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2016 Democratic contenders:
Joe Biden
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Hillary Clinton
(Former Secretary of State)

2016 Republican contenders:
Jeb Bush
(Former Florida Governor)
Ben Carson
(M.D. and Tea Party hero)
Chris Christie
(New Jersey Governor)
Jim DeMint
(South Carolina Senator)
Mike Huckabee
(Former Arkansas Governor)
Jon Huntsman
(Former Utah Governor and Ambassador to China)
Sarah Palin
(Former Alaska Governor).
Rand Paul
(Kentucky Senator)
Tim Pawlenty
(Former Minnesota Governor)
Rick Perry
(Texas Governor)
Paul Ryan
(Wisconsin Representative)
Rick Santorum
(Former Pennsylvania Senator)
Donald Trump
(Real estate mogul)

2016 Third Party contenders:
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(Former New Mexico Governor)
Michael Bloomberg
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Rand Paul on Abortion
Click here for 10 full quotes on Abortion OR other candidates on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • Stop flow of taxpayer dollars to fund abortions. (Apr 2015)
  • Supports "Plan B" morning-after contraception. (Oct 2014)
  • Supports religious freedom to deny contraceptive coverage. (Jun 2014)
  • Thousands of exceptions follow from maternal health. (May 2013)
  • Personhood at conception, including embryonic stem cells. (Apr 2013)
  • Coarsening of our culture led to 50 million unborn deaths. (Sep 2012)
  • My opponents call me libertarian but I'm pro-life. (Feb 2011)
  • Life begins at conception. (Jul 2010)
  • Opposes federal abortion funding. (Aug 2010)
  • Prohibit federal funding for abortion. (May 2011)
Rand Paul on Budget & Economy
Click here for 30 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR other candidates on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • Reform the tax code; address the national debt. (Apr 2015)
  • Federal Reserve is insolvent, by private bank standards. (Feb 2015)
  • More oversight of the Fed; less of community banks. (Feb 2015)
  • Audit the Fed: currently no jurisdiction to do so. (Feb 2015)
  • Is the Fed too big to be audited? (Feb 2015)
  • We borrow $1M per minute; mandate a balanced budget. (Jan 2015)
  • The sequester is the law of the land: can't compromise on it. (Oct 2013)
  • We cannot continue to borrow $50,000 per second. (Mar 2013)
  • Sequester doesn't cut spending; it just slows rate of growth. (Mar 2013)
  • FactCheck: US borrowing $30,000 per second, not $50,000. (Feb 2013)
  • Borrowing $50,000 per second is not sustainable. (Feb 2013)
  • America needs Adam Smith, not Robin Hood. (Feb 2013)
  • Penny Plan: Each $1 by one penny & balance budget by 2019. (Feb 2013)
  • Keep the sequester, and increase it to $4T. (Feb 2013)
  • Not every military dollar is necessary,nor every entitlement. (Aug 2012)
  • Roll back federal spending to 2008 levels. (Jan 2012)
  • We are borrowing $40,000 per second. (Jan 2012)
  • Government not serious about controlling spending. (Feb 2011)
  • Larger government is not a solution for economy. (Feb 2011)
  • Bank bailout represented everything wrong with Washington. (Feb 2011)
  • Debt crisis is approaching a point of no return. (Feb 2011)
  • Bank bailout was bad policy & helped no banks in KY. (Oct 2010)
  • No federal bailouts of private industry. (Jul 2010)
  • Demand a Balanced Budget amendment. (Jul 2010)
  • Limit federal spending growth to per-capita inflation rate. (Jul 2010)
  • Sponsored bill increasing debt limit to $16.7 trillion. (Jul 2011)
  • Supports the Cut-Cap-and-Balance Pledge. (Jan 2012)
  • Disapprove of increasing the debt limit. (Jan 2012)
  • Sponsored auditing the Fed & its actions on mortgage loans. (Feb 2013)
  • Endorsed Liberty Candidate: End the Federal Reserve. (Sep 2010)
Rand Paul on Civil Rights
Click here for 16 full quotes on Civil Rights OR other candidates on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • Marriage for heterosexuals; contracts for same-sex couples. (Apr 2015)
  • Stand up for Bill of Rights against federal usurpation. (Apr 2015)
  • Gay contracts ok, but gay marriage is offensive. (Mar 2015)
  • OpEd: Disagrees with Libertarian Party on social issues. (Jan 2015)
  • Don't register guns federally, nor marriages. (Dec 2014)
  • Voter ID laws offend African Americans. (May 2014)
  • Women won the "war on women": they're no longer downtrodden. (Jan 2014)
  • Redefining marriage leads to economic and moral problems. (Jun 2013)
  • No national law on same-sex marriage; leave it to states. (May 2013)
  • Make federal benefits equal for gay couples. (Mar 2013)
  • Let states decide same-sex marriage; don't federalize it. (Mar 2013)
  • Illegal to impose racial segregation in the private sector. (May 2010)
  • Opposes same-sex marriage. (Nov 2009)
  • Voted NO on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. (Feb 2013)
  • Opposes affirmative action. (Aug 2010)
  • Supports Amendment to prevent same sex marriage. (Aug 2010)
Rand Paul on Corporations
Click here for 9 full quotes on Corporations OR other candidates on Corporations OR background on Corporations.
  • No safety net cuts until corporate welfare is all cut. (Jan 2015)
  • Most small businesses fail, & government often picks wrong. (Jan 2014)
  • Cut corporate tax in half to create millions of jobs. (Feb 2013)
  • Kelo decision was dangerous landmark in US law. (Sep 2012)
  • Punishing the rich means the poor lose their jobs. (Aug 2012)
  • Obama's "You didn't build that" insults American workers. (Aug 2012)
  • Stop subsidizing profitable large multinational corporations. (Mar 2012)
  • Expand lending caps for credit unions to small business. (Mar 2012)
  • Rated 14% by UFCW, indicating a pro-management voting record. (May 2012)
Rand Paul on Crime
Click here for 12 full quotes on Crime OR other candidates on Crime OR background on Crime.
  • REDEEM Act: seal non-violent criminal records to allow jobs. (Apr 2015)
  • Restore federal right to vote to non-violent felons. (Apr 2015)
  • Defend the whole Bill of Rights, including speedy trials. (Feb 2015)
  • Defend the 4th & 5th Amendments against Big Government. (Feb 2015)
  • Blacks look who's in prison & conclude cops out to get them. (Aug 2014)
  • Death penalty is a state issue. (Jul 2014)
  • Let convicted felons regain the right to vote. (Jun 2014)
  • Justice cannot occur without a trial, especially minorities. (Mar 2014)
  • Defend trial by jury & oppose unlawful searches. (Feb 2013)
  • Stop over-criminalization in vague laws like Lacey Act. (Sep 2012)
  • Lacey Act applies foreign laws to US citizens. (Sep 2012)
  • Many criminal statutes lack requirement of criminal intent. (Sep 2012)
Rand Paul on Drugs
Click here for 11 full quotes on Drugs OR other candidates on Drugs OR background on Drugs.
  • End hypocrisy and over-criminalization of marijuana. (Feb 2015)
  • Jailing people for 10 years for marijuana is ridiculous. (Nov 2014)
  • Whites & blacks use drugs, but prisons are full of blacks. (Jul 2014)
  • War on drugs has unintentionally had a racial outcome. (Jun 2014)
  • Don't promote marijuana but don't jail non-violent criminals. (Mar 2013)
  • Tackle drug problem; no one cares where funding comes from. (Oct 2010)
  • Community treatment instead of federal anti-drug programs. (Aug 2010)
  • Drug abuse isn't a pressing issue; 10-20 years is too harsh. (Aug 2010)
  • Favors legalizing medical marijuana. (May 2010)
  • Exclude industrial hemp from definition of marijuana. (Aug 2012)
  • Exempt industrial hemp from marijuana laws. (Feb 2013)
Rand Paul on Education
Click here for 8 full quotes on Education OR other candidates on Education OR background on Education.
  • Don't constrict kids to one-size-fits-all Common Core. (Apr 2015)
  • Charters & flexibility instead of federal one-size-fits-all. (Jan 2015)
  • Washington-based metrics stifle new ideas & innovation. (Oct 2013)
  • Why tax federally to send money back to local schools? (Oct 2013)
  • Federal student loans are ok, if within spending limits. (Apr 2013)
  • Allow school choice for everyone, white, brown, or black. (Feb 2013)
  • No Child Left Behind is federal takeover of schools. (Feb 2012)
  • Support homeschooling and parental responsibility. (Jul 2010)
Rand Paul on Energy & Oil
Click here for 15 full quotes on Energy & Oil OR other candidates on Energy & Oil OR background on Energy & Oil.
  • Cut red tape to allow energy freedom & traditional energy. (Apr 2015)
  • Compete on the free market, including nuclear plants. (Jan 2015)
  • Develop mineral & energy resources on public lands. (Jan 2015)
  • Supports Keystone XL, plus domestic oil & gas exploration. (Jan 2015)
  • Test older gas pipelines for explosion safety. (Sep 2012)
  • End subsidies to solar companies; they're donation kickbacks. (Mar 2012)
  • Unelected EPA should not regulate greenhouse emissions. (Oct 2010)
  • Energy crisis stems from too much government intervention. (Jul 2010)
  • Voted YES on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases. (Apr 2011)
  • Signed the No Climate Tax Pledge by AFP. (Nov 2010)
  • Supports renewable energy tax credits. (Aug 2010)
  • Cap-and-trade has no impact on global temperatures. (Jul 2010)
  • Explore proven energy reserves & keep energy prices low. (Jul 2010)
  • Let states lease energy rights on federal lands. (Jun 2013)
  • Endorsed Liberty Candidate: tax incentives for US-based alternatives. (Sep 2010)
Rand Paul on Environment
Click here for 11 full quotes on Environment OR other candidates on Environment OR background on Environment.
  • Balance environmental safety with business deregulation. (Apr 2015)
  • Hurricane Sandy relief ads were conflict of interest. (Nov 2013)
  • Hurricane recovery money is bankrupting the government. (Jul 2013)
  • Our federal government regulates everything and anything. (Sep 2012)
  • Citizens run afoul of vague definition of "wetlands". (Sep 2012)
  • EPA regulations cost $15 trillion in 2012. (Sep 2012)
  • EPA enforcement nullifies due process and judicial review. (Sep 2012)
  • Land rules made by delusional government interventionists. (Sep 2012)
  • Navigable waters should mean permanently flowing. (Sep 2012)
  • Voted NO on protecting ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems. (May 2013)
  • Rated 20% by HSLF, indicating an anti-animal welfare voting record. (Jan 2012)
Rand Paul on Families & Children
Click here for 3 full quotes on Families & Children OR other candidates on Families & Children OR background on Families & Children.
  • Revival of values depends on fusing freedom and virtue. (Dec 2014)
  • Volunteer eye surgery for blind kids in Guatemala. (Aug 2014)
  • Re-establish inter-country adoptions from Guatemala. (Aug 2014)
Rand Paul on Foreign Policy
Click here for 25 full quotes on Foreign Policy OR other candidates on Foreign Policy OR background on Foreign Policy.
  • U.S. intervention in Libya strengthened Islamic State. (Apr 2015)
  • Stand with Israel Act: no US funds to Palestinian Authority. (Apr 2015)
  • Crazy for North Korea to use force; we'd declare war. (Jan 2015)
  • Where do Ron and Rand Paul disagree on foreign issues? (Jan 2015)
  • Good idea to end Cuba embargo; it hasn't worked. (Dec 2014)
  • 50-year embargo with Cuba hasn't worked; lift it. (Dec 2014)
  • Normalizing relations with Cuba can lead to positive change. (Dec 2014)
  • Temporary stop on elective travel to fight Ebola. (Nov 2014)
  • No quarantine on returning Ebola doctors unless symptomatic. (Nov 2014)
  • GOP hawks fear my world view, but Americans support it. (May 2014)
  • Neocons are neoisolationist: 'all should behave like us'. (May 2014)
  • Eventually end all foreign aid, but unrealistic for now. (May 2014)
  • We don't need grandstanding tough talk against Russia. (Mar 2014)
  • My worldview: engage both friend and foe in dialogue. (Jan 2014)
  • Prioritize embassy security to avoid another Benghazi. (Oct 2013)
  • No isolationism; but don't go abroad seeking enemies. (Oct 2013)
  • Against terror but first comes preserving the Constitution. (Jul 2013)
  • US aid enables a war on Christianity in the Middle East. (Jun 2013)
  • End US aid to countries that burn our flag. (Mar 2013)
  • Stop sending foreign aid to people who don't like us. (Sep 2012)
  • Freeze aid to Egypt until they release detained Americans. (Sep 2012)
  • As only democracy in Mideast, Israel is important ally. (Feb 2011)
  • Exit the UN; maintain US sovereignty. (Nov 2010)
  • Rated 0 by AAI, indicating a mixed Arab/Palestine voting record. (May 2012)
  • Endorsed Liberty Candidate: US abroad unconstitutional & unaffordable. (Sep 2010)
Rand Paul on Free Trade
Click here for 3 full quotes on Free Trade OR other candidates on Free Trade OR background on Free Trade.
  • China trade improves economy AND makes fight less likely. (Jan 2014)
  • Accompany free trade laws with other export inducers. (Oct 2013)
  • Participated with Raw Milk Freedom Riders civil disobedience. (Sep 2012)
Rand Paul on Government Reform
Click here for 17 full quotes on Government Reform OR other candidates on Government Reform OR background on Government Reform.
  • End the profession of "career politician" with term limits. (Apr 2015)
  • Term limits would infuse Congress with new ideas. (Jan 2015)
  • Supports early voting; but voter ID also ok. (Nov 2014)
  • President should not bypass Congress with executive orders. (Jan 2014)
  • Term limits if budget can't get balanced. (Feb 2013)
  • Fund new programs by deleting existing ones. (Sep 2012)
  • Conservatives should criticize GOP when they grow government. (Feb 2012)
  • Our legislative victory: an end to earmarks. (Jan 2012)
  • Federal contracts should include no-PAC clauses. (Feb 2011)
  • Instead of bringing home the bacon, bring home politicians. (Feb 2011)
  • FactCheck: No, Kagan never she'd regulate vegetable eating. (Feb 2011)
  • Lobbyists' sole goal is to rip you off. (Jul 2010)
  • No Pork Pledge: decrease earmarking; increase transparency. (Aug 2010)
  • Identify constitutionality in every new congressional bill. (Jul 2010)
  • Audit federal agencies, to reform or eliminate them. (Jul 2010)
  • Moratorium on all earmarks until budget is balanced. (Jul 2010)
  • Prohibit IRS audits targeting Tea Party political groups. (Feb 2014)
Rand Paul on Gun Control
Click here for 10 full quotes on Gun Control OR other candidates on Gun Control OR background on Gun Control.
  • Oppose laws which would limit the right to gun ownership. (Apr 2015)
  • Don't let the liberals tread on the Second Amendment. (Feb 2013)
  • Patriot Act violates your gun rights. (Feb 2011)
  • 2nd amendment is only as good as the fourth amendment. (Sep 2010)
  • Supports 2nd amendment; vote against restricting handguns. (Jul 2010)
  • Voted NO on banning high-capacity magazines of over 10 bullets. (Apr 2013)
  • Opposes restrictions on the right to bear arms. (Aug 2010)
  • Rated AQ by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun rights voting record. (Aug 2010)
  • Oppose the United Nations' Arms Trade Treaty. (Sep 2013)
  • Endorsed Liberty Candidate: no point in keeping guns you can't access. (Sep 2010)
Rand Paul on Health Care
Click here for 17 full quotes on Health Care OR other candidates on Health Care OR background on Health Care.
  • Health system was over-regulated before ObamaCare. (Apr 2015)
  • Encourage vaccines, with religious exceptions. (Feb 2015)
  • Parents own their children, and can choose to not vaccinate. (Feb 2015)
  • Compassion cannot be delivered in the form of coercion. (Jan 2015)
  • Supports tort reform & free-market principles. (Jan 2015)
  • ObamaCare cuts hundreds of choices down to just four. (Nov 2013)
  • It's Congress' job to fight to change ObamaCare. (Oct 2013)
  • Protect vitamin manufacturers from unreasonable regulations. (Sep 2012)
  • ObamaCare is still unconstitutional, despite Supreme Court. (Aug 2012)
  • No mandatory mental health screening in schools. (Nov 2011)
  • Restrain ObamaCare from using Commerce Clause. (Feb 2011)
  • Obamacare will cost $3T & health insurance still goes up 15%. (Oct 2010)
  • Replace over-regulation with free market principles. (Jul 2010)
  • Voted NO on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts. (May 2011)
  • Opposes government-run healthcare. (Aug 2010)
  • Defund, repeal, & replace federal care with free market. (Jul 2010)
  • Repeal any federal health care takeover. (Jul 2010)
Rand Paul on Homeland Security
Click here for 35 full quotes on Homeland Security OR other candidates on Homeland Security OR background on Homeland Security.
  • 2010: decrease DOD budget by $164B; 2015: increase by $190B. (Apr 2015)
  • Provide veterans support tools to adjust to civilian life. (Apr 2015)
  • National defense should be unencumbered by nation building. (Feb 2015)
  • Kids are concerned with privacy & the surveillance state. (Feb 2015)
  • We've over-militarized our foreign policy. (Jan 2015)
  • Military should be second to none; so audit the Pentagon. (Jan 2015)
  • Transparency is mostly good; we should not have torture. (Dec 2014)
  • Need NSA reform, but not the USA Freedom Act. (Nov 2014)
  • Multiple requests for security at Benghazi were ignored. (Jun 2014)
  • Benghazi disqualifies Hillary from the presidency. (Jun 2014)
  • Don't let people who make money off weapons define policy. (Apr 2014)
  • National defense is important, but no blank check. (Apr 2014)
  • Deploy missile defense in Eastern Europe but they pay for it. (Mar 2014)
  • NSA monitoring is an affront to 1776 sons of liberty. (Mar 2014)
  • Allow challenges to NSA in open court, not FISA court. (Nov 2013)
  • Give trials to Guantanamo detainees. (May 2013)
  • Filibuster to establish no drones on citizens in America. (Mar 2013)
  • 13-hour filibuster against drone strikes targeting Americans. (Mar 2013)
  • Only Judiciary can detain and drone, not the President. (Mar 2013)
  • Military sacrifice spreads flame of freedom around the world. (Sep 2012)
  • Drones have executed people wrongfully, like death penalty. (Jun 2012)
  • Cut defense spending as part of cutting all federal spending. (Jan 2012)
  • 9/11 justified eliminating Taliban, but not nation-building. (Jul 2011)
  • The Patriot Act is intrusive; it's what the Founders feared. (Feb 2011)
  • Put defense spending on the table for reducing budget. (Feb 2011)
  • Defense should be largest part of much smaller budget. (Feb 2011)
  • How much of what is spent on defense is actual "defense"? (Feb 2011)
  • Remove waste from last decade's doubling of military budget. (Feb 2011)
  • Military should decide don't-ask-don't-tell policy. (Sep 2010)
  • Warrantless searches overstep Constitutional powers. (Sep 2010)
  • Treat armed service members like heroes. (Jul 2010)
  • Defense policy is influenced by the makers of weapons. (Feb 2010)
  • Voted NO on extending the PATRIOT Act's roving wiretaps. (Feb 2011)
  • Supports banning homosexuals in the military. (Aug 2010)
  • Sponsored opposing the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty. (Mar 2013)
Rand Paul on Immigration
Click here for 12 full quotes on Immigration OR other candidates on Immigration OR background on Immigration.
  • Legal status for 11 million illegals after we secure border. (Apr 2015)
  • National ID card for all citizens protects national security. (Apr 2015)
  • Status quo is untenable; we must do some sort of reform. (Jun 2014)
  • Move beyond amnesty, but eventually to path to citizenship. (Jun 2014)
  • Illegals are not bad people, but we have to control border. (Apr 2014)
  • Latinos support GOP stances of faith and family values. (Jun 2013)
  • Legal status, but not citizenship, for illegal immigrants. (Mar 2013)
  • We will find a place for illegal immigrants in America. (Mar 2013)
  • Replace de facto amnesty with bipartisan reform. (Mar 2013)
  • See immigrants as assets, not liabilities. (Feb 2013)
  • Obamacare treats illegal aliens because it's illegal to ask. (Oct 2010)
  • No amnesty; respect the law. (Jul 2010)
Rand Paul on Jobs
Click here for 4 full quotes on Jobs OR other candidates on Jobs OR background on Jobs.
  • Help the unemployed by lowering taxes dramatically. (Mar 2014)
  • Unemployment insurance ok if fully paid for & short-term. (Jan 2014)
  • Extending unemployment benefits does disservice to workers. (Dec 2013)
  • National Right-to-Work Act: no forced unionization. (Feb 2013)
Rand Paul on Principles & Values
Click here for 22 full quotes on Principles & Values OR other candidates on Principles & Values OR background on Principles & Values.
  • Conservative on spending; libertarian-ish on other issues. (Apr 2015)
  • Defeat the Washington machine; unleash the American Dream. (Apr 2015)
  • Politicians should apply medical oath: "First, do no harm". (Jan 2015)
  • Elect lovers of liberty, not just Republicans. (Mar 2014)
  • We don't need new principles, just to stand by those we have. (Mar 2013)
  • America's exceptionalism is notion that all should be free. (Feb 2013)
  • I am a Christian but not always a good one. (Sep 2012)
  • Sometimes evil people win, and saintly heroes are martyred. (Sep 2012)
  • America's crisis is not fiscal, but moral & spiritual. (Sep 2012)
  • Wife Kelley gave Randal Paul his nickname "Rand". (Feb 2011)
  • My victory was part of a much larger Tea Party movement. (Feb 2011)
  • Being Ron Paul's son means being unique-minded independent. (Feb 2011)
  • Met Wife Kelley at age 26 in Atlanta. (Feb 2011)
  • Moved to wife's home in Kentucky & raised three boys. (Feb 2011)
  • Accused of belonging to secret society NoZe Brotherhood. (Oct 2010)
  • I'm "a pro-life Christian"; denies worshiping "Aqua Buddha". (Oct 2010)
  • This is not Wendell Ford's seat; it's the people's seat. (Oct 2010)
  • This election really is about the president's agenda. (Oct 2010)
  • A career doctor, not a career politician. (Jul 2010)
  • Son of Rep. Ron Paul; endorsed by Sarah Palin. (Apr 2010)
  • Member of the Tea Party movement. (Aug 2010)
  • Rated 100% by the AU, indicating opposition to separation of church & state. (Jan 2013)
Rand Paul on Social Security
Click here for 8 full quotes on Social Security OR other candidates on Social Security OR background on Social Security.
  • Raise retirement age to save program for younger generation. (Apr 2015)
  • Raise the retirement age to deal with Baby Boomers. (Feb 2011)
  • Raise retirement age gradually; allow opting out. (Feb 2011)
  • I've never challenged constitutionality of Social Security. (Oct 2010)
  • Raise the retirement age for people under age 55. (Oct 2010)
  • Social Security is a Ponzi scheme. (Aug 2010)
  • Supports private retirement accounts. (Aug 2010)
  • Rated 17% by ARA, indicating a mixed record on senior issues. (Jan 2013)
Rand Paul on Tax Reform
Click here for 13 full quotes on Tax Reform OR other candidates on Tax Reform OR background on Tax Reform.
  • EZ Tax: $700B tax cut via 17% flat tax. (Apr 2015)
  • Balanced budget and a simple, fair tax system. (Feb 2015)
  • Economic growth comes when we lower taxes for everyone. (Jan 2014)
  • Stand firm and say NO to any MORE tax hikes!. (Feb 2013)
  • Opposed to increasing taxes during recession. (Feb 2011)
  • Joe Taxpayer gets stuck with the bill for budget deficit. (Feb 2011)
  • Balanced budget amendment to pay to extend $4T Bush tax cuts. (Oct 2010)
  • Lower taxes encourage spending, saving, and investing. (Jul 2010)
  • Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes. (Aug 2010)
  • Supports flat-rate federal tax; opposes increased tax rates. (Aug 2010)
  • Adopt a single-rate tax system. (Jul 2010)
  • Repeal tax hikes in capital gains and death tax. (Jul 2010)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)
Rand Paul on Technology
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  • Oppose net neutrality; Silicon Valley has no uniform support. (Nov 2014)
  • Bridgegate is unsettling; government should not bully people. (Feb 2014)
  • 5% tax on overseas profits & put it all into infrastructure. (Jan 2014)
  • Generalized warrants for all cellphones is unconstitutional. (Jan 2014)
  • Snowden revealed NSA abuses, but a fair prison term is ok. (Jan 2014)
  • 4th Amendment bans NSA from collecting everyone's phone data. (Dec 2013)
  • I don't mind spying on terrorists, but not on all Americans. (Jul 2013)
  • FactCheck: Free "Obama phones" actually started in 1984. (Feb 2013)
  • Sharply questioned ban on incandescent light bulbs. (Sep 2012)
  • TSA is a testament to Islamic terrorist's success. (Sep 2012)
  • TSA's primary function violates the Fourth Amendment. (Sep 2012)
  • Filibuster against SOPA and PIPA: don't censor the Internet. (Jan 2012)
  • Voted NO on authorizing states to collect Internet sales taxes. (May 2013)
Rand Paul on War & Peace
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  • Keep on mind on Iran nukes but don't trust the ayatollahs. (Apr 2015)
  • Oppose bombing Assad in Syria because it strengthens ISIS. (Apr 2015)
  • Hillary's War: Ousting Gadhafi in Libya gave rise to ISIS. (Feb 2015)
  • Supporting rebels in Syrian Civil War gave rise to ISIS. (Feb 2015)
  • Arming Syrian rebels wades into another civil war. (Sep 2014)
  • GOP is too eager for war; and so is Hillary. (Aug 2014)
  • Assist Iraqi government against ISIS, but not Syrian rebels. (Jul 2014)
  • No US troops in Iraq, even against ISIS. (Jul 2014)
  • How many Americans should die to defend Iraq? (Jul 2014)
  • ISIS are nasty terrorists but no clear-cut American interest. (Jun 2014)
  • Iraq War gave Iran regional hegemony & caused Mideast chaos. (Jun 2014)
  • Maintain ambiguous policy on containing nuclear Iran. (Apr 2014)
  • Keep all options on the table, but don't declare war on Iran. (Apr 2014)
  • Don't get stuck in Cold War idea of tweaking Russia. (Mar 2014)
  • Executive Branch can initiating war is a usurpation of power. (Mar 2014)
  • No involvement in Syria, even if gas attack proven. (Sep 2013)
  • No US interests in either side of Syrian war. (Sep 2013)
  • No US weapons to kill Christians in Syria. (Aug 2013)
  • It is unacceptable not to hate war. (Sep 2012)
  • Staying in Afghanistan will not make America safer. (Jul 2011)
  • Opposed to Iraq War; no direct threat & no declared war. (Feb 2011)
  • Would have voted against a declaration of war against Iraq. (Feb 2010)
Rand Paul on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Federal "gifts" don't generate wealth but perpetuate poverty. (Jan 2015)
  • Be aware of those who are missing out on American Dream. (Jan 2015)
  • Tax cuts help the poor because local businesses will hire. (Apr 2014)
  • Strong safety net, but one that doesn't suffocate us. (Jan 2014)
  • Economic freedom zones: low taxes in high unemployment areas. (Jan 2014)
  • Economic freedom zones in depressed inner cities. (Dec 2013)
  • Poverty line is $11,490, but welfare adds $25,000. (Oct 2013)
  • Block grant welfare to states and communities. (Oct 2013)


VoteMatch Responses
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Strongly Opposes topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(-5 points on Social scale)
Stop flow of taxpayer dollars to fund abortions: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Supports "Plan B" morning-after contraception: Opposes topic 1
Re-establish inter-country adoptions from Guatemala: Opposes topic 1
Supports religious freedom to deny contraceptive coverage: Opposes topic 1
Thousands of exceptions follow from maternal health: Opposes topic 1
Personhood at conception, including embryonic stem cells: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Coarsening of our culture led to 50 million unborn deaths: Strongly Opposes topic 1
My opponents call me libertarian but I'm pro-life: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Life begins at conception: Opposes topic 1
Opposes federal abortion funding: Opposes topic 1
Prohibit federal funding for abortion: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Opposes topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Be aware of those who are missing out on American Dream: Favors topic 2
War on drugs has unintentionally had a racial outcome: Favors topic 2
Women won the "war on women": they're no longer downtrodden: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Illegal to impose racial segregation in the private sector: Opposes topic 2
Opposes affirmative action: Strongly Opposes topic 2
NO on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act: Opposes topic 2
Opposes topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(-3 points on Social scale)
Gay contracts ok, but gay marriage is offensive: Opposes topic 3
Don't register guns federally, nor marriages: Favors topic 3
Redefining marriage leads to economic and moral problems: Strongly Opposes topic 3
No national law on same-sex marriage; leave it to states: Favors topic 3
Make federal benefits equal for gay couples: Favors topic 3
Let states decide same-sex marriage; don't federalize it: Favors topic 3
Military should decide don't-ask-don't-tell policy: Opposes topic 3
Opposes same-sex marriage: Opposes topic 3
Supports Amendment to prevent same sex marriage: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Supports banning homosexuals in the military: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Strongly Favors topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(-5 points on Social scale)
Rated 100% by the AU, indicating opposition to separation of church & state: Strongly Favors topic 4
Strongly Opposes topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Health system was over-regulated before ObamaCare: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Compassion cannot be delivered in the form of coercion: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Supports tort reform & free-market principles: Strongly Opposes topic 5
ObamaCare cuts hundreds of choices down to just four: Opposes topic 5
ObamaCare is still unconstitutional, despite Supreme Court: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Restrain ObamaCare from using Commerce Clause: Opposes topic 5
Obamacare will cost $3T & health insurance still goes up 15%: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Replace over-regulation with free market principles: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Opposes government-run healthcare: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Defund, repeal, & replace federal care with free market: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Repeal any federal health care takeover: Strongly Opposes topic 5
NO on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts: Favors topic 5
Favors topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Raise the retirement age to deal with Baby Boomers: Opposes topic 6
Raise retirement age gradually; allow opting out: Favors topic 6
Social Security is a Ponzi scheme: Strongly Favors topic 6
Supports private retirement accounts: Strongly Favors topic 6
Rated 17% by ARA, indicating a mixed record on senior issues: Neutral on topic 6
Strongly Favors topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Don't constrict kids to one-size-fits-all Common Core: Strongly Favors topic 7
Charters & flexibility instead of federal one-size-fits-all: Strongly Favors topic 7
Allow school choice for everyone, white, brown, or black: Strongly Favors topic 7
No Child Left Behind is federal takeover of schools: Strongly Favors topic 7
Support homeschooling and parental responsibility: Strongly Favors topic 7
Strongly Favors topic 8:
No 'rights' to clean air and water
(-5 points on Social scale)
Balance environmental safety with business deregulation: Strongly Favors topic 8
EPA regulations cost $15 trillion in 2012: Strongly Favors topic 8
NO on protecting ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems: Favors topic 8
Strongly Opposes topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(+5 points on Social scale)
REDEEM Act: seal non-violent criminal records to allow jobs: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Defend the whole Bill of Rights, including speedy trials: Opposes topic 9
Defend the 4th & 5th Amendments against Big Government: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Blacks look who's in prison & conclude cops out to get them: Opposes topic 9
Death penalty is a state issue: Favors topic 9
Justice cannot occur without a trial, especially minorities: Opposes topic 9
Defend trial by jury & oppose unlawful searches: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Stop over-criminalization in vague laws like Lacey Act: Opposes topic 9
Many criminal statutes lack requirement of criminal intent: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Drones have executed people wrongfully, like death penalty: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Strongly Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Oppose laws which would limit the right to gun ownership: Strongly Favors topic 10
Don't let the liberals tread on the Second Amendment: Strongly Favors topic 10
Supports 2nd amendment; vote against restricting handguns: Strongly Favors topic 10
Opposes restrictions on the right to bear arms: Strongly Favors topic 10
Rated AQ by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun rights voting record: Strongly Favors topic 10
Endorsed Liberty Candidate: no point in keeping guns you can't access: Strongly Favors topic 10
NO on banning high-capacity magazines of over 10 bullets: Strongly Favors topic 10
Strongly Opposes topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(+5 points on Economic scale)
EZ Tax: $700B tax cut via 17% flat tax: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Balanced budget and a simple, fair tax system: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Help the unemployed by lowering taxes dramatically: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Cut corporate tax in half to create millions of jobs: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Stand firm and say NO to any MORE tax hikes!: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Opposed to increasing taxes during recession: Opposes topic 11
Lower taxes encourage spending, saving, and investing: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Supports flat-rate federal tax; opposes increased tax rates: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Adopt a single-rate tax system: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Repeal tax hikes in capital gains and death tax: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+2 points on Social scale)
Move beyond amnesty, but eventually to path to citizenship: Favors topic 12
Latinos support GOP stances of faith and family values: Favors topic 12
Legal status, but not citizenship, for illegal immigrants: Favors topic 12
We will find a place for illegal immigrants in America: Strongly Favors topic 12
Replace de facto amnesty with bipartisan reform: Favors topic 12
See immigrants as assets, not liabilities: Strongly Favors topic 12
No amnesty; respect the law: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Strongly Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+5 points on Economic scale)
China trade improves economy AND makes fight less likely: Strongly Favors topic 13
Accompany free trade laws with other export inducers: Favors topic 13
Opposes topic 14:
Maintain US sovereignty from UN
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Good idea to end Cuba embargo; it hasn't worked: Opposes topic 14
Neocons are neoisolationist: 'all should behave like us': Opposes topic 14
My worldview: engage both friend and foe in dialogue: Strongly Opposes topic 14
No isolationism; but don't go abroad seeking enemies: Opposes topic 14
Sponsored opposing the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty: Strongly Favors topic 14
Oppose the United Nations' Arms Trade Treaty: Favors topic 14
Opposes topic 15:
Expand the military
(+2 points on Social scale)
Provide veterans support tools to adjust to civilian life: Favors topic 15
Military should be second to none; so audit the Pentagon: Opposes topic 15
National defense is important, but no blank check: Strongly Opposes topic 15
US aid enables a war on Christianity in the Middle East: Opposes topic 15
End US aid to countries that burn our flag: Opposes topic 15
Military sacrifice spreads flame of freedom around the world: Strongly Favors topic 15
Not every military dollar is necessary,nor every entitlement: Opposes topic 15
Put defense spending on the table for reducing budget: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Defense should be largest part of much smaller budget: Favors topic 15
How much of what is spent on defense is actual "defense"?: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Remove waste from last decade's doubling of military budget: Opposes topic 15
Treat armed service members like heroes: Strongly Favors topic 15
Defense policy is influenced by the makers of weapons: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Strongly Favors topic 16:
More enforcement of the right to vote
(+5 points on Social scale)
Supports early voting; but voter ID also ok: Favors topic 16
Let convicted felons regain the right to vote: Strongly Favors topic 16
Voter ID laws offend African Americans: Strongly Favors topic 16
Federal contracts should include no-PAC clauses: Favors topic 16
Lobbyists' sole goal is to rip you off: Favors topic 16
Favors topic 17:
Stay out of Iran
(+2 points on Social scale)
Hillary's War: Ousting Gadhafi in Libya gave rise to ISIS: Favors topic 17
Supporting rebels in Syrian Civil War gave rise to ISIS: Favors topic 17
We've over-militarized our foreign policy: Favors topic 17
Normalizing relations with Cuba can lead to positive change: Favors topic 17
Arming Syrian rebels wades into another civil war: Strongly Favors topic 17
GOP is too eager for war; and so is Hillary: Favors topic 17
Assist Iraqi government against ISIS, but not Syrian rebels: Opposes topic 17
No US troops in Iraq, even against ISIS: Strongly Favors topic 17
How many Americans should die to defend Iraq?: Favors topic 17
ISIS are nasty terrorists but no clear-cut American interest: Strongly Favors topic 17
Iraq War gave Iran regional hegemony & caused Mideast chaos: Favors topic 17
Keep all options on the table, but don't declare war on Iran: Favors topic 17
We don't need grandstanding tough talk against Russia: Favors topic 17
9/11 justified eliminating Taliban, but not nation-building: Opposes topic 17
Staying in Afghanistan will not make America safer: Strongly Favors topic 17
Opposed to Iraq War; no direct threat & no declared war: Strongly Favors topic 17
Would have voted against a declaration of war against Iraq: Strongly Favors topic 17
Endorsed Liberty Candidate: US abroad unconstitutional & unaffordable: Opposes topic 17
Strongly Opposes topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Cut red tape to allow energy freedom & traditional energy: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Compete on the free market, including nuclear plants: Opposes topic 18
Develop mineral & energy resources on public lands: Opposes topic 18
Supports Keystone XL, plus domestic oil & gas exploration: Strongly Opposes topic 18
End subsidies to solar companies; they're donation kickbacks: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Energy crisis stems from too much government intervention: Opposes topic 18
Signed the No Climate Tax Pledge by AFP: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Supports renewable energy tax credits: Strongly Favors topic 18
Cap-and-trade has no impact on global temperatures: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Explore proven energy reserves & keep energy prices low: Opposes topic 18
Let states lease energy rights on federal lands: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Endorsed Liberty Candidate: tax incentives for US-based alternatives: Opposes topic 18
YES on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases: Opposes topic 18
Strongly Opposes topic 19:
Never legalize marijuana
(+5 points on Social scale)
End hypocrisy and over-criminalization of marijuana: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Jailing people for 10 years for marijuana is ridiculous: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Whites & blacks use drugs, but prisons are full of blacks: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Don't promote marijuana but don't jail non-violent criminals: Strongly Favors topic 19
Community treatment instead of federal anti-drug programs: Opposes topic 19
Drug abuse isn't a pressing issue; 10-20 years is too harsh: Opposes topic 19
Favors legalizing medical marijuana: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Exclude industrial hemp from definition of marijuana: Opposes topic 19
Exempt industrial hemp from marijuana laws: Opposes topic 19
Opposes topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(+2 points on Economic scale)
We borrow $1M per minute; mandate a balanced budget: Strongly Opposes topic 20
The sequester is the law of the land: can't compromise on it: Opposes topic 20
Government not serious about controlling spending: Opposes topic 20
Debt crisis is approaching a point of no return: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Limit federal spending growth to per-capita inflation rate: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Sponsored bill increasing debt limit to $16.7 trillion: Strongly Favors topic 20
Supports the Cut-Cap-and-Balance Pledge: Opposes topic 20
Expand lending caps for credit unions to small business: Favors topic 20
Disapprove of increasing the debt limit: Opposes topic 20
Rated 14% by UFCW, indicating a pro-management voting record: Opposes topic 20
Sponsored auditing the Fed & its actions on mortgage loans: Opposes topic 20

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