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Mike Gravel on VoteMatch

Libertarian for President; Former Democratic Senator (AK)



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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's right
(+5 points on Social scale)
Fund stem cell research on existing & new embryonic lines: Favors topic 1
Agreed with NARAL on 16 pro-choice votes; absent on other 7: Strongly Favors topic 1
Any abortion decision should remain between woman & doctor: Strongly Favors topic 1
Stem Cell research should not be limited: Favors topic 1
Opposes topic 2:
Require hiring more women & minorities
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Discontinue public college & government affirmative action: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Racism still with us in the 21st century: Favors topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Same-sex domestic partnership benefits
(+5 points on Social scale)
By next election, gay marriage could win a popular vote: Strongly Favors topic 3
Civil union establish second-class citizenship for gays: Strongly Favors topic 3
Donít ask donít tell should have gone 20 years ago: Strongly Favors topic 3
Unequivocally supports same-sex marriage: Strongly Favors topic 3
No opinion on topic 4:
Teacher-led prayer in public schools
(0 points on Social scale)
No position on separation of church & state: Neutral on topic 4
Strongly Opposes topic 8:
Death Penalty
(+5 points on Social scale)
Eliminate the federal death penalty: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Citizen Power includes abolition of the death penalty: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Strongly Opposes topic 9:
Mandatory Three Strikes sentencing laws
(+5 points on Social scale)
If you donít have any money, you donít get any justice: Opposes topic 9
Eliminate mandatory minimum sentencing laws: Strongly Opposes topic 9
More jails donít cut crime--must address poverty instead: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-3 points on Economic scale)
License for concealed carry; teach firearms safety: Opposes topic 10
Require license & training for gun ownership: Opposes topic 10
Strongly Favors topic 5:
More federal funding for health coverage
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Expand Medicare coverage & child healthcare programs: Strongly Favors topic 5
Universal coverage with guaranteed equal care: Strongly Favors topic 5
Everybody should have the same health care: Favors topic 5
End subsidization of the insurance companies: Favors topic 5
Citizen Power includes universal health care: Strongly Favors topic 5
Strongly Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Put real money in the Trust Fund & invest it properly: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Strongly Favors topic 7:
Parents choose schools via vouchers
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Supports vouchers, charters, and magnet schools: Strongly Favors topic 7
Citizen Power includes school vouchers: Strongly Favors topic 7
Vouchers are innovative & imaginative--letís experiment: Strongly Favors topic 7
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Replace coal & oil with alternatives
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Institute a tax on oil: Strongly Favors topic 18
Carbon tax can get us off of gasoline in 5 years: Strongly Favors topic 18
Make Global Warming a matter of national security: Strongly Favors topic 18
Immediately sign the Kyoto protocol: Strongly Favors topic 18
Strongly Opposes topic 19:
Drug use is immoral: enforce laws against it
(+5 points on Social scale)
War on drugs is a total failure: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Allow buying marijuana at liquor stores: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Decriminalize hard drugs so we can treat addicts: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Drugs are public health issue, not criminal issue: Strongly Opposes topic 19
War on drugs loses an entire generation to our prisons: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Legalize the use and possession of marijuana: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Stop punishment for victimless crimes: drugs, sex & gambling: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Opposes topic 20:
Allow churches to provide welfare services
(-3 points on Economic scale)
No position on faith-based initiatives: Neutral on topic 20
Citizens Wage: $5000 income from feds to banish poverty: Opposes topic 20
Opposes topic 11:
Make taxes more progressive
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Tax code is corrupt & serves the wealthy: Favors topic 11
Wipe out the income tax! -- itís regressive: Opposes topic 11
National sales tax; no exceptions; prebates for essentials: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Supports a national sales tax to replace IRS: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Repeal the income tax and close down the IRS: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Purpose of economy is to meet peopleís needs, not business: Strongly Favors topic 11
Less regressive tax on poor; more capital gains on rich: Strongly Favors topic 11
Strongly Favors topic 12:
Illegal immigrants earn citizenship
(+5 points on Social scale)
Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working here: Strongly Favors topic 12
Immigration issue is national scapegoating: Strongly Favors topic 12
Embarrassed at building a wall on southern border: Strongly Favors topic 12
Make whole country a sanctuary city: Strongly Favors topic 12
Iím ashamed that weíre building a fence on southern border: Strongly Favors topic 12
Make English the official language of the US: Opposes topic 12
Illegal immigrants come here for jobs; donít deport them: Strongly Favors topic 12
Nativists who want to fence us in are dead wrong: No opin. on topic 12
Strongly Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-5 points on Economic scale)
No sanctions on China or Venezuela, but no trade agreements: Opposes topic 13
CAFTA & NAFTA cause unemployment in Mexico & Central America: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Trade agreements only benefit shareholders: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Tariffs on China could spur worldwide economic downturn: No opin. on topic 13
Strongly Opposes topic 15:
Expand the armed forces
(+5 points on Social scale)
1969: Opposed early ABM anti-missile systems: Opposes topic 15
No additional homeland security funding; no missile defense: Strongly Opposes topic 15
US has nothing to fear; fear sustains the military complex: Opposes topic 15
Cut Pentagon by more than 15%; weíre squandering money: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Cut US nuclear arsenal from 10,000 to a couple hundred: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Cut military budget in half--we donít need such ďreadinessĒ: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Presidential imperialism feeds the arms industry: No opin. on topic 15
Strongly Favors topic 16:
Stricter limits on political campaign funds
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Public taxpayer funding for federal candidates: Strongly Favors topic 16
Asks candidates to pledge to use existing public finance law: Strongly Favors topic 16
Iíve got no money; of course Iím for campaign finance reform: Favors topic 16
Start with public financing of campaigns: Strongly Favors topic 16
Strongly Favors topic 14:
The Patriot Act harms civil liberties
(+5 points on Social scale)
FISA was created to check abuse of power: Strongly Favors topic 14
No monitoring domestic communication; no military tribunals: Strongly Favors topic 14
Politicians use fear to manipulate us all: Favors topic 14
Raze Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib prisons to the ground: Favors topic 14
Calling critics or doubters un-American is anti-patriotic: Favors topic 14
National security is no need for government secrecy: Strongly Favors topic 14
Bush uses Patriot Act to gut international law: No opin. on topic 14
Strongly Favors topic 17:
US out of Iraq
(+5 points on Social scale)
Fighting terrorism with a war doesnít work: Favors topic 17
Soldiers in Iraq are dying in vain; so just get out: Strongly Favors topic 17
Iraq war was lost the day Bush invaded-make it illegal: Strongly Favors topic 17
Immediate withdrawal from the war in Iraq: Strongly Favors topic 17
Commence an immediate and orderly withdrawal from Iraq: Strongly Favors topic 17
Election was mandate for peace but carnage continues for oil: Strongly Favors topic 17
Remove power to declare war from Congress-theyíve abdicated: Strongly Favors topic 17

Other candidates' VoteMatch: Mike Gravel on the issues:
Frontrunners:
GOP: Sen.John McCain
Democrat: Sen.Hillary Clinton
Democrat: Sen.Barack Obama

GOP V.P. Possibilities:
Mayor Rudy Giuliani(NYC)
Gov.Mike Huckabee(AR)
Sen.Joe Lieberman(CT)
Gov.Mitt Romney(MA)
Gov. Mark Sanford(SC)

Third Parties:
Libertarian: Rep.Bob Barr
Libertarian: Sen.Mike Gravel
Constitution: Amb.Alan Keyes
Liberation: Gloria La Riva
Green: Rep.Cynthia McKinney
Socialist: Brian Moore
Independent: Ralph Nader
Libertarian: Rep.Ron Paul
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Health Care
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Immigration
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Tax Reform
War/Iraq/Mideast
Welfare/Poverty

Page last updated: Feb 07, 2010