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Ed Gillespie on Abortion
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  • I never supported a Personhood amendment. (Jul 2014)
  • Sell contraceptives over-the-counter to avoid Hobby Lobby. (Jul 2014)
  • Opposes abortion. (Jan 2014)
  • Promoting culture of life does not make me Taliban. (Sep 2006)
  • Believes deeply in the sanctity of life. (Sep 2006)
Ed Gillespie on Budget & Economy
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  • Budget-cutting is collective exercise in national interest. (Sep 2006)
  • Supports balanced budget amendment & line item veto. (Sep 1994)
Ed Gillespie on Civil Rights
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  • Maintain state same-sex marriage ban, but leave it to states. (Jul 2014)
  • Increase share of African-American vote in midterm elections. (Mar 2014)
  • Marriage is the legal union of one man and one woman. (Jan 2014)
  • OpEd: Lobbied for company that paid women 39% less than men. (Jan 2014)
  • Accused of minority outreach? Guilty as charged. (Sep 2006)
  • Courts should not encroach on definition of marriage. (Sep 2006)
  • Deciding marriage at state level is not gay-bashing. (Sep 2006)
Ed Gillespie on Corporations
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  • Lobbied to restrict class action lawsuits on corporate fraud. (Jun 2003)
Ed Gillespie on Crime
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  • More prisons, more enforcement, effective death penalty. (Sep 1994)
Ed Gillespie on Drugs
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  • Opposes decriminalization, but align penalty to pot offense. (Feb 2017)
Ed Gillespie on Education
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  • Expand the education tax credit. (Sep 2017)
  • We spend $12 on safe sex ed for every $1 on abstinence. (Jan 2014)
Ed Gillespie on Energy & Oil
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  • Sea levels are rising, but it's debatable what causes it. (Jul 2014)
  • Democrats' energy policy is an attack on our quality of life. (Jun 2003)
Ed Gillespie on Environment
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  • OpEd: Lobbied for company that received 50 EPA warnings. (Jan 2014)
Ed Gillespie on Families & Children
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  • Use tax code to reinforce families. (Sep 1994)
Ed Gillespie on Foreign Policy
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  • Emphasize American exceptionalism; a force for good in world. (Feb 2012)
  • 1984: Threat of Communism drove me to Reagan. (Sep 2006)
Ed Gillespie on Free Trade
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  • Opposes the Export-Import Bank. (Jul 2014)
  • Aggressively open markets for exports. (Feb 2012)
  • Lobbied to remove tariffs on Canadian softwood lumber. (Jun 2003)
Ed Gillespie on Government Reform
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  • 2004: interpreted 527s (PACs) as illegal expenditures. (Sep 2006)
  • The Rules: double standards for GOP vs. Democrats. (Sep 2006)
  • Growth of lobbying follows from growth of federal government. (Sep 2006)
  • Supports subsidiarity: federal action only when state can't. (Sep 2006)
  • Paid $27M in lobbying fees in early 2000s. (Jun 2003)
  • Limit punitive damages; term limits on Congress. (Sep 1994)
  • Government is too big, too intrusive, too easy with money. (Sep 1994)
Ed Gillespie on Gun Control
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  • Fight UN gun ban treaty, & fight bans on guns or ammunition. (Aug 2014)
  • Revere 2nd Amendment as much as 1st Amendment. (Sep 2006)
Ed Gillespie on Health Care
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  • Ebola: Impose a flight ban from West Africa. (Oct 2014)
  • Benefits from GOP resistance to the new health law. (Jan 2014)
  • 1993: HillaryCare bureaucracy meant job-killing mandates. (Sep 2006)
  • Market principles: portability & tort reform. (Sep 2006)
  • Follow principles like portability & universal participation. (Sep 2006)
  • Broken medical liability system costs $28B per year. (Sep 2006)
  • Reform Medicare to save affordable program for future. (Sep 2006)
Ed Gillespie on Homeland Security
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  • Condemn deep and dangerous defense-budget cuts. (Feb 2012)
  • 2004: Kerry voted against many important weapons systems. (Sep 2006)
  • No US troops under UN command; more defense spending. (Sep 1994)
Ed Gillespie on Immigration
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  • Send migrant kids back to parents in Central America. (Jul 2014)
  • Unapologetic supporter of comprehensive immigration overhaul. (Jan 2014)
  • Pro-assimilation more than anti-immigration. (Sep 2006)
  • New temporary worker program after securing our border. (Sep 2006)
Ed Gillespie on Jobs
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  • Incentives to businesses create jobs & raise wages. (Sep 1994)
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Ed Gillespie on Principles & Values
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  • Don't let the Left fill the vacuum of minority voters. (Mar 2014)
  • 1994: Named the legislation in the Contract With America. (Sep 2006)
  • If you can name something, you can control it. (Sep 2006)
  • I am tired of having my religious convictions scorned. (Sep 2006)
  • A good plan beats a bad plan; any plan beats no plan. (Sep 2006)
  • Planned political reporting career at Catholic U. of America. (Jan 2005)
  • Raised a Democrat; first job with Democrat; switched to GOP. (Jan 2005)
  • Endorsed Endorsed by Donald Trump/MAGA during presidency. (Nov 2017)
  • Contract with America: 10 bills in 1st 100 days of Congress. (Sep 1994)
Ed Gillespie on Social Security
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  • Reduce taxes on Social Security earnings. (Sep 1994)
Ed Gillespie on Tax Reform
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  • Decrease state's personal income tax rate to spur growth. (Apr 2017)
  • Use 40% of projected revenue growth for tax relief. (Apr 2017)
  • Believes in conservative ideas of lower taxes. (Dec 2013)
  • Death tax is an egregious aspect of our tax code. (Sep 2006)
  • Repeal marriage tax; cut middle class taxes. (Sep 1994)
Ed Gillespie on Technology
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  • Newspaper editors say, "Good news is no news". (Sep 2006)
Ed Gillespie on War & Peace
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  • Keep troops in Afghanistan; military on table with Iran. (Jul 2014)
  • Foolish to say that Iran is not a serious threat. (Feb 2012)
  • Victory against Islamic terrorism must be our national goal. (Feb 2012)
  • As Bush spokesperson, defended Iraqi surge & al Qaeda link. (Sep 2007)
  • Bush was insightful and resolute in War on Terror. (Sep 2006)
  • We should stand by Bush doctrine of pre-emption. (Sep 2006)
  • Fight War on Terror in Kabul or it will be waged in Kansas. (Sep 2006)
Ed Gillespie on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Churches have always been alternatives to welfare. (Sep 2006)
  • Limit welfare to 2 years & cut welfare spending. (Sep 1994)
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