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Rand Paul
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Rick Perry
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Marco Rubio
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Rick Santorum
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Donald Trump
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Scott Walker
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Jeb Bush on Abortion
Click here for 13 full quotes on Abortion OR other candidates on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • No conservative litmus test for judicial appointments. (Nov 2015)
  • Abortion ok when LIFE of mother at risk, not just her HEALTH. (Nov 2015)
  • Defund Planned Parenthood, but not with federal shutdown. (Sep 2015)
  • I defunded Planned Parenthood in Florida; do same federally. (Sep 2015)
  • Husband of Terri Schiavo blames Bush for harassment. (Jan 2015)
  • Terri Schiavo case: ordered feeding tube reinserted. (Feb 2014)
  • OpEd: Jeb avoids extremism on women's issues. (Aug 2012)
  • Funded adoption counseling, but not abortion counseling. (Dec 2009)
  • Prevent use of public funds for stem cell research. (Dec 2009)
  • Created divisive "Choose Life" license plates. (Feb 2007)
  • Parental consent; clinic regulation; pro-life counseling. (Feb 2007)
  • Restrict abortions to incest, rape, & health. (Jul 1998)
  • No need to teach about abortion if we have moral absolutes. (Nov 1995)
Jeb Bush on Budget & Economy
Click here for 18 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR other candidates on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • Florida thrived under my leadership. (Feb 2016)
  • Dodd-Frank increased costs of community banking. (Nov 2015)
  • Don't accept new norm of 2% growth; strategize for 4%. (Nov 2015)
  • 2% growth hurts the middle class. (Nov 2015)
  • They called me "Veto Corleone" because I vetoed so much. (Aug 2015)
  • We've achieved 4% growth 27 times; I will make it 28. (Aug 2015)
  • 6-year recovery has been slower than other comebacks. (Feb 2015)
  • $787B economic plan: whole lot of spending & not stimulative. (Feb 2014)
  • Stimulus more related to liberal agenda than stimulus. (Feb 2014)
  • Bipartisan compromise to reduce the deficit significantly. (Dec 2012)
  • Mortgage bankers got us into this mess; they should solve it. (Oct 2011)
  • Florida budget grew by 27% during Bush's terms. (Dec 2009)
  • Bank bailouts were needed to avoid financial unraveling. (Aug 2009)
  • OpEd: 1990 S&L bailout included $4M to Jeb. (Feb 2007)
  • 1988: Lost $4M in taxpayer bailout of failed Savings & Loan. (Aug 1999)
  • Supports constitutional balanced budget amendment. (Nov 1998)
  • Bankruptcy reform: limit Chapter 7; protect states' role. (Feb 2001)
  • Uphold commitments to states before other spending. (Sep 2001)
Jeb Bush on Civil Rights
Click here for 19 full quotes on Civil Rights OR other candidates on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • Accommodate conscience on gay marriage at local level. (Sep 2015)
  • OpEd: "One Florida" scrapped affirmative action. (Apr 2015)
  • Let businesses express religious freedom against gays. (Mar 2015)
  • Respect civil unions & same-sex lifetime commitments. (Jan 2015)
  • 1994: LGBT protections are tantamount to elevating sodomy. (Jan 2015)
  • Don't-ask-don't-tell ok if it doesn't affect policy. (Dec 2014)
  • Traditional marriage best; but recognize gay couples. (Mar 2013)
  • Replaced affirmative action with "One Florida" initiative. (Jun 2012)
  • Insisted on more racial and gender diversity in trial judges. (Mar 2008)
  • Dismantled Florida's affirmative action program. (Feb 2007)
  • One Florida: equal minority contracts and admissions. (Feb 2007)
  • Don't create gays as another category of victims. (Feb 2007)
  • Removed Confederate battle flag from Florida Capitol. (Feb 2007)
  • 1981: Left Houston based on prejudice against Mexican wife. (Sep 2004)
  • Provide licensure exams in Spanish, for free. (Jun 2000)
  • Supports Affirmative Action; against quotas. (Jul 1998)
  • No hate-crimes status for gays; no gay marriage. (Jul 1998)
  • Gay rights & feminism are "modern victim movements". (Nov 1995)
  • Support principles embodied in the Equal Rights Amendment. (Feb 2001)
Jeb Bush on Corporations
Click here for 12 full quotes on Corporations OR other candidates on Corporations OR background on Corporations.
  • Hedge fund managers should pay taxes the same as others. (Feb 2016)
  • We need to lower rates for small business AND big business. (Oct 2015)
  • Free-market, pro-development, pro-growth philosophy. (Oct 2014)
  • Stop rewarding portfolio Americans over paycheck Americans. (Oct 2013)
  • Champion enterprise zones and business deregulation. (Mar 2013)
  • Auto bailout was government intervening; bank bailout was ok. (Jun 2012)
  • Touchdown Jacksonville: Bring pro football to Florida. (Feb 2007)
  • $310M in stimulus money to start Scripps biotech facility. (Feb 2007)
  • Cutting taxes on job creators benefits everyone. (Feb 2007)
  • OpEd: Profited on Enron while FL lost $300M. (Jan 2007)
  • Repeal the mandatory helmet law for motorcyclists. (Jun 2000)
  • Fight corporate welfare: snouts out of public trough. (Nov 1995)
Jeb Bush on Crime
Click here for 21 full quotes on Crime OR other candidates on Crime OR background on Crime.
  • Conflicted about death penalty; needs reform. (Nov 2015)
  • 1994: build more prisons; serve longer sentences. (Jan 2015)
  • 1990s: punishment over therapy; 2010s: that hardens people. (Jan 2015)
  • Symbol of crime needs a human face on it. (Dec 2009)
  • Passed Habitual Offender Accountability Act. (Dec 2009)
  • We are not safe; not in our homes, not anywhere. (Feb 2007)
  • 1994 TV ad: My opponent won't push electric chair. (Feb 2007)
  • Called special legislative session for death penalty law. (Feb 2007)
  • Building private prisons would save 15%-20% of state costs. (Feb 2007)
  • Make sure criminals serve at least 85% of their jail time. (Oct 2006)
  • I'm a hang-'em-by-the-neck conservative. (Sep 2004)
  • Adopted Three-Strike Violent Felony Offender Act. (Nov 2001)
  • 10-20-Life: Increase mandatory minimum sentences. (Nov 2001)
  • Fewer death-row appeals; faster executions. (Jan 2000)
  • Longer prison terms for gun-toting criminals. (Jan 2000)
  • Build more prisons; private contracts OK. (Jul 1998)
  • Alternative sentencing & rehabiliation acceptable. (Jul 1998)
  • Supports death penalty. (Jul 1998)
  • Stricter penalties for drug, sex, & gun offenses. (Jul 1998)
  • Heinous crimes no longer news: exposure lowers norms. (Nov 1995)
  • Supports flexible federal block grants for crime programs. (Sep 2001)
Jeb Bush on Drugs
Click here for 12 full quotes on Drugs OR other candidates on Drugs OR background on Drugs.
  • Opposed medical marijuana on Florida ballot question. (Sep 2015)
  • Smoked pot & drank alcohol in late 1960s high school. (Feb 2015)
  • My high school drug use was "stupid" and "wrong". (Feb 2015)
  • No medical marijuana; it's just a guise toward legalization. (Aug 2014)
  • Illegal drugs moving over US-Mexico border has intensified. (Mar 2013)
  • Deploy military on both sides of the US-Mexican border. (Mar 2013)
  • Funding to reduce teen substance abuse and tobacco use. (Mar 2004)
  • Create a prescription drug tracking system to prevent abuse. (Mar 2004)
  • Opposed treatment instead of jail for nonviolent drug users. (Sep 2002)
  • Mandatory prison sentences for drug offenses. (Nov 2001)
  • Reduce drug use by 50% by prevention & enforcement. (Jul 1999)
  • More federal funding for all aspects of Drug War. (Aug 2000)
Jeb Bush on Education
Click here for 49 full quotes on Education OR other candidates on Education OR background on Education.
  • Feds should not be involved with creation of content. (Aug 2015)
  • Allow opt-out of Common Core if states define standards. (Aug 2015)
  • Stop school districts that value money over learning. (Jun 2015)
  • Parental choice in preschool, both public and private. (Jun 2015)
  • Class-size reduction does not improve student achievement. (Jun 2015)
  • Minority achievement gap intolerable morally & economically. (Jun 2015)
  • Federal government should create choices, not standards. (Mar 2015)
  • Common Core is not a federal takeover. (Feb 2015)
  • I won't run from Common Core, even if GOP does. (Apr 2014)
  • 13,000 politicized unionized monopolies isn't the best model. (Apr 2014)
  • Common Core is the right thing to do for our country. (Apr 2014)
  • Advocate for Common Core education standards. (Mar 2014)
  • No Child Left Behind got states to start reforms. (Oct 2013)
  • Common core lets 1,000 different curriculum flowers bloom. (Oct 2013)
  • We test too much; focus on accountability instead. (Oct 2013)
  • More STEM grads, to maintain global technology leadership. (Mar 2013)
  • Civics & government for high school graduation. (Mar 2013)
  • Full immersion for English learners. (Mar 2013)
  • Education savings accounts: Fund students instead of schools. (Mar 2013)
  • Restore schools via standards for teachers instead of tenure. (Nov 2012)
  • Let's give every parent in America a choice about schools. (Aug 2012)
  • School choice is about unions versus kids. (Aug 2012)
  • Don't restrict creationism discussion, but don't require it. (Feb 2007)
  • School prayer OK if prayers are voluntary and student-led. (Mar 1999)
  • Grade inflation breeds culture of falsely perceived success. (Nov 1995)

    Florida Education

  • I created the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd voucher program in America. (Aug 2015)
  • 1994: cut Department of Education from 2,000 to 50 staff. (Jan 2015)
  • Ed reform: reading scores improved; parents got more choices. (Feb 2014)
  • 800,000 FL parents selected schools, not district zoning. (Mar 2013)
  • Teacher bonuses for students passing AP courses. (Mar 2013)
  • Florida Formula: schools graded A-to-F; extra funding for A. (Nov 2012)
  • Pushed 1st statewide voucher program & school testing. (Jun 2012)
  • Guarantee college admission for top 20% of high school grads. (Dec 2009)
  • Catholic Conference sought more voucher accountability. (Dec 2009)
  • 60% of FCAT-passed schools failed to meet NCLB standards. (Dec 2009)
  • OpEd: Stacked Board of Regents with Republican donors. (Feb 2007)
  • Repeal class size limit state constitutional amendment. (Feb 2007)
  • Co-founded a charter school in poor Miami neighborhood. (Feb 2007)
  • Make school plan more punitive and more vouchers. (Feb 2007)
  • 1997: Smaller schools are better schools, but also cost more. (Feb 2007)
  • Voluntary universal Pre-K: fund 9,600 pre-school teachers. (Mar 2004)
  • A+ Plan: Make "F" schools disappear; make more "A" schools. (Jan 2002)
  • Push for gains among minority and disadvantaged students. (Jan 2002)
  • Social promotion doesn't do our kids any favors. (Jan 2002)
  • Restrict grade inflation by imposing minimum standards. (Jun 2000)
  • Instituted school voucher plan. (Jan 2000)
  • More funding for schools; merit pay for teachers. (Jul 1998)
  • Focus on abstinence; end social promotion. (Jul 1998)
  • Supports charter schools & vouchers. (Jul 1998)
Jeb Bush on Energy & Oil
Click here for 18 full quotes on Energy & Oil OR other candidates on Energy & Oil OR background on Energy & Oil.
  • Economic growth pays for environmental clean-up. (Nov 2015)
  • Create a North American energy strategy. (Sep 2015)
  • Why is State Department in permit business for XL pipeline? (Aug 2015)
  • Embrace the energy revolution and build the XL pipeline. (Aug 2015)
  • On global warming: I'm a skeptic; I'm not a scientist. (Jul 2014)
  • Replace crony capitalism with free-market strategy. (Oct 2013)
  • A "patriotic energy policy" will yield far more revenue. (Mar 2013)
  • I'm a skeptic about global warming. (Aug 2009)
  • We're vulnerable because we don't control our energy sources. (Aug 2009)
  • During hurricanes, prosecutes gas stations for price gouging. (Feb 2007)
  • 2005: 125-mile no-drill zone; then 75 miles ok for drilling. (Feb 2007)
  • Eliminate automobile emissions testing. (Jun 2000)
  • Voluntary partnerships reduce greenhouse gases economically. (Aug 2000)
  • Kyoto Treaty must include reductions by all countries. (Aug 2000)
  • More funding to develop domestic energy supplies. (Sep 2001)
  • Use federal funds for nuclear cleanup, with state input. (Sep 2001)
  • Share offshore oil development revenue with states. (Sep 2001)
  • Set goal of 25% renewable energy by 2025. (Jan 2007)
Jeb Bush on Environment
Click here for 18 full quotes on Environment OR other candidates on Environment OR background on Environment.
  • Eminent domain should not be used for private purposes. (Feb 2016)
  • Repeal EPA restrictions on clean water and clean power. (Nov 2015)
  • Let the market decide on RFS' ethanol in gasoline. (Mar 2015)
  • 1990s: Compensate landowners; 2010s: state-run conservation. (Jan 2015)
  • Florida Forever: $1B for environmental land purchases. (Dec 2009)
  • Everglades are "crown jewel" of Florida environmental legacy. (Dec 2009)
  • Acceler8: $1.5B plan for Everglades restoration. (Dec 2009)
  • Declined results of state survey to limit urban sprawl. (Dec 2009)
  • 2004: Universal praise for handling spate of hurricanes. (Feb 2007)
  • 1,920-acre development on edge of Everglades. (Feb 2007)
  • New marine sanctuary to protect the Florida Keys. (Mar 2004)
  • Drilling in Gulf of Mexico hurts Florida tourism industry. (Jan 2001)
  • Restrict Eminent Domain; most severe of all govt powers. (Jun 2000)
  • Let industries “self-audit”; compensate for “takings”. (Jul 1998)
  • More state autonomy on brownfields & Superfund cleanups. (Aug 2001)
  • Support State Revolving Loan Fund for flexible Clean Water. (Aug 2001)
  • Supports national drought policy, focusing on readiness. (Sep 2001)
  • Maintain water flow in Mississippi & Missouri Rivers. (Feb 2001)
Jeb Bush on Families & Children
Click here for 10 full quotes on Families & Children OR other candidates on Families & Children OR background on Families & Children.
  • Shame fathers who walk away from paternal obligations. (Jun 2015)
  • Conservatives and Hispanics share family values. (Mar 2013)
  • Supper with kids keeps them away from drugs & booze. (Feb 2007)
  • Privatized foster care via for-profit companies. (Feb 2007)
  • No Place Like Home initiative: find families for DCF kids. (Mar 2004)
  • Increase KidCare; increase developmentally disabled services. (Jan 2002)
  • No mandated child safety seats. (Jun 2001)
  • Parental consent over government intrusions into families. (May 2001)
  • Encourage fathers' participation in child-raising. (Sep 2001)
  • Federal funds & state involvement in fatherhood initiatives. (Aug 2001)
Jeb Bush on Foreign Policy
Click here for 38 full quotes on Foreign Policy OR other candidates on Foreign Policy OR background on Foreign Policy.
  • Russia's Putin is not an ally of the US & everyone knows it. (Feb 2016)
  • The world has been torn asunder under Obama's leadership. (Jan 2016)
  • Big difference between world's policeman and world's leader. (Nov 2015)
  • Obama/Clinton/Kerry foreign policy caused global instability. (Sep 2015)
  • Putin is a bully; expand US troops in countries near Russia. (Jun 2015)
  • US should shape events and build alliances of free people. (Feb 2015)
  • Where do the three Bushes disagree on foreign affairs? (Jan 2015)
  • We are leader among equals in community of nations. (Dec 2014)
  • Words matter: presidents should mean it when they say it. (Dec 2014)
  • Nourish our existing alliances: that means NATO & Israel. (Oct 2014)
  • Passivity hasn't worked on Russia and Ukraine. (May 2014)
  • Leading from behind is so odd to me. (Apr 2014)
  • Neo-isolationism and American passivity both have dangers. (Mar 2014)
  • South Korea success: 1952 devastation to 2014 first-world. (Jun 2013)
  • Supports economic cooperation between US and China. (Jan 2012)
  • 1988: Joined relief effort for Armenian earthquake. (Oct 2006)
  • Supports increasing aid to Nigeria and developing countries. (Sep 2004)

    Latin America

  • Statehood for Puerto Rico, via self-determination. (Jan 2016)
  • Pressured father's V.P. staff to help Cuban prisoners. (Feb 2015)
  • Built schoolhouse in Mexico on a high school project. (Feb 2015)
  • Strengthen the Cuban embargo instead of lifting it. (Dec 2014)
  • 2010: Ineptitude will bring down Chavez regime in Venezuela. (Apr 2014)
  • Honorary Cuban to exile community in Miami. (Feb 2007)
  • Two years in Venezuela; majored in Latin American studies. (Feb 2007)
  • 1990: Defended anti-Castro terrorist as patriot in exile. (Sep 2004)

    Mideast

  • We need Kurds & other Muslim allies, to help take out ISIS. (Jan 2016)
  • Move our embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. (Jan 2016)
  • Russia won't be an ally in Syria but maintain communication. (Nov 2015)
  • Duty to protect religious minorities & Christian refugees. (Nov 2015)
  • America needs to lead in fight against Assad and ISIS. (Nov 2015)
  • Syrian refugee camps in Jordan are really quite nice. (Nov 2015)
  • Islamic terrorism has co-opted Islamic religion. (Nov 2015)
  • Syria & Iraq talk to Russia due to lack of U.S. leadership. (Nov 2015)
  • Give Israel sophisticated weapons to send message to Iran. (Sep 2015)
  • Cancel any nuclear deal Obama makes with Iran. (Jun 2015)
  • Peace deal with Iran threatens America & menaces Israel. (Mar 2015)
  • Support Israel in its battle against terrorism. (Apr 2004)
  • Role in the world: military strength and moral clarity. (Jun 1997)
Jeb Bush on Free Trade
Click here for 5 full quotes on Free Trade OR other candidates on Free Trade OR background on Free Trade.
  • Four visits to Taiwan to increase trade exchange. (Jun 2004)
  • Strengthen Cuban embargo; talking undermines US credibility. (Dec 2014)
  • Advocated Miami as HQ for Free Trade Area of the Americas. (Nov 2003)
  • Enforce trade law against subsidized Canadian lumber imports. (Sep 2001)
  • Bound under state commitment to CAFTA. (Aug 2005)
Jeb Bush on Government Reform
Click here for 26 full quotes on Government Reform OR other candidates on Government Reform OR background on Government Reform.
  • I'm an Article II guy: Presidency over Supreme Court. (Feb 2016)
  • A powerful D.C. hurts economic growth. (Nov 2015)
  • The left's idea is always to create more government. (Oct 2015)
  • Fight for Supreme Court nominees who uphold our Constitution. (Sep 2015)
  • Vetoed more than $2.3 billion in earmarks. (Jan 2015)
  • No conspiracy of hackers manipulating electronic voting. (Feb 2014)
  • 2005: Disallowed early voting in schools or churches. (Feb 2014)
  • Legislative term limits strengthened Bush's executive power. (Dec 2009)
  • OpEd: Foundation for Florida's Future hides campaign donors. (Dec 2009)
  • Refused to fund state agency requests for specific services. (Dec 2009)
  • Mature society can empty government buildings of workers. (Dec 2009)
  • Judges should respect primacy of Legislature & Executive. (Dec 2009)
  • Asked judicial candidates: Are you a God-fearing churchgoer? (Dec 2009)
  • 2004: Purged felons list from eligible voters. (Dec 2009)
  • 2005: Achieved goal of restraining growth in spending. (Dec 2009)
  • Longer time and more fees to see public records. (Feb 2007)
  • Scrubbed voter registration rolls to eliminate felons. (Feb 2007)
  • Government is an obsolete dinosaur. (Feb 2007)
  • Challenge relying on government for satisfaction. (Nov 2006)
  • Even private citizens have a public service role. (Nov 2006)
  • Keep legislation small and focused: no mammoth “train” bills. (Jun 2001)
  • Reform Civil Service: “Service First”. (Mar 2001)
  • Privatize & outsource govt; fee holidays for contractors. (Jun 2000)
  • No campaign spending limits; no public financing. (Nov 1998)
  • Proper role: public order & general welfare. (Nov 1995)
  • Reforms must respect state's rights to select electors. (Aug 2001)
Jeb Bush on Gun Control
Click here for 8 full quotes on Gun Control OR other candidates on Gun Control OR background on Gun Control.
  • Issue isn't law-abiding owners, but violence & mental health. (Jan 2016)
  • 99.999% of people should be able to keep their guns. (Sep 2015)
  • Reduce gun violence and protect 2nd Amendment. (Jun 2015)
  • Signed first-in-the-nation Stand-Your-Ground law. (Jun 2015)
  • Stand-your-ground bill: Deadly force OK when threatened. (Dec 2009)
  • Violent gun crime rate is down by more than 25%. (Jan 2002)
  • Use a Gun and You’re Done. (Nov 2001)
  • Concealed carry OK; supports instant background check. (Jul 1998)
Jeb Bush on Health Care
Click here for 20 full quotes on Health Care OR other candidates on Health Care OR background on Health Care.
  • Keep HSAs to encourage savings, as Medicare reform. (Oct 2015)
  • Fund good care providers for women, not Planned Parenthood. (Sep 2015)
  • You should vaccinate your children; over and out. (Feb 2015)
  • Clear & concise response stops unneeded fears about Ebola. (Oct 2014)
  • Handle Ebola like I handled anthrax in 2001. (Oct 2014)
  • ObamaCare is flawed to its core, and doesn't work. (May 2014)
  • ObamaCare is flawed to its core. (Nov 2013)
  • Let ObamaCare fail due to its own dysfunction. (Oct 2013)
  • Move Medicaid from "defined benefit" to defined contribution. (Dec 2009)
  • Provide risk-adjusted premiums (insurance vouchers). (Dec 2009)
  • Slashed every request for adult mental health. (Dec 2009)
  • OpEd: Medicaid reforms won't cover chronic conditions. (Dec 2009)
  • ObamaCare is focused on access; should be focused on quality. (Aug 2009)
  • Terri Schiavo: Did all possible to keep her hooked up. (Feb 2007)
  • Compromised on limiting medical malpractice awards. (Feb 2007)
  • KidCare and Medikids: expand to 1.6M kids and then even more. (Mar 2004)
  • Leave research funding to feds, not state. (Jun 2001)
  • No physician-assisted suicide. (Nov 1998)
  • No federal pre-emption of employee health plan regulation. (Oct 2001)
  • Protect state tobacco settlement funds from federal seizure. (Apr 1999)
Jeb Bush on Homeland Security
Click here for 27 full quotes on Homeland Security OR other candidates on Homeland Security OR background on Homeland Security.
  • Reverse the sequester and rebuild the military. (Feb 2016)
  • Closing Guantanamo is a complete disaster; it keeps us safe. (Feb 2016)
  • Our force level is so low that we can't even project force. (Jan 2016)
  • We're still flying B-52's; they're now older than the pilots. (Jan 2016)
  • The Kurds are our best ally; and they're Muslim; arm them!. (Dec 2015)
  • Syrian refugees already in US can stay. (Nov 2015)
  • Let military experts determine troop count. (Nov 2015)
  • We don't need a divider-in-chief: rebuild the V.A. (Nov 2015)
  • My brother kept us safe after 9/11. (Sep 2015)
  • Stop the craziness of the sequester & rebuild the military. (Sep 2015)
  • FactCheck: No, Benghazi wasn't 1st deadly assault since 1979. (Jul 2015)
  • Deal with bullies like Putin with strength, not nuance. (Jun 2015)
  • We need strategy against ISIS: advisory but not military. (Jun 2015)
  • Weakness invites war: our military should equal any threat. (Feb 2015)
  • Issues where Rand Paul disagrees with Jeb Bush. (Jan 2015)
  • OpEd: a multilateralist more than a neoconservative. (Dec 2014)
  • OpEd: Distancing himself from brother & neocons. (May 2014)
  • Conflicting accounts of Benghazi emboldens terrorists. (Oct 2012)
  • Benghazi attacks had warnings which were ignored. (Oct 2012)
  • 1985: Contra freedom fighters' cause is noble and just. (Feb 2007)
  • Save Florida's 21 military bases from closure or downsizing. (Feb 2005)
  • Make Florida the most military-friendly state in the nation. (Mar 2004)
  • Threat from 9/11 is unprecedented for our generation. (Jan 2002)
  • $17M for new programs for terrorism response. (Jan 2002)
  • Deal with terrorism as a joint federal-state responsibility. (Feb 2001)
  • Include states in anti-terrorism planning. (Sep 2001)
  • Increase defense spending to meet global responsibilities. (Jun 1997)
Jeb Bush on Immigration
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  • Are we going to ban Muslims from India & Indonesia? (Jan 2016)
  • When students ask questions in Spanish, I answer in Spanish. (Sep 2015)
  • My wife is Mexican and she wants a wall on Mexican border. (Sep 2015)
  • OpEd: Vigorously booed as moderate, by deep conservatives. (Aug 2015)
  • Eliminate sanctuary cities, plus more enforcement. (Aug 2015)
  • Immigrants are an engine of economic vitality. (Jan 2015)
  • OpEd: Disagrees with Tea Party on immigration and education. (Dec 2014)
  • OpEd: Rational sympathy rather than economic logic. (Apr 2014)
  • Immigration is 'not a felony' but 'an act of love'. (Apr 2014)
  • Immigrants are committed to family, even if illegally here. (Apr 2014)
  • FactCheck: Yes, immigrants are more fertile. (Jun 2013)
  • People come illegally because there's no legal path to come. (Mar 2013)
  • Limit family reunification: no siblings nor parents. (Mar 2013)
  • Treat illegals with compassion but also rule of law. (Mar 2013)
  • To become citizen, pass exam in English and civic history. (Mar 2013)
  • Illegals can't "wait in line"; there is no line to wait in. (Mar 2013)
  • Objections to more multiracial America are misplaced. (Mar 2013)
  • GOP wooed Hispanics in 2004; but alienated them by 2012. (Jun 2012)
  • 1980s: Voter registration for 88,000 naturalized Hispanics. (Feb 2007)
  • Speaks Spanish; husband and father of Hispanics. (Feb 2007)

    Comprehensive Reform

  • Show compassion to illegals with a path to legal status. (Feb 2016)
  • We need practical plan; not possible to deport 11M illegals. (Nov 2015)
  • Prove border is secure, while doing comprehensive reform. (Sep 2015)
  • Earned legal status, not amnesty. (Aug 2015)
  • There is no plan to deport 11 million people. (Feb 2015)
  • 2009: favored deportation; 2012: favored path to citizenship. (Feb 2015)
  • Supports DREAM Act, but not via executive action. (Feb 2015)
  • Illegal immigration is act of love: different kind of crime. (Apr 2014)
  • Advocate for residency for illegal immigrants. (Mar 2014)
  • My plan is legalization, not self-deportation. (Mar 2013)
  • Path to citizenship or path to legalization: both could work. (Mar 2013)
  • Reform must make it easier to come legally than illegally. (Mar 2013)
  • 6-part proposal for comprehensive immigration reform. (Mar 2013)
  • There is no realistic pathway to citizenship for most people. (Mar 2013)
  • Path to legal resident status: pay fines & no criminals. (Mar 2013)
  • Secure border as component of reform, not as prerequisite. (Mar 2013)
  • Education reform more critical than immigration reform. (Jan 2011)
  • Pray for Comprehensive Immigration Reform, not AZ law. (Apr 2010)
  • Share costs of legal immigration between states & federal. (Feb 2001)
  • Federal government should deal with criminal repatriation. (Feb 2001)
  • Import farm workers from Mexico. (Sep 2001)
Jeb Bush on Jobs
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  • State minimum wages ok, but not at federal level. (Jun 2015)
  • Employ American Workers Act led to lost ideas & lost jobs. (Mar 2013)
  • Job growth during Bush terms, but very low wage jobs. (Dec 2009)
  • Gambling is emblematic of "something for nothing" culture. (Feb 2007)
  • Operation Paycheck: stimulus for 33,000 construction jobs. (Jan 2002)
  • More R&D & tax incentives for small farmers. (Sep 2001)
  • Repeal the federal unemployment "temporary surtax". (Feb 2001)
Jeb Bush on Principles & Values
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  • Other candidates' religion is none of my business. (Feb 2016)
  • We need someone with a servant's heart and also a backbone. (Feb 2016)
  • Benghazi: Hillary would go between White House & courthouse. (Jan 2016)
  • Negotiate with Dems to get things done. (Nov 2015)
  • Troubled that we reward people for tearing down our country. (Oct 2015)
  • I'll change Washington culture like I changed Tallahassee's. (Oct 2015)
  • I admire my father & brother, but I am my own man. (Feb 2015)
  • Issues where Jeb agrees with Hillary Clinton. (Dec 2014)
  • Voracious reader and self-described nerd. (May 2014)
  • GOP isn't about orthodoxy & disallowing disagreement. (Apr 2014)
  • GOP must stop being the party of 'anti' everything. (Mar 2013)
  • We need to be the party of inclusion and acceptance. (Mar 2013)
  • Obama divided into "them vs. us"; GOP needs alternatives. (Mar 2013)
  • Reach out to Hispanics based on tone, policy, and religion. (Mar 2013)
  • America is different because identity derives from ideals. (Mar 2013)
  • Romney lost because of changing demographics. (Mar 2013)
  • Bush family name is a detriment that limits career choices. (Dec 2009)
  • OpEd: Wealthy have high morals, until proven otherwise. (Feb 2007)
  • OpEd: Balanced mix of campaigning and governing. (Feb 2007)
  • Company handbook focused on doing what you are told. (Feb 2007)
  • 9/11/2001: after emergency meeting, went to church to pray. (Feb 2007)
  • OpEd on 2016 Hillary: Which family dynasty do you want? (Feb 2007)
  • 2000: Duty to conduct recount in proper manner. (Oct 2006)
  • Bill Clinton is using my dad, to benefit his own character. (Oct 2006)
  • Poll: Jeb would lose to Hillary because of “Bush fatigue”. (May 2006)
  • Pres. Bush plugs Jeb for President; Jeb declines comment. (May 2006)
  • Focus on virtue & character, not values. (Nov 1995)
  • Pass moral judgment & teach virtue to our children. (Nov 1995)

    Florida Politics

  • 1986: Appointed state secretary of commerce. (Feb 2014)
  • Returned home to deal with 2000 post-election crisis. (Nov 2010)
  • 1994 and 1998 campaign theme: Think outside the box. (Feb 2007)
  • OpEd: Delivered FL in 2004, by robbing blacks of their votes. (Jan 2007)
  • Floridians bravely face the rigors of our paradise. (Nov 2006)
  • 1994: Anti-abortion; anti-crime; anti-government; anti-taxes. (Aug 1999)
  • Priorities: public education & public safety. (Jul 1998)

    Personal Background

  • Named after Uncle Johnny Bush and Uncle Sandy Ellis. (Oct 2006)
  • Married at age 21 to Columba, age 19. (Oct 2006)
  • 1967: Repeated the 9th grade at Andover Prep School. (Sep 2004)
  • Married high school sweetheart, exchange student from Mexico. (Sep 2004)
  • Religious affiliation: Catholic. (Nov 2000)
  • Member, National Governors Association/Economic Development. (Jan 2001)
  • Member of Republican Governors Association. (Aug 2001)
  • Member of Southern Governors' Association. (Sep 2001)
Jeb Bush on Social Security
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  • Means-testing: wealthiest shouldn't receive same benefits. (Oct 2015)
  • Allow diverting over 10% to private savings accounts. (Oct 2015)
  • Next president should try again for privatization. (Jun 2015)
  • Push back the retirement age to 68 or 70. (May 2015)
  • Wrong to scare seniors about not protecting Social Security. (Oct 2010)
  • Privatization became administration's fundamental philosophy. (Dec 2009)
  • Social service benefits via private & faith-based companies. (Dec 2009)
  • 1994 opponent falsely accused Jeb of cutting Social Security. (Oct 2006)
  • Maintain long-term solvency of Social Security and Medicare. (Aug 2001)
Jeb Bush on Tax Reform
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  • Obama term resulted in $2,300 less in middle class pockets. (Oct 2015)
  • Reduce corporate tax rate to stimulate growth. (Sep 2015)
  • Tax plan disproportionately benefits middle class, not rich. (Sep 2015)
  • Cutting taxes decreases the deficit dynamically. (Sep 2015)
  • I am a real conservative. (Sep 2015)
  • 1994: Require voter approval of any new taxes. (Jan 2015)
  • No pledge on taxes; trade-offs on taxes means leadership. (Mar 2014)
  • Compromise on taxes ok, as part of a spending cut package. (Mar 2013)
  • Remove Intangibles Tax on stocks, bonds & dividends. (Dec 2009)
  • 1987: supported sales service tax; 1998: opposed it. (Feb 2007)
  • Cutting "intangibles tax" helps "seniors and savers". (Feb 2007)
  • Supports estate tax repeal, but not at states’ expense. (Jun 2001)
  • Don’t broaden county & city taxing authority. (Jun 2001)
  • Voter approval of tax increases; cut taxes by $1B. (Jan 2000)
  • No national sales tax or VAT. (Feb 2000)
  • Let states independently determine estate taxes. (May 2001)
Jeb Bush on Technology
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  • Regulate Fantasy Football as gambling, but not federally. (Oct 2015)
  • Redesign education around tech, including Virtual Schools. (Jun 2015)
  • BlackBerry pictured in official gubernatorial portrait. (Feb 2015)
  • US tech revolution needs more foreign-born scientists. (Mar 2013)
  • Biometrics for tourist visas; but make it easy as possible. (Mar 2013)
  • WikiLeaks is abhorrent but showed seriousness of Iran threat. (Nov 2010)
  • Increased transportation budget by 96% over 8 years. (Dec 2009)
  • Enraged by citizen initiative mandating high speed rail. (Feb 2007)
  • 1998 transition team records not subject to open records law. (Feb 2007)
  • OpEd: Promised open administration; but delayed all releases. (Feb 2007)
  • $24M for X-ray truck inspection & bioterrorism labs. (Jan 2002)
  • $100M for Florida Technology Development Initiative. (Jan 2002)
  • Practice tech in context of virtue; not isolated pleasure. (Nov 1995)
  • Level playing field for Main Street vs. Internet sales tax. (Aug 2001)
  • Permanent R&D tax incentive & more R&D funding. (Sep 2001)
Jeb Bush on War & Peace
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  • OpEd: Not distancing himself from brother's Afghan policy. (Mar 2013)
  • God grants liberty only to ready to defend it. (Mar 2004)

    Mideast

  • Policy of containment against ISIS just doesn't work. (Feb 2016)
  • No-fly zone in Syria; arm Kurds; establish Sunni coalition. (Nov 2015)
  • Send troops to Syria to then remain to maintain stability. (Nov 2015)
  • Declare a war in Syria, take out ISIS and Assad. (Nov 2015)
  • Best way to defeat terrorist ideology is to destroy ISIS. (Nov 2015)
  • NATO should consider declaring war on ISIS. (Nov 2015)
  • War is the only option in Syria, to take out Caliphate. (Nov 2015)
  • We should have a no fly zone in Syria. (Nov 2015)
  • When we pulled back in Iraq, ISIS filled the void. (Sep 2015)
  • To honor those who died in Iraq, take out ISIS & stop Iran. (Aug 2015)
  • Iraq invasion was a mistake; but now we can't abandon them. (Aug 2015)
  • Add a new U.S. base in Iraq's Anbar province. (Jun 2015)
  • On Palestine: Israel won't sacrifice when she is threatened. (Mar 2015)
  • Non-state terrorists are greatest threat we now face. (Feb 2015)
  • OpEd: Supports 2003 Iraq invasion even with current evidence. (Feb 2015)
  • ISIS's rise is because world has no clue where US will be. (Oct 2014)
  • Over time, people will respect our resolve in Iraq. (Mar 2013)
  • Encourage regime change in Iran; keep military option open. (Nov 2010)
  • 1998: Declined to call for invading Iraq to depose Saddam. (Feb 2007)
  • Easy to criticize Iraq war after the fact. (Apr 2006)

    Vietnam

  • 1971: Registered for draft but never got drafted. (Feb 2015)
  • 1971: Ambivalent about Vietnam, but would have served. (Feb 2015)
  • Opposed Vietnam War; considered Conscientious Objection. (Feb 2007)
  • Disliked Andover because of Vietnam-era campus turmoil. (Feb 2007)
  • 1971: Troubled by LBJ's Vietnam, but registered to serve. (Feb 2007)
  • 1972: considered conscientious objector status. (Sep 2004)
  • Extend international order friendly to our security. (Jun 1997)
Jeb Bush on Welfare & Poverty
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  • 6 million more people in poverty during Obama's term. (Oct 2015)
  • Poverty programs are ineffective, despite trillions spent. (Sep 2015)
  • 4% growth strategy to lift people out of poverty. (Sep 2015)
  • Vision for a right-to-rise society. (Feb 2015)
  • 1994 Phoenix Project: end welfare culture. (Jan 2015)
  • If you're born poor, the odds are stacked against you. (Mar 2013)
  • Proposed refusing federal money for welfare. (Dec 2009)
  • Created Governor's Faith-Based Advisory Board. (Dec 2009)
  • 1994: Get tough on recipients of public assistance. (Feb 2007)
  • More government money to religious groups. (Feb 2007)
  • Welcome community and faith based organizations as partners. (Mar 2004)
  • Replace AFDC with limited temporary assistance. (Jan 2000)
  • Limit welfare benefits; supports welfare-to-work. (Jul 1998)
  • Help welfare recipients into workforce. (Jul 1998)
  • Taking welfare should be more shameful than working. (Nov 1995)
  • Maintain federal Social Services Block Grant funding. (Sep 2001)
  • Maintain flexibility & funding levels for TANF block grants. (Sep 2001)
  • More federal funding for Low-income energy assistance. (Sep 2001)
  • Supports TANF grants to states. (Aug 2001)


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Opposes topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(-3 points on Social scale)
No conservative litmus test for judicial appointments: Favors topic 1
Abortion ok when LIFE of mother at risk, not just her HEALTH: Opposes topic 1
Defund Planned Parenthood, but not with federal shutdown: Opposes topic 1
I defunded Planned Parenthood in Florida; do same federally: Opposes topic 1
Prevent use of public funds for stem cell research: Opposes topic 1
Created divisive "Choose Life" license plates: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Parental consent; clinic regulation; pro-life counseling: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Parental consent over government intrusions into families: Opposes topic 1
Restrict abortions to incest, rape, & health: Opposes topic 1
No need to teach about abortion if we have moral absolutes: Opposes topic 1
Opposes topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Minority achievement gap intolerable morally & economically: Strongly Favors topic 2
OpEd: "One Florida" scrapped affirmative action: Opposes topic 2
Replaced affirmative action with "One Florida" initiative: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Dismantled Florida's affirmative action program: Strongly Opposes topic 2
One Florida: equal minority contracts and admissions: Strongly Favors topic 2
Provide licensure exams in Spanish, for free: Favors topic 2
Supports Affirmative Action; against quotas: Opposes topic 2
Gay rights & feminism are "modern victim movements": Strongly Opposes topic 2
Support principles embodied in the Equal Rights Amendment: Favors topic 2
Opposes topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(-3 points on Social scale)
Let businesses express religious freedom against gays: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Respect civil unions & same-sex lifetime commitments: Favors topic 3
1994: LGBT protections are tantamount to elevating sodomy: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Don't-ask-don't-tell ok if it doesn't affect policy: Favors topic 3
Insisted on more racial and gender diversity in trial judges: Strongly Favors topic 3
Don't create gays as another category of victims: Opposes topic 3
No hate-crimes status for gays; no gay marriage: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Strongly Favors topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(-5 points on Social scale)
Social service benefits via private & faith-based companies: Strongly Favors topic 4
Proposed refusing federal money for welfare: Favors topic 4
Created Governor's Faith-Based Advisory Board: Strongly Favors topic 4
Don't restrict creationism discussion, but don't require it: Favors topic 4
1994: Get tough on recipients of public assistance: Opposes topic 4
More government money to religious groups: Strongly Favors topic 4
No Place Like Home initiative: find families for DCF kids: Favors topic 4
Welcome community and faith based organizations as partners: Strongly Favors topic 4
Replace AFDC with limited temporary assistance: Favors topic 4
School prayer OK if prayers are voluntary and student-led: Strongly Favors topic 4
Limit welfare benefits; supports welfare-to-work: Favors topic 4
Help welfare recipients into workforce: Favors topic 4
Focus on virtue & character, not values: Favors topic 4
Pass moral judgment & teach virtue to our children: Strongly Favors topic 4
Taking welfare should be more shameful than working: Favors topic 4
Focus on abstinence; end social promotion: Favors topic 4
Duty to protect religious minorities & Christian refugees: Strongly Favors topic 4
Opposes topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Keep HSAs to encourage savings, as Medicare reform: Opposes topic 5
ObamaCare is flawed to its core: Strongly Opposes topic 5
OpEd: Medicaid reforms won't cover chronic conditions: Strongly Opposes topic 5
ObamaCare is focused on access; should be focused on quality: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Compromised on limiting medical malpractice awards: 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)
Allow diverting over 10% to private savings accounts: Favors topic 6
Next president should try again for privatization: Strongly Favors 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)
Parental choice in preschool, both public and private: Strongly Favors topic 7
Class-size reduction does not improve student achievement: Favors topic 7
Redesign education around tech, including Virtual Schools: Favors topic 7
Education savings accounts: Fund students instead of schools: Strongly Favors topic 7
Let's give every parent in America a choice about schools: Strongly Favors topic 7
School choice is about unions versus kids: Strongly Favors topic 7
I created the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd voucher program in America: Strongly Favors topic 7
1994: cut Department of Education from 2,000 to 50 staff: Strongly Favors topic 7
Ed reform: reading scores improved; parents got more choices: Opposes topic 7
800,000 FL parents selected schools, not district zoning: Strongly Favors topic 7
Pushed 1st statewide voucher program & school testing: Strongly Favors topic 7
Catholic Conference sought more voucher accountability: Favors topic 7
Co-founded a charter school in poor Miami neighborhood: Favors topic 7
Make school plan more punitive and more vouchers: Strongly Favors topic 7
Instituted school voucher plan: Strongly Favors topic 7
More funding for schools; merit pay for teachers: Opposes topic 7
Supports charter schools & vouchers: Strongly Favors topic 7
Opposes topic 8:
EPA regulations are too restrictive
(+2 points on Social scale)
Repeal EPA restrictions on clean water and clean power: Strongly Favors topic 8
1990s: Compensate landowners; 2010s: state-run conservation: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Florida Forever: $1B for environmental land purchases: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Everglades are "crown jewel" of Florida environmental legacy: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Increased transportation budget by 96% over 8 years: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Drilling in Gulf of Mexico hurts Florida tourism industry: Opposes topic 8
More state autonomy on brownfields & Superfund cleanups: Favors topic 8
Strongly Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-5 points on Social scale)
Conflicted about death penalty; needs reform: Opposes topic 9
1994: build more prisons; serve longer sentences: Strongly Favors topic 9
1990s: punishment over therapy; 2010s: that hardens people: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Passed Habitual Offender Accountability Act: Strongly Favors topic 9
We are not safe; not in our homes, not anywhere: Strongly Favors topic 9
1994 TV ad: My opponent won't push electric chair: Strongly Favors topic 9
Called special legislative session for death penalty law: Strongly Favors topic 9
Building private prisons would save 15%-20% of state costs: Favors topic 9
Make sure criminals serve at least 85% of their jail time: Strongly Favors topic 9
I'm a hang-'em-by-the-neck conservative: Strongly Favors topic 9
Adopted Three-Strike Violent Felony Offender Act: Strongly Favors topic 9
10-20-Life: Increase mandatory minimum sentences: Strongly Favors topic 9
Fewer death-row appeals; faster executions: Strongly Favors topic 9
Longer prison terms for gun-toting criminals: Favors topic 9
Build more prisons; private contracts OK: Strongly Favors topic 9
Alternative sentencing & rehabiliation acceptable: Opposes topic 9
Supports death penalty: Favors topic 9
Stricter penalties for drug, sex, & gun offenses: Favors topic 9
Supports flexible federal block grants for crime programs: Neutral on topic 9
Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Issue isn't law-abiding owners, but violence & mental health: Favors topic 10
99.999% of people should be able to keep their guns: Favors topic 10
Reduce gun violence and protect 2nd Amendment: Favors topic 10
Signed first-in-the-nation Stand-Your-Ground law: Strongly Favors topic 10
Use a Gun and You’re Done: Opposes topic 10
Concealed carry OK; supports instant background check: Strongly Favors topic 10
Strongly Opposes topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Reduce corporate tax rate to stimulate growth: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Cutting taxes decreases the deficit dynamically: Strongly Opposes topic 11
1994: Require voter approval of any new taxes: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Cutting "intangibles tax" helps "seniors and savers": Strongly Opposes topic 11
Supports estate tax repeal, but not at states’ expense: Opposes topic 11
Don’t broaden county & city taxing authority: Opposes topic 11
Voter approval of tax increases; cut taxes by $1B: 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)
Eliminate sanctuary cities, plus more enforcement: Opposes topic 12
Immigrants are an engine of economic vitality: Favors topic 12
Limit family reunification: no siblings nor parents: Opposes topic 12
Illegals can't "wait in line"; there is no line to wait in: Strongly Favors topic 12
1980s: Voter registration for 88,000 naturalized Hispanics: Favors topic 12
Show compassion to illegals with a path to legal status: Strongly Favors topic 12
We need practical plan; not possible to deport 11M illegals: Favors topic 12
Prove border is secure, while doing comprehensive reform: Favors topic 12
Earned legal status, not amnesty: Favors topic 12
Illegal immigration is act of love: different kind of crime: Strongly Favors topic 12
Secure border as component of reform, not as prerequisite: Favors topic 12
Pray for Comprehensive Immigration Reform, not AZ law: 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
Import farm workers from Mexico: Favors topic 12
Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Advocated Miami as HQ for Free Trade Area of the Americas: Favors topic 13
Enforce trade law against subsidized Canadian lumber imports: Favors topic 13
Bound under state commitment to CAFTA: Favors topic 13
Opposes topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Syrian refugees already in US can stay: Favors topic 14
US should shape events and build alliances of free people: Strongly Opposes topic 14
We are leader among equals in community of nations: Strongly Favors topic 14
Neo-isolationism and American passivity both have dangers: Opposes topic 14
Supports economic cooperation between US and China: Opposes topic 14
Strengthen Cuban embargo; talking undermines US credibility: Favors topic 14
We need Kurds & other Muslim allies, to help take out ISIS: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Role in the world: military strength and moral clarity: Opposes topic 14
Strongly Favors topic 15:
Expand the military
(-5 points on Social scale)
Reverse the sequester and rebuild the military: Strongly Favors topic 15
Our force level is so low that we can't even project force: Strongly Favors topic 15
Let military experts determine troop count: Favors topic 15
Stop the craziness of the sequester & rebuild the military: Strongly Favors topic 15
Weakness invites war: our military should equal any threat: Strongly Favors topic 15
Save Florida's 21 military bases from closure or downsizing: Favors topic 15
Make Florida the most military-friendly state in the nation: Favors topic 15
Threat from 9/11 is unprecedented for our generation: Favors topic 15
No-fly zone in Syria; arm Kurds; establish Sunni coalition: Favors topic 15
Increase defense spending to meet global responsibilities: Strongly Favors topic 15
Strongly Opposes topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(-5 points on Social scale)
OpEd: Foundation for Florida's Future hides campaign donors: Strongly Opposes topic 16
Longer time and more fees to see public records: Opposes topic 16
No campaign spending limits; no public financing: Strongly Opposes topic 16
Strongly Opposes topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(-5 points on Social scale)
Russia's Putin is not an ally of the US & everyone knows it: Opposes topic 17
OpEd: Not distancing himself from brother's Afghan policy: Opposes topic 17
God grants liberty only to ready to defend it: Opposes topic 17
Policy of containment against ISIS just doesn't work: Opposes topic 17
Send troops to Syria to then remain to maintain stability: Strongly Opposes topic 17
America needs to lead in fight against Assad and ISIS: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Declare a war in Syria, take out ISIS and Assad: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Best way to defeat terrorist ideology is to destroy ISIS: Opposes topic 17
NATO should consider declaring war on ISIS: Strongly Opposes topic 17
War is the only option in Syria, to take out Caliphate: Strongly Opposes topic 17
We should have a no fly zone in Syria: Opposes topic 17
When we pulled back in Iraq, ISIS filled the void: Strongly Favors topic 17
To honor those who died in Iraq, take out ISIS & stop Iran: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Add a new U.S. base in Iraq's Anbar province: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Peace deal with Iran threatens America & menaces Israel: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Non-state terrorists are greatest threat we now face: Opposes topic 17
OpEd: Supports 2003 Iraq invasion even with current evidence: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Encourage regime change in Iran; keep military option open: Opposes topic 17
1998: Declined to call for invading Iraq to depose Saddam: Favors topic 17
Easy to criticize Iraq war after the fact: Opposes topic 17
Opposed Vietnam War; considered Conscientious Objection: Opposes topic 17
Include states in anti-terrorism planning: Neutral on topic 17
Extend international order friendly to our security: Opposes topic 17
Opposes topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Create a North American energy strategy: Opposes topic 18
Embrace the energy revolution and build the XL pipeline: Strongly Opposes topic 18
On global warming: I'm a skeptic; I'm not a scientist: Strongly Opposes topic 18
I'm a skeptic about global warming: Opposes topic 18
Let industries “self-audit”; compensate for “takings”: Opposes topic 18
Voluntary partnerships reduce greenhouse gases economically: Neutral on topic 18
Kyoto Treaty must include reductions by all countries: Opposes topic 18
More funding to develop domestic energy supplies: Opposes topic 18
Share offshore oil development revenue with states: Opposes topic 18
Set goal of 25% renewable energy by 2025: Strongly Favors topic 18
Strongly Favors topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(-5 points on Social scale)
Smoked pot & drank alcohol in late 1960s high school: Opposes topic 19
No medical marijuana; it's just a guise toward legalization: Strongly Favors topic 19
Deploy military on both sides of the US-Mexican border: Strongly Favors topic 19
Supper with kids keeps them away from drugs & booze: Favors topic 19
Create a prescription drug tracking system to prevent abuse: Favors topic 19
Opposed treatment instead of jail for nonviolent drug users: Strongly Favors topic 19
Mandatory prison sentences for drug offenses: Strongly Favors topic 19
Reduce drug use by 50% by prevention & enforcement: Favors topic 19
More federal funding for all aspects of Drug War: Favors topic 19
Opposes topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Remove Intangibles Tax on stocks, bonds & dividends: Strongly Opposes topic 20
$310M in stimulus money to start Scripps biotech facility: Strongly Favors topic 20
Cutting taxes on job creators benefits everyone: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Supports constitutional balanced budget amendment: Opposes topic 20

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