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Deval Patrick on VoteMatch

Democratic Governor (MA) and presidential contender

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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+5 points on Social scale)
Reparations for slavery without reconciliation won't satisfy: Strongly Favors topic 1
Supported 35-foot buffer zone at abortion clinics: Favors topic 1
Decisions on abortion should be made by women: Strongly Favors topic 1
Support for stem cell research: Favors topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Events in Charlottesville show we are in deep trouble: Favors topic 2
1985: defended community activists in Alabama voter case: Strongly Favors topic 2
1970s: Routinely stopped by police, on foot in Milton MA: Strongly Favors topic 2
Former civil rights prosecutor under President Clinton: Favors topic 2
Crafted “mend it, don’t end it” for affirmative action: Strongly Favors topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+5 points on Social scale)
Today in Massachusetts, you can marry whomever you love: Strongly Favors topic 3
Supports equal marriage rights for gays: Strongly Favors topic 3
Neutral on topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(0 points on Social scale)
I am a man of faith; my decisions are grounded in faith: Favors topic 4
Increase funding for employment and job training programs: Opposes topic 4
Strongly Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Crying need for research of Alzheimers & disabling diseases: Favors topic 5
Would support public option; open to other points of view: Favors topic 5
ObamaCare is interconnected with debt and other problems: Favors topic 5
Pursue cost-savings ideas within new health reform mandate: Strongly Favors topic 5
Supports employer uninsured healthcare assessment, plus more: Strongly Favors topic 5
Supports Health Access and Affordability Act: Strongly Favors topic 5
Finance catastrophic health coverage: Favors topic 5
Negotiate bulk drug purchases under governor’s authority: Favors topic 5
Focus on prevention and wellness programs: Favors topic 5
Adopt national health reform legislation before the end of the year: Strongly Favors topic 5
3.2% funding increase for National Institutes of Health: Strongly Favors topic 5
Neutral on topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(0 points on Economic scale)
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Opposes topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Veto moratorium, but cap charters until funding is reformed: Opposes topic 7
Supports unionized Horace Mann charter over regular charters: Opposes topic 7
Cap charter schools until funding formulas improved: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Expand early education opportunities: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Supports charter schools: Favors topic 7
Strongly Opposes topic 8:
Fight EPA regulatory over-reach
(+5 points on Social scale)
As NAACP lawyer, freed wrongly convicted death row inmate: Opposes topic 8
Actively protect water and wetlands: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Focus on environmental justice in poor communities: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Opposes topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(+2 points on Social scale)
Black Lives Matter doesn't mean you hate police: Favors topic 9
Rejected Ruby Ridge task force recommendations: Favors topic 9
Police & black people often don't understand each other: Opposes topic 9
Marathon bomber will die in prison, one way or another: Favors topic 9
Reform mandatory sentencing law: longer time for 3rd felony: Favors topic 9
Comprehensive reentry program with job training & education: Opposes topic 9
Criticized for urging DNA tests in rape cases: Opposes topic 9
Supports criminal rehabilitation and alternative sentencing: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Wrote letters to parole board for convicted rapist: Opposes topic 9
I don't need to be lectured about crime: Favors topic 9
Opposes death penalty: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Strongly Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-5 points on Economic scale)
More gun safety measures to help stop tragedies: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Strengthen existing gun laws; require background checks: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Focus on guns & gang violence, not immigration status: Opposes topic 10
Favors topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Raise the estate tax to 55%: Favors topic 11
Called for cutting state sales tax, hiking income tax: Favors topic 11
Tax rollback is shell game, shifting burden to property tax: Strongly Favors topic 11
Cut the property tax, not the income tax: Strongly Favors topic 11
Allow cities to raise local meals tax-trust local officials: Opposes topic 11
$12B in federal economic stimulus as state block grants: Favors topic 11
Strongly Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+5 points on Social scale)
In-state tuition ok for illegals; focus on employers: Strongly Favors topic 12
Drivers licenses for illegals, for security and safety: Favors topic 12
Supports in-state tuition rates for illegal immigrants: Strongly Favors topic 12
Strongly Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Deeper trade ties between U.S. and China: Strongly Favors topic 13
New airports open our doors to new markets: Favors topic 13
Opposes topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Allowed MA to shelter Central American refugee children: Opposes topic 14
Strongly Favors topic 15:
Expand the military
(-5 points on Social scale)
Additional spending on cybersecurity and robotics: Favors topic 15
Signed bill for $177 million in state taxes for local bases: Strongly Favors topic 15
Strongly Favors topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(+5 points on Social scale)
Democracy Agenda: first legislative package as president: Favors topic 16
Show up & vote, to claim a stake in government: Favors topic 16
Limit campaign donations: Strongly Favors topic 16
Strongly Favors topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(+5 points on Social scale)
Our Generation Speaks: Israelis & Palestinians together: Favors topic 17
Obama ended war in Iraq & is ending war in Afghanistan: Favors topic 17
Bush was careless in starting Iraq war: Strongly Favors topic 17
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Cap-and-trade via Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative: Favors topic 18
$50 million to help Massachusetts deal with climate change: Favors topic 18
Develop solar power projects to generate 250 MW by 2017: Strongly Favors topic 18
Make Massachusetts a global center for alternative energy: Strongly Favors topic 18
Cut Energy costs and develop renewable energy: Strongly Favors topic 18
Support renewable energy like Cape Wind: Strongly Favors topic 18
Tax credits for energy efficient cars: Favors topic 18
Convert state fleet to hybrids and fuel-efficient cars: Favors topic 18
Invest in public transportation & smart growth: Strongly Favors topic 18
Letter to Congress supporting renewable energy tax credit: Strongly Favors topic 18
Strongly Opposes topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(+5 points on Social scale)
2012: As governor, opposed pot decriminalization: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Warehousing non-violent offenders is a costly policy failure: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Favors topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Believes in private sector's ability to create opportunity: Opposes topic 20
Headed "Double Impact" group at Bain, as a "force for good": Opposes topic 20
Reduce sales tax; and raise income tax: Favors topic 20
Let municipalities raise property, meals, and lodging taxes: Favors topic 20
Focus on stimulating economic growth via local aid: Strongly Favors topic 20
Increase the minimum wage: Strongly Favors topic 20

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Page last updated: Feb 26, 2020