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Ronald Reagan on Abortion
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  • 2001: Nancy pushed Bush on stem cell research for Alzheimers. (Nov 2010)
  • Instituted global gag order on family planning. (Nov 2003)
  • Opposed abortion, on fundamentalist grounds. (Dec 2000)
  • Appointed Justices with intent making Court less political. (May 1996)
  • Allowed abortion as CA Gov.; didn’t push pro-life as Pres. (Jul 1991)
  • An unborn child is a living human being. (Jan 1988)
  • 15 million unborn children: ten times than all US wars. (Jan 1984)
  • Dred Scott took more than a decade to overturn. (Jan 1984)
  • Decision affects two lives: mother and unborn child. (Jan 1984)
  • Abortion on demand must be outlawed. (Mar 1983)
  • Abortion on demand does emotional harm. (Mar 1983)
  • As CA governor, reluctantly signed Therapeutic Abortion bill. (May 1967)
Ronald Reagan on Budget & Economy
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  • Don't reslice the pie; help America produce a bigger pie. (Feb 2013)
  • Doubled the national debt from $1 trillion to $2 trillion. (Jan 2012)
  • Supply-side economics is just common sense. (Dec 2011)
  • Enduring economy comes from fiscal integrity & sound money. (Feb 2011)
  • 1981: abandoned Keynesian interventionist policies. (May 2010)
  • OpEd: Initiated bankers' free-for-all, at bankers' request. (Mar 2010)
  • Inherited tired & cynical country; left it encouraged. (Mar 2010)
  • No great nation abandoned gold standard and remained great. (Sep 2009)
  • Government is not the means to our prosperity. (Jul 2009)
  • Deficits don't matter as long as they're used for tax cuts. (Aug 2008)
  • Increased national debt from $1T in 1980 to $3T in 1988. (Jun 2004)
  • Reaganomics: generate growth by stimulating the supply side. (Dec 2000)
  • U.S. economy does not need master planners, just freedom. (Dec 2000)
  • Pundits declared us "radical" but we were right. (Jan 1989)
  • Signed Gramm-Rudman to mandate balanced budget. (May 1988)
  • 1985: $68B in spending cuts; but SDI funding doubled. (May 1988)
  • Dismisses seriousness of stock market crash. (Oct 1987)
  • Are you better off now than you were four years ago? (Jul 1987)
  • Laffer curve appealed to Reagan’s beliefs, not his economics. (Jul 1987)
  • Supply-side economics gets govt out of the way of growth. (Jul 1987)
  • Stockman’s plan: cut taxes & encourage defense growth. (Jul 1987)
  • Require the Federal Government to live within its means. (Feb 1986)
  • Hold taxes & spending down to maintain economic growth. (Jan 1985)
  • Double-digit inflation is no longer a way of life. (Jan 1983)
  • Federal spending freeze: limited to rate of inflation. (Jan 1983)
  • End "stagflation" with cuts to taxes and spending. (Jan 1982)
  • Reduce deficit by growth, lower interest, & spending control. (Jan 1982)
  • Inflation doesn't come upon us like plague; it's government. (Oct 1980)
Ronald Reagan on Civil Rights
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  • Supported Bob Jones Univ.’s miscegeny policy, inadvertently. (Jul 1991)
  • Promised to appoint a female Justice; O’Connor was the first. (Jul 1991)
  • Opposed Voting Rights Act of 1965 as “humiliating to South”. (Jul 1991)
  • Gay teachers should not advocate their lifestyle to students. (Mar 1986)
  • Defining some as less-than-human leads to holocaust. (Jan 1984)
  • Supports constitutional amendment to allow prayer in schools. (Mar 1983)
Ronald Reagan on Corporations
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  • Businesses don't pay taxes; it's all passed on to customers. (Dec 2011)
  • Goal is not material gain; but to renew the American dream. (Feb 2011)
  • Reduce corporate tax rates & keep incentives for capital. (Feb 1985)
Ronald Reagan on Crime
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  • Survived 1981 assassination attempt by John Hinckley. (Jun 2009)
  • Death penalty saves lives. (May 1998)
  • Focus on murder victims while considering capital punishment. (May 1998)
  • Oversaw one execution as CA Gov., supported death penalty. (Jul 1991)
  • Approved three new prisons and 6% growth in law enforcement. (Jul 1991)
  • Reform habeas corpus; more compassion for victims. (Feb 1985)
Ronald Reagan on Drugs
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  • Iran-Contra secret aid included $14M in drug money. (Apr 2011)
  • OpEd: supporting Contras supported drug-trade profits. (Mar 2010)
  • Fought drugs beyond “Just Say No”. (Jul 1991)
  • Drug use falling: our students are just saying no to drugs. (Jan 1988)
  • Defeat the scourge of drugs, starting with our children. (Jan 1987)
Ronald Reagan on Education
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  • 1980 platform plank: abolishing Department of Education. (Nov 2011)
  • Espoused school vouchers as part of educational reform. (Feb 2011)
  • Supported mandatory prayer in the public schools. (Dec 2000)
  • Supported school prayer but didn’t push it. (Jul 1991)
  • New patriotism: Teach national pride and civic spirit. (Jan 1989)
  • Replace obsession with dollars with commitment to quality. (Jan 1988)
  • Tuition tax credits: avoid double payment for private school. (Jan 1984)
  • Establish education savings accounts as college incentive. (Jan 1983)
  • Targeted Dept. of Education to be abolished, but failed. (Jul 1991)
Ronald Reagan on Energy & Oil
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  • 1981: Eliminated price controls on oil & natural gas. (May 2010)
  • Nuts to ask Americans to wear sweaters & bike to work. (May 2006)
  • Decontrolled oil prices, but didn’t fill oil reserves. (Jul 1991)
  • Lower regulations on coal; explore for oil offshore in OCS. (Oct 1980)
Ronald Reagan on Environment
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  • 1983: Mass resignation of EPA officials. (Jan 2001)
  • 1983: Extended sovereign control 200 miles off US coast. (Apr 1996)
  • Dismissed acid rain proposals as burdensome to industry. (Jul 1991)
  • Western enviro ethic: pro-development, common-sense. (Jul 1991)
  • CA established CWA and OSHA, but over Reagan's objections. (Oct 1980)
Ronald Reagan on Families & Children
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  • All great change in America begins at the dinner table. (Feb 2011)
  • Breakdown of the family causes "welfare culture". (Feb 1986)
  • As the family goes, so goes our civilization. (Feb 1985)
  • Bedrock values: faith, family, work, neighborhood. (Jan 1984)
  • Unwed mothers are better off keeping their babies. (Jan 1984)
Ronald Reagan on Foreign Policy
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  • 1964: If we lose freedom here, it's the last stand on earth. (Feb 2013)
  • Came to office determined to challenge Soviet power. (Jan 2012)
  • 1982:Disagreed with Law of the Sea's international authority. (Feb 2011)
  • 1987: People surprised that Soviet Union HAS a constitution. (Nov 2010)
  • US has no territorial ambitions despite military might. (Nov 2010)
  • Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid. (Nov 2010)
  • 1976: passionately advocated for retention of Panama Canal. (May 2010)
  • 1988: Agreed to mutual nuclear reduction with USSR. (Mar 2010)
  • 1981: Don't spend unused funding; return it to Treasury. (Nov 2007)
  • OpEd: Viewed Latin America in context of worldwide Communism. (Sep 2007)
  • In Berlin: Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!. (May 2006)
  • Nicaraguan Contras: moral equal of our Founding Fathers. (Sep 2004)
  • 1986: Angered Jewish groups by visiting Nazi cemetery. (Sep 2004)
  • Reaffirmed Shanghai Communique's "One China" policy. (Aug 2004)
  • OpEd: Allied with South Africa despite a million killings. (May 2002)
  • Iran-Contra: Reagan uninformed; subordinates indicted. (Dec 2000)
  • Called USSR “Evil Empire,” but signed an anti-nuke deal. (Dec 2000)
  • Assist contras to overthrow Sandinistas. (Dec 2000)
  • Ignored ICJ ruling against mining Nicaraguan harbors. (Jul 1991)
  • Democracy & market economy result in a better life. (May 1988)
  • Reagan-Gorbachev meetings based on personal contact. (May 1988)
  • Limit UN role; withdrew from UNESCO. (Jul 1987)
  • Aid to Soviet Union dependent on its commitment to freedom. (Jun 1987)
  • Iran-Contra: maybe authorized it, unknowingly. (Nov 1986)
  • Bergen-Belsen concentration camp: Never again. (May 1985)
  • Consoled Taiwan when Nixon went to China. (Oct 1971)
  • Open door to PRC, but maintain alliance with Taiwan. (Jul 1991)
Ronald Reagan on Free Trade
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  • US agribusiness subsidies squelched Haitian rice exports. (Jun 2010)
  • 1985: Vetoed import tariffs on textile goods. (Aug 2006)
  • 1985: imposed import quotas on Japanese cars. (Aug 2004)
  • 1985: Articulated goal of Western Hemisphere free trade. (Apr 1996)
  • Proposed concept behind NAFTA in 1979. (Jul 1991)
  • Protectionism is destructionism: free, open, & fair trade. (Jan 1988)
Ronald Reagan on Government Reform
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  • Big enough to give everything means they can take it away. (Nov 2011)
  • 1982: Agreed with Indiana resolution against paternalism. (Nov 2010)
  • Not intention to do away with government; but make it work. (Sep 2010)
  • Free market can best determine winners and losers. (Sep 2010)
  • OpEd: Reagan staff made a deal for 1981 Iran hostage release. (Mar 2010)
  • The more the plans fail, the more the planners plan. (Jul 2009)
  • Appointed judges who reinforced conservative political goals. (Sep 2008)
  • OpEd: Led shift to deregulation, but didn't start it. (Sep 2008)
  • 1981: Government is not the solution; it is the problem. (Aug 2008)
  • Told friends he failed to cut size of government enough. (Aug 2004)
  • 1981: Focused exclusively on women as Supreme Court nominees. (Oct 2002)
  • New Federalism: shift programs to states & deregulate. (Dec 2000)
  • Principal mission was government deregulation. (Jul 1991)
  • Softened on “Gov’t isn’t the solution; gov’t is the problem”. (Jan 1983)
  • In 1981, cut 23,000 pages of Federal Register regulations. (Jan 1982)
Ronald Reagan on Gun Control
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  • Carried a pistol as president on his ranch & to the USSR. (Jun 2009)
  • I'm an NRA member & I support the Brady Bill. (Sep 2004)
Ronald Reagan on Health Care
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  • Announces his Alzheimer’s, to promote public understanding. (Nov 1994)
  • Despite accusations, didn’t much cut Medicare. (Jul 1991)
  • Slow to fight AIDS; focused on prevention. (Jul 1991)
  • Viewed AIDS biblically, like sins of sex & abortion. (Dec 1986)
  • Protect handicapped newborns as a civil right. (Jan 1984)
  • Waste & fraud permeate every area of Medicare & Medicaid. (Jan 1982)
Ronald Reagan on Homeland Security
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  • Called Mandela's ANC "notorious terrorist group". (Jun 2010)
  • America is the abiding alternative to tyranny. (Nov 2009)
  • OpEd: To grow military, had to let Dems grow social programs. (Jul 2009)
  • Heal the wounds of Vietnam so we can lead the world again. (Oct 2007)
  • OpEd: Given benefit of doubt on knowing Iran-Contra scheme. (Feb 2007)
  • 1981: Iranian hostages released 5 minutes after inauguration. (Jan 2007)
  • On Iran-Contra: We did not trade weapons for hostages. (Jan 2007)
  • 1983: Introduced & pushed through bill to produce nerve gas. (Sep 2004)
  • 1980s: Focus of US foreign policy would be "War on Terror". (May 2002)
  • OpEd: Reagan no part of diverting Iran-Contra funds. (May 1988)
  • Policy of openness to deal with Iran-Contra scandal. (May 1988)
  • One major regret: I took a risk with Iran & it did not work. (Jan 1987)
  • Defense is not a budget issue; do B-1, MX, Trident & Stealth. (Oct 1981)
  • America has never gotten in a war because we were too strong. (Oct 1980)

    Cold War

  • Roll back Communism, not just containment. (Aug 2004)
  • Reagan Doctrine: US aid to anti-Communist rebels. (Aug 2004)
  • Dealt with Soviets but insisted on verification with teeth. (Oct 2002)
  • Build morale & increase fire power to combat Communism. (Dec 2000)
  • We're armed because we mistrust each other, not vice versa. (Jun 1999)
  • To preserve the peace, we had to become strong again. (Jan 1989)
  • OpEd: Sought nuclear treaty as legacy toward world peace. (May 1988)
  • “Evil Empire” speech succeeded where nukes failed to impress. (Jan 1988)
  • Trust but verify: INF cut 1000s of missiles. (Dec 1987)
  • Close “window of vulnerability” against Russian attack. (Jul 1987)
  • Reykjavik: refused to trade SDI for nuclear disarmament. (Nov 1985)
  • No nuclear freeze due to danger from the “evil empire”. (Mar 1983)
  • Scrap SALT II treaty; too many unilateral concessions. (Oct 1980)

    Star Wars

  • 1983: Anti-missiles replace mutually-assured destruction. (Nov 2011)
  • “Star Wars” enabled historic peace with Soviets. (Dec 2000)
  • SDI averts biblical prophecy of Armageddon. (Jul 1991)
  • SDI: kill missiles, not people; share with Russians. (Jul 1987)
  • Share SDI instead of MAD. (Nov 1985)
  • SDI: intercept and destroy ballistic missiles. (Mar 1983)
Ronald Reagan on Immigration
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  • 1986 IRCA: amnesty in exchange for tough border & penalties. (Mar 2013)
  • Latinos are Republicans; they just don't know it yet. (Mar 2013)
  • 1986 reform legalized 3 million undocumented immigrants. (Nov 2010)
  • 1986: One-time amnesty for illegal aliens. (Dec 2007)
  • OpEd: 1986 "adjustment" used as basis for 2006 amnesty. (Jul 2006)
  • Allow free movement of people from Mexico & Canada. (Jul 1991)
Ronald Reagan on Jobs
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  • Worker & managers join forces to rebuild economy. (Feb 2011)
  • Fired PATCO workers who broke oath not to strike. (Oct 2002)
  • Minimum wage does away with jobs, especially for black youth. (Oct 1980)
Ronald Reagan on Principles & Values
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  • 9 scariest words: I'm from the government & I'm here to help. (Sep 2012)
  • 1950s America was a different America; America is freedom. (Feb 2012)
  • Stanford University rejected Reagan presidential library. (Jan 2012)
  • 1976: Considered outside of mainstream Republican Party. (Feb 2011)
  • Freedom is never more than one generation from extinction. (Nov 2010)
  • 1980: Victory in New Hampshire primary sealed nomination. (Nov 2010)
  • 1975: conservative banners of bold colors, not pale pastels. (May 2010)
  • 1984: I won't exploit my opponent's youth & inexperience. (Mar 2010)
  • 1980: Won Texas by 14 points via local community organizing. (Mar 2010)
  • Texas 1980: walloped Carter-Mondale by nearly 14 points. (Mar 2010)
  • Spoke "to independents & Democrats seeking better future". (Jan 2010)
  • OpEd: Media judges even Reagan's great achievements poorly. (Nov 2009)
  • OpEd: Reagan in 1980 was a movement, not just a candidate. (Sep 2009)
  • Nancy's book: You bet I gave Ronnie advice. (Jun 2009)
  • Picked up Goldwater's mantle after 16 years. (Nov 2008)
  • OpEd: Transformational president on non-government solutions. (Aug 2008)
  • 1950s: 375 speeches as GE employee education on free markets. (Dec 2007)
  • 1980: Insisted John Anderson be in presidential debate. (Oct 2005)
  • OpEd: Had a message, and delivered it masterfully. (Sep 2004)
  • 1981 assassin Hinckley not guilty by reason of insanity. (Sep 2004)
  • Hid seriousness of 1981 assassination attempt. (Sep 2004)
  • 1980 Reagan Revolution included defeat of liberal Senators. (Dec 2003)
  • Reaganism echoed in U.K. by Thatcherism. (Nov 2003)
  • Child of alcoholic father, but mother was open about it. (Jun 2000)
  • Kept perfect White House diary, but revealed little of self. (Sep 1999)
  • Author Morris is character “Dutch” in Reagan’s bio. (Sep 1999)
  • Seems to lack recognition; but sees people deeply. (Jan 1992)
  • OpEd: hands-off management has inevitable disasters. (May 1988)
  • Scale of re-election victory meant mandate on policies. (May 1988)
  • Trusted his aides to act on his intentions, not his orders. (May 1988)
  • Survives getting shot; an “excellent physical specimen”. (Mar 1981)

    Political Philosophy

  • If not us, who? And if not now, when? (Feb 2012)
  • Eleventh Commandment: Don't speak ill of political allies. (Feb 2012)
  • Conservatism of bright colors, not pale pastels. (Nov 2011)
  • Tea Party too extreme for Reagan? No, he did radical things. (Feb 2011)
  • Common sense conservatism is antithesis to fanaticism. (Feb 2011)
  • We have to fight for freedom and protect it. (Nov 2009)
  • Pick your core agenda issues and focus on those. (Nov 2009)
  • Preserve the last best hope of man on earth. (Jul 2009)
  • Private values must be at the heart of public policies. (Jul 2009)
  • Replace left-right with up (freedom)& down (totalitarianism). (Jul 2009)
  • Most concerned for special interest group, "We the People". (Jun 2005)
  • Built morale so people believed things could be accomplished. (Oct 2002)
  • The Teflon President: unburdened & un-blamed. (Dec 2000)
  • Cared more about policies than being “Great Communicator”. (Jul 1991)
  • Great Communicator? I just spoke common sense. (Jan 1989)
  • Shining City on a Hill: she still stands strong and true. (Jan 1989)
  • The Shining City is freer, and is left in good hands. (Jan 1988)
  • What you see is what you get with Reagan, and nothing more. (Jul 1986)
  • Re-election: Morning in America; ship of state realigned. (Oct 1984)
  • Political spectrum: up is freedom; down is statism. (Jul 1984)

    Religion

  • Civilized ideas are rooted in the belief in a Supreme Being. (Jun 2011)
  • 1980s: Soviet leaders openly repudiate religion. (Nov 2010)
  • "City on a Hill" cites Jesus' Sermon on the Mount. (Nov 2008)
  • 1979: Endorsed faith voters & activated movement. (Nov 2008)
  • Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant. (May 2006)
  • Not first religious president but first hero to evangelicals. (Apr 2004)
  • Jesus is more real to me than my mother. (Apr 2004)
Ronald Reagan on Social Security
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  • 1983: Ironclad commitment to Social Security. (Dec 2011)
  • 1983: With Tip O'Neill, implemented Greenspan Commission. (Nov 2008)
  • Wanted to privatize retirement, but never had opportunity. (Jul 1991)
  • Suggested in 1975 to make social security voluntary. (Jul 1987)
  • Failed at restructuring system to avoid bankruptcy. (Apr 1981)
  • Social security system was based on a false premise. (Oct 1980)
  • Portion of Social Security funds could be invested. (Feb 1976)
Ronald Reagan on Tax Reform
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  • System that penalizes success and discourages work is wrong. (Dec 2011)
  • OpEd: Cut capital gains to end worse recession than 2008's. (Nov 2009)
  • 1985 State of the Union speech: cut taxes; slash spending. (Aug 2008)
  • After 1981 tax cut came 1982 TEFRA tax increase. (Feb 2007)
  • 1985 Tax Code has unfair loopholes for real estate industry. (Aug 2006)
  • 1982: Extended withholding to interest and dividends. (May 2006)
  • OpEd: Common sense conservatives support supply-side. (Apr 2006)
  • 25% tax cut early, then overhaul tax system & reduce rates. (Dec 2000)
  • Serious on tax simplification; mocked as “secret tax plan”. (Jul 1991)
  • Tax reform's goal: replace incomprehensible system. (May 1988)
  • 1986 Tax Reform: reduce top rate from 50% to 28%. (May 1988)
  • Index tax rates so inflation can't push to higher brackets. (Jan 1984)
  • Success should not be penalized by high taxes. (Jan 1980)
Ronald Reagan on Technology
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  • Doubled Pentagon MANTECH manufacturing technology program. (Jun 2010)
  • Abolished "Fairness Doctrine" requiring balanced talk radio. (Nov 2009)
  • Genesis says material abundance comes from spirit. (May 1988)
  • 1986: Postponed state-of-the-union for Challenger disaster. (Jan 1986)
  • Permanently manned space station within a decade. (Jan 1984)
Ronald Reagan on War & Peace
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  • 1984: Laid to rest Unknown Soldier of Vietnam War. (Nov 2011)
  • Strong support for Saddam Hussein throughout 1980s. (Jun 2010)
  • 1981: Strategy against Soviet Union: We win; they lose. (May 2010)
  • Supported Saddam in Iraq against Iran. (Sep 2009)
  • 1983: Lebanon attack killed 241 Marines. (Oct 2007)
  • 1983: sold Saddam precursors for chemical weapons. (Oct 2005)
  • WWII Army Air Force captain in motion-picture unit. (Sep 2004)
  • 1988: Opposed ousting Panamanian dictator Noriega by force. (Sep 2004)
  • Grenada invasion: deter Soviets & Cubans. (Dec 2000)
  • Ok to break law on Iran-Contra to protect hostages. (Jun 1999)
  • OpEd: Iran-Contra contradicted "Never deal with terrorists". (May 1988)
  • We support the Mujahidin, freedom fighters in Afghanistan. (Jan 1988)
  • Invaded Grenada right after Beirut bombing. (Oct 1983)
  • Protected Israel, but demanded they stop shelling Beirut. (Aug 1982)
Ronald Reagan on Welfare & Poverty
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  • 1964: Early advocate against LBJ's Great Society. (Jan 2014)
  • Switch from project-based to tenant-based subsidy program. (Apr 1996)
  • Cut back AFDC & other targeted poverty programs. (Jul 1991)
  • Championed “workfare” as California Governor. (Jul 1991)
  • Many homeless choose to be; ACLU fosters homelessness. (Jan 1988)
  • Development zones to reverse decline of our cities. (Oct 1980)
  • As CA Governor, opposed AFDC as rewarding lack of work. (Jan 1971)


VoteMatch Responses
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Opposes topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(-3 points on Social scale)
Instituted global gag order on family planning: Opposes topic 1
Opposed abortion, on fundamentalist grounds: Opposes topic 1
Allowed abortion as CA Gov.; didn’t push pro-life as Pres.: Favors topic 1
An unborn child is a living human being: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Abortion on demand must be outlawed: Opposes topic 1
Abortion on demand does emotional harm: Strongly Opposes topic 1
As CA governor, reluctantly signed Therapeutic Abortion bill: Favors topic 1
Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-3 points on Economic scale)
1981: Focused exclusively on women as Supreme Court nominees: Favors topic 2
Supported Bob Jones Univ.’s miscegeny policy, inadvertently: Neutral on topic 2
Promised to appoint a female Justice; O’Connor was the first: Favors topic 2
Opposed Voting Rights Act of 1965 as “humiliating to South”: Opposes topic 2
Strongly Opposes topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(-5 points on Social scale)
Slow to fight AIDS; focused on prevention: Opposes topic 3
Viewed AIDS biblically, like sins of sex & abortion: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Gay teachers should not advocate their lifestyle to students: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Strongly Favors topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(-5 points on Social scale)
Supported mandatory prayer in the public schools: Strongly Favors topic 4
Supported school prayer but didn’t push it: Favors topic 4
Cut back AFDC & other targeted poverty programs: Favors topic 4
Championed “workfare” as California Governor: Favors topic 4
Supports constitutional amendment to allow prayer in schools: Strongly Favors topic 4
Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant: Favors topic 4
Strongly Opposes topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Despite accusations, didn’t much cut Medicare: Opposes topic 5
Waste & fraud permeate every area of Medicare & Medicaid: Strongly Opposes topic 5
No opinion on topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(0 points on Economic scale)
1983: Ironclad commitment to Social Security: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Wanted to privatize retirement, but never had opportunity: Strongly Favors topic 6
Social security system was based on a false premise: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Portion of Social Security funds could be invested: Strongly Favors topic 6
Strongly Favors topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Espoused school vouchers as part of educational reform: Strongly Favors topic 7
Tuition tax credits: avoid double payment for private school: Favors topic 7
Establish education savings accounts as college incentive: Favors topic 7
Targeted Dept. of Education to be abolished, but failed: Favors topic 7
Strongly Favors topic 8:
Clean air and water are property rights
(+5 points on Social scale)
Nuts to ask Americans to wear sweaters & bike to work: Favors topic 8
Dismissed acid rain proposals as burdensome to industry: Strongly Favors topic 8
CA established CWA and OSHA, but over Reagan's objections: Strongly Favors topic 8
Strongly Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-5 points on Social scale)
Death penalty saves lives: Strongly Favors topic 9
Focus on murder victims while considering capital punishment: Strongly Favors topic 9
Oversaw one execution as CA Gov., supported death penalty: Favors topic 9
Approved three new prisons and 6% growth in law enforcement: Favors topic 9
Reform habeas corpus; more compassion for victims: Strongly Favors topic 9
No opinion on topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(0 points on Economic scale)
Carried a pistol as president on his ranch & to the USSR: Favors topic 10
I'm an NRA member & I support the Brady Bill: Opposes topic 10
Strongly Opposes topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(+5 points on Economic scale)
OpEd: Cut capital gains to end worse recession than 2008's: Strongly Opposes topic 11
After 1981 tax cut came 1982 TEFRA tax increase: Favors topic 11
Reaganomics: generate growth by stimulating the supply side: Strongly Opposes topic 11
25% tax cut early, then overhaul tax system & reduce rates: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Serious on tax simplification; mocked as “secret tax plan”: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Tax reform's goal: replace incomprehensible system: Opposes topic 11
1986 Tax Reform: reduce top rate from 50% to 28%: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Reduce corporate tax rates & keep incentives for capital: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Success should not be penalized by high taxes: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Strongly Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+5 points on Social scale)
1986 reform legalized 3 million undocumented immigrants: Strongly Favors topic 12
1986: One-time amnesty for illegal aliens: Strongly Favors topic 12
Allow free movement of people from Mexico & Canada: Favors topic 12
Strongly Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+5 points on Economic scale)
1985: Vetoed import tariffs on textile goods: Strongly Favors topic 13
1985: imposed import quotas on Japanese cars: Opposes topic 13
U.S. economy does not need master planners, just freedom: Favors topic 13
1985: Articulated goal of Western Hemisphere free trade: Strongly Favors topic 13
Proposed concept behind NAFTA in 1979: Strongly Favors topic 13
Protectionism is destructionism: free, open, & fair trade: Strongly Favors topic 13
No opinion on topic 14:
Maintain US sovereignty from UN
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Favors topic 15:
Expand the military
(-5 points on Social scale)
1985: $68B in spending cuts; but SDI funding doubled: Strongly Favors topic 15
Defense is not a budget issue; do B-1, MX, Trident & Stealth: Strongly Favors topic 15
America has never gotten in a war because we were too strong: Strongly Favors topic 15
Build morale & increase fire power to combat Communism: Strongly Favors topic 15
To preserve the peace, we had to become strong again: Strongly Favors topic 15
SDI: intercept and destroy ballistic missiles: Favors topic 15
No opinion on topic 16:
Stricter limits on voting rights
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Opposes topic 17:
Stay out of Iran
(-3 points on Social scale)
Strong support for Saddam Hussein throughout 1980s: Opposes topic 17
Supported Saddam in Iraq against Iran: Opposes topic 17
Called USSR “Evil Empire,” but signed an anti-nuke deal: Opposes topic 17
Ignored ICJ ruling against mining Nicaraguan harbors: Opposes topic 17
Opposes topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Decontrolled oil prices, but didn’t fill oil reserves: Neutral on topic 18
Western enviro ethic: pro-development, common-sense: Favors topic 18
Lower regulations on coal; explore for oil offshore in OCS: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Strongly Favors topic 19:
Never legalize marijuana
(-5 points on Social scale)
Fought drugs beyond “Just Say No”: Strongly Favors topic 19
Drug use falling: our students are just saying no to drugs: Strongly Favors topic 19
Strongly Opposes topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Require the Federal Government to live within its means: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Hold taxes & spending down to maintain economic growth: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Federal spending freeze: limited to rate of inflation: Strongly Opposes topic 20
End "stagflation" with cuts to taxes and spending: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Reduce deficit by growth, lower interest, & spending control: Strongly Opposes topic 20

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