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Charlie Crist on VoteMatch

 



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Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+2 points on Social scale)
Favors embryonic stem cell research: Favors topic 1
1995: Opposed mandatory 24-hour waiting period for abortion: Strongly Favors topic 1
I'm pro-life, but stay out of other people's lives: Favors topic 1
Vetoed bill requiring ultrasound exams before abortions: Favors topic 1
Tea Party is too extreme on outlawing abortion: Opposes topic 1
Defend parental notification rights: Opposes topic 1
Prohibit partial-birth abortion: Opposes topic 1
Abortion is a personal decision; but ban partial-birth: Favors topic 1
Supports both federal abortion funding & judicial activism: Strongly Favors topic 1
Opposes prohibiting human embryonic stem cell research: Favors topic 1
Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Civil rights is an American value that all should embrace: Strongly Favors topic 2
Diversity is one of our strengths in America: Strongly Favors topic 2
Lifetime member of NAACP: Favors topic 2
Provide compensation to victims of racial discrimination: Strongly Favors topic 2
Discontinue affirmative action programs: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+2 points on Social scale)
2006: Came out for civil unions; denied rumors he was gay: Strongly Favors topic 3
2010: Backed gay marriage ban; 2014: supports gay marriage: Strongly Favors topic 3
I support marriage equality in Florida: Strongly Favors topic 3
Military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy has worked: Opposes topic 3
Uphold Florida’s Defense of Marriage Act: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Opposes banning homosexuals in the military: Strongly Favors topic 3
Strongly Favors topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(-5 points on Social scale)
Constitutional amendment for school prayer: Strongly Favors topic 4
Strongly Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-5 points on Economic scale)
AdWatch: unwavering support of ObamaCare: Strongly Favors topic 5
Cover Florida: 6,000 uninsured given peace of mind: Strongly Favors topic 5
Cover Florida: $150 a month plan for 3.8 million uninsured: Strongly Favors topic 5
Expand tax-free medical savings accounts: Opposes topic 5
Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Reducing COLA is unfair to seniors living on fixed income: Opposes topic 6
Focus on waste & fraud, not retirement age & COLA: Favors topic 6
Invest budget surplus into Trust Fund: Opposes topic 6
Don't raise eligibility age; don't tax benefits: Opposes topic 6
No opinion on topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(0 points on Economic scale)
Supports charter schools and standardized testing: Favors topic 7
Some public school teachers should earn $100,000: Strongly Opposes topic 7
National testing mostly favors for-profit testing firms: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Vetoed merit-based pay for teachers: Opposes topic 7
School choice gives kids the best chance for success: Favors topic 7
As Commissioner of Educ., implemented school accountability: Favors topic 7
Propose $3.8 billion to reduce class size: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Early advocate for parental choice in education: Strongly Favors topic 7
Allow vouchers for any public, private or religious school: Strongly Favors topic 7
Strongly Opposes topic 8:
No 'rights' to clean air and water
(+5 points on Social scale)
1992: Elected to State Senate on pro-environment message: Opposes topic 8
Asked BP to pay $65M for tourism promotion, after oil spill: Opposes topic 8
Appropriate $100 million to continue to restore Everglades: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Strongly Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-5 points on Social scale)
"Chain Gang Charlie": reinstitute prisoner labor on highways: Favors topic 9
1993: Sponsored STOP law: Stop Turning Out Prisoners: Strongly Favors topic 9
Chain-Gang Charlie: reinstitute prison chain gangs: Strongly Favors topic 9
Stop Turning Out Prisoners: serve at least 85% of sentence: Strongly Favors topic 9
Toughened penalties for identity theft and Internet spam: Favors topic 9
Supports 10-20-Life and Stop Turning Out Prisoners program: Strongly Favors topic 9
Require that prisoners serve at least 85% of their sentences: Strongly Favors topic 9
Broaden use of federal death penalty: Favors topic 9
More federal prisons; more “truth in sentencing”: Strongly Favors topic 9
Strongly Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Strongly supports Second Amendment rights: Strongly Favors topic 10
Repeal gun restrictions; allow concealed carry: Strongly Favors topic 10
Opposes restrictions on the right to bear arms: Strongly Favors topic 10
Rated A- by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun rights voting record: Strongly Favors topic 10
Opposes topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Humble roots led to values of lower taxes & less government: Opposes topic 11
Replace income tax with a flat tax or national sales tax: Strongly Opposes topic 11
$12B in federal economic stimulus as state block grants: Favors topic 11
Opposes topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(-3 points on Social scale)
No amnesty, but an earned path to citizenship: Favors topic 12
Seal borders; enforce laws; send illegals to back of line: Opposes topic 12
Close the door of illegal immigration; protect our borders: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Strongly Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Opposes NAFTA; supports tariffs; opposes Fast Track: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Strongly Opposes topic 14:
Maintain US sovereignty from UN
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Lift the Cuban embargo; it has failed for 50 years: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Find a way to work with our international allies: Strongly Opposes topic 14
2008: I don't believe in torture: Opposes topic 14
Strongly Favors topic 15:
Expand the military
(-5 points on Social scale)
Supports strong national defense: Strongly Favors topic 15
Favors topic 16:
More enforcement of the right to vote
(+2 points on Social scale)
Supports term limits & instant contribution reporting: Favors topic 16
No opinion on topic 17:
Stay out of Iran
(0 points on Social scale)
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Strongly Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Reduce climate change by doing things we should do anyway: Strongly Favors topic 18
BP oil spill made me oppose offshore oil drilling: Favors topic 18
Instituted state cap-and-trade by Executive Order: Strongly Favors topic 18
Open to cap-and-trade plan for carbon emissions: Favors topic 18
$200M package for solar, wind, & biofuel from citrus: Favors topic 18
Propose almost $70 million on alternative energy development: Favors topic 18
Supports renewable energy tax credits: Strongly Favors topic 18
Strongly Favors topic 19:
Never legalize marijuana
(-5 points on Social scale)
More penalties against drugs; more funds for enforcement: Strongly Favors topic 19
Opposes topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Supports economic stimulus and some parts of ObamaCare: Strongly Favors topic 20
$8B stimulus funds saved or created 87,000 jobs in Florida: Strongly Favors topic 20
Reduce the tax brackets to let private enterprise flourish: Strongly Opposes topic 20
2006: Pledged no taxes; 2009: $2.2B in fees on 16M people: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Best to extend all tax cuts; but compromise and push later: Opposes topic 20

Other governors' VoteMatch: Charlie Crist on the issues:
FL Gubernatorial:
Alexander Snitker
Jeb Bush
Rick Scott
FL Senatorial:
Bill Nelson
Marco Rubio

Election 2013:
NJ-R: Chris Christie (won)
NJ-D: Barbara Buono (lost)
VA-R: Bob McDonnell(Retiring)
VA-R: Ken Cuccinelli (lost)
VA-D: Terry McAuliffe (won)

Gubernatorial Debates 2014:
AL: Bentley(R) vs.Griffith(D)
AR: Ross(D) vs.Hutchinson(R) vs.Griffin(R,Lt.Gov.)
AZ: Ducey(R) vs.DuVal(D) vs.Mealer(AE) vs.Gilbert(L) vs.Riggs(R)
CA: Brown(D) vs.Kashkari(R)
CO: Hickenlooper(D) vs.Beauprez(R) vs.Tancredo(R) vs.Hess(L)
CT: Malloy(D) vs.Foley(R) vs.Walker(R,Lt.Gov.)
FL: Scott(R) vs.Crist(D) vs.Snitker(L,Lt.Gov.)
GA: Deal(R) vs.Carter(D)
HI: Ige(D) vs.Aiona(R) vs.Abercrombie(D)
IA: Branstad(R) vs.Hoefling(R) vs.Hatch(D)
MA: Coakley(D) &Polito(D,Lt.Gov.) vs.Grossman(D) vs.Berwick(D) vs.Baker(R) &Polito(R,Lt.Gov.)
ME: LePage(R) vs.Michaud(D) vs.Cutler(I)
MI: Snyder(R) vs.Schauer(D)
NM: Martinez(R) vs.King(D)
NY: Cuomo(D) vs.Astorino(R) vs.Hawkins(G) vs.Teachout(D) vs.Hochul(D,Lt.Gov.)
OK: Fallin(R) vs.Dorman(D)
PA: Corbett(R) vs.Wolf(D) vs.Schwartz(D,lost primary) vs.Critz(D,Lt.Gov.,lost primary)
Up for re-election 2014:
AK-R: Sean Parnell
AL-R: Robert Bentley
CA-D: Jerry Brown
CO-D: John Hickenlooper
CT-D: Dan Malloy
FL-R: Rick Scott
GA-R: Nathan Deal
HI-D: Neil Abercrombie
IA-R: Terry Branstad
ID-R: Butch Otter
IL-D: Pat Quinn
KS-R: Sam Brownback
ME-R: Paul LePage
MI-R: Rick Snyder
MN-D: Mark Dayton
NH-D: Maggie Hassan
NM-R: Susana Martinez
NV-R: Brian Sandoval
NY-D: Andrew Cuomo
OH-R: John Kasich
OK-R: Mary Fallin
OR-D: John Kitzhaber
PA-R: Tom Corbett
SC-R: Nikki Haley
SD-R: Dennis Daugaard
TN-R: Bill Haslam
VT-D: Peter Shumlin
WI-R: Scott Walker
WY-R: Matt Mead
Abortion
Budget/Economy
Civil Rights
Corporations
Crime
Drugs
Education
Energy/Oil
Environment
Families/Children
Foreign Policy
Free Trade
Govt. Reform
Gun Control
Health Care
Homeland Security
Immigration
Infrastructure/Technology
Jobs
Local Issues
Principles/Values
Social Security
Tax Reform
War/Iraq/Mideast
Welfare/Poverty

Term-Limited or Retiring 2014:
AR-D: Mike Beebe
AZ-R: Jan Brewer
MA-D: Deval Patrick
MD-D: Martin O'Malley
RI-I: Linc Chafee
TX-R: Rick Perry


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Page last updated: Sep 22, 2014