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Joe Kennedy III on Abortion
Click here for 5 full quotes on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • Fight any efforts to limit reproductive health services. (Nov 2012)
  • Supports public abortion funding. (Oct 2012)
  • Supports churches providing birth control. (Oct 2012)
  • I consider myself pro-choice. (Sep 2012)
  • Ban anti-abortion limitations on abortion services. (Nov 2013)
Joe Kennedy III on Budget & Economy
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  • Voted NO on prioritizing spending in case debt limit is reached. (May 2013)
Joe Kennedy III on Civil Rights
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  • Right to love and marry whom you choose. (Nov 2012)
  • Pay equity for women. (Nov 2012)
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. (Feb 2013)
  • Opposes defining traditional marriage. (Oct 2012)
  • Sponsored removing deadline for ratification of the ERA. (Jun 2013)
  • Enforce against wage discrimination based on gender. (Feb 2013)
Joe Kennedy III on Corporations
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  • Voted NO on workforce training by state block grants & industry partners. (Mar 2013)
Joe Kennedy III on Crime
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  • Opposes capital punishment. (Oct 2012)
  • Sponsored evidence-based & proven prevention for street gangs. (Mar 2013)
Joe Kennedy III on Drugs
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Joe Kennedy III on Education
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  • I support the President's Race to the Top program. (Oct 2012)
  • Supports federal grants for education reforms. (Sep 2012)
Joe Kennedy III on Energy & Oil
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  • Invest in renewable and energy-efficiency technologies. (Nov 2012)
  • Human activity is contributing to climate change. (Oct 2012)
  • Supports regulating greenhouse gas emissions. (Sep 2012)
Joe Kennedy III on Environment
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Joe Kennedy III on Families & Children
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  • More funding & services for victims of domestic violence. (Feb 2013)
Joe Kennedy III on Foreign Policy
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Joe Kennedy III on Free Trade
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Joe Kennedy III on Government Reform
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  • Citizens United decision should be reversed. (Oct 2012)
Joe Kennedy III on Gun Control
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  • Keep assault weapons ban; end gun-show loophole. (Oct 2012)
  • Supports restrictions on gun purchases. (Sep 2012)
Joe Kennedy III on Health Care
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  • Defend the progress we've made with ObamaCare. (Nov 2012)
  • Opposes repealing ObamaCare. (Oct 2012)
  • Opposes repealing ObamaCare. (Sep 2012)
Joe Kennedy III on Homeland Security
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  • Reduce defense spending, not Medicaid/Medicare. (Oct 2012)
  • Supports targeting suspected terrorists. (Sep 2012)
  • Supports reducing defense spending. (Sep 2012)
  • End bulk data collection under USA PATRIOT Act. (Jan 2014)
Joe Kennedy III on Immigration
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  • Provide an opportunity to earn citizenship. (Oct 2012)
  • Opposes exiting US to apply for citizenship. (Sep 2012)
Joe Kennedy III on Jobs
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  • Voted NO on allowing compensatory time off for working overtime. (Apr 2013)
  • Raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2016. (Mar 2013)
Joe Kennedy III on Principles & Values
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Joe Kennedy III on Social Security
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  • No means testing; no age changes; no privatization. (Nov 2012)
Joe Kennedy III on Tax Reform
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  • Tax system where everyone pays fair share. (Nov 2012)
  • Supports increasing tax rates. (Oct 2012)
  • Opposes eliminating the inheritance tax. (Oct 2012)
  • Supports an income tax increase. (Sep 2012)
Joe Kennedy III on Technology
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Joe Kennedy III on War & Peace
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  • Stay vigilant with Iran as we leave Afghanistan. (Nov 2012)
  • Bring troops home quickly & prudently before end of 2014. (Oct 2012)
  • Crippling sanctions on Iran to ensure no nuclear arms. (Oct 2012)
Joe Kennedy III on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Voted NO on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients. (Mar 2013)
  • Sponsored maintaining SNAP nutrition assistance program. (Mar 2013)


VoteMatch Responses
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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+5 points on Social scale)
Fight any efforts to limit reproductive health services: Strongly Favors topic 1
Supports public abortion funding: Strongly Favors topic 1
Supports churches providing birth control: Strongly Favors topic 1
I consider myself pro-choice: Strongly Favors topic 1
Ban anti-abortion limitations on abortion services: Strongly Favors topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Pay equity for women: Strongly Favors topic 2
Sponsored removing deadline for ratification of the ERA: Strongly Favors topic 2
More funding & services for victims of domestic violence: Strongly Favors topic 2
Enforce against wage discrimination based on gender: Strongly Favors topic 2
YES on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act: Favors topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+5 points on Social scale)
Right to love and marry whom you choose: Strongly Favors topic 3
Opposes defining traditional marriage: Strongly Favors topic 3
Neutral on topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Defend the progress we've made with ObamaCare: Strongly Favors topic 5
Opposes repealing ObamaCare: Strongly Favors topic 5
Opposes repealing ObamaCare: Favors topic 5
Strongly Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-5 points on Economic scale)
No means testing; no age changes; no privatization: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Opposes topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(-3 points on Economic scale)
I support the President's Race to the Top program: Opposes topic 7
Supports federal grants for education reforms: Opposes topic 7
Neutral on topic 8:
Clean air and water are property rights
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Opposes topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(+5 points on Social scale)
Opposes capital punishment: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Sponsored evidence-based & proven prevention for street gangs: Opposes topic 9
Strongly Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Keep assault weapons ban; end gun-show loophole: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Supports restrictions on gun purchases: Opposes topic 10
Strongly Favors topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Tax system where everyone pays fair share: Strongly Favors topic 11
Supports increasing tax rates: Strongly Favors topic 11
Opposes eliminating the inheritance tax: Strongly Favors topic 11
Supports an income tax increase: Favors topic 11
Strongly Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+5 points on Social scale)
Provide an opportunity to earn citizenship: Strongly Favors topic 12
Opposes exiting US to apply for citizenship: Favors topic 12
Neutral on topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Favors topic 14:
Maintain US sovereignty from UN
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Supports targeting suspected terrorists: Strongly Favors topic 14
Strongly Opposes topic 15:
Expand the military
(+5 points on Social scale)
Reduce defense spending, not Medicaid/Medicare: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Supports reducing defense spending: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Strongly Favors topic 16:
Stricter limits on voting rights
(-5 points on Social scale)
Citizens United decision should be reversed: Strongly Favors topic 16
Neutral on topic 17:
Stay out of Iran
(0 points on Social scale)
Stay vigilant with Iran as we leave Afghanistan: Opposes topic 17
Bring troops home quickly & prudently before end of 2014: Strongly Favors topic 17
Crippling sanctions on Iran to ensure no nuclear arms: Opposes topic 17
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Invest in renewable and energy-efficiency technologies: Favors topic 18
Human activity is contributing to climate change: Strongly Favors topic 18
Supports regulating greenhouse gas emissions: Strongly Favors topic 18
Neutral on topic 19:
Never legalize marijuana
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Favors topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2016: Favors topic 20
NO on prioritizing spending in case debt limit is reached: Favors topic 20

Joe Kennedy III is a Populist-Leaning Liberal.
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