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Gray Davis on Abortion
Click here for 3 full quotes on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • No restrictions on women’s right to choose, not on my watch. (Sep 2003)
  • Strengthen the reproductive rights of California women. (Sep 2003)
  • Abortion training for medical residents and pharmacists. (Sep 2003)
Gray Davis on Budget & Economy
Click here for 6 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • Signed toughest personal bank info privacy law in America. (Sep 2003)
  • Retail energy market was never deregulated. (Mar 2001)
  • Buy wholesale electricity; build plants; conserve now. (Feb 2001)
  • Electricity deregulation a colossal and dangerous failure. (Jan 2001)
  • Bankruptcy reform: limit Chapter 7; protect states' role. (Feb 2001)
  • Uphold commitments to states before other spending. (Sep 2001)
Gray Davis on Civil Rights
Click here for 8 full quotes on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • Register domestic partnerships and provide partner benefits. (Sep 2003)
  • Allow adoptions by gay parents. (Sep 2003)
  • Look for racial profiling data in traffic stops. (Sep 2003)
  • Expanded definition of hate crimes to include gays. (Sep 2003)
  • Enforced job & housing rights for disabled & minorities. (Sep 2003)
  • Supported legal benefits for gay & lesbian partnerships. (Sep 2003)
  • Support flag burning amendment; oppose gay marriage. (Feb 2000)
  • Support principles embodied in the Equal Rights Amendment. (Feb 2001)
Gray Davis on Corporations
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Gray Davis on Crime
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  • Life imprisonment or death penalty for hate crimes. (Sep 2003)
  • Supports capital punishment. (Feb 2000)
  • Supports flexible federal block grants for crime programs. (Sep 2001)
  • Zero tolerance for violence against government employees. (Aug 2001)
Gray Davis on Drugs
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  • $70M to combat methamphetamine. (Sep 2003)
  • More federal funding for all aspects of Drug War. (Aug 2000)
  • States should make drug policy, not feds. (Aug 2001)
Gray Davis on Education
Click here for 4 full quotes on Education OR background on Education.
  • CA schools are bad, but headed in the right direction. (Nov 2002)
  • Balanced education reform with teachers’ unions. (Feb 2000)
  • Supports EdFlex; more money for higher grades. (Feb 2000)
  • Improve and invest in public schools. (Aug 2001)
Gray Davis on Energy & Oil
Click here for 6 full quotes on Energy & Oil OR background on Energy & Oil.
  • Says his mishandling of energy crisis prompted recall. (Sep 2003)
  • Wants to get past recall to get to re-regulating energy. (Sep 2003)
  • Addressing energy demand as well as supply. (Mar 2001)
  • Voluntary partnerships reduce greenhouse gases economically. (Aug 2000)
  • Kyoto Treaty must include reductions by all countries. (Aug 2000)
  • Federal tax incentives for energy, with state decisions. (Aug 2001)
Gray Davis on Environment
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  • Phase out environmental gasoline additives. (Feb 2000)
  • More state autonomy on brownfields & Superfund cleanups. (Aug 2001)
  • Support State Revolving Loan Fund for flexible Clean Water. (Aug 2001)
  • Focus on prevention and states for Endangered Species. (Aug 2001)
  • Collaborative, incentive driven, locally-based solutions. (Aug 2001)
  • Apply "Good Samaritan" rules to abandoned mine cleanup. (Aug 2001)
  • State primacy over water quantity & quality issues. (Aug 2001)
Gray Davis on Families & Children
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  • Encourage fathers' participation in child-raising. (Sep 2001)
  • Federal funds & state involvement in fatherhood initiatives. (Aug 2001)
Gray Davis on Foreign Policy
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Gray Davis on Free Trade
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  • CA is world’s 5th largest economy; expand global marketplace. (Sep 2003)
  • Made trade deals with Europe, Armenia, China, & others. (Sep 2003)
Gray Davis on Government Reform
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  • Campaign contributions let regular people run for office. (Nov 2002)
  • Your vote is your voice-legislate open process. (Nov 2002)
  • Reforms must respect state's rights to select electors. (Aug 2001)
Gray Davis on Gun Control
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  • Ban assault weapons & Saturday Night Specials. (Sep 2003)
  • One-gun-per-month limit; plus required safety test. (Sep 2003)
Gray Davis on Health Care
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  • Expand HMO reform with tougher laws. (Sep 2003)
  • Keep medical decisions in hands of patients & their doctors. (Sep 2003)
  • Patient rights including suing HMOs. (Sep 2003)
  • No federal pre-emption of employee health plan regulation. (Oct 2001)
  • More federal funding for rural health services. (Aug 2001)
  • Protect state tobacco settlement funds from federal seizure. (Apr 1999)
Gray Davis on Homeland Security
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  • Deal with terrorism as a joint federal-state responsibility. (Feb 2001)
  • Include states in anti-terrorism planning. (Sep 2001)
  • Study terrorist threats against nuclear waste repositories. (Aug 2001)
Gray Davis on Immigration
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  • Diversity is our strength; welcome all good citizens. (Nov 2002)
  • Share costs of legal immigration between states & federal. (Feb 2001)
  • Federal government should deal with criminal repatriation. (Feb 2001)
Gray Davis on Jobs
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  • Create block grants for Agricultural Stewardship. (Aug 2001)
Gray Davis on Local Issues
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Gray Davis on Principles & Values
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  • If allowed to serve out term I will do things differently. (Sep 2003)
  • Message of recall: People are angry, but GOP is cheating. (Sep 2003)
  • Calls himself a centrist; calls himself a progressive too. (Sep 2003)
  • Recall election is a humbling experience. (Sep 2003)
  • Proud of record on education, healthcare, guns, environment. (Nov 2002)
  • Religious affiliation: Catholic. (Nov 2000)
  • Member of Democratic Governors Association. (Aug 2001)
  • Member of Democratic Leadership Council. (Nov 2000)
  • New Democrat: "Third Way" instead of left-right debate. (Nov 2000)
  • Member, National Governors Association/Economic Development. (Jan 2001)
  • Member of the Western Governors' Association. (Aug 2001)
Gray Davis on Social Security
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  • Maintain long-term solvency of Social Security and Medicare. (Aug 2001)
Gray Davis on Tax Reform
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  • No national sales tax or VAT. (Feb 2000)
  • Let states independently determine estate taxes. (May 2001)
Gray Davis on Technology
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Gray Davis on War & Peace
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Gray Davis on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Supports faith-based community organizations. (Sep 2003)
  • Promote the next generation of welfare reform. (Aug 2001)
  • Maintain federal Social Services Block Grant funding. (Sep 2001)
  • Maintain flexibility & funding levels for TANF block grants. (Sep 2001)


VoteMatch Responses
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Based on these stances:
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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's right
(+5 points on Social scale)
No restrictions on women’s right to choose, not on my watch: Strongly Favors topic 1
Strengthen the reproductive rights of California women: Strongly Favors topic 1
Abortion training for medical residents and pharmacists: Strongly Favors topic 1
Favors topic 2:
Require hiring more women & minorities
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Look for racial profiling data in traffic stops: Favors topic 2
Enforced job & housing rights for disabled & minorities: Favors topic 2
Support principles embodied in the Equal Rights Amendment: Favors topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Same-sex domestic partnership benefits
(+5 points on Social scale)
Register domestic partnerships and provide partner benefits: Strongly Favors topic 3
Allow adoptions by gay parents: Strongly Favors topic 3
Expanded definition of hate crimes to include gays: Strongly Favors topic 3
Supported legal benefits for gay & lesbian partnerships: Strongly Favors topic 3
Support flag burning amendment; oppose gay marriage: Opposes topic 3
No opinion on topic 4:
Teacher-led prayer in public schools
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Favors topic 8:
Death Penalty
(-5 points on Social scale)
Life imprisonment or death penalty for hate crimes: Strongly Favors topic 8
Supports capital punishment: Favors topic 8
No opinion on topic 9:
Mandatory Three Strikes sentencing laws
(0 points on Social scale)
Supports flexible federal block grants for crime programs: Neutral on topic 9
Zero tolerance for violence against government employees: Neutral on topic 9
Strongly Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Ban assault weapons & Saturday Night Specials: Strongly Opposes topic 10
One-gun-per-month limit; plus required safety test: Opposes topic 10
Favors topic 5:
More federal funding for health coverage
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Keep medical decisions in hands of patients & their doctors: Neutral on topic 5
Patient rights including suing HMOs: Favors topic 5
More federal funding for rural health services: Favors topic 5
Protect state tobacco settlement funds from federal seizure: Neutral on topic 5
No opinion on topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(0 points on Economic scale)
Maintain federal Social Services Block Grant funding: Favors topic 6
Maintain long-term solvency of Social Security and Medicare: Opposes topic 6
Opposes topic 7:
Parents choose schools via vouchers
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Balanced education reform with teachers’ unions: Opposes topic 7
Supports EdFlex; more money for higher grades: Opposes topic 7
Improve and invest in public schools: Opposes topic 7
Opposes topic 18:
Replace coal & oil with alternatives
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Retail energy market was never deregulated: Neutral on topic 18
Addressing energy demand as well as supply: Opposes topic 18
Phase out environmental gasoline additives: 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
Favors topic 19:
Drug use is immoral: enforce laws against it
(-3 points on Social scale)
$70M to combat methamphetamine: Strongly Favors 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
Favors topic 20:
Allow churches to provide welfare services
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Supports faith-based community organizations: Strongly Favors topic 20
Promote the next generation of welfare reform: Opposes topic 20
Maintain flexibility & funding levels for TANF block grants: Favors topic 20
No opinion on topic 11:
Make taxes more progressive
(0 points on Economic scale)
No national sales tax or VAT: Neutral on topic 11
Federal tax incentives for energy, with state decisions: Neutral on topic 11
Favors topic 12:
Illegal immigrants earn citizenship
(+2 points on Social scale)
Diversity is our strength; welcome all good citizens: 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)
CA is world’s 5th largest economy; expand global marketplace: Favors topic 13
Made trade deals with Europe, Armenia, China, & others: Strongly Favors topic 13
No opinion on topic 15:
Expand the armed forces
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
No opinion on topic 16:
Stricter limits on political campaign funds
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
No opinion on topic 14:
The Patriot Act harms civil liberties
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
No opinion on topic 17:
US out of Iraq & Afghanistan
(0 points on Social scale)
Include states in anti-terrorism planning: Neutral on topic 17

Gray Davis is a Centrist.
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