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Mike Gravel on VoteMatch

Libertarian for President; Former Dem. Senator (AK); withdrew from Presidential primary July 2019

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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+5 points on Social scale)
Fund stem cell research on existing & new embryonic lines: Favors topic 1
Agreed with NARAL on 16 pro-choice votes; absent on other 7: Strongly Favors topic 1
Any abortion decision should remain between woman & doctor: Strongly Favors topic 1
Stem Cell research should not be limited: Favors topic 1
Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-3 points on Economic scale)
$30 billion per year for National Reparations Trust Fund: Strongly Favors topic 2
Discontinue public college & government affirmative action: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Racism still with us in the 21st century: Favors topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+5 points on Social scale)
Include sexual orientation & gender identity as civil rights: Strongly Favors topic 3
By next election, gay marriage could win a popular vote: Strongly Favors topic 3
Civil union establish second-class citizenship for gays: Strongly Favors topic 3
Donít ask donít tell should have gone 20 years ago: Strongly Favors topic 3
Unequivocally supports same-sex marriage: Strongly Favors topic 3
Opposes topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(+2 points on Social scale)
No position on separation of church & state: Neutral on topic 4
No position on faith-based initiatives: Neutral on topic 4
Citizens Wage: $5000 income from feds to banish poverty: Opposes topic 4
Strongly Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-5 points on Economic scale)
VA4A: Veterans Administration healthcare for all: Strongly Favors topic 5
Expand Medicare coverage & child healthcare programs: Strongly Favors topic 5
Universal coverage with guaranteed equal care: Strongly Favors topic 5
Everybody should have the same health care: Favors topic 5
End subsidization of the insurance companies: Favors topic 5
Single-payer health care plan via vouchers you can add to: Strongly Favors topic 5
Citizen Power includes universal health care: Strongly Favors topic 5
Strongly Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Put real money in the Trust Fund & invest it properly: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Favors topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Delink property taxes to equalize education funding: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Supports vouchers, charters, and magnet schools: Strongly Favors topic 7
Citizen Power includes school vouchers: Strongly Favors topic 7
Vouchers are innovative & imaginative--letís experiment: Strongly Favors topic 7
Strongly Opposes topic 8:
Fight EPA regulatory over-reach
(+5 points on Social scale)
Eliminate all single-use plastics: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Strengthen Clean Water Act & Clean Air Act: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Sponsored bill allowing tax deduction for recycling costs: Opposes topic 8
Strongly Opposes topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(+5 points on Social scale)
Decriminalize all commercial sex work: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Ban cash bail: it only benefits the rich: Strongly Opposes topic 9
No one deserves to be put to death by the state: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Eliminate the federal death penalty: Strongly Opposes topic 9
If you donít have any money, you donít get any justice: Opposes topic 9
Eliminate mandatory minimum sentencing laws: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Citizen Power includes abolition of the death penalty: Strongly Opposes topic 9
More jails donít cut crime--must address poverty instead: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-3 points on Economic scale)
License for concealed carry; teach firearms safety: Opposes topic 10
Require license & training for gun ownership: Opposes topic 10
Opposes topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Progressive tax: 60% at $1 million, and up from there: Strongly Favors topic 11
I advocate a FairTax: pay as you spend: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Tax code is corrupt & serves the wealthy: Favors topic 11
Wipe out the income tax! -- itís regressive: Opposes topic 11
National sales tax; no exceptions; prebates for essentials: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Supports a national sales tax to replace IRS: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Repeal the income tax and close down the IRS: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Less regressive tax on poor; more capital gains on rich: Strongly Favors topic 11
Strongly Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+5 points on Social scale)
Open borders except for criminals escaping the law: Strongly Favors topic 12
Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working here: Strongly Favors topic 12
Immigration issue is national scapegoating: Strongly Favors topic 12
Embarrassed at building a wall on southern border: Strongly Favors topic 12
Make whole country a sanctuary city: Strongly Favors topic 12
Iím ashamed that weíre building a fence on southern border: Strongly Favors topic 12
Make English the official language of the US: Opposes topic 12
Illegal immigrants come here for jobs; donít deport them: Strongly Favors topic 12
Nativists who want to fence us in are dead wrong: No opin. on topic 12
Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-3 points on Economic scale)
No sanctions on China or Venezuela, but no trade agreements: Opposes topic 13
CAFTA & NAFTA cause unemployment in Mexico & Central America: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Trade agreements only benefit shareholders: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Tariffs on China could spur worldwide economic downturn: Favors topic 13
Strongly Opposes topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(-5 points on Economic scale)
No "America alone": re-engage with multilateral institutions: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Bring critique of American imperialism to Democratic primary: Strongly Opposes topic 14
US should empower UN with stand-by peace force: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Strongly Opposes topic 15:
Expand the military
(+5 points on Social scale)
Filibustered to end the military draft: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Cut military budget by 50%, close all military bases abroad: Strongly Opposes topic 15
America will be safer without nukes: end "nuclear deterrent": Strongly Opposes topic 15
Bring 138,000 US troops home from 800 bases abroad: Strongly Opposes topic 15
1969: Opposed early ABM anti-missile systems: Opposes topic 15
No additional homeland security funding; no missile defense: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Enormous misappropriation of wealth to military programs: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Warfare state from Vietnam now expanded to include Iraq War: Strongly Opposes topic 15
US has nothing to fear; fear sustains the military complex: Opposes topic 15
Cut Pentagon by more than 15%; weíre squandering money: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Cut US nuclear arsenal from 10,000 to a couple hundred: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Cut military budget in half--we donít need such ďreadinessĒ: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Presidential imperialism feeds the arms industry: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Strongly Favors topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(+5 points on Social scale)
Replace Electoral College with direct election of President: Strongly Favors topic 16
Ranked choice voting replaces "lesser of two evils": Strongly Favors topic 16
Public taxpayer funding for federal candidates: Strongly Favors topic 16
Asks candidates to pledge to use existing public finance law: Strongly Favors topic 16
Iíve got no money; of course Iím for campaign finance reform: Favors topic 16
Start with public financing of campaigns: Strongly Favors topic 16
Strongly Favors topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(+5 points on Social scale)
Withdraw all troops from South Korea; normalize with North: Strongly Favors topic 17
2020 debates desperately need an anti-war voice: Strongly Favors topic 17
1971: end Vietnam involvement; 2008: end Mideast involvement: Strongly Favors topic 17
Fighting terrorism with a war doesnít work: Favors topic 17
Election was mandate for peace but carnage continues for oil: Strongly Favors topic 17
Remove power to declare war from Congress-theyíve abdicated: Strongly Favors topic 17
End military aid to Saudi Arabia; no support for Yemen war: Strongly Favors topic 17
2008: searing indictment of Democratic support of Iraq war: Strongly Favors topic 17
Opposed war in Iraq before it even began: Strongly Favors topic 17
Dislodge ourselves from Iraq, by working with Iran & Syria: Strongly Favors topic 17
Soldiers in Iraq are dying in vain; so just get out: Strongly Favors topic 17
Iraq war was lost the day Bush invaded-make it illegal: Strongly Favors topic 17
Immediate withdrawal from the war in Iraq: Strongly Favors topic 17
Commence an immediate and orderly withdrawal from Iraq: Strongly Favors topic 17
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Support carbon tax and Green New Deal: Strongly Favors topic 18
Institute a tax on oil: Strongly Favors topic 18
Carbon tax can get us off of gasoline in 5 years: Strongly Favors topic 18
Make Global Warming a matter of national security: Strongly Favors topic 18
Immediately sign the Kyoto protocol: Strongly Favors topic 18
Strongly Opposes topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(+5 points on Social scale)
Proposed a Constitutional amendment to legalize marijuana: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Legalize & regulate all drugs, including opioids: Strongly Opposes topic 19
War on drugs is a total failure: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Allow buying marijuana at liquor stores: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Decriminalize hard drugs so we can treat addicts: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Drugs are public health issue, not criminal issue: Strongly Opposes topic 19
War on drugs loses an entire generation to our prisons: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Legalize the use and possession of marijuana: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Stop punishment for victimless crimes: drugs, sex & gambling: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Strongly Favors topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Support unionization; raise federal minimum wage: Strongly Favors topic 20
Purpose of economy is to meet peopleís needs, not business: Strongly Favors topic 20

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