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Cory Booker on VoteMatch



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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+5 points on Social scale)
Create Office of Reproductive Freedom & Reproductive Rights: Strongly Favors topic 1
Claimed to support post-viability exceptions, but voted no: Strongly Favors topic 1
Fix Hobby Lobby: it's not about religious freedom: Favors topic 1
Vigorously defend women's access to affordable birth control: Strongly Favors topic 1
OpEd: In mainstream of NJ, supporting abortion rights: Favors topic 1
No restrictions before viability; exceptions after viability: Favors topic 1
Ban anti-abortion limitations on abortion services: Strongly Favors topic 1
Access safe, legal abortion without restrictions: Strongly Favors topic 1
Keep federal funding for family planning clinics: Strongly Favors topic 1
Rated Born-Alive Survivors bill tries to illegalize abortion: Favors topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
It's not who's racist; it's what are you doing about it: Favors topic 2
Not enough to say "not a hatemonger myself": Strongly Favors topic 2
Don't give a damn about the politics: racism is racism: Favors topic 2
Next president must talk openly and honestly about race: Strongly Favors topic 2
Supports commission investigating reparations for slavery: Strongly Favors topic 2
Yes to reparations, but as part of larger conversation: Strongly Favors topic 2
Recognize Native Americans but no Indigenous Peoples' Day: Neutral on topic 2
Creative civil rights activism revealed rampant injustice: Strongly Favors topic 2
Blacks more likely to be suspended in school & jailed later: Strongly Favors topic 2
Raised in only black family in segregated neighborhood: Favors topic 2
Government procurement should promote women-owned business: Strongly Favors topic 2
Gender wage gap problematic; minority wage gap worse: Strongly Favors topic 2
First African-American senator from New Jersey: Favors topic 2
Fund minority businesses with KIVA microloans: Favors topic 2
Supports Women, Minority and Small Business Assistance: Strongly Favors topic 2
Until college, tolerated gays but was disgusted personally: Opposes topic 2
Growing up gay today is like growing up Black decades ago: Strongly Favors topic 2
Prisoner re-entry is the new front line of civil rights: Favors topic 2
Enforce against wage discrimination based on gender: Strongly Favors topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+5 points on Social scale)
Threats to LGBTQ people can no longer be ignored: Strongly Favors topic 3
Will fight for LGBTQ rights; everyone should feel safe: Strongly Favors topic 3
Transgender troops should be allowed to serve: Strongly Favors topic 3
Parents experienced racist "redlining" at family home in NJ: Strongly Favors topic 3
Officiated same-sex marriage at first moment legally allowed: Strongly Favors topic 3
Supports gay marriage: We are all equal under the law: Strongly Favors topic 3
African-Americans & gays should both be equal under the law: Strongly Favors topic 3
Equal marriage rights for same-sex couples are coming: Strongly Favors topic 3
Let states recognize same sex marriage: Favors topic 3
Maintain LGBT health info on federal websites: Strongly Favors topic 3
Opposes topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(+2 points on Social scale)
Pragmatic Democrat: support private/faith-based initiatives: Favors topic 4
Even those with no religion are entitled to rights: Strongly Opposes topic 4
Resided in housing project after law school, to help tenants: Opposes topic 4
Show your religion in how you treat other people: Opposes topic 4
Led effort for religious freedom via no religious registry: Strongly Opposes topic 4
Strongly Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-5 points on Economic scale)
We spend multiple times what other countries do on health: Strongly Favors topic 5
Too many profiting off of people's pain: Strongly Favors topic 5
Health care is a right; public option is step towards goal: Strongly Favors topic 5
Support Medicare for All but do what's possible now: Strongly Favors topic 5
Public option is first step, negotiate lower drug prices: Strongly Favors topic 5
Medicare for all; start with commonsense reforms: Strongly Favors topic 5
Reduce Medicare eligibility to 55 from current age of 65: Strongly Favors topic 5
Allow importing prescription drugs to lower Rx prices: Favors topic 5
Backs Medicare-for-All: Strongly Favors topic 5
Ok to consider single-payer, but I'm not behind it: Opposes topic 5
Repealing ObamaCare hurts working-class: Strongly Favors topic 5
Repealing ObamaCare with no replacement just hurts Americans: Favors topic 5
ObamaCare is a vital step in the right direction: Strongly Favors topic 5
ObamaCare needs to be improved, but is helping people now: Strongly Favors topic 5
Control healthcare cost; no comment on single-payer: Favors topic 5
We need a national solution and also local solutions: Favors topic 5
Newark Rx: affordable medications for uninsured Newarkers: Strongly Favors topic 5
Strongly Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Government funded savings account at birth: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Raise the cap on Social Security taxes to fund system: Strongly Opposes topic 6
COLA adjustments needed for retirement plans: Opposes topic 6
Once supported raising retirement age; now opposes it: Opposes topic 6
Opposes raising the retirement age for several decades: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Don't raise retirement age, except maybe for young workers: Favors topic 6
Opposes raising retirement age; expand entitlements: Opposes topic 6
Favors topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Investment in education helps the whole society: Opposes topic 7
Support public education including some charter schools: Opposes topic 7
New public school models & more public education options: Favors topic 7
2010: Make Newark the nation's charter school capital: Favors topic 7
Radical reform needed for youth to move forward: Strongly Favors topic 7
Urban school districts are beholden to public worker union: Favors topic 7
Star fundraiser for Democrats for Education Reform: Favors topic 7
Pre-school for 3-year-olds; more teacher empowerment: Favors topic 7
Fundamental right to high quality public education: Strongly Favors topic 7
Supports "Race to the Top" education reform: Favors topic 7
Supports school voucher proposal, like other Democrats: Strongly Favors topic 7
Brother runs a charter school in inner-city Memphis: Favors topic 7
Supports school vouchers: Strongly Favors topic 7
Charters & alternatives for persistently failing schools: Favors topic 7
Vouchers and charters can work in inner cities: Favors topic 7
Strongly Opposes topic 8:
Fight EPA regulatory over-reach
(+5 points on Social scale)
Deforestation of Amazon started long before current fires: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Support next-generation advanced nuclear reactors: Favors topic 8
Rated 100% on all animal welfare ratings: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Parks and green spaces are associated with safer communities: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Vegetarian since 1992; vegan since 2014: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Passaic River poisoned because it was cheaper for business: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Dumping pollutants into rivers externalizes costs: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Trees reduce erosion & increase property values: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Green space; green housing; green jobs: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Businesses realize a return on our infrastructure investment: Opposes topic 8
Vegetarian because of environmental impact of eating meat: Strongly Opposes topic 8
GreenSpaces: public-private partnership for city parks: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Save our environment while creating jobs and wealth: Opposes topic 8
Require labeling genetically engineered food: Opposes topic 8
Endorsed Endorsed by LCV; supports conservation efforts: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Rated Deregulating banks encourages discriminatory practices: Opposes topic 8
Rated Keep restrictive rules for predator control in Alaska: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Opposes topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(+2 points on Social scale)
More black men are in jails now than under slavery: Strongly Favors topic 9
Opioid manufacturers should be held criminally liable: Strongly Favors topic 9
Legalize marijuana; restore ex-con voting rights: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Evolved from supporting Broken Windows theory to opposition: Strongly Opposes topic 9
1960s cities had mostly white cops & mostly black majority: Opposes topic 9
Police doesn't solve problem; they just attend to symptoms: Favors topic 9
Poor & minorities bear the brunt of policing practices: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Increase the number of police in all neighborhoods: Strongly Favors topic 9
Ran off armed assailant: "Not in our city anymore!": Favors topic 9
Got celebrities to donate cash for police equipment: Favors topic 9
Long-term believer in "broken windows" theory: Favors topic 9
Launch Fatherhood Center and pro-bono legal help for ex-cons: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Applied "broken windows theory" in Newark policing: Favors topic 9
Cut mandatory minimum sentences; end solitary for juveniles: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Rich-and-guilty treated better than poor-and-innocent: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Ended "three strike penalty"; more reform is needed: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Opportunities for dropouts: avoid school-to-prison pipeline: Opposes topic 9
Anti-recidivism funds much scanter than prison funds: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Reduced crime by helping prisoners coming home: Opposes topic 9
Theory of "broken windows" doesn't drive down crime: Strongly Favors topic 9
Mass incarceration has failed: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Prison construction draws resources from other priorities: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Prisons grow irrespective of crime rates: Opposes topic 9
Incarceration isn't working; focus on preventing recidivism: Strongly Opposes topic 9
ReLeSe: Pro bono legal services to ex-offenders: Opposes topic 9
Make lynching a hate crime: Favors topic 9
First step: reduce recidivism & mass incarceration: Opposes topic 9
Rated 9% by the NAPO, indicating a police-the-police stance: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Strongly Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Yes on red flag law, but nowhere near enough: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Tired of "thoughts and prayers"--this is personal: Strongly Opposes topic 10
We require licenses to drive; so require licenses for guns: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Evidence-based laws can lower gun violence: Strongly Opposes topic 10
As with civil rights, we can build coalitions for gun laws: Strongly Opposes topic 10
I'm bringing a fight against the corporate gun lobby: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Gun control works; refuse to believe it's not doable: Strongly Opposes topic 10
14-part gun control plan, with criminal enforcement: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Supports national gun licensing every 5 years: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Consensus on common sense gun laws; ready to fight NRA: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Require background checks; ban assault weapons: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Failed to pass gun legislation after Orlando mass shooting: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Prohibit firearms to suspected terrorists: Strongly Opposes topic 10
$1,000 reward for tip on illegal weapons: Opposes topic 10
Common sense gun reform on day one: Strongly Opposes topic 10
More background checks & gun trace data: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Criminal gun runners shouldn't have Second Amendment rights: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Insane to carry concealed loaded weapons cross-state: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Coalition "Mayors Against Illegal Guns"; Keep state laws: Strongly Opposes topic 10
$1,000 reward for crime tips leading to gun recovery: Favors topic 10
Co-sponsored background check for every firearm sale: Strongly Favors topic 10
Favors topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(-3 points on Economic scale)
New estate tax to fund "baby bond" program: Favors topic 11
Expand Earned Income Tax Credit: Favors topic 11
Helped people claim earned-income tax credit: Favors topic 11
Tax plan that rewards hard work: Opposes topic 11
Promised no taxes; but meant "no on one city tax increase": Favors topic 11
Lower corporate tax rate & close loopholes: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Replace spending with tax incentives to stimulate hiring: Opposes topic 11
Raise taxes because quick fix of cuts wasn't enough: Favors topic 11
One-time building sale, plus tax increase, to balance budget: Favors topic 11
Budget crisis: cut $60M in spending; cut municipal taxes: Opposes topic 11
Assist beneficiaries with earned income tax credit: Favors topic 11
Rated Reducing tax rates balloons federal deficit & cuts programs: Favors topic 11
Strongly Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+5 points on Social scale)
Decriminalize border crossings and treat people humanely: Strongly Favors topic 12
We should not pit some immigrants against others: Strongly Favors topic 12
Make major investments in the Northern Triangle: Strongly Favors topic 12
Get rid of section 1325 & deal with ICE abuses at home: Strongly Favors topic 12
Intervene in refugees' home countries; reform asylum process: Favors topic 12
Support DREAMers, reform immigration to reflect our values: Strongly Favors topic 12
Opposes family separation policy at southern border: Favors topic 12
Supports DACA and DREAMers: Strongly Favors topic 12
Welcome Syrian refugees and fight any bans: Strongly Favors topic 12
Blocking the DREAM Act is crazy; it's how we built America: Strongly Favors topic 12
Against involving city police in immigration matters: Strongly Favors topic 12
Against involving city police in immigration matters: Favors topic 12
Provide lawyers and evidence for children being deported: Favors topic 12
Terminate national emergency at the Southern border: Favors topic 12
Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Labor & environment should be at center of every trade deal: Opposes topic 13
No fast-track trade authority for Trans-Pacific Partnership: Opposes topic 13
Deal with China despite their cheating: Favors topic 13
Promote exports, but restrict multilateral trade deals: Opposes topic 13
No fast-track for Trans-Pacific Partnership: Strongly Opposes topic 13
African trade makes stable countries & good for our security: Strongly Favors topic 13
China cheats via currency manipulation & IP theft: Strongly Opposes topic 13
China is engaging in unfair trade practices: Opposes topic 13
Declare Turkish rebar subject to anti-dumping duties: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Fight Chinese predatory trade practices on car tires: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Rated Voted FOR reauthorizing Ex-Im Bank: Strongly Favors topic 13
$25B more loans from Export-Import Bank: Strongly Favors topic 13
Rated Oppose USMCA until more environmental & job protections: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Opposes topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Would rejoin Iran nuclear deal & work with allies: Strongly Favors topic 14
Fund the life-saving work done by diplomats: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Trump would denigrate relationships with Muslim countries: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Where Israel's security is at stake, so is America's: Favors topic 14
Development funds via international organizations for Africa: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Robust diplomacy and international development: Strongly Opposes topic 14
No head in the sand; but no global police: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Disallow Palestine from joining ICC to threaten Israel: Favors topic 14
Two-state solution despite Israeli settlements on West Bank: Favors topic 14
Enforce humanitarian aid access to South Sudan: Opposes topic 14
Sponsored bill to monitor forced Uyghur labor in Xinjiang: Strongly Favors topic 14
Favors topic 15:
Expand the military
(-3 points on Social scale)
Supports military spending on Foreign Affairs Committee: Opposes topic 15
No irresponsible spending on weapons military doesn't want: Favors topic 15
Form National Guard Cyber Protection Team: Favors topic 15
Maintain the strongest military force in the world: Strongly Favors topic 15
Irresponsible to spend on irrelevant weapon systems: Opposes topic 15
Technology empowers individuals but creates diverse threats: Favors topic 15
Incentives to train & hire troops returning home: Opposes topic 15
Rated Funding wars separately is gimmick against sequestration: Opposes topic 15
Exempt Veterans Affairs from federal hiring freeze: Favors topic 15
Strongly Favors topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(+5 points on Social scale)
Must lead the fight against voter suppression: Strongly Favors topic 16
Wants new Voting Right Act; end gerrymandering: Strongly Favors topic 16
Even billionaires need transparency in confirmation hearings: Favors topic 16
Declined lavish perks as Newark City Councilor: Favors topic 16
Founding principle: make laws open to public debate: Favors topic 16
Threat to voting rights in America remains very real: Strongly Favors topic 16
Campaign PAC money shouldn't speak louder than people: Strongly Favors topic 16
Make it harder for wealthy to influence politicians: Strongly Favors topic 16
Matching fund for small donors, with debate requirements: Favors topic 16
Statehood for the District of Columbia: Favors topic 16
Automatic voter registration for all citizens: Strongly Favors topic 16
Sponsored bill for election holiday & easier voting access: Strongly Favors topic 16
Favors topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(+2 points on Social scale)
War & Peace: Strongly Favors topic 17
No military action by Tweet; out of Afghanistan later: Opposes topic 17
Get back into nuclear deal with Iran; negotiate if possible: Opposes topic 17
Not working with allies on Iran makes us weaker: Opposes topic 17
Support our allies, not our enemies: Opposes topic 17
End intervention in Yemen & Iran, but not Israel: Favors topic 17
Re-examine relationship with Saudi Arabia: Favors topic 17
All options on the table with Iran, including military: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Direct military intervention in Syria only as last resort: Favors topic 17
We're spending billions on a war based on unjust pretenses: Strongly Favors topic 17
Iran must accept long-term intrusive nuke inspection: Opposes topic 17
Hold Assad accountable for slaughter of civilians: Opposes topic 17
No military force against Iran without Congress approval: Strongly Favors topic 17
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Incentivize farmers that help them enrich environment: Strongly Favors topic 18
Climate change is the lens through which we view every issue: Strongly Favors topic 18
Carbon tax should go to alleviating inequality: Favors topic 18
Rejoin Paris Climate Agreement, plus domestic legislation: Strongly Favors topic 18
Mixed score on "350 Action's 2020 Climate Test": Favors topic 18
Leadership in dealing with climate change, including nuclear: Favors topic 18
Supports tax-funded carbon reduction, but not carbon tax: Favors topic 18
Support existing nuclear power by pricing carbon: Neutral on topic 18
Climate change requires American leadership: Strongly Favors topic 18
Ice-melt is literally creating climate refugees: Favors topic 18
Rejoin Greenhouse Gas Initiative under Clean Power Plan: Favors topic 18
Treat carbon pollution like mercury and particle pollution: Strongly Favors topic 18
Sustainability programs: slow growth of carbon footprint: Favors topic 18
Eliminate unfair subsidies for oil and ga: Strongly Favors topic 18
Has never taken a public position on a carbon tax: Neutral on topic 18
Create green economy with lower carbon output: Strongly Favors topic 18
Federal collaboration for advanced nuclear technologies: Opposes topic 18
50% clean and carbon free electricity by 2030: Strongly Favors topic 18
Green New Deal: 10-year national mobilization: Favors topic 18
Strongly Opposes topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(+5 points on Social scale)
Remove cocaine sentencing disparities: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Marijuana Justice Act: decriminalize pot & expunge records: Opposes topic 19
The war on drugs has been a war on people: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Legalize marijuana nationally including recreational use: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Decriminalize marijuana; expunge past criminal records: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Legalize marijuana federally, plus state incentives: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Opposes Drug War, but control border for opioid precursors: Favors topic 19
Give addicts treatment instead of long sentences: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Drug war isn't waged in privileged communities: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Staged sit-in at urban housing to disrupt drug trade: Strongly Favors topic 19
Minorities imprisoned for drugs at 6 times rate for whites: Opposes topic 19
End mandatory sentencing for nonviolent drug offenders: Strongly Opposes topic 19
The war on drugs has failed; support medical marijuana: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Never attracted to drink and drugs, even as teenager: Favors topic 19
Community courts for minor crimes like drug possession: Opposes topic 19
Rated B+ by NORML, indicating a pro-drug-reform stance: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Keep ObamaCare's prevention, treatment, & recovery services: Opposes topic 19
Favors topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Pilot program to fund jobs paying at least $15/hour: Strongly Favors topic 20
Don't condemn high tech business; regulate them: Favors topic 20
2010 recession: sold city buildings and raised city taxes: Favors topic 20
We can't afford to ignore aging infrastructure anymore: Favors topic 20
SOAR Act: $25M for Startup Opportunity Accelerator: Strongly Favors topic 20
We will not be able to cut our way out of the jobs crisis: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Raise taxes because quick fix of cuts wasn't enough: Favors topic 20
One-time building sale, plus tax increase, to balance budget: Favors topic 20
Performance-based budgeting with no tax increases: Opposes topic 20
Raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2016: Favors topic 20
Voted YES on $900 billion COVID relief package: Favors topic 20

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