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John F. Kennedy on VoteMatch


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Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+2 points on Social scale)
Supply funds for international birth control studies: Favors topic 1
Find simple, effective, inexpensive fertility control: Favors topic 1
Help population control abroad with methods of their choice: Favors topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Promised to end segregation; LBJ fulfilled promise: Favors topic 2
1961: created Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity: Strongly Favors topic 2
We should not counsel patience and delay on equal rights: Strongly Favors topic 2
Courage to apply equal rights to minorities: Strongly Favors topic 2
Encouraged federal offices to hire blacks: Strongly Favors topic 2
1960s: hasten school desegregation; integrate public places: Strongly Favors topic 2
1960: Called Martin Luther King's wife when MLK was jailed: Strongly Favors topic 2
Impatient for school desegregation in early 1960s: Strongly Favors topic 2
Civil rights in public, not private intermarriage: Favors topic 2
Executive action for immediate civil rights progress: 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 Opposes topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(+5 points on Social scale)
1960: separate Catholic identity from public life: Strongly Opposes topic 4
Pray ourselves, if courts won't allow school prayer: Strongly Opposes topic 4
Strongly Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Attempted unsuccessfully to create retirement-based Medicare: Strongly Favors topic 5
Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-3 points on Economic scale)
1962: Increased minimum wage and Social Security benefits: Opposes topic 6
1961: liberalize social security to help end recession: Opposes topic 6
Put medical care for the aged under Social Security: Opposes topic 6
Strongly Opposes topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(-5 points on Economic scale)
1950s: Supported federal aid to parochial schools: Strongly Favors topic 7
Refused any federal financial help to parochial schools: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Refused any federal financial help to parochial schools: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Liberty without learning is always in peril: Opposes topic 7
Aid to Education Bill defeated when private schools excluded: Strongly Opposes topic 7
1963 Higher Education Act: more grants; more colleges: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Comprehensive education from pre-school to post-college: Opposes topic 7
Strongly Opposes topic 8:
EPA regulations are too restrictive
(+5 points on Social scale)
1962: Supported anti-DDT conclusions of "Silent Spring": Strongly Opposes topic 8
Investigated claims against DDT, which led to its ban: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Youth Conservation Corps: develop outdoor resources: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Invest in facilities for the important resources of the seas: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-3 points on Social scale)
New weapons to combat organized crime: Favors topic 9
No opinion on topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(0 points on Economic scale)
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Favors topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(-3 points on Economic scale)
1962: Paradoxically raise revenues by cutting tax rates: Opposes topic 11
Heavy deficit spending to recover from 1961 recession: Favors topic 11
Tax reduction is first part of assault on unemployment: Opposes topic 11
1961: We need tax cut to keep drive from running out of gas: Opposes topic 11
1963: Tax cut first; then expenditures program: Strongly Favors topic 11
Shift tax payments of large corporations to a current time: Favors topic 11
Lower top income tax rate from 91% to 65%: Favors topic 11
Apply withholding requirements to dividends & interest: Favors topic 11
Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+2 points on Social scale)
America's capacity to absorb immigration is limited: Opposes topic 12
Don't make over the face of America with immigration: Opposes topic 12
1950s: Voted for liberalized immigration laws: Favors topic 12
We say same of Mexicans that we said about Irish & Italians: Favors topic 12
Opponents have called to stop immigration since 1797: Strongly Favors topic 12
Limiting specific nations defies "all men are created equal": Strongly Favors topic 12
National origin quotas are indefensible racial preferences: Strongly Favors topic 12
Remove distinction between native-born & naturalized citizen: Strongly Favors topic 12
Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Sell surplus wheat to Russia to alleviate food shortages: Favors topic 13
Every industry wants higher tariffs on competitors: Favors topic 13
Send surplus wheat to Russians, while subsidizing US farmers: Opposes topic 13
New instrument of trade policy with European Common Market: Favors topic 13
No need for restrictive trade policies: Favors topic 13
Persuade other countries not to restrict our goods coming in: Favors topic 13
Strongly Opposes topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(-5 points on Economic scale)
1957: Supported Algeria's struggle for independence: Opposes topic 14
"World safe for diversity", instead of "safe for democracy": Strongly Opposes topic 14
1961: Created the Peace Corps: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Alianza para el Progreso: development aid for Latin America: Opposes topic 14
Peace Corps carries spirit of America abroad: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Favors topic 15:
Expand the military
(-3 points on Social scale)
Increase military spending to fight domino effect in SE Asia: Favors topic 15
1963: Test Ban Treaty: no nukes in space nor oceans: Opposes topic 15
Defense spending should not be limited by budget amount: Strongly Favors topic 15
Increased defense spending, but also increased efficiency: Favors topic 15
Increased anti-guerilla forces; founded the Green Berets: Favors topic 15
More air-lift; more submarines; more missiles: Strongly Favors topic 15
No opinion on topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Opposes topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(-3 points on Social scale)
1963: Planned to remove all troops from Vietnam by 1965: Favors topic 17
No US troops to Taiwan to defend Quemoy and Matsu: Opposes topic 17
Pouring money into jungles of Indochina is self-destructive: Favors topic 17
Free the Americas of all foreign domination and all tyranny: Opposes topic 17
Negotiate with USSR from a position of strength: Opposes topic 17
1949: Stop onrushing tide of communism from engulfing Asia: Opposes topic 17
Bay of Pigs defeat enhanced Castro's stature: Opposes topic 17
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
1963 tax bill: remove loopholes favoring oil companies: Strongly Favors topic 18
Supplement oil resources with atomic energy: Favors topic 18
Cut oil depletion allowance for largest producers: Favors topic 18
Favors topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(-3 points on Social scale)
Crack down on the illicit sale of habit-forming drugs: Favors topic 19
Strongly Favors topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Heavy deficit spending to recover from 1961 recession: Strongly Favors topic 20
Steady rise in expenditures as economic stimulus: Strongly Favors topic 20
1961: Added 13-week unemployment benefits in recession: Strongly Favors topic 20
Cut personal & corporate taxes to stimulate economy: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Economic stimulus took us from recession to recovery: Strongly Favors topic 20
More interested in federal programs than in cutting deficit: Strongly Favors topic 20
Government programs help people do what they can't do alone: Strongly Favors topic 20

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