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Mike Pence on VoteMatch

Republian nominee for Vice President; Governor of Indiana; former Representative (IN-6)

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Strongly Opposes topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(-5 points on Social scale)
Commit to unalienable right to life, including the unborn: Strongly Favors topic 1
Defund Planned Parenthood for providing abortion: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Periods for Pence: protest against interring aborted fetuses: Strongly Opposes topic 1
We embrace life because we're better for it: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Partial-birth abortion is just anathema to me: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Tie-breaker vote to defund Planned Parenthood: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Stands for unborn against Democratic "culture of death": Strongly Opposes topic 1
Federal funding of Planned Parenthood is "morally wrong": Strongly Opposes topic 1
Proposed abortion bill that defined "forcible rape": Strongly Opposes topic 1
Trump is the most pro-life president in American history: Strongly Opposes topic 1
A champion of the right to life throughout my public career: Strongly Opposes topic 1
National abortion bans ought to be part of the debate: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Won't rest until sanctity of life is center of American law: Strongly Opposes topic 1
I'd like to see Mifepristone taken off the market: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Err on the side of life to give unborn child every chance: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Prohibit abortion for race, sex, diagnosis of disability: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Rated 0% by NARAL, indicating a pro-life voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Rated 100% by the NRLC, indicating a pro-life stance: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Prohibit transporting minors across state lines for abortion: Opposes topic 1
Bar funding for abortion under federal Obamacare plans: Opposes topic 1
Ban abortions for sex selection or race selection: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Prohibit federal funding for abortion: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Prohibiting forced abortions by UN Population Fund: Opposes topic 1
Sponsored bill to prohibit fed funding of Planned Parenthood: No opin. on topic 1
Grant the pre-born equal protection under 14th Amendment: Opposes topic 1
Declare preborn as persons under 14th amendment: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Strongly Opposes topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Pro-business environment better for wages than equal pay: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Criticized 1992 Civil Rights Act as being about "quotas": Opposes topic 2
Refused to say "Black lives matter": Strongly Opposes topic 2
Law enforcement is not a force for racism or division: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Bringing up "implicit bias" demeans police officers: Opposes topic 2
Rated 22% by the NAACP, indicating an anti-affirmative-action stance: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Opposes topic 3:
Support transgender and LGBTQ+ rights
(-3 points on Social scale)
Future of conservatism demands traditional marriage: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Listen to the merits of debate on LGBT rights: Favors topic 3
Religious Freedom Act is not about LGBT discrimination: Opposes topic 3
Voted against expansion of hate-crime protection: Opposes topic 3
RFRA Fix: ensure that religious freedom doesn't discriminate: Neutral on topic 3
No place in our administration for LGBTQ discrimination: Favors topic 3
OpEd: supports conversion therapy & anti-LGBTQ extremism: Strongly Opposes topic 3
No evidence of hate crimes over gender identity: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Battle against radical gender ideology for religious freedom: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Companies should have religious freedom & rights: Strongly Favors topic 3
There was racial inequity in education system; no longer: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Minors with gender issues should wait until adulthood: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Voted to keep ban on openly gay members of the military: Strongly Opposes topic 3
No problem with gays; they just say so for publicity: Favors topic 3
Rated 0% by the HRC, indicating an anti-gay-rights stance: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Amend Constitution to define traditional marriage: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Strongly Favors topic 4:
America was founded on Christian values
(-5 points on Social scale)
Civil rights must be balanced with religious freedom: Favors topic 4
Does not eat or drink with women other than his wife: Favors topic 4
Religious Freedom Restoration Act protects religion: Strongly Favors topic 4
Indiana & U.S. Constitutions guarantee religious freedom: Strongly Favors topic 4
Repeal the Johnson Amendment: free speech from the pulpit: Strongly Favors topic 4
Faith in Trump & faith in God will heal America: Strongly Favors topic 4
Will reflect and pray whether he's called to run in 2024: Strongly Favors topic 4
I'm a Bible-believing Christian: Strongly Favors topic 4
Let schools display the words "God Bless America": Strongly Favors topic 4
Supports anti-flag desecration amendment: Favors topic 4
Rated 100% by the Christian Coalition: a pro-Family-Value voting record: Strongly Favors topic 4
Designate first weekend in May as Ten Commandments Weekend: Strongly Favors topic 4
Strongly Opposes topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Healthy Indiana: expand Medicaid but with "skin in the game": Opposes topic 5
ObamaCare is a government takeover of health care: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Don't regulate the prices of life-saving drugs: Opposes topic 5
Smoking doesn't kill; 90% of smokers don't get lung cancer: Strongly Opposes topic 5
A nation of miracles: coronavirus vaccine by end of year: Neutral on topic 5
Coronavirus testing is state managed but federally supported: Opposes topic 5
COVID: February 2020--We're ready for anything: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Replace ObamaCare with new plan with Congressional support: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Rated 11% by APHA, indicating a anti-public health voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Repeal any federal health care takeover: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Deauthorize funding for Obamacare: 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
Strongly Favors topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Cutting Social Security should be on the table: Strongly Favors topic 6
Personal investment for Social Security retirement: Strongly Favors topic 6
Social Security is a covenant but needs commonsense reforms: Favors topic 6
Reform Social Security to ensure its solvency: Favors topic 6
Down-the-road raising of the Social Security retirement age: Favors topic 6
We're going to meet our obligations to our seniors: Opposes topic 6
We will keep promises to seniors: Opposes topic 6
Reform could include investing taxes in a mutual fund: Strongly Favors topic 6
Let younger Americans invest a portion of their payroll tax: Strongly Favors topic 6
Rated 22% by the ARA, indicating an anti-senior voting record: Strongly Favors topic 6
Strongly Favors topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Incentivize teaching as a career: Favors topic 7
Pro-voucher so parents decide how to educate their kids: Strongly Favors topic 7
Fight for local control and responsibility of education: Strongly Favors topic 7
Eliminate "No Child Left Behind" K-12 testing requirements: Opposes topic 7
Replaced Common Core with state-standards version: Favors topic 7
Give parents right to choose: public, private, parochial: Strongly Favors topic 7
Public schools can compete with our private schools: Strongly Favors topic 7
Rated 17% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes: Strongly Favors topic 7
Constitutionally guarantee parent's right to educate kids: Strongly Favors topic 7
Favors topic 8:
Businesses have a right to pollute
(-3 points on Social scale)
Veto climate bill compromise by industry & environmentalists: Strongly Favors topic 8
Rated 10% by the LCV, indicating anti-environment votes: Strongly Favors topic 8
Stop considering manure as pollutant or hazardous: Favors topic 8
Strengthen prohibitions against animal fighting: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-3 points on Social scale)
Reduce crime, not penalties for crime: Strongly Favors topic 9
Always stand with those who stand on the thin blue line: Strongly Favors topic 9
Inner-city families should want stop-and-frisk: Strongly Favors topic 9
Police officer are the best of us; restore law & order: Strongly Favors topic 9
Require police to wear body cameras: Opposes topic 9
Riots aren't peaceful protest; wrecking statues isn't speech: Strongly Favors topic 9
We need to get serious and tough on violent crime: Strongly Favors topic 9
Radical left responsible for NYC prosecution of Trump: Strongly Opposes topic 9
2003: Pushed for anti-porn Truth in Domain Names Act: Favors topic 9
Reduce recidivism by giving offenders a Second Chance: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Strongly Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Gun ownership increases public safety: Strongly Favors topic 10
Second Amendment guarantees a fundamental, individual right: Strongly Favors topic 10
Armed guards at every public and private school in America : Strongly Favors topic 10
Recent gun tragedies reflect fear of crime wave: Strongly Favors topic 10
Rated A by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun rights voting record: Strongly Favors topic 10
National cross-state standard for concealed carry: Strongly Favors topic 10
Teach kids Eddie Eagle GunSafe's lifesaving message: Favors topic 10
Loosen restrictions on interstate gun purchases: Strongly Favors topic 10
Allow veterans to register unlicensed guns acquired abroad: Favors topic 10
Ban gun registration & trigger lock law in Washington DC: Strongly Favors topic 10
Strongly Opposes topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Reduce corporate tax rate to one of the lowest in country: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Pushed manufacturing tax cuts & corporate tax cut: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Simplify the tax code: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Lower taxes across the board, and we'll get growth: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Reduce the capital gains tax : Strongly Opposes topic 11
Phaseout the death tax: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Rated 76% by NTU, indicating a "Taxpayer's Friend" on tax votes: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Rated 0% by the CTJ, indicating opposition to progressive taxation: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Replace income tax & employment tax with FairTax: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes: Strongly Opposes topic 11
No European-style VAT (value-added tax): Opposes topic 11
Replace income tax & estate tax with 23% sales tax: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Strongly Opposes topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(-5 points on Social scale)
Called ex-sheriff Joe Arpaio a "champion of the rule of law": Strongly Opposes topic 12
Temporarily suspend immigration from terrorist havens: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Return to country of origin before illegals get citizenship: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Focus on border security and removing criminal aliens: Strongly Opposes topic 12
End sanctuary cities; those policies drive wages down: Strongly Opposes topic 12
No subsidized healthcare nor tuition for illegal immigrants: Opposes topic 12
Immigrant ban focuses on safety of Americans, not niceties: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Travel ban is constitutional & judges shouldn't overturn it: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Obama certified 7 Muslim countries compromised by terrorism: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Unsecured Mexican border is a national emergency: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Conditions at borders is fault of Democrats in Congress: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Close asylum loopholes: 90% don't show up in court: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Asked for humanitarian help, Congress continues to delay: Strongly Opposes topic 12
National security starts with border security: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Lump sum payments to temporary workers to leave U.S.: Favors topic 12
Allow people to work here for a short period of time: Opposes topic 12
Rated 100% by FAIR, indicating a voting record restricting immigration: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Rated 92% by USBC, indicating a sealed-border stance: Strongly Opposes topic 12
End Birthright Citizenship; no more anchor babies: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Declare English as the official language of the US: Opposes topic 12
Strongly Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Favors free trade, but not tariff dodging from China: Favors topic 13
Favors free trade, but not tariff dodging from China: Favors topic 13
Supports TPP and trade agreements with Pacific Rim and China: Strongly Favors topic 13
China's on notice that the era of economic surrender is over: Favors topic 13
Foreign investment has a positive impact in America: Strongly Favors topic 13
Rated 61% by CATO, indicating a mixed record on trade issues: Neutral on topic 13
Rated 75% by the USAE, indicating support for trade engagement: Strongly Favors topic 13
Strongly Favors topic 14:
Stay away from the UN & Globalism
(+5 points on Economic scale)
We're in a global war of civilization against barbarism: Strongly Favors topic 14
Other countries respect strength, not weakness: Strongly Favors topic 14
Never apologize for who we are and what we stand for: Strongly Favors topic 14
Foreign aid for US security interests & disasters: Favors topic 14
$48B to Africa for AIDS program is a moral calling: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Don't have paranoid delusions about one world government: Strongly Opposes topic 14
America's place in the world is weakened: Strongly Favors topic 14
Fight Russia with strength and allies: Opposes topic 14
Trump for extreme vetting of immigrants and no Syrians: Strongly Favors topic 14
Reverse Obama's opening of Cuba; restore the embargo: Strongly Favors topic 14
Re-engage the world but put America first: Opposes topic 14
America represent the highest ideals of humankind: Strongly Favors topic 14
Robust missile defense in Europe against Russian aggression: Favors topic 14
This is all about America being the leader of the free world: Strongly Favors topic 14
Support multilateral negotiations: no nation ruined by trade: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Use military tribunals to try suspected terrorists: Opposes topic 14
Bar Syrian refugees so ISIS cannot infiltrate America: Strongly Favors topic 14
Bar Syrian refugees so ISIS cannot infiltrate America: Strongly Favors topic 14
Suspend the relocation of any more Syrian refugees: Strongly Favors topic 14
Muslim-country ban has solid constitutional foundation: Strongly Favors topic 14
Freedom, not socialism, made America great: Strongly Favors topic 14
America is the leader of the free world: Strongly Favors topic 14
United States is the gold standard of justice in the world: Strongly Favors topic 14
Withhold UN funding until voluntary and program-specific: Strongly Favors topic 14
Strongly Favors topic 15:
Peace through Strength
(-5 points on Social scale)
We see promise after promise to our veterans forgotten: Strongly Favors topic 15
Rebuild military and project American strength in the world: Strongly Favors topic 15
Rebuild military and project American strength in the world: Strongly Favors topic 15
Fact Check: Takes credit for Veterans Choice passed in 2014: Strongly Favors topic 15
We've made the strongest military in history of the world: Strongly Favors topic 15
We need a president to build a military fitted to the times: Strongly Favors topic 15
Adversaries have weaponized space; solution is Space Force: Strongly Favors topic 15
Peace with North Korea through US strength: Favors topic 15
Increase defense spending, launch Space Force: Strongly Favors topic 15
North Korea must abandon its nuclear ambitions: Favors topic 15
Rated 0% by SANE, indicating a pro-military voting record: Strongly Favors topic 15
Extend reserve retirement pay parity back to 9/11: Favors topic 15
Strongly Opposes topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(-5 points on Social scale)
Campaign Finance Reform is censorship: Strongly Opposes topic 16
Campaign finance reform is on the road to political serfdom: Strongly Opposes topic 16
FactCheck: Yes, voter ID laws may increase voter turnout: Opposes topic 16
Opposes topic 17:
Stay out of foreign wars
(-3 points on Social scale)
Against agreement with Iran; keep all sanctions: Strongly Favors topic 17
No nukes for Iran; support Iranians but not government: Opposes topic 17
We stand with the Iranian people against the Ayatollahs: Opposes topic 17
The world knows this: America stands with Israel: Strongly Opposes topic 17
We need to provide Ukraine with resources to repel Russia: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Russia military conduct isn't just warfare; it's evil: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Military action to crush ISIS: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Afghanistan is and will continue to be a NATO and US success: Opposes topic 17
Back at war in Iraq because we didn't leave enough forces: Opposes topic 17
Protect civilians in Aleppo by enforcing Safe Zones: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Protect civilians in Aleppo by enforcing Safe Zones: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Iran deal delivered $400M as ransom to terrorist sponsor: Opposes topic 17
Economic sanctions on Iran for ballistic missile tests: Opposes topic 17
All options are on the table for Iranian nukes: Favors topic 17
Progress toward denuclearization & peace on Korean Peninsula: Opposes topic 17
America stands up to North Korea and murderous dictatorships: Opposes topic 17
Iran will not be allowed to obtain nuclear weapons: Opposes topic 17
Grateful Trump is always focused on safety of troops: Favors topic 17
2001: Saddam Hussein is a threat to our national security: Strongly Favors topic 17
Strengthen sanctions on Syria & assist democratic transition: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Support the completion of the US mission in Iraq: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Sanctions on Iran to end nuclear program: Opposes topic 17
Strongly Opposes topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(+5 points on Economic scale)
All-of-the-above energy strategy instead of EPA over-reach: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Coal miners want an American energy policy: Strongly Opposes topic 18
All-of-the-above American-made energy strategy: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Climate change is not a resolved issue in science: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Against Obama's plan to battle climate change: Opposes topic 18
Support wind, nuclear, fracking, and offshore drilling: Opposes topic 18
Fighting climate change should not increase utility rates: Opposes topic 18
Climate change is not an emergency: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Climate changing, but don't put undue burden on Americans: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Questions scientific community on ozone & global warming: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Rated 0% by the CAF, indicating opposition to energy independence: Opposes topic 18
Bar greenhouse gases from Clean Air Act rules: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Signed the No Climate Tax Pledge by AFP: Strongly Opposes topic 18
No EPA regulation of greenhouse gases: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Drill the Outer Continental Shelf; & license new nuke plants: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Set goal of 25% renewable energy by 2025: Strongly Favors topic 18
Strongly Favors topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(-5 points on Social scale)
Signed legislation allowing needle exchange: Opposes topic 19
Confront the growing epidemic of drug abuse: Favors topic 19
Indiana will be tough on narcotics and drug dealers: Strongly Favors topic 19
Do not legalize: pot is a gateway drug: Strongly Favors topic 19
Lean into the war on drugs; cannabis is a gateway drug: Strongly Favors topic 19
Rated -20 by NORML, indicating a "hard-on-drugs" stance: Strongly Favors topic 19
Rated 25% by NORML, indicating an anti-legalization stance: Strongly Favors topic 19
Rated F by NORML, indicating a "hard-on-drugs" stance: Strongly Favors topic 19
Opposes topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Across-the-board tax relief stimulates broad-based growth: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Amend state constitution to require a balanced budget: Strongly Favors topic 20
Moral obligation to stop piling debt onto future generations: Strongly Opposes topic 20
We've almost doubled the national debt; but not Indiana: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Great Recession tax-&-spend policy led to weak recovery: Strongly Favors topic 20
Freeze nondefense discretionary spending across the board: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Corporate tax cuts create jobs & grow economy: Strongly Opposes topic 20
2008: fought bailout to corporations while people lost jobs: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Across-the-board tax relief better than stimulus bill: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Invest in our roads and ports, but without raising taxes: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Send pioneers to Mars, by any means necessary: Favors topic 20

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