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Merrill Cook on Abortion
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  • Voted YES on barring transporting minors to get an abortion. (Jun 1999)
Merrill Cook on Budget & Economy
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Merrill Cook on Civil Rights
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  • Voted YES on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted YES on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions. (May 1998)
Merrill Cook on Corporations
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Merrill Cook on Crime
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  • Voted YES on more prosecution and sentencing for juvenile crime. (Jun 1999)
Merrill Cook on Drugs
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Merrill Cook on Education
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  • Voted YES on allowing vouchers in DC schools. (Aug 1998)
  • Voted YES on vouchers for private & parochial schools. (Nov 1997)
  • Supports a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer. (May 1997)
Merrill Cook on Energy & Oil
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Merrill Cook on Environment
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Merrill Cook on Families & Children
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Merrill Cook on Foreign Policy
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  • Voted NO on $156M to IMF for 3rd-world debt reduction. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China. (May 2000)
  • Voted NO on $15.2 billion for foreign operations. (Nov 1999)
Merrill Cook on Free Trade
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  • Voted NO on 'Fast Track' authority for trade agreements. (Sep 1998)
Merrill Cook on Government Reform
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  • Voted YES on banning soft money and issue ads. (Sep 1999)
Merrill Cook on Gun Control
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  • Voted YES on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1. (Jun 1999)
  • Individual right to self-defense at home and as self-defense. (Jan 1999)
Merrill Cook on Health Care
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  • Voted YES on banning physician-assisted suicide. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts. (Oct 1999)
Merrill Cook on Homeland Security
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  • Voted YES on $266 billion Defense Appropriations bill. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted YES on deploying SDI. (Mar 1999)
Merrill Cook on Immigration
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  • Voted YES on more immigrant visas for skilled workers. (Sep 1998)
Merrill Cook on Jobs
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Merrill Cook on Principles & Values
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  • Religious affiliation: Latter-day Saint. (Nov 2000)
Merrill Cook on Social Security
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  • Voted YES on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
Merrill Cook on Tax Reform
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  • Voted YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
Merrill Cook on Technology
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Merrill Cook on War & Peace
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  • Voted YES on disallowing the invasion of Kosovo. (May 1999)
Merrill Cook on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Voted YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)


VoteMatch Responses
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VoteMatch Question & Answer
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Based on these stances:
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Strongly Opposes topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's right
(-5 points on Social scale)
YES on barring transporting minors to get an abortion: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Opposes topic 2:
Require hiring more women & minorities
(+2 points on Economic scale)
YES on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions: Opposes topic 2
Opposes topic 3:
Same-sex domestic partnership benefits
(-3 points on Social scale)
YES on banning gay adoptions in DC.: Opposes topic 3
Strongly Favors topic 4:
Teacher-led prayer in public schools
(-5 points on Social scale)
Supports a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer: Strongly Favors topic 4
Neutral on topic 8:
Death Penalty
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Favors topic 9:
Mandatory Three Strikes sentencing laws
(-3 points on Social scale)
YES on more prosecution and sentencing for juvenile crime: Favors topic 9
Strongly Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Individual right to self-defense at home and as self-defense: Strongly Favors topic 10
YES on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1: Strongly Favors topic 10
Opposes topic 5:
More federal funding for health coverage
(+2 points on Economic scale)
YES on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts: Opposes topic 5
Favors topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(+2 points on Economic scale)
NO on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox: Favors topic 6
YES on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits: Favors topic 6
Strongly Favors topic 7:
Parents choose schools via vouchers
(+5 points on Economic scale)
YES on vouchers for private & parochial schools: Strongly Favors topic 7
YES on allowing vouchers in DC schools: Favors topic 7
Neutral on topic 18:
Replace coal & oil with alternatives
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Neutral on topic 19:
Drug use is immoral: enforce laws against it
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Favors topic 20:
Allow churches to provide welfare services
(+2 points on Economic scale)
YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations: Favors topic 20
Opposes topic 11:
Make taxes more progressive
(+2 points on Economic scale)
YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty": Opposes topic 11
YES on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business: Opposes topic 11
Favors topic 12:
Illegal immigrants earn citizenship
(+2 points on Social scale)
YES on more immigrant visas for skilled workers: Favors topic 12
Strongly Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-5 points on Economic scale)
NO on 'Fast Track' authority for trade agreements: Strongly Opposes topic 13
NO on Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Favors topic 15:
Expand the armed forces
(-3 points on Social scale)
YES on $266 billion Defense Appropriations bill: Favors topic 15
YES on deploying SDI: Favors topic 15
Favors topic 16:
Stricter limits on political campaign funds
(-3 points on Economic scale)
YES on banning soft money and issue ads: Favors topic 16
Neutral on topic 14:
The Patriot Act harms civil liberties
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Neutral on topic 17:
US out of Iraq
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)

Merrill Cook is a Moderate Conservative.
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