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Bill Weld
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Former Republican Governor; former Senate candidate (MA)

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Bill Weld on Abortion
Click here for 7 full quotes on Abortion OR other candidates on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • Clinic access is guarding a fundamental constitutional right. (Jun 2016)
  • OpEd: pro-choice stance means ineligible for ambassadorship. (Aug 1997)
  • Partial-birth abortion is terrible, but don't ban it. (Aug 1997)
  • Pro-choice point of view is shared by the GOP majority. (Sep 1996)
  • Pro-choice despite the Republican pro-life party platform. (Sep 1996)
  • Support a woman’s right to choose as an individual freedom. (Jun 1996)
  • Establish state pro-choice laws in case Roe gets overturned. (Oct 1991)
Bill Weld on Budget & Economy
Click here for 4 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR other candidates on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • Cut 20% waste in every federal agency. (Jun 2016)
  • I was one of the most fiscally conservative governors. (May 2016)
  • Abolish wasteful programs and support balanced budgets. (Jul 1996)
  • Balanced budget in downturn after boom decade of spending. (Jan 1996)
Bill Weld on Civil Rights
Click here for 8 full quotes on Civil Rights OR other candidates on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • 1990s: Established MA African Caribbean American commission. (Jun 2016)
  • I led Massachusetts on gay rights, and MA led America. (Jun 2016)
  • Marriage equality is dictated by equal protection clause. (Jun 2016)
  • Delivered homily at two same-sex weddings. (Aug 2005)
  • $1M for homosexual youth office coordinator. (Aug 1997)
  • 1995: reaffirmed commitment to affirmative action. (Sep 1996)
  • We shouldn’t have discrimination in housing and employment. (Jun 1996)
  • Overturn CA Prop. 8: Let gays marry. (Apr 2013)
Bill Weld on Corporations
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Bill Weld on Crime
Click here for 6 full quotes on Crime OR other candidates on Crime OR background on Crime.
  • Prosecute police for civil rights violations. (Jul 2016)
  • Prosecuted organized crime for 7 years in Justice Department. (Jun 2016)
  • Opposes weekend furloughs for convicted murderers & rapists. (Oct 1996)
  • When we catch the bad guys, we've got to hammer them. (Oct 1996)
  • Support death penalty for cop killers. (Apr 1996)
  • Tough on taxes, tough on crime. (Aug 1992)
Bill Weld on Drugs
Click here for 5 full quotes on Drugs OR other candidates on Drugs OR background on Drugs.
  • Tighten opioid prescription rules to keep them off streets. (Jul 2016)
  • Substance abuse cases should not go to criminal prison. (Jun 2016)
  • Favors medical marijuana and needle-exchange programs. (Aug 2005)
  • Favors "clean" needle giveaways to drug addicts. (Aug 1997)
  • Less welfare for drug users; tougher sentences for offenders. (Oct 1996)
Bill Weld on Education
Click here for 2 full quotes on Education OR other candidates on Education OR background on Education.
  • Prefers state input on education, not one national standard. (Jul 2010)
  • Establish the first 25 charter schools in Massachusetts. (Mar 1995)
Bill Weld on Energy & Oil
Click here for 3 full quotes on Energy & Oil OR other candidates on Energy & Oil OR background on Energy & Oil.
  • Carbon capture & sequestration technology for global warming. (Jul 2016)
  • Carbon trading credits but no carbon tax. (Jul 2016)
  • As governor, supported hybrid electric cars and natural gas. (Jun 2016)
Bill Weld on Environment
Click here for 4 full quotes on Environment OR other candidates on Environment OR background on Environment.
  • Protect environment with competition, not regulation. (Aug 2016)
  • 1996 River Protection Act: 9,000 miles of land use rules. (Jun 2016)
  • Favored EPA's electric car mandate and stricter smog limits. (May 2016)
  • OpEd: Supports expansive environmental regulations. (Aug 2005)
Bill Weld on Families & Children
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  • Government out of your pocketbook and your bedroom. (Aug 1992)
Bill Weld on Foreign Policy
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  • Focus on nuclear proliferation & the Sunni-Shia schism. (Jul 2016)
  • 1994: Supported $25B Mexico bailout. (Jun 2004)
Bill Weld on Free Trade
Click here for 2 full quotes on Free Trade OR other candidates on Free Trade OR background on Free Trade.
  • Tariffs in 1920s croaked the world economy. (Jun 2016)
  • Despite being Libertarian VP, still interested in free trade. (May 2016)
Bill Weld on Government Reform
Click here for 2 full quotes on Government Reform OR other candidates on Government Reform OR background on Government Reform.
  • Supports term limits; they bring in fresh blood. (Oct 1996)
  • Reinvent ourselves from failed dogmas of big government. (Jan 1996)
Bill Weld on Gun Control
Click here for 3 full quotes on Gun Control OR other candidates on Gun Control OR background on Gun Control.
  • Now Libertarian, changed position to opposing gun control. (May 2016)
  • 2nd Amendment right s are individual rights. (May 2016)
  • Supports gun control. (Aug 2005)
Bill Weld on Health Care
Click here for 3 full quotes on Health Care OR other candidates on Health Care OR background on Health Care.
  • Likes health savings accounts & more competition. (Jul 2016)
  • Relaxed the eligibility rules for care under Medicaid. (Aug 2011)
  • Vetoed cigarette-tax hike that paid for kids' health care. (Aug 2005)
Bill Weld on Homeland Security
Click here for 6 full quotes on Homeland Security OR other candidates on Homeland Security OR background on Homeland Security.
  • Take on ISIS with FBI task forces, like we took on the Mafia. (Jul 2016)
  • Pardon Snowden; no one was harmed by what he released. (Jul 2016)
  • Phase down our nuclear stockpile. (Jul 2016)
  • Treat ISIS as a gigantic organized crime family. (Jun 2016)
  • Nuclear proliferation is #1 threat to world security. (Jun 2016)
  • Maintain invincible defense but cut military 20%. (Jun 2016)
Bill Weld on Immigration
Click here for 3 full quotes on Immigration OR other candidates on Immigration OR background on Immigration.
  • Fear-mongering about immigrants is like Nazi round-ups. (Jun 2016)
  • More H-1B visas; keep more foreign grads & entrepreneurs. (Apr 2013)
  • Current system is "de facto legalization" for 11 million. (Apr 2013)
Bill Weld on Jobs
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  • Vetoed minimum wage increase. (Aug 2005)
Bill Weld on Principles & Values
Click here for 5 full quotes on Principles & Values OR other candidates on Principles & Values OR background on Principles & Values.
  • Chaired Mitt Romney presidential campaign in New York. (Jun 2016)
  • Considered run for presidency in 1996. (Nov 2005)
  • Mixes fiscal conservatism and social liberalism. (Aug 2005)
  • I've worked with both parties to get the job done. (Oct 1996)
  • Member of the Republican Leadership Council. (Jan 2001)
Bill Weld on Social Security
Click here for 2 full quotes on Social Security OR other candidates on Social Security OR background on Social Security.
  • Will not abolish social security and receives it himself. (May 2016)
  • Just started receiving Social Security and likes it. (May 2016)
Bill Weld on Tax Reform
Click here for 5 full quotes on Tax Reform OR other candidates on Tax Reform OR background on Tax Reform.
  • Cut taxes without abolishing the IRS. (Jun 2016)
  • 1990s: Produced nine tax cuts as governor of Tax-achussets. (Nov 2005)
  • Cut taxes 15 times as governor. (Oct 1996)
  • My across-the-board tax cuts exceeded $1 billion. (Oct 1996)
  • Roll back more than $2 billion in recent tax increases. (Jan 1996)
Bill Weld on Technology
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  • Privatized highway maintenance, instead of public unions. (Jan 1996)
Bill Weld on War & Peace
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  • Don't intervene abroad when people are mean to each other. (Jun 2016)
Bill Weld on Welfare & Poverty
Click here for 2 full quotes on Welfare & Poverty OR other candidates on Welfare & Poverty OR background on Welfare & Poverty.
  • Instituted work requirements for welfare recipients. (Aug 2005)
  • Wage all-out war on culture of welfare dependency. (Apr 1996)


VoteMatch Responses
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VoteMatch Question & Answer
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Based on these stances:
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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+5 points on Social scale)
Clinic access is guarding a fundamental constitutional right: Strongly Favors topic 1
OpEd: pro-choice stance means ineligible for ambassadorship: Favors topic 1
Partial-birth abortion is terrible, but don't ban it: Favors topic 1
Pro-choice despite the Republican pro-life party platform: Strongly Favors topic 1
Support a woman’s right to choose as an individual freedom: Strongly Favors topic 1
Government out of your pocketbook and your bedroom: Favors topic 1
Establish state pro-choice laws in case Roe gets overturned: Strongly Favors topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
1990s: Established MA African Caribbean American commission: Favors topic 2
1995: reaffirmed commitment to affirmative action: Strongly Favors topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+5 points on Social scale)
I led Massachusetts on gay rights, and MA led America: Strongly Favors topic 3
Marriage equality is dictated by equal protection clause: Strongly Favors topic 3
Delivered homily at two same-sex weddings: Strongly Favors topic 3
$1M for homosexual youth office coordinator: Strongly Favors topic 3
Overturn CA Prop. 8: Let gays marry: Strongly Favors topic 3
No opinion on topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
No opinion on topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(0 points on Economic scale)
Likes health savings accounts & more competition: Favors topic 5
Vetoed cigarette-tax hike that paid for kids' health care: Opposes topic 5
Strongly Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Will not abolish social security and receives it himself: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Just started receiving Social Security and likes it: Opposes topic 6
Strongly Favors topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Relaxed the eligibility rules for care under Medicaid: Favors topic 7
Prefers state input on education, not one national standard: Favors topic 7
Establish the first 25 charter schools in Massachusetts: Strongly Favors topic 7
Opposes topic 8:
Society bears cost of pollution
(+2 points on Social scale)
Protect environment with competition, not regulation: Favors topic 8
1996 River Protection Act: 9,000 miles of land use rules: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Favored EPA's electric car mandate and stricter smog limits: Opposes topic 8
OpEd: Supports expansive environmental regulations: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-3 points on Social scale)
Prosecute police for civil rights violations: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Prosecuted organized crime for 7 years in Justice Department: Favors topic 9
Opposes weekend furloughs for convicted murderers & rapists: Favors topic 9
When we catch the bad guys, we've got to hammer them: Strongly Favors topic 9
Support death penalty for cop killers: Strongly Favors topic 9
Tough on taxes, tough on crime: Favors topic 9
Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Now Libertarian, changed position to opposing gun control: Strongly Favors topic 10
2nd Amendment right s are individual rights: Strongly Favors topic 10
Supports gun control: Opposes topic 10
Strongly Opposes topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Cut taxes without abolishing the IRS: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Cut taxes 15 times as governor: Opposes topic 11
My across-the-board tax cuts exceeded $1 billion: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Roll back more than $2 billion in recent tax increases: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Strongly Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+5 points on Social scale)
Fear-mongering about immigrants is like Nazi round-ups: Strongly Favors topic 12
More H-1B visas; keep more foreign grads & entrepreneurs: Favors topic 12
Current system is "de facto legalization" for 11 million: Strongly Favors topic 12
Strongly Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Tariffs in 1920s croaked the world economy: Strongly Favors topic 13
Despite being Libertarian VP, still interested in free trade: Favors topic 13
No opinion on topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Opposes topic 15:
Expand the military
(+5 points on Social scale)
Phase down our nuclear stockpile: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Nuclear proliferation is #1 threat to world security: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Maintain invincible defense but cut military 20%: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Favors topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(+2 points on Social scale)
Supports term limits; they bring in fresh blood: Favors topic 16
Strongly Favors topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(+5 points on Social scale)
Treat ISIS as a gigantic organized crime family: Favors topic 17
Don't intervene abroad when people are mean to each other: Strongly Favors topic 17
Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Carbon capture & sequestration technology for global warming: Opposes topic 18
Carbon trading credits but no carbon tax: Favors topic 18
As governor, supported hybrid electric cars and natural gas: Strongly Favors topic 18
Strongly Opposes topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(+5 points on Social scale)
Tighten opioid prescription rules to keep them off streets: Favors topic 19
Substance abuse cases should not go to criminal prison: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Favors medical marijuana and needle-exchange programs: Opposes topic 19
Favors "clean" needle giveaways to drug addicts: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Less welfare for drug users; tougher sentences for offenders: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Strongly Opposes topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Cut 20% waste in every federal agency: Opposes topic 20
I was one of the most fiscally conservative governors: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Abolish wasteful programs and support balanced budgets: Opposes topic 20
Balanced budget in downturn after boom decade of spending: Strongly Opposes topic 20

Bill Weld is a Progressive-Leaning Libertarian.
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