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George W. Bush on VoteMatch


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Opposes topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(-3 points on Social scale)
Build a culture of life: Strongly Favors topic 1
Must make a place for the unborn child: Strongly Opposes topic 1
No funds to international groups that offer abortion: Opposes topic 1
Every child born and unborn ought to be protected: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Ban partial-birth; ban taxpayer funding: Opposes topic 1
Encourage fewer abortions via adoption & abstinence: Opposes topic 1
Destruction of human embryos is a slippery slope: Opposes topic 1
I was first president to fund embryonic stem cell research: Favors topic 1
Supreme Court is wrong: leave abortion to the states: Opposes topic 1
Opposes topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Equal protection supercedes recruiting women & minorities: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Recognizes value of diversity on college campuses: Favors topic 2
Race-neutral admissions first; race factor ok if that fails: Opposes topic 2
Affirmative access: end soft bigotry of low expectations: Opposes topic 2
For affirmative action, but not quotas or preferences: Favors topic 2
1978: ERA is unnecessary: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Reach out to minorities, but without quotas: Favors topic 2
2003: Opposed MA decision legalizing gay marriage: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Strongly Opposes topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(-5 points on Social scale)
Defend the institution of marriage against activist judges: Strongly Opposes topic 3
2004: Supported Family Marriage Amendment (no gay marriage): Strongly Opposes topic 3
Constitutional amendment to protect marriage: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Protect marriage against activist judges: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Bush calls for constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Tolerance & equal rights, not gay marriage & special rights: Favors topic 3
No gay adoptions; but listens to gay GOP group: Favors topic 3
Against gay marriage, but leave it to the states: Opposes topic 3
Hate-crime rules don’t apply to gays: Strongly Opposes topic 3
No gay anti-discrimination laws; no same-sex marriages: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Strongly Favors topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(-5 points on Social scale)
Change food aid rules to allow more non-US materials: Favors topic 4
Calls for 4,000 hours of national service for every citizen: Favors topic 4
Character education grants & American Youth Character Awards: Favors topic 4
Fund & honor character education: Favors topic 4
V-chip OK, but cultural changes are better: Favors topic 4
Teach values and moral responsibility in schools: Strongly Favors topic 4
Praised political involvement by people of faith: Strongly Favors topic 4
Armies of compassion receive payment in another form: Strongly Favors topic 4
Never discriminate against religious charities: Strongly Favors topic 4
Unleash the passion of religious charity: Strongly Favors topic 4
One of first acts was establishing faith-based initiatives: Strongly Favors topic 4
Establish federal & state “offices of faith-based action”: Strongly Favors topic 4
Supported church-based poverty program in Rio Grande Valley: Strongly Favors topic 4
Fund faith-based private programs that promote independence: Strongly Favors topic 4
Church-based solutions for drugs, daycare, & crime: Strongly Favors topic 4
“No-strings” vouchers for religious groups to do charity: Strongly Favors topic 4
Church-based charity assures nobody is left behind: Strongly Favors topic 4
Only faith and God can overcome social ills: Strongly Favors topic 4
Opposes topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Government-run health care is the wrong prescription: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Endorses billions more in health care funding: Favors topic 5
Senior Rx: “Immediate Helping Hand” now; more later: Strongly Favors topic 5
Medical Savings Accounts part of affordable access & choice: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Family Health Credit: pay for 90% of basic low-income policy: Favors topic 5
Expand consumer choice, not government control: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Health savings accounts with choice of coverage: Opposes topic 5
Cover 3 million uninsured at a 10-year cost of $135 billion: Favors topic 5
New Prosperity Initiative: $2,000 health ins. tax credit: Favors topic 5
OpEd: Medicare Part D is largest entitlement in 40 years: Strongly Favors topic 5
Keep Medicare in government, but provide flexibility: Opposes topic 5
Health care access via empowerment, not nationalizing: Opposes topic 5
Private alternatives & state reforms come first: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Medicare Rx drug coverage for low-income seniors: Favors topic 5
Protect state tobacco settlement funds from federal seizure: Neutral on topic 5
NO on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility: Opposes topic 5
Strongly Favors topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Spent political capital on Soc.Sec. restructuring proposal: Strongly Favors topic 6
OpEd: Tried to institute personal accounts; but AARP won: Favors topic 6
Let young people use personal retirement savings accounts: Strongly Favors topic 6
Allow younger workers to put taxes in a personal account: Strongly Favors topic 6
Privatize SS while maintaining govt system: Strongly Favors topic 6
Create Individual Development Accounts with low-income match: Favors topic 6
Private accounts for youth rather than high payroll taxes: Strongly Favors topic 6
Support retirement via government-plus-private system: Favors topic 6
Privatize Social Security to take advantage of stock market: Strongly Favors topic 6
Use political capital to implement private savings accounts: Strongly Favors topic 6
Strongly Favors topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Public schools are America’s great hope: Opposes topic 7
Move Head Start to Education Dept., teach all kids to read: Strongly Favors topic 7
Local control is core principle of successful education: Strongly Favors topic 7
$300M for Pell Grants for Kids for non-public schools: Strongly Favors topic 7
Increased funding to $200M for charter schools: Favors topic 7
Favors rigorous testing over school choice: Opposes topic 7
Pushes OPTIONS for private schools; without saying VOUCHERS: Strongly Favors topic 7
Vouchers ensure school accountability: Strongly Favors topic 7
Vouchers are up to states; allow local control: Favors topic 7
Fund 2,000 charter schools; defund failing schools: Strongly Favors topic 7
Let’s try vouchers in failing schools.: Strongly Favors topic 7
Vouchers a priority; encourage their spread: Strongly Favors topic 7
Supports vouchers, including private or religious schools.: Strongly Favors topic 7
For charter schools; public school choice; vouchers: Strongly Favors topic 7
Opposes topic 8:
EPA regulations are too restrictive
(+2 points on Social scale)
Proposed different measures to improve the environment: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Restrict wetland development, but not arsenic or CO2: Favors topic 8
More lead emission reporting requirements: Opposes topic 8
Weaken Clean Air; no comment on Clean Water: Strongly Favors topic 8
Work in partnership with states and landowners: Strongly Favors topic 8
Make Amtrak more efficient and competitive: Opposes topic 8
Conservation partnerships to protect lands & watersheds: Strongly Opposes topic 8
$60M for private stewardship; tax break on conservation land: Opposes topic 8
Proposes $211M to cleaning up brownfields: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Against Kyoto & national monuments; for drilling ANWR: Strongly Favors topic 8
$450M annually for wildlife and open spaces: Strongly Opposes topic 8
$4.9B to repair “crumbling” national parks: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Clean up urban brownfields, in US as in Texas: Strongly Opposes topic 8
6-point plan for brownfield cleanup: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Reinvest in Conservation Fund; repair parks & refuges: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Good stewardship is personal responsibility and public value: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Replace mandate/regulate/litigate with decentralized efforts: Favors topic 8
Can’t sue our way to clean air & water--work with industry: Favors topic 8
Keep fed enviro role but give money & flexibility to states: Favors topic 8
Base enviro decisions on science & market-driven solutions: Opposes topic 8
Cooperate with industry, instead of lawsuits & regulations: Favors topic 8
Strongly Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-5 points on Social scale)
1990s: TX is dangerous because 7,700 criminals were released: Strongly Favors topic 9
Increased penalties to rehabilitate juveniles: Strongly Favors topic 9
Death penalty saves innocent lives through deterrence: Strongly Favors topic 9
150 death-row executions during Bush's term: Strongly Favors topic 9
Uphold law on death penalty; and think of the victims: Favors topic 9
Death penalty saves lives, when swift & just: Favors topic 9
Bush is confident that none of 112 executed were innocent: Strongly Favors topic 9
Supports death penalty as deterrent: Favors topic 9
Proud of eliminating parole for violent criminals: Strongly Favors topic 9
1994: End "mandatory supervision" and early parole: Strongly Favors topic 9
Supports “two strikes” & registration for sexual criminals.: Strongly Favors topic 9
Mandatory sentencing for repeat offenders: Strongly Favors topic 9
Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Would sign, but would not push, gun restrictions: Opposes topic 10
Supports gun ownership for protection and hunting: Favors topic 10
Gun restrictions OK within basic right to own guns: Opposes topic 10
Assault weapon OK; waiting period not OK: Strongly Favors topic 10
Strongly Opposes topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Opposed supply-side argument for consumption-based flat tax: Favors topic 11
Will lead a bipartisan effort to simplify the tax code: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Tax relief is working: Opposes topic 11
Deliver substantial tax relief to 91 million Americans: Opposes topic 11
On behalf of the American people, I’m asking for a refund: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Retroactive tax cuts may bolster faltering economy: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Cut taxes on income, children, & inheritance: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Read my lips: I will cut taxes: Strongly Opposes topic 11
The surplus is the people’s money-return it: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Cut top tax rate to 33% while cutting lower income taxes too: Strongly Opposes topic 11
No national sales tax or VAT: Neutral on topic 11
Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+2 points on Social scale)
Deploy border fence; end “catch and release”: Opposes topic 12
Massive deportation is unrealistic: Favors topic 12
Minuteman Project are vigilantes: Strongly Favors topic 12
Support a humane guest-worker program that rejects amnesty: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Temporary workers ok, but no amnesty: Opposes topic 12
A time-limited worker card for the illegal immigrants: Opposes topic 12
Support temporary worker program but oppose amnesty: Favors topic 12
New temporary worker program includes illegal aliens: Strongly Favors topic 12
Mexico: immigration reform in exchange for oil development: Favors topic 12
Respect other languages, but teach all children English: Opposes topic 12
$500M to cut INS application time to 6 months: Favors topic 12
Welcome Latinos; immigration is not a problem to be solved: Favors topic 12
Make INS more “immigrant friendly”: Favors topic 12
More border guards to compassionately turn away Mexicans: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Guest workers, maybe; citizenship waiting period, yes: Opposes topic 12
Strongly Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Repeals steel tariffs he imposed in 2002: Favors topic 13
The fearful build walls; the confident demolish them.: Favors topic 13
Fast-track needed for US global economic leadership: Strongly Favors topic 13
No trade barriers from Alaska to the tip of Cape Horn: Strongly Favors topic 13
Fast Track in west; WTO in east: Strongly Favors topic 13
Supports Fast Track; WTO; NAFTA; anti-dumping: Strongly Favors topic 13
Favors topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(+2 points on Economic scale)
UN is cumbersome, bureaucratic, & inefficient: Strongly Favors topic 14
Most Americans question whether to be in UN at all: Strongly Favors topic 14
$1.2B for 5-year campaign against malaria in Africa: Opposes topic 14
We ought to be working with the African Union: Strongly Opposes topic 14
US establishes UN Democracy Fund: Strongly Opposes topic 14
US military is key to preserving world peace: Strongly Favors topic 14
The six-party talks will unwind when we have bilateral talks: Favors topic 14
Entrepreneurial China trade differs from totalitarian Cuba: Favors topic 14
China’s taste of freedom encourages capitalism’s growth: Favors topic 14
OpEd: obsessed with subverting ICC international authority: Strongly Favors topic 14
US troops will never be under UN command: Strongly Favors topic 14
Reform UN & IMF; strengthen NATO: Opposes topic 14
UN sanctions were not effective at removing Saddam: Strongly Favors topic 14
Went to the UN hoping the world would listen to our demands: Opposes topic 14
Calls on UN to do more in Iraq: Favors topic 14
Seeking $87B and UN Aid for Iraqi War Effort: Opposes topic 14
Seeking $87B and UN Aid for War Effort: Strongly Opposes topic 14
UN founded to fight threats like Saddam and 9/11: Favors topic 14
Campaign to sell the Iraq War began with 2002 UN speech: Opposes topic 14
Rejected Powell’s plan for refocused UN sanctions on Iraq: Strongly Favors topic 14
Strongly Favors topic 15:
Expand the military
(-5 points on Social scale)
92,000 more in Armed Forces; plus Civilian Reserve Corps: Strongly Favors topic 15
Better equipment, better training, and better pay: Strongly Favors topic 15
$1B more for salary; $20B more for R&D for new weapons: Strongly Favors topic 15
$1B more in personnel raises; more for housing too: Favors topic 15
Increase military salaries & weapons spending: Favors topic 15
Prompt Global Strike: reach anywhere in under an hour: Strongly Favors topic 15
We have tripled the amount of money on homeland security: Strongly Favors topic 15
Largest increase in defense $ in two decades: never too high: Strongly Favors topic 15
Opposes topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(-3 points on Social scale)
Expose every earmark to a vote; cut earmarks in half by 2008: Favors topic 16
Ban soft money, but no public financing of elections: Opposes topic 16
Ban some soft money; fewer restrictions on individuals: Opposes topic 16
No government takeover of campaign finance: Opposes topic 16
Soft-money ban must include unions & past investigations: Favors topic 16
No corporate or union soft money: Favors topic 16
Campaign finance reform would hurt Republicans: Opposes topic 16
Support tweaking campaign finance rules & upping $1000 limit: Opposes topic 16
Opposes topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(-3 points on Social scale)
Africa: Rally world to help AIDS, but not with US funds: Opposes topic 17
Kerry wants a global test while I will be resolute: Opposes topic 17
Take preemptive action in order to make America secure: Strongly Favors topic 17
No “global test”: protect Americans even if unpopular abroad: Opposes topic 17
America will never seek a permission slip for self-defense: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Help poor countries around the world: Strongly Favors topic 17
United States returning to UNESCO: Favors topic 17
Transition from leading operations to partnering with Iraqis: Strongly Opposes topic 17
20,000 additional soldiers and Marines to Baghdad & Anbar: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Getting rid of Saddam allows progress elsewhere in Mideast: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Russia funding: replace IMF loans with $ to people: Neutral on topic 17
Focus on Big Three: Russia, China, & India: Strongly Favors topic 17
Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Replace 75% of oil imports from Mideast by 2025: Favors topic 18
End America’s addiction to oil: Strongly Favors topic 18
Explore ANWR; explore for gas; reduce foreign dependence: Strongly Opposes topic 18
International treaty to reverse growth of greenhouse gases: Strongly Favors topic 18
No mandatory greenhouse gas reductions: Strongly Opposes topic 18
$1.7 billion program will make hydrogen cars common by 2020: Strongly Favors topic 18
Reduce greenhouse gas intensity by 18% over next decade: Strongly Favors topic 18
Opposes Kyoto treaty, ESA, & other intrusive regulations: 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
Strongly Favors topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(-5 points on Social scale)
Afghans wanted roads; Bush wanted aerial poppy eradication: Strongly Favors topic 19
2006: Asked Mexican president to overturn drug legalization: Strongly Favors topic 19
Congressional limit on troops in Colombia is “advisory” only: Favors topic 19
$23 million more for drug-testing in schools: Strongly Favors topic 19
$600M plan help 300,000 addicts via vouchers: Opposes topic 19
Stronger penalties for first time cocaine possession: Strongly Favors topic 19
Full background checks on drug use for all appointees: Favors topic 19
Supports tough drug laws as well as drug education programs.: Favors topic 19
Encourages abstinence from tobacco, drugs or alcohol. : Favors topic 19
More federal funding for all aspects of Drug War: Favors topic 19
Rated F by VOTE-HEMP, indicating an anti-hemp voting record: Strongly Favors topic 19
Strongly Opposes topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(+5 points on Economic scale)
2001 corporate tax cut to stimulate economy: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Spending cuts will reduce deficit to half by 2009: Opposes topic 20
Confront the larger challenge of entitlements spending: Opposes topic 20
Make the tax cuts permanent: Strongly Opposes topic 20
I would have increased the minimum wage: Strongly Favors topic 20
Congress must act to make tax cuts permanent: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Reduction in dividend taxes benefits 35 million people: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Restore consumer confidence with tax cuts & new oil supplies: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Be fair and eliminate death taxes for everyone: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Gore plan will lead to massive government and bureaucracy: Opposes topic 20
Blueprint: Cut rates, marriage penalty, & death tax: Strongly Opposes topic 20
1980 tax cuts, deregulation, and trade led to strong economy: Strongly Opposes topic 20
$46B in new spending on health, education, & defense: Strongly Favors topic 20
1997 no-tax pledge: judge results, despite breaking pledge: Favors topic 20
Simplify tax code to stimulate economic growth: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Simplify tax code to stimulate economic growth: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Commit funds to education and tax cuts: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Eliminate certain sales and property taxes: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Cut national debt by $2T in 10 years; leave $1.2T in debt: Opposes topic 20
Too much government spending will end prosperity: Opposes topic 20
Guarantees future surpluses with his tax plan: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Supports Balanced Budget Amendment: Opposes topic 20
TX first: religious charities delivering welfare services: Strongly Favors topic 20
2008: Convinced of need for gargantuan bailout fund: Strongly Favors topic 20
Sep. 2008 summit: bailout deal is needed quickly: Strongly Favors topic 20
Tax relief is working: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Bush 2003 economic plan accelerates 2001 tax cuts: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Tax relief allows saving & spending more of your own money: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Retroactive tax cuts may bolster faltering economy: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Tax plan, helping poor & rich, gives economy “second wind”: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Tax relief will spur growth and help pay national debt: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Tax cut for all is affordable and right thing to do: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Cut top tax rate to 33% while cutting lower income taxes too: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Reduce tax rates; return surplus to taxpayers: Strongly Opposes topic 20

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