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Tom Vilsack on VoteMatch



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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+5 points on Social scale)
Informed consent is government telling women what to do: Strongly Favors topic 1
Vetoed requiring info about abortion risks and alternatives: Strongly Favors topic 1
Personal choice includes taxpayer funding: Strongly Favors topic 1
A Catholic who supports abortion rights: Favors topic 1
Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Declared English as Iowa’s official language: Opposes topic 2
Demand funding for disabled learning: Favors topic 2
Shift from group preferences to economic empowerment of all: Neutral on topic 2
Support principles embodied in the Equal Rights Amendment: Favors topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+5 points on Social scale)
Appointed judges who said yes to gay marriage: Strongly Favors topic 3
2011: Gay marriage at state level only, for now: Strongly Favors topic 3
Rated “B” by National Review on pro-gay issues: Favors topic 3
Hosted Governor’s Conference on LGBT Youth: Favors topic 3
No opinion on topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Focus on wellness as part of universal coverage: Strongly Favors topic 5
Establish "report cards" on HMO quality of care: Favors topic 5
Maintain Medicare funding of HMO benefits: Favors topic 5
Protect state tobacco settlement funds from federal seizure: Neutral on topic 5
Favors topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Create Retirement Savings Accounts: Favors topic 6
Maintain federal Social Services Block Grant funding: Favors topic 6
Maintain long-term solvency of Social Security and Medicare: Opposes topic 6
Strongly Opposes topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(-5 points on Economic scale)
We need educational revolution, NOT “No Child Left Behind”: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Offer every parent Charter Schools and public school choice: Opposes topic 7
Improve and invest in public schools: Opposes topic 7
No opinion on topic 8:
Society bears cost of pollution
(0 points on Social scale)
Cut food waste in half by 2030: Opposes topic 8
More state autonomy on brownfields & Superfund cleanups: Favors topic 8
Opposes topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(+2 points on Social scale)
Against the death penalty: Opposes topic 9
Opposes death penalty in Iowa: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Supports flexible federal block grants for crime programs: Neutral on topic 9
Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Rural America ready to discuss gun control: Favors topic 10
Start conversation with a respect for the 2nd Amendment: Favors topic 10
Prevent unauthorized firearm use with "smart gun" technology: Opposes topic 10
Opposes topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Embraces middle-class tax cuts: 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)
Diversity adds to our economic wealth: 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
Ease Canadian border-crossing rules: Favors topic 12
Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Government negotiations facilitate favorable trade: Favors topic 13
Build a rule-based global trading system: Favors topic 13
Rescinded state commitment under CAFTA: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Ease Canadian border-crossing rules: Favors topic 13
Grant fast-track authority to the President: Favors topic 13
No opinion on topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
No opinion on topic 15:
Expand the military
(0 points on Social scale)
Sees parallel skills between soldiers and farmers: Favors topic 15
Spending in Iraq is wrong priority; spend at home instead: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Pay salary differentials for active duty employees: Favors topic 15
Favors topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(+2 points on Social scale)
Money is the only reason he left presidential race: Favors topic 16
Strongly Favors topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(+5 points on Social scale)
Congress should stop funding U.S. fighting in Iraq: Strongly Favors topic 17
Get troops out of harm’s way in Iraq: Strongly Favors topic 17
Progressive Internationalism: globalize with US pre-eminence: Favors topic 17
Include states in anti-terrorism planning: Neutral on topic 17
Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Need an energy policy tied to environmental conservation: Strongly Favors topic 18
Vetoed a bill without adequate environmental safeguards: Favors topic 18
Supports tradable emissions permits for greenhouse gases: Favors topic 18
Replace MTBE in gasoline with cleaner ethanol: Neutral on topic 18
Voluntary partnerships reduce greenhouse gases economically: Neutral on topic 18
Kyoto Treaty must include reductions by all countries: Opposes topic 18
Set goal of 25% renewable energy by 2025: Strongly Favors topic 18
No opinion on topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(0 points on Social scale)
$51.4 million for opioid abuse clinics in rural communities: Opposes topic 19
Notes the revenue potential of an acre of marijuana: Opposes topic 19
Reduced supply of dangerous drugs: Favors topic 19
More federal funding for all aspects of Drug War: Favors topic 19
Favors topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(-3 points on Economic scale)
GOP tax cuts & deregulation hurt middle-class families: Favors topic 20

Other candidates' VoteMatch: Tom Vilsack on the issues:
Obama Administration:
Pres.Barack Obama
V.P.Joe Biden
DoD:Chuck Hagel
A.G.:Eric Holder
State:John Kerry
DHS:Janet Napolitano
HHS:Kathleen Sebelius
DVA:Eric Shinseki
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
Civil Rights
Foreign Policy
Free Trade
Govt. Reform
Gun Control
Health Care
Homeland Security
Social Security
Tax Reform
War & Peace

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Page last updated: Sep 30, 2016