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David Souter on VoteMatch


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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+5 points on Social scale)
Stewardship of Constitution means don't overturn Roe v. Wade: Strongly Favors topic 1
By rule of stare decisis, we uphold Roe v. Wade: Strongly Favors topic 1
Constitutional analysis of Roe: abortion is a right: Strongly Favors topic 1
Uphold Roe v. Wade: woman's right to choose: Strongly Favors topic 1
Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-3 points on Economic scale)
All-male military schools like VMI must admit women: Favors topic 2
Hate crime sentencing without a jury is unconstitutional: Opposes topic 2
Let rape victims sue alleged attackers as gender-bias crime: Favors topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+5 points on Social scale)
Recognize GLBT as a constitutionally-protected class: Strongly Favors topic 3
Disallow all sodomy laws against same-sex activity: Favors topic 3
State laws can protect gay rights: Strongly Favors topic 3
Boy Scouts should be required to accept gay scoutmasters: Strongly Favors topic 3
Strongly Opposes topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(+5 points on Social scale)
Ok to deny scholarships to divinity students: Strongly Opposes topic 4
Strongly Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
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Allow states to restrict cigarette ads beyond federal rules: Strongly Favors topic 5
States have authority to protect patient rights: Strongly Favors topic 5
Federal government decides insurance issues, not states: Favors topic 5
No opinion on topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(0 points on Economic scale)
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Strongly Opposes topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Parochial school vouchers violate church-state separation: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Disallow taxpayer funding for parochial school materials: Opposes topic 7
Opposes topic 8:
EPA regulations are too restrictive
(+2 points on Social scale)
Congress, not EPA, determines when cost-benefit applies: Favors topic 8
Migratory birds should extend CWA to isolated waters: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Eminent domain applies to public economic development: Opposes topic 8
Clean Water Act applies to tributaries & wetlands: Strongly Opposes topic 8
OK to sue polluters for past pollution: Opposes topic 8
Opposes topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(+2 points on Social scale)
Fleeing police is not in itself sufficient to allow search: Opposes topic 9
No death penalty without considering mitigating evidence: Opposes topic 9
Can't lengthen prison sentences retroactively: Opposes topic 9
Uphold "Miranda", informing people being arrested of rights: Opposes topic 9
Life-sentence alternative should affect death sentence: Opposes topic 9
Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Felons may possess guns unless state explicitly prohibits it: Favors topic 10
Congress can regulate guns in school under Commerce clause: Opposes topic 10
Right to gun ownership is collective, not individual: Opposes topic 10
No opinion on topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
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Strongly Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
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6-month limit on detaining illegal immigrants: Favors topic 12
No automatic deportation for aliens convicted of crimes: Strongly Favors topic 12
Award back pay to illegal alien fired for union organizing: Strongly Favors topic 12
INS may not hold deportation suspects indefinitely: Favors topic 12
Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Sovereign immunity only applies to foreign-owned companies: Opposes topic 13
Favors topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
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Congress authorized detaining US citizens as enemy soldiers: Strongly Favors topic 14
Guantanamo detainees allowed habeas writ in US courts: Opposes topic 14
Treaty giving individual rights should bind US courts: No opin. on topic 14
No opinion on topic 15:
Expand the military
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Strongly Favors topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
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Uphold campaign contribution limits despite free speech: Strongly Favors topic 16
No opinion on topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
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Strongly Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
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Full disclosure needed by Cheney energy task force: Strongly Favors topic 18
States can request that EPA regulate CO2 greenhouse gases: Strongly Favors topic 18
Extend CWA restrictions to isolated water bodies: Favors topic 18
Opposes topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(+2 points on Social scale)
No tactile inspection by police for drugs: Opposes topic 19
No roadblocks with drug-sniffing dogs: Opposes topic 19
No opinion on topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
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Other Justices' VoteMatch: David Souter on the issues:
Samuel Alito
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Stephen Breyer
Elena Kagan
Anthony Kennedy
John Roberts
Antonin Scalia
Sonia Sotomayor
Clarence Thomas

Former Justices:
David Souter
Sandra Day O'Connor
William Rehnquist
John Paul Stevens

Party Platforms:
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About David Souter:
Civil Rights
Foreign Policy
Free Trade
Govt. Reform
Gun Control
Health Care
School Choice
Social Security
Tax Reform
War & Peace

Page last updated: Jun 24, 2015