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John Kasich on VoteMatch



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Strongly Opposes topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(-5 points on Social scale)
Ban abortions after 20 weeks; but no "heartbeat bill": Strongly Opposes topic 1
Require abortion clinics to have nearby hospital & doctor: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Cut $1.3M in funding for discredited Planned Parenthood: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Re-prioritize family planning funds away from abortion: Opposes topic 1
Defund Planned Parenthood, like we are trying in Ohio: Opposes topic 1
Reasonable exceptions, but respect other opinions: Favors topic 1
I attended a gay wedding; accept the Supreme Court ruling: Favors topic 1
Require women seeking an abortion listen to fetal heartbeat: Strongly Opposes topic 1
De-fund all family planning centers that discuss abortion: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Pro-life except rape & incest; supports litmus test: Opposes topic 1
Opposes federal abortion funding: Opposes topic 1
YES on barring transporting minors to get an abortion: Strongly Opposes topic 1
YES on banning partial-birth abortions: Opposes topic 1
Neutral on topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(0 points on Economic scale)
Women workers in governor's office paid $10/hr less than men: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Admires courage of Aung San Suu Kyi & Rosa Parks: Favors topic 2
Made speech in high school to ease tensions during race riot: Favors topic 2
End “racial profiling” locally, or federally: Neutral on topic 2
Affirmative action OK via recruitment; not via quotas: Favors topic 2
YES on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions: Opposes topic 2
Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+2 points on Social scale)
Pray for customers with whom you disagree, but sell to them: Favors topic 3
Government employees should comply with gay marriage ruling: Favors topic 3
Can respect and love gay people: Favors topic 3
I support traditional marriage, but it's time to move on: Favors topic 3
Supports Amendment to prevent same sex marriage: Strongly Opposes topic 3
YES on banning gay adoptions in DC: Opposes topic 3
Strongly Favors topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(-5 points on Social scale)
Respect for secular humanists: Favors topic 4
Broadcast Judeo-Christian values abroad, to help defeat ISIS: Strongly Favors topic 4
Chaired committee which overhauled the welfare system: Favors topic 4
Bible stories are historical facts: Favors topic 4
Did earth come about on its own? Evidence says No: Favors topic 4
Separating church and state is goofy misinterpretation: Strongly Favors topic 4
Limited government supported by our Judeo-Christian ethics: Strongly Favors topic 4
I can't figure out how anyone gets along without the Bible: Favors topic 4
Entertainment should not sabotage American culture: Favors topic 4
Allow faith-based institutions to address social ills: Strongly Favors topic 4
Focus next phase of welfare reform on fathers: Favors topic 4
Supports a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer: Strongly Favors topic 4
YES on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer: Strongly Favors topic 4
YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations: Favors topic 4
Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-3 points on Economic scale)
$112M for mental health hospital, plus Medicaid expansion: Favors topic 5
Medicaid expansion brought health care to 700,000 people: Favors topic 5
Reforming ObamaCare ok; cutting coverage is not: Favors topic 5
Very, very bad idea to phase out Medicaid expansion: Strongly Favors topic 5
Give financial incentive for low cost & good outcomes: Opposes topic 5
Expand Medicaid; everybody has a right to God-given purpose: Favors topic 5
Opposes ObamaCare but not all public programs: Opposes topic 5
Accepted ObamaCare's Medicaid expansion statewide: Favors topic 5
Expand Medicaid to 275,000 poor Ohioans, but not ObamaCare: Strongly Favors topic 5
Equalize mental health coverage with physical health: Favors topic 5
$776B tax cut plan helps people afford health care: Opposes topic 5
Opposes government-run healthcare: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Loosen "one-size-fits-all" approach to Medicaid: Opposes topic 5
YES on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts: Opposes topic 5
YES on subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage: Opposes topic 5
Strongly Favors topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Fix Social Security by lowering benefits: Favors topic 6
Personal Retirement Savings Accounts invest 2% privately: Strongly Favors topic 6
Reduce taxes on Social Security earnings: Favors topic 6
YES on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits: Favors topic 6
Favors topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(+2 points on Economic scale)
I like the ideas in Common Core, but not the program: Opposes topic 7
We need charter schools, with state oversight: Favors topic 7
Our broken public school system is beyond fixing: Favors topic 7
Competition is what's missing from public school monopoly: Strongly Favors topic 7
Send 95% of federal funds to classrooms: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Empower local people instead of bureaucrats: Favors topic 7
Create competition in public schools: Opposes topic 7
Tax money for entrepreneurial private schools: Strongly Favors topic 7
YES on vouchers for private & parochial schools: Strongly Favors topic 7
YES on allowing vouchers in DC schools: Favors topic 7
Neutral on topic 8:
Fight EPA regulatory over-reach
(0 points on Social scale)
Eliminate NOAA; let DOI safeguard natural resources: Strongly Favors topic 8
$2.5B invested in cleaning Lake Erie, and keep it clean: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Freeze all federal regulations for one year: Favors topic 8
We should not worship environment like pantheists: Favors topic 8
Strengthen Clean Water Act; increase federal grazing fees: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-3 points on Social scale)
Spared 7 death-row inmates; executed 15 more: Favors topic 9
Rehab, not prison, for low-level offenders: Opposes topic 9
CATCH court: prostitutes are victims of human trafficking: Opposes topic 9
Black Lives Matter means the system doesn't work for them: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Police must understand challenges of black community: Opposes topic 9
Put pimps in jail & treat women as victims of trafficking: Favors topic 9
Ban the box: no criminal history check on job applications: Opposes topic 9
Save money by converting prisoners to taxpayers: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Death penalty is consistent with justice & Christian values: Strongly Favors topic 9
My policies worked to integrate police and community in Ohio: Opposes topic 9
It's God's job to judge if punishment fits the crime: Opposes topic 9
Cops & Kids Plan: put more police on the street: Favors topic 9
Supports capital punishment for certain crimes: Strongly Favors topic 9
More prisons, more enforcement, effective death penalty: Favors topic 9
NO on replacing death penalty with life imprisonment: Strongly Favors topic 9
YES on making federal death penalty appeals harder: Strongly Favors topic 9
NO on maintaining right of habeas corpus in Death Penalty Appeals: Favors topic 9
YES on more prosecution and sentencing for juvenile crime: Favors topic 9
NO on funding for alternative sentencing instead of more prisons.: Strongly Favors topic 9
Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Learn from mass shooting tragedies and take action: Strongly Opposes topic 10
We need bipartisan gun reform to deal with mass shootings: Opposes topic 10
Background checks and increased attention to mental illness: Opposes topic 10
Supports state reciprocity and concealed carry: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Registering mentally ill is first priority in gun control: Favors topic 10
2nd Amendment advocate: NRA rating changed from "F" to "A": Strongly Favors topic 10
Keep existing restrictions, but tighten up on terrorist guns: Opposes topic 10
Cool off before making new gun laws after Littleton: Favors topic 10
More parenting better than more gun laws: Favors topic 10
Opposes restrictions on the right to bear arms: Strongly Favors topic 10
YES on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1: Strongly Favors topic 10
Strongly Opposes topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Reduce tax withholding by 3.1%: Opposes topic 11
Eliminated the Ohio estate tax but hiked cigarette taxes: Strongly Opposes topic 11
No income taxes on small businesses up to $2M: Strongly Opposes topic 11
$3 billion in tax cuts for job creators: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Lower taxes to create competitive climate: Strongly Opposes topic 11
10% tax cut to promote charitable giving: Opposes topic 11
Tax credits (100%) for charitable donations: Opposes topic 11
Tax cuts and national renewal: Opposes topic 11
$776B tax cut plan helps people afford health care: Opposes topic 11
Opposes both marriage penalty & federal tax increases: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Repeal marriage tax; cut middle class taxes: Opposes topic 11
YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty": Opposes topic 11
YES on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business: Opposes topic 11
Opposes topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(-3 points on Social scale)
Focus of immigration should be to keep families together: Favors topic 12
1993: end birthright citizenship; 2015: not part of approach: Opposes topic 12
Seal the border with Mexico, support legal immigrants: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Open to pathway to citizenship, but doesn't like it: Favors topic 12
Limit the number of legal immigrants, and their benefits: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Protect DREAMers instead of deporting them: Strongly Favors topic 12
Declared English the official language of the US: Opposes topic 12
YES on more immigrant visas for skilled workers: Favors topic 12
Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Review trade violations without heavy-handed tariffs: Favors topic 13
Shut down trade when countries dump in America: Strongly Opposes topic 13
I support fair trade against dumping, to protect steel: Strongly Opposes topic 13
TPP is a strategic alliance against China: Favors topic 13
Supports NAFTA and GATT: Strongly Favors topic 13
YES on 'Fast Track' authority for trade agreements: Strongly Favors topic 13
YES on Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China: Strongly Favors topic 13
NO on withdrawing from the WTO: Strongly Favors topic 13
Favors topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Cooperation and engagement instead of "Fortress America": Strongly Opposes topic 14
Allies directly affected should repatriate Syrian refugees: Strongly Favors topic 14
NATO & Western alliance has kept the peace since WWII: Opposes topic 14
America's great, and you can shoot for the stars: Favors topic 14
Arm the Ukrainians and fight ISIS in Syria, Libya: Strongly Favors topic 14
Need to promote Western values to win war of ideas: Strongly Favors topic 14
Pause accepting Syrian refugees to create stringent checks: Favors topic 14
No more Syrian refugees in Ohio or anywhere in USA: Strongly Favors topic 14
Refugee crisis is on Europe, but US also has responsibility: Opposes topic 14
Phase out economic aid to Russia & others: Strongly Favors topic 14
No diplomatic relations with Cuba nor Vietnam: Strongly Favors topic 14
Engage internationally but choose missions carefully: Strongly Opposes topic 14
The Lord wants America to succeed and for America to lead: Strongly Favors topic 14
Favors topic 15:
Expand the military
(-3 points on Social scale)
Prioritize nuclear agreements like START and INF: Opposes topic 15
Improve veteran healthcare with more options & fewer delays: Favors topic 15
Easier licensing for veterans; and more job services: Favors topic 15
$100B more to rebuild the military, with Pentagon reforms: Favors topic 15
I'm a "cheap hawk": Cut Pentagon waste, but not spending: Favors topic 15
$1B per plane for B-2 is a colossal misuse of money: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Cheap Hawk: Strong on defense; tight with a dollar: Opposes topic 15
Limited military use, only under US command: Opposes topic 15
No US troops under UN command; more defense spending: Favors topic 15
YES on deploying SDI: Favors topic 15
Favors topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(+2 points on Social scale)
Supreme Court should disallow partisan gerrymandering: Strongly Favors topic 16
Supreme Court should disallow partisan gerrymandering: Strongly Favors topic 16
Skinny-down bureaucracy & kick out special interests: Favors topic 16
Money affects ability to honestly assess policy situation: Favors topic 16
NO on banning soft money and issue ads: Opposes topic 16
Opposes topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(-3 points on Social scale)
Keep up pressure on North Korea to give up nukes: Opposes topic 17
How to deal with Russia on Ukraine: Punch 'em in the nose: Opposes topic 17
Find moderate rebels in Syria; work with them against Assad: Strongly Opposes topic 17
No-fly zone 1st priority, but ok with more aid for refugees: Opposes topic 17
Invading force but no occupying force in Syria: Strongly Opposes topic 17
China doesn't own the South China Sea; show US Navy there: Opposes topic 17
Destroy ISIS, with US troops as part of coalition: Strongly Opposes topic 17
No more dickering & delays: Syria's Assad has got to go: Strongly Opposes topic 17
No-fly zone in Syria & sanctuaries, enforced by U.S.: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Iran nuke deal makes us stronger; we could restart sanctions: Strongly Favors topic 17
Against nuclear deal with Iran; keep state sanctions: Strongly Favors topic 17
Make a coalition to fight ISIS in Syria: Opposes topic 17
Fight ISIS by supporting Kurds and educating Iraqis: Favors topic 17
2002: go to war with Iraq; 2015: we never should have gone: Favors topic 17
Fight ISIS with a coalition including US ground troops: Opposes topic 17
Iran nuke deal: verify, verify, verify, without the trust: Opposes topic 17
Focus on terrorism, oil, & nuclear development: Opposes topic 17
Opposes topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Balance low-cost & environment by pursuing all sources: Opposes topic 18
Supports Keystone XL, clean coal; and "smart grid": Strongly Opposes topic 18
No state bailout for aging nuclear plants: Favors topic 18
Nuclear power is yesterday; natural gas represents tomorrow: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Mandate that electric utilities use at least 8.5% renewables: Strongly Favors topic 18
All-of-the-above approach, with stepped-up fossil fuels: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Open more federal lands to oil and natural gas exploration: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Balanced use of green energy & low-cost energy: Opposes topic 18
Raise severance tax on oil & gas from 20 cents upward: Favors topic 18
Opposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste facility: Favors topic 18
Manage the environment to bequest it to future: Favors topic 18
Environment and economy are not at odds: Favors topic 18
Devolve enviro policy-making to State and community: Opposes topic 18
NO on starting implementation of Kyoto Protocol: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Favors topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(-3 points on Social scale)
Longer prison sentences for fentanyl-related offenses: Strongly Favors topic 19
Make low-level drug use a misdemeanor; treatment not prison: Opposes topic 19
Shut down the pill mills; put crooked doctors in jail: Strongly Favors topic 19
StartTalking! Talk to kids to say no to opiates: Strongly Favors topic 19
No mixed message: don't do opioids & don't do marijuana: Strongly Favors topic 19
2016: Legalized medical marijuana, with tight regulations: Opposes topic 19
Don't send mixed signals to kids by legalizing: Strongly Favors topic 19
The tsunami of drugs threatens families: Opposes topic 19
50% lower chance of drug use if kids hear "don't do drugs": Favors topic 19
Refuse to celebrate the drug-filled lifestyle: Strongly Favors topic 19
Educate students that marijuana is a gateway drug: Strongly Favors topic 19
Place babies of addicted mothers into foster homes: Favors topic 19
Rated B- by NORML, indicating a pro-drug-reform stance: Strongly Opposes topic 19
YES on prohibiting needle exchange & medical marijuana in DC: Strongly Favors topic 19
Strongly Opposes topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Businesses are job creators, the engines of job growth: Strongly Opposes topic 20
We're nowhere close to a balanced budget; needs 3 things...: Opposes topic 20
Converted Ohio's $8B deficit to $2B surplus: Opposes topic 20
When you balance the budget & cut taxes, people get work: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Require balanced budget; block grant everything to states: Strongly Opposes topic 20

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Joe Schiavoni
Jon Husted
Mary Taylor
Mike DeWine
Nan Whaley
Richard Cordray
OH Senatorial:
Jim Renacci
Mike Gibbons
P.G. Sittenfeld
Rob Portman
Sherrod Brown
Ted Strickland

Gubernatorial Debates 2018:
AK: Walker(i) vs.Dunleavy(D) vs.Chenault(R) vs.Huggins(R) vs.Begich(D) vs.Treadwell(D)
AL: Kay Ivey(R) vs.Countryman(D) vs.Tommy Battle (R) vs.Walt Maddox (R) vs.George(R) vs.Carrington(R)
AR: Hutchinson(R) vs.Henderson(D) vs.West(L)
AZ: Ducey(R) vs.David Garcia (D) vs.Farley(D)
CA: Newsom(D) vs.Chiang(D) vs.Villaraigosa(D) vs.Delaine Eastin (D) vs.David Hadley (R) vs.John Cox (R) vs.Zoltan Istvan (I) vs.Allen(R) vs.La Riva(P)
CO: Johnston(D) vs.Mitchell(R) vs.Cary Kennedy (D) vs.Doug Robinson (R) vs.Barlock(R) vs.Lynne(R) vs.Polis(D) vs.Coffman(R) vs.George Brauchler(R,A.G.) vs.Stapleton(R)
CT: Malloy(D) vs.Lamont(D) vs.Stefanowski(R) vs.Srinivasan(R) vs.David Walker (R) vs.Lumaj(R) vs.Visconti(R) vs.Lauretti(R) vs.Drew(D)
FL: Gillum(D) vs.Graham(D) vs.Putnam(R) vs.Levine(D) vs.DeSantis(R)
GA: Kemp(R) vs.Cagle(R) vs.Hill(R) vs.Abrams(D) vs.Levine(D)
HI: Ige(D) vs.Hanabusa(D) vs.Tupola(R) vs.Carroll(R) vs.McDermott(R)
IA: Kim_Reynolds(R) vs.Leopold(D) vs.Boulton(D) vs.McGuire(D) vs.Glasson(D) vs.Hubbell(D) vs.Porter(L) vs.Battaglia(L)
ID: Little(R) vs.Fulcher(R) vs.Labrador(R) vs.Ahlquist(R) vs.Minton(D) vs.Jordan(D)
IL: Rauner(R) vs.Kennedy(D) vs.Pawar(D) vs.Daniel Biss (D) vs.Pritzker(D) vs.Ives(R)
KS: Brewer(D) vs.Wink Hartman (R) vs.Colyer(R) vs.Kobach(R) vs.Orman(I) vs.Kelly(D)
MA: Baker(R) vs.Gonzalez(D) vs.Setti Warren (D) vs.Bob Massie (R)
MD: Hogan(R) vs.Alec Ross (D) vs.Cummings(D) vs.Madaleno(D) vs.Jealous(D) vs.Quinn(L) vs.Schlakman(G)
ME: Mayhew(R) vs.Mills(D) vs.Boyle(D) vs.Thibodeau(R) vs.Moody(D) vs.Capron(I) vs.Caron(I)
MI: Whitmer(R) vs.El-Sayed(D) vs.Tim Walz (D) vs.Schuette(R) vs.Calley(R) vs.Tatar(L)
MN: vs.Smith(D) vs.Coleman(D) vs.Murphy(D) vs.Otto(D) vs.Tina Liebling (DFL) vs.Tim Walz (DFL) vs.Matt Dean (R) vs.Pawlenty(R) vs.Johnson(R) vs.Swanson(D)
MO: Greitens(R) vs.Parson(R)
NE: Ricketts(R) vs.Krist(D)
NH: Sununu(R) vs.Jarvis(L) vs.Steve Marchand (D)
NM: Lujan-Grisham(D) vs.Pearce(R) vs.Cervantes(D) vs.Apodaca (D) vs.Jarvis(L)
NV: Fisher (R) vs.Sisolak(D) vs.Laxalt(R) vs.Schwartz(R)
NY: Cuomo(D) vs.Nixon(D) vs.Hawkins(G) vs.Molinaro(R)
OH: DeWine(R) vs.Husted(R,Lt.Gov.) vs.Kucinich(D) vs.Sutton(D,Lt.Gov) vs.Taylor(R) vs.Jim Renacci (R) vs.Connie Pillich (D) vs.Schiavoni(D) vs.Whaley(D) vs.Cordray(D)
OK: Stitt(R) vs.Cornett(R) vs.Edmondson(D) vs.Richardson(R) vs.Johnson(D) vs.Powell(L) vs.Maldonado(L)
OR: Brown(D) vs.Scott Inman(D) vs.Buehler(R)
PA: Wolf(D) vs.Fetterman(D,Lt.Gov.) vs.Wagner(R) vs.Barletta(R) vs.Krawchuk(L)
RI: Raimondo(D) vs.Brown(D) vs.Fung(R) vs.Morgan(R)
SC: McMaster(R) vs.McGill(R) vs.Pope(R) vs.Templeton(R) vs.Smith(D) vs.Warren(D) vs.Bryant(R)
SD: Noem(R) vs.Jackley(R) vs.Sutton(D)
TN: Green(R) vs.Dean(D) vs.Black(R) vs.Lee(R)
TX: Abbott(R) vs.Glass(L) vs.White(D) vs.Valdez(D)
VT: Scott(R) vs.Moody(R) vs.Hallquist(D) vs.Stern(D)
WI: Walker(R) vs.Harlow(D) vs.Vinehout(D) vs.Evers(D) vs.Roys(D) vs.Anderson(L)
WY: Throne(D) vs.Dahlin(R) vs.Gordon(R) vs.Rammell(R)
Gubernatorial Possibilities 2019:
KY: vs.Grimes(D) vs.Chandler(D) vs.Gray(D)
LA: vs.Edwards(D) vs.Kennedy(R)
MS: vs.Baria(D) vs.Sherman(D) vs.Reeves(R) vs.Lott(R)

Retiring 2018:
AL-R: Robert Bentley(R)
(term-limited 2018)
CA-D: Jerry Brown
(term-limited 2018)
CO-D: John Hickenlooper
(term-limited 2018)
FL-R: Rick Scott
(term-limited 2018)
GA-R: Nathan Deal
(term-limited 2018)
ID-R: Butch Otter
(retiring 2018)
ME-R: Paul LePage
(term-limited 2018)
MI-R: Rick Snyder
(term-limited 2018)
MN-D: Mark Dayton
(retiring 2018)
NM-R: Susana Martinez
(term-limited 2018)
OH-R: John Kasich
(term-limited 2018)
OK-R: Mary Fallin
(term-limited 2018)
SD-R: Dennis Daugaard
(term-limited 2018)
TN-R: Bill Haslam
(term-limited 2018)
WY-R: Matt Mead
(term-limited 2018)
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