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Rick Santorum on VoteMatch

Republican Jr Senator (PA); 2012 presidential frontrunner



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Strongly Opposes topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(-5 points on Social scale)
No abortions even in cases of rape; one violence is enough: Strongly Opposes topic 1
I've not only taken the pledge; I've taken the bullets: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Plan B morning-after pill is abortion, and dangerous: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Scientifically, an embryo is human from moment of conception: Strongly Opposes topic 1
93% of abortions are post-conception birth control: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Partial birth abortion allows killing baby if only toe is in: Opposes topic 1
There is no federal right to privacy: Opposes topic 1
Responsible stem cell research doesn't destroy embryos: Opposes topic 1
Protect any child born alive from botched abortion: Opposes topic 1
Partial birth abortion should shock your conscience: Opposes topic 1
Rated 0% by NARAL, indicating a pro-life voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Supports the Pro-life Presidential Leadership Pledge: Strongly Opposes topic 1
YES on Unknown roll call for 1999-340: Strongly Opposes topic 1
YES on maintaining ban on Military Base Abortions: Opposes topic 1
YES on banning partial birth abortions except for maternal life: Strongly Opposes topic 1
YES on criminal penalty for harming unborn fetus during other crime: Opposes topic 1
NO on $100M to reduce teen pregnancy by education & contraceptives: Opposes topic 1
YES on notifying parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions: Opposes topic 1
Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Affirmative program for minority business-building: Favors topic 2
Automatically awarding custody to moms celebrates sexism: Favors topic 2
Issue a commemorative postage stamp of Rosa Parks: Favors topic 2
NO on banning affirmative action hiring with federal funds: Strongly Favors topic 2
NO on ending special funding for minority & women-owned business: Strongly Favors topic 2
YES on prohibiting same-sex basic training: Opposes topic 2
NO on setting aside 10% of highway funds for minorities & women: Opposes topic 2
Strongly Opposes topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(-5 points on Social scale)
I would never attend a same-sex wedding: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Marriage is a federal issue; we need one definition, not 50: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Removing Don't-Ask injects social experiment into military: Opposes topic 3
No polygamy; no gay marriage: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Same-sex marriage is unprecedented social revolution: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Marriage Protection Amendment is last resort, but needed: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Leave marriage definition to state legislatures & the people: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Same-sex marriage takes us away from purpose of marriage: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Homosexual orientation ok; but homosexual act are sodomy: Strongly Opposes topic 3
YES on prohibiting same-sex marriage: Strongly Opposes topic 3
NO on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation: Strongly Opposes topic 3
NO on expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation: Opposes topic 3
NO on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes: Strongly Opposes topic 3
YES on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Strongly Favors topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(-5 points on Social scale)
Drafted & managed 1994 Contract with America Welfare Reform: Favors topic 4
Church-state "neutrality" is not in US Constitution: Strongly Favors topic 4
One Percent Solution: increase charitable giving to 2.5%: Favors topic 4
Discriminatory to NOT give money to faith-based groups: Strongly Favors topic 4
We're plagued by tragedies when we turn our back on God: Strongly Favors topic 4
Supports anti-flag desecration amendment: Favors topic 4
Rated 100% by the Christian Coalition: a pro-Family-Value voting record: Strongly Favors topic 4
YES on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer: Strongly Favors topic 4
YES on $75M for abstinence education: Strongly Favors topic 4
YES on killing restrictions on violent videos to minors: Opposes topic 4
YES on recommending Constitutional ban on flag desecration: Favors topic 4
Strongly Opposes topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(+5 points on Economic scale)
ObamaCare wasted $500M setting up 4 failed state exchanges: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Obamacare will crush economic freedom: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Promote Health Savings Accounts as market-based solution: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Private sector insurance works, even for Medicare: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Little or no benefit from negotiating Medicare Rx prices: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Rated 0% by APHA, indicating a anti-public health voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 5
NO on blocking medical savings acounts: Opposes topic 5
YES on Medicare means-testing: Opposes topic 5
YES on limiting self-employment health deduction: Opposes topic 5
NO on including prescription drugs under Medicare: Opposes topic 5
YES on funding GOP version of Medicare prescription drug benefit: Opposes topic 5
NO on $40 billion per year for limited Medicare prescription drug benefit: Opposes topic 5
NO on increasing Medicaid rebate for producing generics: Opposes topic 5
NO on negotiating bulk purchases for Medicare prescription drug: Strongly Opposes topic 5
NO on expanding enrollment period for Medicare Part D: Opposes topic 5
YES on limiting medical liability lawsuits to $250,000: Favors topic 5
Strongly Favors topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Supports privatization if voluntary: Favors topic 6
Switched from raising retirement age to personal accounts: Strongly Favors topic 6
Promotes Individual Development Accounts set up by churches: Favors topic 6
No privatization; but voluntary personal retirement accounts: Favors topic 6
Let's grow the pie using private market system: Strongly Favors topic 6
Rated 10% by the ARA, indicating an anti-senior voting record: Strongly Favors topic 6
YES on deducting Social Security payments on income taxes: Favors topic 6
YES on allowing Roth IRAs for retirees: Favors topic 6
YES on allowing personal retirement accounts: Favors topic 6
Strongly Favors topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(+5 points on Economic scale)
2001: Keep Department of Education; 2012: it's unnecessary: Strongly Favors topic 7
Rich people already have school choice; give it to the poor: Strongly Favors topic 7
Kids are trapped without choice in the public schools: Strongly Favors topic 7
Rated 27% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes: Strongly Favors topic 7
YES on school vouchers in DC: Strongly Favors topic 7
YES on education savings accounts: Favors topic 7
YES on allowing more flexibility in federal school rules: Strongly Favors topic 7
YES on Educational Savings Accounts: Favors topic 7
NO on funding smaller classes instead of private tutors: Favors topic 7
NO on funding student testing instead of private tutors: Favors topic 7
NO on $5B for grants to local educational agencies: Favors topic 7
Strongly Favors topic 8:
EPA regulations are too restrictive
(-5 points on Social scale)
No federal energy help needed; we did it on Marcellus Shale: Strongly Favors topic 8
Sagging economy caused by stop sign on oil drilling: Strongly Favors topic 8
Rated 0% by the LCV, indicating anti-environment votes: Strongly Favors topic 8
NO on reducing funds for road-building in National Forests: Opposes topic 8
Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-3 points on Social scale)
Allow felons to vote again after 5 years crime-free: Opposes topic 9
Rated 25% by CURE, indicating anti-rehabilitation crime votes: Strongly Favors topic 9
NO on replacing death penalty with life imprisonment: Strongly Favors topic 9
YES on limiting death penalty appeals: Favors topic 9
YES on more penalties for gun & drug violations: Favors topic 9
NO on $1.15 billion per year to continue the COPS program: Favors topic 9
Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+2 points on Economic scale)
YES on maintaining current law: guns sold without trigger locks: Strongly Favors topic 10
YES on loosening license & background checks at gun shows: Favors topic 10
NO on background checks at gun shows: Strongly Favors topic 10
NO on banning lawsuits against gun manufacturers for gun violence: Strongly Opposes topic 10
YES on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers: Strongly Favors topic 10
Strongly Opposes topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Changing estate tax would cost $100B, not save $730B: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Death should not be a taxable event: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Rated 81% by NTU, indicating a "Taxpayer's Friend" on tax votes: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Make employee educational assistance tax-deductible: Favors topic 11
YES on Internet sales tax moratorium: Opposes topic 11
YES on requiring super-majority for raising taxes: Opposes topic 11
YES on eliminating the 'marriage penalty': Opposes topic 11
YES on prioritizing national debt reduction below tax cuts: Opposes topic 11
NO on reducing marriage penalty instead of cutting top tax rates: Opposes topic 11
NO on spending $448B of tax cut on education & debt reduction: Opposes topic 11
YES on $350 billion in tax breaks over 11 years: Strongly Opposes topic 11
YES on extending the tax cuts on capital gains and dividends: Strongly Opposes topic 11
NO on $47B for military by repealing capital gains tax cut: Opposes topic 11
YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends: Strongly Opposes topic 11
YES on permanently repealing the `death tax`: Strongly Opposes topic 11
YES on supporting permanence of estate tax cuts: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Strongly Opposes topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(-5 points on Social scale)
Focus on skilled immigrants; now most are unskilled: Opposes topic 12
Amnesty to unskilled illegals makes worker wages stagnate: Opposes topic 12
No promises & no government benefits to immigrants: Strongly Opposes topic 12
No benefits for illegal immigrants: Strongly Opposes topic 12
YES on limit welfare for immigrants: Strongly Opposes topic 12
YES on visas for skilled workers: Favors topic 12
YES on allowing more foreign workers into the US for farm work: Favors topic 12
NO on allowing illegal aliens to participate in Social Security: Strongly Opposes topic 12
NO on giving Guest Workers a path to citizenship: Strongly Opposes topic 12
NO on establishing a Guest Worker program: Opposes topic 12
YES on building a fence along the Mexican border: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Strongly Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Rated 100% by CATO, indicating a pro-free trade voting record: Strongly Favors topic 13
YES on renewing 'fast track' presidential trade authority: Favors topic 13
YES on permanent normal trade relations with China: Strongly Favors topic 13
YES on expanding trade to the third world: Favors topic 13
YES on removing common goods from national security export rules: Favors topic 13
YES on granting normal trade relations status to Vietnam: Favors topic 13
YES on extending free trade to Andean nations: Strongly Favors topic 13
YES on establishing free trade between US & Singapore: Favors topic 13
YES on establishing free trade between the US and Chile: Favors topic 13
YES on implementing CAFTA for Central America free-trade: Strongly Favors topic 13
YES on free trade agreement with Oman: Strongly Favors topic 13
Strongly Favors topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(+5 points on Economic scale)
YES on $17.9 billion to IMF: Opposes topic 14
YES on capping foreign aid at only $12.7 billion: Strongly Favors topic 14
NO on preserving habeas corpus for Guantanamo detainees: Strongly Favors topic 14
NO on requiring CIA reports on detainees & interrogation methods: Strongly Favors topic 14
Strongly Favors topic 15:
Expand the military
(-5 points on Social scale)
Don't cut one penny out of defense spending: Strongly Favors topic 15
Cut waste in DOD, but don't cut defense budget: Strongly Favors topic 15
Terrorism is an asymmetric threat; we need worldwide bases: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Invest in our armed services' fundamental mission: Strongly Favors topic 15
Rated 0% by SANE, indicating a pro-military voting record: Strongly Favors topic 15
YES on 1996 Defense Appropriations: Favors topic 15
YES on considering deploying NMD, and amending ABM Treaty: Favors topic 15
YES on favoring 36 vetoed military projects: Strongly Favors topic 15
YES on allowing another round of military base closures: Opposes topic 15
YES on military pay raise of 4.8%: Strongly Favors topic 15
YES on deploying National Missile Defense ASAP: Strongly Favors topic 15
NO on requiring on-budget funding for Iraq, not emergency funding: Favors topic 15
Opposes topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(-3 points on Social scale)
1997: In-state campaign donation cap $4K; out-of-state $1K: Favors topic 16
Campaign finance should be purely voluntary: Strongly Opposes topic 16
NO on favoring 1997 McCain-Feingold overhaul of campaign finance: Opposes topic 16
NO on banning campaign donations from unions & corporations: Opposes topic 16
NO on banning "soft money" contributions and restricting issue ads: Opposes topic 16
NO on establishing the Senate Office of Public Integrity: Opposes topic 16
YES on allowing some lobbyist gifts to Congress: Strongly Opposes topic 16
Strongly Opposes topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(-5 points on Social scale)
Obama left Iraq because it was politically popular to do so: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Stay in Afghanistan until security of our country is secure: Opposes topic 17
We should withdraw from Afghanistan more slowly: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Iran must be confronted to stop them from getting nukes: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Iraq: We have a great game plan, and Rumsfeld does fine job: Strongly Opposes topic 17
War in Iraq is one front in war on Islamic fascism: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Threat posed by Saddam is like drunk driver's threat to all: Strongly Opposes topic 17
YES on authorizing use of military force against Iraq: Strongly Opposes topic 17
NO on redeploying troops out of Iraq by July 2007: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Opposes topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Ethanol mandate brings jobs & energy independence: Favors topic 18
Nothing the US could do will affect global warming: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Out of office, I stayed in the fray to defeat cap-and-trade: Strongly Opposes topic 18
YES on defunding renewable and solar energy: Strongly Opposes topic 18
NO on ending discussion of CAFE fuel efficiency standards: Favors topic 18
YES on preserving budget for ANWR oil drilling: Opposes topic 18
YES on terminating CAFE standards within 15 months: Strongly Opposes topic 18
YES on targeting 100,000 hydrogen-powered vehicles by 2010: Strongly Favors topic 18
NO on removing consideration of drilling ANWR from budget bill: Opposes topic 18
NO on reducing oil usage by 40% by 2025 (instead of 5%): Strongly Opposes topic 18
NO on disallowing an oil leasing program in Alaska's ANWR: Strongly Opposes topic 18
NO on banning drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Opposes topic 18
Strongly Favors topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(-5 points on Social scale)
YES on spending international development funds on drug control: Strongly Favors topic 19
YES on more penalties for gun & drug violations: Favors topic 19
YES on increasing penalties for drug offenses: Favors topic 19
Strongly Opposes topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Raising the minimum wage a little is ok, if phased in slowly: Favors topic 20
I opposed the Wall Street bailouts and the auto bailout: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Just two income tax rates: 10% and 28%: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Cut the corporate tax to zero, to create jobs: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Cut corporate tax rate to zero & jobs will come back: Strongly Opposes topic 20

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