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

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2016 Democratic contenders:
Joe Biden
(Vice President)
Lincoln Chafee
(Governor Lincoln Chafee,RI)
Hillary Clinton
(Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton,and NY Senator)
Martin O`Malley
(Governor Martin O`Malley,MD)
Bernie Sanders
(Vermont Senator)
Elizabeth Warren
(Senator,MA)
James Webb
(Former Senator,VA)

2016 Republican contenders:
Jeb Bush
(Former Florida Governor)
Ben Carson
(Tea Party favorite and M.D.)
Chris Christie
(New Jersey Governor)
Ted Cruz
(Texas Senator)
Carly Fiorina
(California CEO)
Jim Gilmore
(Former Virginia Governor)
Lindsey Graham
(South Carolina Senator)
Mike Huckabee
(Former Arkansas Governor)
Bobby Jindal
(Louisiana Governor)
John Kasich
(Former Ohio Governor)
Sarah Palin
(Former Alaska Governor)
George Pataki
(Former N.Y. Governor)
Rand Paul
(Kentucky Senator)
Rick Perry
(Texas Governor)
Marco Rubio
(Florida Senator)
Rick Santorum
(Former Pennsylvania Senator)
Donald Trump
(N.Y. CEO)
Scott Walker
(Wisconsin Governor)

2016 Third Party contenders:
Roseanne Barr
(Peace & Justice party, Hawaii)
Michael Bloomberg
(Independent NYC Mayor)
Gary Johnson
(Former New Mexico Governor, Libertarian Party)
Jill Stein
(Green Party, MA)

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Bill Weld on Abortion
Click here for 5 full quotes on Abortion OR other candidates on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • 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)
  • 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 2 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR other candidates on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • I was one of the most fiscally conservative governors. (May 2016)
  • Balanced budget in downturn after boom decade of spending. (Jan 1996)
Bill Weld on Civil Rights
Click here for 4 full quotes on Civil Rights OR other candidates on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • Delivered homily at two same-sex weddings. (Aug 2005)
  • $1M for homosexual youth office coordinator. (Aug 1997)
  • 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
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  • Tough on taxes, tough on crime. (Aug 1992)
Bill Weld on Drugs
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  • Favors medical marijuana and needle-exchange programs. (Aug 2005)
  • Favors "clean" needle giveaways to drug addicts. (Aug 1997)
Bill Weld on Education
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  • Prefers state input on education, not one national standard. (Jul 2010)
Bill Weld on Energy & Oil
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  • As governor, supported hybrid electric cars and natural gas. (Jun 2016)
Bill Weld on Environment
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  • 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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  • 1994: Supported $25B Mexico bailout. (Jun 2004)
Bill Weld on Free Trade
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  • Despite being Libertarian VP, still interested in free trade. (May 2016)
Bill Weld on Government Reform
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  • Reinvent ourselves from failed dogmas of big government. (Jan 1996)
Bill Weld on Gun Control
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  • 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
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  • Vetoed cigarette-tax hike that paid for kids' health care. (Aug 2005)
Bill Weld on Homeland Security
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Bill Weld on Immigration
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  • 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
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  • Considered run for presidency in 1996. (Nov 2005)
  • Mixes fiscal conservatism and social liberalism. (Aug 2005)
  • Member of the Republican Leadership Council. (Jan 2001)
Bill Weld on Social Security
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  • Will not abolish social security and receives it himself. (May 2016)
Bill Weld on Tax Reform
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  • 1990s: Produced nine tax cuts as governor of Tax-achussets. (Nov 2005)
  • 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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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Bill Weld on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Instituted work requirements for welfare recipients. (Aug 2005)


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)
OpEd: pro-choice stance means ineligible for ambassadorship: Favors topic 1
Partial-birth abortion is terrible, but don't ban it: 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
No opinion on topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+5 points on Social scale)
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)
Opposes topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(+2 points on Economic scale)
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
Favors topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Prefers state input on education, not one national standard: Favors topic 7
Strongly Opposes topic 8:
EPA regulations are too restrictive
(+5 points on Social scale)
OpEd: Supports expansive environmental regulations: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-3 points on Social scale)
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)
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)
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
Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+2 points on Economic scale)
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)
No opinion on topic 15:
Expand the military
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
No opinion on topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
No opinion on topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
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)
Favors medical marijuana and needle-exchange programs: Opposes topic 19
Favors "clean" needle giveaways to drug addicts: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Strongly Opposes topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(+5 points on Economic scale)
I was one of the most fiscally conservative governors: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Balanced budget in downturn after boom decade of spending: Strongly Opposes topic 20

Bill Weld is a Moderate Libertarian.
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