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Scott Walker: Supports Personhood Amendment prohibiting all abortions.
John Katko: No abortion on demand; no federal funding.
Lee Zeldin: Value life & alternatives to parenthood.
John Katko: All life has worth; and cover prenatal care.
Rob Astorino: Opposes abortion, except for rape, incest & maternal life.
Rob Astorino: Philosophically opposed, but won't fight legal abortion.
Kirsten Gillibrand: Majority of women use contraception; it's not "evil".
Kirsten Gillibrand: Let women make life-and-death decision about own body.
Wendy Long: Don't require churches to offer contraception to employees.
Kirsten Gillibrand: Require coverage of contraception, even church employees.
Wendy Long: Conscience exemption: churches need not insure contraception.
Wendy Long: Roe v. Wade was constitutionally flawed legal decision.
Jay Townsend: Roe v. Wade should be overturned.
Hakeem Jeffries: Supports embryonic stem cell research.
Budget & Economy|
Chris Christie: The rich are doing fine; cater to middle-income workers.
John Katko: The Washington Big Spenders' plan just isn't working.
Lee Zeldin: Bloated government's debt has become a great threat.
John Katko: Supports stimulus, to promote business growth.
Rob Astorino: N.Y. is most regulated, least business friendly state.
Kirsten Gillibrand: Tighten our belts but carefully, not a "slash-only approach".
David Paterson: Enforce spending cap, even by constitutional amendment.
Anthony Kennedy: No longer deny gays the profound liberty of marriage.
Anthony Kennedy: Living Constitution: apply 14th amendment to gay marriage.
Antonin Scalia: Showy profundities on gay marriage are profoundly incoherent.
Antonin Scalia: Everyone in history, until 15 years ago, understood marriage.
Elena Kagan: Concurred on no longer deny gays the right to marriage.
John Roberts: Constitution says nothing about marriage OR gay marriage.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Concurred on no longer deny gays the right to marriage.
Sonia Sotomayor: Concurred on no longer deny gays the right to marriage.
Stephen Breyer: Concurred on no longer deny gays the right to marriage.
Rick Perry: Would attend same-sex marriage of a family member.
Bobby Jindal: Institution of marriage existed long before our laws existed.
Rick Santorum: I would never attend a same-sex wedding.
Ted Cruz: Pray against a court decision legalizing same-sex marriage.
Scott Walker: 2013: same-sex marriage issue over; 2015: issue not settled.
Jeb Bush: Don't-ask-don't-tell ok if it doesn't affect policy.
John Katko: Same-sex marriage has been decided, so no opinion.
Chris McDaniel: As host of Right Side Radio, railed against hip-hop culture.
Rob Astorino: People from the Bronx drive up costs in Westchester.
Wendy Long: The Democrats cooked up this whole phony "war on women".
Wendy Long: Would never attend a same-sex marriage ceremony.
Bob Turner: The ship has sailed on gay marriage; focus elsewhere.
George Maragos: Publicly advocate the repeal of same-sex marriage.
Andrew Cuomo: Supports same-sex marriage and same rights of marriage.
David Paterson: Increased MWBE state contract participation from 4% to 24%.
Hakeem Jeffries: Supports affirmative action in state hiring & college.
Howard Mills: Reduce regulations on private sector.
Howard Mills: Include sexual orientation in discrimination & hate crimes.
Howard Mills: Restrict marriage to one man and one woman.
Zephyr Teachout: Level playing field between family stores and big business.
Ben Sasse: FactCheck: stretched truth on job as management consultant.
Al Franken: Block merger of biggest & 2nd biggest cable providers.
Kirsten Gillibrand: Access to capital for small business will create jobs.
David Paterson: Replace failed Empire Zone program with Excelsior Program.
John Katko: 2002: formulated the Syracuse Gang Violence Task Force.
Rob Astorino: Block publication of gun owner names and addresses.
Rob Astorino: Address root causes of student violence like mental illness.
John Katko: Capital punishment can be an effective deterrent.
Jason Carter: No ban on the death penalty.
Zephyr Teachout: Disenfranchising due to criminal convictions is undemocratic.
Zephyr Teachout: We have a long way to go on criminal justice reform.
Zephyr Teachout: Give minorities opportunity, not criminal justice system.
Zephyr Teachout: Raise age of criminal responsibility from 16 to 18.
Hakeem Jeffries: Alternative sentencing for non-violent offenders.
Zephyr Teachout: Marijuana decriminalization, on the path to legalization.
Hakeem Jeffries: Let doctors prescribe medical marijuana.
Howard Mills: Stiffer penalties for drug-related crimes.
John Katko: 100 federal education programs, and no better education.
Lee Zeldin: Grade school students need to be better represented.
Thom Tillis: Department of Education is 5,000 overpaid bureaucrats.
John Katko: Make decisions about public schools at local level.
John Katko: Fully fund the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
Rob Astorino: Common Core has been a disaster; replace with local control.
Zephyr Teachout: Public education is the foundation of democracy.
Andrew Cuomo: Follows federal lead in education by emphasizing performance.
Hakeem Jeffries: No abstinence ed nor voluntary prayer in public schools.
Energy & Oil|
Rick Perry: Defend Keystone XL and other oil & gas exploration.
John Katko: Focus on accessing more North American energy.
Lee Zeldin: Focus on lowering cost of gas & oil.
John Katko: Supports Keystone XL but regulate greenhouse gases.
Andrew Cuomo: Led multi-state effort to lower carbon emissions by 45%.
Rob Astorino: Tap into New York's vast energy resources.
Zephyr Teachout: Reduce carbon emissions& adopt clean sources of energy.
Zephyr Teachout: Ban fracking; it contaminates our groundwater.
Kirsten Gillibrand: Fracking must avoid chemicals that harm drinking water.
Wendy Long: Develop upstate natural gas via fracking.
Wendy Long: Build Keystone pipeline instead of subsidizing solar panels.
Wendy Long: Keystone Pipeline delays are heavy hand of regulation.
Hakeem Jeffries: Produce more oil & gas, but limit greenhouse gases.
Lee Zeldin: Hosts annual "Teach a Kid to Fish Day".
Andrew Cuomo: Commit to a greener future for our children & grandchildren.
Andrew Cuomo: Water policy to protect environment and business interests.
Families & Children|
Jeb Bush: Shame fathers who walk away from paternal obligations.
Rick Perry: Cancel any nuclear deal Obama makes with Iran.
Rick Perry: Our allies doubt us and our adversaries test us.
Ben Carson: Don't just sit around waiting to see what other people do.
Jeb Bush: Pressured father's V.P. staff to help Cuban prisoners.
Chris Christie: Given who I am, Putin would not have invaded Crimea.
Jason Carter: Declares his powerful connection to Israel.
Marco Rubio: Only America can stand up to world totalitarianism.
Bob Turner: We have yet to find out who are the bad guys in Syria.
Joe DioGuardi: Yes, I was a lobbyist; to fight Albanian genocide.
Chris Christie: Trade mission to Mexico doubles as foreign policy tour.
Kate Brown: Automatic voter registration for all drivers.
Tim Pawlenty: Registering to vote should be a voluntary, intentional act.
Elise Stefanik: Regulation & government mandates stifles economic growth.
John Katko: Regulate campaign contributions from corporations and unions.
Zephyr Teachout: Public financing for all statewide and legislative elections.
Andrew Cuomo: Supports campaign finance reform as fair to all candidates.
Joe DioGuardi: In Congress, served as president of Truth In Government.
Joe DioGuardi: 1987: Voted NO on Congress pay raise; donated his to charity.
David Paterson: Comprehensive ethics reform about what is legal and rampant.
Hakeem Jeffries: Limit campaign spending and donations, but no term limits.
Elise Stefanik: Strongly opposes the NY SAFE Act.
John Katko: Protect the individual right to own a firearm.
Bob Turner: No cross-state reciprocity on carry permits.
Kirsten Gillibrand: Shifted to left because "I fight for my constituents".
Hakeem Jeffries: No concealed carry; yes licenses & background checks.
Antonin Scalia: We should start calling ObamaCare "SCOTUS-care".
John Roberts: ObamaCare improves health insurance market: not destroy them.
Ben Carson: Obamacare is about restriction and control.
Hillary Clinton: The science is clear: vaccines work.
Howard Dean: Only anti-government conservatives oppose vaccines.
Mike Huckabee: Vaccines don't cause autism; I get vaccinated myself.
Rick Perry: Increase immunization rates as part of protecting life.
Elise Stefanik: Repeal ObamaCare and replace with common sense solutions.
John Katko: Reform should be based on the free market.
Lee Zeldin: ObamaCare converts full-time jobs to part-time.
John Katko: Complete overhaul of ObamaCare.
Rob Astorino: ObamaCare meltdown changes the political landscape.
Kirsten Gillibrand: Opposes NYC large sugary drink ban.
Wendy Long: Opposes NYC large sugary drink ban.
Joe DioGuardi: Purpose of reform should have been to reduce the cost.
Kirsten Gillibrand: Investigate insurers until full program initiates in 2014.
Elise Stefanik: A well-funded Fort Drum helps North Country's future.
John Katko: Provide resources for constant state of military readiness.
Lee Zeldin: Freedom is because America's military is strong.
Andrew Cuomo: $15M for nation's 1st college dedicated to homeland security.
Kirsten Gillibrand: No across-the-board budget cuts to anti-terrorism.
Scott Walker: We have too many legal immigrants.
John Katko: Tough, fair reform that restores the rule of law.
Lee Zeldin: Secure the borders, then deal with 11 million illegals.
Thom Tillis: Amnesty shouldn't be on the table.
John Katko: Require illegal immigrants to return to country of origin.
Zephyr Teachout: Immigrants are a pillar of our economy.
Bob Turner: Wouldn't report illegal immigrant working in his own home.
Joe DioGuardi: Shut down the borders before we reform anything.
Kirsten Gillibrand: Government IDs for illegals as part of comprehensive reform.
Rob Astorino: Illegal immigrants drive up costs of services.
Wendy Long: Administration has not created jobs in upstate New York.
Scott Noren: We need a jobs bill with national job-stimulating potential.
Joe DioGuardi: Democrats have created a toxic environment for NY jobs.
Principles & Values|
Scott Walker: My relationship with God drives every major decision.
Scott Walker: Raised as a "P.K.", Pastor's Kid, by his father Pastor Llew.
Martin O`Malley: History celebrates courage, not triangulation.
Jason Carter: Grandfather Jimmy Carter participates in grandson's campaign.
Tom Cotton: Served in military, academia, and as management consultant.
Joe DioGuardi: Gillibrand had a 2-year tryout; now give me a 2-year tryout.
Joe DioGuardi: Accused of making deals in a $1.7 billion Ponzi scheme.
Kirsten Gillibrand: Accused of hiding facts connecting cigarettes and cancer.
Charles Schumer: 1998: demanded 10 debates; 2010: declined all debates.
Jay Townsend: Will debate cardboard cutout of incumbent Schumer.
Martin O`Malley: Without Social Security, 1 in 4 seniors would be poor.
Elise Stefanik: Entitlements are in jeopardy of going bankrupt.
Lee Zeldin: Make tough decisions to reform entitlements.
John Katko: Honor our promise, but personal retirement accounts ok.
Elise Stefanik: Make tax code flatter and fairer for everyone.
Lee Zeldin: Simplify tax code & reduce tax burden.
Zephyr Teachout: No tax breaks for those earning $500,000 to $2 million.
Bob Turner: Close business tax loopholes even if construed as tax hike.
Bob Turner: No anti-tax pledge; keep taxes on the negotiation table.
George Maragos: No-tax pledge; teach the rest of Congress economic theory.
Wendy Long: Don't ever put tax increases on the table.
Wendy Long: Cut taxes & regulations to let job creators create jobs.
Joe DioGuardi: Extend Bush-era tax cuts, even for earners over $250K.
Kirsten Gillibrand: Extend Bush-era tax cuts, except earners over $250K.
Joe DioGuardi: Fined by IRS in 1978 for deducting commodity spreads.
Charles Schumer: New York's "geek in chief": inspire kids to pursue science.
Jeb Bush: BlackBerry pictured in official gubernatorial portrait.
Zephyr Teachout: Open universal broadband: 21st Century Internet.
War & Peace|
Rick Perry: ISIS is worst threat to freedom since Communism.
Rick Perry: Provide lethal aid to Ukraine against Russian separatists.
Rick Perry: ISIS is the biggest threat since communism.
Jeb Bush: Non-state terrorists are greatest threat we now face.
Chris Christie: Syria: If we draw a red line, we must finish the job.
John Katko: Use military force to prevent hostile nuclear nations.
Kirsten Gillibrand: Al Qaeda has metastasized; get troops out of Afghanistan.
Wendy Long: Stand with Israel in ensuring Iran does not get nukes.
Wendy Long: No 2014 withdrawal date for troops in Afghanistan.
George Maragos: No military intervention in Syria; but pressure Arab League.
Welfare & Poverty|
Ben Carson: Get rid of dependency; that's true compassion.