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Bob McDonnell on Abortion
Click here for 3 full quotes on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • Supported 35 restrictive bills, even with rape & incest. (Jul 2009)
  • Pro-life; anti-partial-birth; pro-parental-notification. (Jul 2009)
  • Reinstate Virginia's partial-birth abortion ban. (Jun 2008)
Bob McDonnell on Budget & Economy
Click here for 3 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • $100K debt per family is unsustainable: limit government. (Jan 2010)
  • FactCheck: No, Obama won't double debt; only 55% increase. (Jan 2010)
  • FactCheck: Yes, federal debt is over $100,000 per household. (Jan 2010)
Bob McDonnell on Civil Rights
Click here for 2 full quotes on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • Objects to anti-gay discrimination in principle. (May 2012)
  • Authored amendment protecting traditional marriage. (Jul 2009)
Bob McDonnell on Corporations
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  • Small businesses are the backbone of Virginia's economy. (Nov 2009)
  • Get rid of taxes & regulations to make VA best for business. (Jul 2009)
Bob McDonnell on Crime
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  • Tough punishment and no parole works. (Jan 2013)
  • Tough statutes and sentences; but also re-entry programs. (Jan 2011)
  • Make Virginia gang-free; with tougher penalties & prevention. (Jul 2009)
Bob McDonnell on Drugs
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  • Tough sentences for dealers; but new drug courts too. (Jan 2012)
  • Mandatory minimum sentences for career drug dealers. (Nov 2009)
Bob McDonnell on Education
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  • Top Jobs for the 21st Century: STEM-H degrees. (Jan 2013)
  • Zero tolerance policy for failing schools. (Jan 2013)
  • More charters; more choices. (Jan 2010)
  • Supports charter schools. (Jul 2009)
  • Participate in federal program Race to the Top. (Mar 2010)
Bob McDonnell on Energy & Oil
Click here for 7 full quotes on Energy & Oil OR background on Energy & Oil.
  • Replace gas tax with sales and use tax. (Jan 2013)
  • We must use ALL our vast natural resources. (Jan 2010)
  • Cultivate green energy and renewables. (Nov 2009)
  • Opposes cap-and-trade as congressional encroachment. (Jul 2009)
  • Drill for oil 50 miles offshore, environmentally safely. (Jul 2009)
  • All-of-the-above approach: coal, oil, nuclear, & renewables. (Jul 2009)
  • Stop harmful EPA regulation of greenhouse gas emissions. (Mar 2010)
Bob McDonnell on Environment
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  • $5 million for open space land conservation. (Jan 2012)
  • Establish "Green Jobs Zone"; protect the Chesapeake Bay. (Nov 2009)
Bob McDonnell on Families & Children
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Bob McDonnell on Foreign Policy
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Bob McDonnell on Free Trade
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  • Trade missions worked in London, Shanghai, and Mumbai. (Jan 2012)
  • Compete more vigorously to attract jobs from abroad. (Jan 2010)
Bob McDonnell on Government Reform
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  • Replace one-size-fits-all with free choice in a free market. (Jan 2010)
Bob McDonnell on Gun Control
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  • Fundamental individual right to bear arms. (Jul 2009)
  • Banning guns is unconstitutional. (Dec 2007)
Bob McDonnell on Health Care
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  • Don't turn over world's best system to federal government. (Jan 2010)
  • Resist congressional encroachment & socialized medicine. (Jul 2009)
  • Loosen "one-size-fits-all" approach to Medicaid. (Jan 2011)
Bob McDonnell on Homeland Security
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  • In-state tuition for all members of Virginia National Guard. (Jan 2012)
Bob McDonnell on Immigration
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  • One crime committed by an illegal alien is one too many. (Sep 2007)
Bob McDonnell on Jobs
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  • Campaign bumper sticker: "Bob's for Jobs". (Jan 2014)
  • $38 million to spur job creation in targeted programs. (Jan 2012)
  • Dignity comes with finding work: our top priority. (Jan 2010)
  • Strongly opposes federal Card Check legislation. (Nov 2009)
  • Strong support for Virginia's Right to Work law. (Jul 2009)
Bob McDonnell on Local Issues
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Bob McDonnell on Principles & Values
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  • Indicted on corruption charges days after leaving office. (Jan 2014)
  • FactCheck: No, Thomas Jefferson was a Democrat. (Jan 2010)
  • Create a Commonwealth of Opportunity for all Virginians. (Jan 2010)
Bob McDonnell on Social Security
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  • 5% additional retirement contribution from state employees. (Jan 2011)
Bob McDonnell on Tax Reform
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  • Piling on taxes & deficit spending hurts job creation. (Jan 2010)
  • I will veto any bill or budget which raises taxes. (Jan 2010)
  • Use general funds for transportation bill, not new taxes. (Sep 2009)
  • Opposed tax increases for core government services. (Jul 2009)
  • Kill the Death Tax; eliminate fraud & duplication. (Jul 2009)
Bob McDonnell on Technology
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  • $14B on 900 transportation projects, including more Amtrak. (Jan 2013)
  • $4 billion for 6-year highway and rail project plan. (Jan 2012)
  • Make Wallops Island the top commercial Spaceport in America. (Nov 2009)
Bob McDonnell on War & Peace
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  • 230 Virginians gave lives for War on Terror, including Iraq. (Jan 2012)
Bob McDonnell on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Supports welfare-to-work & eliminate fraud. (Jul 2009)


VoteMatch Responses
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VoteMatch Question & Answer
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Based on these stances:
(Click on topic for excerpt & citation)
Strongly Opposes topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(-5 points on Social scale)
Supported 35 restrictive bills, even with rape & incest: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Pro-life; anti-partial-birth; pro-parental-notification: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Reinstate Virginia's partial-birth abortion ban: Opposes topic 1
No opinion on topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Opposes topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(-5 points on Social scale)
Objects to anti-gay discrimination in principle: Opposes topic 3
Authored amendment protecting traditional marriage: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Favors topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(-3 points on Social scale)
Supports welfare-to-work & eliminate fraud: Favors topic 4
Strongly Opposes topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Don't turn over world's best system to federal government: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Resist congressional encroachment & socialized medicine: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Loosen "one-size-fits-all" approach to Medicaid: Opposes topic 5
Favors topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(+2 points on Economic scale)
5% additional retirement contribution from state employees: Favors topic 6
Strongly Favors topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(+5 points on Economic scale)
More charters; more choices: Strongly Favors topic 7
Supports charter schools: Favors topic 7
Participate in federal program Race to the Top: Favors topic 7
Opposes topic 8:
Clean air and water are property rights
(-3 points on Social scale)
$14B on 900 transportation projects, including more Amtrak: Opposes topic 8
$5 million for open space land conservation: Strongly Opposes topic 8
$4 billion for 6-year highway and rail project plan: Opposes topic 8
We must use ALL our vast natural resources: Favors topic 8
Establish "Green Jobs Zone"; protect the Chesapeake Bay: Opposes topic 8
Drill for oil 50 miles offshore, environmentally safely: Favors topic 8
Strongly Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-5 points on Social scale)
Tough statutes and sentences; but also re-entry programs: Favors topic 9
Make Virginia gang-free; with tougher penalties & prevention: Strongly Favors topic 9
Strongly Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Fundamental individual right to bear arms: Strongly Favors topic 10
Banning guns is unconstitutional: Strongly Favors topic 10
Strongly Opposes topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(+5 points on Economic scale)
I will veto any bill or budget which raises taxes: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Get rid of taxes & regulations to make VA best for business: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Opposed tax increases for core government services: Opposes topic 11
Kill the Death Tax; eliminate fraud & duplication: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Strongly Opposes topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(-5 points on Social scale)
One crime committed by an illegal alien is one too many: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Strongly Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Trade missions worked in London, Shanghai, and Mumbai: Strongly Favors topic 13
No opinion on topic 14:
Maintain US sovereignty from UN
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Favors topic 15:
Expand the military
(-3 points on Social scale)
In-state tuition for all members of Virginia National Guard: Favors topic 15
No opinion on topic 16:
Stricter limits on voting rights
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Opposes topic 17:
Stay out of Iran
(-3 points on Social scale)
230 Virginians gave lives for War on Terror, including Iraq: Opposes topic 17
Opposes topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Replace gas tax with sales and use tax: Opposes topic 18
Cultivate green energy and renewables: Favors topic 18
Opposes cap-and-trade as congressional encroachment: Strongly Opposes topic 18
All-of-the-above approach: coal, oil, nuclear, & renewables: Opposes topic 18
Stop harmful EPA regulation of greenhouse gas emissions: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Favors topic 19:
Never legalize marijuana
(-3 points on Social scale)
Tough sentences for dealers; but new drug courts too: Favors topic 19
Mandatory minimum sentences for career drug dealers: Favors topic 19
Favors topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(-3 points on Economic scale)
$38 million to spur job creation in targeted programs: Strongly Favors topic 20
Piling on taxes & deficit spending hurts job creation: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Use general funds for transportation bill, not new taxes: Strongly Favors topic 20

Bob McDonnell is a Hard-Core Conservative.
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