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Jesse Ventura on SenateMatch


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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's right
(+5 points on Social scale)
Keep abortion legal on privacy grounds: Favors topic 1
Constitution is designed to be interpreted: Favors topic 1
Doesn’t support abortion, but leave them legal: Favors topic 1
Abortion decision belongs with the woman and who she chooses: Strongly Favors topic 1
Favors topic 2:
Require hiring more women & minorities
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Equal opportunity for women; but equal responsibility too: Favors topic 2
As football commentator, found name “Redskins” offensive: Neutral on topic 2
Crime statistics are distorted to encourage racism: Neutral on topic 2
Against the draft; for including women except in combat: Neutral on topic 2
Prosecution and sentencing should be colorblind: Neutral on topic 2
Support principles embodied in the Equal Rights Amendment: Favors topic 2
Favors topic 3:
Same-sex domestic partnership benefits
(+2 points on Social scale)
Respect diversity, both cultural and lifestyle: Favors topic 3
Gay domestic partnership OK; not gay marriage: Favors topic 3
Opposes topic 4:
Teacher-led prayer in public schools
(+2 points on Social scale)
Focus on results and standards: Favors topic 4
Public schools can’t advocate religion; private prayer OK: Opposes topic 4
Teach “creation science” in church, not schools: Opposes topic 4
Religious Right & extreme left are both “morality brokers”: Opposes topic 4
Problem is with fundamentalist fanatics, not religion: Opposes topic 4
Opposes topic 8:
Death Penalty
(+2 points on Social scale)
Put up with death penalty until life sentences mean life: Favors topic 8
Supported death penalty, but now as Governor opposes it: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Opposes topic 9:
Mandatory Three Strikes sentencing laws
(+2 points on Social scale)
Opposes “Three Strikes”; leave discretion to judges: Strongly Opposes topic 9
No role for governor in crime; it’s for local police: Opposes topic 9
Tougher drunk-driving laws for repeat offenders: Favors topic 9
Find compromise between rehabilitation and punishment: Opposes topic 9
Supports flexible federal block grants for crime programs: Neutral on topic 9
Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Gun responsibility goes with gun rights: Opposes topic 10
Guns are designed to kill; respect them: Opposes topic 10
If you’re going to own a gun, know what you’re doing: Opposes topic 10
Concealed weapons OK if you can pass safety exam: Opposes topic 10
Opposes topic 5:
More federal funding for health coverage
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Individual responsibility for unhealthy lifestyle choices: Opposes topic 5
Focus on prevention, children, and results: Opposes topic 5
Supports “Minnesota Care”; tax to pay for uninsured: Favors topic 5
No national care, but pure capitalism can’t work: Opposes topic 5
Government interference should be kept to a minimum: Opposes topic 5
Maintain Medicare funding of HMO benefits: Favors topic 5
Protect state tobacco settlement funds from federal seizure: Neutral on topic 5
No opinion on topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(0 points on Economic scale)
Maintain federal Social Services Block Grant funding: Favors topic 6
Maintain long-term solvency of Social Security and Medicare: Opposes topic 6
Opposes topic 7:
Parents choose schools via vouchers
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Fund schools at state level instead of via property taxes: Neutral on topic 7
Commonsense steps to improve public education: Opposes topic 7
Erase the word voucher from the vocabulary: Opposes topic 7
Public dollars belong to public schools: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Loosen federal control; leave more to state & locals: Favors topic 7
Choosing private school includes responsility to pay: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Favors topic 18:
Replace coal & oil with alternatives
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Develop light rail tranist for Minnesota: Favors topic 18
Competitive electricity pricing; include alternative energy: Favors topic 18
Overcome dependency on foreign oil: Favors topic 18
Subsidize ethanol like we subsidize oil: Strongly Favors topic 18
Recycling conserve our limited resources: Favors topic 18
Teach environment in grade schools: Favors topic 18
Replace MTBE in gasoline with cleaner ethanol: Neutral on topic 18
Voluntary partnerships reduce greenhouse gases economically: Neutral on topic 18
Kyoto Treaty must include reductions by all countries: Opposes topic 18
Strongly Opposes topic 19:
Drug use is immoral: enforce laws against it
(+5 points on Social scale)
Drug addiction is a health problem, not a crime: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Drug War fails like Prohibition did: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Stop being so afraid of marijuana; some uses are OK: Strongly Opposes topic 19
The war on drugs has failed; look for other solutions: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Rethink approach to drugs; “more of the same” fails: Opposes topic 19
Jail won’t work when we can’t even keep drugs out of prisons: Opposes topic 19
More federal funding for all aspects of Drug War: Favors topic 19
Strongly Favors topic 20:
Allow churches to provide welfare services
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Transition from Welfare to Self-Sufficiency: Favors topic 20
Social programs should be a safety net, not a hammock: Favors topic 20
Focus welfare on jobs & training: Favors topic 20
Believes in private charity, not government charity: Strongly Favors topic 20
Support LIHEAP, low-income heating assistance: Favors topic 20
Maintain flexibility & funding levels for TANF block grants: Favors topic 20
Strongly Opposes topic 11:
Make taxes more progressive
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Government is no bottomless pit of money-it’s from you & me: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Repeal the 16th Amendment: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Replace income with national sales tax: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Return any budget surpluses to the taxpayers automatically: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Let people keep as much of their money as possible: Strongly Opposes topic 11
$600 “Jesse Checks” tax rebate to every taxpayer: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Replace income tax with 15% national sales tax: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Supports national consumption tax to equalize tax burden: Strongly Opposes topic 11
No national sales tax or VAT: Neutral on topic 11
Favors topic 12:
Illegal immigrants earn citizenship
(+2 points on Social scale)
Immigration is an integral part of who we are: Strongly Favors topic 12
Official English leads to Official Christianity: Strongly Favors topic 12
Emergency medical, but no other services, for illegal imms.: Opposes topic 12
Grant legal immigrants all benefits of citizens: Strongly Favors topic 12
Share costs of legal immigration between states & federal: Neutral on topic 12
Federal government should deal with criminal repatriation: Neutral on topic 12
Ease Canadian border-crossing rules: Favors topic 12
Strongly Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Make Agriculture Competitive Anywhere in the World: Favors topic 13
Trade creates jobs & productivity: Strongly Favors topic 13
Ease Canadian border-crossing rules: Favors topic 13
Grant fast-track authority to the President: Favors topic 13
Opposes topic 15:
Expand the armed forces
(+2 points on Social scale)
War isn’t civilized; don’t expect warriors to be: Neutral on topic 15
Military is stronger if all-volunteer: Opposes topic 15
No opinion on topic 16:
Stricter limits on political campaign funds
(0 points on Economic scale)
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No opinion on topic 14:
The Patriot Act harms civil liberties
(0 points on Social scale)
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Favors topic 17:
US out of Iraq
(+2 points on Social scale)
Global cooperation OK; world government not: Strongly Favors topic 17
Buchanan is an unrealistic isolationist: Favors topic 17
We need Saddam as the bad guy in oil disputes: Neutral on topic 17
Include states in anti-terrorism planning: Neutral on topic 17

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2008 Senate retirements:

Wayne Allard(R,CO)
Larry Craig(R,ID)
Pete Domenici(R,NM)
Chuck Hagel(R,NE)
Trent Lott(R,MS)
Craig Thomas(R,WY)
John Warner(R,VA)

Incoming Obama Administration:

Pres.Barack Obama
V.P.Joe Biden
State:Hillary Clinton
HHS:Tom Daschle
Staff:Rahm Emanuel
DHS:Janet Napolitano
DOC:Bill Richardson
DoD:Robert Gates
A.G.:Eric Holder
Treas.:Tim Geithner
Winners of 2008 Senate Races:
( * if new to the Senate)
AK:*Begich over Stevens
DE:Biden and Kaufman
GA:Chambliss v.Martin (Dec. 2 runoff)
MN:Coleman v.Franken (recounting as of Dec.1)
NC:*Hagan over Dole
NH:*Shaheen over Sununu
OR:*Merkley over Smith
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Page last updated: Dec 02, 2008