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Eric Swalwell on Abortion
Click here for 5 full quotes on Abortion OR other candidates on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • Full access to contraception & reproductive health services. (Nov 2012)
  • Ban anti-abortion limitations on abortion services. (Mar 2017)
  • Access safe, legal abortion without restrictions. (Jan 2015)
  • Funding abortion avoids discrimination against poor women. (Jan 2015)
  • Constitutional right to terminate pregnancy for health. (May 2015)
Eric Swalwell on Budget & Economy
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  • Voted NO on prioritizing spending in case debt limit is reached. (May 2013)
Eric Swalwell on Civil Rights
Click here for 7 full quotes on Civil Rights OR other candidates on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • Full LGBT equality, including freedom to marry. (Nov 2012)
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. (Feb 2013)
  • Enforce against anti-gay discrimination in public schools. (Apr 2013)
  • Enforce against wage discrimination based on gender. (Feb 2013)
  • Recognize 1961 Freedom Riders against segregated buses. (Mar 2014)
  • Don't elevate gender identity as a protected class. (May 2016)
  • Let states recognize same sex marriage. (Jan 2015)
Eric Swalwell on Corporations
Click here for 2 full quotes on Corporations OR other candidates on Corporations OR background on Corporations.
  • Voted NO on workforce training by state block grants & industry partners. (Mar 2013)
  • Reform bankruptcy to protect jobs and retirement. (Apr 2014)
Eric Swalwell on Crime
Click here for 3 full quotes on Crime OR other candidates on Crime OR background on Crime.
  • Abolish capital punishment. (Jul 2019)
  • Give more resources to state and local law enforcement. (May 2019)
  • Rated 85% by the NAPO, indicating a tough-on-crime stance. (Dec 2014)
Eric Swalwell on Drugs
Click here for 4 full quotes on Drugs OR other candidates on Drugs OR background on Drugs.
  • Supports medical and recreational marijuana. (Jul 2019)
  • Exempt industrial hemp from marijuana laws. (Feb 2018)
  • Rated A by NORML, indicating a pro-drug-reform stance. (Nov 2016)
  • Immunity for banks offering services to marijuana businesses. (Jul 2015)
Eric Swalwell on Education
Click here for 9 full quotes on Education OR other candidates on Education OR background on Education.
  • Next generation will solve college affordability problem. (Jun 2019)
  • Future Forum: focus on college affordability & student debt. (May 2019)
  • World-class modern schoolhouses, regardless of ZIP Code. (May 2019)
  • College bargain: no-interest loans & debt-free college. (Apr 2019)
  • No interest loans & free tuition in exchange for service. (Apr 2019)
  • Abolish NCLB and teaching to the test. (Nov 2012)
  • 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 2015)
Eric Swalwell on Energy & Oil
Click here for 6 full quotes on Energy & Oil OR other candidates on Energy & Oil OR background on Energy & Oil.
  • Keep US in Paris Climate Agreement, with ambitious targets. (Apr 2019)
  • Support for Green New Deal and Paris climate accord. (Apr 2019)
  • Fight climate change, but protect jobs. (Apr 2019)
  • R&D--but also manufacturing--for clean energy technology. (Nov 2012)
  • Voted YES on banning offshore oil drilling in Gulf of Mexico. (Jul 2016)
  • 50% clean and carbon free electricity by 2030. (Mar 2016)
Eric Swalwell on Environment
Click here for 3 full quotes on Environment OR other candidates on Environment OR background on Environment.
  • Opposes existing nuclear power plants; but research fusion. (Apr 2019)
  • Require reporting lead in drinking water to the public. (Feb 2016)
  • Voted YES to require GMO labeling. (Jun 2016)
Eric Swalwell on Families & Children
Click here for 4 full quotes on Families & Children OR other candidates on Families & Children OR background on Families & Children.
  • No firearms for people with history of domestic violence. (Apr 2019)
  • Agrees with Obama that kids should dream bigger than parents. (Apr 2019)
  • More funding & services for victims of domestic violence. (Jan 2013)
  • Six weeks of paid parental leave for federal employees. (Feb 2015)
Eric Swalwell on Foreign Policy
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  • Break up with Russia and make up with NATO. (Jun 2019)
  • $500M and 3,000 troops to Africa to fight Ebola. (Aug 2014)
Eric Swalwell on Free Trade
Click here for 3 full quotes on Free Trade OR other candidates on Free Trade OR background on Free Trade.
  • Demand changes to NAFTA; use tariffs to crack down. (Jul 2019)
  • Sponsored sugar quotas & import tariffs to stabilize prices. (Feb 2013)
  • $25B more loans from Export-Import Bank. (Feb 2015)
Eric Swalwell on Government Reform
Click here for 10 full quotes on Government Reform OR other candidates on Government Reform OR background on Government Reform.
  • Mandate paper ballots. (Jul 2019)
  • Super PACS buy influence & game our political system. (Nov 2012)
  • Full disclosure of campaign spending. (Mar 2013)
  • Matching fund for small donors, with debate requirements. (Mar 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. (Sep 2018)
  • Automatic voter registration for all citizens. (Mar 2015)
Eric Swalwell on Gun Control
Click here for 10 full quotes on Gun Control OR other candidates on Gun Control OR background on Gun Control.
  • Mandatory gun buy-back, but not pistols or rifles. (Jun 2019)
  • No problem with people owning handguns. (Jun 2019)
  • Assault weapon buyback program, with criminal enforcement. (May 2019)
  • National ban and buyback of semiautomatic assault weapons. (May 2019)
  • Be big; be bold; do good; gun control. (Apr 2019)
  • Banning assault weapons does not mean broad gun ban. (Apr 2019)
  • I want to lead on gun violence issues. (Apr 2019)
  • Ban assault weapons, buyback for those out there. (Apr 2019)
  • After mass shootings, time to make gun control an issue. (Apr 2019)
  • Ban assault weapons and buy back as many as possible. (May 2018)
Eric Swalwell on Health Care
Click here for 9 full quotes on Health Care OR other candidates on Health Care OR background on Health Care.
  • We need a healthcare guarantee: if you're sick, you get seen. (Jun 2019)
  • Guarantee: If you're sick, you see a doctor & not go broke. (May 2019)
  • Support public option, but let people keep private care. (Apr 2019)
  • Coverage for all, but don't eliminate private insurers. (Apr 2019)
  • Invest in search for cures for Alzheimer's, cancer, ALS. (Apr 2019)
  • Keep private insurance; allow public option. (Mar 2019)
  • Yes to Medicare-for-All after time in the ICU with daughter. (Mar 2019)
  • Work on preventative health care within ObamaCare. (Nov 2012)
  • GOP can't beat ObamaCare, so they pretend it's a "disaster". (Feb 2015)
Eric Swalwell on Homeland Security
Click here for 6 full quotes on Homeland Security OR other candidates on Homeland Security OR background on Homeland Security.
  • Slash the defense budget. (Jul 2019)
  • Russian attack on 2016 elections must be taken seriously. (May 2019)
  • Continue the hunt for Al-Qaeda leaders. (Nov 2012)
  • More benefits for veterans' valiant sacrifices. (Nov 2012)
  • Restrict domestic monitoring of phone calls. (Feb 2014)
  • End bulk data collection under USA PATRIOT Act. (Feb 2014)
Eric Swalwell on Immigration
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  • Families always belong together; don't cage children. (Jun 2019)
  • Visit Northern Triangle to gain compassion for those fleeing. (Apr 2019)
  • Support DREAM Act; but deport convicted criminals. (Nov 2012)
  • Voted to legalize DREAMer immigrants via military service. (Jun 2016)
  • Provide lawyers and evidence for children being deported. (Apr 2016)
Eric Swalwell on Jobs
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  • Voted NO on allowing compensatory time off for working overtime. (Apr 2013)
  • Raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2016. (Mar 2013)
Eric Swalwell on Principles & Values
Click here for 5 full quotes on Principles & Values OR other candidates on Principles & Values OR background on Principles & Values.
  • Biden said 32 years ago "pass the torch" to new generation. (Jun 2019)
  • Democrats must look to the future, not the past. (Jun 2019)
  • If you work hard it adds up to dreaming bigger. (Apr 2019)
  • Religious freedom means no religious registry. (May 2016)
  • Question Trump on Emoluments clause. (May 2017)
Eric Swalwell on Social Security
Click here for 4 full quotes on Social Security OR other candidates on Social Security OR background on Social Security.
  • Wants more payroll tax to keep Social Security solvent. (May 2019)
  • Raise cap on payroll tax so wealthy pay more. (Apr 2019)
  • Ensure our successful government programs for long-term. (Nov 2012)
  • Rated 100% by ARA, indicating a pro-Trust Fund stance. (Jan 2013)
Eric Swalwell on Tax Reform
Click here for 3 full quotes on Tax Reform OR other candidates on Tax Reform OR background on Tax Reform.
  • The wealthy should pay more taxes. (Jan 2019)
  • Fairer tax system with tax increase on wealthiest Americans. (Nov 2012)
  • Raising estate tax to 1990s level means $448B in new revenue. (Apr 2015)
Eric Swalwell on Technology
Click here for 3 full quotes on Technology OR other candidates on Technology OR background on Technology.
  • Voted YES on protecting cyber security by sharing data with government. (Apr 2013)
  • Sponsored investing $1 billion in transportation projects. (Mar 2013)
  • Apply copyright inheritance to same-sex couples. (Jan 2015)
Eric Swalwell on War & Peace
Click here for 5 full quotes on War & Peace OR other candidates on War & Peace OR background on War & Peace.
  • Keep the troops deployed abroad. (Jul 2019)
  • Speedier withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan. (Nov 2012)
  • Don't let Iran get one step closer to nukes. (Nov 2012)
  • Intervene in Iraq to protect persecuted Christians. (Jul 2014)
  • Work with Iraqi government to fight ISIL. (Aug 2014)
Eric Swalwell on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Voted NO on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients. (Mar 2013)


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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+5 points on Social scale)
Full access to contraception & reproductive health services: 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
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
More funding & services for victims of domestic violence: Strongly Favors topic 2
Enforce against wage discrimination based on gender: Strongly Favors topic 2
Recognize 1961 Freedom Riders against segregated buses: Strongly Favors topic 2
YES on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act: Favors topic 2
Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+2 points on Social scale)
Full LGBT equality, including freedom to marry: Strongly Favors topic 3
Enforce against anti-gay discrimination in public schools: Strongly Favors topic 3
Apply copyright inheritance to same-sex couples: Strongly Favors topic 3
Don't elevate gender identity as a protected class: Strongly Opposes 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)
Religious freedom means no religious registry: Strongly Opposes topic 4
Strongly Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-5 points on Economic scale)
We need a healthcare guarantee: if you're sick, you get seen: Strongly Favors topic 5
Guarantee: If you're sick, you see a doctor & not go broke: Strongly Favors topic 5
Support public option, but let people keep private care: Strongly Favors topic 5
Coverage for all, but don't eliminate private insurers: Favors topic 5
Invest in search for cures for Alzheimer's, cancer, ALS: Favors topic 5
Keep private insurance; allow public option: Favors topic 5
Yes to Medicare-for-All after time in the ICU with daughter: Strongly Favors topic 5
Work on preventative health care within ObamaCare: Strongly Favors topic 5
Rated GOP can't beat ObamaCare, so they pretend it's a "disaster": Strongly Favors topic 5
Strongly Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Wants more payroll tax to keep Social Security solvent: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Raise cap on payroll tax so wealthy pay more: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Ensure our successful government programs for long-term: 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)
World-class modern schoolhouses, regardless of ZIP Code: Opposes topic 7
Abolish NCLB and teaching to the test: Strongly 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)
Opposes existing nuclear power plants; but research fusion: Opposes topic 8
Require reporting lead in drinking water to the public: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Voted YES to require GMO labeling: Opposes topic 8
Neutral on topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(0 points on Social scale)
Abolish capital punishment: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Give more resources to state and local law enforcement: Favors topic 9
Rated 85% by the NAPO, indicating a tough-on-crime stance: Favors topic 9
Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Mandatory gun buy-back, but not pistols or rifles: Strongly Opposes topic 10
No problem with people owning handguns: Strongly Favors topic 10
Assault weapon buyback program, with criminal enforcement: Strongly Opposes topic 10
National ban and buyback of semiautomatic assault weapons: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Banning assault weapons does not mean broad gun ban: Strongly Favors topic 10
I want to lead on gun violence issues: Strongly Opposes topic 10
No firearms for people with history of domestic violence: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Ban assault weapons, buyback for those out there: Strongly Opposes topic 10
After mass shootings, time to make gun control an issue: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Ban assault weapons and buy back as many as possible: Strongly Favors topic 10
Favors topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(-3 points on Economic scale)
The wealthy should pay more taxes: Strongly Favors topic 11
Fairer tax system with tax increase on wealthiest Americans: Strongly Favors topic 11
Rated Raising estate tax to 1990s level means $448B in new revenue: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Strongly Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+5 points on Social scale)
Families always belong together; don't cage children: Strongly Favors topic 12
Visit Northern Triangle to gain compassion for those fleeing: Strongly Favors topic 12
Support DREAM Act; but deport convicted criminals: Favors topic 12
Rated Voted to legalize DREAMer immigrants via military service: Strongly 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)
Demand changes to NAFTA; use tariffs to crack down: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Sponsored sugar quotas & import tariffs to stabilize prices: Strongly Opposes topic 13
$25B more loans from Export-Import Bank: Strongly Favors topic 13
Opposes topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Break up with Russia and make up with NATO: Opposes topic 14
$500M and 3,000 troops to Africa to fight Ebola: Opposes topic 14
Opposes topic 15:
Expand the military
(+2 points on Social scale)
Slash the defense budget: Strongly Opposes topic 15
More benefits for veterans' valiant sacrifices: Favors topic 15
Strongly Favors topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(+5 points on Social scale)
Mandate paper ballots: Favors topic 16
Super PACS buy influence & game our political system: Strongly Favors topic 16
Full disclosure of campaign spending: Strongly 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
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
Opposes topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(-3 points on Social scale)
Keep the troops deployed abroad: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Speedier withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan: Favors topic 17
Don't let Iran get one step closer to nukes: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Intervene in Iraq to protect persecuted Christians: Opposes topic 17
Work with Iraqi government to fight ISIL: Opposes topic 17
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Keep US in Paris Climate Agreement, with ambitious targets: Strongly Favors topic 18
Support for Green New Deal and Paris climate accord: Strongly Favors topic 18
Fight climate change, but protect jobs: Favors topic 18
R&D--but also manufacturing--for clean energy technology: Strongly Favors topic 18
Voted YES on banning offshore oil drilling in Gulf of Mexico: Strongly Favors topic 18
50% clean and carbon free electricity by 2030: Strongly Favors topic 18
Strongly Opposes topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(+5 points on Social scale)
Supports medical and recreational marijuana: Opposes topic 19
Exempt industrial hemp from marijuana laws: Opposes topic 19
Rated A by NORML, indicating a pro-drug-reform stance: Strongly 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)
Sponsored investing $1 billion in transportation projects: Favors 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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