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Tim Kaine on VoteMatch



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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
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)
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
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)
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
No opinion on topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(0 points on Social scale)
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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
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
Favors topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(+2 points on Economic scale)
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
Opposes school vouchers: Opposes topic 7
Strongly Opposes topic 8:
EPA regulations are too restrictive
(+5 points on Social scale)
Always work to protect our air, water and land: 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
Opposes topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(+2 points on Social scale)
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)
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
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)
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
Opposes "Cut, Cap and Balance" as all cuts & no balance: Favors topic 11
Replace income tax for low-income with cigarette tax: Favors 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)
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
No opinion on topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(0 points on Economic scale)
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)
Maintain relations with Britain & EU to move beyond Brexit: 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)
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
Favors topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(+2 points on Social scale)
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)
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
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)
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)
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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Bob McDonnell
Ken Cuccinelli
Robert Sarvis
Terry McAuliffe
VA Senatorial:
Ed Gillespie
James Webb
Mark Warner
Robert Sarvis

NJ: Fulop(D) vs.Lesniak(D)
VA: Gillespie(R) vs.Wittman(R) vs.Northam(D)
Gubernatorial Debates 2016:
DE: Bonini(D) vs.Carney(R)
IN: Pence(R) vs.Gregg(D)
MO: Koster(D) vs.Hanaway(R) vs.Brunner(R) vs.Kinder(R) vs.Greitens(R)
MT: Bullock(D) vs.Perea(R) vs.Johnson(R) vs.Gianforte(R) vs.McChesney(D)
NC: McCrory(R) vs.Cooper(D) vs.Spaulding(D)
ND: Dalrymple(R) vs.Stenehjem(R) vs.Becker(R) vs.Heitkamp(D) vs.Pomeroy(D)
NH: Hassan(D) vs.Bradley(R) vs.Sununu(R) vs.Lavoie(R) vs.Connolly(D) vs.Dextraze(I)
OR: Brown(D) vs.Bell(D) vs.Niemeyer(R) vs.Pierce(R)
UT: Herbert(R) vs.Johnson(R) vs.Cook(D)
VT: Shumlin(D) vs.Minter(D) vs.Dunne(D) vs.Scott(R) vs.Lisman(R) vs.Smith(D)
WA: Inslee(D) vs.Bryant(R)
WV: Kessler(R) vs.Cole(R)
Newly-elected governors (first seated in Jan. 2015):
AK-I: Bill Walker
AR-R: Asa Hutchinson
AZ-R: Doug Ducey
IL-R: Bruce Rauner
MA-R: Charlie Baker
MD-R: Larry Hogan
NE-R: Pete Ricketts
OR-D: Kate Brown
PA-D: Tom Wolf
RI-D: Gina Raimondo
TX-R: Greg Abbott

Lame ducks 2015-16:
DE-D: Jack Markell
(term-limited 2016)
KY-D: Steve Beshear
(term-limited 2015)
LA-R: Bobby Jindal
(term-limited 2015)
MO-D: Jay Nixon
(term-limited 2016)
VT-D: Peter Shumlin
(retiring 2016)
WV-D: Earl Ray Tomblin
(term-limited 2016)
Civil Rights
Foreign Policy
Free Trade
Govt. Reform
Gun Control
Health Care
Homeland Security
Local Issues
Social Security
Tax Reform

Gubernatorial Debates 2015:
KY: Conway(D,lost) vs.Bevin(R,won)
LA: Vitter(R,lost) vs.Dardenne(R) vs.Edwards(D,won)
MS: Bryant(R,won) vs.Gray(D,lost) vs.Slater(D)

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Mailing Address:
PO Box 12307, Richmond, VA 23241

Page last updated: Jul 08, 2016