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Joe Biden on VoteMatch

Vice President; previously Democratic Senator (DE)



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Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+2 points on Social scale)
I accept church rule personally, but not in public life: Favors topic 1
No public funding for abortion; it imposes a view: Opposes topic 1
Supports partial-birth abortion ban, but not undoing Roe: Opposes topic 1
Accepts Catholic church view that life begins at conception: Opposes topic 1
Rated 36% by NARAL, indicating a mixed voting record on abortion: Neutral on topic 1
Expand embryonic stem cell research: Favors topic 1
Rated 0% by the NRLC, indicating a pro-choice stance: Strongly Favors topic 1
Protect the reproductive rights of women: Strongly Favors topic 1
Ensure access to and funding for contraception: Favors topic 1
NO on prohibiting minors crossing state lines for abortion: Strongly Favors topic 1
NO on defining unborn child as eligible for SCHIP: Favors topic 1
YES on Unknown roll call for 1999-340: Strongly Opposes topic 1
NO on maintaining ban on Military Base Abortions: Favors topic 1
NO on criminal penalty for harming unborn fetus during other crime: Favors topic 1
YES on $100M to reduce teen pregnancy by education & contraceptives: Favors topic 1
NO on notifying parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions: Favors topic 1
YES on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines: Favors topic 1
Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-3 points on Economic scale)
1976: Opposed school busing to combat segregation: Opposes topic 2
1978: opposed busing except for govít-intended segregation: Opposes topic 2
Issue a commemorative postage stamp of Rosa Parks: Favors topic 2
Rated 100% by the NAACP, indicating a pro-affirmative-action stance: Strongly Favors topic 2
Re-introduce the Equal Rights Amendment: Strongly Favors topic 2
NO on banning affirmative action hiring with federal funds: Strongly Favors topic 2
NO on ending special funding for minority & women-owned business: Strongly Favors topic 2
NO on prohibiting same-sex basic training: Favors topic 2
YES on setting aside 10% of highway funds for minorities & women: Favors topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+5 points on Social scale)
I supported gay marriage and got criticized for saying so: Strongly Favors topic 3
I'm "absolutely comfortable" with same-sex marriage: Strongly Favors topic 3
I'm "absolutely comfortable" with same-sex marriage: Strongly Favors topic 3
Inalienable rights cannot be denied by any majority: Strongly Favors topic 3
No on gay marriage; yes on equal treatment: Opposes topic 3
No on gay marriage; yes on equal treatment: Opposes topic 3
Nobody asks if youíre gay in a foxhole: Strongly Favors topic 3
More funding and stricter sentencing for hate crimes: Strongly Favors topic 3
Rated 78% by the HRC, indicating a pro-gay-rights stance: Strongly Favors topic 3
YES on prohibiting same-sex marriage: Strongly Opposes topic 3
YES on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation: Strongly Favors topic 3
YES on expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation: Favors topic 3
YES on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes: Strongly Favors topic 3
NO on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage: Strongly Favors topic 3
Opposes topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(+2 points on Social scale)
No faith-based initiative; it ainít broke, so donít fix it: Strongly Opposes topic 4
Rated 16% by the Christian Coalition: an anti-Family-Value voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 4
Rated 100% by the AU, indicating support of church-state separation: Strongly Opposes topic 4
NO on requiring schools to allow voluntary prayer: Opposes topic 4
YES on $75M for abstinence education: Strongly Favors topic 4
NO on killing restrictions on violent videos to minors: Favors topic 4
NO on recommending Constitutional ban on flag desecration: Opposes topic 4
Strongly Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Start paying for universal coverage with $100B in redundancy: Strongly Favors topic 5
Start with catastrophic insurance and insuring all kids: Favors topic 5
Rated 100% by APHA, indicating a pro-public health record: Strongly Favors topic 5
NO on allowing tribal Indians to opt out of federal healthcare: Strongly Favors topic 5
NO on means-testing to determine Medicare Part D premium: Favors topic 5
YES on blocking medical savings acounts: Favors topic 5
NO on Medicare means-testing: Favors topic 5
NO on limiting self-employment health deduction: Favors topic 5
YES on including prescription drugs under Medicare: Favors topic 5
NO on funding GOP version of Medicare prescription drug benefit: Favors topic 5
YES on $40 billion per year for limited Medicare prescription drug benefit: Favors topic 5
YES on increasing Medicaid rebate for producing generics: Favors topic 5
YES on negotiating bulk purchases for Medicare prescription drug: Strongly Favors topic 5
YES on expanding enrollment period for Medicare Part D: Favors topic 5
YES on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D: Favors topic 5
YES on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility: Favors topic 5
YES on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare: Favors topic 5
Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Where would elderly be now if funds were in stock market?: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Rated 89% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 6
YES on deducting Social Security payments on income taxes: Favors topic 6
YES on allowing Roth IRAs for retirees: Favors topic 6
NO on allowing personal retirement accounts: Opposes topic 6
Opposes topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Voting for No Child Left Behind was a mistake: Opposes topic 7
Rated 91% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes: Strongly Opposes topic 7
NO on school vouchers in DC: Strongly Opposes topic 7
YES on education savings accounts: Favors topic 7
YES on Educational Savings Accounts: Favors topic 7
YES on funding smaller classes instead of private tutors: Opposes topic 7
YES on funding student testing instead of private tutors: Opposes topic 7
YES on $5B for grants to local educational agencies: Opposes topic 7
Strongly Opposes topic 8:
Clean air and water are property rights
(-5 points on Social scale)
Cause of global warming is clearly Man-made: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Scored 80% on Humane Society Scorecard on animal protection: Strongly Opposes topic 8
End commercial whaling and illegal trade in whale meat: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Rated 95% by the LCV, indicating pro-environment votes: Strongly Opposes topic 8
EPA must do better on mercury clean-up: Opposes topic 8
Strengthen prohibitions against animal fighting: Strongly Opposes topic 8
YES on continuing desert protection in California: Strongly Opposes topic 8
YES on reducing funds for road-building in National Forests: Favors topic 8
Opposes topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(+2 points on Social scale)
1970: DE Public not receiving needed police protection: Favors topic 9
1990 crime bill: more police & tougher penalties: Strongly Favors topic 9
Biden Law of 1994 created several new capital offenses: Strongly Favors topic 9
Supports sentencing guidelines to put away violent criminals: Strongly Favors topic 9
Rated 71% by CURE, indicating pro-rehabilitation crime votes: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Increase funding for "COPS ON THE BEAT" program: Opposes topic 9
Reduce recidivism by giving offenders a Second Chance: Opposes topic 9
Permanent crime database for volunteers with kids: Favors topic 9
NO on rejecting racial statistics in death penalty appeals: Opposes topic 9
NO on mandatory prison terms for crimes involving firearms: Strongly Opposes topic 9
NO on limiting death penalty appeals: Opposes topic 9
NO on more penalties for gun & drug violations: Opposes topic 9
YES on $1.15 billion per year to continue the COPS program: Opposes topic 9
YES on reinstating $1.15 billion funding for the COPS Program: Opposes topic 9
Strongly Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Public supports gun control; Congress has not caught up: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Moral obligation to diminish senseless gun violence: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Keep assault weapons ban; close gun show loophole: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Rated F by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun control voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 10
NO on maintaining current law: guns sold without trigger locks: Strongly Opposes topic 10
NO on loosening license & background checks at gun shows: Opposes topic 10
YES on background checks at gun shows: Strongly Opposes topic 10
NO on banning lawsuits against gun manufacturers for gun violence: Strongly Opposes topic 10
NO on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Strongly Favors topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Millionaires pay more; middle class pays less: Strongly Favors topic 11
Surtax on earnings over $1 million seems fair to us: Strongly Favors topic 11
Economic inequity worsened by tax cuts for the wealthy: Strongly Favors topic 11
Take away $85B in annual tax cuts for 1% of top earners: Strongly Favors topic 11
Rated 15% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes: Strongly Favors topic 11
Rated 100% by the CTJ, indicating support of progressive taxation: Strongly Favors topic 11
NO on raising the Death Tax exemption to $5M from $1M: Strongly Favors topic 11
NO on allowing AMT reduction without budget offset: Favors topic 11
YES on Internet sales tax moratorium: Opposes topic 11
NO on requiring super-majority for raising taxes: Favors topic 11
YES on eliminating the 'marriage penalty': Opposes topic 11
NO on prioritizing national debt reduction below tax cuts: Favors topic 11
YES on reducing marriage penalty instead of cutting top tax rates: Favors topic 11
YES on spending $448B of tax cut on education & debt reduction: Favors topic 11
NO on $350 billion in tax breaks over 11 years: Strongly Favors topic 11
NO on extending the tax cuts on capital gains and dividends: Strongly Favors topic 11
YES on $47B for military by repealing capital gains tax cut: Favors topic 11
NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends: Strongly Favors topic 11
NO on permanently repealing the `death tax`: Strongly Favors topic 11
NO on supporting permanence of estate tax cuts: Strongly Favors topic 11
NO on raising estate tax exemption to $5 million: Strongly Favors topic 11
NO on repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax: Strongly Favors topic 11
Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+2 points on Social scale)
H1-B visas only for jobs Americans canít do: Opposes topic 12
Oppose granting driverís licenses to illegal immigrants: Opposes topic 12
Supported Bush plan: both border fence & path to citizenship: Strongly Favors topic 12
Itís impractical to deport 14 million illegal immigrants: Favors topic 12
Rated 8% by USBC, indicating an open-border stance: Strongly Favors topic 12
YES on continuing federal funds for declared "sanctuary cities": Strongly Favors topic 12
NO on limit welfare for immigrants: Strongly Favors topic 12
NO on visas for skilled workers: Opposes topic 12
YES on allowing more foreign workers into the US for farm work: Favors topic 12
YES on allowing illegal aliens to participate in Social Security: Strongly Favors topic 12
YES on giving Guest Workers a path to citizenship: Strongly Favors topic 12
YES on establishing a Guest Worker program: Favors topic 12
YES on building a fence along the Mexican border: Strongly Opposes topic 12
YES on eliminating the "Y" nonimmigrant guestworker program: Neutral topic 12
NO on declaring English as the official language of the US government: Strongly Favors topic 12
YES on comprehensive immigration reform: Strongly Favors topic 12
Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Comprehensive transatlantic trade agreement is within reach: Strongly Favors topic 13
Countervailing duties against unfair trade practices: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Competition with China pushes for better products & policies: Favors topic 13
Opposes fast-track to protect labor rights: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Presidentís job is to create jobs, not to export jobs: Opposes topic 13
No trade agreements without workersí & environmental rights: Opposes topic 13
Rated 42% by CATO, indicating a mixed record on trade issues: Neutral on topic 13
YES on renewing 'fast track' presidential trade authority: Favors topic 13
YES on permanent normal trade relations with China: Strongly Favors topic 13
YES on expanding trade to the third world: Favors topic 13
YES on removing common goods from national security export rules: Favors topic 13
YES on granting normal trade relations status to Vietnam: Favors topic 13
YES on extending free trade to Andean nations: Strongly Favors topic 13
NO on establishing free trade between US & Singapore: Opposes topic 13
NO on establishing free trade between the US and Chile: Opposes topic 13
NO on implementing CAFTA for Central America free-trade: Strongly Opposes topic 13
NO on free trade agreement with Oman: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Strongly Opposes topic 14:
Maintain US sovereignty from UN
(-5 points on Economic scale)
An internationalist as Foreign Relations Committee chair: Strongly Opposes topic 14
New World Order should not mean US fights for the UN: Favors topic 14
Apply habeas corpus to Guantanamo detainees: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Restore habeas corpus for detainees in the War on Terror: Opposes topic 14
YES on requiring FISA court warrant to monitor US-to-foreign calls: Opposes topic 14
YES on $17.9 billion to IMF: Opposes topic 14
NO on capping foreign aid at only $12.7 billion: Strongly Opposes topic 14
YES on preserving habeas corpus for Guantanamo detainees: Strongly Opposes topic 14
YES on requiring CIA reports on detainees & interrogation methods: Strongly Opposes topic 14
NO on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Opposes topic 15:
Expand the military
(+2 points on Social scale)
Special Forces instead of M1 tanks: Strongly Opposes topic 15
We spend same in 3 weeks in Iraq as 7 years in Afghanistan: Opposes topic 15
Universal national service, in military or Peace Corps: Favors topic 15
Missile defense is perfect metaphor for neo-isolationism: Opposes topic 15
Rated 80% by SANE, indicating a pro-peace voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 15
NO on 1996 Defense Appropriations: Opposes topic 15
NO on considering deploying NMD, and amending ABM Treaty: Opposes topic 15
YES on favoring 36 vetoed military projects: Strongly Favors topic 15
YES on allowing another round of military base closures: Opposes topic 15
YES on military pay raise of 4.8%: Strongly Favors topic 15
YES on deploying National Missile Defense ASAP: Strongly Favors topic 15
YES on limiting soldiers' deployment to 12 months: Opposes topic 15
Strongly Favors topic 16:
Stricter limits on voting rights
(-5 points on Social scale)
YES on favoring 1997 McCain-Feingold overhaul of campaign finance: Favors topic 16
YES on banning campaign donations from unions & corporations: Favors topic 16
YES on banning "soft money" contributions and restricting issue ads: Favors topic 16
YES on establishing the Senate Office of Public Integrity: Favors topic 16
NO on allowing some lobbyist gifts to Congress: Strongly Favors topic 16
Favors topic 17:
Stay out of Iran
(+2 points on Social scale)
Iraq's lesson: Be cautious on declaring Syrian WMDs: Strongly Favors topic 17
Out of Afghanistan in 2014, period: Strongly Favors topic 17
Withdraw US troops continuously from Afghanistan until 2014: Favors topic 17
Proud of involvement in winding down Iraq war: Favors topic 17
1998: only way to remove Saddam is massive military effort: Strongly Favors topic 17
No vital interest in Kuwait in 1990; like Vietnam in 1972: Strongly Favors topic 17
1990: One man deciding to go to war is tyranny: Strongly Favors topic 17
We will end Iraq War; McCain has no end in sight: Strongly Favors topic 17
Worth losing election to protect our troops: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Never de-fund a single soldier in Iraq: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Fund the safety of the troops till 67 anti-war votes reached: Opposes topic 17
Change the fundamental premise of Iraq engagement: Strongly Favors topic 17
Prevent--not contain--Iranian nuclear weapon: Favors topic 17
Voted for Iraq war in 2002, but now a war critic: Strongly Favors topic 17
Multi-year commitment to Africa for food & medicine: Strongly Favors topic 17
No troop surge: no military escalation in Iraq: Strongly Favors topic 17
YES on authorizing use of military force against Iraq: Strongly Opposes topic 17
NO on redeploying troops out of Iraq by July 2007: Strongly Opposes topic 17
YES on redeploying US troops out of Iraq by March 2008: Strongly Favors topic 17
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Pushed cap-and-trade early; but $90B tax credits passed: Strongly Favors topic 18
I have supported clean coal for 25 years: Opposes topic 18
Make every automobile sold be a flex-fuel automobile: Strongly Favors topic 18
Keep efficient air conditioner rule to conserve energy: Strongly Favors topic 18
Establish greenhouse gas tradeable allowances: Strongly Favors topic 18
Sponsored bill raising CAFE by a 4% per year until 2018: Strongly Favors topic 18
Rated 83% by the CAF, indicating support for energy independence: Favors topic 18
Fund nanomaterial research project for car batteries: Favors topic 18
Sign on to UN Framework Convention on Climate Change: Strongly Favors topic 18
Designate sensitive ANWR area as protected wilderness: Favors topic 18
Let states define stricter-than-federal emission standards: Strongly Favors topic 18
NO on do not require ethanol in gasoline: Favors topic 18
NO on defunding renewable and solar energy: Strongly Favors topic 18
NO on ending discussion of CAFE fuel efficiency standards: Favors topic 18
NO on preserving budget for ANWR oil drilling: Favors topic 18
NO on terminating CAFE standards within 15 months: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on targeting 100,000 hydrogen-powered vehicles by 2010: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on removing consideration of drilling ANWR from budget bill: Favors topic 18
YES on reducing oil usage by 40% by 2025 (instead of 5%): Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on disallowing an oil leasing program in Alaska's ANWR: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on banning drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Favors topic 18
YES on factoring global warming into federal project planning: Favors topic 18
YES on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on addressing CO2 emissions without considering India & China: Favors topic 18
YES on tax incentives for energy production and conservation: Strongly Favors topic 18
Favors topic 19:
Never legalize marijuana
(-3 points on Social scale)
1988: Crafted new law creating national Drug Czar: Strongly Favors topic 19
1990 crime bill: tougher penalties for drug offenders: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Took lead on drug policy & narcotics control: Strongly Favors topic 19
Increase penalties for dealing drugs near schools: Favors topic 19
Divert drug offenders out of prison system: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Created nationís Drug Czar Office & drug courts: Strongly Favors topic 19
Rename "Drug Abuse" institute as "Diseases of Addiction": Opposes topic 19
End harsher sentencing for crack vs. powder cocaine: Opposes topic 19
Enhance interdiction by criminalizing unflagged submarines: Favors topic 19
YES on spending international development funds on drug control: Strongly Favors topic 19
NO on more penalties for gun & drug violations: Opposes topic 19
NO on increasing penalties for drug offenses: Opposes topic 19
Strongly Favors topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Auto bailout saved a million American jobs: Strongly Favors topic 20
Tax revenue increases must be part of budget deal: Strongly Favors topic 20
Extending unemployment benefits is the American way: Strongly Favors topic 20
Middle class is U.S. economic engine and needs tax cuts: Opposes topic 20
Couldnít afford living at minimum wage; advocates raising it: Strongly Favors topic 20
Invest in new programs by ending war & eliminating tax cuts: Favors topic 20
$90B stimulus program had only 0.4% waste: Strongly Favors topic 20
Bail out Fannie & Freddie, fairly, to stabilize market: Strongly Favors topic 20
YES on increasing tax rate for people earning over $1 million: Strongly Favors topic 20

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