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Rick Perry on VoteMatch


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Strongly Opposes topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(-5 points on Social scale)
More restrictions on abortion clinics; 5-month limit: Opposes topic 1
Protect the unborn via sonogram requirement: Strongly Opposes topic 1
The right to privacy is fictitious: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Abortion only for rape, incest, or maternal health: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Supports prohibiting human embryonic stem cell research: Opposes topic 1
Opposes federal abortion funding: Opposes topic 1
Supports the Pro-life Presidential Leadership Pledge: Strongly Opposes topic 1
No opinion on topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(0 points on Economic scale)
Civil Rights Act was glorious fulfillment of Declaration: Strongly Favors topic 2
We divvy up races using tools invented to fight racism: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Suing for girls in Boy Scouts is part of strategic assault: Opposes topic 2
Support principles embodied in the Equal Rights Amendment: Favors topic 2
Strongly Opposes topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(-5 points on Social scale)
Gay marriage is not protected, but judges will declare it so: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Gay marriage is not protected, but judges will declare it so: Opposes topic 3
Homosexuals are inappropriate role model for adolescent boys: Opposes topic 3
Homosexuals are inappropriate role model for adolescent boys: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Supports Amendment to prevent same sex marriage: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Strongly Favors topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(-5 points on Social scale)
Unelected judges shouldn't tell us when & where we can pray: Strongly Favors topic 4
Public prayer is not establishing a religion: Strongly Favors topic 4
Prohibiting school prayer is federal overreach: Strongly Favors topic 4
Supreme Court shouldn't choose how & where we may pray: Strongly Favors topic 4
It's about freedom OF religion, not freedom FROM religion: Strongly Favors topic 4
Help Texans move off public assistance: Favors topic 4
Supports voluntary prayer in public schools: Strongly Favors topic 4
Strongly Opposes topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(+5 points on Economic scale)
ObamaCare is an abomination for this country: Strongly Opposes topic 5
States innovate on healthcare; feds are one-size-fits-all: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Wipe out ObamaCare; block grant healthcare back to states: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Wipe out ObamaCare; block grant healthcare back to states: Strongly Opposes topic 5
ObamaCare is a trainwreck of a plan: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Repeal ObamaCare; simple message to Washington: "Enough": Strongly Opposes topic 5
Total repeal and dismantling of ObamaCare: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Total repeal and dismantling of ObamaCare: Strongly Opposes topic 5
The future of America depends on repealing ObamaCare: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Medical liability reforms have reduced frivolous lawsuits: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Healthier Texas: $200M funding pool for uncompensated care: Favors topic 5
More focus on nursing home and in-home care: Favors topic 5
More federal funding for rural health services: Favors topic 5
Opposes government-run healthcare: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Loosen "one-size-fits-all" approach to Medicaid: Opposes topic 5
Favors topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Let state employees opt out of Social Security: Favors topic 6
We are fed up with system teetering on bankruptcy: Favors topic 6
New Deal inventions violently toss aside federalism: Favors topic 6
Trust Fund is an unsustainable Ponzi scheme: Favors topic 6
Maintain federal Social Services Block Grant funding: Favors topic 6
Maintain long-term solvency of Social Security and Medicare: Opposes topic 6
Strongly Favors topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Promote school choice all across this country: Favors topic 7
Choose from mix of public, charter & private schools: Strongly Favors topic 7
Turned down $700M in federal aid due to strings attached: Favors topic 7
Turned down $700M in federal aid due to strings attached: Strongly Favors topic 7
No "Race to the Top" funding; too many strings attached: Strongly Favors topic 7
$305 million for public schools and colleges: Opposes topic 7
Start a pilot voucher program in Texas: Strongly Favors topic 7
Start a pilot voucher program in Texas: Strongly Favors topic 7
Supports vouchers, but didn't push proposal through: Favors topic 7
Supports vouchers, but didn't push proposal through: Strongly Favors topic 7
Favors topic 8:
No 'rights' to clean air and water
(-3 points on Social scale)
Create jobs by taking advantage of our natural resources: Favors topic 8
Stop declaring wildlife sanctuaries on water reservoirs: Favors topic 8
More state autonomy on brownfields & Superfund cleanups: Favors topic 8
Focus on prevention and states for Endangered Species: Strongly Opposes topic 8
State primacy over water quantity & quality issues: Favors topic 8
Keystone XL Pipeline fundamental to economic prosperity: No opin. on topic 8
Strongly Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-5 points on Social scale)
I think our justice system is color blind: Favors topic 9
If you kill a TX citizen, you will face ultimate justice: Strongly Favors topic 9
Life without parole for certain repeat sex offenders: Favors topic 9
States know best on punishment; federalism is arrogance: Favors topic 9
Death penalty for aggravated rape: Strongly Favors topic 9
What's wrong with restricting ex-felons from voting?: Favors topic 9
Amachi program: break up generational cycle of incarceration: Favors topic 9
Tough and smart: jail sexual offenders; release non-violent: Strongly Favors topic 9
Executes Mexican citizen despite plea from Pres. Fox: Strongly Favors topic 9
Vetoes ban on execution of mentally retarded inmates: Strongly Favors topic 9
Supports DNA testing; standards for capital defenders: Opposes topic 9
Supports flexible federal block grants for crime programs: Neutral on topic 9
Zero tolerance for violence against government employees: Neutral on topic 9
Supports capital punishment for certain crimes: Strongly Favors topic 9
Strongly Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Individual right to keep and bear arms: Strongly Favors topic 10
Opposes restrictions on the right to bear arms: Strongly Favors topic 10
Strongly Opposes topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Tax rebates & tax relief instead of government spending: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Federal tax incentives for energy, with state decisions: Neutral on topic 11
Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Opposes topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(-3 points on Social scale)
Why isn't D.C. talking with border states about the border?: Opposes topic 12
Mexican border beset with vicious murders & tortures: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Discounted in-state tuition regardless of immigration status: Favors topic 12
Let illegals contribute to society & pursue citizenship: Strongly Favors topic 12
Illegal immigration cost TX $928M in one year: Strongly Opposes topic 12
End the notion of sanctuary cities: Strongly Opposes topic 12
End the notion of sanctuary cities: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Share costs of legal immigration between states & federal: Neutral on topic 12
Federal government should deal with criminal repatriation: Neutral on topic 12
Import farm workers from Mexico: Favors topic 12
Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Stand up cyber-command against China's cyber-crime: Opposes topic 13
NAFTA is largest job stimulus of the decade: Strongly Favors topic 13
Welcome market of united Europe & ever-growing China & India: Favors topic 13
Milk price controls are egregiously interventionist: Strongly Favors topic 13
Enforce trade law against subsidized Canadian lumber imports: Favors topic 13
No opinion on topic 14:
Maintain US sovereignty from UN
(0 points on Economic scale)
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Strongly Favors topic 15:
Expand the military
(-5 points on Social scale)
US should be strongest nation by insurmountable magnitude: Strongly Favors topic 15
Invest in defense to prepare for unpredictable threats: Strongly Favors topic 15
Always maintain a robust military capability: Strongly Favors topic 15
Opposes topic 16:
More enforcement of the right to vote
(-3 points on Social scale)
McCain-Feingold unconstitutionally restricts of free speech: Strongly Opposes topic 16
Require voters to present photo ID at polling places: Opposes topic 16
Earmarks corrupt the governing process: Favors topic 16
Campaign contributions are political free speech: Strongly Opposes topic 16
Strongly Opposes topic 17:
Stay out of Iran
(-5 points on Social scale)
I would send troops back into Iraq, to exclude Iran: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Transition out of Afghanistan but keep non-military presence: Opposes topic 17
Iraq: combat terror on their turf, not ours: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Secure freedom for oppressed people in Iraq and Afghanistan: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Include states in anti-terrorism planning: Neutral on topic 17
Opposes topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Put 1.2 million Americans to work in domestic energy: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Don't put economy in jeopardy based on unsettled science: Strongly Opposes topic 18
$5,000 incentive for Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles: Strongly Favors topic 18
Manmade global warming: "It's-All-Our-Fault" theory: Strongly Opposes topic 18
More funding to develop domestic energy supplies: Opposes topic 18
Share offshore oil development revenue with states: Opposes topic 18
Create block grants for Agricultural Stewardship: Neutral on topic 18
Collaborative, incentive driven, locally-based solutions: Neutral on topic 18
Signed the No Climate Tax Pledge by AFP: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Favors topic 19:
Never legalize marijuana
(-3 points on Social scale)
Secure the Mexican border against drug cartels: Favors topic 19
Fight cross-border violence as part of drug war: Favors topic 19
Medical marijuana OK for California, but not Texas: Opposes topic 19
Drug trade causes soaring violence on southern border: Favors topic 19
ACLU shouldn't protest random drug sweeps in public housing: Favors topic 19
Protect the border from drug traffickers: Favors topic 19
States should make drug policy, not feds: Neutral on topic 19
Strongly Opposes topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Entitlement programs are $115 trillion; we must cut them: Opposes topic 20
Reduce business' tax burden & regulatory climate: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Taxation is not the solution; live within our means instead: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Balance our budget without raising taxes: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Supports the Cut-Cap-and-Balance Pledge: Opposes topic 20

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Election 2013:
NJ-R: Chris Christie (won)
NJ-D: Barbara Buono (lost)
VA-R: Bob McDonnell(Retiring)
VA-R: Ken Cuccinelli (lost)
VA-D: Terry McAuliffe (won)

Gubernatorial Debates 2014:
AL: Bentley(R) vs.Griffith(D)
AR: Ross(D) vs.Hutchinson(R) vs.Griffin(R,Lt.Gov.)
AZ: Ducey(R) vs.DuVal(D) vs.Mealer(AE) vs.Gilbert(L) vs.Riggs(R)
CA: Brown(D) vs.Kashkari(R)
CO: Hickenlooper(D) vs.Beauprez(R) vs.Tancredo(R) vs.Hess(L)
CT: Malloy(D) vs.Foley(R) vs.Walker(R,Lt.Gov.)
FL: Scott(R) vs.Crist(D) vs.Snitker(L,Lt.Gov.)
GA: Deal(R) vs.Carter(D)
HI: Ige(D) vs.Aiona(R) vs.Abercrombie(D)
IA: Branstad(R) vs.Hoefling(R) vs.Hatch(D)
MA: Coakley(D) &Polito(D,Lt.Gov.) vs.Grossman(D) vs.Berwick(D) vs.Baker(R) &Polito(R,Lt.Gov.)
ME: LePage(R) vs.Michaud(D) vs.Cutler(I)
MI: Snyder(R) vs.Schauer(D)
NM: Martinez(R) vs.King(D)
NY: Cuomo(D) vs.Astorino(R) vs.Hawkins(G) vs.Teachout(D) vs.Hochul(D,Lt.Gov.)
OK: Fallin(R) vs.Dorman(D)
PA: Corbett(R) vs.Wolf(D) vs.Schwartz(D,lost primary) vs.Critz(D,Lt.Gov.,lost primary)
Up for re-election 2014:
AK-R: Sean Parnell
AL-R: Robert Bentley
CA-D: Jerry Brown
CO-D: John Hickenlooper
CT-D: Dan Malloy
FL-R: Rick Scott
GA-R: Nathan Deal
HI-D: Neil Abercrombie
IA-R: Terry Branstad
ID-R: Butch Otter
IL-D: Pat Quinn
KS-R: Sam Brownback
ME-R: Paul LePage
MI-R: Rick Snyder
MN-D: Mark Dayton
NH-D: Maggie Hassan
NM-R: Susana Martinez
NV-R: Brian Sandoval
NY-D: Andrew Cuomo
OH-R: John Kasich
OK-R: Mary Fallin
OR-D: John Kitzhaber
PA-R: Tom Corbett
SC-R: Nikki Haley
SD-R: Dennis Daugaard
TN-R: Bill Haslam
VT-D: Peter Shumlin
WI-R: Scott Walker
WY-R: Matt Mead
Civil Rights
Foreign Policy
Free Trade
Govt. Reform
Gun Control
Health Care
Homeland Security
Local Issues
Social Security
Tax Reform

Term-Limited or Retiring 2014:
AR-D: Mike Beebe
AZ-R: Jan Brewer
MA-D: Deval Patrick
MD-D: Martin O'Malley
RI-I: Linc Chafee
TX-R: Rick Perry

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Page last updated: Sep 22, 2014