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Joe Walsh on VoteMatch

Republican presidential primary challenger (former IL Rep.)

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Strongly Opposes topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(-5 points on Social scale)
Science, technology removes exceptions for abortion: Strongly Opposes topic 1
1996: pro-choice; 2010: pro-life without exception: Opposes topic 1
1996: favored abortion rights; 2012: no abortion exceptions: Favors topic 1
No medical need any more for exceptions for maternal health: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Pro-life without exception: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Opposes human cloning & embryonic stem cell research: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Rated 100% by the NRLC, indicating a pro-life stance: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Prohibit federal funding for abortion: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Prohibiting forced abortions by UN Population Fund: Opposes topic 1
Prohibit federal funding to groups like Planned Parenthood: Strongly Opposes topic 1
YES on banning federal health coverage that includes abortion: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-3 points on Economic scale)
The "Age of Trump" woke him up to racism of past comments: Favors topic 2
It's racist to say "go back to where you came from": Favors topic 2
Opposes topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(-3 points on Social scale)
LGBTQ activists are "constitutional terrorists": Strongly Opposes topic 3
Same-sex marriage is law of the land, but give it time: Favors topic 3
Supports military service for gays and transgendered: Strongly Favors topic 3
Marriage can only exist between one man and one woman: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Foster and protect integrity of the traditional family: Opposes topic 3
Rated 0% by the HRC, indicating an anti-gay-rights stance: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Neutral on topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Opposes topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(+5 points on Economic scale)
2013: engage in civil disobedience to defy ObamaCare: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Look at things like universal catastrophic care coverage: Favors topic 5
Opted out of Congress' health insurance plan: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Opposed to government sponsored health care system: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Defund, repeal, & replace federal care with free market: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Repeal any federal health care takeover: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Repeal the Job-Killing Health Care Law: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Repeal ObamaCare reporting requirements for small business: Opposes topic 5
Remove all funding from the 2010 national healthcare law: Strongly Opposes topic 5
YES on repealing the "Prevention and Public Health" slush fund: Strongly Opposes topic 5
YES on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts: Opposes topic 5
Strongly Favors topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Gradually raising the retirement age beyond 67: Favors topic 6
Individuals set aside portion of own income for retirement: Strongly Favors topic 6
Strongly Favors topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Market-based solutions to education reform and urban poverty: Strongly Favors topic 7
Vouchers force competition & provide better education: Strongly Favors topic 7
Eliminate teacher tenure & favor teacher accountability: Favors topic 7
YES on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program: Strongly Favors topic 7
Favors topic 8:
Fight EPA regulatory over-reach
(-3 points on Social scale)
Balance environmental regulation with small business needs: Opposes topic 8
Rated 6% by the LCV, indicating anti-environment votes: Strongly Favors topic 8
Stop considering manure as pollutant or hazardous: Favors topic 8
Opposes topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(+2 points on Social scale)
Reform the criminal justice system: Opposes topic 9
Strongly Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Kinderguardian satire: "Happy shooting, kids": Favors topic 10
Arm school employees to prevent school shootings: Strongly Favors topic 10
Federal background check at gun shows and online: Opposes topic 10
Purpose of Second Amendment is protection against tyranny: Strongly Favors topic 10
Fast and Furious: an attack on gun owners & gun dealers: Strongly Favors topic 10
Supports right to own hand guns & to carry concealed weapons: Strongly Favors topic 10
Rated 93% by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun rights voting record: Strongly Favors topic 10
Loosen restrictions on interstate gun purchases: Strongly Favors topic 10
Strongly Opposes topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Cut the capital gains tax and the corporate tax rate: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Focus tax cuts on middle class and payroll tax: Favors topic 11
Index capital gains tax to inflation: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Reduced tax rates will increase economic activity: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Adopt a single-rate tax system: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Repeal tax hikes in capital gains and death tax: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Opposes topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(-3 points on Social scale)
End policy of family separation at the southern border: Favors topic 12
Securing borders isn't just a scare tactic if you live there: Opposes topic 12
Secure our borders using the National Guard: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Secure our borders with latest technology and National Guard: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Strongly Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Everybody loses in a trade war with China: Strongly Favors topic 13
Supports a free trade system; opposes tariffs on China: Strongly Favors topic 13
China cheats world, so deal with them with world coalition: Strongly Favors topic 13
Tariffs are a tax increase on middle-class Americans: Strongly Favors topic 13
Rated 63% by the USAE, indicating a mixed record on trade: Neutral on topic 13
Favors topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Steadfastly support NATO: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Put America's interests first: no photo ops with Putin: Favors topic 14
Two-state solution for Israel-Palestine failed for 64 years: Strongly Favors topic 14
Withhold UN funding until voluntary and program-specific: Strongly Favors topic 14
Strongly Opposes topic 15:
Expand the military
(+5 points on Social scale)
Cut $8.9B from defense bill, and supported 3% more: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Strongly Favors topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(+5 points on Social scale)
Ban stock trading based on Congressional insider knowledge: Strongly Favors topic 16
Opposes topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(-3 points on Social scale)
Take seriously the dangers of Islamic terrorism: Opposes topic 17
Withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Congress must have a say in military force overseas: Favors topic 17
Israel should annex Palestinian territory: Opposes topic 17
Support Israel & Saudis, but no US troops in Mideast: Favors topic 17
Provide the troops needed in Afghanistan, like Iraqi surge: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Boycott & sanctions against Iran for terrorism & nukes: Opposes topic 17
Counter Iran's growing presence in Latin America: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Iranian nuclear weapons: prevention instead of containment: Strongly Opposes topic 17
NO on removing US armed forces from Afghanistan: Strongly Opposes topic 17
YES on banning armed forces in Libya without Congressional approval: Favors topic 17
Opposes topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Past: climate science not definitive; now: it's a problem: Favors topic 18
Acknowledge the real problem of climate change: Favors topic 18
All-of-the-above, while shifting from coal to renewables: Favors topic 18
No more partisanship on climate change, it's real: Favors topic 18
Low-cost energy sources is vital to our economy: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Signed the No Climate Tax Pledge by AFP: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Cap-and-trade has no impact on global temperatures: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Explore proven energy reserves & keep energy prices low: Opposes topic 18
YES on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases: Opposes topic 18
YES on opening Outer Continental Shelf to oil drilling: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Neutral on topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Opposes topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Budget deficit is bankrupting future generations: Opposes topic 20
Those who attacked Obama's spending should attack Trump's: Strongly Opposes topic 20
TARP program and wasteful stimulus were spending spree: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Abolish Fannie Mae; too much focus on home ownership: Opposes topic 20
Limit federal spending growth to per-capita inflation rate: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Ban roadway signs indicating Recovery Act funding: Opposes topic 20
Apply all remaining stimulus funds to budget deficit: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Supports the Cut-Cap-and-Balance Pledge: Opposes topic 20

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