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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+5 points on Social scale)
Strongly and unequivocally support Roe v. Wade: Strongly Favors topic 1
Invest in stem cell and other medical research: Favors topic 1
Pursue embryonic stem cell research: Favors topic 1
Support right to choose even if mother cannot pay: Strongly Favors topic 1
Put science ahead of ideology in research and policymaking: Favors topic 1
Choice is a fundamental, constitutional right: Strongly Favors topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Enable disability access; plus 100,000 federal jobs: Strongly Favors topic 2
Racial and religious profiling is wrong: Favors topic 2
Support affirmative action to redress discrimination: Strongly Favors topic 2
Police should have zero tolerance of racial profiling: Neutral on topic 2
Democrats lead fight for ERA and equal employment: Strongly Favors topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+5 points on Social scale)
Equal treatment under law for same-sex couples: Strongly Favors topic 3
Keep marriage at state level; no federal gay marriage ban: Strongly Favors topic 3
Pass hate crime legislation including gays: Favors topic 3
Strongly Favors topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(-5 points on Social scale)
Support fatherhood via faith-based groups: Favors topic 4
Partner with faith-based organizations to serve the needy: Strongly Favors topic 4
Character education is an important aspect of education: Favors topic 4
Harness power of faith-based organizations PLUS govt: Favors topic 4
Strongly Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-5 points on Economic scale)
No arbitrary insurer cancelation; yes pre-existing condition: Strongly Favors topic 5
Preserve promise of Medicare; don't privatize or voucherize: Strongly Favors topic 5
Make sure everyone has access to affordable health care: Strongly Favors topic 5
Expand coverage and cut healthcare costs: Favors topic 5
Every American should have affordable health insurance: Strongly Favors topic 5
Add prescription drug benefit to Medicare: Favors topic 5
Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Preserve promise of Social Security; don't privatize: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Protecting the promise of Social Security is absolute: Strongly Favors topic 6
Oppose privatization and oppose raising retirement age: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Strengthen Social Security for Baby Boomers: Opposes topic 6
Strongly Opposes topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(-5 points on Economic scale)
OpEd: anti-school choice policy alienates Hispanics: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Turn around struggling public schools; expand public options: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Charter schools OK, vouchers not: Favors topic 7
Democrats are the party of public education: Strongly Opposes topic 7
U.S. needs public school accountability, not vouchers: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Strongly Opposes topic 8:
EPA regulations are too restrictive
(+5 points on Social scale)
Restore wilderness & watersheds for generations to come: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Reject choice of healthy economy vs. healthy environment: Opposes topic 8
No opinion on topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(0 points on Social scale)
Death penalty must not be arbitrary: Favors topic 9
Reduce racial disparities in sentencing for drug crimes: Opposes topic 9
Fight crime with prevention, community police: Opposes topic 9
Tougher punishments, including the death penalty: Strongly Favors topic 9
DNA testing & post-conviction reviews in death penalty cases: Opposes topic 9
Strongly Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Right to own firearms is subject to reasonable regulation: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Reauthorize assault weapons ban, close gun show loophole: Opposes topic 10
Strengthen gun control to reduce violence: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Strongly Favors topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Cut taxes for every working family, but not millionaires: Strongly Favors topic 11
Cut taxes for middle class, not the wealthy: Strongly Favors topic 11
G.O.P. creates debt, Dems create surpluses: Neutral on topic 11
Democrats will eliminate publicly held debt by 2012: Favors topic 11
Cut taxes for working families, not richest 1%: Strongly Favors topic 11
Strongly Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+5 points on Social scale)
DREAM Act for now; comprehensive reform next: Strongly Favors topic 12
Path for undocumented aliens to earn citizenship: Favors topic 12
Reform the INS; reduce immigrant backlog: Favors topic 12
Protect immigrants from exploitation by employers: Strongly Favors topic 12
Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Double our exports by 2015 with new trade agreements: Strongly Favors topic 13
Create jobs that stay in America: Opposes topic 13
Knock down barriers to free, fair and balanced trade: Opposes topic 13
Free trade with safeguards will benefit all: Favors topic 13
Opposes topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(-3 points on Economic scale)
US leadership at UN, including respectful disagreement: Opposes topic 14
Favors topic 15:
Expand the military
(-3 points on Social scale)
Excessive use of our military breeds more terrorists: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Add 40,000 new soldiers and keep military all-volunteer: Favors topic 15
Equip military for new threats and missions: Strongly Favors topic 15
Encourage military careers with better pay & benefits: Favors topic 15
Prepare military with advanced military and technology: Strongly Favors topic 15
Strongly Favors topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(+5 points on Social scale)
Curb the influence of lobbyists; no to Citizens United: Strongly Favors topic 16
Your vote should count; no voter ID laws: Favors topic 16
Meaningful campaign finance reform to restore public trust: Strongly Favors topic 16
Support McCain-Feingold bill for campaign finance reform: Favors topic 16
Strongly Favors topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(+5 points on Social scale)
No US forces in Iraq; no US bases in Iraq: Favors topic 17
Bring our troops home from Afghanistan by 2014: Favors topic 17
New vision for America: strong at home, respected abroad: Favors topic 17
Internationalize Iraqi military and political presence: Favors topic 17
Granting open-ended authority for Iraq war lost '02 election: Favors topic 17
Forward Engagement must guide proactive foreign policy: Strongly Favors topic 17
Work to close gap between richest and poorest nations: Favors topic 17
Commitment to Israel is unshakable: Strongly Favors topic 17
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Preserve ANWR but explore for oil responsibly elsewhere: Favors topic 18
Transfer billions in oil & gas subsidies to alternative R&D: Strongly Favors topic 18
We cannot drill our way to energy independence: Favors topic 18
Develop renewable energy and efficient vehicles: Favors topic 18
Invest in technology & transportation friendly to earth: Strongly Favors topic 18
Encourage open space and rail travel: Strongly Favors topic 18
We do not have to choose between economy and environment: Favors topic 18
Favors topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(-3 points on Social scale)
Join Central American governments to combat narco-traffic: Favors topic 19
Crack down on gangs and drugs: Favors topic 19
Bring to justice those bringing drugs to America: Favors topic 19
Drugs in prison: get clean to get out: Favors topic 19
Dry up drug demand via more enforcement plus more treatment: Favors topic 19
Fight drugs and economic hopelessness that fuels it: Favors topic 19
No opinion on topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(0 points on Economic scale)
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