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Gary Johnson on VoteMatch

Libertarian presidential nominee; former Republican NM Governor

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Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+2 points on Social scale)
Law of the land is Casey v. Planned Parenthood; I'll keep it: Strongly Favors topic 1
Planned Parenthood does a lot of good: Favors topic 1
No funding for abortion; other restrictions ok: Opposes topic 1
Government ill-equipped to address abortion; it's personal: Favors topic 1
No federal funding for stem cell research: Opposes topic 1
Women's right to choose until fetal viability: Favors topic 1
Right to choose up until viability of the fetus: Favors topic 1
Leave the decision up to the woman: Strongly Favors topic 1
No opinion on topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(0 points on Economic scale)
It's racism to judge others by their birth, like Trump does: Favors topic 2
Each state has right to display Confederate flag: Opposes topic 2
Yes, equal pay for equal work, but hesitate on legislation: Favors topic 2
No affirmative action in college admissions nor state jobs: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Support principles embodied in the Equal Rights Amendment: Favors topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+5 points on Social scale)
Individual liberty includes supporting gay marriage: Strongly Favors topic 3
States have the right to display the Confederate flag: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Workplace discrimination against gays is like race in 1960s: Strongly Favors topic 3
No, bakers can't deny a wedding cake to same-sex couples: Strongly Favors topic 3
Denying gay couples the right to marry is discrimination: Strongly Favors topic 3
Refused 'Marriage Vow' pledge; it condemns gays & singles: Strongly Favors topic 3
I support gay unions; government out of marriage business: Strongly Favors topic 3
I support gay unions; government out of marriage business: Opposes 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)
The God that I speak to doesn't have a particular religion: Opposes topic 4
Vouchers OK for church childcare & church schools: Strongly Favors topic 4
Supports separation of religion and state: Opposes topic 4
Strongly Opposes topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Run Medicare and Medicaid via states and municipalities: Opposes topic 5
Free market reduces prices with places like "Stitches R Us": Strongly Opposes topic 5
Catastrophic insurance ok; then free-market for the rest: Opposes topic 5
ObamaCare's promise of lower cost simply isn't happening: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Government-managed healthcare is insanity: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Government-managed healthcare is insanity: Strongly Opposes topic 5
ObamaCare is unconstitutional; so is Bush's Medicare Rx plan: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Salud!: managed care for Medicaid recipients: Opposes topic 5
Repeal ObamaCare & failed Medicare prescription drug benefit: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Vetoed mental illness coverage parity with physical illness: Opposes topic 5
More federal funding for rural health services: Favors topic 5
Protect state tobacco settlement funds from federal seizure: Neutral on topic 5
Favors topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Change eligibility rules for Medicare; and age for Soc.Sec.: Favors topic 6
Raise retirement age to 75: Favors topic 6
A portion of Social Security ought to be privatized: Strongly Favors topic 6
Open to personal accounts for Social Security: Strongly Favors topic 6
Change escalator from wage-based to inflation-based: Opposes topic 6
Maintain federal Social Services Block Grant funding: Favors topic 6
Maintain long-term solvency of Social Security and Medicare: Opposes topic 6
Strongly Favors topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Most outspoken governor in the country on school choice: Strongly Favors topic 7
No Common Core; state and local education instead: Favors topic 7
$3,500 voucher for every K-12 student: Strongly Favors topic 7
Vouchers are as constitutional as pre-school and day-care: Strongly Favors topic 7
Vouchers are as constitutional as pre-school and day-care: Strongly Favors topic 7
Competition would make our schools better: Strongly Favors topic 7
Abolish Departments of Education and HUD: Strongly Favors topic 7
Give every student in New Mexico vouchers worth $3,500: Strongly Favors topic 7
Put educational funds in the hands of the people who use it: Strongly Favors topic 7
End the Department of Education: Favors topic 7
Favors charter schools as one priority to improve education: Favors topic 7
Favors topic 8:
Society bears cost of pollution
(-3 points on Social scale)
Oversaw construction of 500 miles of new highway: Favors topic 8
Vetoed limits on number of pets people can own: Favors topic 8
More state autonomy on brownfields & Superfund cleanups: Favors topic 8
Focus on prevention and states for Endangered Species: Strongly Opposes topic 8
State primacy over water quantity & quality issues: Favors topic 8
Opposes topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(+2 points on Social scale)
Stop & frisk isn't constitutional: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Men of color four times as likely to end up behind bars: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Too many unnecessary laws leads to too many in prison: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Vetoed early release of prisoners due to overcrowding: Favors topic 9
DNA evidence shows many people are mistakenly convicted: Strongly Opposes topic 9
1994: Proponent of death penalty, but willing to debate it: Favors topic 9
Death penalty as a public policy is flawed: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Don't risk putting innocent to death: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Half of crime is drug-related; legalizing drugs cuts crime: Opposes topic 9
Supports flexible federal block grants for crime programs: Neutral on topic 9
Zero tolerance for violence against government employees: Neutral on topic 9
Strongly Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Banning assault weapons just criminalizes the owners: Strongly Favors topic 10
Keep guns away from mentally ill & potential terrorists: Opposes topic 10
No-fly list is error-prone; don't use it to deny guns: Strongly Favors topic 10
Carrying guns reduces crime and mass shootings: Strongly Favors topic 10
Discuss keeping guns away from mentally ill: Favors topic 10
Against denying guns to people on government no-fly list: Strongly Favors topic 10
Concealed carry leads to less overall gun violence: Strongly Favors topic 10
Laws regarding guns are ineffective: Strongly Favors topic 10
Strongly Opposes topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Zero corporate tax would create tens of millions of jobs: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Revenue-neutral FairTax: life without the IRS: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Eliminate double taxation embodied in business income taxes: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Current tax code penalizes productivity & investment: Opposes topic 11
Replace inheritance tax with FairTax: Strongly Opposes topic 11
23% national sales tax while eliminating the IRS: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Replace job-killing tax code with FairTax: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Reduce state personal income tax from 8.5% to 8%: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Eliminate corporate income tax as real way to create jobs: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Lower the tax burden; eliminate corporate tax: Strongly Opposes topic 11
No national sales tax or VAT: Neutral on topic 11
Federal tax incentives for energy, with state decisions: Neutral on topic 11
Strongly Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+5 points on Social scale)
No random deportations; just keep out criminals & terrorists: Strongly Favors topic 12
Deporting 11M illegal immigrants is based on misinformation: Strongly Favors topic 12
Make work visas as easy as possible: Strongly Favors topic 12
Would veto Arizona SB 1070 as Latino racial discrimination: Favors topic 12
Bigger border fence will only produce taller ladders: Strongly Favors topic 12
Arizona anti-immigrant law leads to racial profiling: Strongly Favors topic 12
A 10-foot wall just requires an 11-foot ladder: Favors topic 12
2 year grace period for illegals to get work visas: Favors topic 12
1 strike & you're out for legal immigrants who violate terms: Favors topic 12
Let some, but not all, illegal immigrants stay in US: Favors topic 12
We educate the world's best & brightest; why send them back?: Strongly Favors topic 12
Open the border; flood of Mexicans would become taxpayers: Strongly Favors topic 12
Mexican immigrants are pursuing same dreams we all have: Strongly Favors topic 12
Share costs of legal immigration between states & federal: Neutral on topic 12
Federal government should deal with criminal repatriation: Neutral on topic 12
Strongly Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Free trade, not isolationism; low spending, not taxes: Strongly Favors topic 13
I'm a real skeptic on trade agreements, but I would sign TPP: Strongly Favors topic 13
Free trade unfairly criticized for being crony capitalism: Strongly Favors topic 13
Flights to Cuba ok; trade promotes friendship: Strongly Favors topic 13
No tariffs, no restrictions; but no corporatism: Favors topic 13
Eliminate needless barriers to free trade: Strongly Favors topic 13
NAFTA benefits New Mexico; jobs lost are those we don't want: Strongly Favors topic 13
NAFTA benefits New Mexico; jobs lost are those we don't want: Strongly Favors topic 13
Opposes topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Stay in the U.N., but stay out of foreign interventions: Opposes topic 14
Overturn simplistic, chaotic, reactive military policies: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Reactive military policies allow real threats to flourish: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Take our share of Syrian refugees; not too many but not zero: Opposes topic 14
America at peace with the world; avoid foreign entanglements: Opposes topic 14
Drones may create more adversaries than they eliminate: Opposes topic 14
No foreign aid spending unless it protects U.S. interests: Strongly Favors topic 14
Act in US self-interest, but wary of unintended consequences: Strongly Favors topic 14
Strongly Opposes topic 15:
Expand the military
(+5 points on Social scale)
Cut 20% of military bases in US and abroad: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Should we have 100,000 troops on the ground in Europe?: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Cut spending by 43%, but not one penny from veteran benefits: Favors topic 15
Allies want more US military spending, but cut by 43%: Strongly Opposes topic 15
43% reduction in military spending; cut foreign aid too: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Balance budget by cutting entitlements AND Defense: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Opposes topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(-3 points on Social scale)
Strong advocate of term limits for governors & Congress: Favors topic 16
New SuperPAC, "Our America PAC", for principled candidates: Strongly Opposes topic 16
Sues to attempt to participate in presidential debate: Strongly Favors topic 16
Won 1994 with $510K of own money & not beholden: Strongly Favors topic 16
Full disclosure, but no limits on campaign donations: Strongly Opposes topic 16
No limits on corporate or PAC campaign donations: Strongly Opposes topic 16
Strongly Favors topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(+5 points on Social scale)
ISIS has grown as a result of U.S. intervention in Mideast: Strongly Favors topic 17
No U.S. military intervention in Syria: Strongly Favors topic 17
American military interventions made terrorist problem worse: Strongly Favors topic 17
North Korea not capable of long-range nuclear missiles: Favors topic 17
Brains not bombs: cut off ISIS funding: Strongly Favors topic 17
We are no safer after years of failed nation-building abroad: Strongly Favors topic 17
Stop replacing bad guys with slightly-less-bad guys: Strongly Favors topic 17
Drone strikes create more terrorists: Favors topic 17
U.S. in Ukraine is like Russia intervening in Puerto Rico: Favors topic 17
Why were we in Benghazi or Libya at all?: Favors topic 17
Afghan nation-building will fail; withdraw immediately: Strongly Favors topic 17
No military threat from Iraq, Afghanistan, nor Libya: Strongly Favors topic 17
Iran is not currently a military threat: Strongly Favors topic 17
We wiped out al Qaeda 10 years ago; leave Afghanistan: Strongly Favors topic 17
Afghan War initially warranted, but not for 10 years: Strongly Favors topic 17
I opposed the Iraq War from the beginning: Strongly Favors topic 17
No Afghan timetable; start tomorrow & finish in a few months: Favors topic 17
Eliminate ineffective interventions in Iraq & Afghanistan: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Include states in anti-terrorism planning: Neutral on topic 17
Opposes topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Federal regulation makes fracking, coal mining, & nuclear OK: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Support renewables, but not with federal policy: Favors topic 18
Cap-&-trade imposes costs with no environmental improvement: Opposes topic 18
No cap-and-trade; no taxing carbon emissions: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Voluntary partnerships reduce greenhouse gases economically: Neutral on topic 18
Kyoto Treaty must include reductions by all countries: Opposes topic 18
Create block grants for Agricultural Stewardship: Neutral on topic 18
Collaborative, incentive driven, locally-based solutions: Neutral on topic 18
Strongly Opposes topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(+5 points on Social scale)
Mass shootings result from War on Drugs "shoot first" notion: Strongly Opposes topic 19
No legalization of heroin, but apply harm reduction: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Marijuana has fewer side-effects than alcohol: no hangover: Strongly Opposes topic 19
States are finally seeing the failure of the War on Drugs: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Why do we tell adults what they can put in their bodies?: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Marijuana is safer than alcohol: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Marijuana is safer than alcohol: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Harm-reduction: health issue rather than criminal issue: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Drug policy today parallels Prohibition in the 1920's: Strongly Opposes topic 19
War on Drugs is a miserable failure; $6M for treatment: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Drug use is up despite $30B spending on War on Drugs: Strongly Opposes topic 19
More federal funding for all aspects of Drug War: Favors topic 19
States should make drug policy, not feds: Neutral on topic 19
Strongly Opposes topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Clinton promises spending programs but doesn't address debt: Strongly Opposes topic 20
National debt, approaching $20 trillion, is bankrupting us: Opposes topic 20
National debt of $20 trillion is obscene & unsustainable: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Cut federal budget by 43% to bring it into balance: Opposes topic 20
Replace job-killing tax code with FairTax: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Our debt is greatest threat to our national security: Opposes topic 20
Eliminate corporate income tax as real way to create jobs: Strongly Opposes topic 20
On verge of financial collapse unless we balance budget: Opposes topic 20
Lower the tax burden; eliminate corporate tax: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Balance budget by cutting entitlements AND Defense: Opposes topic 20

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