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Mike Johanns on Abortion
Click here for 4 full quotes on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • No new embryonic stem cell lines, but existing research ok. (Jun 2008)
  • Don’t let judges decide on partial birth abortion. (Mar 2008)
  • Partial-birth abortion is a barbaric practice. (Jan 2001)
  • Prohibit federal funding for abortion. (May 2011)
Mike Johanns on Budget & Economy
Click here for 9 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • I’m the only candidate who’s actually dealt with the budget. (Sep 2008)
  • Growing the economy will balance the budget over time. (Aug 2008)
  • Government does not create wealth; people do. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on modifying bankruptcy rules to avoid mortgage foreclosures. (May 2009)
  • Voted NO on additional $825 billion for economic recovery package. (Feb 2009)
  • Let state meat inspection suffice for interstate shipments. (Jul 2000)
  • Bankruptcy reform: limit Chapter 7; protect states' role. (Feb 2001)
  • Uphold commitments to states before other spending. (Sep 2001)
Mike Johanns on Civil Rights
Click here for 5 full quotes on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • Define marriage as between a man and a woman. (Jun 2008)
  • No affirmative action. (Jun 2008)
  • Nebraska values include traditional marriage. (Mar 2008)
  • Support principles embodied in the Equal Rights Amendment. (Feb 2001)
  • Constitutionally prohibit flag desecration. (May 2009)
Mike Johanns on Corporations
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Mike Johanns on Crime
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  • Supports death penalty for federal crimes. (Jun 2008)
  • Juvenile justice package: more funding; more coordination. (Jan 2001)
  • Supports flexible federal block grants for crime programs. (Sep 2001)
  • Zero tolerance for violence against government employees. (Aug 2001)
Mike Johanns on Drugs
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  • More federal funding for all aspects of Drug War. (Aug 2000)
  • States should make drug policy, not feds. (Aug 2001)
Mike Johanns on Education
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  • Opposes “No Child Left Behind”--leave it to states. (Jun 2008)
  • $27M for state colleges’ recruitment & diversity. (Jan 2001)
  • More teacher bonuses and incentives, locally decided. (Jan 2001)
  • Don't count combat pay against free school lunch. (Mar 2009)
Mike Johanns on Energy & Oil
Click here for 10 full quotes on Energy & Oil OR background on Energy & Oil.
  • New corn genetics brings 40% yield increase & more ethanol. (Aug 2008)
  • Opposes Warner-Lieberman Climate Security Act. (Aug 2008)
  • Expand domestic oil production; reduce refinery regulations. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted YES on protecting middle-income taxpayers from a national energy tax. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted YES on requiring full Senate debate and vote on cap-and-trade. (Apr 2009)
  • Voluntary partnerships reduce greenhouse gases economically. (Aug 2000)
  • Kyoto Treaty must include reductions by all countries. (Aug 2000)
  • Federal tax incentives for energy, with state decisions. (Aug 2001)
  • Signed the No Climate Tax Pledge by AFP. (Nov 2010)
Mike Johanns on Environment
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  • Voted NO on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program. (Aug 2009)
  • Replace MTBE in gasoline with cleaner ethanol. (May 2000)
  • More state autonomy on brownfields & Superfund cleanups. (Aug 2001)
  • Support State Revolving Loan Fund for flexible Clean Water. (Aug 2001)
  • Focus on prevention and states for Endangered Species. (Aug 2001)
  • Collaborative, incentive driven, locally-based solutions. (Aug 2001)
  • Apply "Good Samaritan" rules to abandoned mine cleanup. (Aug 2001)
  • State primacy over water quantity & quality issues. (Aug 2001)
Mike Johanns on Families & Children
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  • Encourage fathers' participation in child-raising. (Sep 2001)
  • Federal funds & state involvement in fatherhood initiatives. (Aug 2001)
Mike Johanns on Foreign Policy
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Mike Johanns on Free Trade
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  • Open up new markets for agricultural & beef exports. (Mar 2008)
  • Sponsored bill for post-mad-cow access to Japan beef markets. (Mar 2010)
Mike Johanns on Government Reform
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  • Voted YES on Congressional pay raise. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted NO on providing a US House seat for the District of Columbia. (Feb 2009)
  • Reforms must respect state's rights to select electors. (Aug 2001)
  • Require Internet disclosure of all earmarks. (May 2010)
Mike Johanns on Gun Control
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  • I support the Second Amendment. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on allowing firearms in checked baggage on Amtrak trains. (Apr 2009)
  • National cross-state standard for concealed carry. (Jan 2009)
Mike Johanns on Health Care
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  • Didn’t phase out adult mental health care services. (Oct 2008)
  • Giving all taxpayers federal coverage would cost $480B. (Oct 2008)
  • Alternative community hospitals got 9000 more people treated. (Sep 2008)
  • Opposes a single-payer government run program. (Jun 2008)
  • Use tobacco settlement for biomedical research. (Jan 2001)
  • $6M increase in funding for mental health. (Jan 2001)
  • Voted YES on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts. (May 2011)
  • Voted YES on regulating tobacco as a drug. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted NO on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program. (Jan 2009)
  • No federal pre-emption of employee health plan regulation. (Oct 2001)
  • More federal funding for rural health services. (Aug 2001)
  • Establishment of Office of Health Care Fraud Prevention. (Oct 2009)
  • Reforms should slow the long-term growth of health costs. (Jul 2009)
  • Protect state tobacco settlement funds from federal seizure. (Apr 1999)
Mike Johanns on Homeland Security
Click here for 9 full quotes on Homeland Security OR background on Homeland Security.
  • Negotiating with rogue nations squanders American prestige. (Aug 2008)
  • Military tribunals for terrorists; domestic spying ok. (Jun 2008)
  • Expand missile defense; & pre-emptive military strike policy. (Jun 2008)
  • Islamic terrorists hate America; we must stand strong. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on extending the PATRIOT Act's roving wiretaps. (Feb 2011)
  • Deal with terrorism as a joint federal-state responsibility. (Feb 2001)
  • Include states in anti-terrorism planning. (Sep 2001)
  • Study terrorist threats against nuclear waste repositories. (Aug 2001)
  • Military spouses don't lose voting residency while abroad. (Feb 2009)
Mike Johanns on Immigration
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  • Secure the border, provide no amnesty. (Jun 2008)
  • Secure our borders; no amnesty; verifiable job enforcement. (Mar 2008)
  • Share costs of legal immigration between states & federal. (Feb 2001)
  • Federal government should deal with criminal repatriation. (Feb 2001)
Mike Johanns on Jobs
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  • Create block grants for Agricultural Stewardship. (Aug 2001)
Mike Johanns on Local Issues
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Mike Johanns on Principles & Values
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  • Focus on small towns. (Aug 2008)
  • Priorities: tax relief, education, family. (Jan 2001)
  • Voted NO on confirming of Sonia Sotomayor to Supreme Court. (Aug 2009)
  • Religious affiliation: Catholic. (Nov 2000)
  • Member of Midwestern Governors' Association. (Sep 2001)
  • Member, National Governors Association/Economic Development. (Jan 2001)
  • Member of Republican Governors Association. (Aug 2001)
  • Member of the Western Governors' Association. (Aug 2001)
Mike Johanns on Social Security
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  • Honor our commitment on Social Security. (Jun 2008)
  • Maintain long-term solvency of Social Security and Medicare. (Aug 2001)
Mike Johanns on Tax Reform
Click here for 7 full quotes on Tax Reform OR background on Tax Reform.
  • No tax increase for research on celluosic ethanol. (Aug 2008)
  • As governor I opposed higher taxes; will do same in Senate. (Mar 2008)
  • $60M in property tax relief over next two years. (Jan 2001)
  • No national sales tax or VAT. (Feb 2000)
  • Let states independently determine estate taxes. (May 2001)
  • Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes. (Aug 2010)
  • Keep reduction of capital gains tax. (Mar 2009)
Mike Johanns on Technology
Click here for 3 full quotes on Technology OR background on Technology.
  • Level playing field for Main Street vs. Internet sales tax. (Aug 2001)
  • Prohibit the return of the Fairness Doctrine. (Jan 2009)
  • No performance royalties for radio music. (Mar 2009)
Mike Johanns on War & Peace
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  • No surrender and retreat in Iraq. (Mar 2008)
  • Sanctions on Iran to end nuclear program. (Apr 2009)
Mike Johanns on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Voted YES on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Support LIHEAP, low-income heating assistance. (May 2000)
  • Maintain federal Social Services Block Grant funding. (Sep 2001)
  • Maintain flexibility & funding levels for TANF block grants. (Sep 2001)


VoteMatch Responses
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Strongly Opposes topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's right
(-5 points on Social scale)
No new embryonic stem cell lines, but existing research ok: Opposes topic 1
Don’t let judges decide on partial birth abortion: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Partial-birth abortion is a barbaric practice: Opposes topic 1
Prohibit federal funding for abortion: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Opposes topic 2:
Require hiring more women & minorities
(+2 points on Economic scale)
No affirmative action: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Support principles embodied in the Equal Rights Amendment: Favors topic 2
Strongly Opposes topic 3:
Same-sex domestic partnership benefits
(-5 points on Social scale)
Define marriage as between a man and a woman: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Nebraska values include traditional marriage: Opposes topic 3
Favors topic 4:
Teacher-led prayer in public schools
(-3 points on Social scale)
Constitutionally prohibit flag desecration: Favors topic 4
Strongly Favors topic 8:
Death Penalty
(-5 points on Social scale)
Supports death penalty for federal crimes: Strongly Favors topic 8
Favors topic 9:
Mandatory Three Strikes sentencing laws
(-3 points on Social scale)
Juvenile justice package: more funding; more coordination: Favors topic 9
Supports flexible federal block grants for crime programs: Neutral on topic 9
Zero tolerance for violence against government employees: Neutral on topic 9
Strongly Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+5 points on Economic scale)
I support the Second Amendment: Strongly Favors topic 10
National cross-state standard for concealed carry: Strongly Favors topic 10
YES on allowing firearms in checked baggage on Amtrak trains: Favors topic 10
Opposes topic 5:
More federal funding for health coverage
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Giving all taxpayers federal coverage would cost $480B: Opposes topic 5
Opposes a single-payer government run program: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Use tobacco settlement for biomedical research: Favors topic 5
$6M increase in funding for mental health: Favors topic 5
More federal funding for rural health services: Favors topic 5
Establishment of Office of Health Care Fraud Prevention: Opposes topic 5
Reforms should slow the long-term growth of health costs: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Protect state tobacco settlement funds from federal seizure: Neutral on topic 5
YES on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts: Opposes topic 5
NO on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program: Opposes topic 5
YES on regulating tobacco as a drug: Favors topic 5
Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Honor our commitment on Social Security: Opposes topic 6
Maintain federal Social Services Block Grant funding: Favors topic 6
Maintain long-term solvency of Social Security and Medicare: Opposes topic 6
Opposes topic 7:
Parents choose schools via vouchers
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Opposes “No Child Left Behind”--leave it to states: Opposes topic 7
Opposes topic 18:
Replace coal & oil with alternatives
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Opposes Warner-Lieberman Climate Security Act: Opposes topic 18
Expand domestic oil production; reduce refinery regulations: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Replace MTBE in gasoline with cleaner ethanol: Neutral on topic 18
Voluntary partnerships reduce greenhouse gases economically: Neutral on topic 18
Kyoto Treaty must include reductions by all countries: Opposes topic 18
Create block grants for Agricultural Stewardship: Neutral on topic 18
Collaborative, incentive driven, locally-based solutions: Neutral on topic 18
Signed the No Climate Tax Pledge by AFP: Strongly Opposes topic 18
YES on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases: Opposes topic 18
YES on requiring full Senate debate and vote on cap-and-trade: Opposes topic 18
YES on protecting middle-income taxpayers from a national energy tax: Opposes topic 18
NO on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program: Opposes topic 18
Favors topic 19:
Drug use is immoral: enforce laws against it
(-3 points on Social scale)
More federal funding for all aspects of Drug War: Favors topic 19
States should make drug policy, not feds: Neutral on topic 19
Favors topic 20:
Allow churches to provide welfare services
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Support LIHEAP, low-income heating assistance: Favors topic 20
Maintain flexibility & funding levels for TANF block grants: Favors topic 20
Strongly Opposes topic 11:
Make taxes more progressive
(+5 points on Economic scale)
As governor I opposed higher taxes; will do same in Senate: Strongly Opposes topic 11
$60M in property tax relief over next two years: Opposes topic 11
No national sales tax or VAT: Neutral on topic 11
Federal tax incentives for energy, with state decisions: Neutral on topic 11
Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Keep reduction of capital gains tax: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Opposes topic 12:
Illegal immigrants earn citizenship
(-3 points on Social scale)
Secure the border, provide no amnesty: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Secure our borders; no amnesty; verifiable job enforcement: Strongly Opposes 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
Strongly Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Open up new markets for agricultural & beef exports: Strongly Favors topic 13
Sponsored bill for post-mad-cow access to Japan beef markets: Strongly Favors topic 13
Strongly Favors topic 15:
Expand the armed forces
(-5 points on Social scale)
Negotiating with rogue nations squanders American prestige: Favors topic 15
Expand missile defense; & pre-emptive military strike policy: Strongly Favors topic 15
Favors topic 16:
Stricter limits on political campaign funds
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Require Internet disclosure of all earmarks: Favors topic 16
Military spouses don't lose voting residency while abroad: Favors topic 16
Strongly Opposes topic 14:
The Patriot Act harms civil liberties
(-5 points on Social scale)
Military tribunals for terrorists; domestic spying ok: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Islamic terrorists hate America; we must stand strong: Opposes topic 14
YES on extending the PATRIOT Act's roving wiretaps: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Opposes topic 17:
US out of Iraq & Afghanistan
(-3 points on Social scale)
No surrender and retreat in Iraq: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Include states in anti-terrorism planning: Neutral on topic 17
Sanctions on Iran to end nuclear program: Opposes topic 17

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