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Tom Ridge on VoteMatch

 



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Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+2 points on Social scale)
Pro-choice: Favors topic 1
Allow abortions, with limits; no partial-birth: Favors topic 1
No opinion on topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(0 points on Economic scale)
Opposes Affirmative Action: Opposes topic 2
Support principles embodied in the Equal Rights Amendment: Favors topic 2
Opposes topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(-3 points on Social scale)
No special gay laws; no gay marriage: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Overturn CA Prop. 8: Let gays marry: No opin. on topic 3
Strongly Favors topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(-5 points on Social scale)
Able-bodied welfare recipients must work 100 hours a month: Favors topic 4
Teacher-led voluntary prayer is OK: Strongly Favors topic 4
Opposes topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Guaranteed medical care is not a government responsibility: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Protect state tobacco settlement funds from federal seizure: Neutral on topic 5
No opinion on topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(0 points on Economic scale)
Maintain federal Social Services Block Grant funding: Favors topic 6
Maintain long-term solvency of Social Security and Medicare: Opposes topic 6
Strongly Favors topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(+5 points on Economic scale)
More standards, and make them clear: Favors topic 7
More charters; push for school choice: Strongly Favors topic 7
Vouchers for private & religious schools: Strongly Favors topic 7
Favors topic 8:
Human needs over animal rights
(-3 points on Social scale)
More state autonomy on brownfields & Superfund cleanups: Favors topic 8
Strongly Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-5 points on Social scale)
Supports victimís rights & death penalty: Strongly Favors topic 9
More prisons; more death penalty: Strongly Favors topic 9
Stricter penalties; less parole: Strongly Favors topic 9
Supports flexible federal block grants for crime programs: Neutral on topic 9
No opinion on topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(0 points on Economic scale)
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Opposes topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Cut taxes as governor by $2.6B: Opposes topic 11
60% legislative supermajority for raising taxes: Strongly Opposes topic 11
End computer service tax; start R&D tax credit: Opposes topic 11
No national sales tax or VAT: Neutral on topic 11
Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+2 points on Social scale)
No amnesty, but a path to legitimate law-abiding aliens: Favors topic 12
New visa interview policy unwisely restricts immigration: Favors topic 12
New visa interview policy unwisely restricts immigration: Strongly Favors topic 12
Share costs of legal immigration between states & federal: Neutral on topic 12
Federal government should deal with criminal repatriation: Neutral on topic 12
Strongly Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Closing borders post-9-11 dealt a crushing blow to trade: Favors topic 13
Increase global connections, even for small business: Strongly Favors topic 13
No opinion on topic 14:
Maintain US sovereignty from UN
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No opinion on topic 15:
Expand the military
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No opinion on topic 16:
Stricter limits on political campaign funds
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Favors topic 17:
Stay out of Iran
(+2 points on Social scale)
Saddam did have WMDs, but no relationship with al Qaeda: Favors topic 17
Iraqi invasion justified to overthrow a despot: Strongly Favors topic 17
Include states in anti-terrorism planning: Neutral on topic 17
Opposes topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Comprehensive energy policy including nuclear & clean coal: Opposes topic 18
Changed rules & got 350 polluted industrial sites cleaned up: Favors topic 18
Let industries audit themselves & then clean up: Strongly Opposes topic 18
More flexibility in environmental regulation: Favors topic 18
Voluntary partnerships reduce greenhouse gases economically: Neutral on topic 18
Kyoto Treaty must include reductions by all countries: Opposes topic 18
Favors topic 19:
Never legalize marijuana
(-3 points on Social scale)
More federal funding for all aspects of Drug War: Favors topic 19
No opinion on topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(0 points on Economic scale)
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Other candidates' VoteMatch: Tom Ridge on the issues:
Obama Administration:
Pres.Barack Obama
V.P.Joe Biden
DHS:Janet Napolitano
State:John Kerry
DHS:Janet Napolitano
DoD:Chuck Hagel
A.G.:Eric Holder
HHS:Kathleen Sebelius
USDA:Tom Vilsack

First Obama Administration:
State:Hillary Clinton
Staff:Rahm Emanuel
DOT:Ray LaHood
DOI:Ken Salazar
DOL:Hilda Solis

Former G.W.Bush Administration:
Pres.George W. Bush
V.P.Dick Cheney
State:Colin Powell
State:Condi Rice
EPA:Christie Whitman

Former Clinton Administration:
Pres.Bill Clinton
V.P.Al Gore
HUD:Andrew Cuomo
Labor:Robert Reich
A.G.:Janet Reno

Former G.H.W.Bush Administration:
Pres.George W. Bush
V.P.Dan Quayle
Labor:Liddy Dole
ED:Lamar Alexander
Abortion
Budget/Economy
Civil Rights
Corporations
Crime
Drugs
Education
Energy/Oil
Environment
Families
Foreign Policy
Free Trade
Govt. Reform
Gun Control
Health Care
Homeland Security
Immigration
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Principles
Social Security
Tax Reform
Technology
War & Peace
Welfare

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Page last updated: Mar 19, 2014