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Rick Perry on VoteMatch

Republican Governor (TX)

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Strongly Opposes topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(-5 points on Social scale)
Require hearing fetal heartbeat & one-day waiting period: Strongly Opposes topic 1
More restrictions on abortion clinics; 5-month limit: Opposes topic 1
Protect the unborn via sonogram requirement: Strongly Opposes topic 1
The right to privacy is fictitious: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Abortion only for rape, incest, or maternal health: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Supports prohibiting human embryonic stem cell research: Opposes topic 1
Opposes federal abortion funding: Opposes topic 1
Supports the Pro-life Presidential Leadership Pledge: Strongly Opposes topic 1
No opinion on topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(0 points on Economic scale)
Civil Rights Act was glorious fulfillment of Declaration: Strongly Favors topic 2
We divvy up races using tools invented to fight racism: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Suing for girls in Boy Scouts is part of strategic assault: Opposes topic 2
Support principles embodied in the Equal Rights Amendment: Favors topic 2
Strongly Opposes topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(-5 points on Social scale)
Would attend same-sex marriage of a family member: Favors topic 3
Supported anti-sodomy laws; opposes gay marriage: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Gay marriage is not protected, but judges will declare it so: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Gay marriage is not protected, but judges will declare it so: Opposes topic 3
Homosexuals are inappropriate role model for adolescent boys: Opposes topic 3
Homosexuals are inappropriate role model for adolescent boys: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Supports Amendment to prevent same sex marriage: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Strongly Favors topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(-5 points on Social scale)
Unelected judges shouldn't tell us when & where we can pray: Strongly Favors topic 4
Public prayer is not establishing a religion: Strongly Favors topic 4
Prohibiting school prayer is federal overreach: Strongly Favors topic 4
Supreme Court shouldn't choose how & where we may pray: Strongly Favors topic 4
It's about freedom OF religion, not freedom FROM religion: Strongly Favors topic 4
Help Texans move off public assistance: Favors topic 4
Supports voluntary prayer in public schools: Strongly Favors topic 4
Strongly Opposes topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(+5 points on Economic scale)
ObamaCare is an abomination for this country: Strongly Opposes topic 5
States innovate on healthcare; feds are one-size-fits-all: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Wipe out ObamaCare; block grant healthcare back to states: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Wipe out ObamaCare; block grant healthcare back to states: Strongly Opposes topic 5
ObamaCare is a trainwreck of a plan: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Repeal ObamaCare; simple message to Washington: "Enough": Strongly Opposes topic 5
Total repeal and dismantling of ObamaCare: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Total repeal and dismantling of ObamaCare: Strongly Opposes topic 5
The future of America depends on repealing ObamaCare: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Medical liability reforms have reduced frivolous lawsuits: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Healthier Texas: $200M funding pool for uncompensated care: Favors topic 5
More focus on nursing home and in-home care: Favors topic 5
More federal funding for rural health services: Favors topic 5
Opposes government-run healthcare: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Loosen "one-size-fits-all" approach to Medicaid: Opposes topic 5
Favors topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Personal accounts for younger workers: Strongly Favors topic 6
Let state employees opt out of Social Security: Favors topic 6
We are fed up with system teetering on bankruptcy: Favors topic 6
New Deal inventions violently toss aside federalism: Favors topic 6
Trust Fund is an unsustainable Ponzi scheme: Favors topic 6
Maintain federal Social Services Block Grant funding: Favors topic 6
Maintain long-term solvency of Social Security and Medicare: Opposes topic 6
Strongly Favors topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Promote school choice all across this country: Favors topic 7
Choose from mix of public, charter & private schools: Strongly Favors topic 7
Turned down $700M in federal aid due to strings attached: Favors topic 7
Turned down $700M in federal aid due to strings attached: Strongly Favors topic 7
No "Race to the Top" funding; too many strings attached: Strongly Favors topic 7
$305 million for public schools and colleges: Opposes topic 7
Start a pilot voucher program in Texas: Strongly Favors topic 7
Start a pilot voucher program in Texas: Strongly Favors topic 7
Supports vouchers, but didn't push proposal through: Favors topic 7
Supports vouchers, but didn't push proposal through: Strongly Favors topic 7
Favors topic 8:
EPA regulations are too restrictive
(-3 points on Social scale)
Create jobs by taking advantage of our natural resources: Favors topic 8
Stop declaring wildlife sanctuaries on water reservoirs: Favors topic 8
More state autonomy on brownfields & Superfund cleanups: Favors topic 8
Focus on prevention and states for Endangered Species: Strongly Opposes topic 8
State primacy over water quantity & quality issues: Favors topic 8
Keystone XL Pipeline fundamental to economic prosperity: No opin. on topic 8
Strongly Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-5 points on Social scale)
Death penalty is appropriate for those who kill cops or kids: Strongly Favors topic 9
International treaties shouldn't hinder Texas executions: Strongly Favors topic 9
I think our justice system is color blind: Favors topic 9
If you kill a TX citizen, you will face ultimate justice: Strongly Favors topic 9
Life without parole for certain repeat sex offenders: Favors topic 9
States know best on punishment; federalism is arrogance: Favors topic 9
Death penalty for aggravated rape: Strongly Favors topic 9
What's wrong with restricting ex-felons from voting?: Favors topic 9
Amachi program: break up generational cycle of incarceration: Favors topic 9
Tough and smart: jail sexual offenders; release non-violent: Strongly Favors topic 9
Executes Mexican citizen despite plea from Pres. Fox: Strongly Favors topic 9
Vetoes ban on execution of mentally retarded inmates: Strongly Favors topic 9
Supports DNA testing; standards for capital defenders: Opposes 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
Supports capital punishment for certain crimes: Strongly Favors topic 9
Strongly Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Taking away guns is knee-jerk reaction to gun tragedies: Favors topic 10
Don't use school shootings to push gun control agenda: Strongly Favors topic 10
Individual right to keep and bear arms: Strongly Favors topic 10
Opposes restrictions on the right to bear arms: Strongly Favors topic 10
Strongly Opposes topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Lower taxes & less regulation made Texas a job leader: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Tax rebates & tax relief instead of government spending: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Federal tax incentives for energy, with state decisions: Neutral on topic 11
Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Opposes topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(-3 points on Social scale)
All-of-the-above approach to resources to defend our border: Strongly Opposes topic 12
If Washington refuses to enforce the border, Texas will: Strongly Opposes topic 12
No comprehensive immigration reform until border is secure: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Illegal immigrants have committed 3,000 homicides: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Secure the border to end Central American kids' crisis: Opposes topic 12
Why isn't D.C. talking with border states about the border?: Opposes topic 12
Mexican border beset with vicious murders & tortures: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Discounted in-state tuition regardless of immigration status: Favors topic 12
Let illegals contribute to society & pursue citizenship: Strongly Favors topic 12
Illegal immigration cost TX $928M in one year: Strongly Opposes topic 12
End the notion of sanctuary cities: Strongly Opposes topic 12
End the notion of sanctuary cities: 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
Import farm workers from Mexico: Favors topic 12
Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Stand up cyber-command against China's cyber-crime: Opposes topic 13
NAFTA is largest job stimulus of the decade: Strongly Favors topic 13
Welcome market of united Europe & ever-growing China & India: Favors topic 13
Milk price controls are egregiously interventionist: Strongly Favors topic 13
Enforce trade law against subsidized Canadian lumber imports: Favors topic 13
Bound under state commitment to CAFTA: Favors topic 13
Opposes topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(-3 points on Economic scale)
We can't isolate ourselves within our shores; we must engage: Opposes topic 14
Strongly Favors topic 15:
Expand the military
(-5 points on Social scale)
US should be strongest nation by insurmountable magnitude: Strongly Favors topic 15
Invest in defense to prepare for unpredictable threats: Strongly Favors topic 15
Always maintain a robust military capability: Strongly Favors topic 15
Opposes topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(-3 points on Social scale)
McCain-Feingold unconstitutionally restricts of free speech: Strongly Opposes topic 16
Require voters to present photo ID at polling places: Opposes topic 16
Earmarks corrupt the governing process: Favors topic 16
Campaign contributions are political free speech: Strongly Opposes topic 16
Strongly Opposes topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(-5 points on Social scale)
ISIS is the biggest threat since communism: Opposes topic 17
Airstrike against Islamic State in Iraq avoids ISIS in Texas: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Arm the Kurds, and send Special Ops to fight ISIS: Strongly Opposes topic 17
I would send troops back into Iraq, to exclude Iran: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Transition out of Afghanistan but keep non-military presence: Opposes topic 17
Iraq: combat terror on their turf, not ours: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Secure freedom for oppressed people in Iraq and Afghanistan: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Include states in anti-terrorism planning: Neutral on topic 17
Opposes topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Defend Keystone XL and other oil & gas exploration: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Put 1.2 million Americans to work in domestic energy: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Don't put economy in jeopardy based on unsettled science: Strongly Opposes topic 18
$5,000 incentive for Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles: Strongly Favors topic 18
Manmade global warming: "It's-All-Our-Fault" theory: Strongly Opposes topic 18
More funding to develop domestic energy supplies: Opposes topic 18
Share offshore oil development revenue with states: 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
Favors topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(-3 points on Social scale)
Treat addiction as a disease, not as criminal behavior: Opposes topic 19
They're not "cartels", they're narcoterrorists: Strongly Favors topic 19
Secure the Mexican border against drug cartels: Favors topic 19
Fight cross-border violence as part of drug war: Favors topic 19
Medical marijuana OK for California, but not Texas: Opposes topic 19
Drug trade causes soaring violence on southern border: Favors topic 19
ACLU shouldn't protest random drug sweeps in public housing: Favors topic 19
Protect the border from drug traffickers: Favors topic 19
States should make drug policy, not feds: Neutral on topic 19
Strongly Opposes topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Focus on maximizing wages, not the minimum wage: Opposes topic 20
Entitlement programs are $115 trillion; we must cut them: Opposes topic 20
Reduce business' tax burden & regulatory climate: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Taxation is not the solution; live within our means instead: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Balance our budget without raising taxes: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Supports the Cut-Cap-and-Balance Pledge: Opposes topic 20

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