topic 13
Rated 13% by the USAE, indicating support for trade sanctions: Opposes topic 13
No MFN for China; condition trade on human rights: Neutral on topic 13
NO on 'Fast Track' authority for trade agreements: Strongly Opposes topic 13
NO on Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China: Strongly Opposes topic 13
YES on withdrawing from the WTO: Strongly Opposes topic 13
NO on implementing US-Singapore free trade agreement: Strongly Opposes topic 13
NO on implementing free trade agreement with Chile: Strongly Opposes topic 13
NO on implementing US-Australia Free Trade Agreement: Opposes topic 13
NO on end offshore tax havens and promote small business: Favors topic 13
NO on implementing CAFTA, Central America Free Trade: Strongly Opposes topic 13
NO on promoting free trade with Peru: Opposes topic 13
Strongly Opposes topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Gaza is humanitarian disaster; Israelis shouldn't over-react: Strongly Opposes topic 14
UN is bureaucratic, but does enormously important work: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Development aid isn't charity; it avoids military later: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Global War on Terror has undermined our moral standards: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Iraq War discredited vision of benevolent global hegemony: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Refugee vetting mechanisms we have now are very, very strong: Opposes topic 14
Greatness about how we treat most vulnerable, not wealth: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Our revolution will transform America: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Ending embargo with Cuba is right step: Strongly Opposes topic 14
America stands for hope; we should take Syrian refugees: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Beef up NATO against Russian aggression: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Key doctrine: We can't do it alone; must work in coalition: Strongly Opposes topic 14
It does us no good to NOT talk to adversaries: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Diplomacy and coalition-building before unilateral action: Strongly Opposes topic 14
US should be more selective about using drone strikes: Strongly Opposes topic 14
War is a local issue because local youngsters fight and die: Opposes topic 14
1991: We give $7B to feudalistic dictatorships in Mideast: Opposes topic 14
Need to look at consequences of removing dictators: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Not policeman of the world; focus on ISIS first: Strongly Opposes topic 14
I do not believe in unilateral action against terrorism: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Require Code of Conduct for US corporations abroad: 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
NO on withholding $244M in UN Back Payments until US seat restored: Strongly Opposes topic 14
NO on reforming the UN by restricting US funding: Strongly Opposes topic 14
YES on continuing intelligence gathering without civil oversight: Favors topic 14
YES on requiring FISA court warrant to monitor US-to-foreign calls: Opposes topic 14
NO on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Strongly Opposes topic 15:
Expand the military
(+5 points on Social scale)
Cut military spending, except F-35 at Vermont air base: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Undertake comprehensive audit of Department of Defense: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Spending on military means fewer resources for people: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Care for our veterans, even if we disagree about wars: Favors topic 15
We spend billions on nuclear weapons & only 10% on terrorism: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Reduce nuclear budget by $100B; end proliferation worldwide: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Costs of endless war detract from citizens' well-being: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Cut defense by $18B to pay for 55% of all college tuition: Strongly Opposes topic 15
We need a strong military, but stop wasting tens of billions: Opposes topic 15
F-35 fighter planes OK at Burlington Airport: Favors topic 15
1991: Billions should improve human life, not destroy it: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Too much spent on Cold War; and too little spent on ISIS: Neutral on topic 15
War in Iraq will cost us $3 trillion including veteran care: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Stop $31M Pentagon payments for corporate mergers: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Oppose outrageous boost in military expenditures: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Rated 100% by SANE, indicating a pro-peace voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Extend reserve retirement pay parity back to 9/11: Favors topic 15
Non-proliferation includes disposing of nuclear materials: Opposes topic 15
Exempt Veterans Affairs from federal hiring freeze: Favors topic 15
NO on $266 billion Defense Appropriations bill: Opposes topic 15
NO on deploying SDI: Opposes topic 15
NO on emergency $78B for war in Iraq & Afghanistan: Strongly Opposes topic 15
NO on continuing military recruitment on college campuses: Opposes topic 15
YES on limiting soldiers' deployment to 12 months: Opposes topic 15
Strongly Favors topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(+5 points on Social scale)
Even prisoners should still have right to vote: Strongly Favors topic 16
End voter suppression; make it easier to vote: Strongly Favors topic 16
Mainstream media focuses on gossip, lies, & personality: Favors topic 16
Binding referendum on Guam's political status: Strongly Favors topic 16
Binding referendum on Puerto Rico statehood vs. independence: Strongly Favors topic 16
Sovereign rights & voting rights for Native Americans: Strongly Favors topic 16
Unity Reform Commission: reduce power of superdelegates: Favors topic 16
Russian cyber-attacks threaten integrity of US elections: Strongly Favors topic 16
Ruling class wants a lack of political consciousness: Strongly Favors topic 16
SuperPACs: manifestation of everything wrong with politics: Strongly Favors topic 16
Participation in politics as easy and convenient as possible: Strongly Favors topic 16
Automatic voter registration at age 18: Strongly Favors topic 16
Automatic voter registration; holiday for Election Day: Strongly Favors topic 16
Campaign financing is corrupt; no Super PAC for me: Favors topic 16
Establishment candidates are beholden to big money: Strongly Favors topic 16
GOP loves voter suppression because it lets them win: Strongly Favors topic 16
Citizens United means billionaires donate for THEIR interest: Strongly Favors topic 16
I do not have a Super PAC nor raise money from billionaires: Favors topic 16
Super-PACs pervert the democratic process: Strongly Favors topic 16
Public funding of elections to promote even playing field: Strongly Favors topic 16
We now have government of, by, and for the billionaires: Favors topic 16
Voter ID laws marginalize communities of color: Strongly Favors topic 16
Citizens United opens up the road to oligarchy: Strongly Favors topic 16
Underclass see the political deck stacked; and don't vote: Strongly Favors topic 16
America struggles between organized people & organized money: Favors topic 16
Low-income workers don't vote because it's irrelevant: Strongly Favors topic 16
Publicly fund elections, or small individual contributions: Strongly Favors topic 16
Reinforce voting rights to end voter suppression: Strongly Favors topic 16
Constitutional amendment to reverse Citizen United ruling: Strongly Favors topic 16
Same-day automatic voter registration & 3-day voting: Strongly Favors topic 16
Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures: Strongly Favors topic 16
Matching fund for small donors, with debate requirements: Favors topic 16
Corporate political spending is not free speech: Strongly Favors topic 16
Statehood for the District of Columbia: Favors topic 16
Public financing of federal campaigns by voter vouchers: Favors topic 16
Automatic voter registration for all citizens: Strongly Favors topic 16
YES on banning soft money and issue ads: Favors topic 16
NO on banning soft money donations to national political parties: Opposes topic 16
YES on campaign finance reform banning soft-money contributions: Favors topic 16
NO on restricting independent grassroots political committees: Favors topic 16
Strongly Favors topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(+5 points on Social scale)
End Syrian conflict; pull out U.S. troops: Strongly Favors topic 17
Our Saudi allies give US-made weapons to Al Qaeda in Yemen: Favors topic 17
Withdraw US support for Saudi-led war in Yemen: Strongly Favors topic 17
1990s Iraq invasion laid groundwork for more wars in region: Strongly Favors topic 17
Protect Iranian nuke deal; without it, Iran is unlimited: Strongly Favors topic 17
Why would anyone trust US if we abrogated Iran nuke treaty?: Strongly Favors topic 17
1990: Tried to stop Bush's driving Saddam out of Kuwait: Strongly Favors topic 17
Iraq War: worst foreign policy blunder in modern history: Strongly Favors topic 17
Economic sanctions could have driven Saddam out of Kuwait: Strongly Favors topic 17
Iraq war led to ISIS creation, as I predicted would happen: Strongly Favors topic 17
End perpetual warfare in the quagmire of the Middle East: Strongly Favors topic 17
Invasion of Iraq led to ISIS; Hillary voted to invade: Strongly Favors topic 17
Form Muslim-led coalition to defeat ISIS: Favors topic 17
Keep U.S. troops on the ground in Afghanistan: Opposes topic 17
Syria is a quagmire within a quagmire; don't get involved: Strongly Favors topic 17
Begrudgingly supports NATO, but no eastward expansion: Favors topic 17
Stop ISIS, but only with an international & Arab coalition: Opposes topic 17
Iraq war destabilized Mideast; stay out of Mideast quagmire: Strongly Favors topic 17
Iran nuke deal is victory for diplomacy over saber-rattling: Strongly Favors topic 17
Middle Eastern countries must contribute to fight ISIS: Favors topic 17
1983 war against Nicaragua was illegal and immoral: Favors topic 17
1990: Opposed authorizing all-out war in Kuwait with Iraq: Strongly Favors topic 17
Move forward with Iran with relations the long-term goal: Favors topic 17
Easy to overthrow a dictator but hard to control aftermath: Opposes topic 17
Rid our planet of this barbarous organization called ISIS: Opposes topic 17
Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar should take charge in Syria: Favors topic 17
We have to negotiate with others, even Iran: Favors topic 17
I voted against 1st Gulf War, which led to 2nd Gulf War: Strongly Favors topic 17
Voted for Afghan War, to capture Osama bin Laden: Opposes topic 17
Focus on domestic needs instead of international conflict: Strongly Favors topic 17
Multi-year commitment to Africa for food & medicine: Strongly Favors topic 17
CC:Keep alliance with Israel: Opposes topic 17
Require Congress' approval before military action in Iran: Favors topic 17
NO on authorizing military force in Iraq: Strongly Favors topic 17
NO on declaring Iraq part of War on Terror with no exit date: Strongly Favors topic 17
YES on redeploying US troops out of Iraq by March 2008: Strongly Favors topic 17
YES on redeploying non-essential US troops out of Iraq in 9 months: Favors topic 17
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
End fossil fuel; move toward wind and solar: Strongly Favors topic 18
We have 12 years to transform to sustainable energy: Strongly Favors topic 18
No more debate on climate change; it's here & costs $100Bs: Strongly Favors topic 18
Climate change is issue for entire international community: Strongly Favors topic 18
Rising oceans creating world's first "climate refugees": Strongly Favors topic 18
Pushed energy efficiency block grants: Strongly Favors topic 18
Cut carbon 40% by 2030 and 80% by 2050: Strongly Favors topic 18
Job training for transition to green energy: Strongly Favors topic 18
Massive and sustained investment in sustainable energy: Strongly Favors topic 18
Tax carbon, methane, and other greenhouse gases: Strongly Favors topic 18
I oppose fracking; anyone who says it is safe is wrong: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Climate change will lead to international security crises: Strongly Favors topic 18
Climate change partly causes rise of terrorist groups: Favors topic 18
Climate change is a moral issue: tax on carbon: Strongly Favors topic 18
Opposed Keystone Pipeline from day one: Strongly Favors topic 18
Combat climate skeptics with overwhelming evidence: Strongly Favors topic 18
Keystone pipeline transports the dirtiest fossil fuel: Favors topic 18
Charge companies for carbon emissions; then fund renewables: Strongly Favors topic 18
Transform to sustainable system & away from fossil fuels: Strongly Favors topic 18
Weatherize millions of homes and buildings: Strongly Favors topic 18
Climate change lays groundwork for mass migration: Favors topic 18
Gas tax increases are regressive: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Perfect score on "350 Action's 2020 Climate Test": Strongly Favors topic 18
End fracking in the US: Strongly Favors topic 18
Preserve Alaska's ANWR instead of drilling it: Favors topic 18
Establish greenhouse gas tradeable allowances: Strongly Favors topic 18
Rated 100% by the CAF, indicating support for energy independence: Favors topic 18
Sign on to UN Framework Convention on Climate Change: Strongly Favors topic 18
Designate sensitive ANWR area as protected wilderness: Favors topic 18
Set goal of 25% renewable energy by 2025: Strongly Favors topic 18
Let states define stricter-than-federal emission standards: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on starting implementation of Kyoto Protocol: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on raising CAFE standards; incentives for alternative fuels: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on prohibiting oil drilling & development in ANWR: Strongly Favors topic 18
NO on authorizing construction of new oil refineries: Strongly Favors topic 18
NO on scheduling permitting for new oil refinieries: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on keeping moratorium on drilling for oil offshore: Strongly Favors topic 18
NO on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases: Favors topic 18
YES on factoring global warming into federal project planning: Favors topic 18
YES on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on addressing CO2 emissions without considering India & China: Favors topic 18
YES on tax incentives for energy production and conservation: Strongly Favors topic 18
NO on requiring full Senate debate and vote on cap-and-trade: Favors topic 18
NO on protecting middle-income taxpayers from a national energy tax: Favors topic 18
YES on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program: Favors topic 18
Strongly Opposes topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(+5 points on Social scale)
Why is marijuana treated legally equal to heroin?: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Racist & failed war on drugs targets people of color: Strongly Opposes topic 19
We must end the "War on drugs": Opposes topic 19
Opioid treatment instead of locking them up: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Whites & blacks smoke pot equally, but blacks go to jail: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Pharmaceutical companies are responsible for opioid epidemic: Opposes topic 19
Take marijuana out of the controlled substances list: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Treat addiction as a disease, not a crime: Strongly Opposes topic 19
War on drugs is a failed policy; treatment over punishment: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Decriminalize marijuana and study recreational legalization: Opposes topic 19
Legalize medical marijuana: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Exclude industrial hemp from definition of marijuana: Opposes topic 19
Exempt industrial hemp from marijuana laws: Opposes topic 19
Rated A+ by NORML, indicating a pro-drug-reform stance: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Immunity for banks offering services to marijuana businesses: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Criminalize imports of opioid precursors: Favors topic 19
NO on subjecting federal employees to random drug tests: Strongly Opposes topic 19
NO on military border patrols to battle drugs & terrorism: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Strongly Favors topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Defend farmers & consumers from corporate middlemen: Strongly Favors topic 20
Restructure debt so Puerto Rico can rebuild: Strongly Favors topic 20
Puerto Rico nearly bankrupt after Great Recession: Strongly Favors topic 20
Obama rebuilt jobs; but middle class is disappearing: Strongly Favors topic 20
Economic justice: Address root causes of economic inequality: Strongly Favors topic 20
If a bank is too big to fail, it is too big to exist: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Capital gains & dividend tax cuts are giveaways to the rich: Favors topic 20
Break up the Wall Street giants; they can't be reformed: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour: Strongly Favors topic 20
Expand lending caps for credit unions to small business: Favors topic 20
Rated 86% by UFCW, indicating an anti-management/pro-labor record: Favors topic 20
Raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2016: Favors topic 20
CC:No Balanced Budget Constitutional Amendment: Favors topic 20
YES on increasing tax rate for people earning over $1 million: Strongly Favors topic 20
YES on additional $825 billion for economic recovery package: Strongly Favors topic 20
YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending: Strongly Favors topic 20

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