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The AmericansElect.org quiz outlines how elected officials and public figures address political topics, plus the relative importance they place on each key topic. The nine key topics are:

We list below summaries of one public figures's issue stances related to each topic, and which AmericansElect.org quiz answer each issue stance indicates. Click on the quiz answer link to see the full original excerpt and citations.
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Lamar Alexander on VoteMatch

 



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AmericansElect Question & Answer(Summary answer based on details in right-hand column) Based on these stances:
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Question 1 answer A on Economy:

When you think about the US budget deficit, which of the following solutions is closest to your opinion?
  • A: Cutting existing programs
  • B: More spending cuts than tax increases (mix of both solutions)
  • C: More tax increases than spending cuts (mix of both solutions)
  • D: Raising Taxes
  • E: Unsure
Candidate indicated 'A' on 5 out of 7 statements.
Reduce government to spur growth: A on question 1
NO on increasing tax rate for people earning over $1 million: A on question 1
YES on $350 billion in tax breaks over 11 years: A on question 1
YES on $40B in reduced federal overall spending: A on question 1
YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends: B on question 1
NO on additional $825 billion for economic recovery package: A on question 1
YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending: D on question 1

Question 2 answer D on Energy:

When you think about America’s energy needs, which of the following solutions comes closest to your opinion?
  • A: Strong investment in renewable energy like wind and solar
  • B: More drilling than investment in renewables (mix of both solutions)
  • C: More investment in renewable than drilling (mix of both solutions)
  • D: Strong focus on offshore drilling and allowing drilling in federal lands including wildlife reserves
  • E: Unsure
Candidate indicated 'D' on 3 out of 4 statements.
YES on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases: D on question 2
NO on targeting 100,000 hydrogen-powered vehicles by 2010: D on question 2
NO on disallowing an oil leasing program in Alaska's ANWR: D on question 2
YES on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies: C on question 2

Question 3 answer C on Healthcare:

When you think about healthcare reform in the United States, which of the following solutions is closest to your opinion?
  • A: The Government should be the sole provider of healthcare insurance
  • B: The Government should have a major role in providing healthcare insurance
  • C: The Government should have a limited role in providing healthcare insurance
  • D: Only private companies should provide healthcare insurance
  • E: Unsure
Candidate indicated 'C' on 3 out of 6 statements.
Patient’s bill of rights with four principles; but not suing: C on question 3
For uninsured: church-based Health Care Networks: C on question 3
Medicare provides a menu of plans, some with add-on costs: B on question 3
YES on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts: C on question 3
YES on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare: A on question 3
YES on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program: B on question 3

Question 4 answer D on Immigration:

When you think about illegal immigration, which of the following solutions come closest to your opinion?
  • A: All illegal immigrants should be able to stay in the US legally
  • B: Most illegal immigrants should be able to stay in the US, with some exceptions
  • C: Most illegal immigrants should be deported, with some exceptions
  • D: All illegal immigrants should be deported
  • E: Unsure
Candidate indicated 'D' on 3 out of 5 statements.
NO on continuing federal funds for declared "sanctuary cities": C on question 4
YES on giving Guest Workers a path to citizenship: A on question 4
NO on establishing a Guest Worker program: D on question 4
YES on building a fence along the Mexican border: D on question 4
YES on declaring English as the official language of the US government: D on question 4

Question 5 answer A on Foreign Policy:

When you think about the US pursuing its interests abroad, which of the following is closest to your opinion?
  • A: The US should always act in its own interest regardless of what other countries think
  • B: The US should rarely listen to other countries
  • C: The US should listen to other countries more often than not
  • D: The US should always listen to other countries before pursuing its own interests
  • E: Unsure
Candidate indicated 'A' on 2 out of 2 statements.
No US military action under UN command: A on question 5
NO on redeploying troops out of Iraq by July 2007: A on question 5

Question 6 answer A on Education:

When you think about education in the US, which of the following is closest to your opinion?
  • A: School curriculums should be set entirely at a local school board level
  • B: School curriculums should be set more by local school boards than at a national level
  • C: School curriculums should be set more by national standards than at a local level
  • D: School curriculums should be set entirely at a national standardized level
  • E: Unsure
Candidate indicated 'A' on 6 out of 10 statements.
More teacher pay; but end tenure: D on question 6
Create Education Savings Accounts: A on question 6
Charter schools make public education better: B on question 6
Public scholarships for charter or private schools: A on question 6
$1,500 scholarship for poor kids to attend any school: A on question 6
Pass Model Charter School Laws in all 50 states: A on question 6
Give school decisions back to families: A on question 6
Rated 27% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes: A on question 6
NO on $5B for grants to local educational agencies: C on question 6
YES on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects: D on question 6

Question 7 answer A on Social Issues:

When you think about the rights of same-sex couples, which of the following is closest to your personal opinion?
  • A: Same-sex couples should not be allowed to marry or form any kind of civil union
  • B: Same-sex couples should be allowed to form civil unions, but not to marry in the traditional sense
  • C: Same-sex couples should be allowed to marry legally, with all the same rights as traditional marriages
  • D: Unsure
Candidate indicated 'A' on 1 out of 1 statements.
YES on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage: A on question 7

Question 8 answer D on Environment:

Which of the following statements comes closest to your personal view?
  • A: Natural resources exist for the benefit of humanity
  • B: Natural resources exist for the benefit of humanity, but should be somewhat protected
  • C: Natural resources should be mostly protected, but also exist for the benefit of humanity
  • D: Natural resources exist on their own and should be completely protected
  • E: Unsure
Candidate indicated 'D' on 3 out of 7 statements.
Bipartisan wetland protection & pollution clean-up: C on question 8
Fund national parks in the tradition of Teddy Roosevelt: D on question 8
Supports local land trusts to protect ecology: D on question 8
Rated 5% by the LCV, indicating anti-environment votes: A on question 8
EPA must do better on mercury clean-up: C on question 8
Celebrate the recovery of the bald eagle: D on question 8
NO on prohibiting eminent domain for use as parks or grazing land: C on question 8

Question 9 answer B on Reform:

Which of the following comes closest to your personal opinion?
  • A: To make this country great, we should return to the examples and values of our forefathers
  • B: This country is already great, we shouldn't change a thing
  • C: To make this country great, we should keep building and adapting for the future
Candidate indicated 'B' on 3 out of 3 statements.
Stop the free fall in defense spending: B on question 9
YES on extending the PATRIOT Act's roving wiretaps: B on question 9
YES on requiring photo ID to vote in federal elections: B on question 9

Other candidates' VoteMatch: Lamar Alexander on the issues:
Pres.Barack Obama
V.P.Joe Biden
State:Hillary Clinton
HHS:Tom Daschle
Staff:Rahm Emanuel
DOC:Judd Gregg
DHS:Janet Napolitano
DOC:Bill Richardson
DoD:Robert Gates
A.G.:Eric Holder
Treas.:Tim Geithner

Former Bush Administration:
Pres.George W. Bush
V.P.Dick Cheney
State:Colin Powell
State:Condi Rice
EPA:Christie Whitman

Former Clinton Administration:
Pres.Bill Clinton
HUD:Andrew Cuomo
V.P.Al Gore
Labor:Robert Reich
A.G.:Janet Reno

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Energy/Oil
Environment
Families
Foreign Policy
Free Trade
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Health Care
Homeland Security
Immigration
Jobs
Principles
Social Security
Tax Reform
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To assess the Relative Importance of each answer, observe the citation counts in the left-hand column of the table above. The AmericansElect.org quiz relative importance are the citation counts expressed as pie-chart percentages.


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