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Beto O`Rourke on Abortion
Click here for 12 full quotes on Abortion OR other candidates on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • VA must cover full spectrum of women's reproductive care. (Jun 2019)
  • Repeal Hyde Amendment; work to secure women's rights. (Jun 2019)
  • Repeal Hyde Amendment; will lead pro-choice administration. (Jun 2019)
  • Abortions up until third trimester are woman's choice. (Mar 2019)
  • Oppose limiting abortions to under 20 weeks of pregnancy. (Mar 2019)
  • Trust women to make their own decisions. (Oct 2018)
  • I consider myself pro-choice. (Sep 2012)
  • Ban anti-abortion limitations on abortion services. (Dec 2013)
  • Access safe, legal abortion without restrictions. (Feb 2015)
  • Funding abortion avoids discrimination against poor women. (Jan 2015)
  • Constitutional right to terminate pregnancy for health. (May 2015)
  • CC:Publicly fund abortions. (Jul 2018)
Beto O`Rourke on Budget & Economy
Click here for 4 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR other candidates on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • Farmers want markets, not subsidies. (May 2019)
  • Promote antitrust & regulations that promote competition. (Jan 2018)
  • Voted NO on prioritizing spending in case debt limit is reached. (May 2013)
  • Supports federal stimulus spending. (Sep 2012)
Beto O`Rourke on Civil Rights
Click here for 13 full quotes on Civil Rights OR other candidates on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • Conversion therapy for gay children is tantamount to torture. (Oct 2019)
  • Racism is endemic and foundational in America, since 1619. (Sep 2019)
  • Legacy of slavery is alive and well: we need reparations. (Jul 2019)
  • We don't just tolerate our differences, we embrace them. (Jul 2019)
  • Upgrade records of LGBTQ vets who were discharged. (Jun 2019)
  • Impeachment necessary to signal this can't happen again. (Jun 2019)
  • Supports commission investigating reparations for slavery. (Apr 2019)
  • Supports NFL players taking a knee during national anthem. (Mar 2019)
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. (Feb 2013)
  • Endorsed as "preferred" by The Feminist Majority indicating pro-women's rights. (Aug 2012)
  • Enforce against anti-gay discrimination in public schools. (Oct 2013)
  • Enforce against wage discrimination based on gender. (Feb 2013)
  • Let states recognize same sex marriage. (Jun 2015)
Beto O`Rourke on Corporations
Click here for 5 full quotes on Corporations OR other candidates on Corporations OR background on Corporations.
  • Don't break up Big Tech; do help smaller firms. (Apr 2019)
  • Raise corporate rates to fund higher education. (Oct 2018)
  • Protect consumers from predatory financial behavior. (Oct 2018)
  • Voted NO on workforce training by state block grants & industry partners. (Mar 2013)
  • Corporate political spending is not free speech. (Apr 2014)
Beto O`Rourke on Crime
Click here for 9 full quotes on Crime OR other candidates on Crime OR background on Crime.
  • More resources to fight hate crime against black trans women. (Oct 2019)
  • Felons should be allowed to vote while incarcerated. (Jul 2019)
  • Eliminate mandatory minimum sentences. (Jul 2019)
  • 2.3M Americans behind bars is most in the world. (Jun 2019)
  • 1995 burglary arrest: charges dropped by U. Texas. (Apr 2019)
  • Expand death penalty if police officers are attacked. (Mar 2019)
  • Capital punishment is an inequitable, unfair, unjust system. (Mar 2019)
  • We must cut down on recidivism for non-violent offenders. (Aug 2018)
  • Rated 92% by the NAPO, indicating a tough-on-crime stance. (Dec 2014)
Beto O`Rourke on Drugs
Click here for 21 full quotes on Drugs OR other candidates on Drugs OR background on Drugs.
  • Opioid manufacturers should be held to account. (Jun 2019)
  • Decriminalize marijuana; expunge criminal records. (Apr 2019)
  • 1998 drunk driving: arresting officers say he tried to flee. (Apr 2019)
  • Arrested for drunk driving at age 25; license suspended. (Mar 2019)
  • Dealing Drugs and Death: 2011 call for legalization. (Mar 2019)
  • Treat drug abuse as public health issue, not criminal. (Oct 2018)
  • Long-time advocate for marijuana legalization. (Oct 2018)
  • End prohibition on marijuana, expunge records of possessors. (Aug 2018)
  • 2008 crackdown cost 1,623 lives in Juarez. (Nov 2011)
  • 2008: National debate on ending the prohibition of narcotics. (Nov 2011)
  • Low price of pot means low crime rate. (Nov 2011)
  • Mexico estimates US pot market at $3B; US says $14B. (Nov 2011)
  • War on Drugs expanded from $371M in 1971 to $48,700M today. (Nov 2011)
  • Supply-side enforcement should raise drug prices, but fails. (Nov 2011)
  • Enforcement efforts make illegal drugs profitable & deadly. (Nov 2011)
  • Regulating drug market would bring in billions of revenue. (Nov 2011)
  • Legalization closes "gateway" effect of marijuana. (Nov 2011)
  • 2009: US arrested 758,000 adult citizens for pot possession. (Nov 2011)
  • Exclude industrial hemp from definition of marijuana. (Jul 2013)
  • Exempt industrial hemp from marijuana laws. (Jul 2013)
  • Immunity for banks offering services to marijuana businesses. (May 2017)
Beto O`Rourke on Education
Click here for 9 full quotes on Education OR other candidates on Education OR background on Education.
  • Free 2-year college, and debt-free 4-year college. (Jul 2019)
  • Investment in public education pays off. (Oct 2018)
  • Vouchers funnel public school $ into private schools. (Oct 2018)
  • More pre-school; more science teachers. (Nov 2012)
  • Comprehensive sex ed for sexually-active adolescents. (Sep 2013)
  • Sponsored extending subsidized federal student loan rates until 2015. (Apr 2013)
  • No-strings-attached block grant will kill transparency. (Jul 2015)
  • Oppose private and religious school voucher programs. (Oct 2015)
  • Make two years of community college free. (Jul 2016)
Beto O`Rourke on Energy & Oil
Click here for 14 full quotes on Energy & Oil OR other candidates on Energy & Oil OR background on Energy & Oil.
  • Net zero greenhouse emissions on public lands. (Sep 2019)
  • Price carbon via cap-and-trade, not carbon tax. (Sep 2019)
  • El Paso and other southern cities will become uninhabitable. (Sep 2019)
  • Unite to keep planet from warming another two degrees. (Jun 2019)
  • Invest in fighting climate change as JFK did with "moonshot". (Jun 2019)
  • Climate change a true existential threat. (Jun 2019)
  • Net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, but allow drilling. (Apr 2019)
  • Leverage carbon pricing; use market against climate change. (Apr 2019)
  • Return to Paris climate agreement. (Mar 2019)
  • Keep planet from warming one-half degree Celsius. (Mar 2019)
  • Unprecedented action to build clean energy economy. (Oct 2018)
  • Incentivize renewable energy. (Jan 2018)
  • Tackle climate change: reduce greenhouse gas emissions. (Nov 2012)
  • Drill for oil & gas in offshore OCS & Eastern Gulf of Mexico. (Jul 2016)
Beto O`Rourke on Environment
Click here for 4 full quotes on Environment OR other candidates on Environment OR background on Environment.
  • Bring everyone into process with conservation easements. (Jul 2019)
  • Ensure EPA's funding & independence. (Oct 2018)
  • Require labeling genetically engineered food. (Jun 2013)
  • Voted YES to require GMO labeling. (Jun 2016)
Beto O`Rourke on Families & Children
Click here for 3 full quotes on Families & Children OR other candidates on Families & Children OR background on Families & Children.
  • Supports broad paid family and medical leave plans. (Jul 2019)
  • More funding & services for victims of domestic violence. (Jan 2013)
  • Sponsored recognition of National Foster Care Month. (May 2014)
Beto O`Rourke on Foreign Policy
Click here for 9 full quotes on Foreign Policy OR other candidates on Foreign Policy OR background on Foreign Policy.
  • U.S. investment in Brazil incentivizes burning the Amazon. (Sep 2019)
  • We left Puerto Rico unprotected & under-funded for disasters. (Sep 2019)
  • Syrian War partly based on climate; expect more migration. (Sep 2019)
  • Would talk to North Korea, but only if it gets results. (Jun 2019)
  • Diplomacy should yield results: none yet with North Korea!. (Jun 2019)
  • Trump embraces dictators at expense of great democracies. (Jun 2019)
  • Help refugee asylum seekers at home in Northern Triangle. (Apr 2019)
  • Invest in improving Northern Triangle of Central America. (Oct 2018)
  • CC:Keep alliance with Israel. (Jul 2018)
Beto O`Rourke on Free Trade
Click here for 9 full quotes on Free Trade OR other candidates on Free Trade OR background on Free Trade.
  • Need allies in war, including trade wars. (Jul 2019)
  • Demand changes to post-NAFTA agreement USMCA. (Jul 2019)
  • Don't use tariffs to pressure countries. (Jul 2019)
  • Support NAFTA and TPP. (Mar 2019)
  • Traveled to Asia with Obama to push TPP. (Mar 2019)
  • Tariffs on China will devastate our economy. (Oct 2018)
  • Make our international ports modern, efficient and safe. (Nov 2012)
  • $70B in legal trade passes through El Paso to Mexico. (Nov 2011)
  • $25B more loans from Export-Import Bank. (Feb 2015)
Beto O`Rourke on Government Reform
Click here for 22 full quotes on Government Reform OR other candidates on Government Reform OR background on Government Reform.
  • Eliminate the Electoral College. (Jul 2019)
  • Mandate paper ballots. (Jul 2019)
  • New voting rights: automatic & same-day voter registration. (Jun 2019)
  • New Voting Rights Act: eliminate gerrymandering & PACs. (Jun 2019)
  • Same-day voter registration; make election day a holiday. (Jun 2019)
  • Term limits for Congress and the Supreme Court. (Jun 2019)
  • Monthly Cabinet town halls. (Apr 2019)
  • Increase Supreme Court to 15 independent Justices. (Mar 2019)
  • Supports term limits for Congress. (Mar 2019)
  • End secret spending flooding American elections. (Oct 2018)
  • Empower communities by ending gerrymandering. (Oct 2018)
  • Committed to personal term limit for serving in Congress. (Aug 2018)
  • Members of Congress use our tax dollars to get re-elected. (Nov 2012)
  • Matching fund for small donors, with debate requirements. (Jan 2013)
  • No photo IDs to vote; they suppress the vote. (Jun 2014)
  • Establish "My Voice Voucher" small campaign contributions. (Feb 2014)
  • Public financing of federal campaigns by voter vouchers. (Jan 2015)
  • No separate contribution limits for party activities. (Jan 2015)
  • Statehood for the District of Columbia. (Jan 2015)
  • Automatic voter registration for all citizens. (Mar 2015)
  • Constitutional amendment for Congressional term limits. (Jan 2017)
  • CC:Oppose strict Constitutionalist judges. (Jul 2018)
Beto O`Rourke on Gun Control
Click here for 12 full quotes on Gun Control OR other candidates on Gun Control OR background on Gun Control.
  • No door-to-door enforcement, but reduce weapons of war. (Oct 2019)
  • Ok to confiscate guns that are designed for battlefields. (Sep 2019)
  • Death in El Paso due to a gun that should not be legal. (Sep 2019)
  • Money buys influence, access, and outcomes. (Jul 2019)
  • Voluntary buyback for assault weapons, plus a ban. (Jul 2019)
  • Weapons of war belong on battlefield, not in our communities. (Jun 2019)
  • We need to stop listening to NRA and gun lobby. (Jun 2019)
  • Background checks; limit assault rifles. (Apr 2019)
  • Supports Second Amendment with sensible gun laws. (Oct 2018)
  • Universal background checks; ban assault weapons. (Oct 2018)
  • Supports common sense gun laws. (Jul 2016)
  • Restrict right to bear arms, according to CC survey. (Jul 2018)
Beto O`Rourke on Health Care
Click here for 16 full quotes on Health Care OR other candidates on Health Care OR background on Health Care.
  • Distribute PrEP to everyone, at reduced cost. (Oct 2019)
  • People can choose Medicare or not. (Sep 2019)
  • Public option vs. Medicare for all a false choice. (Jul 2019)
  • Biggest provider of mental healthcare in Texas are the jails. (Jun 2019)
  • Expand health care benefits and support for veterans. (Jun 2019)
  • Universal coverage, not Medicare-for-All. (Apr 2019)
  • Supports Medicare for America as public option. (Mar 2019)
  • Protect existing priorities, then expand Medicare & Medicaid. (Mar 2019)
  • Medicare-X: government-run public option. (Mar 2019)
  • Eventually make "health care for all" a reality. (Mar 2019)
  • Open to different ways to get to universal health care. (Oct 2018)
  • Improve ObamaCare, including public option. (Oct 2018)
  • ObamaCare addresses some problems, but needs El Paso focus. (Nov 2012)
  • Opposes repealing ObamaCare. (Sep 2012)
  • GOP can't beat ObamaCare, so they pretend it's a "disaster". (Feb 2015)
  • Keep healthcare mandate, according to CC survey. (Jul 2018)
Beto O`Rourke on Homeland Security
Click here for 9 full quotes on Homeland Security OR other candidates on Homeland Security OR background on Homeland Security.
  • Renew alliances like Kurds; they make America stronger. (Oct 2019)
  • We addressed suicide epidemic in El Paso VA & nationally. (Jul 2019)
  • Boost the defense budget. (Jul 2019)
  • Supported 11th aircraft carrier; opposed 1% military cut. (Mar 2019)
  • Military should welcome transgender recruits. (Mar 2019)
  • Supports reducing defense spending. (Sep 2012)
  • Restrict domestic monitoring of phone calls. (Oct 2013)
  • End bulk data collection under USA PATRIOT Act. (Oct 2013)
  • Exempt Veterans Affairs from federal hiring freeze. (Jan 2017)
Beto O`Rourke on Immigration
Click here for 29 full quotes on Immigration OR other candidates on Immigration OR background on Immigration.
  • Why do we check for HIV at the border and no other diseases? (Oct 2019)
  • Don't turn away asylum seekers who return home to face death. (Oct 2019)
  • Legalize DREAMers and their families. (Sep 2019)
  • People who come here must follow our laws. (Jul 2019)
  • Keep asylum laws; let refugees apply from home countries. (Jun 2019)
  • End family separation; rewrite law from ground up. (Jun 2019)
  • Asylum seekers should be able to apply from home countries. (Jun 2019)
  • Asylum-seekers are fleeing deadliest countries in the world. (Jun 2019)
  • Military service as pathway to citizenship for immigrants. (Jun 2019)
  • Most immigrants pose no danger, but keep illegal entry law. (Jun 2019)
  • Do not repeal law: keep illegal border crossings a crime. (Jun 2019)
  • Treat asylum seekers with respect; repair home countries. (Jun 2019)
  • Immediately undo Trump actions; work with Congress. (Jun 2019)
  • Expedite citizenship process for legal residents & DREAMers. (Jun 2019)
  • Those seeking asylum pose no threat. (May 2019)
  • Against border wall; against criminalizing asylum seekers. (Apr 2019)
  • Stop refugee issue by dealing with what's driving them here. (Apr 2019)
  • Condemns President Trump's wall; "Walls end lives". (Mar 2019)
  • Path to citizenship for all DREAMers. (Mar 2019)
  • Raise cap on work visas; find pathway to citizenship. (Mar 2019)
  • End separating kids; make DREAMers citizens. (Oct 2018)
  • Opposes "open borders," but new wall unnecessary. (Oct 2018)
  • DREAMers are as American as my kids. (Oct 2018)
  • End the inhumane & un-American practice of family separation. (Jun 2018)
  • No 2,000-mile, 30-foot-high, $30 billion wall. (Jun 2018)
  • Support the DREAM Act and comprehensive reform. (Nov 2012)
  • Opposes exiting US to apply for citizenship. (Sep 2012)
  • Voted to legalize DREAMer immigrants via military service. (Jun 2016)
  • Opposes more border security, according to CC survey. (Jul 2018)
Beto O`Rourke on Jobs
Click here for 5 full quotes on Jobs OR other candidates on Jobs OR background on Jobs.
  • Raise minimum wage to $15. (Apr 2019)
  • Invest in training for evolving economy. (Oct 2018)
  • Raise minimum wage from $7.25/hr to $15. (Oct 2018)
  • Voted NO on allowing compensatory time off for working overtime. (Apr 2013)
  • Raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2016. (Dec 2013)
Beto O`Rourke on Principles & Values
Click here for 9 full quotes on Principles & Values OR other candidates on Principles & Values OR background on Principles & Values.
  • America discovers its greatness at moments of greatest need. (Jul 2019)
  • Can't let Trump abuse power; must act to save democracy. (Jun 2019)
  • New politics for the urgency of the next generation. (Jun 2019)
  • Impeach Trump to get facts & assure accountability. (Jun 2019)
  • Future Justice Dept. should follow facts on Trump. (Jun 2019)
  • Listen to voters, not special interests. (Jun 2019)
  • Supports Congress term limits; leaving House after 6 years. (Mar 2017)
  • Represents El Paso, world's largest binational community. (Nov 2011)
  • Religious freedom means no religious registry. (May 2016)
Beto O`Rourke on Social Security
Click here for 5 full quotes on Social Security OR other candidates on Social Security OR background on Social Security.
  • 2012: Protect retirees, but make changes for the future. (Mar 2019)
  • 2012: Maybe raise age; 2019: Against raising age. (Mar 2019)
  • 2012: raise retirement age; apply means-testing. (Mar 2019)
  • Opposes personal retirement accounts. (Sep 2012)
  • Rated 100% by ARA, indicating a pro-Trust Fund stance. (Jan 2013)
Beto O`Rourke on Tax Reform
Click here for 9 full quotes on Tax Reform OR other candidates on Tax Reform OR background on Tax Reform.
  • Tax capital at same rate as regular income. (Jun 2019)
  • War tax on non-military households to support vet healthcare. (Jun 2019)
  • Voted for oil tax; opposed 2017 tax legislation. (Apr 2019)
  • Wealth tax would generate revenue for 'common benefit'. (Mar 2019)
  • Everyone should sacrifice, with higher top marginal tax rate. (Mar 2019)
  • GOP tax plan helps rich & hurts middle class. (Nov 2017)
  • Raising estate tax to 1990s level means $448B in new revenue. (Apr 2015)
  • CC:Reverse federal income tax cuts. (Jul 2018)
  • CC:Keep the inhertiance tax. (Jul 2018)
Beto O`Rourke on Technology
Click here for 7 full quotes on Technology OR other candidates on Technology OR background on Technology.
  • $1.5 trillion for infrastructure from raised taxes. (Jul 2019)
  • Invest in green research via national labs & universities. (Apr 2019)
  • Regulating Big Tech is more sensical approach than breakup. (Mar 2019)
  • Member of hacktivist group, "Cult of the Dead Cow". (Mar 2019)
  • Stimulus spending invests in areas like infrastructure. (Oct 2018)
  • Rolling back net neutrality hurts democracy. (Oct 2018)
  • Voted NO on protecting cyber security by sharing data with government. (Apr 2013)
Beto O`Rourke on War & Peace
Click here for 9 full quotes on War & Peace OR other candidates on War & Peace OR background on War & Peace.
  • Withdraw from Afghanistan within four years. (Jul 2019)
  • End U.S. wars in Iraq, Yemen, Somalia, Libya, and Syria. (Jul 2019)
  • Bring the troops home from post-9-11 wars. (Jul 2019)
  • Deal with conflicts diplomatically or fight wars for years. (Jun 2019)
  • End war in Afghanistan; even work with Taliban. (May 2019)
  • Default should be to pursue peace, not war. (May 2019)
  • Discuss U.S. policy in Syria in a more meaningful way. (Mar 2019)
  • Nuclear treaty was best path to prevent Iranian nukes. (Oct 2018)
  • We need to think before acting in Mideast. (Jul 2016)
Beto O`Rourke on Welfare & Poverty
Click here for 3 full quotes on Welfare & Poverty OR other candidates on Welfare & Poverty OR background on Welfare & Poverty.
  • Pushed "El Paso renaissance": Walmart replaces poor housing. (Mar 2019)
  • Voted NO on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients. (Mar 2013)
  • Sponsored maintaining SNAP nutrition assistance program. (Mar 2013)


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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+5 points on Social scale)
VA must cover full spectrum of women's reproductive care: Strongly Favors topic 1
Repeal Hyde Amendment; work to secure women's rights: Strongly Favors topic 1
Repeal Hyde Amendment; will lead pro-choice administration: Strongly Favors topic 1
Abortions up until third trimester are woman's choice: Strongly Favors topic 1
Oppose limiting abortions to under 20 weeks of pregnancy: Strongly Favors topic 1
Trust women to make their own decisions: Strongly Favors topic 1
I consider myself pro-choice: Strongly Favors topic 1
Ban anti-abortion limitations on abortion services: Strongly Favors topic 1
Access safe, legal abortion without restrictions: Strongly Favors topic 1
Rated Funding abortion avoids discrimination against poor women: Strongly Favors topic 1
Rated Constitutional right to terminate pregnancy for health: Strongly Favors topic 1
CC:Oppose strict Constitutionalist judges: Favors topic 1
CC:Publicly fund abortions: Strongly Favors topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Legacy of slavery is alive and well: we need reparations: Strongly Favors topic 2
We don't just tolerate our differences, we embrace them: Favors topic 2
Supports commission investigating reparations for slavery: Strongly Favors topic 2
Supports NFL players taking a knee during national anthem: Strongly Favors topic 2
Endorsed as "preferred" by The Feminist Majority indicating pro-women's rights: Strongly Favors topic 2
More funding & services for victims of domestic violence: Strongly Favors topic 2
Enforce against wage discrimination based on gender: Strongly Favors topic 2
YES on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act: Favors topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+5 points on Social scale)
Conversion therapy for gay children is tantamount to torture: Strongly Favors topic 3
More resources to fight hate crime against black trans women: Strongly Favors topic 3
Distribute PrEP to everyone, at reduced cost: Strongly Favors topic 3
Why do we check for HIV at the border and no other diseases?: Strongly Favors topic 3
Upgrade records of LGBTQ vets who were discharged: Strongly Favors topic 3
Military should welcome transgender recruits: Strongly Favors topic 3
Enforce against anti-gay discrimination in public schools: 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)
Comprehensive sex ed for sexually-active adolescents: Opposes topic 4
Religious freedom means no religious registry: Strongly Opposes topic 4
Strongly Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Public option vs. Medicare for all a false choice: Strongly Favors topic 5
Biggest provider of mental healthcare in Texas are the jails: Favors topic 5
Universal coverage, not Medicare-for-All: Favors topic 5
Supports Medicare for America as public option: Favors topic 5
Protect existing priorities, then expand Medicare & Medicaid: Favors topic 5
Medicare-X: government-run public option: Strongly Favors topic 5
Eventually make "health care for all" a reality: Favors topic 5
Open to different ways to get to universal health care: Strongly Favors topic 5
Improve ObamaCare, including public option: Strongly Favors topic 5
ObamaCare addresses some problems, but needs El Paso focus: Strongly Favors topic 5
Opposes repealing ObamaCare: Favors topic 5
Rated GOP can't beat ObamaCare, so they pretend it's a "disaster": Strongly Favors topic 5
Keep healthcare mandate, according to CC survey: Strongly Favors topic 5
Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-3 points on Economic scale)
2012: Protect retirees, but make changes for the future: Favors topic 6
2012: Maybe raise age; 2019: Against raising age: Opposes topic 6
2012: raise retirement age; apply means-testing: Favors topic 6
Opposes personal retirement accounts: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Rated 100% by ARA, indicating a pro-Trust Fund stance: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Strongly Opposes topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Investment in public education pays off: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Vouchers funnel public school $ into private schools: Strongly Opposes topic 7
More pre-school; more science teachers: Opposes topic 7
Sponsored extending subsidized federal student loan rates until 2015: Opposes topic 7
Rated No-strings-attached block grant will kill transparency: Opposes topic 7
Rated Oppose private and religious school voucher programs: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Strongly Opposes topic 8:
Fight EPA regulatory over-reach
(+5 points on Social scale)
U.S. investment in Brazil incentivizes burning the Amazon: Opposes topic 8
We left Puerto Rico unprotected & under-funded for disasters: Opposes topic 8
Bring everyone into process with conservation easements: Opposes topic 8
Ensure EPA's funding & independence: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Tackle climate change: reduce greenhouse gas emissions: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Require labeling genetically engineered food: Opposes topic 8
Voted YES to require GMO labeling: Opposes topic 8
Opposes topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(+2 points on Social scale)
Eliminate mandatory minimum sentences: Opposes topic 9
2.3M Americans behind bars is most in the world: Opposes topic 9
Expand death penalty if police officers are attacked: Favors topic 9
Capital punishment is an inequitable, unfair, unjust system: Strongly Opposes topic 9
We must cut down on recidivism for non-violent offenders: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Rated 92% by the NAPO, indicating a tough-on-crime stance: Favors topic 9
Strongly Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-5 points on Economic scale)
No door-to-door enforcement, but reduce weapons of war: Opposes topic 10
Voluntary buyback for assault weapons, plus a ban: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Weapons of war belong on battlefield, not in our communities: Opposes topic 10
We need to stop listening to NRA and gun lobby: Opposes topic 10
Background checks; limit assault rifles: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Supports Second Amendment with sensible gun laws: Opposes topic 10
Universal background checks; ban assault weapons: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Supports common sense gun laws: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Restrict right to bear arms, according to CC survey: Opposes topic 10
Strongly Favors topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Tax capital at same rate as regular income: Strongly Favors topic 11
War tax on non-military households to support vet healthcare: Favors topic 11
Voted for oil tax; opposed 2017 tax legislation: Favors topic 11
Wealth tax would generate revenue for 'common benefit': Strongly Favors topic 11
Everyone should sacrifice, with higher top marginal tax rate: Strongly Favors topic 11
Raise corporate rates to fund higher education: Strongly Favors topic 11
GOP tax plan helps rich & hurts middle class: Strongly Favors topic 11
Rated Raising estate tax to 1990s level means $448B in new revenue: Strongly Opposes topic 11
CC:Reverse federal income tax cuts: Favors topic 11
CC:Keep the inhertiance tax: Strongly Favors topic 11
Strongly Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+5 points on Social scale)
Don't turn away asylum seekers who return home to face death: Strongly Favors topic 12
Keep asylum laws; let refugees apply from home countries: Strongly Favors topic 12
End family separation; rewrite law from ground up: Strongly Favors topic 12
Asylum seekers should be able to apply from home countries: Strongly Favors topic 12
Asylum-seekers are fleeing deadliest countries in the world: Favors topic 12
Military service as pathway to citizenship for immigrants: Strongly Favors topic 12
Most immigrants pose no danger, but keep illegal entry law: Favors topic 12
Do not repeal law: keep illegal border crossings a crime: Favors topic 12
Treat asylum seekers with respect; repair home countries: Strongly Favors topic 12
Immediately undo Trump actions; work with Congress: Strongly Favors topic 12
Expedite citizenship process for legal residents & DREAMers: Strongly Favors topic 12
Those seeking asylum pose no threat: Favors topic 12
Against border wall; against criminalizing asylum seekers: Opposes topic 12
Help refugee asylum seekers at home in Northern Triangle: Strongly Favors topic 12
Stop refugee issue by dealing with what's driving them here: Favors topic 12
Condemns President Trump's wall; "Walls end lives": Strongly Favors topic 12
Path to citizenship for all DREAMers: Strongly Favors topic 12
Raise cap on work visas; find pathway to citizenship: Strongly Favors topic 12
End separating kids; make DREAMers citizens: Strongly Favors topic 12
Opposes "open borders," but new wall unnecessary: Favors topic 12
DREAMers are as American as my kids: Strongly Favors topic 12
End the inhumane & un-American practice of family separation: Strongly Favors topic 12
No 2,000-mile, 30-foot-high, $30 billion wall: Strongly Favors topic 12
Support the DREAM Act and comprehensive reform: Favors topic 12
Opposes exiting US to apply for citizenship: Favors topic 12
Rated Voted to legalize DREAMer immigrants via military service: Strongly Favors topic 12
Opposes more border security, according to CC survey: Strongly Favors topic 12
Strongly Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Demand changes to post-NAFTA agreement USMCA: Opposes topic 13
Don't use tariffs to pressure countries: Favors topic 13
Support NAFTA and TPP: Strongly Favors topic 13
Traveled to Asia with Obama to push TPP: Strongly Favors topic 13
Tariffs on China will devastate our economy: Strongly Favors topic 13
Make our international ports modern, efficient and safe: Favors topic 13
$70B in legal trade passes through El Paso to Mexico: Favors topic 13
$25B more loans from Export-Import Bank: Strongly Favors topic 13
Strongly Opposes topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Renew alliances like Kurds; they make America stronger: Opposes topic 14
Trump embraces dictators at expense of great democracies: Opposes topic 14
Invest in improving Northern Triangle of Central America: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Favors topic 15:
Expand the military
(-3 points on Social scale)
We addressed suicide epidemic in El Paso VA & nationally: Favors topic 15
Boost the defense budget: Strongly Favors topic 15
Expand health care benefits and support for veterans: Strongly Favors topic 15
Deal with conflicts diplomatically or fight wars for years: Opposes topic 15
Supported 11th aircraft carrier; opposed 1% military cut: Favors topic 15
Supports reducing defense spending: Strongly 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)
Felons should be allowed to vote while incarcerated: Strongly Favors topic 16
Eliminate the Electoral College: Favors topic 16
Mandate paper ballots: Favors topic 16
New voting rights: automatic & same-day voter registration: Strongly Favors topic 16
Impeachment necessary to signal this can't happen again: Strongly Favors topic 16
New Voting Rights Act: eliminate gerrymandering & PACs: Strongly Favors topic 16
Same-day voter registration; make election day a holiday: Strongly Favors topic 16
Term limits for Congress and the Supreme Court: Strongly Favors topic 16
Supports term limits for Congress: Strongly Favors topic 16
Empower communities by ending gerrymandering: Strongly Opposes topic 16
Committed to personal term limit for serving in Congress: Favors topic 16
Supports Congress term limits; leaving House after 6 years: Favors topic 16
Members of Congress use our tax dollars to get re-elected: Favors topic 16
Matching fund for small donors, with debate requirements: Favors topic 16
No photo IDs to vote; they suppress the vote: Favors topic 16
Corporate political spending is not free speech: Favors topic 16
Establish "My Voice Voucher" small campaign contributions: Strongly Favors topic 16
Public financing of federal campaigns by voter vouchers: Favors topic 16
No separate contribution limits for party activities: Favors topic 16
Statehood for the District of Columbia: Favors topic 16
Automatic voter registration for all citizens: Strongly Favors topic 16
Constitutional amendment for Congressional term limits: Favors topic 16
Opposes topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(-3 points on Social scale)
Withdraw from Afghanistan within four years: Opposes topic 17
End U.S. wars in Iraq, Yemen, Somalia, Libya, and Syria: Strongly Favors topic 17
Bring the troops home from post-9-11 wars: Strongly Favors topic 17
Would talk to North Korea, but only if it gets results: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Diplomacy should yield results: none yet with North Korea!: Opposes topic 17
End war in Afghanistan; even work with Taliban: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Default should be to pursue peace, not war: Opposes topic 17
Discuss U.S. policy in Syria in a more meaningful way: Neutral on topic 17
Nuclear treaty was best path to prevent Iranian nukes: Favors topic 17
We need to think before acting in Mideast: Favors topic 17
CC:Keep alliance with Israel: Opposes topic 17
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Unite to keep planet from warming another two degrees: Strongly Favors topic 18
Invest in fighting climate change as JFK did with "moonshot": Strongly Favors topic 18
Climate change a true existential threat: Strongly Favors topic 18
Net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, but allow drilling: Favors topic 18
Leverage carbon pricing; use market against climate change: Favors topic 18
Invest in green research via national labs & universities: Favors topic 18
Return to Paris climate agreement: Favors topic 18
Keep planet from warming one-half degree Celsius: Strongly Favors topic 18
Unprecedented action to build clean energy economy: Strongly Favors topic 18
Incentivize renewable energy: Strongly Favors topic 18
Rated Drill for oil & gas in offshore OCS & Eastern Gulf of Mexico: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Opposes topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(+2 points on Social scale)
Opioid manufacturers should be held to account: Favors topic 19
Decriminalize marijuana; expunge criminal records: Opposes topic 19
Dealing Drugs and Death: 2011 call for legalization: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Treat drug abuse as public health issue, not criminal: Opposes topic 19
Long-time advocate for marijuana legalization: Strongly Opposes topic 19
End prohibition on marijuana, expunge records of possessors: Strongly Opposes topic 19
2008 crackdown cost 1,623 lives in Juarez: Opposes topic 19
2008: National debate on ending the prohibition of narcotics: Opposes topic 19
Regulating drug market would bring in billions of revenue: Strongly Favors topic 19
Legalization closes "gateway" effect of marijuana: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Exclude industrial hemp from definition of marijuana: Opposes topic 19
Exempt industrial hemp from marijuana laws: Opposes topic 19
Immunity for banks offering services to marijuana businesses: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Favors topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Farmers want markets, not subsidies: Opposes topic 20
Invest in training for evolving economy: Strongly Favors topic 20
Stimulus spending invests in areas like infrastructure: Strongly Favors topic 20
Promote antitrust & regulations that promote competition: Favors topic 20
Supports federal stimulus spending: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2016: Favors topic 20
NO on prioritizing spending in case debt limit is reached: Favors topic 20

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