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2016 Democratic contenders:
Joe Biden
(Vice President)
Lincoln Chafee
(Governor Lincoln Chafee,RI)
Hillary Clinton
(Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton,and NY Senator)
Martin O`Malley
(Governor Martin O`Malley,MD)
Bernie Sanders
(Vermont Senator)
Elizabeth Warren
(Senator,MA)
James Webb
(Former Senator,VA)

2016 Republican contenders:
Jeb Bush
(Former Florida Governor)
Ben Carson
(Tea Party favorite and M.D.)
Chris Christie
(New Jersey Governor)
Ted Cruz
(Texas Senator)
Carly Fiorina
(California CEO)
Jim Gilmore
(Former Virginia Governor)
Lindsey Graham
(South Carolina Senator)
Mike Huckabee
(Former Arkansas Governor)
Bobby Jindal
(Louisiana Governor)
John Kasich
(Former Ohio Governor)
Sarah Palin
(Former Alaska Governor)
George Pataki
(Former N.Y. Governor)
Rand Paul
(Kentucky Senator)

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Lawrence Lessig on Abortion
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  • I would veto a law defunding Planned Parenthood. (Sep 2015)
Lawrence Lessig on Budget & Economy
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Lawrence Lessig on Civil Rights
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  • Black Lives Matter: institutional racism risks black lives. (Oct 2015)
  • LGBT rights secured constitutionally; now work on statute. (Oct 2015)
  • Aggressively support transgendered social recognition. (Oct 2015)
  • I am a libertarian on free speech issues. (Sep 2015)
Lawrence Lessig on Corporations
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  • We need a new law to take on Wall Street. (Sep 2015)
Lawrence Lessig on Crime
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  • Comprehensive reform of mandatory minimum sentences. (Oct 2015)
Lawrence Lessig on Drugs
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  • War on Drugs is most self-destructive war in U.S. history. (Oct 2015)
Lawrence Lessig on Education
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  • Congress should decide student loan rates, not banks. (Sep 2015)
  • No Child Left Behind gave birth to testing industry. (Sep 2015)
Lawrence Lessig on Energy & Oil
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  • Stop subsidizing oil companies & their pollution. (Oct 2015)
Lawrence Lessig on Environment
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  • We don't own Earth; we hold it in trust for our children. (Oct 2015)
Lawrence Lessig on Families & Children
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  • Sexually abused by his choir teacher as a schoolboy. (Sep 2015)
  • 2008:Criticized Catholic Church for immunity on sexual abuse. (Sep 2015)
Lawrence Lessig on Foreign Policy
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Lawrence Lessig on Free Trade
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Lawrence Lessig on Government Reform
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  • Voter vouchers: matching funds for federal campaigns. (Sep 2015)
  • Referendum president: pass voting reform, then step down. (Sep 2015)
  • Automatic voter registration; make election day a holiday. (Sep 2015)
  • Ranked Choice Voting: end political gerrymandering. (Sep 2015)
Lawrence Lessig on Gun Control
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  • Keep machine guns away from the sorts who massacre kids. (Oct 2015)
Lawrence Lessig on Health Care
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  • ObamaCare public option was compromised to special interests. (Sep 2015)
Lawrence Lessig on Homeland Security
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  • The size of our own defense budget induces instability. (Oct 2015)
Lawrence Lessig on Immigration
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  • Promise the hardest workers that they can become citizens. (Oct 2015)
Lawrence Lessig on Jobs
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  • America needs a minimum wage that is a living wage. (Oct 2015)
Lawrence Lessig on Principles & Values
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  • I won't resign after one law; that was totally stupid. (Oct 2015)
  • Acknowledge elephant in the room: partisanship doesn't work. (Sep 2015)
Lawrence Lessig on Social Security
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  • Privatizing Social Security is a sure path to insecurity. (Oct 2015)
  • Apply same Social Security rate to all levels of income. (Oct 2015)
Lawrence Lessig on Tax Reform
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  • Taxes in America should be progressive and efficient. (Oct 2015)
Lawrence Lessig on Technology
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  • Free culture movement: oppose excessively strict copyright. (Sep 2015)
  • Digital technologies let amateurs create for love, not money. (Aug 2008)
Lawrence Lessig on War & Peace
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  • No US ground troops in Syria; but create safe zones. (Oct 2015)
  • Vigorously support nuclear agreement with Iran. (Oct 2015)
  • Work with Sunnis and Iraq against ISIS. (Oct 2015)
  • Maintain 5,500 or more US troops in Afghanistan. (Oct 2015)
  • Our trillion dollar war made America less safe. (Oct 2015)
Lawrence Lessig 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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Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+2 points on Social scale)
I would veto a law defunding Planned Parenthood: Favors topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Black Lives Matter: institutional racism risks black lives: Strongly Favors topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+5 points on Social scale)
LGBT rights secured constitutionally; now work on statute: Strongly Favors topic 3
Aggressively support transgendered social recognition: 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)
Strongly Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-5 points on Economic scale)
ObamaCare public option was compromised to special interests: Strongly Favors topic 5
Strongly Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Privatizing Social Security is a sure path to insecurity: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Apply same Social Security rate to all levels of income: Opposes topic 6
Opposes topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(-3 points on Economic scale)
No Child Left Behind gave birth to testing industry: Opposes topic 7
Strongly Opposes topic 8:
EPA regulations are too restrictive
(+5 points on Social scale)
We don't own Earth; we hold it in trust for our children: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Strongly Opposes topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(+5 points on Social scale)
Comprehensive reform of mandatory minimum sentences: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Strongly Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Keep machine guns away from the sorts who massacre kids: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Strongly Favors topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Taxes in America should be progressive and efficient: Strongly Favors topic 11
Strongly Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+5 points on Social scale)
Promise the hardest workers that they can become citizens: Strongly Favors topic 12
No opinion on topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Opposes topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Work with Sunnis and Iraq against ISIS: Opposes topic 14
Strongly Opposes topic 15:
Expand the military
(+5 points on Social scale)
The size of our own defense budget induces instability: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Strongly Favors topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(+5 points on Social scale)
Voter vouchers: matching funds for federal campaigns: Strongly Favors topic 16
Automatic voter registration; make election day a holiday: Strongly Favors topic 16
Acknowledge elephant in the room: partisanship doesn't work: Favors topic 16
Favors topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(+2 points on Social scale)
No US ground troops in Syria; but create safe zones: Neutral on topic 17
Vigorously support nuclear agreement with Iran: Strongly Favors topic 17
Maintain 5,500 or more US troops in Afghanistan: Opposes topic 17
Our trillion dollar war made America less safe: Strongly Favors topic 17
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Stop subsidizing oil companies & their pollution: Strongly Favors topic 18
Strongly Opposes topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(+5 points on Social scale)
War on Drugs is most self-destructive war in U.S. history: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Favors topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(-3 points on Economic scale)
America needs a minimum wage that is a living wage: Favors topic 20
We need a new law to take on Wall Street: Favors topic 20

Lawrence Lessig is a Hard-Core Liberal.
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