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Jeb Bush on Abortion
Click here for 8 full quotes on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • Terri Schiavo case: ordered feeding tube reinserted. (Feb 2014)
  • OpEd: Jeb avoids extremism on women's issues. (Aug 2012)
  • Funded adoption counseling, but not abortion counseling. (Dec 2009)
  • Prevent use of public funds for stem cell research. (Dec 2009)
  • Created divisive "Choose Life" license plates. (Feb 2007)
  • Parental consent; clinic regulation; pro-life counseling. (Feb 2007)
  • Restrict abortions to incest, rape, & health. (Jul 1998)
  • No need to teach about abortion if we have moral absolutes. (Nov 1995)
Jeb Bush on Budget & Economy
Click here for 11 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • $787B economic plan: whole lot of spending & not stimulative. (Feb 2014)
  • Stimulus more related to liberal agenda than stimulus. (Feb 2014)
  • Bipartisan compromise to reduce the deficit significantly. (Dec 2012)
  • Mortgage bankers got us into this mess; they should solve it. (Oct 2011)
  • Florida budget grew by 27% during Bush's terms. (Dec 2009)
  • Bank bailouts were needed to avoid financial unraveling. (Aug 2009)
  • OpEd: 1990 S&L bailout included $4M to Jeb. (Feb 2007)
  • 1988: Lost $4M in taxpayer bailout of failed Savings & Loan. (Aug 1999)
  • Supports constitutional balanced budget amendment. (Nov 1998)
  • Bankruptcy reform: limit Chapter 7; protect states' role. (Feb 2001)
  • Uphold commitments to states before other spending. (Sep 2001)
Jeb Bush on Civil Rights
Click here for 11 full quotes on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • Replaced affirmative action with "One Florida" initiative. (Jun 2012)
  • Dismantled Florida's affirmative action program. (Feb 2007)
  • One Florida: equal minority contracts and admissions. (Feb 2007)
  • Don't create gays as another category of victims. (Feb 2007)
  • Removed Confederate battle flag from Florida Capitol. (Feb 2007)
  • 1981: Left Houston based on prejudice against Mexican wife. (Sep 2004)
  • Provide licensure exams in Spanish, for free. (Jun 2000)
  • Supports Affirmative Action; against quotas. (Jul 1998)
  • No hate-crimes status for gays; no gay marriage. (Jul 1998)
  • Gay rights & feminism are "modern victim movements". (Nov 1995)
  • Support principles embodied in the Equal Rights Amendment. (Feb 2001)
Jeb Bush on Corporations
Click here for 9 full quotes on Corporations OR background on Corporations.
  • Stop rewarding portfolio Americans over paycheck Americans. (Oct 2013)
  • Champion enterprise zones and business deregulation. (Mar 2013)
  • Auto bailout was government intervening; bank bailout was ok. (Jun 2012)
  • Touchdown Jacksonville: Bring pro football to Florida. (Feb 2007)
  • $310M in stimulus money to start Scripps biotech facility. (Feb 2007)
  • Cutting taxes on job creators benefits everyone. (Feb 2007)
  • OpEd: Profited on Enron while FL lost $300M. (Jan 2007)
  • Repeal the mandatory helmet law for motorcyclists. (Jun 2000)
  • Fight corporate welfare: snouts out of public trough. (Nov 1995)
Jeb Bush on Crime
Click here for 18 full quotes on Crime OR background on Crime.
  • Symbol of crime needs a human face on it. (Dec 2009)
  • Passed Habitual Offender Accountability Act. (Dec 2009)
  • We are not safe; not in our homes, not anywhere. (Feb 2007)
  • 1994 TV ad: My opponent won't push electric chair. (Feb 2007)
  • Called special legislative session for death penalty law. (Feb 2007)
  • Building private prisons would save 15%-20% of state costs. (Feb 2007)
  • Make sure criminals serve at least 85% of their jail time. (Oct 2006)
  • I'm a hang-'em-by-the-neck conservative. (Sep 2004)
  • Adopted Three-Strike Violent Felony Offender Act. (Nov 2001)
  • 10-20-Life: Increase mandatory minimum sentences. (Nov 2001)
  • Fewer death-row appeals; faster executions. (Jan 2000)
  • Longer prison terms for gun-toting criminals. (Jan 2000)
  • Build more prisons; private contracts OK. (Jul 1998)
  • Alternative sentencing & rehabiliation acceptable. (Jul 1998)
  • Supports death penalty. (Jul 1998)
  • Stricter penalties for drug, sex, & gun offenses. (Jul 1998)
  • Heinous crimes no longer news: exposure lowers norms. (Nov 1995)
  • Supports flexible federal block grants for crime programs. (Sep 2001)
Jeb Bush on Drugs
Click here for 8 full quotes on Drugs OR background on Drugs.
  • Illegal drugs moving over US-Mexico border has intensified. (Mar 2013)
  • Deploy military on both sides of the US-Mexican border. (Mar 2013)
  • Funding to reduce teen substance abuse and tobacco use. (Mar 2004)
  • Create a prescription drug tracking system to prevent abuse. (Mar 2004)
  • Opposed treatment instead of jail for nonviolent drug users. (Sep 2002)
  • Mandatory prison sentences for drug offenses. (Nov 2001)
  • Reduce drug use by 50% by prevention & enforcement. (Jul 1999)
  • More federal funding for all aspects of Drug War. (Aug 2000)
Jeb Bush on Education
Click here for 35 full quotes on Education OR background on Education.
  • Ed reform: reading scores improved; parents got more choices. (Feb 2014)
  • No Child Left Behind got states to start reforms. (Oct 2013)
  • Common core lets 1,000 different curriculum flowers bloom. (Oct 2013)
  • We test too much; focus on accountability instead. (Oct 2013)
  • More STEM grads, to maintain global technology leadership. (Mar 2013)
  • Civics & government for high school graduation. (Mar 2013)
  • Full immersion for English learners. (Mar 2013)
  • 800,000 FL parents selected schools, not district zoning. (Mar 2013)
  • Teacher bonuses for students passing AP courses. (Mar 2013)
  • Education savings accounts: Fund students instead of schools. (Mar 2013)
  • Florida Formula: schools graded A-to-F; extra funding for A. (Nov 2012)
  • Restore schools via standards for teachers instead of tenure. (Nov 2012)
  • Let's give every parent in America a choice about schools. (Aug 2012)
  • School choice is about unions versus kids. (Aug 2012)
  • Pushed 1st statewide voucher program & school testing. (Jun 2012)
  • Guarantee college admission for top 20% of high school grads. (Dec 2009)
  • Catholic Conference sought more voucher accountability. (Dec 2009)
  • 60% of FCAT-passed schools failed to meet NCLB standards. (Dec 2009)
  • OpEd: Stacked Board of Regents with Republican donors. (Feb 2007)
  • Repeal class size limit state constitutional amendment. (Feb 2007)
  • Co-founded a charter school in poor Miami neighborhood. (Feb 2007)
  • Make school plan more punitive and more vouchers. (Feb 2007)
  • 1997: Smaller schools are better schools, but also cost more. (Feb 2007)
  • Don't restrict creationism discussion, but don't require it. (Feb 2007)
  • Voluntary universal Pre-K: fund 9,600 pre-school teachers. (Mar 2004)
  • A+ Plan: Make "F" schools disappear; make more "A" schools. (Jan 2002)
  • Push for gains among minority and disadvantaged students. (Jan 2002)
  • Social promotion doesn't do our kids any favors. (Jan 2002)
  • Restrict grade inflation by imposing minimum standards. (Jun 2000)
  • School prayer OK if prayers are voluntary and student-led. (Mar 1999)
  • More funding for schools; merit pay for teachers. (Jul 1998)
  • Focus on abstinence; end social promotion. (Jul 1998)
  • Grade inflation breeds culture of falsely perceived success. (Nov 1995)
  • Instituted school voucher plan. (Jan 2000)
  • Supports charter schools & vouchers. (Jul 1998)
Jeb Bush on Energy & Oil
Click here for 13 full quotes on Energy & Oil OR background on Energy & Oil.
  • Replace crony capitalism with free-market strategy. (Oct 2013)
  • A "patriotic energy policy" will yield far more revenue. (Mar 2013)
  • I'm a skeptic about global warming. (Aug 2009)
  • We're vulnerable because we don't control our energy sources. (Aug 2009)
  • During hurricanes, prosecutes gas stations for price gouging. (Feb 2007)
  • 2005: 125-mile no-drill zone; then 75 miles ok for drilling. (Feb 2007)
  • Eliminate automobile emissions testing. (Jun 2000)
  • Voluntary partnerships reduce greenhouse gases economically. (Aug 2000)
  • Kyoto Treaty must include reductions by all countries. (Aug 2000)
  • More funding to develop domestic energy supplies. (Sep 2001)
  • Use federal funds for nuclear cleanup, with state input. (Sep 2001)
  • Share offshore oil development revenue with states. (Sep 2001)
  • Set goal of 25% renewable energy by 2025. (Jan 2007)
Jeb Bush on Environment
Click here for 14 full quotes on Environment OR background on Environment.
  • Florida Forever: $1B for environmental land purchases. (Dec 2009)
  • Everglades are "crown jewel" of Florida environmental legacy. (Dec 2009)
  • Acceler8: $1.5B plan for Everglades restoration. (Dec 2009)
  • Declined results of state survey to limit urban sprawl. (Dec 2009)
  • 2004: Universal praise for handling spate of hurricanes. (Feb 2007)
  • 1,920-acre development on edge of Everglades. (Feb 2007)
  • New marine sanctuary to protect the Florida Keys. (Mar 2004)
  • Drilling in Gulf of Mexico hurts Florida tourism industry. (Jan 2001)
  • Restrict Eminent Domain; most severe of all govt powers. (Jun 2000)
  • Let industries “self-audit”; compensate for “takings”. (Jul 1998)
  • More state autonomy on brownfields & Superfund cleanups. (Aug 2001)
  • Support State Revolving Loan Fund for flexible Clean Water. (Aug 2001)
  • Supports national drought policy, focusing on readiness. (Sep 2001)
  • Maintain water flow in Mississippi & Missouri Rivers. (Feb 2001)
Jeb Bush on Families & Children
Click here for 9 full quotes on Families & Children OR background on Families & Children.
  • Conservatives and Hispanics share family values. (Mar 2013)
  • Supper with kids keeps them away from drugs & booze. (Feb 2007)
  • Privatized foster care via for-profit companies. (Feb 2007)
  • No Place Like Home initiative: find families for DCF kids. (Mar 2004)
  • Increase KidCare; increase developmentally disabled services. (Jan 2002)
  • No mandated child safety seats. (Jun 2001)
  • Parental consent over government intrusions into families. (May 2001)
  • Encourage fathers' participation in child-raising. (Sep 2001)
  • Federal funds & state involvement in fatherhood initiatives. (Aug 2001)
Jeb Bush on Foreign Policy
Click here for 7 full quotes on Foreign Policy OR background on Foreign Policy.
  • Supports economic cooperation between US and China. (Jan 2012)
  • Honorary Cuban to exile community in Miami. (Feb 2007)
  • Two years in Venezuela; majored in Latin American studies. (Feb 2007)
  • 1988: Joined relief effort for Armenian earthquake. (Oct 2006)
  • 1990: Defended anti-Castro terrorist as patriot in exile. (Sep 2004)
  • Support Israel in its battle against terrorism. (Apr 2004)
  • Role in the world: military strength and moral clarity. (Jun 1997)
Jeb Bush on Free Trade
Click here for 2 full quotes on Free Trade OR background on Free Trade.
  • Advocated Miami as HQ for Free Trade Area of the Americas. (Nov 2003)
  • Enforce trade law against subsidized Canadian lumber imports. (Sep 2001)
Jeb Bush on Government Reform
Click here for 21 full quotes on Government Reform OR background on Government Reform.
  • No conspiracy of hackers manipulating electronic voting. (Feb 2014)
  • 2005: Disallowed early voting in schools or churches. (Feb 2014)
  • Legislative term limits strengthened Bush's executive power. (Dec 2009)
  • OpEd: Foundation for Florida's Future hides campaign donors. (Dec 2009)
  • Refused to fund state agency requests for specific services. (Dec 2009)
  • Mature society can empty government buildings of workers. (Dec 2009)
  • Judges should respect primacy of Legislature & Executive. (Dec 2009)
  • Asked judicial candidates: Are you a God-fearing churchgoer? (Dec 2009)
  • 2004: Purged felons list from eligible voters. (Dec 2009)
  • 2005: Achieved goal of restraining growth in spending. (Dec 2009)
  • Longer time and more fees to see public records. (Feb 2007)
  • Scrubbed voter registration rolls to eliminate felons. (Feb 2007)
  • Government is an obsolete dinosaur. (Feb 2007)
  • Challenge relying on government for satisfaction. (Nov 2006)
  • Even private citizens have a public service role. (Nov 2006)
  • Keep legislation small and focused: no mammoth “train” bills. (Jun 2001)
  • Reform Civil Service: “Service First”. (Mar 2001)
  • Privatize & outsource govt; fee holidays for contractors. (Jun 2000)
  • No campaign spending limits; no public financing. (Nov 1998)
  • Proper role: public order & general welfare. (Nov 1995)
  • Reforms must respect state's rights to select electors. (Aug 2001)
Jeb Bush on Gun Control
Click here for 4 full quotes on Gun Control OR background on Gun Control.
  • Stand-your-ground bill: Deadly force OK when threatened. (Dec 2009)
  • Violent gun crime rate is down by more than 25%. (Jan 2002)
  • Use a Gun and You’re Done. (Nov 2001)
  • Concealed carry OK; supports instant background check. (Jul 1998)
Jeb Bush on Health Care
Click here for 14 full quotes on Health Care OR background on Health Care.
  • ObamaCare is flawed to its core. (Nov 2013)
  • Let ObamaCare fail due to its own dysfunction. (Oct 2013)
  • Move Medicaid from "defined benefit" to defined contribution. (Dec 2009)
  • Provide risk-adjusted premiums (insurance vouchers). (Dec 2009)
  • Slashed every request for adult mental health. (Dec 2009)
  • OpEd: Medicaid reforms won't cover chronic conditions. (Dec 2009)
  • ObamaCare is focused on access; should be focused on quality. (Aug 2009)
  • Terri Schiavo: Did all possible to keep her hooked up. (Feb 2007)
  • Compromised on limiting medical malpractice awards. (Feb 2007)
  • KidCare and Medikids: expand to 1.6M kids and then even more. (Mar 2004)
  • Leave research funding to feds, not state. (Jun 2001)
  • No physician-assisted suicide. (Nov 1998)
  • No federal pre-emption of employee health plan regulation. (Oct 2001)
  • Protect state tobacco settlement funds from federal seizure. (Apr 1999)
Jeb Bush on Homeland Security
Click here for 10 full quotes on Homeland Security OR background on Homeland Security.
  • Conflicting accounts of Benghazi emboldens terrorists. (Oct 2012)
  • Benghazi attacks had warnings which were ignored. (Oct 2012)
  • 1985: Contra freedom fighters' cause is noble and just. (Feb 2007)
  • Save Florida's 21 military bases from closure or downsizing. (Feb 2005)
  • Make Florida the most military-friendly state in the nation. (Mar 2004)
  • Threat from 9/11 is unprecedented for our generation. (Jan 2002)
  • $17M for new programs for terrorism response. (Jan 2002)
  • Deal with terrorism as a joint federal-state responsibility. (Feb 2001)
  • Include states in anti-terrorism planning. (Sep 2001)
  • Increase defense spending to meet global responsibilities. (Jun 1997)
Jeb Bush on Immigration
Click here for 22 full quotes on Immigration OR background on Immigration.
  • FactCheck: Yes, immigrants are more fertile. (Jun 2013)
  • My plan is legalization, not self-deportation. (Mar 2013)
  • People come illegally because there's no legal path to come. (Mar 2013)
  • Path to citizenship or path to legalization: both could work. (Mar 2013)
  • Reform must make it easier to come legally than illegally. (Mar 2013)
  • 6-part proposal for comprehensive immigration reform. (Mar 2013)
  • There is no realistic pathway to citizenship for most people. (Mar 2013)
  • Limit family reunification: no siblings nor parents. (Mar 2013)
  • Treat illegals with compassion but also rule of law. (Mar 2013)
  • Path to legal resident status: pay fines & no criminals. (Mar 2013)
  • Secure border as component of reform, not as prerequisite. (Mar 2013)
  • To become citizen, pass exam in English and civic history. (Mar 2013)
  • Illegals can't "wait in line"; there is no line to wait in. (Mar 2013)
  • Objections to more multiracial America are misplaced. (Mar 2013)
  • GOP wooed Hispanics in 2004; but alienated them by 2012. (Jun 2012)
  • Education reform more critical than immigration reform. (Jan 2011)
  • Pray for Comprehensive Immigration Reform, not AZ law. (Apr 2010)
  • 1980s: Voter registration for 88,000 naturalized Hispanics. (Feb 2007)
  • Speaks Spanish; husband and father of Hispanics. (Feb 2007)
  • Share costs of legal immigration between states & federal. (Feb 2001)
  • Federal government should deal with criminal repatriation. (Feb 2001)
  • Import farm workers from Mexico. (Sep 2001)
Jeb Bush on Jobs
Click here for 6 full quotes on Jobs OR background on Jobs.
  • Employ American Workers Act led to lost ideas & lost jobs. (Mar 2013)
  • Job growth during Bush terms, but very low wage jobs. (Dec 2009)
  • Gambling is emblematic of "something for nothing" culture. (Feb 2007)
  • Operation Paycheck: stimulus for 33,000 construction jobs. (Jan 2002)
  • More R&D & tax incentives for small farmers. (Sep 2001)
  • Repeal the federal unemployment "temporary surtax". (Feb 2001)
Jeb Bush on Local Issues
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Jeb Bush on Principles & Values
Click here for 33 full quotes on Principles & Values OR background on Principles & Values.
  • 1986: Appointed state secretary of commerce. (Feb 2014)
  • GOP must stop being the party of 'anti' everything. (Mar 2013)
  • We need to be the party of inclusion and acceptance. (Mar 2013)
  • Obama divided into "them vs. us"; GOP needs alternatives. (Mar 2013)
  • Reach out to Hispanics based on tone, policy, and religion. (Mar 2013)
  • America is different because identity derives from ideals. (Mar 2013)
  • Romney lost because of changing demographics. (Mar 2013)
  • Returned home to deal with 2000 post-election crisis. (Nov 2010)
  • Bush family name is a detriment that limits career choices. (Dec 2009)
  • OpEd: Wealthy have high morals, until proven otherwise. (Feb 2007)
  • 1994 and 1998 campaign theme: Think outside the box. (Feb 2007)
  • OpEd: Balanced mix of campaigning and governing. (Feb 2007)
  • Company handbook focused on doing what you are told. (Feb 2007)
  • 9/11/2001: after emergency meeting, went to church to pray. (Feb 2007)
  • OpEd on 2016 Hillary: Which family dynasty do you want? (Feb 2007)
  • OpEd: Delivered FL in 2004, by robbing blacks of their votes. (Jan 2007)
  • Floridians bravely face the rigors of our paradise. (Nov 2006)
  • Named after Uncle Johnny Bush and Uncle Sandy Ellis. (Oct 2006)
  • Married at age 21 to Columba, age 19. (Oct 2006)
  • 2000: Duty to conduct recount in proper manner. (Oct 2006)
  • Bill Clinton is using my dad, to benefit his own character. (Oct 2006)
  • Poll: Jeb would lose to Hillary because of “Bush fatigue”. (May 2006)
  • Pres. Bush plugs Jeb for President; Jeb declines comment. (May 2006)
  • 1967: Repeated the 9th grade at Andover Prep School. (Sep 2004)
  • Married high school sweetheart, exchange student from Mexico. (Sep 2004)
  • 1994: Anti-abortion; anti-crime; anti-government; anti-taxes. (Aug 1999)
  • Priorities: public education & public safety. (Jul 1998)
  • Focus on virtue & character, not values. (Nov 1995)
  • Pass moral judgment & teach virtue to our children. (Nov 1995)
  • Religious affiliation: Catholic. (Nov 2000)
  • Member, National Governors Association/Economic Development. (Jan 2001)
  • Member of Republican Governors Association. (Aug 2001)
  • Member of Southern Governors' Association. (Sep 2001)
Jeb Bush on Social Security
Click here for 5 full quotes on Social Security OR background on Social Security.
  • Wrong to scare seniors about not protecting Social Security. (Oct 2010)
  • Privatization became administration's fundamental philosophy. (Dec 2009)
  • Social service benefits via private & faith-based companies. (Dec 2009)
  • 1994 opponent falsely accused Jeb of cutting Social Security. (Oct 2006)
  • Maintain long-term solvency of Social Security and Medicare. (Aug 2001)
Jeb Bush on Tax Reform
Click here for 9 full quotes on Tax Reform OR background on Tax Reform.
  • Compromise on taxes ok, as part of a spending cut package. (Mar 2013)
  • Remove Intangibles Tax on stocks, bonds & dividends. (Dec 2009)
  • 1987: supported sales service tax; 1998: opposed it. (Feb 2007)
  • Cutting "intangibles tax" helps "seniors and savers". (Feb 2007)
  • Supports estate tax repeal, but not at states’ expense. (Jun 2001)
  • Don’t broaden county & city taxing authority. (Jun 2001)
  • Voter approval of tax increases; cut taxes by $1B. (Jan 2000)
  • No national sales tax or VAT. (Feb 2000)
  • Let states independently determine estate taxes. (May 2001)
Jeb Bush on Technology
Click here for 12 full quotes on Technology OR background on Technology.
  • US tech revolution needs more foreign-born scientists. (Mar 2013)
  • Biometrics for tourist visas; but make it easy as possible. (Mar 2013)
  • WikiLeaks is abhorrent but showed seriousness of Iran threat. (Nov 2010)
  • Increased transportation budget by 96% over 8 years. (Dec 2009)
  • Enraged by citizen initiative mandating high speed rail. (Feb 2007)
  • 1998 transition team records not subject to open records law. (Feb 2007)
  • OpEd: Promised open administration; but delayed all releases. (Feb 2007)
  • $24M for X-ray truck inspection & bioterrorism labs. (Jan 2002)
  • $100M for Florida Technology Development Initiative. (Jan 2002)
  • Practice tech in context of virtue; not isolated pleasure. (Nov 1995)
  • Level playing field for Main Street vs. Internet sales tax. (Aug 2001)
  • Permanent R&D tax incentive & more R&D funding. (Sep 2001)
Jeb Bush on War & Peace
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  • OpEd: Not distancing himself from brother's Afghan policy. (Mar 2013)
  • Over time, people will respect our resolve in Iraq. (Mar 2013)
  • Encourage regime change in Iran; keep military option open. (Nov 2010)
  • Opposed Vietnam War; considered Conscientious Objection. (Feb 2007)
  • Disliked Andover because of Vietnam-era campus turmoil. (Feb 2007)
  • 1998: Declined to call for invading Iraq to depose Saddam. (Feb 2007)
  • 1971: Troubled by LBJ's Vietnam, but registered to serve. (Feb 2007)
  • Easy to criticize Iraq war after the fact. (Apr 2006)
  • 1972: considered conscientious objector status. (Sep 2004)
  • God grants liberty only to ready to defend it. (Mar 2004)
  • Extend international order friendly to our security. (Jun 1997)
Jeb Bush on Welfare & Poverty
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  • If you're born poor, the odds are stacked against you. (Mar 2013)
  • Proposed refusing federal money for welfare. (Dec 2009)
  • Created Governor's Faith-Based Advisory Board. (Dec 2009)
  • 1994: Get tough on recipients of public assistance. (Feb 2007)
  • More government money to religious groups. (Feb 2007)
  • Welcome community and faith based organizations as partners. (Mar 2004)
  • Replace AFDC with limited temporary assistance. (Jan 2000)
  • Limit welfare benefits; supports welfare-to-work. (Jul 1998)
  • Help welfare recipients into workforce. (Jul 1998)
  • Taking welfare should be more shameful than working. (Nov 1995)
  • Maintain federal Social Services Block Grant funding. (Sep 2001)
  • Maintain flexibility & funding levels for TANF block grants. (Sep 2001)
  • More federal funding for Low-income energy assistance. (Sep 2001)
  • Supports TANF grants to states. (Aug 2001)


VoteMatch Responses
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VoteMatch Question & Answer
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Based on these stances:
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Strongly Opposes topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(-5 points on Social scale)
Prevent use of public funds for stem cell research: Opposes topic 1
Created divisive "Choose Life" license plates: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Parental consent; clinic regulation; pro-life counseling: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Parental consent over government intrusions into families: Opposes topic 1
Restrict abortions to incest, rape, & health: Opposes topic 1
No need to teach about abortion if we have moral absolutes: Opposes topic 1
Opposes topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Replaced affirmative action with "One Florida" initiative: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Dismantled Florida's affirmative action program: Strongly Opposes topic 2
One Florida: equal minority contracts and admissions: Strongly Favors topic 2
Provide licensure exams in Spanish, for free: Favors topic 2
Supports Affirmative Action; against quotas: Opposes topic 2
Gay rights & feminism are "modern victim movements": Strongly Opposes topic 2
Support principles embodied in the Equal Rights Amendment: Favors topic 2
Strongly Opposes topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(-5 points on Social scale)
Don't create gays as another category of victims: Opposes topic 3
No hate-crimes status for gays; no gay marriage: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Strongly Favors topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(-5 points on Social scale)
Social service benefits via private & faith-based companies: Strongly Favors topic 4
Proposed refusing federal money for welfare: Favors topic 4
Created Governor's Faith-Based Advisory Board: Strongly Favors topic 4
Don't restrict creationism discussion, but don't require it: Favors topic 4
1994: Get tough on recipients of public assistance: Opposes topic 4
More government money to religious groups: Strongly Favors topic 4
No Place Like Home initiative: find families for DCF kids: Favors topic 4
Welcome community and faith based organizations as partners: Strongly Favors topic 4
Replace AFDC with limited temporary assistance: Favors topic 4
School prayer OK if prayers are voluntary and student-led: Strongly Favors topic 4
Focus on abstinence; end social promotion: Favors topic 4
Limit welfare benefits; supports welfare-to-work: Favors topic 4
Help welfare recipients into workforce: Favors topic 4
Focus on virtue & character, not values: Favors topic 4
Pass moral judgment & teach virtue to our children: Strongly Favors topic 4
Taking welfare should be more shameful than working: Favors topic 4
Opposes topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(+2 points on Economic scale)
ObamaCare is flawed to its core: Strongly Opposes topic 5
OpEd: Medicaid reforms won't cover chronic conditions: Strongly Opposes topic 5
ObamaCare is focused on access; should be focused on quality: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Compromised on limiting medical malpractice awards: Favors topic 5
Protect state tobacco settlement funds from federal seizure: Neutral on topic 5
No opinion on topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(0 points on Economic scale)
Maintain federal Social Services Block Grant funding: Favors topic 6
Maintain long-term solvency of Social Security and Medicare: Opposes topic 6
Strongly Favors topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Ed reform: reading scores improved; parents got more choices: Opposes topic 7
800,000 FL parents selected schools, not district zoning: Strongly Favors topic 7
Education savings accounts: Fund students instead of schools: Strongly Favors topic 7
Let's give every parent in America a choice about schools: Strongly Favors topic 7
School choice is about unions versus kids: Strongly Favors topic 7
Pushed 1st statewide voucher program & school testing: Strongly Favors topic 7
Catholic Conference sought more voucher accountability: Favors topic 7
Co-founded a charter school in poor Miami neighborhood: Favors topic 7
Make school plan more punitive and more vouchers: Strongly Favors topic 7
More funding for schools; merit pay for teachers: Opposes topic 7
Instituted school voucher plan: Strongly Favors topic 7
Supports charter schools & vouchers: Strongly Favors topic 7
Strongly Opposes topic 8:
Human needs over animal rights
(+5 points on Social scale)
Florida Forever: $1B for environmental land purchases: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Everglades are "crown jewel" of Florida environmental legacy: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Increased transportation budget by 96% over 8 years: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Drilling in Gulf of Mexico hurts Florida tourism industry: Opposes topic 8
More state autonomy on brownfields & Superfund cleanups: Favors topic 8
Strongly Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-5 points on Social scale)
Passed Habitual Offender Accountability Act: Strongly Favors topic 9
We are not safe; not in our homes, not anywhere: Strongly Favors topic 9
1994 TV ad: My opponent won't push electric chair: Strongly Favors topic 9
Called special legislative session for death penalty law: Strongly Favors topic 9
Building private prisons would save 15%-20% of state costs: Favors topic 9
Make sure criminals serve at least 85% of their jail time: Strongly Favors topic 9
I'm a hang-'em-by-the-neck conservative: Strongly Favors topic 9
Adopted Three-Strike Violent Felony Offender Act: Strongly Favors topic 9
10-20-Life: Increase mandatory minimum sentences: Strongly Favors topic 9
Fewer death-row appeals; faster executions: Strongly Favors topic 9
Longer prison terms for gun-toting criminals: Favors topic 9
Build more prisons; private contracts OK: Strongly Favors topic 9
Alternative sentencing & rehabiliation acceptable: Opposes topic 9
Supports death penalty: Favors topic 9
Stricter penalties for drug, sex, & gun offenses: Favors topic 9
Supports flexible federal block grants for crime programs: Neutral on topic 9
Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Use a Gun and You’re Done: Opposes topic 10
Concealed carry OK; supports instant background check: Strongly Favors topic 10
Strongly Opposes topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Cutting "intangibles tax" helps "seniors and savers": Strongly Opposes topic 11
Supports estate tax repeal, but not at states’ expense: Opposes topic 11
Don’t broaden county & city taxing authority: Opposes topic 11
Voter approval of tax increases; cut taxes by $1B: Strongly Opposes topic 11
No national sales tax or VAT: Neutral on topic 11
Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+2 points on Social scale)
Limit family reunification: no siblings nor parents: Opposes topic 12
Secure border as component of reform, not as prerequisite: Favors topic 12
Illegals can't "wait in line"; there is no line to wait in: Strongly Favors topic 12
Pray for Comprehensive Immigration Reform, not AZ law: Favors topic 12
1980s: Voter registration for 88,000 naturalized Hispanics: Favors topic 12
Share costs of legal immigration between states & federal: Neutral on topic 12
Federal government should deal with criminal repatriation: Neutral on topic 12
Import farm workers from Mexico: Favors topic 12
Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Advocated Miami as HQ for Free Trade Area of the Americas: Favors topic 13
Enforce trade law against subsidized Canadian lumber imports: Favors topic 13
Opposes topic 14:
Maintain US sovereignty from UN
(-3 points on Social scale)
Supports economic cooperation between US and China: Opposes topic 14
Role in the world: military strength and moral clarity: Opposes topic 14
Strongly Favors topic 15:
Expand the military
(-5 points on Social scale)
Save Florida's 21 military bases from closure or downsizing: Favors topic 15
Make Florida the most military-friendly state in the nation: Favors topic 15
Threat from 9/11 is unprecedented for our generation: Favors topic 15
Increase defense spending to meet global responsibilities: Strongly Favors topic 15
Strongly Opposes topic 16:
Stricter limits on political campaign funds
(+5 points on Economic scale)
OpEd: Foundation for Florida's Future hides campaign donors: Strongly Opposes topic 16
Longer time and more fees to see public records: Opposes topic 16
No campaign spending limits; no public financing: Strongly Opposes topic 16
Opposes topic 17:
Stay out of Iran
(-3 points on Social scale)
OpEd: Not distancing himself from brother's Afghan policy: Opposes topic 17
Encourage regime change in Iran; keep military option open: Opposes topic 17
Opposed Vietnam War; considered Conscientious Objection: Opposes topic 17
1998: Declined to call for invading Iraq to depose Saddam: Favors topic 17
Easy to criticize Iraq war after the fact: Opposes topic 17
God grants liberty only to ready to defend it: Opposes topic 17
Include states in anti-terrorism planning: Neutral on topic 17
Extend international order friendly to our security: Opposes topic 17
Opposes topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(+2 points on Economic scale)
I'm a skeptic about global warming: Opposes topic 18
Let industries “self-audit”; compensate for “takings”: Opposes topic 18
Voluntary partnerships reduce greenhouse gases economically: Neutral on topic 18
Kyoto Treaty must include reductions by all countries: Opposes topic 18
More funding to develop domestic energy supplies: Opposes topic 18
Share offshore oil development revenue with states: Opposes topic 18
Set goal of 25% renewable energy by 2025: Strongly Favors topic 18
Strongly Favors topic 19:
Never legalize marijuana
(-5 points on Social scale)
Deploy military on both sides of the US-Mexican border: Strongly Favors topic 19
Supper with kids keeps them away from drugs & booze: Favors topic 19
Create a prescription drug tracking system to prevent abuse: Favors topic 19
Opposed treatment instead of jail for nonviolent drug users: Strongly Favors topic 19
Mandatory prison sentences for drug offenses: Strongly Favors topic 19
Reduce drug use by 50% by prevention & enforcement: Favors topic 19
More federal funding for all aspects of Drug War: Favors topic 19
Opposes topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Remove Intangibles Tax on stocks, bonds & dividends: Strongly Opposes topic 20
$310M in stimulus money to start Scripps biotech facility: Strongly Favors topic 20
Cutting taxes on job creators benefits everyone: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Supports constitutional balanced budget amendment: Opposes topic 20

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