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Tom Cotton on Abortion
Click here for 4 full quotes on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • Re-establish a culture of life. (Nov 2012)
  • Oppose stem-cell research and human cloning. (Nov 2012)
  • I consider myself pro-life. (Sep 2012)
  • No family planning assistance that includes abortion. (Jan 2013)
Tom Cotton on Budget & Economy
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  • Voted YES on prioritizing spending in case debt limit is reached. (May 2013)
  • Demand a Balanced Budget amendment. (Jul 2010)
  • Limit federal spending growth to per-capita inflation rate. (Jul 2010)
  • Endorsed by the Club for Growth, for pro-growth stances. (Aug 2012)
  • Opposes federal stimulus spending. (Sep 2012)
Tom Cotton on Civil Rights
Click here for 4 full quotes on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • Support DOMA and traditional marriage. (Nov 2012)
  • Voted NO on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. (Feb 2013)
  • Opposes same-sex marriage. (Sep 2012)
  • Protect anti-same-sex marriage opinions as free speech. (Sep 2013)
Tom Cotton on Corporations
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  • Voted YES on workforce training by state block grants & industry partners. (Mar 2013)
Tom Cotton on Crime
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Tom Cotton on Drugs
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Tom Cotton on Education
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  • Choice, competition, and freedom for our public schools. (Nov 2012)
  • Opposes federal grants for education reforms. (Sep 2012)
  • End federal monopoly on student-lending business. (Apr 2013)
  • Denounce the Common Core State Standards. (Feb 2014)
Tom Cotton on Energy & Oil
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  • More oil & gas exploration & production. (Nov 2012)
  • Signed the No Climate Tax Pledge by AFP. (Aug 2012)
  • Cap-and-trade has no impact on global temperatures. (Jul 2010)
  • Explore proven energy reserves & keep energy prices low. (Jul 2010)
  • Supports offshore energy production. (Sep 2012)
  • Let states lease energy rights on federal lands. (Jun 2013)
Tom Cotton on Environment
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  • No EPA permits required for forest road runoff. (May 2013)
  • Build Keystone XL; it's now passed environmental concerns. (Feb 2013)
Tom Cotton on Families & Children
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Tom Cotton on Foreign Policy
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Tom Cotton on Free Trade
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Tom Cotton on Government Reform
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  • Identify constitutionality in every new congressional bill. (Jul 2010)
  • Audit federal agencies, to reform or eliminate them. (Jul 2010)
  • Moratorium on all earmarks until budget is balanced. (Jul 2010)
Tom Cotton on Gun Control
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  • Defend our Second Amendment rights. (Nov 2012)
  • Opposes restrictions on gun purchases. (Sep 2012)
Tom Cotton on Health Care
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  • AdWatch: Cotton supports Medicare "premium support" vouchers. (Feb 2014)
  • Federal shut down to force ObamaCare delay by one year. (Oct 2013)
  • FactCheck: No special subsidies for congressional staff. (Oct 2013)
  • Fight against unconstitutional laws like ObamaCare. (Nov 2012)
  • Defund, repeal, & replace federal care with free market. (Jul 2010)
  • Repeal any federal health care takeover. (Aug 2012)
  • Supports repealing Affordable Care Act. (Sep 2012)
Tom Cotton on Homeland Security
Click here for 5 full quotes on Homeland Security OR background on Homeland Security.
  • AdWatch: No sense of entitlement from serving in military. (Mar 2014)
  • Monitor our enemies through terrorist-surveillance programs. (Nov 2012)
  • Well-funded military with world's most advanced weapons. (Nov 2012)
  • Opposes reducing defense spending. (Sep 2012)
  • Sponsored opposing the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty. (Mar 2013)
Tom Cotton on Immigration
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  • No so-called "earned path to citizenship". (Nov 2012)
  • Supports exiting US to apply for citizenship. (Sep 2012)
Tom Cotton on Jobs
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  • Voted YES on allowing compensatory time off for working overtime. (Apr 2013)
Tom Cotton on Principles & Values
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  • Endorsed Member of the Tea Party movement. (Aug 2012)
Tom Cotton on Social Security
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  • Oppo AdWatch: supports Privatizing social security. (Mar 2014)
Tom Cotton on Tax Reform
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  • Support pro-growth policies with simple & low tax rates. (Nov 2012)
  • Adopt a single-rate tax system. (Jul 2010)
  • Repeal tax hikes in capital gains and death tax. (Jul 2010)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Aug 2012)
  • Opposes an income tax increase. (Sep 2012)
Tom Cotton on Technology
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  • Voted YES on protecting cyber security by sharing data with government. (Apr 2013)
Tom Cotton on War & Peace
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  • Jihadists attack us for who we are. (May 2013)
  • Iraq War was just and noble. (Mar 2013)
  • Iraq and Afghanistan wars were just and necessary. (Nov 2012)
  • Supports combat operations in Afghanistan. (Sep 2012)
Tom Cotton on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Voted YES on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients. (Mar 2013)


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 unrestricted right
(-5 points on Social scale)
Re-establish a culture of life: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Oppose stem-cell research and human cloning: Opposes topic 1
I consider myself pro-life: Strongly Opposes topic 1
No family planning assistance that includes abortion: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Opposes topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(+2 points on Economic scale)
NO on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act: Opposes topic 2
Strongly Opposes topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(-5 points on Social scale)
Support DOMA and traditional marriage: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Opposes same-sex marriage: Opposes topic 3
Protect anti-same-sex marriage opinions as free speech: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Neutral on topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Opposes topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Fight against unconstitutional laws like ObamaCare: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Defund, repeal, & replace federal care with free market: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Repeal any federal health care takeover: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Supports repealing Affordable Care Act: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Favors topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Oppo AdWatch: supports Privatizing social security: Favors topic 6
Strongly Favors topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Choice, competition, and freedom for our public schools: Strongly Favors topic 7
Opposes federal grants for education reforms: Favors topic 7
End federal monopoly on student-lending business: Strongly Favors topic 7
Denounce the Common Core State Standards: Favors topic 7
Favors topic 8:
Clean air and water are property rights
(+2 points on Social scale)
No EPA permits required for forest road runoff: Strongly Favors topic 8
Build Keystone XL; it's now passed environmental concerns: No opin. on topic 8
Neutral on topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Defend our Second Amendment rights: Strongly Favors topic 10
Opposes restrictions on gun purchases: Strongly Favors topic 10
Strongly Opposes topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Support pro-growth policies with simple & low tax rates: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Adopt a single-rate tax system: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Repeal tax hikes in capital gains and death tax: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Opposes an income tax increase: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Strongly Opposes topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(-5 points on Social scale)
No so-called "earned path to citizenship": Strongly Opposes topic 12
Supports exiting US to apply for citizenship: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Neutral on topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Favors topic 14:
Maintain US sovereignty from UN
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Sponsored opposing the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty: Strongly Favors topic 14
Strongly Favors topic 15:
Expand the military
(-5 points on Social scale)
Well-funded military with world's most advanced weapons: Strongly Favors topic 15
Opposes reducing defense spending: Favors topic 15
Neutral on topic 16:
Stricter limits on voting rights
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Opposes topic 17:
Stay out of Iran
(-3 points on Social scale)
Jihadists attack us for who we are: Strongly Favors topic 17
Iraq War was just and noble: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Iraq and Afghanistan wars were just and necessary: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Supports combat operations in Afghanistan: Opposes topic 17
Strongly Opposes topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(+5 points on Economic scale)
More oil & gas exploration & production: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Signed the No Climate Tax Pledge by AFP: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Cap-and-trade has no impact on global temperatures: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Explore proven energy reserves & keep energy prices low: Opposes topic 18
Supports offshore energy production: Opposes topic 18
Let states lease energy rights on federal lands: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Neutral on topic 19:
Never legalize marijuana
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Opposes topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Limit federal spending growth to per-capita inflation rate: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Opposes federal stimulus spending: Strongly Favors topic 20
YES on prioritizing spending in case debt limit is reached: Opposes topic 20

Tom Cotton is a Libertarian-Leaning Conservative.
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