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Brian Schweitzer on Abortion
Click here for the full quote on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • Supports “Abortion is a woman’s right”. (Sep 2000)
Brian Schweitzer on Budget & Economy
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  • As governor, cut taxes & built budget surplus. (Dec 2013)
Brian Schweitzer on Civil Rights
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  • Sex is not a government matter; work on civil unions. (Jun 2008)
Brian Schweitzer on Corporations
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  • Take over Montana mining company to keep jobs in Montana. (Dec 2013)
Brian Schweitzer on Crime
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  • Supports the death penalty. (Nov 2004)
  • End parole for repeat violent offenders. (Nov 2004)
Brian Schweitzer on Drugs
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  • Congress should ease drug prices for seniors. (Jun 2008)
  • Stricter penalties for drug criminals. (Nov 2004)
Brian Schweitzer on Education
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  • Fund education adequately without new taxes. (Jun 2008)
  • Invest in K-12 by creating public-private partnerships. (Nov 2004)
  • Opposes parents choosing schools via vouchers. (Sep 2000)
Brian Schweitzer on Energy & Oil
Click here for 9 full quotes on Energy & Oil OR background on Energy & Oil.
  • Construct Keystone pipeline; and mine more coal. (Dec 2013)
  • Promotes clean coal in Montana. (Jun 2008)
  • America should cut energy consumption and produce biofuels. (Jun 2008)
  • We can reduce our carbon footprint and also consume energy. (Jun 2008)
  • Create new domestic energy and cut reliance on foreign oil. (Jun 2008)
  • Develop renewable energy: ethanol, wind and hydrogen. (Nov 2004)
  • Supports spending resources to stop Global Warming. (Sep 2000)
  • Letter to Congress supporting renewable energy tax credit. (Nov 2011)
  • Set goal of 25% renewable energy by 2025. (Jan 2007)
Brian Schweitzer on Environment
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  • 2007: Signed three bills encouraging local food production. (Jul 2009)
  • Limit cattle grazing near Yellowstone as disease safeguard. (Jun 2008)
Brian Schweitzer on Families & Children
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Brian Schweitzer on Foreign Policy
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  • 1980s: Resided and worked in Libya and Saudi Arabia. (Dec 2013)
Brian Schweitzer on Free Trade
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Brian Schweitzer on Government Reform
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  • Used cattle brand saying "VETO" to publicly burn bad bills. (Dec 2013)
  • Refuses special interest & PAC money for his campaign. (Nov 2004)
Brian Schweitzer on Gun Control
Click here for 3 full quotes on Gun Control OR background on Gun Control.
  • Gun control means, "You control yours & I'll control mine". (Dec 2013)
  • Believes in right to gun ownership. (Jun 2008)
  • Protect our 2nd Amendment rights. (Nov 2004)
Brian Schweitzer on Health Care
Click here for 3 full quotes on Health Care OR background on Health Care.
  • ObamaCare was written by Big Pharma & insurance lobbyists. (Dec 2013)
  • Supports More Federal Funding for Health Coverage. (Sep 2000)
  • Adopt national health reform legislation before the end of the year. (Oct 2009)
Brian Schweitzer on Homeland Security
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Brian Schweitzer on Immigration
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Brian Schweitzer on Jobs
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Brian Schweitzer on Local Issues
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Brian Schweitzer on Principles & Values
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  • Legislators can't act; executives change the world. (Dec 2013)
  • Considered Senate run; now supports both Dem. candidates. (Nov 2013)
Brian Schweitzer on Social Security
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  • Opposes privatizing Social Security. (Sep 2000)
Brian Schweitzer on Tax Reform
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  • Cuts taxes if feasible; most critical is new business in MT. (Jun 2008)
  • Opposes making income tax flatter & lower. (Sep 2000)
Brian Schweitzer on Technology
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Brian Schweitzer on War & Peace
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  • Iraqi venture was never worth a damn. (Jun 2008)
Brian Schweitzer on Welfare & Poverty
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.


VoteMatch Responses
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VoteMatch Question & Answer
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Based on these stances:
(Click on topic for excerpt & citation)
Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+2 points on Social scale)
Supports “Abortion is a woman’s right”: Favors topic 1
No opinion on topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+2 points on Social scale)
Sex is not a government matter; work on civil unions: Favors topic 3
No opinion on topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-3 points on Economic scale)
ObamaCare was written by Big Pharma & insurance lobbyists: Opposes topic 5
Congress should ease drug prices for seniors: Favors topic 5
Supports More Federal Funding for Health Coverage: Favors topic 5
Adopt national health reform legislation before the end of the year: Strongly Favors topic 5
Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Opposes privatizing Social Security: Opposes topic 6
Opposes topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Invest in K-12 by creating public-private partnerships: Opposes topic 7
Opposes parents choosing schools via vouchers: Opposes topic 7
Opposes topic 8:
Human needs over animal rights
(+2 points on Social scale)
Limit cattle grazing near Yellowstone as disease safeguard: Opposes topic 8
Strongly Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-5 points on Social scale)
Supports the death penalty: Strongly Favors topic 9
End parole for repeat violent offenders: Strongly Favors topic 9
Strongly Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Gun control means, "You control yours & I'll control mine": Strongly Favors topic 10
Believes in right to gun ownership: Strongly Favors topic 10
Protect our 2nd Amendment rights: Strongly Favors topic 10
Favors topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Cuts taxes if feasible; most critical is new business in MT: Opposes topic 11
Opposes making income tax flatter & lower: Strongly Favors topic 11
No opinion on topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
No opinion on topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Opposes topic 14:
Maintain US sovereignty from UN
(-3 points on Social scale)
1980s: Resided and worked in Libya and Saudi Arabia: Opposes topic 14
No opinion on topic 15:
Expand the military
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Favors topic 16:
Stricter limits on political campaign funds
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Refuses special interest & PAC money for his campaign: Strongly Favors topic 16
Strongly Favors topic 17:
Stay out of Iran
(+5 points on Social scale)
Iraqi venture was never worth a damn: Strongly Favors topic 17
Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Construct Keystone pipeline; and mine more coal: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Promotes clean coal in Montana: Strongly Opposes topic 18
America should cut energy consumption and produce biofuels: Favors topic 18
We can reduce our carbon footprint and also consume energy: Strongly Favors topic 18
Create new domestic energy and cut reliance on foreign oil: Favors topic 18
Develop renewable energy: ethanol, wind and hydrogen: Strongly Favors topic 18
Supports spending resources to stop Global Warming: Favors topic 18
Letter to Congress supporting renewable energy tax credit: Strongly Favors topic 18
Set goal of 25% renewable energy by 2025: Strongly Favors topic 18
Favors topic 19:
Never legalize marijuana
(-3 points on Social scale)
Stricter penalties for drug criminals: Favors topic 19
Opposes topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(-3 points on Economic scale)
As governor, cut taxes & built budget surplus: Opposes topic 20

Brian Schweitzer is a Moderate Liberal Populist.
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