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Mitch Daniels on Abortion
Click here for 4 full quotes on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • A reliable advocate of right to life. (Sep 2011)
  • Declare truce on abortion Issue. (Sep 2011)
  • No stem-cell research; private funds ok for adult stem cells. (Nov 2008)
  • Legal abortion for rape, incest, or medical danger. (Nov 2008)
Mitch Daniels on Budget & Economy
Click here for 7 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • Desperately alarmed about national spending. (Sep 2011)
  • Spend less money than you take in. (Sep 2011)
  • Downsize federal employment: freeze hiring & freeze pay. (Sep 2011)
  • Reinstate impoundment: spend less than appropriated. (Sep 2011)
  • Our "raisin' debt": survival-level threat of red ink. (Feb 2011)
  • Automatic taxpayer refund when reserves exceed 10%. (Jan 2011)
  • Growth-friendly tax cuts reverse Indiana’s economic decline. (Nov 2006)
Mitch Daniels on Civil Rights
Click here for 4 full quotes on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • Traditional definition of marriage AND non-discrimination. (Sep 2011)
  • Raised women and minority contracting in public positions. (Sep 2011)
  • No same-sex marriage nor civil unions. (Nov 2008)
  • No affirmative action in public college admissions. (Nov 2008)
Mitch Daniels on Corporations
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  • Reduce corporate income tax; cut and cap property tax. (Nov 2008)
Mitch Daniels on Crime
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  • Strengthen laws against horrid practice of human trafficking. (Jan 2012)
  • Privatize prison management. (Sep 2011)
  • Incarcerate in a smarter way, based on danger to society. (Jan 2011)
  • Support the death penalty. (Nov 2008)
  • Prevent recidivism with vocational training & alternatives. (Nov 2008)
Mitch Daniels on Drugs
Click here for 2 full quotes on Drugs OR background on Drugs.
  • Alternative sentencing for marijuana possession. (Apr 2011)
  • 1971: Arrested and convicted of drug use in college. (Feb 2011)
Mitch Daniels on Education
Click here for 12 full quotes on Education OR background on Education.
  • End cruel, defeatist practice of passing kids who can't read. (Jan 2012)
  • Public schools' failure fault of NEA & AFT unions. (Sep 2011)
  • NEA not entirely motivated by what's best for children. (Sep 2011)
  • Pro school choice; pro charter schools; pro voucher. (Sep 2011)
  • Pay students to leave high school early. (Sep 2011)
  • Parents choose best public school, traditional or charter. (Feb 2011)
  • Pay teachers, and award tenure, based on effectiveness. (Jan 2011)
  • Lift backward-looking limits on charter schools. (Jan 2010)
  • Support vouchers for public schools. (Nov 2008)
  • Use lottery revenue for free college tuition for two years. (Nov 2008)
  • Voluntary prayer in public schools. (Nov 2008)
  • Proud of long-standing commitment to our public schools. (Nov 2006)
Mitch Daniels on Energy & Oil
Click here for 7 full quotes on Energy & Oil OR background on Energy & Oil.
  • Look to US sources of energy; we shoot ourselves in the foot. (Sep 2011)
  • Some subsidies ok for renewable energy. (Sep 2011)
  • Biofuels oversubsidized but should still be encouraged. (Sep 2011)
  • Drill and frack and lease and license. (Feb 2011)
  • Make IN a leader in electric vehicles & solar power industry. (Jan 2010)
  • Support clean coal as well as alternative energy. (Nov 2008)
  • Set goal of 25% renewable energy by 2025. (Jan 2007)
Mitch Daniels on Environment
Click here for 3 full quotes on Environment OR background on Environment.
  • First state to phase in new environmental Clean Air permits. (Jan 2012)
  • Rename EPA as Employment Prevention Agency. (Sep 2011)
  • Reduced air pollution in 23 non-compliant counties. (Sep 2011)
Mitch Daniels on Families & Children
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  • Nothing more contemptible than failing to pay child support. (Jan 2010)
Mitch Daniels on Foreign Policy
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Mitch Daniels on Free Trade
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Mitch Daniels on Government Reform
Click here for 6 full quotes on Government Reform OR background on Government Reform.
  • Experiment in trickle-down government hurts middle class. (Jan 2012)
  • Declare a multi-year moratorium on new rules of any kind. (Sep 2011)
  • Expansion of public power shrinks the citizen. (Sep 2011)
  • Government should enable private life to flourish. (Feb 2011)
  • At OMB, first loud critic of Congressional earmarks. (Feb 2011)
  • No limits on individual nor PAC campaign contributions. (Nov 2008)
Mitch Daniels on Gun Control
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  • No background checks; no licenses; yes concealed carry. (Nov 2008)
Mitch Daniels on Health Care
Click here for 8 full quotes on Health Care OR background on Health Care.
  • Medicare 2.0 for the sickest, and for middle and low income. (Sep 2011)
  • Obamacare is an existential fiscal crisis; it must be undone. (Sep 2011)
  • HSAs work better than old-fashioned insurance plans. (Sep 2011)
  • Healthy Indiana: POWER = personal wellness & responsibility. (Sep 2011)
  • Tort reform; sue HMOs; no guarantees. (Nov 2008)
  • INShape plan: insure 130,000 uninsured Hoosiers. (Nov 2008)
  • Increase cigarette tax; insurance discounts to non-smokers. (Nov 2006)
  • Loosen "one-size-fits-all" approach to Medicaid. (Jan 2011)
Mitch Daniels on Homeland Security
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  • WMD and National Debt, the two greatest dangers to America. (Sep 2011)
  • Defense spending must be reviewed for budget cuts. (Sep 2011)
  • Rampant waste in defense spending. (Sep 2011)
  • Limit defense missions to the vital interests of our country. (Sep 2011)
  • No free pass for national defense in budget cuts. (Feb 2011)
Mitch Daniels on Immigration
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  • Need more immigrants with brains or money to invest. (Sep 2011)
Mitch Daniels on Jobs
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  • Support Right to Work and Indiana will add jobs faster. (Jan 2012)
Mitch Daniels on Local Issues
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Mitch Daniels on Principles & Values
Click here for 3 full quotes on Principles & Values OR background on Principles & Values.
  • Government is meant to serve the people, not supervise them. (Jan 2012)
  • No "have-nots": just "haves," and "soon-to-haves". (Jan 2012)
  • You might dislike my decisions, but things ARE different. (Jan 2012)
Mitch Daniels on Social Security
Click here for 3 full quotes on Social Security OR background on Social Security.
  • Stop paying pension benefits to the wealthy. (Jan 2012)
  • Means testing for Social Security. (Sep 2011)
  • Raise the retirement age; replace COLA. (Sep 2011)
Mitch Daniels on Tax Reform
Click here for 5 full quotes on Tax Reform OR background on Tax Reform.
  • Fewer loopholes and lower rates. (Jan 2012)
  • Reform the income tax; raise tax rate if necessary. (Sep 2011)
  • Solemn duty to spend wisely when taking from free citizens. (Sep 2011)
  • Wrong ever to take an unnecessary dollar from a free citizen. (Feb 2011)
  • Raising taxes is the worst thing possible in a recession. (Jan 2010)
Mitch Daniels on Technology
Click here for 3 full quotes on Technology OR background on Technology.
  • Invest $1.2 billion in Hoosier Heartland Corridor and US31. (Jan 2012)
  • Untie Gulliver: privatize roads & build without fed rulebook. (Feb 2011)
  • Supports internet sales tax. (Nov 2008)
Mitch Daniels on War & Peace
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Mitch Daniels on Welfare & Poverty
Click here for 2 full quotes on Welfare & Poverty OR background on Welfare & Poverty.
  • Reform the Safety Net; we're not "entitled" to anything. (Sep 2011)
  • Replace welfare programs with negative income tax. (Sep 2011)


VoteMatch Responses
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VoteMatch Question & Answer
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Based on these stances:
(Click on topic for excerpt & citation)
Opposes topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(-3 points on Social scale)
A reliable advocate of right to life: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Declare truce on abortion Issue: Favors topic 1
No stem-cell research; private funds ok for adult stem cells: Opposes topic 1
Legal abortion for rape, incest, or medical danger: Opposes topic 1
Opposes topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Raised women and minority contracting in public positions: Favors topic 2
No affirmative action in public college admissions: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Strongly Opposes topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(-5 points on Social scale)
Traditional definition of marriage AND non-discrimination: Opposes topic 3
Traditional definition of marriage AND non-discrimination: Opposes topic 3
No same-sex marriage nor civil unions: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Strongly Favors topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(-5 points on Social scale)
Reform the Safety Net; we're not "entitled" to anything: Favors topic 4
Voluntary prayer in public schools: Strongly Favors topic 4
Opposes topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Medicare 2.0 for the sickest, and for middle and low income: Favors topic 5
Obamacare is an existential fiscal crisis; it must be undone: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Obamacare is an existential fiscal crisis; it must be undone: Strongly Opposes topic 5
HSAs work better than old-fashioned insurance plans: Opposes topic 5
Healthy Indiana: POWER = personal wellness & responsibility: Favors topic 5
Tort reform; sue HMOs; no guarantees: Strongly Opposes topic 5
INShape plan: insure 130,000 uninsured Hoosiers: Favors topic 5
Increase cigarette tax; insurance discounts to non-smokers: Favors topic 5
Loosen "one-size-fits-all" approach to Medicaid: Opposes topic 5
Favors topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Means testing for Social Security: Favors topic 6
Raise the retirement age; replace COLA: Favors topic 6
Strongly Favors topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Pro school choice; pro charter schools; pro voucher: Strongly Favors topic 7
Pro school choice; pro charter schools; pro voucher: Strongly Favors topic 7
Pay teachers, and award tenure, based on effectiveness: Favors topic 7
Lift backward-looking limits on charter schools: Favors topic 7
Support vouchers for public schools: Strongly Favors topic 7
Proud of long-standing commitment to our public schools: Opposes topic 7
Favors topic 8:
Human needs over animal rights
(-3 points on Social scale)
First state to phase in new environmental Clean Air permits: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Invest $1.2 billion in Hoosier Heartland Corridor and US31: Favors topic 8
Rename EPA as Employment Prevention Agency: Strongly Favors topic 8
Reduced air pollution in 23 non-compliant counties: Favors topic 8
Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-3 points on Social scale)
Strengthen laws against horrid practice of human trafficking: Favors topic 9
Incarcerate in a smarter way, based on danger to society: Opposes topic 9
Nothing more contemptible than failing to pay child support: Favors topic 9
Support the death penalty: Strongly Favors topic 9
Prevent recidivism with vocational training & alternatives: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Strongly Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+5 points on Economic scale)
No background checks; no licenses; yes concealed carry: Strongly Favors topic 10
Strongly Opposes topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Fewer loopholes and lower rates: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Solemn duty to spend wisely when taking from free citizens: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Automatic taxpayer refund when reserves exceed 10%: Opposes topic 11
Raising taxes is the worst thing possible in a recession: Opposes topic 11
Reduce corporate income tax; cut and cap property tax: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Supports internet sales tax: Favors topic 11
Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+2 points on Social scale)
Need more immigrants with brains or money to invest: Favors topic 12
No opinion on topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
No opinion on topic 14:
Maintain US sovereignty from UN
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Opposes topic 15:
Expand the military
(+5 points on Social scale)
Defense spending must be reviewed for budget cuts: Opposes topic 15
Rampant waste in defense spending: Strongly Opposes topic 15
No free pass for national defense in budget cuts: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Strongly Opposes topic 16:
Stricter limits on political campaign funds
(+5 points on Economic scale)
No limits on individual nor PAC campaign contributions: Strongly Opposes topic 16
Favors topic 17:
Stay out of Iran
(+2 points on Social scale)
Limit defense missions to the vital interests of our country: Favors topic 17
No opinion on topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(0 points on Economic scale)
Look to US sources of energy; we shoot ourselves in the foot: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Some subsidies ok for renewable energy: Favors topic 18
Biofuels oversubsidized but should still be encouraged: Favors topic 18
Drill and frack and lease and license: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Make IN a leader in electric vehicles & solar power industry: Favors topic 18
Support clean coal as well as alternative energy: Opposes topic 18
Set goal of 25% renewable energy by 2025: Strongly Favors topic 18
Strongly Opposes topic 19:
Never legalize marijuana
(+5 points on Social scale)
Alternative sentencing for marijuana possession: Strongly Opposes topic 19
1971: Arrested and convicted of drug use in college: Opposes topic 19
Strongly Opposes topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Downsize federal employment: freeze hiring & freeze pay: Opposes topic 20
Growth-friendly tax cuts reverse Indiana’s economic decline: Strongly Opposes topic 20

Mitch Daniels is a Moderate Libertarian Conservative.
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