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John Bolton on Abortion
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  • Against abortion except for rape, incest, or maternal health. (Aug 2013)
John Bolton on Budget & Economy
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  • Cure for recession is increasing private-sector activity. (May 2012)
John Bolton on Civil Rights
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  • Supports gay marriage, at state and federal level. (Aug 2013)
John Bolton on Corporations
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John Bolton on Crime
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  • Vigorous democratic debate about death penalty is healthy. (May 2010)
John Bolton on Drugs
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John Bolton on Education
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  • 1966: Opposed coeducation at all-male Yale University. (Nov 2007)
John Bolton on Energy & Oil
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  • Climate treaty is another step toward global governance. (May 2010)
  • Increased taxation is not the answer to global warming. (May 2010)
John Bolton on Environment
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  • China falsely regulates pollution under Law of the Sea. (Sep 2011)
John Bolton on Families & Children
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  • No internationalization of family & domestic issues. (May 2010)
John Bolton on Foreign Policy
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  • Weak America means trouble in Russia, China, & Libya. (Mar 2014)
  • Help Egyptian Army over Muslim Brotherhood, even if elected. (Aug 2013)
  • International Criminal Court constrains U.S. freedom. (Aug 2013)
  • North Korea is unnatural relic of post-WWII deal; reunify it. (Feb 2013)
  • US strength is not provocative, but restrains rogues. (Oct 2012)
  • We need a president who believes in American exceptionalism. (Sep 2012)
  • Support new sovereigntists against globalistas. (May 2012)
  • American sovereignty is chipped away by global governance. (May 2010)
  • International "norming" constrains US sovereignty. (May 2010)
  • International human rights experts & courts not needed in US. (May 2010)
  • Unitary UN: funding based on measurable accomplishments. (Nov 2007)
  • Happiest moment at UN: exiting International Criminal Court. (Nov 2007)
  • United Nations Security Council overemphasizes Africa. (Nov 2007)
  • 1981: Returned $21M in unspent USAID funds to Treasury. (Nov 2007)
  • Organized repeal of UN "Zionism is racism" resolution. (Nov 2007)
  • Legally binding international law? Just theological exercise. (Nov 2007)
  • UN Security Council is effective; don't expand it. (Nov 2007)
  • State Dept. requires political leadership to change. (Nov 2007)
  • Role in the world: military strength and moral clarity. (Jun 1997)
John Bolton on Free Trade
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John Bolton on Government Reform
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  • 1976: Challenged post-Watergate campaign finance reform. (Nov 2007)
John Bolton on Gun Control
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  • No gun control via unwritten international law. (Aug 2013)
  • UN Arms Trade Treaty is end-run around Congress. (Apr 2013)
  • UN Arms Trade Treaty violates our Second Amendment freedoms. (Jul 2012)
  • UN Conference on small arms focused on US gun control. (Nov 2007)
John Bolton on Health Care
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John Bolton on Homeland Security
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  • We don't get peace via weakness; we get Putin invading. (Mar 2014)
  • Voters care more about national security than media believes. (Aug 2013)
  • Punish Russia & China for helping Snowden leak NSA documents. (Aug 2013)
  • "Nuclear zero" leaves US with dangerously low level of nukes. (Aug 2013)
  • Publicizing US intelligence collection endangers lives. (Jun 2013)
  • Supports clandestine Proliferation Security Initiative. (May 2010)
  • International Criminal Court second-guesses US self-defense. (May 2010)
  • Americanists know: national survival requires strong defense. (May 2010)
  • Mutual Assured Destruction: MAD is upside-down logic. (Nov 2007)
  • Increase defense spending to meet global responsibilities. (Jun 1997)
John Bolton on Immigration
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  • Assimilate immigrants: not embarrassed by Americanization. (May 2012)
John Bolton on Jobs
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
John Bolton on Principles & Values
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  • Libertarian at home; but protected internationally. (Aug 2013)
  • Campaigns are about the horse race, & should be about policy. (Aug 2013)
John Bolton on Social Security
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
John Bolton on Tax Reform
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John Bolton on Technology
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  • Because media runs debates, no one discusses the issues. (Aug 2013)
  • Don't impede advances in space technology, even if military. (Mar 2012)
John Bolton on War & Peace
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  • Military force in Syria is counterproductive. (Aug 2013)
  • Leaving Afghanistan is act of surrender in war on terror. (Jul 2013)
  • Iraq is better off now than under Saddam. (Mar 2013)
  • If you want peace, prepare for war. (Sep 2012)
  • 2008: Supported Israeli military operations in Gaza Strip. (May 2010)
  • Drone strikes don't get Mirandized; why should others? (May 2010)
  • 1966: I was like a space alien at anti-Vietnam Yale. (Nov 2007)
  • 1970: Joined National Guard to avoid "ludicrous" Vietnam War. (Nov 2007)
  • North Korea will never give up nuclear weapons voluntarily. (Nov 2007)
  • Throughout Bush presidency, Iranian nukes were a problem. (Nov 2007)
  • China likes a divided Korean peninsula. (Nov 2007)
  • Extend international order friendly to our security. (Jun 1997)
John Bolton on Welfare & Poverty
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VoteMatch Responses
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VoteMatch Question & Answer
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Based on these stances:
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Strongly Opposes topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(-5 points on Social scale)
Against abortion except for rape, incest, or maternal health: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Strongly Opposes topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(+5 points on Economic scale)
1966: Opposed coeducation at all-male Yale University: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+5 points on Social scale)
Supports gay marriage, at state and federal level: Strongly Favors topic 3
No opinion on topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
No opinion on topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
No opinion on topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
No opinion on topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
No opinion on topic 8:
No 'rights' to clean air and water
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-3 points on Social scale)
Vigorous democratic debate about death penalty is healthy: Favors topic 9
Strongly Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+5 points on Economic scale)
No gun control via unwritten international law: Strongly Favors topic 10
UN Arms Trade Treaty is end-run around Congress: Strongly Favors topic 10
UN Arms Trade Treaty violates our Second Amendment freedoms: Strongly Favors topic 10
UN Conference on small arms focused on US gun control: Strongly Favors topic 10
No opinion on topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Opposes topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(-5 points on Social scale)
Assimilate immigrants: not embarrassed by Americanization: Strongly Opposes topic 12
No opinion on topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Favors topic 14:
Maintain US sovereignty from UN
(+5 points on Economic scale)
International Criminal Court constrains U.S. freedom: Strongly Favors topic 14
We need a president who believes in American exceptionalism: Strongly Favors topic 14
Support new sovereigntists against globalistas: Strongly Favors topic 14
American sovereignty is chipped away by global governance: Strongly Favors topic 14
International "norming" constrains US sovereignty: Strongly Favors topic 14
International human rights experts & courts not needed in US: Strongly Favors topic 14
Happiest moment at UN: exiting International Criminal Court: Strongly Favors 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)
"Nuclear zero" leaves US with dangerously low level of nukes: Strongly Favors topic 15
If you want peace, prepare for war: Strongly Favors topic 15
Don't impede advances in space technology, even if military: Favors topic 15
Americanists know: national survival requires strong defense: Strongly Favors topic 15
Increase defense spending to meet global responsibilities: Strongly Favors topic 15
Strongly Opposes topic 16:
More enforcement of the right to vote
(-5 points on Social scale)
1976: Challenged post-Watergate campaign finance reform: Strongly Opposes topic 16
Strongly Opposes topic 17:
Stay out of Iran
(-5 points on Social scale)
Leaving Afghanistan is act of surrender in war on terror: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Iraq is better off now than under Saddam: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Extend international order friendly to our security: Opposes topic 17
Strongly Opposes topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Climate treaty is another step toward global governance: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Increased taxation is not the answer to global warming: Strongly Opposes topic 18
No opinion on topic 19:
Never legalize marijuana
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Opposes topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Cure for recession is increasing private-sector activity: Strongly Opposes topic 20

John Bolton is a Libertarian-Leaning Conservative.
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