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Charlie Crist on SenateMatch


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Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+2 points on Social scale)
2006: I'm pro-life; 2014: That was for Republicans: Opposes topic 1
Favors embryonic stem cell research: Favors topic 1
1995: Opposed mandatory 24-hour waiting period for abortion: Strongly Favors topic 1
I'm pro-life, but stay out of other people's lives: Favors topic 1
Vetoed bill requiring ultrasound exams before abortions: Favors topic 1
Tea Party is too extreme on outlawing abortion: Opposes topic 1
Defend parental notification rights: Opposes topic 1
Prohibit partial-birth abortion: Opposes topic 1
Abortion is a personal decision; but ban partial-birth: Favors topic 1
Supports both federal abortion funding & judicial activism: Strongly Favors topic 1
Opposes prohibiting human embryonic stem cell research: Favors topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
I left GOP because they bash Obama's race: Strongly Favors topic 2
Civil rights is an American value that all should embrace: Strongly Favors topic 2
Diversity is one of our strengths in America: Strongly Favors topic 2
Lifetime member of NAACP: Favors topic 2
Provide compensation to victims of racial discrimination: Strongly Favors topic 2
Discontinue affirmative action programs: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+2 points on Social scale)
2006: Came out for civil unions; denied rumors he was gay: Strongly Favors topic 3
2010: Backed gay marriage ban; 2014: supports gay marriage: Strongly Favors topic 3
I support marriage equality in Florida: Strongly Favors topic 3
Military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy has worked: Opposes topic 3
Uphold Florida’s Defense of Marriage Act: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Opposes banning homosexuals in the military: Strongly Favors topic 3
Strongly Favors topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(-5 points on Social scale)
Constitutional amendment for school prayer: Strongly Favors topic 4
Strongly Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-5 points on Economic scale)
2007 & 2010: opposed ObamaCare; now supports fixing it: Favors topic 5
AdWatch: unwavering support of ObamaCare: Strongly Favors topic 5
Cover Florida: 6,000 uninsured given peace of mind: Strongly Favors topic 5
Cover Florida: $150 a month plan for 3.8 million uninsured: Strongly Favors topic 5
Expand tax-free medical savings accounts: Opposes topic 5
Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Reducing COLA is unfair to seniors living on fixed income: Opposes topic 6
Focus on waste & fraud, not retirement age & COLA: Favors topic 6
Invest budget surplus into Trust Fund: Opposes topic 6
Don't raise eligibility age; don't tax benefits: Opposes topic 6
No opinion on topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(0 points on Economic scale)
Supports charter schools and standardized testing: Favors topic 7
Some public school teachers should earn $100,000: Strongly Opposes topic 7
National testing mostly favors for-profit testing firms: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Vetoed merit-based pay for teachers: Opposes topic 7
School choice gives kids the best chance for success: Favors topic 7
As Commissioner of Educ., implemented school accountability: Favors topic 7
Propose $3.8 billion to reduce class size: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Early advocate for parental choice in education: Strongly Favors topic 7
Allow vouchers for any public, private or religious school: Strongly Favors topic 7
Strongly Opposes topic 8:
EPA regulations are too restrictive
(+5 points on Social scale)
1992: Elected to State Senate on pro-environment message: Opposes topic 8
Asked BP to pay $65M for tourism promotion, after oil spill: Opposes topic 8
Appropriate $100 million to continue to restore Everglades: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Strongly Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-5 points on Social scale)
"Chain Gang Charlie": reinstitute prisoner labor on highways: Favors topic 9
1993: Sponsored STOP law: Stop Turning Out Prisoners: Strongly Favors topic 9
Chain-Gang Charlie: reinstitute prison chain gangs: Strongly Favors topic 9
Stop Turning Out Prisoners: serve at least 85% of sentence: Strongly Favors topic 9
Toughened penalties for identity theft and Internet spam: Favors topic 9
Supports 10-20-Life and Stop Turning Out Prisoners program: Strongly Favors topic 9
Require that prisoners serve at least 85% of their sentences: Strongly Favors topic 9
Broaden use of federal death penalty: Favors topic 9
More federal prisons; more “truth in sentencing”: Strongly Favors topic 9
Strongly Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Strongly supports Second Amendment rights: Strongly Favors topic 10
Repeal gun restrictions; allow concealed carry: Strongly Favors topic 10
Opposes restrictions on the right to bear arms: Strongly Favors topic 10
Rated A- by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun rights voting record: Strongly Favors topic 10
Opposes topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Humble roots led to values of lower taxes & less government: Opposes topic 11
Replace income tax with a flat tax or national sales tax: Strongly Opposes topic 11
$12B in federal economic stimulus as state block grants: Favors topic 11
Opposes topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(-3 points on Social scale)
No amnesty, but an earned path to citizenship: Favors topic 12
Seal borders; enforce laws; send illegals to back of line: Opposes topic 12
Close the door of illegal immigration; protect our borders: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Strongly Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Opposes NAFTA; supports tariffs; opposes Fast Track: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Strongly Opposes topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Lift the Cuban embargo; it has failed for 50 years: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Find a way to work with our international allies: Strongly Opposes topic 14
2008: I don't believe in torture: Opposes topic 14
Strongly Favors topic 15:
Expand the military
(-5 points on Social scale)
Supports strong national defense: Strongly Favors topic 15
Favors topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(+2 points on Social scale)
Supports term limits & instant contribution reporting: Favors topic 16
No opinion on topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(0 points on Social scale)
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Strongly Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
I'm not a scientists, but I can use my brain & talk to one: Strongly Favors topic 18
Reduce climate change by doing things we should do anyway: Strongly Favors topic 18
BP oil spill made me oppose offshore oil drilling: Favors topic 18
Instituted state cap-and-trade by Executive Order: Strongly Favors topic 18
Open to cap-and-trade plan for carbon emissions: Favors topic 18
$200M package for solar, wind, & biofuel from citrus: Favors topic 18
Propose almost $70 million on alternative energy development: Favors topic 18
Supports renewable energy tax credits: Strongly Favors topic 18
Strongly Favors topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(-5 points on Social scale)
More penalties against drugs; more funds for enforcement: Strongly Favors topic 19
Opposes topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Supports economic stimulus and some parts of ObamaCare: Strongly Favors topic 20
$8B stimulus funds saved or created 87,000 jobs in Florida: Strongly Favors topic 20
Reduce the tax brackets to let private enterprise flourish: Strongly Opposes topic 20
2006: Pledged no taxes; 2009: $2.2B in fees on 16M people: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Best to extend all tax cuts; but compromise and push later: Opposes topic 20

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