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Richard Blumenthal on Abortion
Click here for 3 full quotes on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • Fight to protect a woman's right to choose. (Aug 2010)
  • Require pharmacies to fulfill contraceptive prescriptions. (Jul 2011)
  • Sponsored banning anti-abortion limitations on abortion services. (Nov 2013)
Richard Blumenthal on Budget & Economy
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Richard Blumenthal on Civil Rights
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  • Support the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. (Aug 2010)
  • CT statutes do not allow same-sex marriage licenses. (May 2004)
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. (Feb 2013)
  • Prohibit sexual-identity discrimination at schools. (Mar 2011)
  • Constitutional Amendment for women's equal rights. (Jun 2011)
  • Enforce against wage discrimination based on gender. (Feb 2013)
  • Enforce against anti-gay discrimination in public schools. (Jun 2013)
Richard Blumenthal on Corporations
Click here for 3 full quotes on Corporations OR background on Corporations.
  • Defend small businesses against wrongdoing, & defend record. (Oct 2010)
  • End bonuses for companies that owe taxpayer bailout money. (Mar 2010)
  • Rated 86% by UFCW, indicating an anti-management/pro-labor record. (May 2012)
Richard Blumenthal on Crime
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  • Crack down on sexual predators; end domestic violence. (Aug 2010)
Richard Blumenthal on Drugs
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Richard Blumenthal on Education
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  • More resources for teaching as a profession. (Aug 2010)
  • Comprehensive sex ed for sexually-active adolescents. (Feb 2013)
Richard Blumenthal on Energy & Oil
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  • Cap-and-trade OK; fuel cells & clean energy better. (Oct 2010)
  • America must win race for Green Energy. (Aug 2010)
  • Voted NO on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases. (Apr 2011)
Richard Blumenthal on Environment
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  • Fought unfair utility rates & environmental wrongdoing. (Mar 2010)
  • Voted YES on protecting ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems. (May 2013)
  • Regulate all dog breeders down to kennels of 50 dogs. (Feb 2011)
  • Prohibit invasive research on great apes. (Apr 2011)
  • Prohibits breeding or possessing Big Cat species. (Sep 2012)
  • Rated 100% by HSLF, indicating a pro-animal welfare voting record. (Jan 2012)
  • Sponsored enforcing against illegal ocean fishing. (Jun 2013)
Richard Blumenthal on Families & Children
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  • McMahon's WWE is adult entertainment marketed to children. (Oct 2010)
  • More funding & services for victims of domestic violence. (Jan 2013)
Richard Blumenthal on Foreign Policy
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  • 2-state solution in Israel after Palestine stops terrorism. (Sep 2010)
  • Rated +1 by AAI, indicating a mixed Arab/Palestine voting record. (May 2012)
  • Vigorous support for State of Israel against Hamas in Gaza. (Nov 2012)
Richard Blumenthal on Free Trade
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  • Protect "Made in the USA" and "Made in Connecticut". (Aug 2010)
  • Impose tariffs against countries which manipulate currency. (Feb 2011)
Richard Blumenthal on Government Reform
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  • I have never walked away from a fight against the public. (Mar 2010)
  • Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures. (Jul 2012)
Richard Blumenthal on Gun Control
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  • Sued gun manufacturers to withdraw gun designs. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on banning high-capacity magazines of over 10 bullets. (Apr 2013)
  • Rated F by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun control voting record. (Aug 2010)
  • Ban large-capacity ammunition. (Jan 2013)
Richard Blumenthal on Health Care
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  • ObamaCare is a start to national reform. (Oct 2010)
  • New health law is a start but does not do enough. (Aug 2010)
  • Led the fight against tobacco companies' deceptive marketing. (Mar 2010)
  • Voted NO on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts. (May 2011)
  • Merge Alzheimers diagnosis and care benefit. (May 2013)
Richard Blumenthal on Homeland Security
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  • Apologizes again for having said he served in Vietnam. (Oct 2010)
  • Military tribunals are appropriate for accused terrorists. (Aug 2010)
  • Deeply committed to a strong national defense. (Mar 2010)
  • Voted YES on extending the PATRIOT Act's roving wiretaps. (Feb 2011)
  • End bulk data collection under USA PATRIOT Act. (Oct 2013)
Richard Blumenthal on Immigration
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  • Enact comprehensive solution; piecemeal approach fails. (Sep 2010)
  • Crack down on employers of illegal immigrants. (Jul 2010)
  • Comprehensive reform, to avoid patchwork of state laws. (May 2010)
Richard Blumenthal on Jobs
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  • More job training and more R&D tax credits. (Oct 2010)
  • Contractors without health insurance aren't good jobs. (Oct 2010)
  • Fight for job creation and aid to small businesses. (Mar 2010)
  • Raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2016. (Jan 2014)
Richard Blumenthal on Principles & Values
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  • Seven of McMahon's WWE wrestlers have died this year. (Oct 2010)
  • I have spent my life helping people build their futures. (Oct 2010)
  • I hear your anger, frustration and real hurt. (Mar 2010)
Richard Blumenthal on Social Security
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  • Protecting Medicare and Social Security from cutbacks. (Aug 2010)
  • Sponsored keeping CPI for benefits instead of lower "Chained CPI". (May 2013)
Richard Blumenthal on Tax Reform
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  • Nation's wealthiest don't need extension of Bush tax breaks. (Oct 2010)
  • Don't hold middle-income tax cut hostage to wealthiest 2%. (Oct 2010)
  • Extending Bush tax cuts for wealthiest 2% is wrong. (Sep 2010)
  • Extend Bush tax cuts only for people earning under $250K. (Aug 2010)
  • Minimum tax rate of 30% for those earning over $1 million. (Mar 2012)
Richard Blumenthal on Technology
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  • Google fined $7M for secretly collecting personal info. (Mar 2013)
  • Engage private sector to gather intel for homeland security. (Sep 2010)
  • Voted YES on authorizing states to collect Internet sales taxes. (May 2013)
  • Require websites to police for copyrighted materials. (May 2011)
Richard Blumenthal on War & Peace
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  • Strengthen sanctions on Iran, adding an arms embargo. (Sep 2010)
  • Withdraw US combat troops from Iraq. (Aug 2010)
  • Iranian nuclear weapons: prevention instead of containment. (May 2012)
Richard Blumenthal on Welfare & Poverty
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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+5 points on Social scale)
Fight to protect a woman's right to choose: Strongly Favors topic 1
Require pharmacies to fulfill contraceptive prescriptions: Favors topic 1
Sponsored banning anti-abortion limitations on abortion services: Strongly Favors topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Support the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act: Strongly Favors topic 2
Constitutional Amendment for women's equal rights: Strongly Favors topic 2
More funding & services for victims of domestic violence: Strongly Favors topic 2
Enforce against wage discrimination based on gender: Strongly Favors topic 2
YES on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act: Favors topic 2
Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+2 points on Social scale)
CT statutes do not allow same-sex marriage licenses: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Prohibit sexual-identity discrimination at schools: Strongly Favors topic 3
Enforce against anti-gay discrimination in public schools: Strongly Favors topic 3
Opposes topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(+2 points on Social scale)
Comprehensive sex ed for sexually-active adolescents: Opposes topic 4
Strongly Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-5 points on Economic scale)
ObamaCare is a start to national reform: Strongly Favors topic 5
New health law is a start but does not do enough: Strongly Favors topic 5
Merge Alzheimers diagnosis and care benefit: Favors topic 5
NO on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts: Favors topic 5
Strongly Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Protecting Medicare and Social Security from cutbacks: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Sponsored keeping CPI for benefits instead of lower "Chained CPI": Strongly Opposes topic 6
Opposes topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(-3 points on Economic scale)
More resources for teaching as a profession: Opposes topic 7
Strongly Opposes topic 8:
Clean air and water are property rights
(-5 points on Social scale)
Fought unfair utility rates & environmental wrongdoing: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Regulate all dog breeders down to kennels of 50 dogs: Opposes topic 8
Prohibit invasive research on great apes: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Prohibits breeding or possessing Big Cat species: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Sponsored enforcing against illegal ocean fishing: Opposes topic 8
YES on protecting ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems: Opposes topic 8
Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-3 points on Social scale)
Crack down on sexual predators; end domestic violence: Favors topic 9
Strongly Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Sued gun manufacturers to withdraw gun designs: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Rated F by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun control voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Ban large-capacity ammunition: Opposes topic 10
YES on banning high-capacity magazines of over 10 bullets: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Strongly Favors topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Nation's wealthiest don't need extension of Bush tax breaks: Strongly Favors topic 11
Don't hold middle-income tax cut hostage to wealthiest 2%: Favors topic 11
Extend Bush tax cuts only for people earning under $250K: Favors topic 11
Minimum tax rate of 30% for those earning over $1 million: Strongly Favors topic 11
Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+2 points on Social scale)
Enact comprehensive solution; piecemeal approach fails: Strongly Favors topic 12
Crack down on employers of illegal immigrants: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Comprehensive reform, to avoid patchwork of state laws: Favors topic 12
Strongly Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Protect "Made in the USA" and "Made in Connecticut": Strongly Opposes topic 13
Impose tariffs against countries which manipulate currency: Opposes topic 13
No opinion on topic 14:
Maintain US sovereignty from UN
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Favors topic 15:
Expand the military
(-5 points on Social scale)
Deeply committed to a strong national defense: Strongly Favors topic 15
Strongly Favors topic 16:
Stricter limits on voting rights
(-5 points on Social scale)
Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures: Strongly Favors topic 16
No opinion on topic 17:
Stay out of Iran
(0 points on Social scale)
Withdraw US combat troops from Iraq: Strongly Favors topic 17
Iranian nuclear weapons: prevention instead of containment: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Cap-and-trade OK; fuel cells & clean energy better: Strongly Favors topic 18
America must win race for Green Energy: Strongly Favors topic 18
NO on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases: Favors topic 18
No opinion on topic 19:
Never legalize marijuana
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Favors topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(-5 points on Economic scale)
More job training and more R&D tax credits: Strongly Favors topic 20
Extending Bush tax cuts for wealthiest 2% is wrong: Strongly Favors topic 20
Rated 86% by UFCW, indicating an anti-management/pro-labor record: Favors topic 20
Raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2016: Favors topic 20

Richard Blumenthal is a Liberal Populist.
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