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Jesse Ventura on VoteMatch

Former Independent MN Governor



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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+5 points on Social scale)
Illegalizing abortions won't stop abortions: Favors topic 1
Vetoed 4-hour waiting period for abortions: Strongly Favors topic 1
Keep abortion legal on privacy grounds: Favors topic 1
Constitution is designed to be interpreted: Favors topic 1
Doesn’t support abortion, but leave them legal: Favors topic 1
Abortion decision belongs with the woman and who she chooses: Strongly Favors topic 1
Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Equal opportunity for women; but equal responsibility too: Favors topic 2
As football commentator, found name “Redskins” offensive: Neutral on topic 2
Crime statistics are distorted to encourage racism: Neutral on topic 2
Against the draft; for including women except in combat: Neutral on topic 2
Prosecution and sentencing should be colorblind: Neutral on topic 2
Support principles embodied in the Equal Rights Amendment: Favors topic 2
Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+2 points on Social scale)
Equal state benefits for gay employees and partners: Favors topic 3
Civil unions for gays AND hetero couples: Strongly Favors topic 3
Respect diversity, both cultural and lifestyle: Favors topic 3
Gay domestic partnership OK; not gay marriage: Opposes topic 3
Opposes topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(+2 points on Social scale)
Only governor of 50 to not declare National Prayer Day: Strongly Opposes topic 4
Evolution for science teachers & Creation for Sunday school: Strongly Opposes topic 4
Requiring the Pledge of Allegiance brainwashes students: Opposes topic 4
Focus on results and standards: Favors topic 4
Transition from Welfare to Self-Sufficiency: Favors topic 4
Public schools can’t advocate religion; private prayer OK: Opposes topic 4
Teach “creation science” in church, not schools: Opposes topic 4
Religious Right & extreme left are both “morality brokers”: Opposes topic 4
Focus welfare on jobs & training: Favors topic 4
Problem is with fundamentalist fanatics, not religion: Opposes topic 4
Believes in private charity, not government charity: Strongly Favors topic 4
Opposes topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Individual responsibility for unhealthy lifestyle choices: Opposes topic 5
Focus on prevention, children, and results: Opposes topic 5
Supports “Minnesota Care”; tax to pay for uninsured: Favors topic 5
No national care, but pure capitalism can’t work: Opposes topic 5
Government interference should be kept to a minimum: Opposes topic 5
Maintain Medicare funding of HMO benefits: Favors 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
Opposes topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Fund schools at state level instead of via property taxes: Neutral on topic 7
Commonsense steps to improve public education: Opposes topic 7
Erase the word voucher from the vocabulary: Opposes topic 7
Public dollars belong to public schools: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Loosen federal control; leave more to state & locals: Favors topic 7
Public schools are inefficient; but fix them, don’t end them: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Choosing private school includes responsility to pay: Strongly Opposes topic 7
No opinion on topic 8:
Fight EPA regulatory over-reach
(0 points on Social scale)
Too risky to have large feedlots near homes: 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)
Opposes death penalty because DNA proves too many mistakes: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Opposes “Three Strikes”; leave discretion to judges: Strongly Opposes topic 9
No role for governor in crime; it’s for local police: Opposes topic 9
Put up with death penalty until life sentences mean life: Favors topic 9
Tougher drunk-driving laws for repeat offenders: Favors topic 9
Supported death penalty, but now as Governor opposes it: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Find compromise between rehabilitation and punishment: Opposes topic 9
Supports flexible federal block grants for crime programs: Neutral on topic 9
Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Gun responsibility goes with gun rights: Opposes topic 10
Guns are designed to kill; respect them: Opposes topic 10
If you’re going to own a gun, know what you’re doing: Opposes topic 10
Concealed weapons OK if you can pass safety exam: Opposes topic 10
Strongly Opposes topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Government is no bottomless pit of money-it’s from you & me: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Repeal the 16th Amendment: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Replace income with national sales tax: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Return any budget surpluses to the taxpayers automatically: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Let people keep as much of their money as possible: Strongly Opposes topic 11
$600 “Jesse Checks” tax rebate to every taxpayer: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Replace income tax with 15% national sales tax: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Supports national consumption tax to equalize tax burden: Strongly 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)
Great Wall of China failed; so will the Great Wall of the US: Strongly Favors topic 12
Immigration is an integral part of who we are: Strongly Favors topic 12
Official English leads to Official Christianity: Strongly Favors topic 12
Emergency medical, but no other services, for illegal imms.: Opposes topic 12
Grant legal immigrants all benefits of citizens: 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
Strongly Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Questions why we still need Cuban embargo: Strongly Favors topic 13
NAFTA reservations: Mexican labor conditions & US job loss: Opposes topic 13
Active role in bringing China into WTO: Strongly Favors topic 13
Make Agriculture Competitive Anywhere in the World: Favors topic 13
Trade creates jobs & productivity: Strongly 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:
Support American Exceptionalism
(0 points on Economic scale)
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Opposes topic 15:
Expand the military
(+2 points on Social scale)
Assassinating foreign leadership is despicable: Opposes topic 15
War isn’t civilized; don’t expect warriors to be: Neutral on topic 15
Military is stronger if all-volunteer: Opposes topic 15
Favors topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(+2 points on Social scale)
Unlimited secret cash from corporations influences elections: Opposes topic 16
Limit campaign money to one publicly-funded source: Strongly Favors topic 16
Strongly Favors topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(+5 points on Social scale)
We attacked Saddam for the same WMDs we have in our arsenal: Strongly Favors topic 17
Wartime draft would stop Iraq War and prevent future wars: Favors topic 17
Withdrawal from Iraq should start on first day of presidency: Strongly Favors topic 17
Opposed Iraq War from the beginning and on the air: Strongly Favors topic 17
Iraq war drains resources from social programs: Favors topic 17
Bush has no Iraq exit strategy; he plans on never leaving: Strongly Favors topic 17
Bush violated Constitution by misleading US into Iraq War: Strongly Favors topic 17
Global cooperation OK; world government not: Strongly Favors topic 17
Buchanan is an unrealistic isolationist: Favors topic 17
We need Saddam as the bad guy in oil disputes: Neutral on topic 17
Include states in anti-terrorism planning: Neutral on topic 17
Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Military agrees: climate change represents a serious threat: Strongly Favors topic 18
Develop light rail tranist for Minnesota: Favors topic 18
Competitive electricity pricing; include alternative energy: Favors topic 18
Overcome dependency on foreign oil: Favors topic 18
Subsidize ethanol like we subsidize oil: Strongly Favors topic 18
Recycling conserves our limited resources: Favors topic 18
Teach environment in grade schools: 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
Strongly Opposes topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(+5 points on Social scale)
Banks & prison-industrial complex gets rich on the drug war: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Let states decide medical marijuana laws: Strongly Favors topic 19
Treat marijuana like we treat alcohol and tobacco: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Drug addiction is a health problem, not a crime: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Drug War fails like Prohibition did: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Stop being so afraid of marijuana; some uses are OK: Strongly Opposes topic 19
The war on drugs has failed; look for other solutions: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Rethink approach to drugs; “more of the same” fails: Opposes topic 19
Jail won’t work when we can’t even keep drugs out of prisons: Opposes 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)
Training and retraining to resolve workforce shortage: Strongly Favors topic 20
Social programs should be a safety net, not a hammock: Opposes topic 20

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Page last updated: May 31, 2019