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Charlie Summers on Abortion
Click here for 3 full quotes on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • Must consider incest or rape. (Sep 2012)
  • Abortions should always be legal. (Nov 2008)
  • Funding for research on existing embryonic stem cell lines. (Nov 2008)
Charlie Summers on Budget & Economy
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  • Bailouts and stimulus create $16T debt with no end in sight. (Apr 2012)
  • Wasteful spending, even on military, should be eliminated. (Apr 2012)
Charlie Summers on Civil Rights
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  • Marriage is between a man and a woman. (Sep 2012)
  • No same-sex marriage; defined by Constitutional Amendment. (Nov 2008)
  • Affirmative action ok, but not in contracting decisions. (Nov 2008)
Charlie Summers on Corporations
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  • Create a national small business advocate. (Aug 2012)
Charlie Summers on Crime
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  • Mandatory jail for drug crimes; penalties for online crimes. (Nov 2008)
  • Supports the federal death penalty. (Nov 2008)
Charlie Summers on Drugs
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  • Mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs. (Nov 2008)
Charlie Summers on Education
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  • Supports vouchers, charters, magnet schools, standard tests. (Nov 2008)
Charlie Summers on Energy & Oil
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  • Off-shore exploration for oil, plus nuclear and coal. (Sep 2012)
  • High gas and oil prices threaten our economy. (Apr 2012)
  • Develop oil and natural gas here on American soil. (Mar 2012)
Charlie Summers on Environment
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Charlie Summers on Families & Children
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Charlie Summers on Foreign Policy
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Charlie Summers on Free Trade
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  • I support free trade, but protect shoe factories. (Aug 2012)
  • Free trade yes, but sanctions on Venezuela. (Nov 2008)
Charlie Summers on Government Reform
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  • OpEd: Pushes for voter registration, with his name on ballot. (Mar 2012)
Charlie Summers on Gun Control
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  • Allow individuals to carry concealed guns. (Nov 2008)
Charlie Summers on Health Care
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  • Medicare must remain solvent. (Aug 2012)
  • 100% deductible cross-state insurance instead of ObamaCare. (Apr 2012)
  • Supports private market health insurance as tax deduction. (Mar 2012)
Charlie Summers on Homeland Security
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  • Bath Iron Works & Kittery Naval Shipyard are indispensable. (Apr 2012)
  • Military tribunals for terrorists; deploy National Guard. (Nov 2008)
Charlie Summers on Immigration
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  • No citizenship for illegals; yes temporary worker visas. (Nov 2008)
Charlie Summers on Jobs
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Charlie Summers on Principles & Values
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Charlie Summers on Social Security
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  • Remove disability coverage from Social Security. (Sep 2012)
  • Stop robbing the Trust Fund. (Aug 2012)
  • Invest portion of workers' payroll tax in private accounts. (Nov 2008)
Charlie Summers on Tax Reform
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  • Cut taxes and government spending. (Mar 2012)
Charlie Summers on Technology
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Charlie Summers on War & Peace
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  • Iraq & Afghanistan have taken a turn for the positive. (Sep 2012)
  • Keep troop levels high in Iraq until "peace surge". (Nov 2008)
  • More support for Afghanistan; more sanctions for North Korea. (Nov 2008)
Charlie Summers on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Welfare recipients must work or train 40 hours a week. (Nov 2008)


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Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's right
(+2 points on Social scale)
Must consider incest or rape: Favors topic 1
Abortions should always be legal: Strongly Favors topic 1
Funding for research on existing embryonic stem cell lines: Neutral on topic 1
Opposes topic 2:
Require hiring more women & minorities
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Affirmative action ok, but not in contracting decisions: Opposes topic 2
Strongly Opposes topic 3:
Same-sex domestic partnership benefits
(-5 points on Social scale)
Marriage is between a man and a woman: Strongly Opposes topic 3
No same-sex marriage; defined by Constitutional Amendment: Strongly Opposes topic 3
No opinion on topic 4:
Teacher-led prayer in public schools
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Favors topic 8:
Death Penalty
(-5 points on Social scale)
Supports the federal death penalty: Strongly Favors topic 8
Favors topic 9:
Mandatory Three Strikes sentencing laws
(-3 points on Social scale)
Mandatory jail for drug crimes; penalties for online crimes: Favors topic 9
Strongly Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Allow individuals to carry concealed guns: Strongly Favors topic 10
Opposes topic 5:
More federal funding for health coverage
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Medicare must remain solvent: Favors topic 5
100% deductible cross-state insurance instead of ObamaCare: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Supports private market health insurance as tax deduction: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Favors topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Remove disability coverage from Social Security: Favors topic 6
Stop robbing the Trust Fund: Opposes topic 6
Invest portion of workers' payroll tax in private accounts: Strongly Favors topic 6
Strongly Favors topic 7:
Parents choose schools via vouchers
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Supports vouchers, charters, magnet schools, standard tests: Strongly Favors topic 7
Strongly Opposes topic 18:
Replace coal & oil with alternatives
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Off-shore exploration for oil, plus nuclear and coal: Strongly Opposes topic 18
High gas and oil prices threaten our economy: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Develop oil and natural gas here on American soil: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Strongly Favors topic 19:
Drug use is immoral: enforce laws against it
(-5 points on Social scale)
Mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs: Strongly Favors topic 19
Favors topic 20:
Allow churches to provide welfare services
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Welfare recipients must work or train 40 hours a week: Favors topic 20
Strongly Opposes topic 11:
Make taxes more progressive
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Cut taxes and government spending: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Strongly Opposes topic 12:
Illegal immigrants earn citizenship
(-5 points on Social scale)
No citizenship for illegals; yes temporary worker visas: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-3 points on Economic scale)
I support free trade, but protect shoe factories: Opposes topic 13
Free trade yes, but sanctions on Venezuela: Opposes topic 13
Favors topic 15:
Expand the armed forces
(-3 points on Social scale)
Bath Iron Works & Kittery Naval Shipyard are indispensable: Strongly Favors topic 15
Wasteful spending, even on military, should be eliminated: Opposes topic 15
Opposes topic 16:
Stricter limits on political campaign funds
(+2 points on Economic scale)
OpEd: Pushes for voter registration, with his name on ballot: Opposes topic 16
Favors topic 14:
The Patriot Act harms civil liberties
(+2 points on Social scale)
Military tribunals for terrorists; deploy National Guard: Favors topic 14
Strongly Opposes topic 17:
US out of Iraq & Afghanistan
(-5 points on Social scale)
Iraq & Afghanistan have taken a turn for the positive: Opposes topic 17
Keep troop levels high in Iraq until "peace surge": Strongly Opposes topic 17
More support for Afghanistan; more sanctions for North Korea: Opposes topic 17

Charlie Summers is a Libertarian-Leaning Conservative.
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