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Jeb Bush on VoteMatch

Republican FL Governor; V.P. prospect



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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
Death penalty a tough call, but victims' families benefit: Strongly Favors 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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