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Ronald Reagan on VoteMatch


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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:
EPA regulations are too restrictive
(-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:
Support American Exceptionalism
(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:
Make voter registration easier
(0 points on Social scale)
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Opposes topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(-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:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(-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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