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Rev. Jesse Jackson on Abortion
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  • Pro-Life stance should extend to war, voting & life options. (Jun 2005)
Rev. Jesse Jackson on Budget & Economy
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  • Race gap being replaced by class gap. (Jul 1999)
  • Working poor choose bear lottery over bull market. (Jul 1999)
  • Focus on poor building wealth, not just income. (Jul 1999)
  • Minorities should influence companies by being shareholders. (Jul 1999)
  • Lotteries disproportionately hurt the poor. (Jul 1999)
  • Back out of debt the same way we got in. (Aug 1995)
  • Economic justice & fairness over efficiency. (Jul 1991)
  • Reagan’s recovery was for corporations, not the poor. (Jul 1984)
Rev. Jesse Jackson on Civil Rights
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  • Black disenfranchisement part of Civil Rights movement. (Dec 2000)
  • Blacks were disproportionately disenfranchised in Florida. (Dec 2000)
  • Sued Illinois school for expelling black students. (Aug 2000)
  • Wall Street Project: boycott & sue to force racial diversity. (Aug 2000)
  • 4th phase of emancipation is democratization of capital. (Jul 1999)
  • Expand Black & Hispanic Entrepreneurial Cooperation. (Jul 1999)
  • Pledged woman V.P. in 1984; key to Geraldine Ferraro in 1988. (Jul 1991)
  • Participated in gay rights rallies during 1988 campaign. (Jul 1991)
  • First serious black presidential candidate. (Jul 1991)
  • ERA will pass if we all come together. (Jul 1984)
Rev. Jesse Jackson on Corporations
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  • Use corporate power to open doors to black businesses. (Oct 2002)
Rev. Jesse Jackson on Crime
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  • Co-authored "Legal Lynching: Racism, & the Death Penalty". (Oct 2001)
  • Protested Texas execution of Gary Graham. (Aug 2000)
  • More African-American parolees than graduates. (Aug 1995)
  • 4 Balls, not 3 Strikes. (Aug 1995)
Rev. Jesse Jackson on Drugs
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  • Advocates for war on drugs. (Dec 2000)
  • Crack vs. powder is black vs. white. (Aug 1995)
Rev. Jesse Jackson on Education
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  • Protested courses on Western Culture as racist & sexist. (Dec 2003)
  • Lifetime of prayer, not one minute in school. (Aug 1995)
  • Involve parents in school decision-making. (Jul 1991)
  • Choice schools to choice children is un-American. (Aug 1995)
Rev. Jesse Jackson on Energy & Oil
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  • We need Senate to pass a climate bill & end oil subsidies. (Aug 2010)
Rev. Jesse Jackson on Environment
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Rev. Jesse Jackson on Families & Children
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  • 1992: Remember that Jesus was born to a homeless couple. (Nov 2009)
  • Citizenship Education Fund focuses on youth development. (Dec 2000)
  • Send Elian back to Cuba; Castro is OK. (Aug 2000)
  • Give our children education & character, as lasting gifts. (Jul 1999)
  • Nurture, not police. (Aug 1995)
  • Jackson populism: attack big business; stress family values. (Jul 1991)
Rev. Jesse Jackson on Foreign Policy
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  • Reduce Zionist influence in American foreign policy. (Jan 2009)
  • Mexico NOT a backdoor, it’s NEXT door with huge potential. (Jun 2005)
  • Attended inauguration of South African Pres. Nelson Mandela. (Nov 2003)
  • Support dialog in Mideast; fight for democracy around world. (Dec 2000)
  • Time to invest in US like we invest in developing countries. (Jul 1999)
  • Let Europe & Japan share more of defense burden. (Aug 1995)
  • Mutual respect over gunboat diplomacy. (Jul 1984)
  • Appeal to Chinese morality; apologize when needed. (Apr 2001)
Rev. Jesse Jackson on Free Trade
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  • American workers can’t compete with slave labor. (Aug 1995)
  • Working people cannot afford adding Chile to NAFTA. (Aug 1995)
  • Joined with Perot as “Odd Couple” in opposing NAFTA. (Aug 1995)
Rev. Jesse Jackson on Government Reform
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Rev. Jesse Jackson on Gun Control
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Rev. Jesse Jackson on Health Care
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  • Advocates national health care. (Dec 2000)
  • Balance budget to afford comprehensive coverage. (Aug 1995)
Rev. Jesse Jackson on Homeland Security
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  • Pentagon is largest federal source of waste, fraud & abuse. (Aug 1995)
  • Defense pork projects are immoral. (Aug 1995)
  • Commitment against first use of nuclear weapons. (Jul 1991)
Rev. Jesse Jackson on Immigration
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  • Blacks & Mexicans are weapons in immigrant job war. (Jun 2005)
  • Supports bilingual ed.; opposed Reagan’s immigration reform. (Jul 1991)
Rev. Jesse Jackson on Jobs
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  • 3.2M green jobs that can't be shipped overseas. (Aug 2010)
Rev. Jesse Jackson on Principles & Values
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  • Led Florida street protests post-2000-election. (Nov 2010)
  • Caught off-mike: Obama "talks down to black people". (Jan 2009)
  • "Run, Jesse, Run" double meaning: campaign, & dodge attacks. (Jan 2009)
  • 1984 Rainbow Coalition: expand corridors of power. (Jan 2009)
  • OpEd: 1984 candidacy forced Dems to openly court black vote. (Aug 2008)
  • A tree shaker, not a jelly maker. (Aug 2008)
  • 1988: Won Michigan Democratic caucus. (Oct 2005)
  • Help is on the way to end darkness of 2000 election. (Jul 2004)
  • 1995: A third party may be needed for progressives. (Oct 2002)
  • Opposed bipartisan conservative majority that ignored him. (Oct 2002)
  • Outlined assets he would bring as Clinton's Vice President. (Jun 1994)
  • Apologized for calling NYC “Hymietown”. (Jul 1991)
  • Was 1988 frontrunner after winning Michigan primary. (Jul 1991)
  • Politically progressive: responsibility over victimhood. (Jul 1991)
  • Rainbow Coalition: specific groups instead of a melting pot. (Jul 1991)
  • My religion obligates me to be political. (Jul 1991)
  • Choose the human race over the nuclear race. (Jul 1984)
  • Rainbow coalition: Don’t leave anybody out. (Jul 1984)
  • America is a patchwork quilt, not all the same texture. (Jul 1984)
Rev. Jesse Jackson on Social Security
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Rev. Jesse Jackson on Tax Reform
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  • Richest 1% benefit from tax cuts; should be working poor. (Aug 1995)
  • Tax wealthy & business more, to pay for social programs. (Jul 1991)
  • Reagan’s tax cuts went to big business & hurt small business. (Jul 1984)
Rev. Jesse Jackson on Technology
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  • Computer literacy gap demands structural solution. (Jul 1999)
Rev. Jesse Jackson on War & Peace
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  • Met with Milosevic to negotiate release of captured airmen. (Apr 1999)
  • Endorsed self-determination for Palestinians. (Jul 1991)
  • Got US POW released from Syria in 1984. (Jul 1991)
  • Talk with all 22 nations in the Middle East. (Jul 1984)
Rev. Jesse Jackson on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Voice of the poor, the disenchanted, & the disillusioned. (Jan 2009)
  • We spend more on corporate welfare than on AFDC. (Aug 1995)
  • Poor are not lazy; they do our dirty work. (Aug 1995)
  • Deal forcefully with “permanent disaster areas” in cities. (Jul 1991)


VoteMatch Responses
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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)
Pro-Life stance should extend to war, voting & life options: Favors topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Black disenfranchisement part of Civil Rights movement: Favors topic 2
Wall Street Project: boycott & sue to force racial diversity: Strongly Favors topic 2
Minorities should influence companies by being shareholders: Favors topic 2
Expand Black & Hispanic Entrepreneurial Cooperation: Strongly Favors topic 2
More African-American parolees than graduates: Favors topic 2
Pledged woman V.P. in 1984; key to Geraldine Ferraro in 1988: Favors topic 2
First serious black presidential candidate: Neutral on topic 2
ERA will pass if we all come together: Favors topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+5 points on Social scale)
Participated in gay rights rallies during 1988 campaign: Strongly Favors topic 3
America is a patchwork quilt, not all the same texture: Favors topic 3
Strongly Opposes topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(+5 points on Social scale)
Focus on poor building wealth, not just income: Opposes topic 4
Give our children education & character, as lasting gifts: Opposes topic 4
Lifetime of prayer, not one minute in school: Strongly Opposes topic 4
We spend more on corporate welfare than on AFDC: Opposes topic 4
Poor are not lazy; they do our dirty work: Opposes topic 4
Deal forcefully with “permanent disaster areas” in cities: Opposes topic 4
Strongly Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Advocates national health care: Strongly Favors topic 5
Balance budget to afford comprehensive coverage: Strongly Favors topic 5
No opinion on topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Opposes topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Choice schools to choice children is un-American: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Choice schools to choice children is un-American: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Strongly Opposes topic 8:
Human needs over animal rights
(+5 points on Social scale)
We need Senate to pass a climate bill & end oil subsidies: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Strongly Opposes topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(+5 points on Social scale)
Co-authored "Legal Lynching: Racism, & the Death Penalty": Strongly Opposes topic 9
Protested Texas execution of Gary Graham: Opposes topic 9
4 Balls, not 3 Strikes: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Nurture, not police: Opposes topic 9
No opinion on topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Favors topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Richest 1% benefit from tax cuts; should be working poor: Strongly Favors topic 11
Tax wealthy & business more, to pay for social programs: Strongly Favors topic 11
Strongly Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+5 points on Social scale)
Supports bilingual ed.; opposed Reagan’s immigration reform: Strongly Favors topic 12
Strongly Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-5 points on Economic scale)
American workers can’t compete with slave labor: Opposes topic 13
Working people cannot afford adding Chile to NAFTA: Opposes topic 13
Joined with Perot as “Odd Couple” in opposing NAFTA: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Strongly Opposes topic 14:
Maintain US sovereignty from UN
(-5 points on Social scale)
Support dialog in Mideast; fight for democracy around world: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Strongly Opposes topic 15:
Expand the military
(+5 points on Social scale)
Pentagon is largest federal source of waste, fraud & abuse: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Defense pork projects are immoral: Strongly Opposes topic 15
No opinion on topic 16:
Stricter limits on political campaign funds
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Favors topic 17:
Stay out of Iran
(+2 points on Social scale)
Met with Milosevic to negotiate release of captured airmen: Favors topic 17
Let Europe & Japan share more of defense burden: Neutral on topic 17
Endorsed self-determination for Palestinians: Favors topic 17
Mutual respect over gunboat diplomacy: Favors topic 17
Talk with all 22 nations in the Middle East: Favors topic 17
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
We need Senate to pass a climate bill & end oil subsidies: Strongly Favors topic 18
3.2M green jobs that can't be shipped overseas: Favors topic 18
Favors topic 19:
Never legalize marijuana
(-3 points on Social scale)
Advocates for war on drugs: Strongly Favors topic 19
Crack vs. powder is black vs. white: Opposes topic 19
Strongly Favors topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Economic justice & fairness over efficiency: Strongly Favors topic 20

Rev. Jesse Jackson is a Libertarian-Leaning Progressive.
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