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Joe Sestak on Abortion
Click here for 5 full quotes on Abortion OR other candidates on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • Enshrine a woman's right to choose, in case Roe overturned. (Jun 2019)
  • Right to choose is part of securing future for women. (Dec 2009)
  • Supports Roe v. Wade. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted YES on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines. (Jan 2007)
  • Ensure access to and funding for contraception. (Feb 2007)
Joe Sestak on Budget & Economy
Click here for 14 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR other candidates on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • Championed fiscally accountable "pay-as-you-go" legislation. (Jun 2019)
  • Auto & bank bailouts were to clean up Bush's mess. (Oct 2010)
  • Deregulation of banks led to the economic meltdown. (Apr 2010)
  • State revenue has declined due to lower employment. (Dec 2009)
  • Voted YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on modifying bankruptcy rules to avoid mortgage foreclosures. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted YES on additional $825 billion for economic recovery package. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted YES on monitoring TARP funds to ensure more mortgage relief. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted YES on $15B bailout for GM and Chrysler. (Dec 2008)
  • Voted YES on $60B stimulus package for jobs, infrastructure, & energy. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted YES on defining "energy emergency" on federal gas prices. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on revitalizing severely distressed public housing. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted YES on regulating the subprime mortgage industry. (Nov 2007)
  • Supports the stimulus bill. (Sep 2010)
Joe Sestak on Civil Rights
Click here for 7 full quotes on Civil Rights OR other candidates on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • Anti-discrimination laws toward LGBT are long overdue. (Nov 2015)
  • Equal LGBT rights. (Dec 2009)
  • Create new contract opportunities for MWOB small businesses. (Dec 2009)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation. (Nov 2007)
  • ENDA: prohibit employment discrimination for gays. (Jun 2009)
  • Opposes Amendment to prevent same sex marriage. (Aug 2010)
  • Honor the 100th anniversary of the NAACP. (Jan 2009)
Joe Sestak on Corporations
Click here for 8 full quotes on Corporations OR other candidates on Corporations OR background on Corporations.
  • Roll back corporate tax cuts by at least half. (Jul 2019)
  • Strengthen antitrust laws; stop corporate welfare. (Jun 2019)
  • Favors increasing corporate tax rate & restoring estate tax. (Jun 2015)
  • Small manufacturing is on cusp of a comeback, if helped. (May 2015)
  • The plaque says 'We the People,' not 'We the Corporations'. (Oct 2010)
  • Voted YES on letting shareholders vote on executive compensation. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on allowing stockholder voting on executive compensation. (Apr 2007)
  • Screen imports & ban lead in children's products. (Feb 2008)
Joe Sestak on Crime
Click here for 4 full quotes on Crime OR other candidates on Crime OR background on Crime.
  • Voted YES on enforcing against anti-gay hate crimes. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted YES on expanding services for offenders' re-entry into society. (Nov 2007)
  • Increase funding for "COPS ON THE BEAT" program. (Jan 2007)
  • Supports more severe penalties for Hate Crimes. (Aug 2010)
Joe Sestak on Drugs
Click here for 2 full quotes on Drugs OR other candidates on Drugs OR background on Drugs.
  • Voted YES on more funding for Mexico to fight drugs. (Jun 2008)
  • Rated 75% by NORML, indicating a pro-legalization stance. (Jan 2014)
Joe Sestak on Education
Click here for 7 full quotes on Education OR other candidates on Education OR background on Education.
  • Subsidize tuition at public community colleges. (Jun 2019)
  • Support Common Core and expand pre-K. (Jun 2019)
  • Improve our nation's schools and make college accessible. (Dec 2009)
  • Invest more in our public schools, and demand more. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted YES on $40B for green public schools. (May 2009)
  • Voted YES on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Nov 2007)
  • Opposes less federal or more local control of education. (Sep 2010)
Joe Sestak on Energy & Oil
Click here for 16 full quotes on Energy & Oil OR other candidates on Energy & Oil OR background on Energy & Oil.
  • Global warming is a grave threat to humanity and the planet. (Jul 2019)
  • Favors fee on polluters with Americans receiving dividend. (Jul 2019)
  • Replace fossil fuel subsidies with fees for carbon polluters. (Jun 2019)
  • Offshore drilling moratorium; oversight of Marcellus Shale. (Jun 2010)
  • Championed cap-and-trade; market forces to reduce emissions. (Jun 2010)
  • Global warming is principally man-made; regulate CO2. (Jun 2010)
  • Reduce greenhouse emissions & stop global warming. (Dec 2009)
  • Create an advanced alternative energy research project. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted YES on enforcing limits on CO2 global warming pollution. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted YES on tax credits for renewable electricity, with PAYGO offsets. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted YES on tax incentives for energy production and conservation. (May 2008)
  • Voted YES on tax incentives for renewable energy. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted YES on investing in homegrown biofuel. (Aug 2007)
  • Voted YES on criminalizing oil cartels like OPEC. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies. (Jan 2007)
  • Supports renewable energy tax credits. (Aug 2010)
Joe Sestak on Environment
Click here for 11 full quotes on Environment OR other candidates on Environment OR background on Environment.
  • Ratify the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol. (Jun 2019)
  • Voted YES on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on protecting free-roaming horses and burros. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on $9.7B for Amtrak improvements and operation thru 2013. (Jun 2008)
  • Promote conservation of rare felids & canids. (Mar 2007)
  • Grants for beach water pollution under Clean Water Act. (Apr 2008)
  • Make tax deduction permanent for conservation easements. (Mar 2009)
  • Add polar bear & bluefin tuna to endangered species list. (May 2010)
  • Endorsed Endorsed by LCV; supports conservation efforts. (Aug 2010)
  • Strengthen prohibitions against animal fighting. (Jan 2007)
  • Fund projects for international conservation of cranes. (Jan 2009)
Joe Sestak on Families & Children
Click here for 7 full quotes on Families & Children OR other candidates on Families & Children OR background on Families & Children.
  • Increase nutrition assistance for needy families. (Jun 2019)
  • Authored successful increase in funding for autism. (Jun 2019)
  • Voted YES on four weeks of paid parental leave for federal employees. (Jun 2009)
  • Rated 0% by the Christian Coalition: an anti-Family-Value voting record. (Dec 2010)
  • Call for a White House Conference on Children and Youth. (Mar 2008)
  • Sex Ed including both abstinence and contraception. (Mar 2009)
  • Teach teens about both abstinence & contraception. (Mar 2009)
Joe Sestak on Foreign Policy
Click here for 11 full quotes on Foreign Policy OR other candidates on Foreign Policy OR background on Foreign Policy.
  • Strengthen our alliances; other countries are interconnected. (Jun 2019)
  • Reverse America's retreat from the global community. (Jun 2019)
  • Building liberal world order is what makes America First. (Jun 2019)
  • Restore U.S. status abroad; protect American dream at home. (Jun 2019)
  • China is a threat by holding so much of our reserves. (Oct 2010)
  • Voted YES on supporting democratic institutions in Pakistan. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted NO on cooperating with India as a nuclear power. (Sep 2008)
  • Keep sanctions against Syria until WMDs are dismantled. (May 2007)
  • Condemns Russia for provocative statements to Georgia. (May 2008)
  • Allow travel between the United States and Cuba. (Feb 2009)
  • Ease the Israeli blockade on Gaza. (Jan 2010)
Joe Sestak on Free Trade
Click here for 8 full quotes on Free Trade OR other candidates on Free Trade OR background on Free Trade.
  • Stop using tariffs as weapon in disputes with China. (Jun 2019)
  • Re-join the Trans-Pacific Partnership. (Jun 2019)
  • Supports Ex-Im Bank & supports trade agreements in principle. (May 2015)
  • Supports TPP in principle, but verify openly before we trust. (May 2015)
  • Tax companies who fire US workers & import goods from China. (Oct 2010)
  • Voted YES on promoting free trade with Peru. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on assisting workers who lose jobs due to globalization. (Oct 2007)
  • Tariffs against countries undervaluing their currency. (May 2009)
Joe Sestak on Government Reform
Click here for 5 full quotes on Government Reform OR other candidates on Government Reform OR background on Government Reform.
  • Stop corporate abuses of lobbying power. (Jun 2019)
  • Voted YES on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on granting Washington DC an Electoral vote & vote in Congress. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on protecting whistleblowers from employer recrimination. (Mar 2007)
  • Establish the United States Public Service Academy. (Mar 2007)
Joe Sestak on Gun Control
Click here for 4 full quotes on Gun Control OR other candidates on Gun Control OR background on Gun Control.
  • Strong proponent of common sense gun laws. (Jun 2019)
  • Extend the ban on assault weapons. (May 2010)
  • Close the Gun Show Loophole; restrict show sales. (May 2009)
  • Rated F by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun control voting record. (Aug 2010)
Joe Sestak on Health Care
Click here for 15 full quotes on Health Care OR other candidates on Health Care OR background on Health Care.
  • Our health system saved my daughter; let's make it a right. (Jun 2019)
  • Add public option to ObamaCare. (Jun 2019)
  • Ban denying coverage due to pre-existing conditions. (Apr 2010)
  • Shift away from fee-for-service programs. (Dec 2009)
  • Voted YES on regulating tobacco as a drug. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted YES on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted YES on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare. (Jul 2008)
  • Voted YES on giving mental health full equity with physical health. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on Veto override: Extend SCHIP to cover 6M more kids. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted YES on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted YES on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (Jan 2007)
  • Improve services for people with autism & their families. (Apr 2007)
  • Establish a national childhood cancer database. (Mar 2007)
  • Sponsored bill providing for autism treatment under TRICARE. (Jun 2009)
  • Expand the National Health Service Corps. (Mar 2009)
Joe Sestak on Homeland Security
Click here for 13 full quotes on Homeland Security OR other candidates on Homeland Security OR background on Homeland Security.
  • First 3-star Admiral elected to Congress. (Jun 2019)
  • Reduce size of navy from 375 to 260 ships. (Jun 2019)
  • More funding for veterans and for cyberspace. (Jun 2019)
  • Reduce number of carrier strike groups from 11 to 9. (Jun 2019)
  • 2005 Navy reassignment: personnel change or morale issue? (May 2010)
  • Voted YES on requiring FISA warrants for wiretaps in US, but not abroad. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on Veto override: Congressional oversight of CIA interrogations. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad. (Aug 2007)
  • Voted YES on restricting no-bid defense contracts. (Mar 2007)
  • Free postage for soldiers serving abroad. (Jan 2009)
  • Opposes banning homosexuals in the military. (Aug 2010)
  • Repeal Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell, and reinstate discharged gays. (Mar 2010)
  • Restore habeas corpus for detainees in the War on Terror. (Jun 2007)
Joe Sestak on Immigration
Click here for 5 full quotes on Immigration OR other candidates on Immigration OR background on Immigration.
  • Expand involvement of the Office of Refugee Resettlement. (Jul 2019)
  • Create a path to naturalization for undocumented immigrants. (Jun 2019)
  • Broken system can only be fixed by comprehensive reform. (Jun 2019)
  • Supports continued funding of sanctuary cities. (Sep 2010)
  • Supports granting amnesty to illegal immigrants. (Sep 2010)
Joe Sestak on Jobs
Click here for 11 full quotes on Jobs OR other candidates on Jobs OR background on Jobs.
  • Top priority is quality jobs with fair wages. (Jun 2019)
  • Supports Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. (Jun 2019)
  • Increase minimum wage to $10.80 now & $15 later. (Apr 2016)
  • Ensure that women are provided fair wages. (Dec 2009)
  • Voted YES on extending unemployment benefits from 39 weeks to 59 weeks. (Oct 2008)
  • Voted YES on overriding presidential veto of Farm Bill. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on restricting employer interference in union organizing. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on increasing minimum wage to $7.25. (Jan 2007)
  • Form unions by card-check instead of secret ballot. (Mar 2009)
  • Ban discriminatory compensation; allow 2 years to sue. (Jan 2009)
  • Stronger enforcement against gender-based pay discrimination. (Jan 2009)
Joe Sestak on Principles & Values
Click here for 2 full quotes on Principles & Values OR other candidates on Principles & Values OR background on Principles & Values.
  • Walked 422 miles across Pennsylvania, in Senate campaign. (Jun 2019)
  • TV ad: Toomey's record is same as Sen. Rick Santorum's. (Oct 2010)
Joe Sestak on Social Security
Click here for 7 full quotes on Social Security OR other candidates on Social Security OR background on Social Security.
  • Protect Medicare, Social Security, and Consumer Finance. (Jun 2019)
  • Never supported policy to cut Social Security or Medicare. (Apr 2016)
  • Never raise, never, the age for our seniors to retire. (Apr 2016)
  • Social Security is the cornerstone of retirement security. (Oct 2010)
  • Co-sponsored the Social Security Fairness Act. (Aug 2010)
  • Oppose privatization; would have lost income in recession. (Aug 2010)
  • Opposes private retirement accounts. (Aug 2010)
Joe Sestak on Tax Reform
Click here for 5 full quotes on Tax Reform OR other candidates on Tax Reform OR background on Tax Reform.
  • Boost estate taxes to 45% on wealthiest 400 families. (Jul 2019)
  • No flat tax; focus on the working family, not Wall Street. (Apr 2010)
  • Bush tax oplicies shift burden to middle class & future. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted YES on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes. (Dec 2007)
Joe Sestak on Technology
Click here for 7 full quotes on Technology OR other candidates on Technology OR background on Technology.
  • Invest $1 trillion in infrastructure expansion over 10 years. (Jun 2019)
  • Reprioritized defense funding toward cyberspace. (Jun 2019)
  • Faster path through patent-approval process. (May 2015)
  • Voted YES on delaying digital TV conversion by four months. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted YES on retroactive immunity for telecoms' warrantless surveillance. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on $23B instead of $4.9B for waterway infrastructure. (Nov 2007)
  • Facilitate nationwide 2-1-1 phone line for human services. (Jan 2007)
Joe Sestak on War & Peace
Click here for 9 full quotes on War & Peace OR other candidates on War & Peace OR background on War & Peace.
  • America broke its word with departure from Iran agreement. (Jun 2019)
  • Immediately rejoin the Iran nuclear deal. (Jun 2019)
  • Put pressure on al-Qaida safe havens in neighboring Pakistan. (May 2010)
  • Ensure stability as we draw down our forces in Iraq. (Dec 2009)
  • We�ve achieved our goals; withdraw from Iraq by end of 2007. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted YES on investigating Bush impeachment for lying about Iraq. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on redeploying US troops out of Iraq starting in 90 days. (May 2007)
  • Strengthen sanctions on Syria & assist democratic transition. (Apr 2008)
  • Opposes timetable for troop withdrawal from Afghanistan. (Sep 2010)
Joe Sestak on Welfare & Poverty
Click here for 3 full quotes on Welfare & Poverty OR other candidates on Welfare & Poverty OR background on Welfare & Poverty.
  • War on Poverty made real improvements; let's do more. (Jun 2019)
  • Voted YES on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Support school breakfast for low-income children. (Mar 2009)


VoteMatch Responses
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VoteMatch Question & Answer
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Based on these stances:
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Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+2 points on Social scale)
Enshrine a woman's right to choose, in case Roe overturned: Favors topic 1
Right to choose is part of securing future for women: Favors topic 1
Supports Roe v. Wade: Favors topic 1
Ensure access to and funding for contraception: Favors topic 1
Teach teens about both abstinence & contraception: Favors topic 1
YES on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines: Favors topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Supports Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act: Strongly Favors topic 2
Create new contract opportunities for MWOB small businesses: Strongly Favors topic 2
Ensure that women are provided fair wages: Favors topic 2
Ban discriminatory compensation; allow 2 years to sue: Favors topic 2
Stronger enforcement against gender-based pay discrimination: Favors topic 2
Honor the 100th anniversary of the NAACP: Favors topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+5 points on Social scale)
Anti-discrimination laws toward LGBT are long overdue: Strongly Favors topic 3
Equal LGBT rights: Strongly Favors topic 3
ENDA: prohibit employment discrimination for gays: Favors topic 3
Opposes Amendment to prevent same sex marriage: Strongly Favors topic 3
Opposes banning homosexuals in the military: Strongly Favors topic 3
Repeal Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell, and reinstate discharged gays: Favors topic 3
YES on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation: Strongly Favors topic 3
YES on enforcing against anti-gay hate crimes: Favors topic 3
Strongly Opposes topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(+5 points on Social scale)
Rated 0% by the Christian Coalition: an anti-Family-Value voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 4
Sex Ed including both abstinence and contraception: Opposes topic 4
Strongly Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Authored successful increase in funding for autism: Favors topic 5
Our health system saved my daughter; let's make it a right: Favors topic 5
Add public option to ObamaCare: Strongly Favors topic 5
Shift away from fee-for-service programs: Strongly Favors topic 5
Sponsored bill providing for autism treatment under TRICARE: Favors topic 5
Expand the National Health Service Corps: Strongly Favors topic 5
YES on giving mental health full equity with physical health: Favors topic 5
YES on Veto override: Extend SCHIP to cover 6M more kids: Strongly Favors topic 5
YES on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D: Favors topic 5
YES on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility: Favors topic 5
YES on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare: Favors topic 5
YES on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program: Favors topic 5
YES on regulating tobacco as a drug: Favors topic 5
Strongly Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Protect Medicare, Social Security, and Consumer Finance: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Never supported policy to cut Social Security or Medicare: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Never raise, never, the age for our seniors to retire: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Social Security is the cornerstone of retirement security: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Co-sponsored the Social Security Fairness Act: Opposes topic 6
Oppose privatization; would have lost income in recession: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Opposes private retirement accounts: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Strongly Opposes topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Support Common Core and expand pre-K: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Improve our nation's schools and make college accessible: Opposes topic 7
Invest more in our public schools, and demand more: Opposes topic 7
Opposes less federal or more local control of education: Opposes topic 7
YES on $40B for green public schools: Opposes topic 7
Strongly Opposes topic 8:
Fight EPA regulatory over-reach
(+5 points on Social scale)
Favors fee on polluters with Americans receiving dividend: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Ratify the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Promote conservation of rare felids & canids: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Grants for beach water pollution under Clean Water Act: Opposes topic 8
Make tax deduction permanent for conservation easements: Opposes topic 8
Add polar bear & bluefin tuna to endangered species list: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Strengthen prohibitions against animal fighting: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Fund projects for international conservation of cranes: Strongly Opposes topic 8
YES on protecting free-roaming horses and burros: Opposes topic 8
Opposes topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(+2 points on Social scale)
Increase funding for "COPS ON THE BEAT" program: Opposes topic 9
Supports more severe penalties for Hate Crimes: Favors topic 9
YES on expanding services for offenders' re-entry into society: Opposes topic 9
Strongly Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Strong proponent of common sense gun laws: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Close the Gun Show Loophole; restrict show sales: Opposes topic 10
Rated F by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun control voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Strongly Favors topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Roll back corporate tax cuts by at least half: Strongly Favors topic 11
Boost estate taxes to 45% on wealthiest 400 families: Strongly Favors topic 11
Favors increasing corporate tax rate & restoring estate tax: Strongly Favors topic 11
Bush tax oplicies shift burden to middle class & future: Strongly Favors topic 11
YES on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes: Strongly Favors topic 11
YES on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income: Opposes topic 11
Strongly Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+5 points on Social scale)
Expand involvement of the Office of Refugee Resettlement: Strongly Favors topic 12
Create a path to naturalization for undocumented immigrants: Strongly Favors topic 12
Broken system can only be fixed by comprehensive reform: Strongly Favors topic 12
Supports continued funding of sanctuary cities: Strongly Favors topic 12
Supports granting amnesty to illegal immigrants: Strongly Favors topic 12
Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Stop using tariffs as weapon in disputes with China: Favors topic 13
Re-join the Trans-Pacific Partnership: Strongly Favors topic 13
Supports Ex-Im Bank & supports trade agreements in principle: Favors topic 13
Supports TPP in principle, but verify openly before we trust: Opposes topic 13
Tariffs against countries undervaluing their currency: Opposes topic 13
YES on assisting workers who lose jobs due to globalization: Opposes topic 13
YES on promoting free trade with Peru: Favors topic 13
Strongly Opposes topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Strengthen our alliances; other countries are interconnected: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Reverse America's retreat from the global community: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Building liberal world order is what makes America First: Opposes topic 14
Restore U.S. status abroad; protect American dream at home: Opposes topic 14
Restore habeas corpus for detainees in the War on Terror: Opposes topic 14
Allow travel between the United States and Cuba: Opposes topic 14
YES on Veto override: Congressional oversight of CIA interrogations: Opposes topic 14
YES on requiring FISA warrants for wiretaps in US, but not abroad: Strongly Opposes topic 14
NO on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Opposes topic 15:
Expand the military
(+2 points on Social scale)
Reduce size of navy from 375 to 260 ships: Strongly Opposes topic 15
More funding for veterans and for cyberspace: Favors topic 15
Reduce number of carrier strike groups from 11 to 9: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Reprioritized defense funding toward cyberspace: Favors topic 15
Free postage for soldiers serving abroad: Favors topic 15
YES on restricting no-bid defense contracts: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Strongly Favors topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(+5 points on Social scale)
YES on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations: Strongly Favors topic 16
Favors topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(+2 points on Social scale)
America broke its word with departure from Iran agreement: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Immediately rejoin the Iran nuclear deal: Strongly Favors topic 17
Ensure stability as we draw down our forces in Iraq: Favors topic 17
We�ve achieved our goals; withdraw from Iraq by end of 2007: Strongly Favors topic 17
Strengthen sanctions on Syria & assist democratic transition: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Opposes timetable for troop withdrawal from Afghanistan: Opposes topic 17
YES on redeploying US troops out of Iraq starting in 90 days: Strongly Favors topic 17
YES on investigating Bush impeachment for lying about Iraq: Favors topic 17
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Global warming is a grave threat to humanity and the planet: Strongly Favors topic 18
Replace fossil fuel subsidies with fees for carbon polluters: Strongly Favors topic 18
Offshore drilling moratorium; oversight of Marcellus Shale: Strongly Favors topic 18
Reduce greenhouse emissions & stop global warming: Strongly Favors topic 18
Create an advanced alternative energy research project: Strongly Favors topic 18
Supports renewable energy tax credits: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on tax incentives for renewable energy: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on investing in homegrown biofuel: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on criminalizing oil cartels like OPEC: Favors topic 18
YES on tax incentives for energy production and conservation: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on tax credits for renewable electricity, with PAYGO offsets: Favors topic 18
YES on enforcing limits on CO2 global warming pollution: Favors topic 18
YES on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program: Favors topic 18
Opposes topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(+2 points on Social scale)
Rated 75% by NORML, indicating a pro-legalization stance: Strongly Opposes topic 19
YES on more funding for Mexico to fight drugs: Favors topic 19
Strongly Favors topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Championed fiscally accountable "pay-as-you-go" legislation: Opposes topic 20
Increase nutrition assistance for needy families: Favors topic 20
Auto & bank bailouts were to clean up Bush's mess: Strongly Favors topic 20
YES on $60B stimulus package for jobs, infrastructure, & energy: Strongly Favors topic 20
YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending: Strongly Favors topic 20

Joe Sestak is a Hard-Core Liberal.
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