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Cory Booker on SenateMatch



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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+5 points on Social scale)
Fix Hobby Lobby: it's not about religious freedom: Favors topic 1
Vigorously defend women's access to affordable birth control: Strongly Favors topic 1
OpEd: In mainstream of NJ, supporting abortion rights: Favors topic 1
No restrictions before viability; exceptions after viability: Favors topic 1
Ban anti-abortion limitations on abortion services: Strongly Favors topic 1
Access safe, legal abortion without restrictions: Strongly Favors topic 1
Keep federal funding for family planning clinics: Strongly Favors topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Creative civil rights activism revealed rampant injustice: Strongly Favors topic 2
Blacks more likely to be suspended in school & jailed later: Strongly Favors topic 2
Raised in only black family in segregated neighborhood: Favors topic 2
Post-WWII policy of redlining forced racially-biased housing: Strongly Favors topic 2
Government procurement should promote women-owned business: Strongly Favors topic 2
Gender wage gap problematic; minority wage gap worse: Strongly Favors topic 2
First African-American senator from New Jersey: Favors topic 2
Fund minority businesses with KIVA microloans: Favors topic 2
Prisoner re-entry is the new front line of civil rights: Favors topic 2
Supports Women, Minority and Small Business Assistance: Strongly Favors topic 2
Until college, tolerated gays but was disgusted personally: Opposes topic 2
Growing up gay today is like growing up Black decades ago: Strongly Favors topic 2
Enforce against wage discrimination based on gender: Strongly Favors topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+5 points on Social scale)
Officiated same-sex marriage at first moment legally allowed: Strongly Favors topic 3
Supports gay marriage: We are all equal under the law: Strongly Favors topic 3
African-Americans & gays should both be equal under the law: Strongly Favors topic 3
Equal marriage rights for same-sex couples are coming: Strongly Favors topic 3
Let states recognize same sex marriage: Favors topic 3
Strongly Opposes topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(+5 points on Social scale)
Even those with no religion are entitled to rights: Strongly Opposes topic 4
Resided in housing project after law school, to help tenants: Opposes topic 4
Show your religion in how you treat other people: Opposes topic 4
Led effort for religious freedom via no religious registry: Strongly Opposes topic 4
Strongly Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Ok to consider single-payer, but I'm not behind it: Opposes topic 5
Repealing ObamaCare hurts working-class: Strongly Favors topic 5
Repealing ObamaCare with no replacement just hurts Americans: Favors topic 5
ObamaCare is a vital step in the right direction: Strongly Favors topic 5
ObamaCare needs to be improved, but is helping people now: Strongly Favors topic 5
Control healthcare cost; no comment on single-payer: Favors topic 5
We need a national solution and also local solutions: Favors topic 5
Newark Rx: affordable medications for uninsured Newarkers: Strongly Favors topic 5
Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-3 points on Economic scale)
COLA adjustments needed for retirement plans: Opposes topic 6
Opposes raising the retirement age for several decades: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Don't raise retirement age, except maybe for young workers: Favors topic 6
Opposes raising retirement age; expand entitlements: Opposes topic 6
Strongly Favors topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Urban school districts are beholden to public worker union: Favors topic 7
Star fundraiser for Democrats for Education Reform: Favors topic 7
Pre-school for 3-year-olds; more teacher empowerment: Favors topic 7
Fundamental right to high quality public education: Strongly Favors topic 7
Supports "Race to the Top" education reform: Favors topic 7
Supports school voucher proposal, like other Democrats: Strongly Favors topic 7
Brother runs a charter school in inner-city Memphis: Favors topic 7
Supports school vouchers: Strongly Favors topic 7
Charters & alternatives for persistently failing schools: Favors topic 7
Vouchers and charters can work in inner cities: Favors topic 7
Strongly Opposes topic 8:
Fight EPA regulatory over-reach
(+5 points on Social scale)
Rated 100% on all animal welfare ratings: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Parks and green spaces are associated with safer communities: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Vegetarian since 1992; vegan since 2014: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Passaic River poisoned because it was cheaper for business: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Dumping pollutants into rivers externalizes costs: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Trees reduce erosion & increase property values: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Green space; green housing; green jobs: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Businesses realize a return on our infrastructure investment: Opposes topic 8
Vegetarian because of environmental impact of eating meat: Strongly Opposes topic 8
GreenSpaces: public-private partnership for city parks: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Save our environment while creating jobs and wealth: Opposes topic 8
Require labeling genetically engineered food: Opposes topic 8
Endorsed Endorsed by LCV; supports conservation efforts: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Opposes topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(+2 points on Social scale)
1960s cities had mostly white cops & mostly black majority: Opposes topic 9
Anti-recidivism funds much scanter than prison funds: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Police doesn't solve problem; they just attend to symptoms: Favors topic 9
Reduced crime by helping prisoners coming home: Opposes topic 9
Theory of "broken windows" doesn't drive down crime: Strongly Favors topic 9
Poor & minorities bear the brunt of policing practices: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Mass incarceration has failed: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Prison construction draws resources from other priorities: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Prisons grow irrespective of crime rates: Opposes topic 9
Incarceration isn't working; focus on preventing recidivism: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Increase the number of police in all neighborhoods: Strongly Favors topic 9
Ran off armed assailant: "Not in our city anymore!": Favors topic 9
Got celebrities to donate cash for police equipment: Favors topic 9
Long-term believer in "broken windows" theory: Favors topic 9
Launch Fatherhood Center and pro-bono legal help for ex-cons: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Applied "broken windows theory" in Newark policing: Favors topic 9
ReLeSe: Pro bono legal services to ex-offenders: Opposes topic 9
Rated 9% by the NAPO, indicating a police-the-police stance: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Strongly Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Prohibit firearms to suspected terrorists: Strongly Opposes topic 10
$1,000 reward for tip on illegal weapons: Opposes topic 10
Common sense gun reform on day one: Strongly Opposes topic 10
More background checks & gun trace data: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Criminal gun runners shouldn't have Second Amendment rights: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Insane to carry concealed loaded weapons cross-state: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Coalition "Mayors Against Illegal Guns"; Keep state laws: Strongly Opposes topic 10
$1,000 reward for crime tips leading to gun recovery: Favors topic 10
Opposes topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Lower corporate tax rate & close loopholes: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Replace spending with tax incentives to stimulate hiring: Opposes topic 11
Raise taxes because quick fix of cuts wasn't enough: Favors topic 11
One-time building sale, plus tax increase, to balance budget: Favors topic 11
Budget crisis: cut $60M in spending; cut municipal taxes: Opposes topic 11
Assist beneficiaries with earned income tax credit: Favors topic 11
Strongly Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+5 points on Social scale)
Welcome Syrian refugees and fight any bans: Strongly Favors topic 12
Blocking the DREAM Act is crazy; it's how we built America: Strongly Favors topic 12
Against involving city police in immigration matters: Strongly Favors topic 12
Against involving city police in immigration matters: Favors topic 12
Provide lawyers and evidence for children being deported: Favors topic 12
Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-3 points on Economic scale)
No fast-track for Trans-Pacific Partnership: Strongly Opposes topic 13
African trade makes stable countries & good for our security: Strongly Favors topic 13
China cheats via currency manipulation & IP theft: Strongly Opposes topic 13
China is engaging in unfair trade practices: Opposes topic 13
Declare Turkish rebar subject to anti-dumping duties: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Fight Chinese predatory trade practices on car tires: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Rated Voted FOR reauthorizing Ex-Im Bank: Strongly Favors topic 13
$25B more loans from Export-Import Bank: Strongly Favors topic 13
Opposes topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Fund the life-saving work done by diplomats: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Trump would denigrate relationships with Muslim countries: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Where Israel's security is at stake, so is America's: Favors topic 14
Development funds via international organizations for Africa: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Robust diplomacy and international development: Strongly Opposes topic 14
No head in the sand; but no global police: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Disallow Palestine from joining ICC to threaten Israel: Favors topic 14
Two-state solution despite Israeli settlements on West Bank: Favors topic 14
Enforce humanitarian aid access to South Sudan: Opposes topic 14
Favors topic 15:
Expand the military
(-3 points on Social scale)
Form National Guard Cyber Protection Team: Favors topic 15
Maintain the strongest military force in the world: Strongly Favors topic 15
Irresponsible to spend on irrelevant weapon systems: Opposes topic 15
Technology empowers individuals but creates diverse threats: Favors topic 15
Incentives to train & hire troops returning home: Opposes topic 15
Exempt Veterans Affairs from federal hiring freeze: Favors topic 15
Strongly Favors topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(+5 points on Social scale)
Even billionaires need transparency in confirmation hearings: Favors topic 16
Declined lavish perks as Newark City Councilor: Favors topic 16
Founding principle: make laws open to public debate: Favors topic 16
Threat to voting rights in America remains very real: Strongly Favors topic 16
Campaign PAC money shouldn't speak louder than people: Strongly Favors topic 16
Make it harder for wealthy to influence politicians: Strongly Favors topic 16
Matching fund for small donors, with debate requirements: Favors topic 16
Automatic voter registration for all citizens: Strongly Favors topic 16
Opposes topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(-3 points on Social scale)
All options on the table with Iran, including military: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Direct military intervention in Syria only as last resort: Favors topic 17
We're spending billions on a war based on unjust pretenses: Strongly Favors topic 17
Iran must accept long-term intrusive nuke inspection: Opposes topic 17
Hold Assad accountable for slaughter of civilians: Opposes topic 17
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Support existing nuclear power by pricing carbon: Neutral on topic 18
Climate change requires American leadership: Strongly Favors topic 18
Ice-melt is literally creating climate refugees: Favors topic 18
Rejoin Greenhouse Gas Initiative under Clean Power Plan: Favors topic 18
Treat carbon pollution like mercury and particle pollution: Strongly Favors topic 18
Sustainability programs: slow growth of carbon footprint: Favors topic 18
Eliminate unfair subsidies for oil and ga: Strongly Favors topic 18
Has never taken a public position on a carbon tax: Neutral on topic 18
Create green economy with lower carbon output: Strongly Favors topic 18
Federal collaboration for advanced nuclear technologies: Opposes topic 18
50% clean and carbon free electricity by 2030: Strongly Favors topic 18
Opposes topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(+2 points on Social scale)
Give addicts treatment instead of long sentences: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Drug war isn't waged in privileged communities: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Staged sit-in at urban housing to disrupt drug trade: Strongly Favors topic 19
Minorities imprisoned for drugs at 6 times rate for whites: Opposes topic 19
End mandatory sentencing for nonviolent drug offenders: Strongly Opposes topic 19
The war on drugs has failed; support medical marijuana: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Never attracted to drink and drugs, even as teenager: Favors topic 19
Community courts for minor crimes like drug possession: Opposes topic 19
Rated B+ by NORML, indicating a pro-drug-reform stance: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Keep ObamaCare's prevention, treatment, & recovery services: Opposes topic 19
Favors topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(-3 points on Economic scale)
We can't afford to ignore aging infrastructure anymore: Favors topic 20
SOAR Act: $25M for Startup Opportunity Accelerator: Strongly Favors topic 20
We will not be able to cut our way out of the jobs crisis: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Raise taxes because quick fix of cuts wasn't enough: Favors topic 20
One-time building sale, plus tax increase, to balance budget: Favors topic 20
Performance-based budgeting with no tax increases: Opposes topic 20
Raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2016: Favors topic 20

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