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Dwight Eisenhower on Abortion
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  • Population control abroad is not a US responsibility. (Jan 1965)
Dwight Eisenhower on Budget & Economy
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  • Achieve pay-as-you-go budget instead of increases. (Jan 1965)
  • Inflation hurts people; even in times of full employment. (Jan 1965)
  • Deficit spending is irresponsible and inflationary. (Jan 1965)
  • $168M in spending for harbors & flood control is stupid. (Jan 1965)
  • Danger of inflation if government is profligate. (Jan 1957)
  • Eliminate the deficit and check the menace of inflation. (Feb 1953)
Dwight Eisenhower on Civil Rights
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  • 1953: eliminate discrimination in government contracting. (Jan 1965)
  • Desegregate federal government and nation's capital. (Jan 1965)
  • Signed 1957 Civil Rights Act, including Negro voting rights. (Jan 1965)
  • Create civil rights division in the Department of Justice. (Jan 1957)
  • Segregation in federal activities is on the way out. (Jan 1954)
  • Segregation in federal activities is on the way out. (Jan 1954)
Dwight Eisenhower on Corporations
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  • Replace wage and price controls with free-market prices. (Feb 1953)
Dwight Eisenhower on Crime
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Dwight Eisenhower on Drugs
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Dwight Eisenhower on Education
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  • $1.3B for four-year school construction program. (Jan 1965)
  • National Defense Education Bill: focus on science & math. (Jan 1965)
  • Ordered troops to enforce integration of Little Rock schools. (Jan 1965)
  • Antarctica Treaty: free and cooperative scientific research. (Jan 1960)
  • Establish recognizable standards for teachers and teaching. (Jan 1959)
Dwight Eisenhower on Energy & Oil
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  • Signed ANWR into existence as a wildlife refuge. (Apr 2008)
Dwight Eisenhower on Environment
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  • Protect 9 million acres on northern shore of Alaska. (Sep 2006)
  • More funds for wildlife refuges and recreational areas. (Jan 1965)
  • Protect and improve our national forests, parks, & fisheries. (Jan 1954)
Dwight Eisenhower on Families & Children
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Dwight Eisenhower on Foreign Policy
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  • Opposed Israeli settlements in disputed areas. (Sep 2006)
  • 1956: People-to-People program, a step toward world peace. (Jan 1965)
  • Arm Egypt on promise of never accepting Soviet aid. (Jan 1965)
  • Presidential "prestige" is unimportant; visit every nation. (Jan 1965)
  • US aid for raising living standards & resisting Communism. (Jan 1965)
  • Many Arab actions are inspired by hatred of every Jew. (Jan 1965)
  • Replace Latin America non-intervention with ending feudalism. (Jan 1965)
  • 1960: Led UN effort for education in Africa. (Jan 1965)
  • The world has shrunk; interests now interdependent worldwide. (Jan 1957)
  • Mutual security means mutual cooperation against Communism. (Feb 1953)
Dwight Eisenhower on Free Trade
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  • Export-Import Bank broke records in Latin America. (Jan 1965)
  • As greatest trading nation, extend Trade Agreements Act. (Jan 1958)
  • Foreign policy should recognize importance of world trade. (Feb 1953)
Dwight Eisenhower on Government Reform
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  • Assure minority right to vote, and all other rights follow. (Jan 1965)
  • Term limits for House (16 years) and Senate (18 years). (Jan 1965)
  • Line item veto could prevent pork barrel spending. (Jan 1965)
  • Lower the voting age to 18. (Jan 1954)
Dwight Eisenhower on Gun Control
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Dwight Eisenhower on Health Care
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  • 1953: Suffered ileitis attack requiring emergency surgery. (Jan 1965)
  • Science for Peace: eradicate malaria by world cooperation. (Jan 1958)
  • Private plans instead of socialization of medicine. (Jan 1954)
Dwight Eisenhower on Homeland Security
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  • 1957: ban nuclear testing. (Sep 2006)
  • Ending draft takes undue chances with our nation's security. (Jan 1965)
  • Cutting defense budget takes a needless gamble. (Jan 1965)
  • More defense spending doesn't necessarily increase security. (Jan 1965)
  • Permanent arms industry is new to the American experience. (Jan 1965)
  • Post-war disarmament is dangerous; keep peacetime military. (Jan 1965)
  • 1960: Proposed limited nuclear test ban treaty. (Jan 1965)
  • Safety through strength, but lay foundations of real peace. (Jan 1958)
  • Ferret out and to destroy Communist subversion at home. (Jan 1955)
  • Supply states for civil defense preparedness. (Feb 1953)
Dwight Eisenhower on Immigration
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  • Operation Wetback: Use military to deport 1.3M Mexicans. (Mar 2013)
  • FactCheck: Operation Wetback deported 2.1M Mexicans, not 13M. (Jul 2010)
  • 1955: Mexican border "secured" after Operation Wetback. (Jul 2010)
  • Change immigration quotas to be less discriminatory. (Feb 1953)
Dwight Eisenhower on Jobs
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  • Avoid farm subsidies that create millionaires. (Jan 1965)
  • No government wage fixing during labor strikes. (Jan 1965)
  • Increase minimum wage to 90 cents per hour; and expand it. (Jan 1955)
Dwight Eisenhower on Principles & Values
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  • Principal political disappointment was Nixon's 1960 loss. (Jan 1965)
  • US became great by principles in our religious philosophy. (Jan 1960)
  • America is best described by one word: freedom. (Jan 1959)
  • To grow and flourish people must be free. (Jan 1955)
Dwight Eisenhower on Social Security
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  • 1954: anyone attempting to abolish Social Security is stupid. (Oct 2005)
  • Extend benefits to millions of citizens left out of system. (Feb 1953)
Dwight Eisenhower on Tax Reform
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  • High taxes take too much money out of the economy. (Jan 1965)
  • Reduce taxes because we reduced spending. (Jan 1954)
Dwight Eisenhower on Technology
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  • Sputnik: Soviets lead in satellites, but US leads overall. (Jan 1965)
  • 1958: First satellite only a step; established NASA. (Jan 1965)
  • US Information Agency: let all the world know the truth. (Jan 1965)
  • Space exploration need not integrate with defense research. (Jan 1960)
  • Overcame 1958 recession without hasty public works projects. (Jan 1959)
  • National Highway Program to meet economic & security needs. (Jan 1955)
Dwight Eisenhower on War & Peace
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  • 1956: Supported Egypt against Israel, UK, and France in Suez. (Jan 1965)
  • In WWII, none doubted need for sacrifice; unlike in Cold War. (Jan 1965)
  • Berlin: Why is our only feasible response to start WWIII? (Jan 1965)
  • Wars occur because of government arrogance & ambition. (Jan 1965)
  • Initiated economic sanctions against Communist Cuba. (Jan 1965)
  • Soviets are waging total Cold War; build even more missiles. (Jan 1958)
  • War in Korea part of worldwide Communist aggression. (Feb 1953)
Dwight Eisenhower on Welfare & Poverty
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  • 1/3 of mankind struggles for freedom from grinding poverty. (Jan 1965)


VoteMatch Responses
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Based on these stances:
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Opposes topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(-3 points on Social scale)
Population control abroad is not a US responsibility: Opposes topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
1953: eliminate discrimination in government contracting: Strongly Favors topic 2
Desegregate federal government and nation's capital: Strongly Favors topic 2
Signed 1957 Civil Rights Act, including Negro voting rights: Strongly Favors topic 2
Ordered troops to enforce integration of Little Rock schools: Strongly Favors topic 2
Assure minority right to vote, and all other rights follow: Strongly Favors topic 2
Create civil rights division in the Department of Justice: Strongly Favors topic 2
Segregation in federal activities is on the way out: Strongly Favors topic 2
Segregation in federal activities is on the way out: Strongly Favors topic 2
No opinion on topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Favors topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(-5 points on Social scale)
US became great by principles in our religious philosophy: Strongly Favors topic 4
Strongly Opposes topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Private plans instead of socialization of medicine: Strongly Opposes topic 5
No opinion on topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(0 points on Economic scale)
1954: anyone attempting to abolish Social Security is stupid: Favors topic 6
Extend benefits to millions of citizens left out of system: Opposes topic 6
Opposes topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(-3 points on Economic scale)
$1.3B for four-year school construction program: Opposes topic 7
Establish recognizable standards for teachers and teaching: Opposes topic 7
Opposes topic 8:
Human needs over animal rights
(+2 points on Social scale)
Protect 9 million acres on northern shore of Alaska: Opposes topic 8
More funds for wildlife refuges and recreational areas: Opposes topic 8
Protect and improve our national forests, parks, & fisheries: Opposes topic 8
No opinion on topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
No opinion on topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Opposes topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(+5 points on Economic scale)
High taxes take too much money out of the economy: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Reduce taxes because we reduced spending: Opposes topic 11
Opposes topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(-3 points on Social scale)
FactCheck: Operation Wetback deported 2.1M Mexicans, not 13M: Opposes topic 12
1955: Mexican border "secured" after Operation Wetback: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Change immigration quotas to be less discriminatory: Favors topic 12
Strongly Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Export-Import Bank broke records in Latin America: Strongly Favors topic 13
As greatest trading nation, extend Trade Agreements Act: Strongly Favors topic 13
Foreign policy should recognize importance of world trade: Strongly Favors topic 13
Strongly Opposes topic 14:
Maintain US sovereignty from UN
(-5 points on Social scale)
Presidential "prestige" is unimportant; visit every nation: Strongly Opposes topic 14
US aid for raising living standards & resisting Communism: Strongly Opposes topic 14
The world has shrunk; interests now interdependent worldwide: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Strongly Favors topic 15:
Expand the military
(-5 points on Social scale)
Ending draft takes undue chances with our nation's security: Strongly Favors topic 15
Cutting defense budget takes a needless gamble: Strongly Favors topic 15
More defense spending doesn't necessarily increase security: Opposes topic 15
Post-war disarmament is dangerous; keep peacetime military: Strongly Favors topic 15
Safety through strength, but lay foundations of real peace: Favors topic 15
Soviets are waging total Cold War; build even more missiles: Strongly Favors topic 15
Favors topic 16:
Stricter limits on political campaign funds
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Term limits for House (16 years) and Senate (18 years): Favors topic 16
No opinion on topic 17:
Stay out of Iran
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Signed ANWR into existence as a wildlife refuge: Strongly Favors topic 18
No opinion on topic 19:
Never legalize marijuana
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Opposes topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Achieve pay-as-you-go budget instead of increases: Opposes topic 20
Deficit spending is irresponsible and inflationary: Strongly Opposes topic 20
$168M in spending for harbors & flood control is stupid: Strongly Opposes topic 20

Dwight Eisenhower is a Moderate Populist Conservative.
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