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Tommy Thompson on Abortion
Click here for 11 full quotes on Abortion OR other political leaders on Abortion.
  • God-given rights begin at conception. (Aug 2012)
  • Pro-choice GOP nominee problem for GOP platform. (Aug 2007)
  • New stem cell research means embryos need not be destroyed. (May 2007)
  • Good day for America when Roe v. Wade is repealed. (May 2007)
  • Right to abortion should be left to states. (May 2007)
  • Pluripotent adult stem cells instead of embryonic stem cells. (May 2007)
  • Both pro-life and pro-stem cell research. (Jul 2001)
  • Legal abortion only for rape, incest, or mother’s health. (Jan 2001)
  • Ban partial birth abortions. (Dec 2000)
  • Opposes public abortion funding. (Oct 2012)
  • Opposes churches providing birth control. (Oct 2012)
Tommy Thompson on Budget & Economy
Click here for 10 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR other political leaders on Budget & Economy.
  • Balanced budget is first priority. (Oct 2012)
  • Tax-and-spend policies are out of the mainstream. (Sep 2012)
  • Addressing runaway spending is defining issue of our day. (Aug 2012)
  • Full audit of the Federal Reserve. (Aug 2012)
  • Build the roads and the jobs follow. (Jan 2001)
  • Vetoed 255 spending bills totalling $43M. (Dec 2000)
  • Bring state spending in line with ability to pay. (Sep 1996)
  • Let state meat inspection suffice for interstate shipments. (Jul 2000)
  • Supports a constitutional BBA. (Oct 2012)
  • Foster dairy production that is market driven. (Feb 1998)
Tommy Thompson on Civil Rights
Click here for 4 full quotes on Civil Rights OR other political leaders on Civil Rights.
  • Ok for private business to fire employees for being gay. (May 2007)
  • Bringing people together abrogates racism. (May 2007)
  • Apologizes for ok’ing firing employees for being gay. (May 2007)
  • Supports defining traditional marriage. (Oct 2012)
Tommy Thompson on Corporations
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  • 1986 pro-business campaign: more and better jobs. (Sep 1996)
  • 1986: Tax cuts to show WI was good place to do business. (Sep 1996)
  • Exclude 60% of capital gains from taxation. (Sep 1996)
Tommy Thompson on Crime
Click here for 12 full quotes on Crime OR other political leaders on Crime.
  • Death penalty for terrorism convicts. (Aug 2012)
  • Building more prisons reduces the crime rate. (Jan 2001)
  • Give prisoners a work ethic, and substance-abuse programs. (Jan 2001)
  • Two strikes and you’re out for serious child sex crimes. (Jan 2001)
  • Three strikes and you’re out for felony convictions. (Jan 2001)
  • Zero tolerance approach to crime. (Dec 2000)
  • Truth in Sentencing, no exceptions. (Dec 2000)
  • Life means life, no possibility of parole. (Dec 2000)
  • All felons will serve complete prison sentence. (Feb 1997)
  • Zero tolerance: swift & certain justice makes safety. (Sep 1996)
  • Life means life: Abolish mandatory release laws. (Sep 1996)
  • Turn prisons into factories where all prisoners are working. (Sep 1996)
Tommy Thompson on Drugs
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  • Created alternative to prison for 1st time drug offenders. (Jan 2001)
  • More resources to target meth production. (Dec 2000)
  • More federal funding for all aspects of Drug War. (Aug 2000)
Tommy Thompson on Education
Click here for 16 full quotes on Education OR other political leaders on Education.
  • School funding & mandates from states, not Feds. (Aug 2012)
  • Let’s eradicate illiteracy in Wisconsin. (Jan 2001)
  • Choice and local accountability are keys to good schools. (Jan 2001)
  • End Social Promotion; establish standards instead. (Dec 2000)
  • Teacher-led voluntary prayer in public schools. (Nov 1998)
  • New ideas to improve schools conflict with teachers unions. (Sep 1996)
  • School choice for religious schools in low-income areas. (Sep 1996)
  • School choice is a philosophy that parents know best. (Sep 1996)
  • School-to-work: community-based youth apprenticeships. (Sep 1996)

    School Choice

  • Use Milwaukee charters & private choice as model for US. (Jan 2001)
  • Created the nation’s first private school choice program. (Dec 2000)
  • Instituted $5,100 vouchers for religious schools. (Dec 2000)
  • Instituted statewide Charter School system. (Dec 2000)
  • School choice has made a difference for low-income families. (Jan 1999)
  • Supports school prayer. (Oct 2012)
  • Supports school vouchers. (Oct 2012)
Tommy Thompson on Energy & Oil
Click here for 6 full quotes on Energy & Oil OR other political leaders on Energy & Oil.
  • Don't mandate ethanol in gasoline. (Aug 2012)
  • Oppose cap-and-trade laws or regulations. (Aug 2012)
  • More power plants and more transmission lines. (Jan 2001)
  • Great emission reduction achieved with voluntary program. (Jan 2001)
  • Voluntary partnerships reduce greenhouse gases economically. (Aug 2000)
  • Kyoto Treaty must include reductions by all countries. (Aug 2000)
Tommy Thompson on Environment
Click here for 11 full quotes on Environment OR other political leaders on Environment.
  • Prevent invasive Asian Carp in Great Lakes. (Oct 2012)
  • Oppose UN's Agenda 21 sustainable development. (Aug 2012)
  • Funded $170M in “conservation easement” land purchases. (Dec 2000)
  • EPA and OSHA make "government sense", not common sense. (Sep 1996)
  • No helmet law for motorcycles. (Sep 1996)
  • 1987 first bill: more state funding for tourism. (Sep 1996)
  • Preserve state's natural resources without federal mandates. (Sep 1996)
  • 1988: $250M Stewardship Fund to preserve sensitive land. (Sep 1996)
  • Multi-state purchasing agreement for recycled paper. (Sep 1996)
  • Replace MTBE in gasoline with cleaner ethanol. (May 2000)
  • More EPA flexibility on interstate ozone. (May 1998)
Tommy Thompson on Families & Children
Click here for 4 full quotes on Families & Children OR other political leaders on Families & Children.
  • Children First: father pay child support or go to jail. (Sep 1996)
  • Demand child support or fathers face jail. (Aug 1995)
  • Maintain federal welfare funding for child support. (Jun 1999)
  • Keep TANF program focused on family welfare, not other tasks. (Mar 1999)
Tommy Thompson on Foreign Policy
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  • Supports non-interventionist foreign policy. (Aug 2012)
  • We continue losing until recognizing we’re fighting a jihad. (Aug 2007)
Tommy Thompson on Free Trade
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  • Strong trade policies help keep state economy strong. (Jan 2001)
  • Ease Canadian border-crossing rules. (May 1998)
  • Grant fast-track authority to the President. (Nov 1999)
Tommy Thompson on Government Reform
Click here for 11 full quotes on Government Reform OR other political leaders on Government Reform.
  • I've never been a lobbyist. (Oct 2012)
  • I'm a reformer: on welfare, healthcare, & taxes. (Oct 2012)
  • Allow voter ID by repealing Help America Vote Act. (Aug 2012)
  • Cheney is honorable individual; doesn’t have too much power. (Aug 2007)
  • Eliminate CDC stockpiles; they’re wasteful & inefficient. (May 2007)
  • FactCheck: Only improve CDC stockpiles; don’t eliminate them. (May 2007)
  • More regional cooperation; more e-government. (Jan 2001)
  • Limit individual, corporate, & PAC political contributions. (Nov 1998)
  • 1991 Central City Initiative: all agencies under one roof. (Sep 1996)
  • Common sense over “government sense”. (Aug 1995)
  • Supports banning funding of offensive art. (Oct 2012)
Tommy Thompson on Gun Control
Click here for 3 full quotes on Gun Control OR other political leaders on Gun Control.
  • Against gun control. (May 2001)
  • Zero tolerance for guns, violence, drugs in schools. (Jan 2001)
  • Opposes restricting the Second Amendment. (Oct 2012)
Tommy Thompson on Health Care
Click here for 17 full quotes on Health Care OR other political leaders on Health Care.
  • Repeal ObamaCare. (Aug 2012)
  • Recommended $200M for UN Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS. (Nov 2010)
  • Proposed block grants to states for all of Medicaid. (Mar 2010)
  • Convert illness & disease system to wellness & prevention. (Aug 2007)
  • End breast cancer by the year 2015 for all women in America. (Aug 2007)
  • Transform health care into wellness & prevention system. (Jun 2007)
  • Educate public about chronic illnesses, to avoid them. (Jun 2007)
  • Supports eliminating racial and ethnic disparities in health. (Jul 2001)
  • Vows to protect Medicare, add drug benefit. (Feb 2001)
  • Support small business insurance pool for uninsured. (Jan 2001)
  • Goal is for all WI residents to have health benefits. (Jan 2001)
  • Supports prescription drug savings plan for poor seniors. (Jan 2000)
  • BadgerCare will provide uninsured with affordable care. (Dec 1998)
  • Let states reform Medicaid; fight “one size fits all”. (Aug 1995)
  • Supports repealing ObamaCare. (Oct 2012)
  • Maintain Medicare funding of HMO benefits. (Oct 1999)
  • Protect state tobacco settlement funds from federal seizure. (Apr 1999)
Tommy Thompson on Homeland Security
Click here for 6 full quotes on Homeland Security OR other political leaders on Homeland Security.
  • Eliminate detention powers granted by the NDAA. (Aug 2012)
  • Try terrorist suspects in military court. (Aug 2012)
  • Pre-9-11: confident we could react to bioterrorism. (Sep 2009)
  • Pushed smallpox vaccinations in response to anthrax attacks. (May 2008)
  • Maintain vigilance against terrorism. (Oct 2001)
  • 24-hour-a-day war on bioterrorism. (Oct 2001)
Tommy Thompson on Immigration
Click here for 5 full quotes on Immigration OR other political leaders on Immigration.
  • Deport illegal immigrants who have committed felonies. (Aug 2012)
  • Make English the official language. (Aug 2012)
  • No amnesty; secure the border first. (Jun 2007)
  • Keep rule barring immigrants from running for president. (May 2007)
  • Ease Canadian border-crossing rules. (Oct 1999)
Tommy Thompson on Jobs
Click here for 4 full quotes on Jobs OR other political leaders on Jobs.
  • FactCheck: Unemployment down while governor, but not 2.1%. (Sep 2012)
  • State government actively promotes private job creation. (Sep 1996)
  • State instead of federal rules for animal operations. (Nov 1999)
  • Immediate federal assistance for farm crisis. (Sep 1999)
Tommy Thompson on Principles & Values
Click here for 9 full quotes on Principles & Values OR other political leaders on Principles & Values.
  • Declines debates because opponents "want to shoot at me". (Apr 2012)
  • Bring into administration Dems, Republicans, & independents. (Aug 2007)
  • THIS Thompson is the reliable conservative, not the actor. (Jun 2007)
  • Send Pres. Bush on lecture tour; but not to U.N. (Jun 2007)
  • Bush’s & GOP’s mistake: we didn’t come up with new ideas. (Jun 2007)
  • For strong state governments, not federal power. (Sep 1996)
  • 1966: Beat 16-year incumbent state representative. (Sep 1996)
  • WI tradition of progressive governing to get things done. (Sep 1996)
  • Religious affiliation: Catholic. (Nov 2000)
Tommy Thompson on Social Security
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  • Make Social Security solvent. (Aug 2012)
Tommy Thompson on Tax Reform
Click here for 9 full quotes on Tax Reform OR other political leaders on Tax Reform.
  • FactCheck: Tax cuts would save top 1% $87,000 each. (Sep 2012)
  • Limit federal revenue to 18.5% of GDP; and 15% flat tax form. (Apr 2012)
  • Replace alternative minimum tax with flat tax. (May 2007)
  • Cut taxes 91 times in Wisconsin, totaling $16.7 billion. (Jan 2001)
  • Tax cuts are an investment in working families. (Jan 2001)
  • 1993: Freeze property tax rates & control school spending. (Sep 1996)
  • Cut $1B in property tax without a general tax increase. (Sep 1996)
  • No national sales tax or VAT. (Feb 2000)
  • Opposes increasing tax rates. (Oct 2012)
Tommy Thompson on Technology
Click here for 2 full quotes on Technology OR other political leaders on Technology.
  • Don’t let one high tech company escape Wisconsin. (Jan 2001)
  • Uniform state computer standard saved $10M annually. (Sep 1996)
Tommy Thompson on War & Peace
Click here for 7 full quotes on War & Peace OR other political leaders on War & Peace.
  • Helped build a hospital in Afghanistan for women & children. (Oct 2012)
  • Congressional Declaration of War for any use of force. (Aug 2012)
  • Iraqi parliament incapable of partitioning Iraq. (Aug 2007)
  • Let Iraqis vote if US should stay; re-deploy if “no”. (Jun 2007)
  • Split oil revenue 1/3 federal; 1/3 local; 1/3 to people. (May 2007)
  • Elect 18 Iraqi provincial governments, & share oil revenues. (May 2007)
  • Saddam starved Iraqi people of basic health care. (Feb 2004)
Tommy Thompson on Welfare & Poverty
Click here for 12 full quotes on Welfare & Poverty OR other political leaders on Welfare & Poverty.
  • Converted welfare into work-required benefit. (Sep 2012)
  • Replace welfare program with self-sufficiency program. (Jan 2001)
  • Replace Welfare with the Tools to Succeed. (Dec 2000)
  • Early leader in welfare reform. (Dec 2000)
  • 1950s common sense taught by families, schools, & churches. (Sep 1996)
  • Scrap federal welfare & let states experiment freely. (Sep 1996)
  • Learnfare: teen mothers welfare cut unless attending school. (Sep 1996)
  • 1992: Washington couldn't end welfare as we knew it; WI did. (Sep 1996)
  • No government handouts; demand something in return. (Aug 1995)
  • Supports block grants to foster state experimentation. (Aug 1995)
  • Support LIHEAP, low-income heating assistance. (May 2000)
  • Supports workfare. (Oct 2012)


VoteMatch Responses
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VoteMatch Question & Answer
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Strongly Opposes topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(-5 points on Social scale)
God-given rights begin at conception: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Pro-choice GOP nominee problem for GOP platform: Opposes topic 1
Both pro-life and pro-stem cell research: Neutral on topic 1
Legal abortion only for rape, incest, or mother’s health: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Ban partial birth abortions: Opposes topic 1
Opposes public abortion funding: Opposes topic 1
Opposes churches providing birth control: Opposes topic 1
Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Supports eliminating racial and ethnic disparities in health: Favors topic 2
Strongly Opposes topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(-5 points on Social scale)
Ok for private business to fire employees for being gay: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Supports defining traditional marriage: Opposes topic 3
Strongly Favors topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(-5 points on Social scale)
Replace welfare program with self-sufficiency program: Favors topic 4
Replace Welfare with the Tools to Succeed: Favors topic 4
Early leader in welfare reform: Favors topic 4
Teacher-led voluntary prayer in public schools: Strongly Favors topic 4
1950s common sense taught by families, schools, & churches: Strongly Favors topic 4
Supports block grants to foster state experimentation: Favors topic 4
Supports school prayer: Strongly Favors topic 4
Supports banning funding of offensive art: Favors topic 4
No opinion on topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(0 points on Economic scale)
Repeal ObamaCare: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Transform health care into wellness & prevention system: Favors topic 5
Vows to protect Medicare, add drug benefit: Favors topic 5
Support small business insurance pool for uninsured: Opposes topic 5
Goal is for all WI residents to have health benefits: Strongly Favors topic 5
Supports prescription drug savings plan for poor seniors: Favors topic 5
BadgerCare will provide uninsured with affordable care: Favors topic 5
Let states reform Medicaid; fight “one size fits all”: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Supports repealing ObamaCare: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Maintain Medicare funding of HMO benefits: Favors topic 5
Protect state tobacco settlement funds from federal seizure: Neutral on topic 5
Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Make Social Security solvent: Opposes topic 6
Strongly Favors topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(+5 points on Economic scale)
School funding & mandates from states, not Feds: Strongly Favors topic 7
Choice and local accountability are keys to good schools: Favors topic 7
New ideas to improve schools conflict with teachers unions: Favors topic 7
School choice for religious schools in low-income areas: Strongly Favors topic 7
School choice is a philosophy that parents know best: Strongly Favors topic 7
School choice is a philosophy that parents know best: Strongly Favors topic 7
Use Milwaukee charters & private choice as model for US: Strongly Favors topic 7
Use Milwaukee charters & private choice as model for US: Strongly Favors topic 7
Created the nation’s first private school choice program: Strongly Favors topic 7
Instituted $5,100 vouchers for religious schools: Strongly Favors topic 7
Instituted $5,100 vouchers for religious schools: Strongly Favors topic 7
Instituted statewide Charter School system: Favors topic 7
School choice has made a difference for low-income families: Strongly Favors topic 7
Supports school vouchers: Strongly Favors topic 7
Strongly Favors topic 8:
No 'rights' to clean air and water
(-5 points on Social scale)
Oppose UN's Agenda 21 sustainable development: Strongly Favors topic 8
Preserve state's natural resources without federal mandates: Strongly Favors topic 8
Strongly Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-5 points on Social scale)
Death penalty for terrorism convicts: Favors topic 9
Two strikes and you’re out for serious child sex crimes: Strongly Favors topic 9
Three strikes and you’re out for felony convictions: Strongly Favors topic 9
Zero tolerance approach to crime: Strongly Favors topic 9
Truth in Sentencing, no exceptions: Strongly Favors topic 9
Life means life, no possibility of parole: Favors topic 9
All felons will serve complete prison sentence: Strongly Favors topic 9
Zero tolerance: swift & certain justice makes safety: Strongly Favors topic 9
Life means life: Abolish mandatory release laws: Strongly Favors topic 9
Children First: father pay child support or go to jail: Favors topic 9
Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Against gun control: Favors topic 10
Zero tolerance for guns, violence, drugs in schools: Neutral on topic 10
Opposes restricting the Second Amendment: Favors topic 10
Strongly Opposes topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(+5 points on Economic scale)
FactCheck: Tax cuts would save top 1% $87,000 each: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Limit federal revenue to 18.5% of GDP; and 15% flat tax form: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Tax cuts are an investment in working families: Opposes topic 11
Vetoed 255 spending bills totalling $43M: Opposes topic 11
Bring state spending in line with ability to pay: Strongly Opposes topic 11
1986: Tax cuts to show WI was good place to do business: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Exclude 60% of capital gains from taxation: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Cut $1B in property tax without a general tax increase: Strongly Opposes topic 11
No national sales tax or VAT: Neutral on topic 11
Opposes increasing tax rates: Opposes topic 11
Opposes topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(-3 points on Social scale)
Deport illegal immigrants who have committed felonies: Opposes topic 12
Make English the official language: Opposes topic 12
No amnesty; secure the border first: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Ease Canadian border-crossing rules: Favors topic 12
Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Strong trade policies help keep state economy strong: Favors 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:
Maintain US sovereignty from UN
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Favors topic 15:
Expand the military
(-3 points on Social scale)
24-hour-a-day war on bioterrorism: Favors topic 15
Opposes topic 16:
More enforcement of the right to vote
(-3 points on Social scale)
Allow voter ID by repealing Help America Vote Act: Strongly Opposes topic 16
Limit individual, corporate, & PAC political contributions: Favors topic 16
No opinion on topic 17:
Stay out of Iran
(0 points on Social scale)
Congressional Declaration of War for any use of force: Favors topic 17
Saddam starved Iraqi people of basic health care: Opposes topic 17
Opposes topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Oppose cap-and-trade laws or regulations: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Great emission reduction achieved with voluntary program: Favors topic 18
Funded $170M in “conservation easement” land purchases: 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
Favors topic 19:
Never legalize marijuana
(-3 points on Social scale)
Created alternative to prison for 1st time drug offenders: Opposes topic 19
More resources to target meth production: Strongly Favors topic 19
More federal funding for all aspects of Drug War: Favors topic 19
Strongly Opposes topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Tax-and-spend policies are out of the mainstream: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Addressing runaway spending is defining issue of our day: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Replace alternative minimum tax with flat tax: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Cut taxes 91 times in Wisconsin, totaling $16.7 billion: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Bring state spending in line with ability to pay: Opposes topic 20
1986: Tax cuts to show WI was good place to do business: Opposes topic 20
Cut $1B in property tax without a general tax increase: Strongly Opposes topic 20

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