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Bill Clinton on VoteMatch



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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+5 points on Social scale)
Roe v. Wade was the right decision: Strongly Favors topic 1
1993: allowed abortions on overseas U.S. military bases: Strongly Favors topic 1
Require Medicaid to pay for abortions for poor women: Strongly Favors topic 1
Revoke Mexico City Policy: family planning ok in foreign aid: Favors topic 1
Let women decide with their doctor and their God: Strongly Favors topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Do the hard work of bridging racial divisions: Strongly Favors topic 2
1997: Lead a great and unprecedented conversation on race: Strongly Favors topic 2
1996: Supported affirmative action despite its unpopularity: Strongly Favors topic 2
Women should get equal pay for equal work: Strongly Favors topic 2
Help minority- and women-owned businesses compete: Strongly Favors topic 2
Affirmative Action is still an effective tool: Strongly Favors topic 2
OpEd: Clinton administration has a love affair with quotas: Strongly Favors topic 2
Affirmative action: mend it, donít end it: Favors topic 2
Affirmative action is a moral imperative: Strongly Favors topic 2
Shift from group preferences to economic empowerment of all: Neutral on topic 2
Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+2 points on Social scale)
Overturn DOMA; it provided an excuse for discrimination: Strongly Favors topic 3
Promised open gays in military; but compromised with DADT: Strongly Opposes topic 3
1993: Issued gays-in-military policy Ďdonít ask, donít tellí: Strongly Favors topic 3
End Discrimination Against People With AIDS: Favors topic 3
First President to appoint open gays: Favors topic 3
Focus National Efforts on an AIDS Vaccine: Favors topic 3
Include sexual orientation in Hate Crimes: Strongly Favors topic 3
Favors topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(-3 points on Social scale)
End welfare as we know it: Favors topic 4
Address Homelessness via federal, state, & county govt: Opposes topic 4
Transfer 10% of federal housing to churches, for homeless: Strongly Favors topic 4
Need not leave religion at the schoolhouse door: Favors topic 4
Private student prayer OK; but no official school prayer: Strongly Opposes topic 4
Welfare-to-work, instead of welfare as a way of life: Favors topic 4
Welfare reform includes states, communities, & businesses: Opposes topic 4
Strongly Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-5 points on Economic scale)
ObamaCare has already insured millions and reduced costs: Strongly Favors topic 5
ObamaCare has already insured millions and reduced costs: Strongly Favors topic 5
Compromise on delivery methods to preserve full healthcare: Strongly Favors topic 5
1990s plan: affordable, competitive, universal healthcare: Strongly Favors topic 5
Universal coverage would reduce bureaucratic costs: Favors topic 5
Loosen eligibility for disability benefits: Favors topic 5
Do more for health insurance: Favors topic 5
Establish "report cards" on HMO quality of care: Favors topic 5
Favors topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Proposed a small portion of Trust Fund be in mutual funds: Favors topic 6
USA accounts: retirement security for the 21st century: Favors topic 6
Create optional Individual Development Accounts: Favors topic 6
Safeguard retirement plans and minimize risk: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Create Retirement Savings Accounts: Favors topic 6
Opposes topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Pushed for voluntary national school standards: Favors topic 7
Goals 2000: public school choice & character education: Favors topic 7
Favors parental choice in childcare & in education: Favors topic 7
Expand public school choice and public charter schools: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Reward best public schools; redesign failing ones: Opposes topic 7
Offer every parent Charter Schools and public school choice: Opposes topic 7
Strongly Opposes topic 8:
Society bears cost of pollution
(+5 points on Social scale)
Wind, solar, and retrofits create more jobs than coal: Opposes topic 8
Climate change is existential threat to civilization: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Lowered arsenic levels in drinking water: Strongly Opposes topic 8
False choice between economy and environment: Opposes topic 8
Throw corporate polluters in jail: Strongly Opposes topic 8
No net loss wetlands policy: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Much left to do on clean air, water, & environment: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-3 points on Social scale)
End over-imprisonment for non-serious crimes: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Approved Arkansas execution of mentally retarded black man: Strongly Favors topic 9
Crime has dropped, but US is still not safe enough: Favors topic 9
Expand the death penalty: Strongly Favors topic 9
More community police; more prison construction: Favors topic 9
Establish a national registry of sex offenders: Favors topic 9
Triple funding for battered women's shelters: Favors topic 9
1994 crime bill funded basketball instead of real problem: Opposes topic 9
Three Strikes and Youíre Out for violent criminals: Strongly Favors topic 9
Death penalty for 60 violent crimes: Favors topic 9
More police, punishment, & prevention: Strongly Favors topic 9
Get tough on youth violence and gangs: Favors topic 9
Strongly Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Background checks have prevented 179,000 illegal gun sales: Opposes topic 10
People should register guns like they register cars: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Five-day waiting period and instant background check: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Assault Weapons Ban resulted in 18% decline in use in crimes: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Support Brady Bill, oppose assault weapons: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Prevent unauthorized firearm use with "smart gun" technology: Opposes topic 10
Strongly Favors topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Restrain spending AND raise taxes to reduce debt: Strongly Favors topic 11
Cutting taxes for the rich hurts deficit and future: Strongly Favors topic 11
Most millionaires donít mind less tax cut to protect the US: Strongly Favors topic 11
My tax cut is the sacrifice of all of us: Favors topic 11
Bush tax cuts are fiscally irresponsible in long run: Strongly Favors topic 11
Cut the deficit to lower interest rates: Neutral on topic 11
Target tax cuts on IRAs, education, & families: Favors topic 11
Across-the-board tax cuts are irresponsible: Strongly Favors topic 11
Refused pledge for middle-class tax cut: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Increase taxes on top 1.2%; and on no one else: Strongly Favors topic 11
Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+2 points on Social scale)
Assure Mexico: no mass deportations: Favors topic 12
Reduce immigration backlog while maintaining quality: Favors topic 12
Opposed Official English; strengthen bilingual education: Strongly Favors topic 12
700 new Border Patrol agents; increased penalties on aliens: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Strict enforcement against illegal immigration: Opposes topic 12
We are richer for the energy & ideas of immigrants: Strongly Favors topic 12
Strongly Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Export more services; get to emerging opportunities: Strongly Favors topic 13
1995: Determined to open Japanese auto market: Favors topic 13
1993: NAFTA passed, but at a high price of dividing Dems: Favors topic 13
OpEd: supporting NAFTA was sellout to corporate America: Strongly Opposes topic 13
NAFTA increased exports to Mexico by 11%: Strongly Favors topic 13
Completed the Reagan-Bush achievements on NAFTA: Strongly Favors topic 13
On balance, trade creates jobs: Favors topic 13
Support NAFTA & GATT: build bridges, not walls: Strongly Favors topic 13
For NAFTA with enforcement and job training: Favors topic 13
Build a rule-based global trading system: Favors topic 13
Strongly Opposes topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(-5 points on Economic scale)
US must not disentangle itself from the world: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Support Wye River Accords & other peace talks: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Implement Brahimi report: work towards UN standing army: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Bushís unilateralism strains international partnerships: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Routinely provide intelligence info to the UN: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Bush missed opportunity to unite US and the world: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Opposes topic 15:
Expand the military
(+2 points on Social scale)
Better to be wrong & strong than weak & right: Favors topic 15
START II: 25% reduction in nuclear arsenals: Opposes topic 15
Cut the $245B defense budget: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Reduce US forces in Europe to 100,000 troops: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Decrease force size but increase quality: Opposes topic 15
Strategy: strength, peace, and open trade: Neutral on topic 15
Strongly Favors topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(+5 points on Social scale)
1993: Proposed (and failed at) campaign finance reform: Favors topic 16
Curb campaign spending & ban contributions from noncitizens: Strongly Favors topic 16
End soft money; cap political spending: Strongly Favors topic 16
Free TV time to candidates for public office: Strongly Favors topic 16
Favors topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(+2 points on Social scale)
ISIS would not be in Iraq if we had not invaded: Strongly Favors topic 17
1998: Seriously diminish threat posed by Iraqi WMDs: Opposes topic 17
Claims he opposed Iraq war from the beginning: Strongly Favors topic 17
1998: Rejected overthrowing Saddam as US policy: Strongly Favors topic 17
Most Democrats supported Bush on Iraq: Favors topic 17
OpEd: Aided Saddam even after he gassed the Kurds: Strongly Opposes topic 17
US must not disentangle itself from the world: Strongly Favors topic 17
Combat terrorism; contain Iraq; develop oil: Favors topic 17
Support forces of reform in Russia: Strongly Favors topic 17
Engagement over escapism and isolation: Favors topic 17
Devise NATIONAL policy, not foreign vs. domestic: Favors topic 17
Progressive Internationalism: globalize with US pre-eminence: Favors topic 17
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Helped negotiate Kyoto Treaty on climate change: Strongly Favors topic 18
$1 trillion global market for clean energy: Favors topic 18
1997: Signed Kyoto Protocol on global warming: Strongly Favors topic 18
Climate change: more biomass, more efficiency: Strongly Favors topic 18
Tax incentive to produce 80 mpg superefficient cars: Strongly Favors topic 18
False choice between economy and environment: Favors topic 18
Need binding treaties on global warming: Strongly Favors topic 18
Much left to do on clean air, water, & environment: Favors topic 18
Increase fuel efficiency from 27 mpg to 40 mpg: Strongly Favors topic 18
Supports tradable emissions permits for greenhouse gases: Favors topic 18
Favors topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(-3 points on Social scale)
Medical marijuana ok; leave recreational pot to the states: Opposes topic 19
Fight war on drugs in all of the Andean states: Opposes topic 19
$195M National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign: Favors topic 19
Stop the flow of illegal money to Colombia Cali cartel: Strongly Favors topic 19
OpEd: "War on Drugs" included gum package labeling: Opposes topic 19
DARE to have drug-free schools: Favors topic 19
Drug strategy to reduce both supply and demand: Favors topic 19
My brother would not be alive today if drugs were legal: Favors topic 19
Favors topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Republicans cut taxes for the rich & deregulate banks: Favors topic 20
Gov't has role in security, social services, & oversight: Strongly Favors topic 20
Restrain spending AND raise taxes to reduce debt: Favors topic 20
First modern use fiscal discipline to balance budget: Opposes topic 20
Republican tax cut was too big & too bloated: Favors topic 20
Proposed raising taxes on rich even if no revenue increase: Favors topic 20
1980: Broaden tax base or we have to cut services: Strongly Favors topic 20

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