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Larry Pressler on Abortion
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  • Supports abortion law allowing first trimester terminations. (Nov 2013)
Larry Pressler on Budget & Economy
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  • Pay a little more taxes & give up some programs. (Nov 2013)
  • Priority to balance the federal budget and reduce taxes. ()
Larry Pressler on Civil Rights
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  • Filed legal brief to overturn S.D.'s gay marriage ban. (Aug 2014)
  • Supports gay marriage. (Jul 2014)
  • I was wrong to support 1996 Defense of Marriage Act. (Nov 2013)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting same-sex marriage. (Sep 1996)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation. (Sep 1996)
  • Voted YES on Amendment to prohibit flag burning. (Dec 1995)
  • Voted YES on banning affirmative action hiring with federal funds. (Jul 1995)
  • Overturn CA Prop. 8: Let gays marry. (Apr 2013)
Larry Pressler on Corporations
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  • Both parties beholden to corporate backers. (Dec 2013)
Larry Pressler on Crime
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  • Voted YES on limiting death penalty appeals. (Apr 1996)
  • Voted YES on limiting product liability punitive damage awards. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted YES on restricting class-action lawsuits. (Dec 1995)
  • Voted YES on repealing federal speed limits. (Jun 1995)
  • Voted YES on mandatory prison terms for crimes involving firearms. (May 1994)
  • Voted YES on rejecting racial statistics in death penalty appeals. (May 1994)
Larry Pressler on Drugs
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  • Increase penalties for selling illegal drugs. (Nov 1996)
  • Voted YES on spending international development funds on drug control. (Jul 1996)
Larry Pressler on Education
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  • Support charters & vouchers; oppose Department of Education. (Nov 1996)
  • Voted YES on $75M for abstinence education. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted YES on requiring schools to allow voluntary prayer. (Jul 1994)
  • Voted NO on national education standards. (Feb 1994)
Larry Pressler on Energy & Oil
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  • Immediate increase of 12 cents per gallon in the gas tax. (Aug 2014)
  • Voted YES on do not require ethanol in gasoline. (Aug 1994)
Larry Pressler on Environment
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  • More fees for mining and ranching; use cost-benefit analysis. (Nov 1996)
  • Voted NO on continuing desert protection in California. (Oct 1994)
  • Voted YES on requiring EPA risk assessments. (May 1994)
  • Fund studies of sustainable fisheries. (Oct 1996)
Larry Pressler on Families & Children
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Larry Pressler on Foreign Policy
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  • Pay our UN dues; continue economic aid to Russia. (Nov 1996)
  • Voted YES on Strengthening of the trade embargo against Cuba. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted YES on ending Vietnam embargo. (Jan 1994)
Larry Pressler on Free Trade
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  • Supports NAFTA, GATT, WTO, and MFN. (Nov 1996)
  • Voted YES on imposing trade sanctions on Japan for closed market. (May 1995)
Larry Pressler on Government Reform
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  • Ban out-of-state contributions. (Nov 1996)
  • Voted YES on Approving the presidential line-item veto. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted NO on banning more types of Congressional gifts. (Jul 1995)
Larry Pressler on Gun Control
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  • Concealed carry ok; repeal all bans on legal guns. (Nov 1996)
Larry Pressler on Health Care
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  • Keep ObamaCare in place; we need it. (Aug 2014)
  • Voted NO on blocking medical savings acounts. (Apr 1996)
Larry Pressler on Homeland Security
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  • First Vietnam vet elected to Congress. (Jan 2014)
  • Significant cutbacks on overseas military spending. (Dec 2013)
  • 1980 presidential run:focus on veteran issues & Agent Orange. (Nov 2013)
  • Voted YES on considering deploying NMD, and amending ABM Treaty. (Jun 1996)
  • Voted YES on 1996 Defense Appropriations. (Sep 1995)
Larry Pressler on Immigration
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  • 5-year path to citizenship for illegal immigrants. (Jul 2014)
  • Support official English; oppose illegal alien benefits. (Nov 1996)
Larry Pressler on Jobs
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  • Voted YES on replacing farm price supports. (Feb 1996)
Larry Pressler on Principles & Values
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  • Former three-term Senator; ran for president in 1980. (Jul 2014)
  • Non-conventional independent campaign to influence debate. (Nov 2013)
  • 1978: first Vietnam veteran elected to the Senate. (Nov 2013)
Larry Pressler on Social Security
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  • Increase retirement age and cut growth of benefits. (Aug 2014)
  • Voted YES on deducting Social Security payments on income taxes. (May 1996)
Larry Pressler on Tax Reform
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  • Raise taxes on estates worth more than $10 million. (Jul 2014)
  • Rich people willing to pay more taxes to help our country. (Nov 2013)
Larry Pressler on Technology
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  • Voted YES on telecomm deregulation. (Feb 1996)
Larry Pressler on War & Peace
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  • Voted YES on ending the Bosnian arms embargo. (Jul 1995)
  • Move the US Embassy to Jerusalem. (Nov 1995)
Larry Pressler on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Voted YES on welfare block grants. (Aug 1996)
  • Voted NO on eliminating block grants for food stamps. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted YES on allowing state welfare waivers. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted YES on welfare overhaul. (Sep 1995)


VoteMatch Responses
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Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+2 points on Social scale)
Supports abortion law allowing first trimester terminations: Favors topic 1
Strongly Opposes topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(+5 points on Economic scale)
YES on banning affirmative action hiring with federal funds: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+2 points on Social scale)
Filed legal brief to overturn S.D.'s gay marriage ban: Strongly Favors topic 3
Supports gay marriage: Strongly Favors topic 3
I was wrong to support 1996 Defense of Marriage Act: Strongly Favors topic 3
Overturn CA Prop. 8: Let gays marry: Strongly Favors topic 3
YES on prohibiting same-sex marriage: Strongly Opposes topic 3
NO on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Strongly Favors topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(-5 points on Social scale)
YES on requiring schools to allow voluntary prayer: Favors topic 4
YES on $75M for abstinence education: Strongly Favors topic 4
Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Keep ObamaCare in place; we need it: Strongly Favors topic 5
NO on blocking medical savings acounts: Opposes topic 5
No opinion on topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(0 points on Economic scale)
Increase retirement age and cut growth of benefits: Opposes topic 6
YES on deducting Social Security payments on income taxes: Favors topic 6
Strongly Favors topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Support charters & vouchers; oppose Department of Education: Strongly Favors topic 7
Favors topic 8:
No 'rights' to clean air and water
(-3 points on Social scale)
More fees for mining and ranching; use cost-benefit analysis: Opposes topic 8
NO on continuing desert protection in California: Strongly Favors topic 8
Strongly Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-5 points on Social scale)
YES on rejecting racial statistics in death penalty appeals: Favors topic 9
YES on mandatory prison terms for crimes involving firearms: Strongly Favors topic 9
YES on limiting death penalty appeals: Favors topic 9
Strongly Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Concealed carry ok; repeal all bans on legal guns: Strongly Favors topic 10
Strongly Favors topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Raise taxes on estates worth more than $10 million: Strongly Favors topic 11
Pay a little more taxes & give up some programs: Favors topic 11
Rich people willing to pay more taxes to help our country: Strongly Favors topic 11
No opinion on topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(0 points on Social scale)
5-year path to citizenship for illegal immigrants: Strongly Favors topic 12
Support official English; oppose illegal alien benefits: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Strongly Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Supports NAFTA, GATT, WTO, and MFN: Strongly Favors topic 13
Opposes topic 14:
Maintain US sovereignty from UN
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Pay our UN dues; continue economic aid to Russia: Opposes topic 14
No opinion on topic 15:
Expand the military
(0 points on Social scale)
Significant cutbacks on overseas military spending: Strongly Opposes topic 15
YES on 1996 Defense Appropriations: Favors topic 15
YES on considering deploying NMD, and amending ABM Treaty: Favors topic 15
Strongly Favors topic 16:
More enforcement of the right to vote
(+5 points on Social scale)
Both parties beholden to corporate backers: Favors topic 16
Ban out-of-state contributions: Strongly Favors topic 16
No opinion on topic 17:
Stay out of Iran
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Immediate increase of 12 cents per gallon in the gas tax: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on do not require ethanol in gasoline: Opposes topic 18
Strongly Favors topic 19:
Never legalize marijuana
(-5 points on Social scale)
Increase penalties for selling illegal drugs: Strongly Favors topic 19
YES on spending international development funds on drug control: Strongly Favors topic 19
Strongly Opposes topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Priority to balance the federal budget and reduce taxes: Strongly Opposes topic 20

Larry Pressler is a Moderate Libertarian Conservative.
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