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Al Gore on VoteMatch



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Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+2 points on Social scale)
Abortion question is for women, not government or president: Favors topic 1
Voted against Medicare-funded abortions; but now supports it: Opposes topic 1
Always, always defend a woman’s right to choose: Strongly Favors topic 1
Abortions should be safe, legal, and rare: Favors topic 1
Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Close gender gap; equal pay for women: Favors topic 2
Keep affirmative action; reject numerical quotas: Favors topic 2
More minorities in government to reflect America: Favors topic 2
Affirmative action still needed - continue the fight: Favors topic 2
Need more opportunities for women-owned businesses: Favors topic 2
Shift from group preferences to economic empowerment of all: Neutral on topic 2
Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+2 points on Social scale)
Find some way for civic union; but not gay marriage: Neutral on topic 3
Find some way for civic union; but not gay marriage: Favors topic 3
Stop discrimination against same-sex domestic partnerships: Strongly Favors topic 3
Expand laws for gays but don’t re-open Civil Rights Act: Favors topic 3
Recognize gays & lesbians in the circle of human dignity: Favors topic 3
Favors topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(-3 points on Social scale)
Voluntary school prayer is ok, if teachers aren’t involved: Opposes topic 4
5-point plan: High school exit exams; focus on character: Favors topic 4
Solution is gun control, V-chips, and character education: Favors topic 4
7M people off welfare: reform has worked: Favors topic 4
Supports V-Chip and parental controls over TV & Internet: Favors topic 4
Supports volunteerism thru faith-based organizations: Favors topic 4
“Charitable Choice:” Fed funds for church-based welfare: Strongly Favors topic 4
Faith-based organizations replace govt programs: Strongly Favors topic 4
Voluntary school prayer is ok, if teachers aren’t involved: Favors topic 4
Faith-based organizations replace gov't programs: Opposes topic 4
Strongly Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-5 points on Economic scale)
The goal of universal health care will take time: Strongly Favors topic 5
Wants some form of non-government universal health care: Opposes topic 5
Incrementally fix lack of health care access: Favors topic 5
Aims to insure 15 million uninsured: Strongly Favors topic 5
$300B over 15 years to keep Medicare solvent: Strongly Favors topic 5
Capping Medicaid payments hurts minorities: Strongly Favors topic 5
Establish "report cards" on HMO quality of care: Favors topic 5
Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-3 points on Economic scale)
2000: Pilfered Paul Ryan's idea for "lock box": Opposes topic 6
Use stock market for private investment, not Social Security: Opposes topic 6
Use balanced budget to save Social Security, not Wall Street: Opposes topic 6
Gore: Bush’s Social Security plan is risky privatization: Opposes topic 6
Privatization is “stock market roulette”: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Create Retirement Savings Accounts: Favors topic 6
Opposes topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(-3 points on Economic scale)
$170B on education over next 10 years: Strongly Favors topic 7
Vouchers cause public schools to have 9:30 lunch & no desks: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Choice & competition only within public & charter schools: Opposes topic 7
Increase public school aid by 50% instead of vouchers: Opposes topic 7
No experimental vouchers: Strongly Opposes topic 7
More choice, more local control, within public schools: Opposes topic 7
Against vouchers; build up public schools instead: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Offer every parent Charter Schools and public school choice: Opposes topic 7
Strongly Opposes topic 8:
Fight EPA regulatory over-reach
(+5 points on Social scale)
To let earth continue warming would be deeply immoral: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Use market capitalism as ally of environmentalism: Opposes topic 8
A clean environment and a healthy economy do not conflict: Opposes topic 8
Invest in clean water, air, & land in “Environmental Decade”: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Market-based goals for power plants’ air pollution: Opposes topic 8
Environmental justice and economic revival go hand-in-hand: Opposes topic 8
If we do nothing else, save the rain forest: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Americans generate too much waste: Strongly Opposes topic 8
The US should lead the global environmental movement: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Calculate environmental impact when measuring profit: Opposes topic 8
Drilling ANWR too high a price for a few months of oil: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Control clean air in National Parks: Opposes topic 8
Carbon dioxide causes global warming and we should act: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-3 points on Social scale)
Recognizes disparities in sentencing blacks: Opposes topic 9
Supports death penalty; no moratorium for new DNA techniques: Strongly Favors topic 9
Death penalty for murdering federal officers: Favors topic 9
Crime plan: More police; tougher penalties; victims’ rights: Strongly Favors topic 9
Three Strikes should apply only to truly violent crimes: Favors topic 9
Supports “Three Strikes -- You’re Out” law: Favors topic 9
Strongly Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Agrees with Bush on banning weapons; but wants registration: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Nationally mandated, state-run system of photo licensing: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Take on the NRA with presidential leadership: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Passed toughest gun control in 30 years; same for next 30: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Prevent unauthorized firearm use with "smart gun" technology: Opposes topic 10
YES on background checks at gun shows: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Favors topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Modest tax cuts will help the middle class: Favors topic 11
$250B over 10 years in targeted tax cuts: Opposes topic 11
Rules out tax increase in good economic times: Opposes topic 11
Too large a tax cut would wreck economy & military readiness: Favors topic 11
$792B tax cut is a “risky tax scheme”: Favors topic 11
Strongly Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+5 points on Social scale)
Citizenship for 1.2M cleared backlog, but sacrificed quality: Strongly Favors topic 12
More immigrants to alleviate labor shortage: Strongly Favors topic 12
Immigration leads to diversity and cultural tolerance: Strongly Favors topic 12
Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Use Fast Track to encourage new markets: Strongly Favors topic 13
Free and fair trade means economic growth and jobs: Opposes topic 13
Protectionism only protects us from prosperity: Strongly Favors topic 13
Supports permanent normal trade relations with China: Favors topic 13
Open markets with safeguards for labor and environment: Favors topic 13
Build a rule-based global trading system: Favors topic 13
Opposes topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Damage done at Abu Ghraib was serious: Opposes topic 14
Renounce policy of holding US citizens as enemy combatants: Opposes topic 14
Chernomyrdin Commission produced results despite corruption: Opposes topic 14
Cuba: Hard-liner on Castro; keep sanctions: Favors topic 14
Agrees with unions on 90% of issues, but not on free trade: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Chechnya: Keep aid that helps US; cut off aid that helps war: Favors topic 14
Make trade work for working families: Favors topic 14
OpEd: compares U.S. to a dysfunctional civilization: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Nation-building is part of world leadership: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Supports New Security Agenda and Third-World debt relief: Opposes topic 14
UN treaties are effective means for US to help Third World: Opposes topic 14
Strong defense for world leader; tie defense to other issues: Favors topic 14
Pay UN dues, as leader of the world: Opposes topic 14
US bonds with Israel endure; we should broker: Favors topic 14
Opposes topic 15:
Expand the military
(+2 points on Social scale)
OpEd: Supported Star Wars in 2000 to avoid looking weak: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Build-down military to smaller but more effective: Opposes topic 15
Invest in technological edge to keep military strong: Favors topic 15
Personnel: better pay; housing; family services; healthcare: Favors topic 15
Against SDI & more carriers; for Grenada & nuclear freeze: Opposes topic 15
Strongly Favors topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(+5 points on Social scale)
Full & robust public financing of all federal elections: Strongly Favors topic 16
Campaign finance reform will help end cynicism in politics: Favors topic 16
McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform will be first bill: Favors topic 16
Campaign finance reform will be very first bill to Congress: Strongly Favors topic 16
$7B public campaign finance fund: Strongly Favors topic 16
Offers soft-money ban to Bush; Gore won’t allow first ads: Strongly Favors topic 16
Mistakes: soft money; attack ads; private campaign money: Favors topic 16
Free TV and radio for candidates during campaigns: Favors topic 16
Public financing of elections and debates lead to trust: Strongly Favors topic 16
Public campaign financing, open candidates’ tax returns: Strongly Favors topic 16
Has supported bills like McCain-Feingold for 20 years: Favors topic 16
Supports campaign finance reform; has refused PAC money: Strongly Favors topic 16
Strongly Favors topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(+5 points on Social scale)
Bush engaged in mass deception of the US public about Iraq: Strongly Favors topic 17
Supported force in Mideast, Balkans, Haiti, not Somalia: Favors topic 17
Pres. Bush did too little for Russia; Clinton did not: Favors topic 17
New Security Agenda: keep old; build new; avoid isolation: Favors topic 17
Committed to the survival & security of Israel: Strongly Favors topic 17
Progressive Internationalism: globalize with US pre-eminence: Favors topic 17
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Sustainability revolution at speed of digital revolution: Strongly Favors topic 18
We're treating the sky as an open sewer: Strongly Favors topic 18
Immediate freeze now; then reduce CO2 emissions 90% by 2050: Strongly Favors topic 18
A different kind of campaign: make climate change #1 issue: Favors topic 18
Kyoto goals are an indispensable first step: Strongly Favors topic 18
Pushed for BTU tax on coal & gas, in 1993: Strongly Favors topic 18
Global warming is a strategic threat: Favors topic 18
Tax credits for efficient vehicles and homes, green towns: Favors topic 18
Supports tradable emissions permits for greenhouse gases: Favors topic 18
YES on do not require ethanol in gasoline: Opposes topic 18
Favors topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(-3 points on Social scale)
Science doesn’t say medical marijuana is proper: Favors topic 19
Drug treatment programs for every addict who wants one: Opposes topic 19
Lead a national crusade against drugs: Strongly Favors topic 19
Drug efforts are beginning to pay off; we must do more: Favors topic 19
After-school programs prevent most drug use: Opposes topic 19
Favors topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Paying down debt reduces government intrusion: Opposes topic 20
Federal matching funds for poor and middle class savings: Strongly Favors topic 20
Claim that every family is eligible for tax cut is unlikely: Favors topic 20
Target surplus at national debt, rainy days, & education: Strongly Favors topic 20
Lower taxes for working families with targeted tax reform: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Tax cuts to benefit middle-class, not just the rich: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Don’t eliminate gas tax; ask oil interests to charge less: Favors topic 20
Surest way to bust economy is Bush’s tax cuts: Favors topic 20
Use surplus to strengthen Social Security, Medicare: Strongly Favors topic 20
Balance or surplus except in crises.: Opposes topic 20
Reduce poverty to 10% via welfare reform & minimum wage: Strongly Favors topic 20

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