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Wisconsin 2012 Gubernatorial Debate series, May-June 2012

(click a picture above for excerpts or other books and debates by or about Tom_Barrett)
  
International Issues  Domestic Issues   Economic Issues  Social Issues 
Foreign Policy Gun Control Budget & Economy Education
Homeland Security Crime Government Reform   Civil Rights
War & Peace Drugs Tax Reform Abortion
Free Trade Health Care Social Security Families & Children
Immigration  Technology Corporations Welfare & Poverty
Energy & Oil  Environment Jobs Principles & Values
Tom Barrett on Abortion
Click here for 4 full quotes on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • Voted NO on banning Family Planning funding in US aid abroad. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on federal crime to harm fetus while committing other crimes. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on banning partial-birth abortions. (Apr 2000)
  • Voted NO on barring transporting minors to get an abortion. (Jun 1999)
Tom Barrett on Budget & Economy
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  • Put Madison on a diet: trim budget without raising taxes. (Jun 2012)
Tom Barrett on Civil Rights
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  • Voted NO on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted NO on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions. (May 1998)
  • Constitutional Amendment for equal rights by gender. (Mar 2001)
Tom Barrett on Corporations
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  • Voted NO on Bankruptcy Overhaul requiring partial debt repayment. (Mar 2001)
Tom Barrett on Crime
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  • My police department arrests felons instead of hiring them. (Jun 2002)
  • Voted YES on funding for alternative sentencing instead of more prisons. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on more prosecution and sentencing for juvenile crime. (Jun 1999)
  • Voted YES on maintaining right of habeas corpus in Death Penalty Appeals. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted NO on making federal death penalty appeals harder. (Feb 1995)
  • Voted YES on replacing death penalty with life imprisonment. (Apr 1994)
  • Moratorium on death penalty; more DNA testing. (Mar 2001)
  • More funding and stricter sentencing for hate crimes. (Apr 2001)
  • Require DNA testing for all federal executions. (Mar 2001)
Tom Barrett on Drugs
Click here for 2 full quotes on Drugs OR background on Drugs.
  • Voted NO on military border patrols to battle drugs & terrorism. (Sep 2001)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting needle exchange & medical marijuana in DC. (Oct 1999)
Tom Barrett on Education
Click here for 5 full quotes on Education OR background on Education.
  • Voted YES on requiring states to test students. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on allowing vouchers in DC schools. (Aug 1998)
  • Voted NO on vouchers for private & parochial schools. (Nov 1997)
  • Voted NO on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer. (Mar 1994)
  • Reduce class size to 18 children in grades 1 to 3. (Mar 2001)
Tom Barrett on Energy & Oil
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  • Voted YES on raising CAFE standards; incentives for alternative fuels. (Aug 2001)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting oil drilling & development in ANWR. (Aug 2001)
  • Voted YES on starting implementation of Kyoto Protocol. (Jun 2000)
  • Preserve Alaska's ANWR instead of drilling it. (Feb 2001)
Tom Barrett on Environment
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  • Reduce liability for hazardous waste cleanup. (May 2001)
Tom Barrett on Families & Children
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  • Voted YES on reducing Marriage Tax by $399B over 10 years. (Mar 2001)
  • Fund 2,500 Boys and Girls Clubs in underserved areas. (Dec 1997)
Tom Barrett on Foreign Policy
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  • Voted YES on keeping Cuba travel ban until political prisoners released. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted NO on withholding $244M in UN Back Payments until US seat restored. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on $156M to IMF for 3rd-world debt reduction. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China. (May 2000)
  • Voted YES on $15.2 billion for foreign operations. (Nov 1999)
  • Member of the Congressional Human Rights Caucus. (Jan 2001)
Tom Barrett on Free Trade
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  • Voted NO on withdrawing from the WTO. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on 'Fast Track' authority for trade agreements. (Sep 1998)
  • End economic protectionism: let dairy compacts expire . (Aug 2001)
Tom Barrett on Government Reform
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  • Voted NO on banning soft money donations to national political parties. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on banning soft money and issue ads. (Sep 1999)
Tom Barrett on Gun Control
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  • Voted NO on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1. (Jun 1999)
Tom Barrett on Health Care
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  • Voted NO on allowing suing HMOs, but under federal rules & limited award. (Aug 2001)
  • Voted NO on subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on banning physician-assisted suicide. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted NO on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts. (Oct 1999)
  • Collect data on birth defects and present to the public. (Apr 1998)
Tom Barrett on Homeland Security
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  • Voted NO on $266 billion Defense Appropriations bill. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted NO on deploying SDI. (Mar 1999)
  • End the use of anti-personnel mines. (Mar 2001)
Tom Barrett on Immigration
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  • Voted YES on extending Immigrant Residency rules. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on more immigrant visas for skilled workers. (Sep 1998)
Tom Barrett on Jobs
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  • Restore state's collective bargaining; I respect unions. (Jun 2012)
  • Voted NO on $167B over 10 years for farm price supports. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted NO on zero-funding OSHA's Ergonomics Rules instead of $4.5B. (Mar 2001)
Tom Barrett on Principles & Values
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  • Religious affiliation: Catholic. (Nov 2000)
Tom Barrett on Social Security
Click here for 3 full quotes on Social Security OR background on Social Security.
  • Voted YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
Tom Barrett on Tax Reform
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  • Voted NO on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted NO on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"). (Apr 2001)
  • Voted NO on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
Tom Barrett on Technology
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  • Build high-speed rail from Milwaukee to Madison. (Jun 2012)
  • Promote internet via Congressional Internet Caucus. (Jan 2001)
  • Criminal penalties for e-mail spamming. (Feb 2001)
Tom Barrett on War & Peace
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  • Voted NO on disallowing the invasion of Kosovo. (May 1999)
Tom Barrett on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Voted NO on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)


VoteMatch Responses
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VoteMatch Question & Answer
(Click on question for explanation and background)
Based on these stances:
(Click on topic for excerpt & citation)
Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's right
(+2 points on Social scale)
NO on barring transporting minors to get an abortion: Strongly Favors topic 1
YES on banning partial-birth abortions: Opposes topic 1
NO on banning Family Planning funding in US aid abroad: Favors topic 1
NO on federal crime to harm fetus while committing other crimes: Favors topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Require hiring more women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Constitutional Amendment for equal rights by gender: Strongly Favors topic 2
NO on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions: Favors topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Same-sex domestic partnership benefits
(+5 points on Social scale)
More funding and stricter sentencing for hate crimes: Strongly Favors topic 3
NO on banning gay adoptions in DC: Favors topic 3
Strongly Opposes topic 4:
Teacher-led prayer in public schools
(+5 points on Social scale)
NO on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer: Strongly Opposes topic 4
Strongly Opposes topic 8:
Death Penalty
(+5 points on Social scale)
Moratorium on death penalty; more DNA testing: Opposes topic 8
Require DNA testing for all federal executions: Opposes topic 8
YES on replacing death penalty with life imprisonment: Strongly Opposes topic 8
NO on making federal death penalty appeals harder: Strongly Opposes topic 8
YES on maintaining right of habeas corpus in Death Penalty Appeals: Opposes topic 8
Opposes topic 9:
Mandatory Three Strikes sentencing laws
(+2 points on Social scale)
My police department arrests felons instead of hiring them: Favors topic 9
NO on more prosecution and sentencing for juvenile crime: Opposes topic 9
YES on funding for alternative sentencing instead of more prisons.: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Strongly Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-5 points on Economic scale)
NO on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Favors topic 5:
More federal funding for health coverage
(-3 points on Economic scale)
NO on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts: Favors topic 5
NO on subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage: Favors topic 5
Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-3 points on Economic scale)
YES on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox: Opposes topic 6
NO on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits: Opposes topic 6
YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable: Favors topic 6
Strongly Opposes topic 7:
Parents choose schools via vouchers
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Reduce class size to 18 children in grades 1 to 3: Strongly Opposes topic 7
NO on vouchers for private & parochial schools: Strongly Opposes topic 7
NO on allowing vouchers in DC schools: Opposes topic 7
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Replace coal & oil with alternatives
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Reduce liability for hazardous waste cleanup: Opposes topic 18
Preserve Alaska's ANWR instead of drilling it: Favors topic 18
YES on starting implementation of Kyoto Protocol: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on raising CAFE standards; incentives for alternative fuels: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on prohibiting oil drilling & development in ANWR: Strongly Favors topic 18
Strongly Opposes topic 19:
Drug use is immoral: enforce laws against it
(+5 points on Social scale)
NO on prohibiting needle exchange & medical marijuana in DC: Strongly Opposes topic 19
NO on military border patrols to battle drugs & terrorism: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Opposes topic 20:
Allow churches to provide welfare services
(-3 points on Economic scale)
YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations: Favors topic 20
NO on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Favors topic 11:
Make taxes more progressive
(-3 points on Economic scale)
NO on eliminating the "marriage penalty": Favors topic 11
NO on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business: Favors topic 11
NO on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years: Favors topic 11
YES on reducing Marriage Tax by $399B over 10 years: Opposes topic 11
NO on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"): Favors topic 11
Neutral on topic 12:
Illegal immigrants earn citizenship
(0 points on Social scale)
NO on more immigrant visas for skilled workers: Opposes topic 12
YES on extending Immigrant Residency rules: Favors topic 12
Neutral on topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(0 points on Economic scale)
End economic protectionism: let dairy compacts expire : Strongly Favors topic 13
NO on 'Fast Track' authority for trade agreements: Strongly Opposes topic 13
NO on Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China: Strongly Opposes topic 13
NO on withdrawing from the WTO: Strongly Favors topic 13
Opposes topic 15:
Expand the armed forces
(+2 points on Social scale)
NO on $266 billion Defense Appropriations bill: Opposes topic 15
NO on deploying SDI: Opposes topic 15
Neutral on topic 16:
Stricter limits on political campaign funds
(0 points on Economic scale)
YES on banning soft money and issue ads: Favors topic 16
NO on banning soft money donations to national political parties: Opposes topic 16
Neutral on topic 14:
The Patriot Act harms civil liberties
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Neutral on topic 17:
US out of Iraq & Afghanistan
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)

Tom Barrett is a Hard-Core Liberal.
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