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John Edwards on SenateMatch

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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's right
(10 points on Social scale)
Right to abortion is constitutionally protected: Strongly Favors topic 1
Rated 100% by NARAL, indicating a pro-choice voting record: Strongly Favors topic 1
Expand embryonic stem cell research: Favors topic 1
NO on disallowing overseas military abortions: Favors topic 1
NO on banning partial birth abortions: Strongly Favors topic 1
NO on maintaining ban on Military Base Abortions: Favors topic 1
NO on criminal penalty for harming unborn fetus during other crime: Favors topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Require companies to hire more women & minorities
(0 points on Economic scale)
I support affirmative action: Strongly Favors topic 2
Affirmative Action needed 40 years ago & still needed today: Strongly Favors topic 2
Increase subsidies for women-owned non-profit business: Strongly Favors topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Sexual orientation protected by civil rights laws
(10 points on Social scale)
Governments don't belong in bedrooms, including gay bedrooms: Strongly Favors topic 3
More funding and stricter sentencing for hate crimes: Strongly Favors topic 3
YES on expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation: Favors topic 3
YES on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes: Strongly Favors topic 3
Opposes topic 4:
Permit prayer in public schools
(7 points on Social scale)
Rated 0% by the Christian Coalition: an anti-family voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 4
NO on restricting violent videos to minors: Neutral topic 4
YES on declaring that memorial prayers and religious symbols at sch: Favors topic 4
Favors topic 5:
More federal funding for health coverage
(2 points on Economic scale)
It is morally wrong to leave so many Americans uninsured: Favors topic 5
Start providing health insurance for every child in America: Strongly Favors topic 5
Cover every child and vulnerable adults: Strongly Favors topic 5
Health care crisis requires fighting big corporations: Strongly Favors topic 5
Let states make bulk Rx purchases, and other innovations: Opposes topic 5
Rated 100% by APHA, indicating a pro-public health record: Strongly Favors topic 5
NO on limiting self-employment health deduction: Favors topic 5
NO on Unknown roll call for 1999-76: Opposes topic 5
YES on including prescription drugs under Medicare: Favors topic 5
NO on funding GOP version of Medicare prescription drug benefit: Favors topic 5
NO on $40 billion per year for limited Medicare prescription drug benefit: Opposes topic 5
Strongly Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(0 points on Economic scale)
Don't divert payroll taxes to private accounts: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Keep stock market out of Social Security: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Rated 100% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 6
NO on using the Social Security Surplus to fund tax reductions: Opposes topic 6
Strongly Opposes topic 7:
Parents choose schools via vouchers
(0 points on Social scale)
Private school vouchers drain resources from public schools: Opposes topic 7
Rated 83% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes: Strongly Opposes topic 7
NO on allowing more flexibility in federal school rules: Strongly Opposes topic 7
NO on Educational Savings Accounts: Opposes topic 7
YES on funding smaller classes instead of private tutors: Opposes topic 7
YES on funding student testing instead of private tutors: Opposes topic 7
Favors topic 8:
Death Penalty
(2 points on Social scale)
Death penalty OK despite flaws, on state-by-state decision: Favors topic 8
Capital punishment needed-some crimes deserve ultimate: Strongly Favors topic 8
Supports the death penalty: Strongly Favors topic 8
Require DNA testing for all federal executions: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Opposes topic 9:
Mandatory Three Strikes sentencing laws
(7 points on Social scale)
Eliminate mandatory minimums for non-violent crimes: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Rated 63% by CURE, indicating mixed votes on rehabilitation: Neutral on topic 9
NO on more penalties for gun & drug violations: Opposes topic 9
YES on $1.15 billion per year to continue the COPS program: Opposes topic 9
Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(2 points on Social scale)
Right to bear arms protected by Second Amendment, with rules: Favors topic 10
Hunting is fine, but criminals & kids should have limits: Opposes topic 10
Guns are about independence-don't mess with that: Favors topic 10
NO on loosening license & background checks at gun shows: Opposes topic 10
YES on background checks at gun shows: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Strongly Opposes topic 11:
Decrease overall taxation of the wealthy
(0 points on Economic scale)
Offer tax cuts that will help the middle class families: Opposes topic 11
Repeal tax cuts for earners over $200,000: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Shift tax burden from taxing work to taxing wealth: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Revise the capital gains tax rate: Opposes topic 11
Millionaires should not pay lower taxes than nurses: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Roll back the Bush tax cuts and address real priorities: Opposes topic 11
Rated 22% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes: Strongly Opposes topic 11
NO on $792B tax cuts: Opposes topic 11
NO on phasing out the estate tax ("death tax"): Opposes topic 11
NO on eliminating the 'marriage penalty': Opposes topic 11
NO on prioritizing national debt reduction below tax cuts: Opposes topic 11
YES on reducing marriage penalty instead of cutting top tax rates: Opposes topic 11
NO on cutting taxes by $1.35 trillion over 11 years: Strongly Opposes topic 11
YES on spending $448B of tax cut on education & debt reduction: Opposes topic 11
NO on $350 billion in tax breaks over 11 years: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Strongly Favors topic 12:
Immigration helps our economy-encourage it
(10 points on Economic scale)
Roadmap to citizenship for undocumented immigrants: Favors topic 12
Welcome immigrants with earned legalization program: Strongly Favors topic 12
Hard working immigrants earn right to citizenship: Favors topic 12
Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(2 points on Economic scale)
Against NAFTA, against Chile trade, against Singapore trade: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Level the playing field for American workers: Opposes topic 13
Against Fast Track--not enough for US workers: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Rated 17% by CATO, indicating a pro-fair trade voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 13
NO on expanding trade to the third world: Opposes topic 13
YES on removing common goods from national security export rules: Favors topic 13
YES on extending free trade to Andean nations: Strongly Favors topic 13
NO on establishing a free trade agreement between US & Singapore: Opposes topic 13
NO on establishing a free trade agreement between the US and Chile: Opposes topic 13
Strongly Opposes topic 14:
Link human rights to trade with China
(10 points on Social scale)
YES on killing a bill for trade sanctions if China sells weapons: Opposes topic 14
YES on permanent normal trade relations with China: Strongly Opposes topic 14
YES on granting normal trade relations status to Vietnam: Opposes topic 14
Favors topic 15:
More spending on armed forces
(2 points on Economic scale)
Rated 40% by SANE, indicating a mixed record on military issues: Neutral on topic 15
NO on allowing another round of military base closures: Favors topic 15
YES on military pay raise of 4.8%: Strongly Favors topic 15
Favors topic 16:
Reduce spending on missile defense (Star Wars)
(2 points on Economic scale)
Reduce $9B spending on missile defense: Strongly Favors topic 16
NO on cutting nuclear weapons below START levels: Favors topic 16
YES on adopting the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty: Favors topic 16
YES on deploying National Missile Defense ASAP: Strongly Opposes topic 16
Strongly Favors topic 17:
Seek UN approval for military action
(0 points on Economic scale)
America should lead by extending a hand, not a fist: Strongly Favors topic 17
Reorient US aid to support open societies: Strongly Favors topic 17
Bring UN, allies and friends to Iraq: Favors topic 17
Work with other nations in war on terror: Favors topic 17
NO on cap foreign aid at only $12.7 billion: Favors topic 17
YES on authorizing air strikes in Kosovo: Neutral topic 17
YES on allowing all necessary forces and other means in Kosovo: Neutral topic 17
YES on enlarging NATO to include Eastern Europe: Strongly Favors topic 17
Favors topic 18:
Reduce use of coal, oil, & nuclear energy
(2 points on Economic scale)
Protect ANWR, lead in global warming battle: Strongly Favors topic 18
Keep climate change in EPA "State of the Environment" report: Favors topic 18
Rated 37% by the LCV, indicating a mixed record on environment: Neutral on topic 18
Keep efficient air conditioner rule to conserve energy: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on defunding renewable and solar energy: Strongly Opposes topic 18
YES on ending discussion of CAFE fuel efficiency standards: Opposes topic 18
NO on preserving budget for ANWR oil drilling: Favors topic 18
NO on confirming Gale Norton as Secretary of Interior: Favors topic 18
NO on terminating CAFE standards within 15 months: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on removing consideration of drilling ANWR from budget bill: Favors topic 18
Opposes topic 19:
Drug use is immoral: enforce laws against it
(7 points on Social scale)
Supports drug courts and alternatives to incarceration: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Rated B- by VOTE-HEMP, indicating a pro-hemp voting record: Strongly Favors topic 19
NO on more penalties for gun & drug violations: Opposes topic 19
NO on increasing penalties for drug offenses: Opposes topic 19
Opposes topic 20:
Allow churches to provide welfare services
(7 points on Social scale)
Increase the Earned Income Tax Credit: Opposes topic 20

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