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Tim Kaine
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Ben Carson
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Ted Cruz
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Carly Fiorina
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Rick Perry
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Rick Santorum
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Scott Walker
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Tim Kaine on Abortion
Click here for 11 full quotes on Abortion OR other candidates on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • Personally opposes abortion, but keep government out of it. (Jun 2016)
  • Don't weaken or subvert the basic holding of Roe v. Wade. (Oct 2012)
  • Don't deny privacy to women making health care decisions. (Sep 2012)
  • Increased access to contraceptive coverage. (Feb 2012)
  • If life begins at conception, we must outlaw contraception. (Dec 2011)
  • Restricted funding for fetal & embryonic stem cell research. (Apr 2009)
  • Personally opposed to abortion, but it shouldn't be outlawed. (Jul 2008)
  • Parental consent; ban partial birth; informed consent. (Jul 2008)
  • Promote abstinence; ban partial-birth abortion. (Nov 2005)
  • I have a faith-based opposition to abortion. (Nov 2005)
  • Supports public abortion funding. (Oct 2012)
Tim Kaine on Budget & Economy
Click here for 9 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR other candidates on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • Tea Party's reckless economic policies create uncertainty. (May 2012)
  • Reverse the sequester: harmful, across-the-board budget cuts. (Feb 2012)
  • I cut state spending $5B while investing in infrastructure. (Dec 2011)
  • Opposes "Cut, Cap and Balance" as all cuts & no balance. (Jul 2011)
  • Cabinet Community Days: we see people worried but hopeful. (Jan 2009)
  • In 5 years, Bush took us from surplus to deficit. (Jan 2006)
  • Fiscal discipline kept AAA bond rating. (Nov 2005)
  • Progress economically via stable finances. (Nov 2005)
  • Opposes a constitutional BBA. (Oct 2012)
Tim Kaine on Civil Rights
Click here for 20 full quotes on Civil Rights OR other candidates on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • Battle for social justice: everyone deserves opportunity. (Jul 2016)
  • Civil rights work inspired by fight to integrate schools. (Jul 2016)
  • Confederate flag celebrates an anti-civil rights heritage. (Jun 2015)
  • Property rights important when mapping pipeline routes. (Mar 2015)
  • Help whites and blacks find common ground. (Jan 2015)
  • Strong supporter of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. (Oct 2012)
  • Obama fought for equal pay for women. (Sep 2012)
  • Obama fought for fair treatment for LGBT Americans. (Sep 2012)
  • No discrimination against nominating gay judges. (May 2012)
  • Same-sex couples should have the same legal rights. (May 2012)
  • 2005: No gay adoption; 2011: gay adoption okay. (May 2012)
  • GOP agenda on gay marriage is divisive social legislation. (Apr 2012)
  • Tried to pass laws favoring domestic partnerships. (Apr 2012)
  • Apology & reconciliation for slavery, at VA's slave market. (Mar 2010)
  • 2007: pardoned leader of 1800 slave rebellion. (Mar 2010)
  • First state apology for involuntary servitude of Africans. (Mar 2010)
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. (Feb 2013)
  • Opposes defining traditional marriage. (Oct 2012)
  • Endorsed as "preferred" by The Feminist Majority indicating pro-women's rights. (Aug 2012)
  • Enforce against wage discrimination based on gender. (Mar 2013)
Tim Kaine on Corporations
Click here for 5 full quotes on Corporations OR other candidates on Corporations OR background on Corporations.
  • Close some gaping loopholes that advantage big corporations. (Jul 2016)
  • Close some gaping loopholes that advantage big corporations. (Jul 2016)
  • Protect banking industry's ability to serve consumers. (Jul 2016)
  • Fix the tax code to help businesses without lobbying clout. (Jul 2013)
  • Auto industry is back; manufacturers are hiring again. (Sep 2012)
Tim Kaine on Crime
Click here for 10 full quotes on Crime OR other candidates on Crime OR background on Crime.
  • Kaine's Project Exile disproportionately impacted blacks. (Jul 2016)
  • Kaine's Project Exile disproportionately impacted blacks. (Jul 2016)
  • Opposes death penalty as a Catholic, but upholds VA law. (Jan 2016)
  • Focus attention on the overuse of incarceration. (Oct 2012)
  • Release non-violent inmates 90 days early. (Jan 2009)
  • Smart sentencing: reduce number of "technical violations". (Jan 2009)
  • Don't re-traumatize sex crime victims during investigation. (Jan 2008)
  • Supports Project Exile’s longer mandatory sentences. (Nov 2005)
  • Moratorium on the death penalty until it is fair. (Nov 2005)
  • Rated 64% by the NAPO, indicating a moderate stance on police issues. (Dec 2014)
Tim Kaine on Drugs
Click here for 4 full quotes on Drugs OR other candidates on Drugs OR background on Drugs.
  • Against decriminalizing marijuana at state or federal level. (Jul 2016)
  • Supported Senate bill to fight opioid epidemic. (Jul 2016)
  • Reduce sentences but do not decriminalize pot. (Jan 2010)
  • Anti-drug and anti-gang units in State Police. (Nov 2005)
Tim Kaine on Education
Click here for 18 full quotes on Education OR other candidates on Education OR background on Education.
  • Supports Common Core and educational standards. (Aug 2016)
  • Supports Common Core and educational standards. (Aug 2016)
  • Protect LGBT students at schools, including gender identity. (Jul 2016)
  • Spend on education: key to everything we want to achieve. (Jul 2016)
  • Spend on education: key to everything we want to achieve. (Jul 2016)
  • Individualized learning, not charter schools. (Jul 2016)
  • More student loan interest cuts; more tuition assistance. (May 2012)
  • FactCheck: Cut college funding & led to 30% tuition increase. (Apr 2012)
  • Invest in education--from preschool to career skills. (Feb 2012)
  • Increase K-12 school funds despite 3 rounds of budget cuts. (Jan 2009)
  • No mid-year tuition increases at state college, despite cuts. (Jan 2009)
  • We raised teacher pay & required regular teacher evaluations. (Jan 2007)
  • Include private & church schools in kindergarten & pre-K. (Jan 2007)
  • Administration refused to fund NCLB Act. (Jan 2006)
  • Expand need-based financial aid & Tuition Assistance Grants. (Jan 2006)
  • Make education policy by first-hand visits to schools. (Nov 2005)
  • School vouchers divert resources from our public schools. (Jul 2002)
  • Opposes school vouchers. (Oct 2012)
Tim Kaine on Energy & Oil
Click here for 11 full quotes on Energy & Oil OR other candidates on Energy & Oil OR background on Energy & Oil.
  • Climate is a big issue, but government is not always the fix. (Jan 2015)
  • Cut subsidies to big oil companies. (Oct 2012)
  • Allow Bush tax cuts for wealthy to expire. (Apr 2012)
  • We are producing more energy than ever; find alternatives. (Dec 2011)
  • Major attention on creating green jobs. (Jan 2009)
  • Reduce electricity consumption by 19% by 2025. (Jan 2009)
  • Nuclear reactors will be key to America's energy future. (Jan 2009)
  • We can't drill our way out; diversify our portfolio. (Aug 2008)
  • Key to success is availability of reliable, low-cost power. (Jan 2007)
  • All Virginians are affected by rising gas prices. (Nov 2005)
  • Set goal of 25% renewable energy by 2025. (Jan 2007)
Tim Kaine on Environment
Click here for 8 full quotes on Environment OR other candidates on Environment OR background on Environment.
  • We must protect resources like oyster reefs and clean water. (Jul 2016)
  • A clean environment and a strong economy need not contradict. (Mar 2014)
  • Always work to protect our air, water and land. (Feb 2012)
  • Save animal lives with anti-freeze poisoning prevention bill. (Mar 2009)
  • Comprehensive study of mercury's effect on environment. (Feb 2007)
  • Historic investments in water quality & open space. (Jan 2007)
  • Invest in ongoing work to clean up rivers & Chesapeake Bay. (Jan 2006)
  • Voted YES on protecting ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems. (May 2013)
Tim Kaine on Families & Children
Click here for 6 full quotes on Families & Children OR other candidates on Families & Children OR background on Families & Children.
  • Teach Safe Relationships: prevent sexual assault. (Feb 2012)
  • Pushed faith-based agencies into letting gays adopt kids. (Feb 2012)
  • Provided a strong vaccination opt-out provision for parents. (Apr 2007)
  • Prevent childhood obesity by improving health education. (Jan 2007)
  • More funding & services for victims of domestic violence. (Jan 2013)
  • Sponsored recognition of National Foster Care Month. (May 2014)
Tim Kaine on Foreign Policy
Click here for 12 full quotes on Foreign Policy OR other candidates on Foreign Policy OR background on Foreign Policy.
  • Maintain relations with Britain & EU to move beyond Brexit. (Jun 2016)
  • Truman Doctrine is the last comprehensive US foreign policy. (Apr 2016)
  • U.S. leadership in global economy, without blind endorsement. (May 2015)
  • It is time to restore freedom to travel to Cuba. (Apr 2015)
  • Long pro-Israel tradition allows for some disagreements. (Mar 2015)
  • Congress censured Obama for troops to Libya without asking. (Jan 2015)
  • If we allow a nuclear Iran, others will follow; but deal ok. (Jan 2015)
  • Open debate spurred Syria to destroy its chemical weapons. (Jan 2015)
  • Non-state organizations will have an increasing role. (Jan 2015)
  • Investments in international development is important to US. (May 2013)
  • Strengthen partnerships with Latin America. (Feb 2012)
  • Let Israel & Palestine negotiate about status of Jerusalem. (Jun 2008)
Tim Kaine on Free Trade
Click here for 8 full quotes on Free Trade OR other candidates on Free Trade OR background on Free Trade.
  • Global trade is a reality; need more good trade deals. (Apr 2016)
  • Pass TPP and create true free trade for U.S. (Apr 2016)
  • Unfair Chinese trade practices are hurting American workers. (Jul 2015)
  • Ex-Im Bank funding is not unnecessary corporate welfare. (Jul 2014)
  • NAFTA allowed the US to export more products to Mexico. (May 2014)
  • Engage with people from other countries in global commerce. (Jan 2008)
  • Virginia began as an experiment in global trade. (Jan 2007)
  • Sponsored sugar quotas & import tariffs to stabilize prices. (May 2013)
Tim Kaine on Government Reform
Click here for 15 full quotes on Government Reform OR other candidates on Government Reform OR background on Government Reform.
  • Public companies should publish their political spending. (Jul 2016)
  • Citizens United erodes democracy and undermines elections. (Jun 2016)
  • Citizens United encourages lobbyists to influence votes. (Jun 2016)
  • Blocking Supreme Court nominees is a perversion of justice. (Feb 2016)
  • Voting Rights Advancement for marginalized groups. (Jun 2015)
  • Mandate a three-part process to start war. (Jan 2015)
  • Senate working on filibuster reform to speed appointments. (Jan 2015)
  • We must ban secret money from campaigns. (Jan 2015)
  • Regulate re-districting so incumbent is not always favored. (Jan 2015)
  • Voter suppression the worst kind of political corruption. (Aug 2014)
  • Time to rethink Patriot Act. (Jan 2014)
  • For making public companies publish their political spending. (Dec 2011)
  • Yes to disclosing sources of secret donations. (Jan 2010)
  • Matching fund for small donors, with debate requirements. (Jul 2014)
  • Public financing of federal campaigns by voter vouchers. (Feb 2015)
Tim Kaine on Gun Control
Click here for 9 full quotes on Gun Control OR other candidates on Gun Control OR background on Gun Control.
  • After VA Tech shooting, closed background check loophole. (Jul 2016)
  • Limit size of magazines and ammunition clips. (Jun 2016)
  • Gun violence causes unbearable pain; stand up to gun lobby. (Feb 2012)
  • Limit high-capacity clips to no more than ten bullets. (Jan 2011)
  • Instant background checks including mental health database. (Jan 2008)
  • Prevent gun sales if buyer declared dangerously mentally ill. (May 2007)
  • Strongly supports the Second Amendment. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted YES on banning high-capacity magazines of over 10 bullets. (Apr 2013)
  • Supports restricting the Second Amendment. (Oct 2012)
Tim Kaine on Health Care
Click here for 14 full quotes on Health Care OR other candidates on Health Care OR background on Health Care.
  • With consensus on wars, we'll take better care of vets. (Jan 2015)
  • Let Medicare negotiate rates for prescription drug prices. (Oct 2012)
  • Inaction was not a solution for healthcare. (Jun 2012)
  • Public option puts some real competition into the system. (Jul 2009)
  • Invest in community-based mental health care. (Jan 2009)
  • Expand pre-natal care to reduce infant mortality rate. (Jan 2009)
  • Mental health system is chronically under-funded. (Jan 2008)
  • 1 million Virginians do not have health insurance. (Jan 2007)
  • Bush fights states getting cheap Rx for seniors. (Jan 2006)
  • Our seniors were promised medications but got poor planning. (Jan 2006)
  • One out of 7 Virginians lack health insurance. (Nov 2005)
  • Adopt national health reform legislation before the end of the year. (Oct 2009)
  • Opposes repealing ObamaCare. (Oct 2012)
  • Religious exemption from ObamaCare individual mandate. (Feb 2015)
Tim Kaine on Homeland Security
Click here for 18 full quotes on Homeland Security OR other candidates on Homeland Security OR background on Homeland Security.
  • Help "Blue Water" veterans harmed by Agent Orange. (Sep 2015)
  • Pushed for health care for the 9/11 first responders. (Sep 2015)
  • Do more to expedite transferring Guantanamo detainees out. (Sep 2015)
  • Voted to reform the PATRIOT act but can't just let it expire. (May 2015)
  • Power given president after 9/11 too broad. (Jan 2015)
  • Time to rethink Patriot Act. (Jan 2014)
  • Budget cuts made us vulnerable to Libya embassy attack. (Oct 2012)
  • Religious liberty without government punishment. (Oct 2012)
  • Let Bush tax cuts expire instead of automatic defense cuts. (Sep 2012)
  • All-cuts approach leaves TRICARE & nat'l defense vulnerable. (May 2012)
  • Repeal "Don't Ask Don't Tell": let gays serve in military. (May 2012)
  • Troop Talent Act: ease transition to civilian careers. (Feb 2012)
  • Open all combat roles to women. (Feb 2012)
  • Thankful that torture is a foreign policy instrument no more. (May 2009)
  • Expand job benefits for members of the Virginia Guard. (Jan 2007)
  • Focus on counter-terrorism and bioterrorism preparedness. (Nov 2005)
  • Maintain the military presence in Virginia. (Nov 2005)
  • Inspired to follow current events during the Vietnam war. ()
Tim Kaine on Immigration
Click here for 8 full quotes on Immigration OR other candidates on Immigration OR background on Immigration.
  • Urges US to accept more Syrian refugees. (Jul 2016)
  • Supported 2013 Senate immigration reform package. (Jun 2016)
  • Give millions of families an earned pathway to citizenship. (Jun 2015)
  • Allow more Syrian Refugees to resettle in US. (May 2015)
  • Make it easier for foreign students to get green cards. (Jun 2012)
  • Seeks defined path to earned citizenship, plus DREAM Act. (Apr 2012)
  • Comprehensive immigration policy instead of xenophobia. (Jul 2010)
  • Supercharged rhetoric causes hostility to New Americans. (Jan 2008)
Tim Kaine on Jobs
Click here for 4 full quotes on Jobs OR other candidates on Jobs OR background on Jobs.
  • VA had low unemployment rates during worst of recession. (Sep 2012)
  • Close the gender pay gap. (Feb 2012)
  • Endorsed by Virginia AFL-CIO for US Senator. (Jan 2012)
  • Today's minimum wage is not enough to take care of a family. (Jan 2007)
Tim Kaine on Principles & Values
Click here for 16 full quotes on Principles & Values OR other candidates on Principles & Values OR background on Principles & Values.
  • My values are faith, family, and work. (Jul 2016)
  • Cultural diversity unites and strengthens us. (Jul 2016)
  • Hillary is ready to lead like all our great leaders. (Jul 2016)
  • Catholicism & Quakerism influence his political views. (Apr 2016)
  • Presidents often overreach by declaring war without Congress. (Jan 2015)
  • Inspired to public service by Jesuit missionaries. (Jan 2015)
  • Flexes cooperation muscle with GOP bill co-sponsors. (Jan 2015)
  • Authenticity as Senator means expressing religiosity. (Aug 2014)
  • Smash-mouth partisanship is yesterday's politics. (Jul 2012)
  • Served as a missionary in Honduras. (Jul 2012)
  • Motivated to serve, including missionary work in Honduras. (Jul 2012)
  • Begin racial healing by insisting on honest conversation. (Mar 2010)
  • 1998: elected 8-1 as mayor by majority black city council. (Mar 2010)
  • Better way is to focus on service, common sense, & results. (Jan 2006)
  • Ser justo e incluyente de todas las comunidades. (Jan 2006)
  • Parents taught him the importance of family and faith. (Nov 2005)
Tim Kaine on Social Security
Click here for 6 full quotes on Social Security OR other candidates on Social Security OR background on Social Security.
  • Fight against any privatization proposals. (Oct 2012)
  • Lift the payroll tax cap. (Jun 2012)
  • No dangerous privatization schemes for Social Security. (Apr 2012)
  • Adamantly opposes privatization of Social Security. (Apr 2012)
  • Make Social Security work for today's seniors and future. (Feb 2012)
  • Rated 100% by ARA, indicating a pro-Trust Fund stance. (Jan 2013)
Tim Kaine on Tax Reform
Click here for 15 full quotes on Tax Reform OR other candidates on Tax Reform OR background on Tax Reform.
  • Keep Bush tax cuts except for the wealthy. (Oct 2012)
  • Open to some minimum income tax level for everyone. (Sep 2012)
  • No budget-busting tax cuts; we can't afford to try it again!. (Sep 2012)
  • Balance taxes: let Bush tax cuts expire at the top end. (Dec 2011)
  • No need for millionaire's tax: just let Bush cuts expire. (Dec 2011)
  • Let Bush tax cuts expire, but do not raise capital gains tax. (Sep 2011)
  • Growth sharing: split local tax revenue with nearby towns. (Mar 2010)
  • Replace income tax for low-income with cigarette tax. (Jan 2009)
  • As governor, Kaine signed death tax repeal on big estates. (Jul 2007)
  • Repeal death tax, but raise bottom filing threshold. (Jul 2007)
  • Increase income tax filing threshold from $7,000 to $12,000. (Jan 2007)
  • Exempt first 20% of home value from property taxes. (Jan 2007)
  • Proven record of cutting taxes. (Nov 2005)
  • Supports increasing tax rates. (Oct 2012)
  • $12B in federal economic stimulus as state block grants. (Jan 2008)
Tim Kaine on Technology
Click here for 8 full quotes on Technology OR other candidates on Technology OR background on Technology.
  • Thrilled that a Virginia tribe could pursue casino gambling. (Feb 2016)
  • Investment in broadband for all, to boost economy. (Sep 2013)
  • Investment in broadband for all, to boost economy. (Sep 2013)
  • Invest in communities--infrastructure makes us competitive. (Sep 2012)
  • Force online retailers to collect sales taxes. (Jun 2012)
  • Long-term commitment to six year infrastructure plan. (Jan 2009)
  • Re-zoning to account for transportation infrastructure. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted YES on authorizing states to collect Internet sales taxes. (May 2013)
Tim Kaine on War & Peace
Click here for 16 full quotes on War & Peace OR other candidates on War & Peace OR background on War & Peace.
  • Success in Ukraine means resistance to Russian aggression. (Jul 2016)
  • Proactively address North Korean nuclear & missile programs. (Feb 2016)
  • Iran is the real threat; Israel can make peace with Arabs. (Jan 2016)
  • Iran is the real threat; Israel can make peace with Arabs. (Jan 2016)
  • Wanted a War on ISIL vote in Congress and would support it. (Oct 2015)
  • The public deserves robust debate before we go to war. (Jan 2015)
  • Authorize military force against ISIL, phasing out Iraq AUMF. (Nov 2014)
  • We ended war in Iraq and are ending Afghan war now. (Sep 2012)
  • Redefine War Powers to reflect realities of 21st century. (Feb 2012)
  • Nuke deal with Iran is dramatic improvement over status quo. (Feb 2012)
  • Supported Obama's stopping the Iraq War. (Dec 2011)
  • Obama had a "good rationale" for going in Libya in 2011. (Jun 2011)
  • Afghanistan war was not a war of Obama's choosing. (Jul 2010)
  • Iraq was a wrong choice; Afghanistan was no choice. (Jul 2010)
  • Visited VA National Guard members in Green Zone in Baghdad. (Jan 2007)
  • Americans were given inaccurate information regarding Iraq. (Jan 2006)
Tim Kaine on Welfare & Poverty
Click here for 2 full quotes on Welfare & Poverty OR other candidates on Welfare & Poverty OR background on Welfare & Poverty.
  • Family Self-Sufficiency program to reduce welfare dependency. (Jul 2016)
  • Secured funds to help homeless vets find good housing. (Jul 2016)


VoteMatch Responses
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Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+2 points on Social scale)
Personally opposes abortion, but keep government out of it: Favors topic 1
Don't weaken or subvert the basic holding of Roe v. Wade: Strongly Favors topic 1
Don't deny privacy to women making health care decisions: Favors topic 1
Increased access to contraceptive coverage: Strongly Favors topic 1
Restricted funding for fetal & embryonic stem cell research: Opposes topic 1
Personally opposed to abortion, but it shouldn't be outlawed: Strongly Favors topic 1
Parental consent; ban partial birth; informed consent: Opposes topic 1
Promote abstinence; ban partial-birth abortion: Strongly Opposes topic 1
I have a faith-based opposition to abortion: Opposes topic 1
Supports public abortion funding: Strongly Favors topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Battle for social justice: everyone deserves opportunity: Strongly Favors topic 2
Civil rights work inspired by fight to integrate schools: Strongly Favors topic 2
Confederate flag celebrates an anti-civil rights heritage: Strongly Favors topic 2
Help whites and blacks find common ground: Favors topic 2
Strong supporter of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act: Strongly Favors topic 2
Obama fought for equal pay for women: Favors topic 2
Open all combat roles to women: Strongly Favors topic 2
Close the gender pay gap: Strongly Favors topic 2
2007: pardoned leader of 1800 slave rebellion: Favors topic 2
First state apology for involuntary servitude of Africans: Strongly Favors topic 2
1998: elected 8-1 as mayor by majority black city council: Favors topic 2
Ser justo e incluyente de todas las comunidades: Favors topic 2
Endorsed as "preferred" by The Feminist Majority indicating pro-women's 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
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+5 points on Social scale)
Protect LGBT students at schools, including gender identity: Strongly Favors topic 3
Obama fought for fair treatment for LGBT Americans: Favors topic 3
Same-sex couples should have the same legal rights: Favors topic 3
2005: No gay adoption; 2011: gay adoption okay: Favors topic 3
Repeal "Don't Ask Don't Tell": let gays serve in military: Strongly Favors topic 3
GOP agenda on gay marriage is divisive social legislation: Favors topic 3
Tried to pass laws favoring domestic partnerships: Favors topic 3
Opposes defining traditional marriage: Strongly Favors topic 3
Favors topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(-3 points on Social scale)
Catholicism & Quakerism influence his political views: Favors topic 4
Opposes death penalty as a Catholic, but upholds VA law: Opposes topic 4
Inspired to public service by Jesuit missionaries: Favors topic 4
Authenticity as Senator means expressing religiosity: Favors topic 4
Strongly Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Let Medicare negotiate rates for prescription drug prices: Favors topic 5
Inaction was not a solution for healthcare: Favors topic 5
Public option puts some real competition into the system: Strongly Favors topic 5
Expand pre-natal care to reduce infant mortality rate: Strongly Favors topic 5
Mental health system is chronically under-funded: Favors topic 5
Prevent childhood obesity by improving health education: Favors topic 5
1 million Virginians do not have health insurance: Strongly Favors topic 5
One out of 7 Virginians lack health insurance: Favors topic 5
Adopt national health reform legislation before the end of the year: Strongly Favors topic 5
Opposes repealing ObamaCare: Strongly Favors topic 5
Religious exemption from ObamaCare individual mandate: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Strongly Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Fight against any privatization proposals: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Lift the payroll tax cap: Opposes topic 6
No dangerous privatization schemes for Social Security: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Adamantly opposes privatization of Social Security: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Make Social Security work for today's seniors and future: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Rated 100% by ARA, indicating a pro-Trust Fund stance: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Opposes topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Supports Common Core and educational standards: Opposes topic 7
Supports Common Core and educational standards: Opposes topic 7
Spend on education: key to everything we want to achieve: Strongly Favors topic 7
Individualized learning, not charter schools: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Invest in education--from preschool to career skills: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Increase K-12 school funds despite 3 rounds of budget cuts: Favors topic 7
We raised teacher pay & required regular teacher evaluations: Strongly Favors topic 7
Include private & church schools in kindergarten & pre-K: Favors topic 7
School vouchers divert resources from our public schools: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Opposes school vouchers: Opposes topic 7
Strongly Opposes topic 8:
Society bears cost of pollution
(+5 points on Social scale)
We must protect resources like oyster reefs and clean water: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Property rights important when mapping pipeline routes: Opposes topic 8
A clean environment and a strong economy need not contradict: Opposes topic 8
Always work to protect our air, water and land: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Save animal lives with anti-freeze poisoning prevention bill: Opposes topic 8
Comprehensive study of mercury's effect on environment: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Historic investments in water quality & open space: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Re-zoning to account for transportation infrastructure: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Invest in ongoing work to clean up rivers & Chesapeake Bay: Strongly Opposes topic 8
YES on protecting ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems: Opposes topic 8
No opinion on topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(0 points on Social scale)
Kaine's Project Exile disproportionately impacted blacks: Favors topic 9
Kaine's Project Exile disproportionately impacted blacks: Favors topic 9
Focus attention on the overuse of incarceration: Opposes topic 9
Teach Safe Relationships: prevent sexual assault: Favors topic 9
Release non-violent inmates 90 days early: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Smart sentencing: reduce number of "technical violations": Strongly Opposes topic 9
Don't re-traumatize sex crime victims during investigation: Favors topic 9
Supports Project Exile’s longer mandatory sentences: Strongly Favors topic 9
Moratorium on the death penalty until it is fair: Opposes topic 9
Rated 64% by the NAPO, indicating a moderate stance on police issues: Neutral on topic 9
Strongly Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-5 points on Economic scale)
After VA Tech shooting, closed background check loophole: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Limit size of magazines and ammunition clips: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Gun violence causes unbearable pain; stand up to gun lobby: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Limit high-capacity clips to no more than ten bullets: Opposes topic 10
Invest in community-based mental health care: Opposes topic 10
Instant background checks including mental health database: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Prevent gun sales if buyer declared dangerously mentally ill: Opposes topic 10
Strongly supports the Second Amendment: Strongly Favors topic 10
Supports restricting the Second Amendment: Strongly Opposes topic 10
YES on banning high-capacity magazines of over 10 bullets: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Favors topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Close some gaping loopholes that advantage big corporations: Strongly Favors topic 11
Fix the tax code to help businesses without lobbying clout: Favors topic 11
Keep Bush tax cuts except for the wealthy: Favors topic 11
No budget-busting tax cuts; we can't afford to try it again!: Strongly Favors topic 11
Allow Bush tax cuts for wealthy to expire: Strongly Favors topic 11
Balance taxes: let Bush tax cuts expire at the top end: Strongly Favors topic 11
No need for millionaire's tax: just let Bush cuts expire: Favors topic 11
Let Bush tax cuts expire, but do not raise capital gains tax: Favors topic 11
Opposes "Cut, Cap and Balance" as all cuts & no balance: Favors topic 11
Growth sharing: split local tax revenue with nearby towns: Strongly Favors topic 11
Replace income tax for low-income with cigarette tax: Favors topic 11
As governor, Kaine signed death tax repeal on big estates: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Repeal death tax, but raise bottom filing threshold: Opposes topic 11
Increase income tax filing threshold from $7,000 to $12,000: Strongly Favors topic 11
Exempt first 20% of home value from property taxes: Opposes topic 11
Proven record of cutting taxes: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Supports increasing tax rates: Strongly Favors topic 11
$12B in federal economic stimulus as state block grants: Favors topic 11
Strongly Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+5 points on Social scale)
Supported 2013 Senate immigration reform package: Strongly Favors topic 12
Give millions of families an earned pathway to citizenship: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Make it easier for foreign students to get green cards: Favors topic 12
Seeks defined path to earned citizenship, plus DREAM Act: Strongly Favors topic 12
Comprehensive immigration policy instead of xenophobia: Strongly Favors topic 12
Supercharged rhetoric causes hostility to New Americans: Strongly Favors topic 12
Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Global trade is a reality; need more good trade deals: Strongly Favors topic 13
Pass TPP and create true free trade for U.S.: Strongly Favors topic 13
Unfair Chinese trade practices are hurting American workers: Strongly Opposes topic 13
NAFTA allowed the US to export more products to Mexico: Strongly Favors topic 13
Virginia began as an experiment in global trade: Strongly Favors topic 13
Sponsored sugar quotas & import tariffs to stabilize prices: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Strongly Opposes topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Urges US to accept more Syrian refugees: Opposes topic 14
Maintain relations with Britain & EU to move beyond Brexit: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Iran is the real threat; Israel can make peace with Arabs: Opposes topic 14
Allow more Syrian Refugees to resettle in US: Strongly Opposes topic 14
U.S. leadership in global economy, without blind endorsement: Opposes topic 14
It is time to restore freedom to travel to Cuba: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Non-state organizations will have an increasing role: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Investments in international development is important to US: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Strengthen partnerships with Latin America: Opposes topic 14
Redefine War Powers to reflect realities of 21st century: Opposes topic 14
Engage with people from other countries in global commerce: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Strongly Favors topic 15:
Expand the military
(-5 points on Social scale)
Secured funds to help homeless vets find good housing: Favors topic 15
Help "Blue Water" veterans harmed by Agent Orange: Favors topic 15
Budget cuts made us vulnerable to Libya embassy attack: Favors topic 15
Let Bush tax cuts expire instead of automatic defense cuts: Favors topic 15
Troop Talent Act: ease transition to civilian careers: Favors topic 15
Expand job benefits for members of the Virginia Guard: Favors topic 15
Focus on counter-terrorism and bioterrorism preparedness: Favors topic 15
Maintain the military presence in Virginia: Strongly Favors topic 15
Strongly Favors topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(+5 points on Social scale)
Citizens United erodes democracy and undermines elections: Strongly Favors topic 16
Citizens United encourages lobbyists to influence votes: Strongly Favors topic 16
Voting Rights Advancement for marginalized groups: Strongly Favors topic 16
We must ban secret money from campaigns: Strongly Favors topic 16
Regulate re-districting so incumbent is not always favored: Strongly Favors topic 16
Voter suppression the worst kind of political corruption: Strongly Favors topic 16
For making public companies publish their political spending: Favors topic 16
Yes to disclosing sources of secret donations: Strongly Favors topic 16
Matching fund for small donors, with debate requirements: Favors topic 16
Public financing of federal campaigns by voter vouchers: Favors topic 16
Favors topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(+2 points on Social scale)
Success in Ukraine means resistance to Russian aggression: Opposes topic 17
Proactively address North Korean nuclear & missile programs: Opposes topic 17
Wanted a War on ISIL vote in Congress and would support it: Opposes topic 17
Congress censured Obama for troops to Libya without asking: Strongly Favors topic 17
If we allow a nuclear Iran, others will follow; but deal ok: Opposes topic 17
The public deserves robust debate before we go to war: Strongly Favors topic 17
Authorize military force against ISIL, phasing out Iraq AUMF: Opposes topic 17
We ended war in Iraq and are ending Afghan war now: Favors topic 17
Nuke deal with Iran is dramatic improvement over status quo: Strongly Favors topic 17
Supported Obama's stopping the Iraq War: Favors topic 17
Afghanistan war was not a war of Obama's choosing: Opposes topic 17
Iraq was a wrong choice; Afghanistan was no choice: Favors topic 17
Let Israel & Palestine negotiate about status of Jerusalem: Favors topic 17
Visited VA National Guard members in Green Zone in Baghdad: Opposes topic 17
Americans were given inaccurate information regarding Iraq: Favors topic 17
Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Climate is a big issue, but government is not always the fix: Opposes topic 18
Cut subsidies to big oil companies: Strongly Favors topic 18
We are producing more energy than ever; find alternatives: Favors topic 18
Major attention on creating green jobs: Strongly Favors topic 18
Reduce electricity consumption by 19% by 2025: Strongly Favors topic 18
Nuclear reactors will be key to America's energy future: Opposes topic 18
We can't drill our way out; diversify our portfolio: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Key to success is availability of reliable, low-cost power: Opposes topic 18
Set goal of 25% renewable energy by 2025: Strongly Favors topic 18
Favors topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(-3 points on Social scale)
Against decriminalizing marijuana at state or federal level: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Supported Senate bill to fight opioid epidemic: Favors topic 19
Reduce sentences but do not decriminalize pot: Favors topic 19
Anti-drug and anti-gang units in State Police: Favors topic 19
Strongly Favors topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(-5 points on Economic scale)
No budget-busting tax cuts; we can't afford to try it again!: Strongly Favors topic 20
Tea Party's reckless economic policies create uncertainty: Strongly Favors topic 20
Reverse the sequester: harmful, across-the-board budget cuts: Favors topic 20
I cut state spending $5B while investing in infrastructure: Strongly Favors topic 20
Opposes "Cut, Cap and Balance" as all cuts & no balance: Strongly Favors topic 20
Cabinet Community Days: we see people worried but hopeful: Strongly Favors topic 20

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